The University Guidance Conference 2017

Discovering Growth Through Collaboration

Aug 17 & 18 - 2017,
Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai

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They attended Asia’s largest guidance conference;
They Said:

Asia's Largest and Exclusive

The University Guidance Conference for High Schools

Initiative of SAIBSA, MISA and Univariety

Focused on career and college guidance

Largest congregation of schools and universities in India on one platform

Generating a synergy of ideas through dynamic deliberation

Has witnessed the gathering of


Schools from 27 cities and 4 countries


Universities from 7 countries


Participants from around the world



In its fourth edition, The UGC is India’s premier College Guidance Conference for High Schools.

It is conducted in collaboration with The South Asia IB Schools Association (SAIBSA) and the Association of Cambridge Intl Schools in India (MISA). With participation from over 350 of India's top

UGC is the platform of choice for Universities and other Institutions of Higher Education to come together with Indian High Schools on one platform to learn, network and share. UGC’s commitment to serious discourse and developing best practices in the field of career and college Guidance along with professional development of School Management and Counsellors has been recognized industry-wide.



Apex Advisory


Kaisar Dopaishi

Mr. Kaisar Dopaishi

Principal, Singapore International School, President -SAIBSA

Dr. Kavita Agarwal

Dr. Kavita Aggarwal

Chairperson, MISA

Joy Halder

Mr. Joy Halder

Registrar, St. Paul's School, Darjeeling

Neeta Bali

Dr. Neeta Bali

Principal, Podar International School,Powai

Dr. Mrs. Vandana Lulla

Dr. Mrs. Vandana Lulla

Director, Podar International School

Kalyani Patnaik

Ms. Kalyani Patnaik

Principal, Hiranandani Foundation School

Manju Rana

Ms. Manju Rana

Principal, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School

Minakshi Kushwaha

Ms. Minakshi Kushwaha

Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan

Sangeetha George

Ms. Sangeetha George

Career Counselor, Kodaikanal International School

Ms. Rajani Roy

Ms. Rajani Roy

University Counsellor, Trivandrum International School

Ms. Nishi Misra

Ms. Nishi Misra

‎Principal, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya

Mr. M.A.Faiz Khan

Mr. M.A.Faiz Khan

- Member Board of Governors and Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, The Hyderabad Public School Society. - Trustee and Hon Secretary, H.E.H The Nizam, Mukarram Jah Trust for Education and Learning.

Ms. Anjum Babukhan

Ms. Anjum Babukhan

Director, Education of Glendale Academy International

Ms. Bhupinder Gogia

Ms. Bhupinder Gogia

Principal, Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana

SAIBASA The South Asia International Baccalaureate Schools Association (SAIBSA) is devoted to promoting a greater understanding of the IB at all levels. SAIBSA members are authorized or implementing schools and its education practitioners. SAIBSA aims to facilitate communication with authorized and implementing IB schools in the South Asia region.

MISAMembers of International Schools’ Association (MISA) is an association formed by likeminded people with a collective aim to enhance the smooth functioning of international schools in India. MISA encourages and welcomes the working together of the most popular international board CIE- so as to pave a smoother path for the international school students in India.

Education World EducationWorld (EW) is India’s sole Education and News Analysis magazine which was established nearly 2 decades ago. EducationWorld is a pioneer in Indian School Rankings. EW’s Annual School rankings are considered to be the nation’s premier source of school rankings.

Education World has a monthly circulation of nearly 60,000 comprising of 25,000 unique schools in India.

Univariety Univariety is the largest and fastest growing company in India which sets up outplacement systems in high schools. We also help high school students gain clarity on courses, colleges, country and scholarships. Currently, 30,000+ students from 180+ premier schools across India, Singapore and Indonesia are using our system.

Speakers 2017

Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Author, Mythologist, Leadership Coach, Consultant on Culture and Belief Issues

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focussed on his passion full time. He is author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on Myths that Mystify, East versus West. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. He consults organisations on culture, diversity and leadership and also consults various television channels and filmmakers on storytelling.

Mr. Sonam Wangchuk

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Sonam Wangchuk

Director, The Students Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh

Sonam Wangcuk was born in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in, J&K, India.

Though a Mechanical Engineer by education, he has been mostly working in the field of education reform for more than 27 years. In 1988, just after he finished his engineering studies he founded SECMOL (Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh. In 1994 he was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope, a triangular collaboration of the government, village communities and the civil society to bring reformsin the government schools system.

For students who still failed in their state exams he founded the SECMOL Alternative School Campus near Leh,a special school where the admission criteria is failure in exams and not grades.

Sonam Wangchuk was granted several awards and titles, such as The Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 in Hollywood USA, The Terra Award 2016 for World’s best Earth Buildings in Lyon France, The UNESCO Chair for Earth Architecture for India in 2014, ‘Real Heroes’ Award by CNN IBN Channel in 2008, ‘Green Teacher’ Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine in 2005, Ashoka Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2002, ‘Man of the Year’ by The Week magazine in India in 2001 and the Governors Medal by the J&K State Government in 1996.

Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao

Keynote Speaker

Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao

Director, IIT Delhi

Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi, Dr. Rao was a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 400 publications in the area of Electron Devices &Nanoelectronics in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and is an inventor on 36 patents (including 13 issued US patents) and patent applications, with many of his patents licensed to industries for commercialization. He is a co-founder of two startup companies at IIT Bombay which are developing products in the area of Security and agricultural applications.

Prof. Rao's work is recognized with many awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013. Dr. Rao also received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, Techno-Mentor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator award, NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee award, J.C.Bose National Fellowship, Prof. C.N.R.Rao National Nanoscience award, VASVIK award, and the Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial boards of various other international journals. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.

Speakers 2016

Kiran Bedi

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kiran Bedi

Lt. Governor, Puducherry

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Our Past Conferences

Quick Facts

High School Delegates

200+ schools, 32 cities, 4 countries have been represented in the past 4 years at The UGC

University Delegates

50 Universities from 6 countries have been represented at The UGC in the past 2 years

Rate of returning delegates: 97% of the delegates that attended UGC 2014, re-attended the conference in 2015

Past Registered Schools

  • Aditya Birla World Academy
  • Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
  • Ahmedabad International School
  • Apollo International School, Sonepat
  • Asia Pasific World School
  • Billabong High International Thane
  • Bombay Cambridge School
  • Bombay International School
  • Bright Start Fellowship International School
  • C P Goenka International school
  • Chinmaya International Residential School
  • Choithram International
  • CPS Global School
  • D Y Patil International School, Nerul
  • Delhi Public School Bangalore East
  • Delhi Public School Bangalore North
  • Delhi Public School Bangalore South
  • DPS International, Gurgaon
  • Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel
  • Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Gorai
  • Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad
  • Ecole Mondiale World School
  • Edubridge International School
  • Fountainhead School
  • Fravashi International Academy
  • Gandhinagar International Public School
  • Gandhinagar Public School
  • Garodia International Centre for Learning
  • Gateway Group of International School
  • Gateway The Complete School
  • Global English School
  • Global Indian International School
  • Goldcrest International
  • Harvest International School
  • Heritage School Jammu
  • HFS International School, Powai
  • Himalayan International Residential School
  • HUS International
  • HVB Global Academy
  • Indus International School Bangalore
  • Indus International School Pune
  • International Centre for Excellence
  • International School Aamby
  • Jamnabai Narsee School
  • Jayshree Periwal International School
  • JBCN International School, Borivali
  • JG International School
  • Jodhamal Public School, Jammu
  • JSS Private School
  • Jyotirmay International School
  • Kasiga school
  • KES International School
  • Kodaikanal International School
  • Laxmi Global School
  • M.E.T Rishikul Vidyalaya
  • M.M.International School Ambala
  • Mahatama Gandhi International School
  • Mercedez - Benz International School
  • MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul
  • Mody School (A Div.of Mody Institute of Education and Research,Lakshmangarh)
  • Nahar International School
  • Nandi Academy
  • Navrachana International School
  • Neerja Modi school
  • NES International School Mumbai
  • New baldwin international school
  • NSS Hill Spring International School
  • Oakridge International School
  • Pathways School Gurgaon
  • Pathways School Noida
  • Podar International CIE Nerul
  • Podar International School
  • PSSEMR School
  • Ram Ratna International School
  • Rasbihari International School
  • RBK International Academy
  • Rustomjee Cambridge International School
  • Ryan Global School
  • Sangam School of Excellence
  • Sanjay Ghodawat International School
  • Savitridevi Hariram Agarwal International School
  • Scottish High International School
  • Singapore International School
  • St. Paul's School, Darjeeling
  • SVKM International School
  • Symbiosis International School
  • Thakur International School
  • The Cathedral Vidya School, Lonavala
  • The Doon School
  • The Hyderabad Public School Begumpet
  • The Riverside School- Riverside Education Foundation
  • The Sanskaar Valley School
  • The Tips Global Institute
  • The Universal School, Mumbai
  • Treamis World School
  • Tridha - A Rudolf Steiner School
  • Tripada International School
  • Ullens School
  • Universal Education Group
  • Vibgyor High Goregaon
  • Vidyashilp Academy
  • Wisdom High International School
  • Woodstock School

Delegates Speak

An event like this helps schools to grow in their professional development, particularly the counsellors or heads of schools doing the university guidance. There is such a vast amount of information to find out about the university admissions across the world that we really need to be well connected.

Renee Bowling - Renee Bowling, Head of Career and College Guidance,Woodstock School, Mussorie

Events like UGC are important because they provides a platform for engaging dialogues on burning issues. There are critical questions that need answers and platforms like these give us the opportunity to engage in lively and meaningful conversations.

Christopher Abraham - Prof. Christopher Abraham, Head of Dubai Campus & Senior Vice President, S P Jain School of Global Management

Technology is definitely changing students’ experiences in schools as well as searching for universities. It is making students’ academic experience much more tailored to the students. There is great potential in our globalised word to utilize technology to learn about other cultures and build a global citizen.

Joel Presti - Joel Presti, Associate Director, International Implementation, The College Board

We are very proud to be associated to Univariety for the last two years. They help us in profiling the child, finishing up with the psychometric test and helping children understand their innate talents. Institutions like Univariety will be a great help to students!

Joel Presti -Manija Subrahmanya, Principal, Oakridge International School

I would love to collaborate with Univariety to explore how such organisations can help my students. It would make our lives so much more easier!

Sangeetha George - Sangeetha George, Careers and College Advisor, Kodaikanal International School

Events like UGC need to be held on a regular basis. I think the college counsellors need to keep making contact with universities, keep understanding how we are developing and changing, what we do; so that they are able to go back and talk to their students with the most up to date information.

Delia Heneghan - Delia Heneghan, Vice President and Pro Vice Chancellor, Richmond - The American International University in London

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The University Guidance Conference 2017

Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai - August 17th & 18th, 2017

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