Education Dialogue I
Agenda: The Role of Educational Institutions in Achieving the 2030 Agenda
Date: 28th June 2020
The Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015, include 17 targets that are to be achieved by 2030, a.k.a. the 2030 Agenda. The first dialogue in the series, with Guru Nanak Khalsa College as the regional partner, discussed on how educational institutions play a broad role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Education Dialogue II
Agenda: National Education Policy 2020 and its socioeconomic implications
Date: 28th August 2020
The second installment in the dialogue series covered the National Education Policy (NEP) and the changes that are associated with it. The discussion was quite fruitful, and brought in a good perspective of students, academia, and policymakers. Done in collaboration with Sharda University, the event witnessed Ms. Paola Bettelli, the lead SDG advisor for the Colombian Government, and an Attorney of Law in New York as the Keynote Speaker.
Education Dialogue III
Agenda: Equity and Access of Higher Education in Developing Countries
10th September '20
Lack of Access to Education is a global issue, that affects developing countries the most. Therefore, the third session in the series brought together participants, speakers, and partners from India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to have a dialogue on the issue. Prominent attendees included guests from three Afghan Universities, Rana, Taj and Jami Universities. A few brilliant minds joined in as speakers, including the former advisor to the Afghan President, a member of the council of the US Embassy in Nepal, the Education Attache of the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi, and a keynote speaker from the drafting committee of NEP '20.
Education Dialogue IV
Agenda: Root Problems Leading to Low Employability of College Graduates in India
Date: 26th September 2020
The 4th dialogue in the series focused on the issue that was in part being created by low quality education - low employability. BITSMUN Goa, coming together with the Model UN Societies of the other BITS Campuses, BITSMUN Pilani and BITSMUN Hyderabad, together organized this dialogue. With a keynote speaker from UNESCO, and prominent BITS Alumni as panelists, there was an interesting discussion that took place.
Education Dialogue V
Agenda: Technological Accessibility in Education
10th October '20
Technological Accessibility in Education: How today's modern world technology and next-gen innovations are making education and basic learning accessible to students and professionals across all parts of the country, and how arriving at a consensus will put emphasis on the current situation and ways to improve it. This would be discussed further, in the dialogue being organized by BITSMUN Goa, along with the MUN Society of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati - IITG MUN.
Education Dialogue VI
Agenda: Feasibility of Affirmative Action in Education.
18th October '20
BITSMUN Goa, along with BITSMUN Hyderabad, would be organizing an interesting dialogue that would cover the really important topic of reservation, which has usually been swept under the carpet for many years.
Amita SharmaLawyer, Nepal Supreme Court & Council Member of the US Embassy in Nepal
Mr. Arvind ShuklaFounder & CEO at UpRise India; Alumnus of BITS Pilani ‘83 Batch
Dr. Fraidoon LatifiFormer Advisor at Ministry of Education, Afghanistan
Dr. Gagan Preet KaurMember of the NEP’20 Drafting Committee &Skill Development Consultant, Govt. of India.
Mr. Sayed Mustafa SayediFormer Advisor to Afghan President; Former Head of Investments, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of Afghanistan
Mr. Navkaran SinghPart of the BITSAA International COVID Job Support Initiative;Alumnus of BITS Pilani ‘16 Batch
Mr. Manish JoshiMember of Education Sector Team at UNESCO New Delhi for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training;Former member of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Govt. of India.
Mr. Sediqullah SaharEducation Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi.
Ms. Paola BettelliLead Climate Negotiator and Sustainable Development advisor for the Columbian GovernmentAttorney of law in New York.
Mr. Anil SwarupFormer Indian Administrative Service(IAS) officer and former secretary for School Education and Literacy for Govt. of India.
Mr. Ramkrishna PrasadCo-Founder of The Pride Circle, and Intel’s Global Development and Inclusion Hero of the Year
Mr. Aakash Singh RathorePhilosopher and Author of Several Books
Ms. ElsaMarie D’SilvaFounder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation GlobalPresident of Red Dot Foundation India
Mr. Nixon JosephChief Operating Officer (COO), SBI Foundation
Mr. Mahir Vivek SoodAdvocate and Member of Punjab School Education Board
Dr. Basavadatta MitraProfessor at BITS Pilani, GoaELT Consultant, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of IndiaEducation Committee Member, Goa Chamber of Commerce