Future of the Liberal Arts in India 2015 Meeting

All day
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar.
21

This meeting built on the successes of the 2014 conference on the Future of the Liberal Arts in India. While preserving the open-ended contemplation of the future of liberal arts in India, the meeting brought together academic leaders and professors, social entrepreneurs and leaders of industry to create new partnerships that can harness the creativity and energy of India to develop students who are capable of inventing India’s new future. New forms of education such as the dynamic new institutions hosting our meeting, Ashoka University and O.P. Jindal Global University, can provide a historic shift in how young people in India can prepare their minds to navigate the daunting challenges that India and the world face in 2015. New forms of teaching, new curriculum, new types of engaged, socially relevant and interdisciplinary scholarship, were presented in ways that will allow our meeting to build new communities of practice in higher education. These new models build on India’s illustrious academic and spiritual traditions and offer to provide a peaceful future for the nation and the world.

The March 2015 meeting convened in New Delhi at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rohini. Sessions at the Hotel will be joined with day-long sessions at both the Ashoka University and the O.P. Jindal Global University, about an hour north of New Delhi.  A tentative agenda for all three days can be found here.

Session VI: 9:00 — 10:30: “About Students”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Shiv Nadar
9:00-9:30 am  Pelham Roberts (UWC Mahindra College, Pune) “Towards a project-based approach to learning: going beyond traditional assessment paradigms” 
9:35-9:55 am  Lakshmi Saripalli (Raman Research Institute) 

This meeting built on the successes of the 2014 conference on the Future of the Liberal Arts in India. While preserving the open-ended contemplation of the future of liberal arts in India, the meeting brought together academic leaders and professors, social entrepreneurs and leaders of industry to create new partnerships that can harness the creativity and energy of India to develop students who are capable of inventing India’s new future. New forms of education such as the dynamic new institutions hosting our meeting, Ashoka University and O.P. Jindal Global University, can provide a historic shift in how young people in India can prepare their minds to navigate the daunting challenges that India and the world face in 2015. New forms of teaching, new curriculum, new types of engaged, socially relevant and interdisciplinary scholarship, were presented in ways that will allow our meeting to build new communities of practice in higher education. These new models build on India’s illustrious academic and spiritual traditions and offer to provide a peaceful future for the nation and the world.

The March 2015 meeting convened in New Delhi at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rohini. Sessions at the Hotel will be joined with day-long sessions at both the Ashoka University and the O.P. Jindal Global University, about an hour north of New Delhi.  A tentative agenda for all three days can be found here.

Session VI: 9:00 — 10:30: “About Students”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Shiv Nadar
9:00-9:30 am  Pelham Roberts (UWC Mahindra College, Pune) “Towards a project-based approach to learning: going beyond traditional assessment paradigms” 
9:35-9:55 am  Lakshmi Saripalli (Raman Research Institute) 
9:55-10:15 am  Sucheta Bhattacharya (Jadavpur University) “Are liberal arts graduates employable in India?” 
10:15-10:30 am  Abhinash Borah (Shiv Nadar University) 
 
10:30-10:45 am  Break 

Session VII: 10:45 — 12:15 “Consortia and Intercultural Exchanges”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Shiv Nadar
10:45-11:15 am  Rahul Choudaha (World Education Services) “Going Global with the Liberal Arts in India: Insights and Experiences from around the World” 
11:15 -11:30 am  Sumita Furlong (GLCA) “L.A.S.E.R. India: The Value of Building a Higher Education Consortium” 
11:30-11:45 am  Yudit Greenberg (Rollins College) “From Facebook to Facing the Other: Religious Pluralism and Community Engagement in India” 
11:45-12:00 pm  Bertil Lindblad (Pomona College) “Partnerships between Academic Institutions and Civil Society – how Liberal Arts can Foster Global Connections and Collaboration” 
12:00-12:15 pm  Sambudha Sen (Shiv Nadar University) 

12:15-1:15 pm  Lunch 

Session VIII: 1:15-3:00 “Recruiting and Developing Faculty”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Yale NUS
1:15-1:45 pm  Gary Tubb (U Chicago) 
1:45-2:05 pm  Fred Hagstrom (Carleton College) 
2:05-2:25 pm  Vandana Goswami (Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology) “Teaching Critical Thinking: The How and the Who” 
2:25-2:45 pm  Usha Rajaram (Azim Premji University) “Professional Faculty Development in the Context of a Liberal Studies Curriculum” 
2:45-3:00 pm  Rupamanjari Ghosh (Shiv Nadar University) 
3:00-3:30 pm  Rishikesh Krishnan (IIM Indore) “Integrating Liberal Arts with Management: the IIM Indore IPM Experience” 

Sucheta Bhattacharya (Jadavpur University) “Are liberal arts graduates employable in India?” 
10:15-10:30 am  Abhinash Borah (Shiv Nadar University

 
10:30-10:45 am  Break 

Session VII: 10:45 — 12:15 “Consortia and Intercultural Exchanges”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Shiv Nadar
10:45-11:15 am  Rahul Choudaha (World Education Services) “Going Global with the Liberal Arts in India: Insights and Experiences from around the World” 
11:15 -11:30 am  Sumita Furlong (GLCA) “L.A.S.E.R. India: The Value of Building a Higher Education Consortium” 
11:30-11:45 am  Yudit Greenberg (Rollins College) “From Facebook to Facing the Other: Religious Pluralism and Community Engagement in India” 
11:45-12:00 pm  Bertil Lindblad (Pomona College) “Partnerships between Academic Institutions and Civil Society – how Liberal Arts can Foster Global Connections and Collaboration” 
12:00-12:15 pm  Sambudha Sen (Shiv Nadar University) 

12:15-1:15 pm  Lunch 

Session VIII: 1:15-3:00 “Recruiting and Developing Faculty”
Format: [individual talks]
Chair: Yale NUS
1:15-1:45 pm  Gary Tubb (U Chicago) 
1:45-2:05 pm  Fred Hagstrom (Carleton College) 
2:05-2:25 pm  Vandana Goswami (Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology) “Teaching Critical Thinking: The How and the Who” 
2:25-2:45 pm  Usha Rajaram (Azim Premji University) “Professional Faculty Development in the Context of a Liberal Studies Curriculum” 
2:45-3:00 pm  Rupamanjari Ghosh (Shiv Nadar University) 
3:00-3:30 pm  Rishikesh Krishnan (IIM Indore) “Integrating Liberal Arts with Management: the IIM Indore IPM Experience”