Indian Express launches ‘ThinkEdu Conclave’


Come January 30, Event Xpress, a full-service management company of The New Indian Express Group, is all set to host the second edition of The New Indian Express ThinkEdu Conclave in Chennai. The two-day event will see a host of notable speakers including Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, top bureaucrats and heads of educational institutions.

Talking about the objective behind the conclave, Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express and The Sunday Standard, and CEO, Event Xpress Management Services, said, “As India moves ahead on the path of globalisation, it needs an education system that addresses current issues and gives our children the skills they need to compete in tomorrow’s world. At TNIE, we believe that it is our duty as thinking citizens to help our students get these skills and ‘be the most that they can be.”

Chawla added, “Everyone complains that our existing system is flawed. We say nothing is so wrong that it cannot be set right, and so the ThinkEdu Conclave is a platform for people who want to be part of the setting-right process. Our forum brings together relevant members of the government and the private sector, academics and intellectuals, historians and political scientists to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the education sector and to help fashion a system that is committed to India progress and yet rooted in our culture.”

The first edition of ThinkEdu Conclave got a tremendous response from both the participants and the delegates. It saw 65 speakers discussing the key aspects of education over two days. Among the speakers were former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Union ministers Shashi Tharoor, Jayanthi Natarajan, Jitin Prasada and Manish Tewari, Chief Ministers Sheila Dikshit and Vijay Bahuguna, and BJP leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh, in addition to IIT Directors, school and college principals, researchers, historians, social scientists and corporate leaders. All the sessions were thought-provoking and feisty. The 400-member- strong audience was made up of teachers, educationists, citizens with a deep interest in the future of this country and highly-involved and evolved students who quizzed and challenged the speakers.

Last year the conclave talked about Public Education and RTE, school syllabi, deregulating education, teacher training and remuneration, vocational studies and the politicisation of education. The conclave also debated the issues like secularism in education, the gender and class bias in the classroom, raising the standard of India’s professional colleges and the job readiness of our graduates.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better start, and we hope to build on it this year. This year’s topics are just as focused and powerful, and the speakers just as notable,” said Chawla. “The fabulous turnout and audience response to the first edition of ThinkEdu has brought many more partners to the event. I think they are all very excited about the potential of ThinkEdu.”

Event Xpress is a full-service management company that conceptualises and implements the most thought-provoking and well-attended events for The New Indian Express Group and other clients. It works across industry, and has organised high-wattage events in the fields of education, banking, clean energy, literature, sports and music.

Speaking on Event Xpress, Chawla said, “Be it the Best Bankers’ Awards in the Capital, the ThinkEdu Conclave in Chennai or the Odisha Literary Festival in Bhubaneswar, our speakers and delegates always include the best and brightest minds in the business. Almost all our events have become annual properties. Each event is impactful, given our skills in identifying and getting together India’s best brains and the biggest names to share their dreams, and discuss ideas and developments in their domain. Our events are marked by meticulous planning, constant innovation and immaculate execution.”

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