On 9 December 2017, the international research symposium was inaugurated by founding Professor (Dr.) Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Director of International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), and Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar and Senior Fellow of IIHEd. The symposium included several plenaries with speakers from around the world (including Prof. Ratna Ghosh, Special Projects Standing Committee Member of WCCES), interspersed with workshops and series of paper and performance presentations by both national and international scholars. As a prelude to the symposium, a pre-symposium publication workshop by Dr Zane Ma Rhea from Monash University, Australia was also organised.
Dr Ma Rhea stressed the need to bring ‘wisdom’ back into higher education in ways which the modern professionals can be taught to be wise. The international research symposium included thought provoking and meaningful discussions on themes of indigenous knowledge production; decolonising epistemologies and methodologies; alternative pedagogies; new technology and indigenous knowledge for social change and; indigenous epistemologies and global thinkers, with special focus on global south. The discussion saw the participation of Prof Dhruv Raina from JNU, Dr Zane Ma Rhea from Monash University, Australia, Dr Jae Park and Dr. Tamara Savelyeva from the Education University of Hong Kong, Dr Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA & Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research & Social Responsibility in Higher Education, Dr. Ratna Ghosh from McGill University, Canada, Dr. Antonia Darder from Loyola Marymount University, USA, Dr. Sakunthala Y. Ekanayake, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka among others.