Conference Speakers

President Hiram Chodosh

President Hiram E. Chodosh

As part of the conference, CMC President Hiram Chodosh will lead a delegation of faculty and campus leaders to interact with higher education leaders in India and from other universities and colleges in the United States about the liberal arts model.

President Chodosh will also present on the topic, "The Global Liberal Arts Imperative.” His engagement with India began in 1996 when he first collaborated with leaders of the Indian legal system. With Chief Justice Ahmadi (Ret.), he co-authored a five-city study of the civil justice system published in NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and he served as keynote speaker for the first Mediation in India conference held in Ahmedabad in 1998. As a 2003 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Chodosh conducted (with Niranjan Bhatt) the first regional workshops on mediation in India, resulting in a national conference that same year. His publications include the books "Mediation in India: A Toolkit" (with Bhatt and Firdosh Kassam) and "The Uniform Civil Code of India: Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse" (forthcoming, with Shimon Shetreet), and the chapter “The Eighteenth Camel: Mediating Mediation Reform in India” in "The Many Faces of India: Law and Politics of the Subcontinent." He participated in the 2012 inauguration of the Association for Indian Mediators in New Delhi and received the 2011 Gandhi Peace Award from the Gandhi Alliance for Peace.




Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

Keynote Speaker

A noted Indian historian, columnist, philosopher and author will speak about "Pluralism and University Education in India and Beyond." Mr. Guha studied at St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the history and prehistory of the Chipko movement.

Now a full-time writer, he has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo and been the Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. Mr. Guha is author of many books on topics ranging from history, politics, anthropology and even cricket, including: "Environmentalism: A Global History," "Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India," "The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya," "A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport," "Last Liberal and Other Essays," "Nature, Culture, Imperialism: Essays on the Environmental History of South Asia."




Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani

Plenary Speaker

Entrepreneur, former CEO of Infosys Inc. and currently chair of two key Indian government committees on technology (the Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects - TAGUP - and the UIDAI committee), Mr. Nilekani, while at Infosys, presided over the growth of the company as it expanded to over 80,000 employees and surpassed a worth of $30 billion, making it India's third-largest IT-based company.

His book, "Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation," sets forth a number of bold ideas about the future of India. Nilekani’s contributions to the discussion of India in popular culture include frequent speaking engagements, TED talks and even an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”




Other Conference Speakers

In order of appearance:

Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, speaking on the global affairs curriculum and the vision for the future

Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University, speaking on the liberal arts curriculum and the vision for the future

Anurag Behar, Founding Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University, speaking on access and equity in higher education and future plans

Dileep Ranjekar, Azim Premji University, Plenary Panel Discussion I: "What is the right balance between broad access to higher education – scalability and affordability – and building excellence and selectivity?"

Radhika Herzberger, Rishi Valley Education Center, Plenary Panel Discussion I

Pramath Raj Sinha, Ashoka University, Plenary Panel Discussion I

Pawan Agarwal, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development, Plenary Panel Discussion I

Vasudha Dalmia, Professor of Hindu Studies, Yale University, Plenary Panel Discussion II: "How can Indian higher education better reflect the full richness of India’s culture – its diverse heritage and array of religious and spiritual traditions, and its deep literature? And what impacts would such a new form of higher education have on the future of India?"

Rajan Chandy, Rishi Valley School, Plenary Panel Discussion II

Tara Kini, Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Plenary Panel Discussion II

Nita Kumar, Brown Family Professor of South Asian History, History Department Chair, Claremont McKenna College, Plenary Panel Discussion II

Nikhil Sinha, Founding Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University, speaking on plans and progress

Pericles Lewis, Founding President, Yale-NUS College (Singapore), speaking on liberal arts in Southeast Asia

Somak Raychaudhury, Dean of Faculty, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Presidency University, "Liberal Arts Education in a State University Curriculum"

Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, "Liberal Thinking in India: Ancient Model for Contemporary Practice"

Rashmi Misra, Vidya Foundation, panel discussion: "Innovative foundations providing education for India’s marginalized populations

Madan Padaki, Head Held High Foundation, panel discussion on innovative foundations

Shukla Bose, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, panel discussion on innovative foundations

Sriram Ayer, Ashoka Fellow, NalandaWay, panel discussion on innovative foundations

Maya Menon, The Teacher Foundation, panel discussion on innovative foundations

Andre Beteille, Professor of Sociology, University of Delhi, "Indian Higher Education and Liberal Arts – A Dialog"

Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Opinions Editor, Telegraph, "Indian Higher Education and Liberal Arts – A Dialog"

Sharada Srinivasan, Professor of Art, Archaeology, Archaeometallurgy and Culture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, "Indian Higher Education and Liberal Arts – A Dialog"

Chandrasekhar B. Bhave, Board Chair, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, welcome to IIHS

Lakshmi Saripalli, Astrophysicist and Raman Fellow, Raman Research Institute, introduction to the day’s proceedings

David Oxtoby, President, Pomona College, "Pomona College and Its Liberal Arts Mission"

Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Director, South Asian Studies and India Initiative, Yale University, "Liberal and International Education at Yale"

Bryan Penprase, Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy, Pomona College, "Research and Institutional Culture at a Liberal Arts College"

Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego, "Reflections on Indian and US Higher Education"

George Blumenthal, Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz, "The View From the University of California, Santa Cruz"

David Drew, Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University, "Building Centers of Excellence: A Review of Science Research Policy and Curriculum Reform in the U.S."

Somak Raychaudhury, Dean of Faculty, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Presidency University, "Science in Liberal Arts Institutions"

Arjendu Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, Carleton College, "Science in Liberal Arts Institutions"

Priya Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University, "Science in Liberal Arts Institutions"

Urbasi Sinha, Associate Professor of Physics, Raman Research Institute, "Science in Liberal Arts Institutions"

Sharada Srinivasan, Professor of Art, Archaeology, Archaeometallurgy and Culture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, "Science in Liberal Arts Institutions"

Anitha Kurup, Professor, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, "Common Curriculum and General Education Models"

Rajaram Kudli, Prajnan Enterprises, "Common Curriculum and General Education Models"

Usha Rajaram, Head of UWC Learning, UWC Mahindra College, "Common Curriculum and General Education Models"

Nikhil Sinha, Founding Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University, "Common Curriculum and General Education Models"

Rajeev Patke, Professor of Humanities, Yale-NUS College, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Beth McKinsey, Professor of English/former Dean and VPAA, Carleton College, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Cynthia Humes, Associate Vice President/Chief Technology Officer/Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Satish Inamdar, Director and Secretary, Bangalore Education Center Krishnamurti Foundation, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Jerome Nirmalraj, Professor of Political Science, St. Joseph's College, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, "Humanities for 21st Century India"

Sarah Smith Orr, Professor of Leadership and Social Innovation, Director, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, "Experiential Learning and Internships for Undergraduates"

Bidushi Bhattacharya, Director, Sponsored Research and Research Programs, Claremont McKenna, Scripps and Pitzer colleges, "Experiential Learning and Internships for Undergraduates"

Rajaram Nityananda, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics and Azim Premji and Azim Premji, "Experiential Learning and Internships for Undergraduates"

Brian McAddoo, Inaugural College Rector and Professor of Science, Yale-NUS College, "Experiential Learning and Internships for Undergraduates"

Kavita Wankhade, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, "Experiential Learning and Internships for Undergraduates"

Steven Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies; Director, Undergraduate Studies, Ethics, Politics & Economics, Yale University, Plenary Panel Discussion III: "How can higher education help sustain India’s environment and economic growth throughout the 21st century – political and scientific dimensions"

Radha Gopalan, Environmental Scientist and Director, Rishi Valley Special Development Authority, Plenary Panel Discussion III

Dilip Ahuja, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Plenary Panel Discussion III

Amlan Goswami, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Plenary Panel Discussion III

Smita Premchander, Founder, Sampark NGO, Plenary Panel Discussion IV: “How can liberal arts and sciences help address some of the societal problems within India and promote equity in society with regards to gender, caste, and region?”

Anita Reddy, Dwaraka Trust, Plenary Panel Discussion IV

Swati Dandekar, filmmaker, Plenary Panel Discussion IV

Shekhar Seshadri, Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Plenary Panel Discussion IV

Zayn Kassam, Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College, Plenary Panel Discussion IV

Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, speaking on interdisciplinary education programs in India and future plans

Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Director, South Asian Studies and India Initiative, "Next steps – A Discussion"

Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University, "Next steps – A Discussion"

Satish Inamdar, Director and Secretary, Bangalore Education Center Krishnamurti Foundation, concluding remarks