A three-day international conference on ‘Enabling Make in India- challenges and opportunities for engineering education’, to begin at KLE Technological University here from Wednesday, will focus on the role of education in achieving the objective of “Make in India” as well as the reforms that need to be brought about in the education sector.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will inaugurate the conference and ex-Chairman of All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) R. Natarajan will deliver the keynote address. Pralhad Joshi, MP and KLE Society chairman Prabhakar Kore will be present at the inaugural session.
Vice-Chancellor Ashok Shettar shared that the conference would focus mainly on how to prepare and reform our education sector to help the students contribute for the success of this initiative. It is essential to have a strong education system, particularly for the engineering stream. In the plenary sessions, Indian and foreign experts would discuss issues related to creation of transformative educational experience, building entrepreneurial ecosystem in the campuses, convergence of technologies and manufacturing among others.
Experts from foreign universities would present five case studies and discuss how the universities came forward and contributed when similar initiatives were initiated in their respective countries. Over 70 colleges from across India and 10 experts from other countries have confirmed their participation. As many as 350 delegates would participate in the event, Mr. Shettar said.