1st July 2021

 19:00 – 20:30 IST



 Dr. Vanita Sharma

Dr. Pradeep Khosla

Advisor- Strategic Initiatives,

Reliance Foundation

Chancellor, University of California San Diego, USA


The effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have been evident across geographies and sectors. It has already led to an evolved way of living, learning, working and even interacting with each other. While the complete implications of the pandemic will only unfold in the future, some key opportunities and challenges for higher education in a post-pandemic world are already emerging. 

Over the last year, higher education systems across the world have had to deal with hitherto unforeseen issues like starting routine academic sessions, re-imagining pedagogy, completing the syllabus, conducting examinations, managing finances, curtailed job opportunities as well as challenges caused by the digital divide. 


However, there have also been positives.  Most notably, the scale and speed of digital adoption has accelerated significantly, as most higher education institutions have swiftly switched to remote learning. On one hand, this has led to exponential growth of ed-tech platforms both in individual and institutional capacities, as well as providing new opportunities for learning and collaboration. On the other, it has presented new challenges of access, measuring learning outcomes and striving towards educational equity. As we look ahead to a post-pandemic world, it is important to understand current dynamics, explore different pathways and ably strategize to ensure a sustainable and equitable higher education ecosystem.  


The conversation will focus on the following themes: 


  • Increased adoption of digital learning in higher education institutions

  • Economic impact of the pandemic on higher education institutes

  • Ensuring education equity irrespective of recent socio-economic turmoil

  • An opportunity to reform the Indian higher education system

  • Re-thinking higher education in the post pandemic job market

During the session, we will explore some of the key emerging trends in India and globally which show the possibilities for how we can re-imagine higher education in the future. 



Dr. Pradeep Khosla

Chancellor, University of California San Diego, USA

Dr. Khosla, an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, is the eighth Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and a Distinguished Professor.  


He initiated and led UC San Diego’s first-ever Strategic Plan, and recently launched the public phase of the Campaign for UC San Diego - an ambitious and bold USD 2 billion endeavour, aimed at transforming the university physically and intellectually. Prior to this, Dr. Khosla served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip & Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.


 Dr. Vanita Sharma

Advisor- Strategic Initiatives, Reliance Foundation

Dr Vanita Sharma is an Advisor on Strategic Initiatives at Reliance Foundation in India.  

She has 20 years international experience in the social sector, corporate social responsibility and communications in the UK, South Asia and Africa, working across corporates, academia and charitable foundations.  


Previously, she worked at Tata Trusts in Mumbai as Head of Policy and Advocacy for the cancer care programme; as Head of Communications and CSR for Tata Consultancy Services’ UK subsidiary Diligenta in London and Head of Programmes for AfrOx, at the University of Oxford.  


She has a BA, M.St. and D.Phil. in history from the University of Oxford, where her research focused on South Asia.  She has taught history at the University of Oxford; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London; and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. She was awarded a Scholar of Peace Fellowship by the Dalai Lama Foundation. 

  • Leaders in Education

  • Institution builders

  • Education policy-makers

  • Faculty members

  • Students

  • Research and Development Professionals

  • Industry Learning and Development Professionals

  • Ed-tech Professionals

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