Rahul College of Education

Konnekt 2K22

“We want that education by which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, and the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” – Swami Vivekananda

E-Symposium held on 11th-12th November 2022. This event had been an excellent opportunity for Academicians, Educational Leaders (Principals, Coordinators/Supervisors, HODs, Deans), Teachers (Assistant/Associate/Professors,School Teachers (K-12)), Curriculum Developers, Edupreneurs, Researcher Scholars, those pursuing B.Ed./M.Ed./M.A. Education/M.Phil.l/PhD, and anyone else interested and passionate about education.

Konnekt2k22 a 2 – day event hosted by Rahul college of Education under Rahul Education. The College is affiliated with the University of Mumbai. Our goal is to bring people from the educational community together to inspire them about what we wish to contribute as an active teaching community invested in lifelong learning. Through such a program, we hoped to achieve a broader goal of opening new dimensions to educational endeavours. We want to provoke discussion about recent educational trends and raise awareness about constant improvement in one’s practice.It has been an excellent opportunity for lifelong learning.

Prof. (Dr.) Neharika Vohra,VC Delhi Skills University and Professor IIM Ahmedabad. has completed her PhD in Psychology from University of Manitoba. Prof. (Dr.) Vohra is a specialist in behavioral science and on leave from IIM Ahmedabad, where she served as Professor in the Organizational Behavior area for 21 years. She has been involved in the Centre for Innovation and Incubation in Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad and is currently the Director of the Centre. She has extensive experience with the corporate sector as a consultant, coach, mentor and independent director. She has won the best instructor award and has been the Chairperson of IIM Ahmedabad’s Doctoral Program (Fellow Program in Management), editor of Vikalpa, on the editorial board of several international journals. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers in top-level international and national journals and authored 3 books and developed teaching material that is used in several countries. She has guided 12 PhD students at IIMA and has been an academic advisor in five national-level educational institutions.

Ms. Nivedita works as the Senior Education Manager for Cambridge International. Her role involves strategic planning and development of new PDQ qualifications for teachers and leaders. Prior to this she was – Senior Education Manager -South Asia for Cambridge International. Her role involved strategic planning and execution of training and supporting wider teaching and learning activities for schools in the region. She also worked closely with the global teams on various educational initiatives. Prior to Joining Cambridge, Nivedita was a Chemistry teacher and head of Professional Development in prestigious schools in New Delhi. Her areas of expertise include Pedagogy and Quality Assessment, Professional Development, School Improvement, Planning and Strategy and Community Engagement. She likes going to the mountains and listening to Indian music.

Ms.Sara Kakonen, specialist in customer projects training the teachers to create VR and AR exercises. At 3D Bear she specialized in customer projects – training the teachers to create VR and AR exercises by themselves and ensuring excellent outcomes from the projects. Her background is in business studies and marketing and she is responsible for 3DBear’s marketing in Finland. She has a wide experience of customer relationship management from many sectors. Her key strength is ensuring superior customer experience.

Mr. Matthew Davidson, Head of International Market Development and Curriculum-Oxford Press. Mr. Matthew Davidson, has nearly 20 years’ experience in international educational and publishing, first working as a teacher and later having worked in publishing, heading up English Language Teaching (ELT) materials and English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) resources. His work includes the delivery of an integrated ELT + Reading Literacy Scheme for the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as leading several publishing projects from conceptualization and market research to development and delivery. Mr. Matthew has headed up piloting of materials, various ministry customization projects and shaped and led professional development training with colleagues both locally in the region and in the UK. Mr. Matthew is now leading a cross-functional publishing team dedicated to publishing market leading curriculum resources in English, with specialised focus on fostering wellbeing, developing global skills and delivering project-based learning (PBL).

Ms. Tanya Valecha, Head Principal, Rustomjee Cambridge International School Group of Schools. Group Principal at Rustomjee Cambridge International School and Junior College ,an International school, offering IGCSE and A Levels ,affiliated to CIE, UK. Leading team of 400 plus teachers and 4500 students with branches at Dahisar, Thane and Virar. Under her leadership, the school has featured in top 20 International schools across the country for 2013, 2014 , 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has featured in Education World, awarded – 100 most influential Principals in the country -2016. Her school ranked 8th in the state by Education World and Education Today – 2016. Guided school to win ISA award. Worked for British Council for ISA evaluations, selected as a Cambridge Trainer for India by CIE Professional Development team, groomed and developed an entire team of teachers -including the school head for setting up Rustomjee Cambridge at Virar and Thane, over and above complete academic guidance. Awarded the Global Teacher Accreditation, British council, with commendation for research on Bullying in Classrooms, 2014. Developed an online learning module for English at grade 10 after completing COURSERA blended learning module. Mentored, advised and guided 3 teachers on topics of Empathy, Flipped class and Global outlook for the Global Teacher Awards , 2015 and they are 3 of the 21 awarded the commendation. Featured in the list of top 25 principals across India, Education World Magazine. Faculty at Rustomjee Business School for Business Communication, Ethics and Economics, Faculty for Economics, English and Math at Rustomjee Cambridge, Trainer at Rustomjee Institute of Training and Education, conducting training programs for the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers and the Rustomjee Early Child Care Education Program. Experience of teaching at the Pre Primary levels as well as the Secondary Levels with English and Economics as the subjects of specialisation. Interested in interacting with individuals who can add value to my students and my learning. Specialises in Administration, Interaction and networking with parents, Teacher Training and Leadership management.

Ms. Kavita Sanghvi, Principal, Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial (CNM) School. Ms.Kavita Sanghvi holds a Master’s in Physics, a Master in Education, a Master in Philosophy of Education, and a CAEL [Certificate in Advanced Course in Educational Leadership] .Diploma from Harvard University. She presently heads SVKM’s CNM School, in Mumbai. She is a National Awardee 2022, Teach SDG’s Ambassador, Climate Action Ambassador, and Scientix Ambassador for India. She has conducted many action researches and was awarded the ‘Global Teacher Accreditation’ by British Council in 2014. She is a British Council Trainer and Ambassador. In 2021, she gave a talk on Blended learning in the Teacher Connect Mela. She is a member of the Cambridge South Asia Advisory Board [F.Y. 21-22]. In 2021, she received a CBE Master Trainer and Mentor Certificate from British Council, CBSE and Cambridge jointly. In 2016, she was nominated as Top 50 teachers by Varkey Foundation for the Global Teacher Prize award. In 2020, she was awarded, ‘Iconic Principal’ by the Governor of Maharashtra.

Ms. Archana Sharma, Practicing Psychologis, Governing body member of the Society for Welfare of Children, Kolkata. Archana Sharma  is a practicing psychologist (specialized in counseling) and a trainer. She is a governing body member of the Society for Welfare of Children, Kolkata. She believes that understanding and observing the behavior of others plays a significant role in resolving conflict among people. Hence, she chose and trained herself in various psychotherapies- Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT), Behavior Therapy(BT), and Person-centered therapies. She connects with all age groups and specializes in dealing with concerns like childhood concerns, teenagers, adolescent and Adult concerns, Anxiety, Adjustment issues, Attention-deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Academic issues, Depression, Interpersonal relationships, and others. Co-founded Carpediem Ed-Psych Consultancy in 2021, as an entrepreneur and trainer, she has also worked with numerous education institutes to bring psychological insights into management and society.Ms. Vasundhara Kaul, Mental Health Practitioner, Founding Partner, Carpediem EdPsych Consultancy LLP Ms. Vasundhara Kaul is a Founding Partner, Carpediem EdPsych Consultancy LLP.She is a Trainer and Mental Health Practitioner with 16+ years of rich work experience across various sectors, education institutions of various geographies (India & UAE). Passionate about empowering people to communicate better, be future skill-ready, and improve well-being, she has curated programs for children to adult populations. Her research interests include pedagogy, curriculum, and continuous professional development and she is the happiest while conducting workshops and blended courses for teachers. She believes that learning must never stop for an educator and she practices what she preaches. She is an M.Ed. (Gold Medalist) and M.B.A(Marketing & Finance). Additional qualifications include NET(Education), Master Trainer (European International University), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Business Practitioner, ICPEM Diploma in Counselling, Master Trainer-Teaching, Training & Developing Professionals (Training Qualifications UK), P.G. Diploma in Training & Development from Indian Society for Training & Development (Final Thesis) – Govt. Recognized. She is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Education, Mumbai University.
Ms. Vrushali Sheth, Design Thinking practitioner and an Instructional Designer-Orange Slates. With over 11 years of experience in the education industry, Vrushali has worked in both design & delivery of quality curricula across multiple subjects and levels. Qualified both as a Design thinking practitioner, an Instructional designer, Google certified trainer and Innovator, Vrushali loves exploring newer ways of improving learning environments & outcomes.Ms. Gunjan Pandya, Product Manager – OrangeSlates Instructional designer and Product manager at OS with experience as Academic head at Indian institute of gems and Jewellery, ID at MET Bandra and HR Shoppers Stop. Professional development enthusiast and likes to read! Up-skilling herself with a degree in education technology, her passion for learning and development helped her step into the world of Instructional design and curriculum development. From module designing, publishing kindergarten books, syllabus designing, leading LMS and ERP implementation to launching e-learning courses, each day of her role as an ID and Head Academic coordinator has been exciting. She intends to be a lifelong learner and touch as many learning minds as she can!