As G20 presidency was passed on to India today, students and faculty of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) participated in the ‘University Connect, Engaging Young Minds’ programme organised by the Office of International Affairs (OIA) of the university.
Through the University Connect programme, students from universities across India were engaged in order to create awareness for the G20 summit, its presidency and how India can emerge as a role model for the globe.
As per UGC’s guidance, the meeting was simultaneously held in 75 Universities and IITs in physical mode that got connected online with national function held at the ministry of external affairs.
NEHU vice chancellor Prof. P.S. Shukla emphasized upon the need for adopting vision of G20 nations in terms of developing university to university track, financial inclusion and climate action by way of closer co-operation, dialogue and mutual understanding.
He highlighted some of G20’s innovative agenda of internationalization of higher education and related initiatives of entrepreneurship, circular economy and international food security and supply chain and NEHU’s role in carrying forward these agenda by way of establishing greater University to University cooperation with advanced nations of G20 that included USA, Germany, UK and other top ranking countries.
Shukla exhorted the NEHU community to rise up and build a greater role and responsibility using India’s period of Presidency.
Prime minister’s principal secretary PK Mishra termed the occasion as a great honour and responsibility as this came during the ‘Amritkaal’, and the government seeks to scale up the presidency with participation of educational institutions and students.
Union minister of external affairs, S Jaishankar in his speech delivered in virtual mode before 1200 researchers and students drawn from across the country said that India students will also be ambassadors of the country in showcasing to the visiting G20 members the rapid, inclusive developmental progress that India is going through.