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India and the World

Lessons Learnt and Contributions towards the Global Knowledge Economy

Friday, October 14, 1:30-2:30 • Auditorium J1-050, Enter at 701 18th Street, NW

With its 150 million students, 1 million schools and 30,000 institutes of higher learning, the Indian education system is massive. The speed and nature of on-going reforms of the Indian education system will affect global poverty, labor markets, trade patterns, and economic growth. Mr. Sibal will discuss his path-breaking reforms, lessons for other countries and India’s contributions to the global knowledge economy.

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Honorable Mr. Kapil Sibal
Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India
Mr. Sibal, is the Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, since 2009. He has initiated several path breaking reforms in education. The historic guarantee of the right to free and compulsory elementary education to every child became a reality under his stewardship. His vision is to universalize access to quality secondary education by the year 2020. Higher education has seen a significant overhaul in its governance and regulatory structures, which will enable India to emerge as a knowledge provider to the world economy. Equality and inclusion have been at the heart of these efforts as it is his belief that education and acquisition of skills will be instrumental in alleviating poverty. He has been entrusted with the additional charge of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since 2010.

Mr. Michal Rutkowski
Sector Director, Human Development, South Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Rutkowski, leads the department responsible for lending and non-lending World Bank assistance to South Asia Region countries in the areas of human development (education, health, nutrition and population, labor markets, microfinance, and social protection). From 1998-2004, as Sector Manager for social protection, he led a team of professionals working on pensions, labor market and social assistance reforms in 28 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, as well as in Turkey. In 2004, he moved to human development Sector Director position in the Middle East and North Africa Region, and on May 12, 2008, to an equivalent position in the South Asia Region. He is also a former Director of the Office for Social Security Reform in the Government of Poland and a co-author of the design of the new Polish pension system. 

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