In a bid to foster global awareness and nurture innovative thinking, the Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM Kashipur) hosted a lecture under the ‘G20 University Connect’ initiative last week. The theme “Engaging Young Minds,” resonating with the institute’s commitment to grooming the leaders of tomorrow.
Ambassador (Ms.) L. Savithri, from the Ministry of External Affairs, India graced occasion and delivered a keynote. Her lecture brought forth an insightful perspective on India’s significant role in the G20 community. She elucidated the genesis of the G20 and its profound impact on global affairs. She detailed how crises in 1999 and 2000 prompted the formation of G20, a coalition of 20 countries responsible for a significant portion of the world’s population, GDP, and trade. She underscored the significance of the G20 summit and its rotating presidency, providing a platform for nations to collaboratively address pressing issues.
Highlighting India’s role as the G20 President, Savithri eloquently spoke about India’s focus on energy transition and its dedication to amplifying the voices of marginalized nations, communities, and individuals through the “Voice of the Global South” initiative. She revealed South Africa’s impending membership, expanding the G20’s reach and influence.
She also applauded IIM Kashipur’s recent achievement in securing the 19th rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), and emphasized the rich diversity of IIM Kashipur and encouraged students to extract valuable lessons from their academic journey. In a world increasingly defined by collaboration and collective responsibility, IIM Kashipur’s G20 University Connect lecture series emerged as a catalyst for empowering young minds to envision a brighter, more inclusive future. The event reminded everyone of the profound impact that innovative thinking, global engagement, and collaborative action can have in shaping the world we shared.
The event also featured illuminating talks by Professor Kunal Ganguly, who explored infrastructural investment and logistics optimization, and Professor Abhradeep Maiti, who dissected international trade and economic activities. The engaging sessions were followed by a question-and-answer session, allowing students to interact directly with L. Savithri, facilitated by Dr. Rohit Saini.