Speaker Bio:  

Director, Regional Services Division, Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi (IGNOU)
Presently heading the biggest division of IGNOU, Dr. Shanmugam has a vast experience of more than 25 years in Open and Distance Learning System specialised in learner support services. He has held the position of Regional Director of IGNOU at different Regional Centres viz. Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Cochin (Kerala), Madurai (Tamil Nadu) and Vatakara (Kerala) in the past. Having served as Chairperson/Member of various committees taking major decisions on Student Support Services of IGNOU, application of technology for effective delivery of academic resources has been his major focus. Dr. Shanmugam earned his Ph.D in Statistics in 1992 from Gujarat University Ahmedabad and published several research articles on statistics and distance education.

Points for address:

1. How Information and communication technology leveraged the comfortability of distance learners

2. Effective use of Technology for diversified delivery mechanism

3. Success stories of IGNOU through technology intervention

Dr. A M Rawani
Director, National Institute of Technology Raipur (CG)
An academic professional with 35+ years of experience and flair for academic administration, he has led core academic activities like Admissions, Examinations and Administrations of reputed educational institute. An Engineer and a qualified Management scholar, he has produced six Ph.D under his sole supervision and published 125+ research papers in International Journals and Conferences. Dr. Rawani is conferred with fellowship award by Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai for his outstanding contribution in promotion of Industrial Engineering Profession. He has also received ‘Rashtriya Gaurav Award’ in 2010 by India International Friendship Society, India. Dr. Rawani is a Life Member of Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management, Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education, Fellow Life Member of Institution of Engineers (India) and Fellow Member of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineers. His academic areas of interest are Strategic Management, Flexible Systems Management and Quality Management.

Points for address:

1. What will be the future of Education with the increasing use of technology?

2. How should technical institutes use technology to provide uninterrupted education to students globally?

3. How can they secure their internet and intranet from any kind of intrusion?

Srinivas Garimella
Director Education, Microsoft India
Holding over two decades of experience in IT in multi-faceted functions encompassing enterprise, government and education roles. As the Director – Education, Srinivas leads Microsoft educational initiatives, solutions and helps organizations plan, build, manage & maintain interventions to enable them attain their desired outcomes.

Points for address:

1. Reasons for changing landscape in education sector

2. Need for technology integration

3. Security and its relevance

Professor Madhu Veeraraghavan
Director and T. A. Pai Chair Professor of Finance, T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal
Prof. Madhu obtained his B.Com from University of Mumbai & an MBA (Finance & Investments) and PhD (Finance –Asset Pricing) from Australia. He was instrumental in setting up the largest finance lab at TAPMI with 16 Bloomberg terminals. He has held positions at The University of Auckland Business School and Monash University, Melbourne before joining TAPMI. Prof. Madhu has published over 50 papers in international journals and has presented his work in top conferences in finance and accounting. His work has appeared in top-ranked Journals such as: The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and AUDITING: A Journal of Practice and Theory.

Points for address:

1. Future of Education and Tech Integration

2. Providing seamless, error-free education

3. Securing IT Infrastructure

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