Explore design thinking through the lens of an educator: Sanjli Gidwaney, Director, Design For Change, USA. Limited seats only, so be quick to register here: bit.ly/designthinkingconnected
Organizers: This conference is being conducted by HGSE South Asia Education Initiative, a student body at HGSE, aiming to build a bridge between students and faculty in Harvard and beyond with education practitioners and academics in South Asia.
This event is is co-sponsored by South Asia Institute.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO-directed school meal program, feeding 1.4 million children every day. To advance its vision that “No child in India will be deprived of education because of hunger”, the Foundation operates out of 22 locations throughout India, serving almost 11,000 schools. It has been nationally and internationally recognized for decreasing malnutrition, increasing school attendance and academic performance, and instilling post-graduation aspirations in participating students. Venkat is on an Eisenhower Fellowship, where he is exploring new NGO sustainability strategies, and gathering information to advance the development of a School of Social Innovation, which will be the first of its kind in India.
Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
This paper provides a detailed account of how the system of teacher transfers operates in large parts of India. It presents evidence to suggest that teacher transfers form the bedrock of a patronage-based low-accountability school system. Politicians need teachers because teachers are politically powerful and can convincingly threaten them with electoral sabotage. This deters politicians from adopting strict teacher accountability policies. Knowing how powerful teachers can be in the collective, politicians attempt to control the behavior of individual teachers through patronage-based transfers. But reality is not as neat and clean, and it is difficult to point fingers at specific politicians, else the task of accountability might have been easier. This happens because of the profusion of middlemen, who promise to connect teachers to politicians. Middlemen sometimes fabricate instances of bribery, preying on informational asymmetries and an institutionalized belief in corruption. They generate a system of beliefs regarding corruption in transfers that becomes self-fulfilling. Grim as the situation may appear, the paper offers hope based upon the recent experience of two states in India.
Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business and a founder of Ashoka University
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
“Everyone knows Indian Higher Education is a mess. Proposals for its transformation abound, but things continue to go from bad to worse. Despite the doom and gloom, there are several recent experiments that attempt to challenge the status quo and set an example. This talk is a first-hand account of building new and transforming existing higher education institutions in India.”
Women in India: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity
Keynote Speaker: Harleen Singh, Associate Professor of Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and South Asian Studies, Brandeis University
Closing speaker: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute
Established in 2008, Educators for Teaching India (EFTI) is a group of secondary school educators dedicated to deepening our own knowledge of India and to exploring India’s role in school curricula. The organization includes teachers in public and private schools as well as educators in supporting academic institutions.
Devesh Kapur, Associate Professor of Political Science, Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Higher Education in India is going through profound changes, not just in scale but in means and ends. What are the the nature and character of these changes? How can one understand and explain these changes within India’s complex political, institutional and social realities? And what are its consequences for India’s economy, social empowerment and democratic politics?
Professor Anil Gupta, founder of the Honey Bee Network, Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. Professor in the Centre for Management in Agriculture at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Professor Anil Gupta, founder of the Honey Bee Network, will deliver a talk titled “India Changing: searching and supporting innovation insurgents.” The talk will focus on the ecosystem of inclusive innovations emerging in India, with global implications. There will be examples from five focii of innovations: children, tech students, informal sector, professionals and public systems. He will share the policy influencing process based on passion, purpose, performance and platforms. Prof Gupta will also share a large database of ideas registered by NIF with interested students who want to take these patented innovations and incubate their start-ups. (http://www.nif.org.in/bd/product_catalog/dv)
Prof. Anil K Gupta is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He is also the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation and the founder of the Honey Bee Network, SRISTI and GIAN. The courses he has taught at IIMA include Globalizing and Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation with Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India (2008-10) as co-faculty; Shodhyatra (learning walk in Himalayan region), creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Network and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights, Institution Building (IB), Agri Management. He was also a Fellow at The World Academy of Art and Science, California in 2001, and a Member of the National Innovation Council. Prof. Gupta is also the recipient of the Padma Shree award from President of India, one of the highest civil honours in India, apart from several national and international honours. He was conferred Doctorate, Honoris Causa by Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Peru, on October 17, 2013; the Humanistic Management Lifetime Achievement Award by the Humanistic Management Network, St. Gallen, Switzerland at the 73rd Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, USA on August 12, 2013; Doctor of Letters from Central University of Orissa on July 29, 2012; and the Hermes Award by the European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation, Paris in May 2012. A member of many government and corporate bodies, Prof. Gupta is also a widely published author.
John Wood,founder and board co-chair of Room to Read
Chair: Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University
Over 60 million primary school-aged children around the world do not have access to education and most likely will never learn to read or write. Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, we see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.