LSEIndia Summit: ‘India at 70’ to run from 29th-31st March

New Delhi: ‘India at 70: LSE India Summit 2017’, the annual flagship Summit of the LSE South Asia Centre, presented by Apollo Tyres, commemorates the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this year. It will feature experts from academia, government, business & entrepreneurship, journalism, social impact, and many more. The Summit will be held from 29th -31st March at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

‘India at 70’ is part of the India-UK Year of Culture 2017, announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.

The line-up of speakers at the LSE India Summit is quite exceptional, representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives which would lead to an informed and incisive discussion on issues central to India’s way forward in the 21st century: Citizenship & the Constitution of India; Corporate Social Responsibility; India’s Emergence as a Global Power; and Water Security in India. The attendees will have the opportunity to listen to domain specialists who will debate and seek answers to these critical questions on India’s future.

Experts at the summit include J A (Tony) Allan, Rahul Bajaj, Mukulika Banerjee, Harry Barkema, Amita Baviskar, S Gurumurthy, Suhasini Haidar, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Kalpana Kannabiran, Onkar S Kanwar, Madhav Khosla, Marcus Moench, Meera Shankar, Mukund Rajan, Kanwal Sibal, Ashley Tellis, Pinky Anand, and Manoj Mishra.

Speaking about the Summit, Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director, South Asia Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, said ‘“India at 70’’ will be a platform for honest debate and discussion on questions central to India’s way forward in the decades ahead — through new research, applied and comparative knowledge, and ground realities. Our association with Apollo Tyres underlines precisely what the South Asia Centre has set out to achieve in this Summit: inter-sectoral participation in thought leadership for India’s future.’

Mr Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd., who are presenting the Summit in India in this historic year, said that ‘The LSE Summit is an opportune event to discuss various facets of India as it completes 70 years post independence and moves into a new trajectory of becoming a global economic force. We are proud to support LSE’s initiative to engage various stakeholders to create thought-provoking discussions around corporate social responsibility, a key focus area at Apollo Tyres, and other areas and make the knowledge available for public impact.’

According to Mr Alan Gemmell OBE, Director, The British Council, India, ‘The LSE is the UK’s most international university with 75% of its students being international. We are delighted to be associated with the LSE’s Global Summit. This is an exciting way to start the UK/ India year of culture.’

Mr Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts said ‘It is fitting and appropriate that the LSE India Summit 2017 will begin the India-UK Year of Culture. We are delighted to launch this at JLF 2017, and organise it with the LSE, Apollo Tyres Ltd., and the British Council.’

Apart from the main Summit, there will also be several supplementary events centred around academic research and the India story. Delhi School of Economics Professor Ashwini Deshpande, Ashoka University Assistant Professor Dr Gilles Verniers, and Dr Mukulika Banerjee, will conduct a Master Class on ‘Using Quantitative Evidence for Social Sciences Research’, providing insights on using numerical evidence for social science research.

LSE Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Michael Cox and renowned author and historian Ramachandra Guha will speak on the long and rich legacy of the close relationship between the London School of Economics and India.

An exhibition of poignant memorabilia of the Partition of 1947 will be held in the foyer of Stein Auditorium at the India Habitat Centre by the Partition Museum based in Amritsar’s Town Hall. At the inauguration of this Exhibition will be, among others: Lady Kishwar Desai (Chairperson, The Partition Museum, Amritsar), Lord Meghnad Desai, and Suhel Seth. Among other experts at the summit will also be George Gaskell (Special Advisor to the Director, LSE), and HE Mr Dominic Asquith (High Commissioner of UK to India).

What: LSE India Summit: ‘India at 70’
When: 29th-31st March, 2017
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Entry: Free pre-registration required
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