India showcases its leading educational Institution onWorld Stage in London

Skilltree aims to draw global attention to Indias thriving educational sector, discussing the improvements it needs to make to draw more students globally.

June 30, 2014 12:17 IST | India Infoline News Service
SkillTree Great Place to Study India Edition at two prestigious ceremonies in central London. The world-famous venues, the House of Commons and Madame Tussauds London, played host to a high-profile delegation of Indian heads of educational institutions, UK and Indian VIPs, business leaders, society lynchpins and public figures. The pioneering event, which was held in association with international brand consultancy Sterling Media and powered by Lavasa Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of HCC (Hindustan Construction Company), showcased Indias prowess as a global-leader in educational attainment as well as demonstrating the countrys vast potential as a hub of learning and development. 

SkillTree Great Place to Study India Edition marked the first international education convocation of its kind in London to profile some of Indias most established and respected educational institutions, and positioned Indias plethora of fine colleges and universities on an international platform, enhancing the country as a destination of choice by the global student fraternity. 
The esteemed proceedings began at the House of Commons with an afternoon presentation of certificates ceremony to 20 of Indias top educational institutions. The certificate presentation was by Bob Blackman MP, the Conservative MP for Harrow East and a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and Backbench Business Committee. 

Certificates and awards were presented to the following renowned Indian universities:

1. AIMS Institutes, presented to Dr Kerron G Reddy & Dr Gopal G Reddy, CEO, AIMS Institutes.
2. Ansal University, presented to Sheetal Pranav Ansal, Trustee - Ansal University.
3. Apeejay Education Society & Apeejay Stya University, presented to Sushma Paul Berlia, Co-Promoter and President, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group, Co-Founder and Chancellor Apeejay Stya University, President Apeejay Education Society
4. Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa, presented to Rajiv Duggal, Senior Vice President Tourism, 
Hospitality & SPV's - Lavasa Corporation Limited
5. FORE School of Management, presented to Dr Jitendra K. Das, Director, FORE School of Management
6. G D Goenka University, presented to Prof Dr Raj Singh, Vice-Chancellor G D Goenka University
7. Goa Institute of Management, presented to Dr Ajit Arun Parulekar, Professor Marketing, Asst. Dean Health Care Management
8. Great Lakes Institute of Management, presented to Prof S Sriram, Executive Director & Dr Vaidy Jayaraman
9. ICFAI University, presented to Sudhakar Rao, Director, ICFAI Group
10. IMT-CDL, Ghaziabad, presented to Rajiv Tandon, CEO, IMT-CDL (via video message)
11.ITM University, Gwalior, presented to Prof Yogesh Upadhyay, Vice Chancellor ITM University Gwalior
12. JIS Group Educational Initiatives, presented to  Taranjit Singh, Managing Director JIS 
13. Manipal University, presented to Dr Prabhu Gopalakrishna Karkala, Registrar, Manipal    University
14. RV College of Engineering, presented to Prof BS Satyanarayanan, Principal, RVCE
15. SR Group of Institutions, presented to Dr Ashish K Mukhopadhyay, Group Director, SR Group of Institutions
16. Shoolini University, presented to Founder Trustee - Shoolini University
17. Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Retd Brig Dr PK Saxena, Registrar, VIPS
18. Whistling Woods International, presented to  Meghna Ghai Puri, President, Whistling 
Woods International
19. XLRI Xavier School of Management, presented to Dr Pranabesh Ray, Dean Academics
20. Yenepoya University, presented to Dr. Ravi Vaswani, Professor & Head, Department of Internal Medicine - Yenepoya Medical College, Former Registrar - Yenepoya University.

The certificates presentation was followed by a glittering dinner reception at Londons renowned Madame Tussauds. The distinguished guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and delicious Indo-British fusion cuisine before settling down to a special awards ceremony. The awards presentation once again acknowledged the 20 leading Indian educational institutions, as well as honouring six of the UKs most enterprising, innovative and successful business leaders and public office dignitaries, who have all played their part in promoting relations between the two countries. The six honourees from the UK included:

Sarosh Zaiwalla, Founder and Senior Partner, Zaiwalla & Co Solicitors, who was presented the Global Leader Award for International Law. 

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of TOPSGRUP and The Shield Group, who was presented the Global Leader Award for Entrepreneurship.
Dr Rami Ranger MBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd and Sea, Air & Land Forwarding Ltd, was honour with the Apeejay Dr. Stya Paul Global Leader Award for International Trade & Enterprise.

Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE, was presented the Global Leader Award for Education.
Rt Hon Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East & Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee, received the Global Leader Award for Public Affairs
Rt Hon Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, Chairman of Caparo Group, was presented with the coveted Lifetime Achievement.

The event was also attended by several Indian and British high profile dignitaries, public figures, leaders from the education and business sector, billionaires, and celebrities including: Deputy Indian High Commissioner Mr. Virander Paul, Mark Pritchard MP, The Rt. Hon Baroness Sandeep Verma, Minister for Energy & Climate Change, Commodore Sandeep Beecha, Dame Asha Khemka, principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College, The Rt Hon. the Baroness Prashar CBE, Deputy Chair of British Council, Indian film stars Upen Patel and Amy Jackson, former Transport Minister for London, Kulveer Ranger to name but a few. 

SkillTree Knowledge Consortium is an organisation engaged in higher education advisory and consultation, spreading knowledge and sharing ideas through research and publication. 

It now aims to use its expertise to draw global attention to Indias thriving educational sector, whilst also discussing the improvements it needs to make to draw more students globally. SkillTree is Indias first for-profit social enterprise in the education sector with multiple platforms and engagements, and is steered by professionals with core expertise in educational leadership. Great Place to Study is an international academic auditing and research wing at SkillTree. It studies, recognises and creates great institutes of international standard. Great Place to Studys annual recognition is Indias only international award platform for education institutions.

Shekhar A Bhattacharjee, Founder, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium, commented: 
Nine months ago my team and I came up with this idea that we must go global, and here we are. India is a great destination with great institutions; Indias higher education system has witnessed tremendous growth in recent times. The teaching techniques and the quality of learning have been transformed and taken to new heights. SkillTree Great Place to Study.
India Edition showcases 20 institutions in the country which have great global practices. 

Every year we will be highlighting 20 universities across the country.
Arvina Purkayastha, COO & Editor, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium and Editor, Great Place to Study, added: SkillTree Knowledge Consortium is a pioneering initiative, which has been specifically established to promote the finest Indian universities and colleges to a global audience. We have some of the best educational establishments in the world and we are very proud to showcase 20 of them here tonight. I also want to thank Shekhar Bhattacharjee for all his relentless support, dynamism and vision in making this SkillTree initiative possible.

House of Commons, Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East and a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and 
Backbench Business Committee, said: I represent the Harrow constituency, where a large number of my constituents are from India, particularly from the state of Gujarat. As we have this event today, my colleagues in the House of Commons are currently discussing student visas; I am sure there will be a statement made on this very soon. We do need to ensure that we get some improvements on this because Britain is not the most popular place to go for Indian students, it is now the USA. I think given the history and the links we have with India that is regrettable. 

India is a very young country in terms of its development of young people. But in this country we have stayed still for too long. The degree in the UK takes three years; why not have degree courses that could be done in two years? I think that the friendship and the relationship between India and the UK are strong and growing. We can achieve so much as friends and people that can participate and work together. I am not only looking forward to giving out prizes today but hearing from the award winners on what they are doing.
The event was supported by Lavasa Corporation Limited, which is currently working on the creation of the first of India's 100 new cities. Nathan Andrews, CEO and President of Lavasa Corporation Ltd, commented: We wanted to be a part of SkillTrees initiative as our vision is to position Lavasa as one of the leading education centres in the world.

As Indias first new city being built since independence, education plays a very important part in terms of who we are today and how our success story will be told in the future. As such we are intent on showcasing the world-class institutions on offer in order to attract the best and the brightest students from all corners of the globe. 

In ancient times, India was recognised as a world class centre for education however gradually over a period of time the country lost its pivotal position. The latest figures show that 17.5 billion was brought into the UK from overseas students; currently, I could not find any such records for India on the net. Out of the top 200 universities in the world, 79 are in the USA, seven in Australia and five are in China. There is not a single one from India. This is all something we hope to change.

Today, a number of favourable factors are once again at play which will propel India to the position of a global education hub. We should all remember that this campaign is not just about us, it is not just about our institutions, but it is about our country. Education is the key to our future, and with that we are delighted to support and play a part such a noble cause.
The event was organised in association with the international brand consultancy Sterling Media. Natasha Mudhar, CEO & MD of Sterling Media, comments: All of us at Sterling were delighted to partner with Shekhar Bhattacharjee Founder of Skilltree Knowledge Consortium for such a worthy initiative. The importance of having access to a good education is something that cannot be over-emphasised.

SkillTree Great Place to Study India Edition will enhance the reputation of some of Indias most distinguished educational institutions across the globe. Attracting the best and the brightest to India will support this cause by enriching the academic environment, enhancing quality and bringing in new resources to the community. We look forward to watching the professional and educational links between India and the UK flourish in the future.

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