Mangaluru: edX CEO Anant Agarwal, former student of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru has been appointed by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, to the International Commission on Financing Global Education. Anant will join more than twenty world leaders, including five former presidents and prime ministers and three Nobel Prize recipients, to review the future of global education. Born to Late Dr.K.L Agarwal and Vijay Agarwal in 1959, Anant Studied at St Aloysius College upto 2nd PUC and then did IIT from Madras, then moved to the USA and presently a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston-USA. Anant is the brother of Ruchir Agarwal, who manages Agarwal Agencies, a gift shop in Mangaluru.
Today the Commission meets during the UN General Assembly to start building the economic case to inspire and persuade world leaders to action. The Commission will explore how, over the next 20 years, education could lead to greater economic growth, better health outcomes, and improved global security. The group comes together at a crucial time when increased conflict has forced millions of children out of the classrooms to become refugees with no prospects of education.
Receiving the promotion, Anant said, “I’m humbled to contribute to this group of world leaders and thinkers as we tackle the paramount issue of our time. Now more than ever before, it is critical that we reflect on the current state of global education and work to create a future of expanded access and opportunity for everyone, everywhere, regardless of their social status or geography.”
Team Mangalore feels proud of this Mangalurean for reaching greater heights in USA and also for making Mangaluru-the education hub proud. Congrats galore!