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USIBC and YES BANK to Release Report on Higher Education at One Globe Knowledge Conference

New Delhi, 2nd February, 2012: Salwan Media is hosting South Asia’s first knowledge conference, One Globe 2012- Uniting Knowledge Communities, in partnership with US India Business Council (USIBC), UK India Business Council, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), YES BANK, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), International Herald Tribune (the global edition of The New York Times) and India Knowledge@Wharton. The two day event will be held on 3-4 February, 2011 in New Delhi, and will present a fast-paced interactive platform featuring views of more than 70 stalwarts from government, industry and the academia to deliberate on opportunities and challenges in building the 21st century knowledge economy.

Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for HRD & Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. A joint report by USIBC and YES BANK titled ‘A Global Perspective to Higher Education in India’ will also be unveiled at the conference. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations will be part of a special session on innovation and inclusive growth. Lt. Gen. A.S. Lamba, Vice Chief of the Army Staff (Retd), The Indian Army will share his views on role and importance of security in building knowledge communities. SEBI’s former chairman, M. Damodaran, will speak on role of healthcare in economic development.

The ‘One Globe’ knowledge conference promises to be a confluence of educators, government officials, investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, universities, NGO’s, and students. Other renowned global thought leaders at the event include: Shantanu Prakash, Chairman and Managing Director, Educomp Solutions Limited; Lokesh Mehra, Director- Education Advocacy, Microsoft Corporation India; Stephan Thieringer, President & CEO, AcrossWorld Education; Jerry Hultin, President of Poly-NYU (former undersecretary of US Navy for President Clinton); Dhiraj Mathur, Executive Director & National Leader of the Education Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd.; and Avinash Vashistha, Chairman & Managing Director, Accenture- India, Mr. Punit Malik, President and Managing Director, Corporate Finance, YES BANK; Mr. Tushar Pandey, President & Country Head, Strategic Initiatives & Government Advisory (SIGA), YES BANK, among several others luminaries.

The conference will also have representation from delegates of 11 foreign universities that Institute of International Education (IIE) is bringing to India from the US for the US-India Higher Education partnership.

Commenting on the event, Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO, Salwan Media said “We have conceptualized One Globe as one-of its kind knowledge conference in South Asia that goes beyond just primary and higher education to also comprehensively deliberate on topics like vocational training, skills development, economic development, gender and education, infrastructure/ urbanization, design, technology and innovation. If we want to build India as a global knowledge econony, we will need to ensure progress across a confluence of all these multiple areas, and a piecemeal approach will not work.“

As many as 18 interactive sessions during the conference will comprehensively cover topics including technology and innovation, human capital, skill development, private equity investments in higher education, creation of physical infrastructure and philanthropy among others. Day two of the event will be of particular interest to students interested in studying abroad. Visiting university presidents, deans and faculty from around the world as well as experts who have studied abroad will address every aspect of study abroad ranging from choosing a study abroad destination, courses of study, scholarships, financial aid, application procedures, and visas to help make informed decisions.

About Salwan Media
Founded in 2004, Salwan Media Private Limited owns a portfolio of businesses in education, consumer and business information. Our mission is to connect, inform, and empower our audiences to succeed in a globalized world powered by knowledge. Headquartered in New Delhi, Salwan Media also has offices in New York and London.

About US India Business Council (USIBC)
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) was founded in 1975 at the request of the governments of India and the U.S. to deepen trade and strengthen commercial ties. USIBC is the premier business advocacy organization representing nearly 400 of America’s top companies investing in India, joined by India’s finest global companies. The U.S.-India Business Council serves its membership from offices in Washington, New York, New Delhi, and California. Guided by a prestigious board of directors, USIBC’s current chair is Harold “Terry” McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its Founder, Rana Kapoor and his top management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the Future Businesses of India. YES BANK has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, and offers comprehensive banking and financial solutions to all its valued customers. YES BANK has a knowledge driven approach to banking, and a superior customer experience for its retail, corporate and emerging corporate banking clients. YES BANK is steadily evolving as the Professionals’ Bank of India with the long term mission of “Building the Best Quality Bank of the World in India”.

About IIE
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. The Institute of International Education has been engaged with higher education in India for over 50 years and has had an office in New Delhi since 2005. IIE India works closely with businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations in the region, and has developed and implemented a strong set of activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields, including energy.

For more details, please contact:

Puneet Khunger

Gutenberg Communications

M: +91 9810191409



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