Higher Education Forum National Annual Convention at KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar

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Higher Education Forum National Annual Convention at KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar

Theme: Excellence in Higher Education in the Emerging Economic Context


Date: March 09, 2013

Venue: Auditorium – Campus 7 (Krishna Campus) KIIT, Bhubaneswar

Inauguration by
Shri  Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare
Hon’ble Governor of Odisha
Valedictory by
Shri Naveen Patnaik
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha


The Higher Education Forum (HEF) was launched by a number of academicians and corporate representatives to create a voice of individuals in the space of higher education, with a strong belief that reforms in higher education are imperative if India is to find a place in the League of Nations on a sustainable basis in the years to come. The forum is a Public Trust and aims to emerge as the voice of practitioners for reforms in various areas of higher education in India.

The sole objective of the forum is to help creation of an excellent world-class higher education system in India. This encompasses creation of appropriate structure, strategies, processes and development of institutions. Within few years of its existence, the forum has emerged as the largest community in higher education in India with close to 4,000 members and with chapters in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Gujarat, West Bengal, Odisha, Bengaluru, Kerala, Dubai and Singapore.

Odisha is fast emerging as the knowledge hub of eastern India with over 100 institutes of higher education in Bhubaneswar. In this context, the various panels would discuss the challenges that India is facing in higher education and how Odisha could focus on policies, innovation and edupreneurship to overcome these challenges and continue its journey to be the knowledge hub of India.

Panel 1: Driving Policy Excellence in Higher Education

Panel Chair: Shri Gagan Dhal, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Odisha

Panel 2: Innovation & Technology in Higher Education

Panel Chair: Shri Madhusudan Padhi, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of IT, Govt. of Odisha

Panel 3: Edupreneurship as a Career

Panel Chair: Shri G Mathi Vathanan, IAS, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd. (IPICOL)

Guests of Honour:

  • Honourable Minister of Industries & Excise, Govt. of Odisha
    Shri Niranjan Pujari
  • Honourable Minister of Education, Govt. of Odisha
    Shri Badri Narayan Patra
  •  Honourable Chief Secretary, Govt. of Odisha
    Shri Bijay Kumar Patnaik


  • Dr. A. K. Sengupta, Founder & Convener, HEF
  • Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS
  • Shri Ashutosh Chadha, Director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia
  • Shri B. K. Mishra, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Energy and Utilities, Mahindra Satyam (Vice Chairman of Mahindra Satyam, Bhubaneswar)
  • Shri Manoj Menon, Managing Director, Frost and Sullivan, Asia Pacific
  • Prof. Er. Meng Hwa, Vice President (International Affairs), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Dr. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. Ganapti Panda, Deputy Director, IIT Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. P. V. Ramana, Chairman, ITM Group, Mumbai
  • Prof. S. Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management
  • Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J, Director, XIM, Bhubaneswar
  • Prof. (Dr.) Vilas M. Salokhe, Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University
  • Prof. (Dr.) D. Venkata Ramana, XIM, Bhubaneswar
  • Prof. (Dr.) Binayak Rath, Ex-VC, Utkal University
  • Ms. Irmel V. Marla, Chairman, International Institute for Holistic Research and Voluntary Action, Kerela
  • Mr. Amit Agnihotri, Chairman, MBAuniverse.com, Noida
  • Mr. Tridibesh Bandopadhyay, Director, InSkills, Chairperson, HEF Kolkata

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