Indian education professionals discuss how India can build quality universities in the country.
Kapil Sibal, Hon. Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India
Professor Sunil Kumar, Dean, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman, The Sutton Trust
Chair: Jeremy O'Grady, Editor-in-Chief, The Week
Sunil Kumar is Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dr. Kumar’s academic research includes performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations, and communications networks. In particular, he studies systems affected by stochastic variability via mathematical models. He also studies application of optimization methods and control theory to managerial problems. Dr. Kumar has published dozens of scholarly research articles and has served as the editor of the Stochastic Models area of the journal Operations Research. He co-developed a widely used factory simulator for teaching operations management. The simulator, “Littlefield Technologies,” has been used in classes at more than 50 business and engineering schools. He also served as an operations consultant to several companies.
Dr. Kumar joined the Chicago Booth faculty on January 1, 2011, after spending 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school’s MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior.
Born in India, Dr. Kumar received a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mangalore University in Surathkal. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sir Peter Lampl
Sir Peter Lampl is acknowledged to be the UK’s leading educational philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust which aims to improve social mobility through education. The Trust has funded over 100 research studies but it is primarily a 'do tank' initating and supporting a wide range of programmes from early years through to access to the professions.
He is also chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation set up last year by the Sutton Trust with support from Impetus Trust funded by an endowment of £135 million from the Government to improve the performance of the poorest children in the worst performing schools.
Before establishing the Sutton Trust, Peter was the founder and chairman of the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich and became one of the 200 wealthiest people in the UK.
Though India produces many of the world's top technology and science graduates, the country's universities lag in global rankings. Government minister Kapil Sibal and University of Chicago professor Sunil Kumar discuss this lack of recognition among Indian institutions of higher learning.