To build 21st century knowledge economy; don’t teach people what to do, instead teach them how to seek what to do; Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was in the capital as a key note speaker for One Globe Forum.


(L-R) Mr. Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO, BrainGain Global; Dr. Shailaja Fennell, Director of Research, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, lecturer in Development Studies; Fellow of Jesus College at University of Cambridge, Shri Satyapal Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Mr. Dalbir Singh, Chairman, One Globe Forum

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was in the capital as a key note speaker for One Globe Forum. The forum brings together global thought leaders who discuss, debate and deliberate on themes which are most relevant to building a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. 

Speaking of the idea of India in the 21st century, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, said, “The challenge is to allow the society to understand the value of strong foundation. In India, we have a system in our higher education that is over regulated and under governed. As a result, we don’t focus on our outcomes, instead we heavily emphasize on processes that result in lack of flexibility. In many scientific and technical institutions we tend to teach what is already outdated 7 years ago and this is clearly what is wrong with the 21st century. In working towards the 21st century knowledge economy, do not teach children what to think; teach them how to think, that’s all that matters”.

Hon'ble Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Shri Satyapal Singh inaugurated the eighth annual edition of the One Globe Forum. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony he congratulated One Globe Forum which he believes can play a role in uniting humanity and not just building a knowledge economy. He added, the challenge we face is that the Indian ecosystem is devoid of basic human values. A child should go through a holistic development program which is currently lacking in the education system in India.

Shri. Manish Tewari, Former Minister of State, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, said “As we speak, we are about 3 months away from the first round of general election which will have great amount of significance as more than 150 million people will participate in this largest democratic franchise. It’s is an extremely appropriate time to reflect on how much we have achieved in the past 56 months over the term of this Government and where we will be able to enhance our capacity towards building 2st century knowledge economy”.

Adding to it, Mr. Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, BrainGain Global said, “While congratulating the winners, Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, BrainGain Global said, “It is very encouraging to witness a series of efforts being made towards building a 21st century knowledge economy in India. We are very thankful to each one who has won and carved a niche in the century we are in. Right from driving excellence in the digital landscape to creating social impact, everyone has made a significant contribution to build this conversation. In the past seven years, we have witnessed immense transformation and impact on the entire ecosystem”.

This year the forum focused on, “Ideas and Impact of Building a 21st Century Knowledge Economy in India & South Asia”, by bringing speakers from over 25 countries to India’s leading annual thought leadership platform on linkages between economic growth, entrepreneurship, education, innovation, technology and health. 

The One Globe Forum 2019 included 15 sessions where Global leaders at the panel stirred the conversation around topics the likes of which were: Growing India’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, How Fintech is disrupting Finance, Public Health in India: Critical issues and Challenges and Electing the future: India’s 130 million new voters.

Leaders such as Shri. Manish Tewari, Former Minister of State, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Smt. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare; Sutapa Sanyal, Member, Advisory Committee Central Adoption Resource Authority; Jerry MacArthur Hultin, Chairman, The Global Futures Group, LLC, President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Chairman, Smart City Expo World Congress Advisory Board;former Under Secretary of the Navy (United States); Mr. Satjiv Chahil, Silicon Valley Marketing Guru; Mr. Vinay Kumar, Director- AI, Microsoft and Lord Raj Loomba CBE Founder & Chairman -Trustee, The Loomba Foundation among others were the speakers at the forum. 

Some of the leading personalities that participated in the forum include - Mr. Mukesh Aghi; CEO of USISPF, Baroness Sandip Verma; Member of the House of Lords UK, Rajeshwari Ramanan; Assistant Dean of Career Management, Georgetown University, PR Ganapathy; Regional Director, Stanford Seed, Ramesh Jagannathan; Managing Director of StartAD, NYU Abu Dhabi, PK Agarwal; Regional Dean and CEO, Northeastern University, Dr. Shailaja Fennell; Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Chokan Laumulin; PhD Researcher, Centre of Development Studies and Darwin College, University of Cambridge, Mahendra Bapna; Advisor (Industry-Academia Interface), IIT Jodhpur, Fariha Ansari Javed; Board Member, Harvard Business School of India, Ariadne Papagapitos; Co-founder & Director, New Markets, Localized; Managing Director, Makarand H. Chipalkatti; Dr. Chips Consulting LLC; Projjol Banerjea; Founder & CPO, Zeotap; Dr. Priya Virmani; Founder & Director, EmPower Art, Anisha Singh; Founder & Managing Partner, She Capital, Prabhakar Jayakumar; Country Director, India, Digital Ocean, Sousthav Chakrabarty; Co-founder & CEO, Quotient Digital Solutions Pvt Ltd, Jagdish Mitra; Chief Strategy Officer, Tech Mahindra, Ashwarya Singh; CEO, Drivezy, and other top experts from Meridien International Center, Asian Century Communications, Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA, QuaQua, GD Goenka World School, Anthill Ventures, Guiding Star Digital, OC Pvt Capital, Cygnus Hospitals, ZipLoan, Smarten Spaces and Avanti Finance.

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