Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University discusses the post-COVID world with Noble Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the YSBC webinar
Gurugram: Noble Laureate Muhammad Yunus during a conversation with Dr Aseem Chauhan at the YSBC webinar, appealed to make the Corona vaccine a public common good and shared his insights on creating social businesses in the post COVID world. The laureate also shed light on various social issues that the world needs to tackle alongside the pandemic. The webinar was attended by many eminent personalities from all over the world and students from Amity University.
Prof Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 further added, the governments should come together and present a resolution to make the vaccine solely for the people so that all can get access to it. With Dr Aseem Chauhan asking about how this pandemic should be treated as an opportunity to recreate the past, Prof Yunus replied by urging the world to take this pandemic as an opportunity to introspect and to not go back to the ways of the old world. “We all were on a train that was leading us to our destruction, but the pandemic has stopped it and given us the time to rethink our ways”, he said stating that he envisions a world of zero net carbon emissions, zero wealth concentration and zero unemployment.
He suggested that in fact, the pandemic has revealed all the weaknesses of the world bringing half of its population struggling for survival. The plight of migrants, massive unemployment and the paralysis of the informal sector are all proof of how we have failed as a society.
Initiating the discussion about encouraging social business by Dr. Chauhan, Prof Yunus pointed that the world will be eager to join such a noble cause and that many organizations have already taken the step in their own capacities. He called for the creation of a social business pharmaceutical company for the benefit of people and society at large. He stressed that the world needs more thought leaders and collective conscience.
Towards the end, Dr. Aseem Chauhan encouraged the young students to take away the methods and ways suggested by Muhammad Yunus in his optimistic vision to make a new world. He hoped that more and more people will come forward to share his ideology and get inspiration from the laureate’s work and thoughts.
Amity University along with Yunus Social Business Center is contributing towards the research, teaching and training endeavours to create awareness about the concept of Social Business. At Amity, there are two Yunus Social Business Centers at their Jaipur and Gurugram campuses currently. Both the centres have been doing excellent work at the grassroots level such as providing financial literacy and financial management workshops, skill development, low-cost technological solutions and entrepreneurship support to the youth in rural areas.
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