About the Webinar:

India is one of the top sending countries of international students and educated professionals to the United States and Canada. Each year, thousands of Indian students enroll in degree programs in these countries. This influx of professionals, students, and immigrants from India creates an incomparable impact on receiving countries contributing to the most dynamic sectors of the economy in their host countries.

India’s own education system continues to undergo an unprecedented expansion and modernization as part of the country’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, a comprehensive framework designed to guide the nation’s educational strategy until 2040. The goals of the NEP 2020 are ambitious – the policy seeks to transform India into “an equitable and vibrant knowledge society, by providing high-quality education to all, and thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.”

Gain insights into:

  • The evolving structure of India’s education system
  • WES’ historical perspective and approach to evaluating Indian credentials
  • Internationalization of higher education in India
  • Opportunities and challenges for Indian higher education institutions


Aditi Kadakia Photo


Director of Global Business Operations

Aditi has a broad background in credential evaluation. She specializes in the education systems of Commonwealth countries, including India, and the application of WES evaluation methodology. Aditi has been at WES since 2011 and is a lead trainer for both internal staff and external workshops at conferences and education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Mozambique, 2008–2010) and a graduate of the University of Rochester.



Quality Assurance Director

Ari specializes in the educational systems of France, India, and the Middle East, and document authenticity and verification. He has presented at numerous conferences, including NAFSA, and led several WES workshops and webinars. Ari studied at Tel Aviv University, CUNY Graduate School, and New York University.

Dr. Pankaj Mittal Photo


Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the second female Secretary General of the Association in its 97 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for more than three decades in senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India. She is the National Commissioner for Rangers of Bharat Scouts and Guides. She is also a Member of the General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi.

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a topper in M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Statistics from IARI, New Delhi. Dr. Mittal has also served as the first regular Vice Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, the first rural women university in North India for two terms. Dr. Mittal is also the recipient of many awards and honors, such as the Fulbright Nehru Scholarship grant for Educational Administrators, the President of India Award in 2017 for Digital Initiatives in Higher education, an Honorary Doctorate-D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from Karnataka State Women’s University, Karnataka, the First Padam Shri Subhashini Devi Award 2018 for contributions in Societal Development and Community Engagement, the Qimpro Gold Standard Award for leadership in Education for the year 2018 and the Smt. Sushma Swaraj Stree Shakti Samman 2020.

Dr. Mittal has visited many countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, China, South Korea, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, and Philippines, to name a few, for academic purposes to present papers at international conferences and for academic exchanges on behalf of UGC. She has published a substantial body of papers, articles, occasional papers, and reports on issues relating to higher education and women empowerment in national and international journals.

Beka Tavartkiladze


Senior Director, Global Education and Knowledge

With 20 years of experience in international academic credential evaluation, Beka has a deep knowledge of global education systems and the complexities of credential recognition across borders. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and workshops and has worked extensively with licensing bodies and higher education institutions to provide his expert opinion vis-à-vis credential evaluation.

Beka’s broad experience includes collaborating with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to improve the consistency and portability of credential assessments conducted in Canada, as well as assisting the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) with the development of the Pan-Canadian Quality Standards in International Credential Evaluation.