The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong inaugurated its ninth edition of the three-day International Conference on Sustainability, known as ‘SUSCON IX’ today.
The conference is being held in hybrid mode with participants from all around the world attending online and from within the campus.
To advance a holistic developmental paradigm, the theme of the conference this year is “Collaboration, Compassion and Co-Creation” with a goal “to bring together the brightest minds working on sustainability from across the world.”
Participants in the event will engage with some of the conference’s renowned speakers. They will actively engage in contemporary concerns while using a variety of viewpoints to explore fresh interpretations, applications, and evaluations of sustainability. They will also have the chance to actively support sustainability in and beyond their immediate contexts, a press release from the institute said.
IIM Shillong Director Prof. DP Goyal said the conference will provide a platform for deliberations on sustainability as a form of celebration of the country’s progress.
Padma Bhushan Dr. Mrityunjay Athreya Globally renowned Management Thinker, Educator and Consultant attended the conference online as the chief guest and Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and Gross National Happiness Research (Thimphu, Bhutan) as the guest of honour.
Dr.Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Indian conservation biologist and Founder and CEO of Aaranyak also attended the function as special guest.
Dr.Athreya, in his address, spoke on the topic ‘Our Shared Global Sustainability Dharma’. He spoke about the need to combat the global crisis of climate change and suggested two feasible solutions, namely Climate Compensatory Funding and Green Technology which can be adopted by various countries for a sustainable future. He stressed the need for the world to come together as one, as solving the problem of climate change is not a national or regional but a global issue.
Ura provided a different perspective on sustainability by combining it with Buddhism and spoke in detail about this relationship while referring to happiness in general.
Dr. Talukdar spoke about wildlife management and stressed on the need to plan developmental activities in a manner that is less hazardous to the environment, which in turn can solve many local and global environmental issues.
The inaugural session was followed by a paper presentation session which witnessed the presence of keynote speakers like Prof. Tan Sri Dzulfikli Abdul Razak, Rector, International Islamic University, Malaysia, Prof. Laszlo Zsolnai, President – European SPES Institute Professor and Head, Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary and Prof. Ove Daniel Jacobsen Professor of Ecological Economics Business School Nord University, Bodo, Norway.
The three-day conference will witness a series of technical sessions and paper presentations circling the theme of sustainability.
The conference is being held with the support of conference partners GAIL (India) Limited and the State Bank of India (SBI). The Knowledge Partners for the event are The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), European SPES (Spirituality and Ethics in Society and Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH (Gross National Happiness) Research and the Publication Partner is Springer Nature.