Dibrugarh University participated in the event titled ‘University Connect: Engaging Young Minds’ organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) that marked the first day of India’s presidency of the G-20 on 1st December, 2022. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jiten Hazarika, Dibrugarh University G20 Coordinator, Prof. DK Chakraborty, Prof Seema S. Singha, Head of the Department of Commerce, Prof. Surajit Borkotokey, Dean Student Affairs, Hemchandra Dutta, Soft Skill Coordinator and a large number of students took part in the event in which a select group of 76 universities across the country were invited to participate and interact with the dignitaries. Prior to the commencement of this virtual event, the students were briefed about the genesis, structure, scope and priorities of G20 by the Dibrugarh University G20 Coordinator and D.r Obja Borah Hazarika of the Department of Political Science.
In the event, which was joined by Dibrugarh University virtually, youths across the country were acquainted with the significance of the G20 by the speakers which included G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar among many others.
The essence of India’s theme of the G20–’One Earth, One Family, One Future’ which is in sync with Indian values and traditions of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ was explained to the audience. The start-up ecosystem and entrepreneurial spirit of the country and the role of the youth were among the topics stressed by the speakers.
The event was crucial to raise awareness and bring in an international perspective on issues which are otherwise considered esoteric, and highlight the crucial role of the youth and universities in the G20 process. It is worth mentioning that Dibrugarh University has been identified by the Ministry of External Affairs and RIS to host year-long lecture series and organize student activities.