About the Webinar

From sharing knowledge and resources to developing extracurricular projects together, networking and collaboration can be a boon to educators and their students, in many ways. Still, we see that a large proportion of educators are not very comfortable in building connections or investing their time and energy in networking. How can more educators be encouraged to take this path? What are the roadblocks that hinder them from networking? How can these be overcome? Join us for an interactive discussion around these questions on June 24, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. IST. 

We will be joined by distinguished panellists, including Shakila Shamsu, former Officer in Special Duty (National Education Policy), Dept. of Higher Education, Ministry of Education; L. S. Shashidhara, Dean of Research and a Distinguished Professor at Ashoka University, Sonipat; and Mayuri Rege, DST-Inspire Faculty, Ruia College, Mumbai. The session will be moderated by Smita Jain, Executive Director, IndiaBioscience and Vijeta Raghuram, Program Manager-Education, IndiaBioscience.

This session is suitable for undergraduate educators in any field of science in India.


Mayuri Rege

DST- Inspire Faculty, Ruia College

Mayuri Rege is a DST-INSPIRE Faculty in the Department of Microbiology at Ruia College where she studies gene regulation using genome engineering and synthetic biology principles. Having studied at TIFR, UMass Worcester and the Univ. of Pennsylvania, she leverages her training in research to craft innovative teaching-learning modules to augment UG/PG education. Her undergraduate team’s research on targeting Paan stains using synthetic biology principles garnered international recognition at the iGEM 2018 competition.

Shakila Shamsu

Former OSD (NEP), Dept. of Higher Education, MoE

Shakila Shamsu, formerly OSD (New Education Policy), Dept. of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), has been the Secretary to the Committee to Draft National Education Policy and has been a part of the entire journey in the formulation of this current education policy. She was the Nodal Officer of the flagship GOI Scheme of National Mission on Teachers and Teaching. 

She held senior positions- Joint Adviser (Education) in Planning Commission and OSD (XII Plan) in MoE. Her career spans over 39 years in teaching /​academics in the University of Mumbai, IGNOU and 14 years in the GOI. Her interest areas are education planning and policymaking, teacher education, ICT and Open & Distance Learning and inclusive education.

A Ph.D in Education, Gold Medalist for Masters, PG Diploma in Distance Education, and a Degree in Law; she has articles in international journals, book contributions and prepared XI, XII Plan and Government Reports. She has been a member of various Committees of the GOI, State Governments, UGC, USIEF National Selection Committees and has addressed several national and international conferences. 

L S Shashidhara

Distinguished Professor and Dean of Research, Ashoka University

L. S. Shashidhara is a Distinguished Professor and Dean (Research) at Ashoka University, Professor of Biology at IISER Pune and Principal Co-investigator of Pune knowledge Cluster and founder member of Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA).

Shashidhara has served in the past as Vice-President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Secretary General of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). He is currently the President of IUBS (first Indian to be elected in its 100 years of glorious history). 

For his contribution to basic and applied biology Shashidhara is recognized with CSIR Technology Award, SS Bhatnagar Award and JC Bose National Research Fellowship. In 2018, Prof Shashidhara was elected as an Associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), an international recognition for excellence in research in life sciences. 

Shashidhara has served/​is serving as Chair/co-chair/member of various apex committees of Government of India and S&T organisations and is active in teachers’ training and capacity building. He is steering an international project on Climate Change Education.


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