Let’s Talk

“How to safely reopen schools?”

In partnership with

June 29, 2021


About the event

With the second wave of COVID-19 having abated, several states are looking at plausible options to reopen schools safely.

In this ‘Let’s Talk Policy’session, we debate this complex issue and explore solutions for the safe reopening of schools. The long list of recommended safety precautions – from mask-wearing to well-ventilated classrooms – may present a challenge for many schools, especially those that serve lower-income students already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We will be finding out if we are ready to remodel the education system in the post-pandemic world.

We discussed on all this and more with the esteemed panel of educationists, including Shaheen Mistri, CEO, Teach for India, Dr. Mahesh Balsekar, Consultant Paediatrician, Deepika Sharma, Principal, Grand Columbus International, Faridabad, Shalini Bakliwal, entrepreneur & parent and Raghavendra Yadav, student, grade 11. The event was moderated by renowned journalist, Nidhi Razdan.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Shaheen Mistri

Teach for India


Shaheen Mistri is an Indian social activist and educator. She is the founder of Akanksha …

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Dr. Mahesh Balsekar

Consultant Paediatrician


Dr. Mahesh Balsekar is a senior consultant in paediatrics at SRCC Children’s Hospital …

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Deepika Sharma

Principal, Grand Columbus Intl.,


Deepika Sharma is an educationalist with over 27 years of experience in the industry…

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Shalini Bakliwal

Entrepreneur &


Shalini Bakliwal is an entrepreneur & mother of two …

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Raghavendra Yadav

Grade 11, Mumbai


Raghavendra Yadav is a Grade 11 Student from Mumbai …

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those concerned about the state of education in India post the pandemic – and are keen to hear from experts with on-ground experience at the highest level