Press Release- SkillTree Education Evangelist Season 2

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SKILLTREE KNOWLEDGE CONSORTIUM RECOGNIZES AND FELICITATES THE EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURS ON NATIONAL STAG
(Convocation ceremony of SkillTree Education Evangelist of India season 2)

Sunday, 29th March 2015, Bengaluru: saw the convocation ceremony of Education Evangelist of India, an initiative by SkillTree Knowledge Consortium at a prestigious ceremony held in J.W. Marriott. SkillTree played host to a high profile delegation of Indian leaders of Educational institutions, Indian VIPs including the Education minister Karnataka, business leaders, society lynchpins and public figures. The pioneering event was powered by Lavasa Corporation Ltd., a subsidiary of HCC (Hindustan Construction Company), showcased and envisioned to highlight those thought leaders whose diligence and ability to dream led to the birth of some remarkable institutions.
The 2nd Season of EEI, where SkillTree Broadcast - an entity by SkillTree Knowledge Consoritum that anecdotes about the contribution of these exemplary leaders as earlier presented television series in media association with Times Now. This later commemorated as a launch of coffee table book which highlighted innovative models and a coalition of real time success stories.
The initiative marked the second education convocation of its kind in Bengaluru to profile some of India's most established and respected visionaries in the higher education sector and enhancing vision and brand identity.
The esteemed proceedings began with paying a tribute to Bengaluru for being the most influencing city in the sector of Higher Education presented to the honorable education minister, Shri R. Dehspande. The SkillTree Education Evangelist of India certificate presentation was by Honorable Education Minister Shri R Deshpande and Mr. Subimal Bhattacharjee, former country head General Dynamics.
Certificates and awards were presented to the following renowned visionaries and leaders in the sector of Higher education sector in India:



1. Dr. Vijayapal Reddy, Chairman - Acharya Bangalore B- School
2. Dr. Kerron G Reddy, CEO & Principal - AIMS Institutes
3. Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, Co-Promoter & President - Apeejay Stya University
4. Proff. Raghurama Gunaje, Director - BITS Pilani
5. Fr. Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor - Don Bosco University
6. Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder Dean - Great Lakes Institute of Management
7. Mr. Rajiv Tandon, CEO - IMT - Centre for Distance Learning
8. Mr. Rakesh Charia, Chairman - Institute of Management Studies
9. Mr. Mohan LakhamRaju, Vice Chairman - Mangalayatan Universty
10. Dr. Shalini R Urs, Chairperson - MYRA School of Business
11. Mr. Cecil Antony, Managing Trustee- NSHM Knowledge Campus
12. Dr. KNS Kang, Director General - Punjab College of Technical Education
13. Dr. Prabir Pal, Director - Regional College of Management
14. Geetha Narayanan, Director - Shristi School of Art ,Design & Technology
15. Ms. Silky Jain, Chairman - Tulas Institute
16. M.M. Kariappa, Founder Chairman - Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology
17. Dr. Fr.Paul Fernandes, Director - Xavier Institute of Management

The certification ceremony was followed by a glittering dinner reception at J.W. Marriott's Bengaluru. The distinguished guests enjoyed the cocktail reception and delicious indian cuisine post the ceremony.

Shri R. Dehspande, Education minister said "We need more world class teachers, nurses and healthcare workers, we need rare skill workers. India needs to train our youth in all these. Educators who are innovators, technology masters, and who can foresee imminent changes of future will capture the business and lead the educator entrepreneur segment. Entrepreneurs who have multitalented and multitasking will flourish and the rest will perish.
I congratulate SkillTree Knowledge Consortium & Times Now for commissioning this initiative and also wish them good luck for future endeavor and keep incentivizing the good work of educators and education entrepreneur of our large nation".


Arvina Purkayastha, Co - Founder & COO SkillTree Knowledge Consortium said" India has been a repository of knowledge and cultural diversity for at least 5000 years. For being and agricultural society we have undergone a gradual transformation to become one of the world's largest system. The private sector has played an instrumental role in this growth with private institutions now accounting 64% of the total number of institutions and 59% of enrolment in the country.
Education Evangelist of India is a positive and creative approach to what we would like to see in the higher education system by clearly showcasing the change agents who have embarked and embraced new pathways contributing towards quality growth in the system. It is a platform to recognize those visionaries who have a strong focus on delivering consistently high quality of education and a deep collaborative network with industry and foreign education providers, which is a fundamental to success.
For two years now we have documented your journey, shared your concern and stood by you and I hope the real time success stories, enabling a common mission towards the development of the knowledge economy in India will serve as a motivation and inspiration to other entrepreneurs and leaders.
Shekhar Bhattacharjee, Founder - CEO SkillTree Knowledge Consortium said" Development of nation is practically synonymous with a developed education system. Hardly surprising, therefore, is why India's growth in modern times has a lot to do with education's evolution and increasing reach across the length and breadth of our vast country. This transformation has been made possible by enterprising individuals with a vision, who took initiative and made herculean efforts to bring about systemic changes in the sphere of higher education."
About SkillTree Education Evangelist of India
SkillTree Education Evangelist of India is an annual endeavor that was first conceptualized in 2012 to celebrate the success stories of the visionaries in the higher education sector.In recent times, India's Higher Education system has witnessed tremendous growth and the quality of learning have been transformed and taken to new heights, Education Evangelist of India is a positive and creative approach to what we would like to see in the Indian higher education system by clearly showcasing the change agents. who have embarked and embraced new pathways, contributing towards quality growth in the system. it is an effort to highlight the potential of this vast area to showcase the true spirit on the global platform. Their farsighted ventures took the initiative and brought change at the regional and national levels.

Education evangelists of India were envisioned to highlight those thought leaders whose diligence and ability to dream led to the birth of some remarkable institutions. We are in the second season of EEI where SkillTree Broadcast - an entity by SkillTree Knowledge Consortium that anecdotes about the contribution of these exemplary leaders as earlier presented television series in media association with Times Now. This, later commemorated as a coffee table book which highlights innovative models and a coalition of real time success stories enabling a common mission towards the development of the knowledge economy in India.
The idea came into existence because of our strong belief that the nation definitely needs to be enlightened about the true leaders in the sector of Higher education. To choose the most impactful 17 visionaries necessitated the need for brainstorming and rigorous research. We set high and transparent benchmarks for selection so that the credibility of the selection process was not compromised. Each evangelist has a story to tell. Needless to say, each of their stories is dynamic. "

About SKILLTREE KNOWLEDGE CONSORTIUM
SkillTree Knowledge Consortium was commissioned to articulate the growth strategy, devise collaborative approach and disseminate knowledge through various mind-sharing avenues. It is steered by a panel of experts with core focus on spreading innovation. Our growth strategy initiatives are designed with the objective of taking Indian knowledge economy to global knowledge economy
SkillTree knowledge Consortium believes in its core values of innovation, thought leadership and mind sharing which, in-turn, create and build value of the institutions we work with. We concentrate on creating quality institution through our subject expertise and integrated communication avenues.
SkillTree knowledge consortium, which was setup in 2012, has built a formidable reputation as one of India's most appreciated Higher Education think tank and advisory firm. The Consortium aims to put a renewed spotlight on India's education sector by promoting India as a global destination for education and helping them to improve upon their systems, pedagogy and methodology. In short span of time since inception, SkillTree has become a symbol of innovation in higher education sector in India.
Skilltree Knowledge Consortium comprises of 4 operating entities yet:
1. Great Place to study Research Institute
2. SkillTree Broadcast
3. SkillTree Allied Global Exchange Network
4. SkillTree Academic Mavens Capital



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