Student council of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Think India organization organized the conference ‘Jagruti 2020’ , a national level youth conference on the theme of ‘Mission 2020’.
The key agenda of the event was to discuss ideas on achieving the vision of Dr Abdul Kalam ‘Mission 2020’ and the way forward. Students and scholars across the country presented their idea in the form of Paper, poster and models. The conference also had lectures by eminent personalities including environmentalist Saalu Marada Timmakka, social worker Dr. Tejaswini Ananthakumar and Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam. The conference also had multiple panel discussions presided by Director CESS Prof M K Shridhar, Deputy Director of IISc Prof. Rudra Pratap, Director of NITK Professor Uma Maheshwar, Co-founder of Barefoot IT Dr. Srijan Pal Singh, Director General of PC&SI DRDO – Dr. S Guruprasad.
The lectures and panel discussions were on wide range of topics from rural development to getting women in STEM. Around 52 papers were presented in the conference and 6 models were presented. Participants consisted academic researchers, startup-entrepreneurs and students.
The conference also witnessed the launch of “Code for Better India”, a PAN-India student community that strives to build world class open-source platforms for public use including government organizations.
The All India Youth Conference Jagruti was first started in 2017 under the leadership of Student Council of IISc and Think India. It is one of the few academic conferences that are focused on societal issues. The first conference took place in 2017 and consisted discussions on wide variety of topics from startups to gender equality. In 2019, the conference was held around the theme “Sustaining the rural habitat”.
‘Think India’ was initiated in 2006 by students of IISc, IIM B and other premier institutions at Bengaluru, India. It is an initiative to bring together the best talent and intellectual human resource of the country and to infuse in them a ‘Nation First’ attitude. Think India conducts multiple events across the country including the NIT conference and Parliamentary Internships for youth.
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