Bertelsmann India Investments and Bertelsmann India Corporate Centre organised its annual flagship event – Bertelsmann India Summit. The Summit was designed to drive high-powered interactions with Education ecosystem players – an exciting mix of Policy Makers, Thought Leaders, Educators, Investors etc.
Vandana Bhatnagar, Chief Program Officer – National Skill Development Corporation commented on the event, saying, “ Remote working is going to be a widespread reality in the future. This will usher more women into our workforce, giving them better opportunities to financially sustain themselves.”
Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO- NITI Aayog was the honorary Chief Guest and underlined that- “ Less than 20% graduates in India are employable and therefore it is important to push for teaching of frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence in IITs and engineering colleges of India to increase their employability. At the school level, India needs to move away from the Anglo-Saxon system of education to provide AI based personalized and adaptive learning opportunities for children. Having said that, the Indian education system needs to be more innovative and driven by new tech, therefore, we are actively facilitating online learning at the Government level.”
Themed as ‘Innovation in Education’, Bertelsmann India Summit is an initiative by Bertelsmann India Investments to strengthen dialogues surrounding the growth of education in the country. As a global player in education with investments in companies such as Udacity, Relias, HotChalk, etc. Bertelsmann, through its India investment arm- Bertelsmann India Investment, is looking at bringing global practices from other markets into India’s education’s sector. It aims to do so by leading dialogues and creating accelerated engagement with the Government of India on education policies and global initiatives that can help redefine education across all segments.
Commenting on the event, Pankaj Makkar, Managing Director – Bertelsmann India Investments& Bertelsmann India Corporate Centre said, “The Bertelsmann India Summit comes at a very opportune time as India’s education sector is witnessing massive transformation marked by the emergence of several innovative new-age businesses that are integrating education and technology across all levels. We have always strategically focused on scaling up education brands, both in India and globally and with an escalated approach, we are also working closely with the ecosystem makers including the Government to usher the next phase of growth for the sector. This Summit is our sincere effort to reach out to the right audience to redefine the way India will be educated tomorrow & beyond.”
Bertelsmann, which takes immense pride in being associated with a diversified portfolio of global companies in innovative skill based education and training, such as Relias, Udacity, HotChalk and AfferoLabs has established the Bertelsmann Education Group worldwide, which manages the companies. With this summit, Bertelsmann India Investments will create more essential conversations about the education sector, and aim to involve itself as the education sector of the country progresses to its zenith.
Some of the Indian startups that Bertelsmann India Investments has been associated with as a growth investor are Eruditus Executive Education, iNurture, amongst others.