The purpose of this marathon of lectures across India is to engage with youth in the G20 process and sensitise them to the deliberations during the Indian presidency and its impact on them.
A student raises a question during the G20 University Connect Lecture Series on ‘Engaging Young Minds’ at IIT Madras.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras hosted the G20 University Connect Lecture Series on ‘Engaging Young Minds’ today (January 24, 2023). The event is being held as part of India’s Presidency of G20, the inter-governmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the G20 University Connect, which is being jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and Research and Information System for Developing Countries(RIS), a New Delhi–based autonomous policy research institute.
The objective is to engage with students from 75 universities around 56 locations across India. Addressing the gathering of school students and research scholars on IIT Madras campus today, Seshadri Chari, member, Governing Board and Governing Council, RIS, said, “India’s outlook has always been that everybody should benefit from advancements rather than hoard knowledge. Even during the Coronavirus pandemic, India developed vaccines, part of which were given to the outside world. Any country which wanted vaccines, the country gave it to them and to some of the countries, even free of cost. We are keen on developing technology in keeping with the tendency of looking at the outside as part and parcel of ourselves.”
He said, “G20 has a message to the world. We have to grow together as the problems we face pose problems for all. India’s message to the world is ‘One earth, One family, One future’.”
The purpose of this marathon of lectures across the nation is to engage with the youth in the G20 process and sensitise them to the deliberations during the Indian presidency and the impact it bears for them. The University connect series will be executed in the form of lectures, mock G20 and other interactive activities enabling students to engage and be involved in the G20 process.
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