Abhishek Agrawal graduated from Middlesex University in computer Science. He will complete his PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 2008, where his primary interest lies in genetic algorithms and evolutionary algorithms. He had been teaching in universities for several years in data structures and algorithms. He is now the Managing Director of Gurg consulting. Gurg is an international software house with offices in UK and India.
Dr Sudha Bhogle is a Ph. D in Psychology working as Head, Student Solutions at Eduquity Career Technologies Pvt Ltd. A Professor of Psychology at the Bangalore University,at present, she is on lien from the University and developing e- assessment and training modules to help students achieve their potential. She was also the Coordinator, for Centre for Psychological Counselling. Dr Bhogle has been a first class student through out her academic career and was awarded the first rank and gold medal in her post graduation. She has more than 28 years of experience in research and teaching, at the postgraduate and under graduate levels. She has successfully guided students at the Ph.D. and M.Phil levels. Her areas of specialization include research methodology, psychological assessment, psychometry, cognitive psychology, child development, gender roles and clinical psychology. She has more than 75 research papers to her credit as well as chapters in edited books. She has developed and adapted psychological tests to Indian conditions and published Indian norms for many psychological instruments. She was awarded the UGC Post Doctoral Award for Young Scholars. She has attended and presented papers at national and international conferences and seminars. She has successfully executed several research projects from national and international agencies. She is a trained HRD Facilitator and has conducted several workshops on interpersonal skills, motivation, team building, communication skills, problems of adolescence, academic skills and stress management for students and the corporate world.
Robert A. Bullivant FCII, ASFA, Chartered Insurance Practitioner, Deputy Director General CII. Bob Bullivant has been in the industry for over 35 years both as an IFA and as a Director of life companies. In 2000 he chaired a working party of the Society of Fellows of the Chartered Insurance Institute into the issues of giving advice in the retirement market. He has been involved with the highest levels of Government in discussions regarding the issues facing Government for people who are living longer albeit not necessarily with a quality of life. His work at the CII encompasses responsibility for the Awarding Body activities as well as being the CII group representative on the PFS board. In this role he masterminded the change from paper to e-assessment
Gavin Cooney, After lecturing in University College Dublin for a number of years, Gavin Cooney founded Learnosity and settled in Sydney Australia where he and his company worked with the NSW Board of Studies to develop their e-Assessment strategy and technologies, e-Learning systems, and many very large websites and applications. Specialising in e-Assessment systems, we now lead a development team, which in 2006 delivered the first state wide mandatory online exam to 56,000 fifteen year olds over three days. We have also developed a self-test website for the Board of Studies which to date has delivered more than 4 million tests peaking at more than 110,000 tests in one day. Gavin returned home to Ireland in 2006, and Learnosity now supplies e-Assessment solutions worldwide from an European base. We retain the Board of Studies as a client, while developing innovative phone based e-Assessments to examine Irish language skills in students for the Irish Government, and supplying e-Assessment technology and consultancy to clients in Australia, Ireland, the UK, and Asia. Gavin is passionate about technology, and strives to continue to develop systems using the very latest technologies and assessment approaches.
Mike Dawe – City and Guilds. Mike Dawe, Manager e-Learning & Strategy City & Guilds. After work for companies in Southern Africa that train local communities to profit from their wildlife, Michael moved to City & Guilds in London. City & Guilds is a 125 year old organisation with a Royal Charter to provide access to vocational training in the UK, and delivers similar services in a further 100 countries. Currently City & Guilds registers 1.8 million learners per year. Michael’s first role in City & Guilds was co-ordinating government commissioned studies into the effects of funding structure on the quality of vocational training provision. This work lead him to managing work on use of new technologies for capture and distribution of knowledge on best practice in training delivery, and in enforcement of regulations. Since then he managed the introduction of the first large scale on-line testing programme to the UK funded vocational market with City & Guilds Information Technology suite of awards. Today Michael heads up the team that operates City & Guilds’ e-assessment capability, accounting for 80% of all City & Guilds’ objective assessment, and continues to develop capability to make electronic assessment available to all City & Guilds’ learners.
Sameer Dua : Based in Pune, Sameer is the Joint Managing Director at TASMAC ( Training & Advanced Studies in Management and Communications ), one of the most prestigious B-schools that understands the needs of the integrated global economy and is geared up to deliver quality management professionals to fulfill these needs. Sameer also heads the TASMAC Education division, TASMAC Education Consulting division and TASMAC Consulting. Under his leadership, the Education Division of TASMAC today works with the University of Wales, University of Greenwich and University of Rio Grande, USA and offers their programmes at TASMAC campuses in Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. In addition, Sameer is instrumental in setting up a Centre for Distance Education and has established 25 centres for the Distance Education Programme of TASMAC
Arun Goyal, the Head of eMacmillan Software Services and the Vice President of Macmillan India Limited, brings along over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Having worked in various functions, like, Quality Process Development, Project Management, Operations, and Business Development, he is equipped with experience of several vertical sectors and has implemented numerous successful projects of varying scale and complexity. His role in eMacmillan involves providing the leadership towards formulating and aggressively implementing growth strategies and streamlining the key functions & processes within the organization. Mr. Goyal is also responsible for project deliveries & building technological competencies. Prior to joining eMacmillan Software Services, he has been associated in different capacities with reputed software companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Birlasoft, and Visualsoft Technologies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.S., Gwalior, and had pursued his Master's in Technology from the renowned education institution, I.I.T Delhi.
Mr. Mohan Kannegal, Head- Delivery, MeritTrac - Mohan is a Production Engineer from NIT Surat (formerly REC Surat) and an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research. Before joining MeritTrac, Mohan had worked for 4 years at L&T and Citicorp Overseas Software Limited. As a Consultant at Citicorp he worked in the area of developing and implementing core banking and imaging software products for Citibank branches across the world. His stint with Citicorp included global support for Citibank's imaging product based out of London. At MeritTrac, Mohan is responsible for creation of all Intellectual Property, Consulting in the areas of Test DevelopmentÂ & IT and in managing Test Delivery.
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Ms. Rama Nangpal, Senior Technical Director, National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Govt. of India. Ms. Rama Nangpal is serving as Senior Technical Director with National Informatics Centre, a Government of India Enterprise, she joined 25 years back. She has earned her laurels in Graduation, M. Sc and M. Phil in Operation Research from Delhi University. She is heading the Tele Informatics Division and has made valuable contribution in the E-Governance initiatives of the Government of India leading her team to success in the national level projects covering the G2C and G2G models like Election Results Data Transmission over NICNET to Doordarshan for Broadcast, The National Unique ID Project and the E-Learning Services and The Online Web Based Examination for Assessments in Government and Education Sector. She amply believes and follows her motto “Success, is the willingness to strive for something you really want and go ahead with your actions, heart, mind and soul to achieve the same”. Ms Nagpal’s presentation will be delivered by Shri. A. Venkatesan
Madan Padaki is the Co-Founder & CEO of MeritTrac Services Pvt. Ltd. MeritTrac is India's Largest Skills Assessments Company and is based out of Bangalore. He completed his engineering from the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore and joined Wipro Corporation - Fluid Power unit in Export Sales. Attracted by the booming IT industry, he moved on Infosys Technologies in to a Product Management & Marketing role handling Bancs2000 â€“ a banking technology product. After a yearâ€s stint, he went on to pursue his MBA from S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research Mumbai. On graduating in 1999, he joined BFL Software as Business Development Manager and was posted to Tokyo as Resident Representative â€“ which involved setting up the operations of BFL Software in Far East. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in Aug 2000, he conceived and started MeritTrac along with other friends & colleagues. Madan is an active speaker at many forums and is invited regularly to deliver guest lectures at INSEAD, Singapore on Entrepreneurship. He has also been invited as a Speaker at the prestigious India IT Forum â€“ Global Entrepolis @ Singapore to talk about Talent Pools & Development Models in India. He was also invited for the first Asia Business Forum in Singapore to talk about Entrepreneurship. He also serves on a panel constituted by the Ministry of IT, Govt. of India to evaluate IT education in India. Madan is actively involved with many entrepreneur groups and is a member of TiE Bangalore
Prof. V.S. Prasad: Currently the Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, Prof Prasad is a well-known national educationist and an institution builder. A social scientist (Public Administration) by training, he is a recipient of many awards such as the Best Teacher Award (1991) from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India and the award of Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (2004), conferred by COL for his contribution to Open and Distance Learning (ODL). As a former Vice-President of Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and as Member, Board, International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), Prof. Prasad is actively engaged in the activities of international networks of quality assurance agencies. He has been associated with quality assurance and distance education for more than two decades. He worked in various capacities which include Pro-Vice-Chancellor and acting Vice-Chancellor of the nation’s premier educational institution - Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and as Vice-chancellor of the first open university in India - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, before assuming the present charge as Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.
*** Prof. Mariamma Varghese, Senior Education Consultant, NAAC will speak on behalf of Prof. Prasad ***
Hariharan S Raman, General Manager - ITES, Manpower Services India Pvt. Ltd.,. Manpower is the 2nd Largest recruitment company globally. Hari joined Manpower in the Mid July 2007. Hari brings over 23 years of well rounded experience with Xerox India Ltd. & Eicher Goodearth LImited - having managed large teams and driving business & quality across the organization. During his tenure with Xerox, he has handled various types of responsibilities like Leasing Manager for North, Business Manager Channels for Delhi, DGM - Rajasthan, Solutions Manager - North, GM - Andhra Pradesh, GM - Karnataka, Regional Manager - West & Finance Controller - North India. His last assignment was as Associate Director - Lean Six Sigma & Make New Money, where he was responsible for change management through deployment of Lean Six Sigma across Xerox India. Hari is Graduate in Physics and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Marketing) from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi in 1987. He has also done his Masters in Business Administration from IGNOU, Delhi in 1994. Married to Vidya, Hari has two sons - Rohan and Shravan. Hari is a fitness freak and is regular with gym and yoga. He enjoys playing badminton and table tennis.
Manish is currently the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest temporary staffing firm. The four year old firm now has over 75,000 employees in 675 cities locations across India. Earlier he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company in 1996 that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently he was Managing Director of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore. Manish serves as a member of the Planning Commission steering committee on labor and employment for the Eleventh five year plan (2007-12) and is a member of the CII core group on labour reforms. He serves on the board and is a founder investor in ICAP India, IndiaInsure Risk Management, and Gaja Capital. Manish got his MBA from The Wharton School.
Prof Sadagopan is the founder Director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Bangalore from September 1999. He had taught at two premier educational Institutes in India, namely, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IITK) during 1980 - 1995 and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, (IIMB) during 1995-1999. He obtained his undergraduate engineering degree from Madras University and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Purdue University, USA. He is a Fellow of the IEE, UK, Computer Society of India and the Institution of Engineers (India).
Sunirmal Sen has worked in the area of Information Management for last 39+ years. This included Head of IT in different Organisations till September, 1999. Since then working as IT Consultant primarily responsible for
Finalisation of Contracts relating to IT Projects in India & Abroad
Project Management for implementation of IT Projects
Business Process Reengineering & Change Management
Advising on Processes related to ERP Implementation
Presently working as Management Consultant primarily for a Very Large Multinational IT Company. Responsible for advising on Process related Issues in respect of ERP Practices. His Teaching & Teaching Experience include
Visiting Faculty in reputed Management Institutes and Universities like Kolkata University, Indian Institute of Management-Kolkata, Indian Institute of Port Management-Kolkata, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management-Kolkata, Indian Institute of Military Academy-Kolkata, National Institute Of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research-Kolkata, Burdwan University-West Bengal, University of Technology-Kolkata, Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University)-West Bengal etc.
Actively involved in finalisation of syllabi of many Universities for IT Courses.
Ex-examiner of Indian Institute of Cost & Works Accountants.
Associated with Professional Organisations like CSI, CMA, BCCI etc
Delivered invited talks in many seminars in India and abroad
Payal Shah: Payal Shah (BA, MSc) is an Organisational Psychologist who specialises in work-related stress and psychosocial hazards (bullying, work-life imbalance, harassment, etc.). She is director of Inicio, and is working extensively with various organisations in Ireland and India, helping them manage psychosocial hazards through the highly effective and scientific method of risk management. She also guest lectures to MBA students specializing in HR and Postgraduate Health and Safety students in several colleges and universities in India and Ireland. She is actively engaged in speaking at and organising conferences. She is currently researching the influence of the Agile methodology of software development on psychosocial hazards in the workplace. She is currently involved in setting up a professional body for international standards in HR and organisational development in India.
D Sudhanva : Founder and CEO of Excel Soft Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Sudhanva is an Instrumentation Engineer with Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Mysore, and MS in Electrical Engineering from The Worcester Tech, USA. He has served as a Consultant to The World Bank, Washington DC, in the area of MIS and GIS Applications in the Energy and Infrastructure Sector, and has rich experience in Pattern Recognition and Image Processing. Sudhanva and his team at Excel Soft are instrumental in developing ‘Saras Suite, consisting of Learning Management System and Assessment Management System’ - an award-winning flagship product, which is used by over 500 renowned corporate companies and universities across the world.
Neil Summers has many years experience in training and skills development. He is wellversed in the related challenges and how to address them. Prior to him taking up his role at Calibrand ZA, Neil was involved in many projects as an independent consultant. As a consultant, he assisted companies in developing their skills, courseware and engaging in training projects for companies in the health, hospitality, tourism and financial services sectors. In his role at Calibrand he is responsible for all aspects of company management within South Africa. He has a particular focus on desktop migration, compliance and assessment within South Africa's National Qualifications Framework.
Colonel (Retd) Vikram Tiwathia : Currently the Chief Information Officer with the Confederation of Indian Industries, Vikram passed out from IIT Kharagpur with Masters in Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering with a specialization in Microwave Engineering. Prior to joining CII, he was a key senior officer in the Indian Army of Corps of Signals and has held over the last two decades in his tenure, a wide variety of key communication, policy formulation, planning, and administrative posts. His responsibilities and contributions on these engagements were personally commended by the Chief and Vice Chief of the Indian Army. Incidentally, Vikram was the first communications officer on the Siachen Glacier in 1984. At CII, he advises on the telecommunications and broadband policy, regulatory issues and initiation of various studies and evaluation aspects. He is also responsible for the CII Mission on Knowledge and Skills. He has recently joined the CII after a tenure of 23 years in the Indian Army. A speaker with committed insights at industry conferences, Vikram is also a member on various high level Government Committees for aspects related to industry Government interactions on matters related to ICTs, and E- Governance.
PRECIS : A Proposed Solution to fulfill the requirements of building the knowledge and skills base within Special Economic Zones and address the Indian Government's interests in both economic development and social inclusiveness. The group suggested establishing Knowledge Learning Centres (KLCs) in SEZs for displaced residents. The KLCs would address the individual needs of companies in the SEZs and nearby areas, and prepare the local population with a host of skills to serve community needs within and outside the SEZs. These skills include healthcare, education, agriculture, hospitality, catering and retail, among others. The proposed Knowledge Learning Centres would thus have accomplished two goals: provide the local population with more opportunities and reduce the shortage of skilled human resources, thereby beginning to bridge the gap between the supply and demand for skilled human resources. The Knowledge Learning Centre would be a tripartite partnership between (1) industry that will serve as the coordinating and implementing partner, (2) a recognized institute as training partner, and (3) government as the funding partner. For the KLC to be successful, an industry partner and the Government would need to form a partnership and develop training modules based on the major focus area of that particular SEZ. The KLC would adopt both conventional teaching from tested models like NIOS, the NIIT Institute of Information Technology (TNI) and IGNOU. At the same time the KLC could also take advantage of new collaborative "Learning 2.0" models which exploit the potential of the inter-activeWeb 2.0. For example, they can take the approach of Hole in the Wall at one level, and of the freely available Open Course Ware offered by MIT, and the Open Courseware Consortium of universities throughout the world, at the higher educational level.
Ashoke Ranjan Thakur IS vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology and has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Calcutta. He was a Research Fellow in Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics from 1971 to 1977 Intracellular replication of bacteriophage and Associate Research Scientist, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University from 1985 to 1987. In a distinguished career he was appointed Professor in the Department of Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Genetics University of Calcutta in 1994 and Director (Addl.charge): Computer Centre Calcutta University Dec.22 from 1997. He was Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University March1, 2001- Dec.22, 2003, Pro-Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology, from Dec.23, 2003 to September 20, 2004, and Vice Chancellor of West Bengal University of Technology from September 21, 2004.
Vinay M R : With over 6 years of experience of QA, Testing, and Software Development experience in diverse areas of business with internet, client-server and GUI based applications, Vinay is a leading techie based in Bangalore who has been on the panel of judges for Brandon Hall and an active participant at all global technology forums for ICT based learning and training. Currently, a senior manager-Quality Customer and Services at Metalearn, he initiates and heads all technical compliance activities at the company. He is also a member of the National Center for Quality Management ( ASQ India Charter ). With a never say die attitude, and a ‘god is in detail’ motto when it comes to quality assurance, he enjoys networking and exchanging information as his favourite pastime.
A. VENKATESAN, STATE INFORMATICS OFFICER & SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INFORMATICS CENTRE, DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BANGALORE. Currently heading the NIC Centre of Karnataka State Unit Shri A.Venkatesan is holding a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from IISC, Bangalore. Started his career as Senior Systems Engineer in NTPC, Delhi. Since 1985, he is working with National Informatics Centre, an organization instrumental in introducing e-Governance in the country. He is personally responsible for setting up the NIC, Karnataka State Unit and all the 27 NIC District Centres. He is coordinating the implementation of very large e-governance applications like computerization of engineering and medical admission(CET), internationally accomplished land records computerization(Bhoomi), the citizen friendly services in rural areas (Nemmadi). Having a domain experience of 20 years, he is a very active member in many of the State level and National level committees on e-Governance
Rajiv Unnikrishnan: Currently, Rajiv heads the business at SkillProfiler Analytics, a company based in Bangalore that focuses on on-line skills assessment in the three cardinal areas of behavioural/skill diagnostic, technical assessment and voice-based assessment. Having qualified in the area of computer science , Rajiv started his illustrious career with Apple Industries in their software division later changing into marketing where he joined Godrej and Boyce’s (G&B) EBE division where he was involved in setting up multi channels for their products. Having bagged his PG in Management with specialization in both marketing and personnel management, Rajiv moved on to data communication area after completion of over 5 whole years in G&B. Rajiv joined PowerTel Boca, a US JV as their product head. As the entrepreneur spirit in him began to develop, Rajiv headstarted a networking company where he was actively involved in the top brass management besides being the head of marketing. The company eventually merged with Wipro e Peripherals (WeP). With 16 years of invaluable experience in marketing and operations, Rajiv is seriously involved with implementation of e-assessments in India blending a perfect balance of technology and methodology which is end-to-end automated to arrive at the skill gap of a test taker.