India Today School Summit 2017-Our founder Santosh Phad as a panelist Speaker

On 16 Dec 2017, Our Founder Mr.Santosh phad was a  speaker and panelist at most esteemed India Today School summit 2017, Mumbai. Thinksharp Foundation was proud to put across point of equal rural educational access at this summit. This summit was organised at Hotel Trident, BKC, Mumbai.This summit also had our respected Minister of higher and technical education Mr.Vinod Tawade.
Know more in audiovisual way  watch our video @https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5jxmMi90uY&feature=youtu.be
In this summit Mr.Santosh was chosen as panelist for topic “Learning goes Digital-How does it work”. He was joined by other three experts in this field Mr.Nirav khambhati, CEO Tata ClassEdge, Mr.Sunil Khandbahale,Innovator and entrepreneur, Founder and CEO khandbahale.com and Sonali Patankar, Founder Responsible Netism. Mr Santosh put across the challenge we face i.e we have two parts of India i.e India and Bharat meaning there is a great divide in rural and urban education. He focused on how digital learning is need of hour and how it is changing the way children learn and adhere to schools in rural areas. Santosh also answered to question by curator of panel discussion Kavaree Bamzai on “What  will he do if he was a student in today’s era”  by again emphasizing the impact of digital technology on learning by saying that, he will certainly do more courses online to learn more such as using Coursera which he currently using and completing 3 courses as of today.
It was fully packed summit with attendedes such as numerous esteemed educationists from schools, institutes, colleges, not for profits working in education and educational infrastructure providers.
The topics at this summit were beautifully curated . They were very inspirational and motivational where lot of educational ideas and projects were put forward . This ideas and projects are transforming the way the education is made available to children today to make them better leaders and better human beings. The educational system is shifting to accommodate the way today’s generation want to learn that is creative, interactive way of learning.
The speaker’s included but not limited to Mr.Vinay Sahasrabuddhe,MP who spoke about the rural urban educational divide in very eloquent and relatable way.
Mr.Viswanathan, vice Chancellor of VIT university talked about idea of educational divide and digital education.
It was followed by a very motivational panel discussion where panelist included esteemed educationists such as Shaheen Mistri, Founder Aakanksha Foundation and CEO of  Teach For India, Madhavi Tondi Head Symbiosis Schools Central Directorate , Suresh Subramanian COO Educate Girls and Indu Shahani Founding Dean of Indian School of Design. It was rightly pointed by everyone that access to education to every child of India is answer to making India a leading nation. It was also rightly pointed that  involving children in policy making of education is important so as to understand what type of education methods children will prefer.
Other panel discussion involved topics such “A different School of thought -shaping learning minds” by speakers Molly Paul Principal Bombay Scottish school, Kasar Dopaishi, Principal, Singapore International School.
The speaker’s included our respected  Mr.Vinod Tawade, Minister of Higher and Technical education, Maharashtra. Mr. Vinod Tawade  spoke about autonomy in education sector, Govt’s policies that are implemented and modified to adapt today’s educational need.
This summit also saw other illuminating topics and experts . Such as “Autonomy in higher studies”, Don’t wait for change,be the change agents”, “ahead of curve blueprint for global tie-ups,” and “not so nil battey sannata”.
Other esteemed speakers included Sumeet kulkarni, Director Granny cloud, Seema Saini, CEO N.L. Dalmia educational Society, Vikas Kalyani, Founder AAS Vidyalaya, Madhu shree Shekhar ,Professor from TISS (Tata institute of social sciences), Malay Krishna Professor, SPJIMR(SP jain institute of management) Gayatri Nair Lobo Executive director Indian School leadership institute and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Filmmaker.
Our team also attended this event comprising of our volunteers Mr.Bhagwan Jadhav and Dr.Shraddha Bhange.

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StudyMall received Digital Trail Blazer Award 2016.

Our project “StudyMall” received Digital Trail Blazer Award at Digital India Conclave event . This Award was presented by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis  for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was presented by HP India in association with India Today Television and KPMG. 

Digital Trial Blazer award presented to Us. all-team
The Digital India Conclave is India’s first conclave that brings together the best of minds, talent and people with a varied range of expertise in the digital field from all over the country.

We were honored to share the award with 4 other esteemed organisations.

all-jury1) AAPLE SARKAR APP, DEPARTMENT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA initiative which address public grievances while ensuring participative governance. The ‘Aaple Sarkar’ portal and app are monitored by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Maharashtra and is a platform for citizens to participate in discussions on the development of the state.

2)  ANTI CORRUPTION APP, ANTI CORRUPTION BUREAU –Anti- Corruption Bureau in Maharashtra is a high tech solution to deal with the menace of evidence tampering and to  report on corruption.

3) ROJGAR WAHINI, DEPT OF SKILL DEV, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Maharashtra Govt-Rojgar Wahini is a Government of Maharashtra initiative which provides  free services like vocational guidance, job opportunities and self-employment guidance to job seekers.

4) MAHARASHTRA VIDHAN BHAVAN, DEPT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA-This inititative has made  legislative business paperless,  members of legislative council (MLCs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) post their questions and resolutions online. The legislators would also be able to check previous records and even get a written reply on this tab.

The event was filled with inspiration and motivation as the dignitaries shared their thoughts and plans in their speech. It was amazing to see how digitization will help us to resolve society’s  problems and take India to next level.

We are now charged with more enthusiasm to take digital education to every needy rural parts and villages  of India.

  • santoshThanks to our supporter without whom this honor would not have been possible.

    We are very honored to have received this award for our effort to digitize education in 3 villages of Maharashtra.   We are helping village children read, learn and play and thus increasing their study time, study interest, knowledge base of extra curricular activities, hobbies, games etc .

  • Through this project “StudyMall” we aim to give village children an equal chance to be a empowered citizens of India.     

  • We were honored to have chance to listen to dignitaries of the event which included AMITABH NAG, Head: Digital India- HP Inc, DEEPAK SAWANT, Minister – Public Health & Family Welfare: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, DR. JAIJIT BHATTACHARYA, Partner, Infrastructure & Government Services- KPMG India, KAUSTUBH DHAVSE, Officer On Special Duty to the Chief Minister’s Office,K.M PRASANNA, Asst. Police Commissioner, Mumbai Crime Branch and V.K GAUTAM, Principal Secretary- Information Technology, Government of Maharashtrsantosh-n-stage
  • More information on event can be found at http://indiatoday.intoday.in/digitalindia/2016/trailblazer.jsp

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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