Battle of the Ping Pong Pundits at IIM Shillong

December 3rd, 2014: It seemed as though PGP students of IIM Shillong were waiting for the arrival of this day with more anticipation than that of the first day of placements. After several breath-taking matches that had been held throughout the course of the tournament, we were left with two deserving finalists. These two individuals had proven themselves to be the personification of dexterity with the paddle in hand. When our beloved Hostel Committee sent out the mail for the match between Vangal Srinath and Aditya Kansal, all of us, almost simultaneously, realized two things – firstly, that this match was going to be one for the ages and secondly, that this match would give the winning batch ultimate bragging rights.

 

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The first set showed everyone why the two players deserved their spot in the limelight. Smashes back and forth coupled with intricate shots from both ends, provided the crowd with entertainment of the highest quality. Vangal and Aditya were treating it more like a chess match, rather than a ping pong game. They were going neck and neck, and before we knew it, “Deuce!” shouted the referee. Vangal eventually won the set, but Aditya gave a quick, calming glance directed towards his batch mates and we instantly knew that this was far from over.

The second set was dominated by Aditya Kansal. He managed to figure out a chink in Vangal’s armour and exploited it like a shrewd tactician. The huge crowd from the senior batch were worried to say the least. The fact that they would have to lose to their juniors was something that was simply unacceptable to them. However, despite the incessant rants of the senior batch, Kansal remained unfazed. With forehands as strong as steel, and a defense as impenetrable as iron, Aditya managed to beat Vangal by a huge margin of eleven points, thereby taking the second set.

As the euphoric juniors cheered for Aditya, silent seniors wondered if the third set would be a mere formality. However, just as the juniors were beginning to prepare for the celebrations, Vangal hit a smash that startled Aditya, as well as all of his junior batch’s brethren. Suddenly, Kansal was down 6 points to 3 and that is when things started to go downhill for him. Vangal seemed to have ice water running through his veins, and the task at hand, was becoming increasingly difficult with each of his calculated and precise shots. One last smash became the final nail in the coffin for our ‘Kansal’-ting club member and Vangal’s hand was raised in victory.

Even though Aditya sported a smile on his face, we all knew that deep down, he was really disappointed. Vangal, being the sportsman that he is, congratulated him on a hard fought battle. Aditya’s supporters were ecstatic to say the least and Vangal was the man of the moment. Hugs and handshakes throughout the recreational room, was a fitting end to an exceptional table tennis tournament organized by our Hostel Committee and saying that we are in eager anticipation of next year’s tournament, would be a gross understatement.

 

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This article is authored by Sumon Chaudhuri, a student at IIM Shillong. He is enthusiastic about marketing and has a flair for theatricality in almost everything he does. He also enjoys writing and is a proud member of IIM Shillong’s Literary Committee, Symphony

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IIM Shillong Takes The Crown At Wipro Earthian Sustainability Program

IIM Shillong won the prestigious Wipro Earthian Sustainability Challenge 2016 which received participation from hundreds of college teams from across of the country. Being one of the top ten college teams, we received an award of 1.5 lakhs to be shared by the sustainability efforts in the college and the team. In addition to making it to the Earthian national winners list, we were also awarded The TN Khoshoo- Earthian trophy (college level) for the most practical and feasible solution presented.

Our team consisted of two second year participants Jahnvi Jethanandani and Tanmay Kasliwal who worked on the idea of creating a sustainable Solid Waste Management for Shillong. The team was mentored by Dr. Sanjeeb Kakoty, under whose guidance two IIM Shillong teams have already won the Wipro Earthian twice in the past.

Wipro outlines basic themes from which the teams can choose one or more of their choice which this year was Traffic management, waste management and water management. Mainly focusing on exploring the needs of the city, we chose to create a tailored solution in the form of a decentralised solid waste management system for Shillong.

The main objective of the separate models was to work around the complicated administrative structure of Shillong due to the enforcement of Schedule VI of the constitution entailing a 3-tier Governance system. The solution consisted of creating a profitable model to incentivize the members of the self-governing local communities – the Dorbars towards the application of better solid waste management practices that included Bokashi composting and minimising waste that reaches the landfills.

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Jahnvi Jethanandani, final year PGP participant

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EcoBiz Organises Blood Donation And Awareness Camp At IIM Shillong

“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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The Harvard US India Conference: A One Of A Kind Engagement Initiative

The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

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The author is a final year PGDM student at IIM Shillong.

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The Harvard US India Initiative Conference (HUII) is a student-led organisation that aims to foster long-term cooperation between youth from the United States and India, to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic and political issues. This initiative started out in 2011 and over the years has grown by leaps and bounds, as a platform which inspires the youth to debate, discuss and deliberate their ideas for India’s future, define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.

This year’s conference was conducted in Mumbai on January 7th and 8th and saw the participation of around 300 delegates from leading universities of India, US, UK and Australia. Having been selected as a delegate for the same, in this write-up I shall try to throw some light on what I learnt from this conference through my interactions with the panellists which included a plethora of leaders from the corporate world, academicians, lawyers and people from the creative world.

The very first keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises). He spoke in length about strategies that Bharti Enterprises pursued for their expansion in Africa. He also stressed on the role and importance of disruptions in the technological space and how it is important for organisations to understand that disruptions need not only be limited to products and deliverables, but also can be achieved in terms of creating new business models. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and needless to say, the entire audience went crazy when he arrived and broke into a huge round of applause as soon as he said “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen” in his trademark baritone. Mr. Bachchan spoke about the evolution of Indian cinema, how movie making has changed over the years and the role of cinema as an instrument of change for the society.

However, for me the most enriching part of this two day stint were the panel discussions on social topics, culture, science & innovation, economics and politics. The panel discussions that I was a part of were:

·      Engaging Difference: Building Voice And Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups by  Jacqueline Bhava, Professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

·      Science: Days Of Future Past by Ashok Jhunjhunwala (PhD- Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras) and Manmohan Sharma (PhD- Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai)

·      Down But Not Out: Underrepresented Sports & Commercialization by Parth Jindal (Managing Director of JSW Cement), Supratik Sen (CEO, Unilazer Sports) and Narendra Batra (President, International Hockey Federation)

·      Rural Development: Financial Inclusion In Rural India by Bindu Anant (Co-Founder and Board Chair of IFMR Group of Companies), Rajiv Lall (Managing Director and Vice Chairman of IDFC), Abhishek Agarwal(General Partner at OperatorVC) & Shinjini Kumar(Director, PwC)

·      Hello Neighbours: India And The Geopolitical Balance In South Asia by Dhruva Jaishankar(Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution India), Pramit Pal Chauduri (Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times) and Abhinjan Rej (Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)

The discussion on vulnerable groups focussed on the role of schools in the process of sensitizing individuals against various forms of discrimination. In the panel discussion on financial inclusion, Ms Sinjhini Kumar pointed out something very interesting. She said that ‘financial inclusion’ is a very patronising term and rather it should be called as ‘financial access’. The panellists spoke about several regulatory and technological challenges that the banking sector is facing in its penetration to rural India. The discussion of the science panel focussed on how to create a balance between research in areas with immediate practical implications and the ones where scientific curiosity needs to be nurtured and encouraged for path-breaking innovations. The panel also spoke about some of the hot topics in science research at the moment, including the vast domains covered by machine learning and artificial intelligence in particular. There was an interesting debate in the politics panel on the question of whether Indian foreign policy is more reactionary and less visionary. The discussion in the sports panel was on privatised leagues, their success & effectiveness and whether their models are sustainable and scalable across different sports.

All in all, being a part of the conference was a truly enriching experience for me not just in terms of what I learnt from the elite panellists but also in terms of what I learnt from my fellow delegates. I have always believed that we can learn a great deal from everyone we interact with; from their experiences and stories. While I can’t possibly write down in length about all the discussions that I had with other delegates, there was one story which really touched me and I can’t possibly end my article without mentioning it. There was this school girl from a lesser known town of our country (yes, even kids aged 12 were a part of this conference) who spoke about how she and her friends had taken up the issue of their school not allowing girls to practise volleyball and how they had convinced the administration to act on this problem. Moral of the story being, we don’t need to be thinking of big changes. We witness enough problems and suffering around ourselves on a daily basis. If we can make the life of even one person better through some act of kindness, that would be enough for one lifetime.

_______________________________

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The author is a final year PGDM student at IIM Shillong.

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IIM Shillong

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