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Looking back: National Conference on “Youth in Social Change” Celebrates the Spirit of Daan Utsav

Manipal: The second edition of the National Conference on ‘Youth in Social Change’ organized by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in association with Syndicate bank, was inaugurated on August 25, at T.M.A Pai Hall. The theme was centralized on the topic of “The Joy of Giving” or “Daan Utsav”.

The conference, held over a span of two days has been coordinated by the students and volunteers of Volunteer Service Organization (VSO), accommodating about 700 students from all over the country.

The event was inaugurated by the chief guest Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MAHE, and the Guest of Honour, Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MAHE.

This was followed by a panel discussion which was moderated by Venkat Krishnan, founder, GiveIndia while the panel consisted of Vivek Sharma, Program Director, Gandhi Fellowship Program, Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership; Madhu Veeraraghavan, Director, TAPMI, and Kanika Sinha, Director, Outreach, ComMutiny, the only female on the panel. Their discussion revolved around the different aspects that influence the youth and their impact on the society. It had a plethora of topics ranging from ‘change agents’ and government careers to empathy and building a safe zone for youngsters. The panel also entertained questions from the faculty and delegates that aimed at challenging the problems the youth encounters due to today’s generation gap.

Volunteers at the event seen interacting with the judges during the poster presentation. || Photograph Courtesy: Aparna Shankar

The event concluded with the cultural events. It showcased an array of dance and musical performances ranging from traditional, classical dance forms to African Zulu dance. As the event concluded for the day, loud gun shots were heard as ‘Tigers’ performed the traditional dance form known as ‘Tiger Dance’.

The second day of the conference started on a light note with the inculcation  of more youth-centric events. It kicked off with the inauguration of the Manipal Seva Mela, an exhibition which showcased stalls set up by The Gandhi Fellowship, Teach For India, Bhumi, Asare, Parivaar, POWER and more.

Participants at the conference engage in a discussion. || Photograph Courtesy: Aparna Shankar 

The second panel discussion of the conference held Dr. Prahalathan Karunakaran, co-founder, Bhumi; Aarti Madhusudhan, founder, Governance Counts; Navaneeth Upadhyay, Student Ambassador, MAHE and Venkat Krishnan acting as the moderator, yet again. The discussions emphasized on the issue of Daan Utsav and about how people and institutes are taking up small initiatives to fulfill the demands of the issue.

The event offers a platform for many speakers like Vinayak Lohani, Founder, Parivaar;  Kuldeep Dantewadia,CEO, Reap Benefit, and Prashanth Nair, Private Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism, Compassionate Kozhikode.

The Conference ended with the valedictory session where the chief guest, Bhaskar Hande, General Manager, Syndicate Bank, Manipal, and The Guest of Honor, Dr. PLNG Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor (Quality Assurance), MAHE delivered speeches.

Navaneeth Upadhyay, The Student Ambassador of the Conference said that, “This year, we decided to scale it up and focus on three broad themes which is environment & resource management, education and governance.”

Vishal Kashyap, The Student Convener of the Conference, ended his speech with the question, “We, the youth are ready for a change. Are you?”

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Aparna Shankar

Edited by: Drishti Sanyal

Akanksha Kimothi

akanksha.kimothi06@gmail.com

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