A guest lecture was held at Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Pune
on the 14th of January, 2016 on the topic of Ideas for New India. Mr. Varun Gandhi,
Member of Parliament, graced the occasion as guest of honour for the event,
presided by Dr.S.B Mujumdar, Chancellor & Founder, Symbiosis International
University (SIU), Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director SIU and Dr. Asmita Chitnis,
Dr. S. B Mujumdar felicitated the guest of honour and in his opening remarks he
emphasised on the importance of education in driving new India. He gave his own
equation for success, education = future and reiterated the need for imparting skills
in young India.
Mr. Gandhi initiated his address by talking about leadership & the requirement for all
to learn, unlearn & relearn continuously. He then highlighted the status of affairs in
terms of the employment scenario as well as in the healthcare sector in the country.
He spoke about radical changes being the need of the hour, especially in the sectors
He applauded SIIB for having started two innovative management programs in the
fields of Agri-Business & Energy & Environment, impressing upon the audience the
relevance of such pertinent subjects in recent times apart from the flagship program
i.e MBA in International Business.
He then moved on to a discussion about inequality, pointing out the irony that the
largest number of farmer suicides and most number of billionaires came from the
state of Maharashtra. He elucidated on the requirement of the economics of the
world to be turned upside down.
At the close of his speech, Mr. Gandhi discussed different ideas for the problems
faced by India such as strengthening Panchayati Raj in India, empowering villages &
creating means for revenue generation.
In terms of healthcare and the crippling shortage of medical professionals in the
country, he suggested having mass scale paramedic training across the country &
having relevant specialists visit required clusters of areas as per data analysed. This
would solve a multitude of problems relating to the healthcare system of the country.
In line to the education sector, he spoke about linking performance of Government
schools to funding provided by the State and foster a spirit of competition among
them so as to encourage each individual school to perform better.
After this, the session was opened for interaction with the students. They participated
enthusiastically, questioning him on various subjects. This included the percentage of
healthcare funding from GDP, brain drain, reforms in the education sector, schemes
for farmers, secularism in India, role of the media and a whole host of pertinent
The interactive session ended with Mr. Gandhi reciting a poem at the request of a
student, which was enjoyed by all.
The event closed with a vote of thanks by Dr. Asmita Chitnis, Director, SIIB.
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