About the event

Vihaan is a unique educators forum to help schools in structuring their teaching methodology to identify, develop and nurture essential life skills. We believe that this is the starting point of making early childhood skill development a 'habit' in schools to create leaders of tomorrow.

On January 24th, 2019 the first conference happened at Taj Club House in Chennai.

Our esteemed panelists

Session Videos

Mr. Dinesh Victor on the importance of Vihaan

Since there is very little talk about leadership at the school level, Vihaan’s objective is to create awareness among schools.” In his introduction to the conference, Dinesh Victor spoke about the importance of Vihaan.

Prof. Dr. Arnab Battacharya on the awesomeness of science

As a scientist at TIFR & Founder of “Chai & Why”, Prof. Dr. Arnab Bhattarcharya puts focus on giving the children the right kind of education as well as the importance of science at the school level.

Mr. Narendra Murkumbi on teamwork in every step of life

No business can be run by one person - whether you run a company, school, college or country – it’s the team that makes the organisation a success,” said Mr. Narendra Murkumbi, (Founder of Shree Renuka Sugars) during the first session of Vihaan.

Mr. Sandeep Bhushan on why skill development matters

The key is to balance both - curriculum and skill development,” Mr. Sandeep Bhushan (Director and Head of India GMS - Facebook) explained, talking about how focus on knowledge is good, but focus on understanding and problem solving is just as important

Panel Discussion with Mr. Narendra Murkumbi and Mr. Sandeep Bhushan

To conclude the first session, Dinesh Victor asked the panelists a series of questions which was then followed by questions from school teachers and principals present at the conference. They discussed how it’s important to spend time building skills outside of studies and also encourage them to produce quality work, even if it takes them longer than the time assigned to them.

Rev. Dr. Fr. Andrew SJ talks about giving students more freedom

“Schools should give freedom to the students and give proper proportion to holistic formation, instead of focusing only on their marks,” Rev. Dr.Fr. Andrew, S.J (Principal of Loyola College, Chennai) said during his session.

Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan puts focus on letting students talk openly

When talking about how to help students in school, Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan (Director of Engineering & Technology, SRM Institute of Science & Technology) says, “We need to change our approach, talk less and allow them to talk more.”

Panel Discussion with Rev. Dr.Fr. Andrew, S.J and Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan

At the end of the first session, Dinesh Victor along with the panelists spoke about how children should not be denied the chance to participate in sports and extracurricular activities. Schools should inspire children should take decisions for themselves, with the support of their teachers or parents.

Mr. C.K. Kumaravel on working towards becoming an entrepreneur

In his session, Mr. C.K. Kumaravel (Founder of Naturals Salon) said, “India has a lot of problems and each problem is a billion dollar opportunity. This is what an entrepreneurship is all about.”

Mr. M.V. Subramanian on encouraging every student to aim for the top

Mr. M.V. Subramanian (Co-Founder & M.D. of Future Focus Infotech Pvt. Ltd.), in his session at Vihaan, spoke about encouraging every single student to aim for the top, no matter their grades or aptitude.

Panel Discussion with Mr. C.K. Kumaravel and Mr. M.V. Subramanian

At the end of the third session, it was discussed that entrepreneurship is not restricted to the people who that they have to be successful. All schools should provide the basic education that inspires students to become an entrepreneur. The common thread in the session was that “education is a base for entrepreneurship”.

Prof. Dr. Sridhar Srivastava on the importance of creativity

In the final session at Vihaan, Prof. Dr. Sridhar Srivastava (Dean – NCERT, New Delhi) spoke about the importance of creativity and how it helps children do better in school and life.

Mr. Skand Bali on introducing creativity at a young age

Mr. Bali put emphasis on creativity at the school level and said, “We need to be creative so that we can introduce creativity to the children at an early age.”

Panel Discussion with Mr. Skand Bali and Prof. Dr. Sridhar Srivastava

In the discussion following the final session, Dinesh Victor and the panelists spoke about how every child in a school should be treated as an individual. It’s important for the schools to encourage the students to do what they love and provide them with the right kind of support to help them get ahead in life. But most importantly, children must be taught how to accept failure at any age.

Mr. Dinesh Victor on the importance of Vihaan

Prof. Dr. Arnab Battacharya on the awesomeness of science

Mr. Narendra Murkumbi on teamwork in every step of life

Mr. Sandeep Bhushan on why skill development matters

Panel Discussion with Mr. Narendra Murkumbi and Mr. Sandeep Bhushan

Rev. Dr. Fr. Andrew SJ talks about giving students more freedom

Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan puts focus on letting students talk openly

Panel Discussion with Rev. Dr.Fr. Andrew, S.J and Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan

Mr. C.K. Kumaravel on working towards becoming an entrepreneur

Mr. M.V. Subramanian on encouraging every student to aim for the top

Panel Discussion with Mr. C.K. Kumaravel and Mr. M.V. Subramanian

Prof. Dr. Sridhar Srivastava on the importance of creativity

Mr. Skand Bali on introducing creativity at a young age

Panel Discussion with Mr. Skand Bali and Prof. Dr. Sridhar Srivastava

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