Educon: Forum for a Perfect Dialogue

Top Brains of Academia and the Genius of Industry Combined

Sakal Media Group has been successfully organizing Sakal Educon for the last ten years. It is the annual education seminar wherein, Indian Educationists and policy makers come together to address pressing issues in the education sector. It is a platform for veteran academicians to share their views on the future of education in India. It is also the right dais to fete the novel and path breaking practices across the sector. This is the forum for a perfect dialogue between the private and public sector of education. Today Educon has grown into a dynamic intellectual movement.


Over the years this platform has established itself as the vital link between Academia, Industry and policy makers. The top brains of Academia and the genius of Industry combined forces to give this podium an impetus. In 2007, in its very third year, Educon spread its wings and went overseas to absorb Global Best Practices in Higher Education France, China, Istanbul, Sri Lanka, Malaysia are just some of the destinations that Educon has provided access to learn from Global Best Practices. Each year the movement goes larger and the commitment deeper. The core ethos however remains the same; that of deliberation, introspection and ensuring that Change Gets delivered.

"Industry Comes closer to Academia" is the 2015 theme. Indian Industry's perspective on the skill gap, Indian/International Case Studies on Industry association with Academia for quality output, Academic Scenario in India by Academicians, Showcase of German Institutes as a successful example of Industry Academia association, Working session on changes required to adopt these models.

Day 1 - starting 8.30 h
Welcome notes
DCF & Change with linkages to Education, Abhijit Pawar, MD Sakal Media Group & Founder & Chairman DCF
Indian industry’s perspective on the skill gap: The potential job market in India (Speaker: Mrs. Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI)
German Industry's challenges and how they overcame them (Speaker: Andreas Lapp, Honorary Consul of the Republic” of India for the German federal states of Baden‐Württemberg) Current situation of Management Education in India with gaps in skills of management graduates felt by the industry (Speaker: Dr. Sushil Vachani, Director , Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)
Human Resource and R&D needs of Brick & Mortar Industries and a Government -­ Industry – Academia collaboration initiative to tackle the same (Speaker: Professor Damodar Acharya , Former Director , Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur)
Collaboration between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Speaker: Professor Nalinaksh S. Vyas, Department of Mechanical Engineering , Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur & Chairman, Technology Mission for Indian Railways)
Industry Institute Partnership -­‐ Completing the loop (Speaker: Bharat Agarwal, Promoter VIT)
Duale Hochschule Baden-­‐Württemberg & their collaborative work with Industry (Speaker: Prof. Volker Ihle, Head of Department, Business Administration and Engineering, and International Coordinator at DHBW)
Technology transfer and Industrial Partnerships at US National Laboratories (Speaker: Dr. Satish V. Kulkarni, Director of Energy Initiatives at Virginia Tech and Executive Director at the University of California Office of the President’s Office of Laboratory Management)
Application of the Internet of Things and Services for Smart Factories and Beyond (Speaker: Dr. Kym Watson, Deputy Head of Department ILT Fraunhofer, IOSB)
Lab on Industry Academic Collaboration with contribution from all participants


Day 2 - starting 8.30 h
Welcome Notes
Panel Discussion on Industry Academia based on issues, prioritization of issues and proposed solutions
Possible Model for international academic and research collaborations to ensure global standard of Student Outcomes (Speaker: Bobby Nimbalkar , Head , Strategic Leadership Council, Sakal Media Group)
Product Portfolio of IDC Herzliya University for the proposed collaboration model (Speaker: Dr. Zimmerman, Director (IDC Herzliya)
About Hebrew University and its potential portfolio for the proposed collaboration model (Speaker: Prof. Ayal Kimhi, Sir Henry d'Avigdor Goldsmid, Professor of Agricultural Economics
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Lab to fine tune the proposed model of international collaboration



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Anlaufstelle in Pune


Die Kooperation zwischen Karlsruhe und dem indischen Pune ist einen Schritt weiter: Im Januar 2014 wurde im "MCCIA Trade Tower", 403, Senapati Bapat Road, eine direkte Karlsruher Anlaufstelle mit den Repräsentantinnen Iris Becker und Winnie Kulkarni von "Let's Bridge IT" in Pune eröffnet.

Durch Erfolg und Ausbau der vielfältigen Aktivitäten - ob Infos rund um den Standort Karlsruhe, aktiv Kontakte zu indischen Firmen halten oder deutsche Firmen aus der TRK in und um Pune bekannter machen - erfolgte im März 2018 ein Umzug in neue Räumlichkeiten, auch durch die Erweiterung um die Repräsentanz des Landes Baden-Württembergs in Maharashtra sowie das Marketingbüro der „Hochschul Föderation Südwest“. 


Karlsruhe Cooperation & Marketing Office
Let's bridge IT, Ms. Iris Becker
9th Floor, Sunit Capital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016
Tel: +91 75 0782 7033