Udupi, Sep 6: The Manipal Academy of Higher Education will hold the 3rd National Conference on Youth in Social Change on September 17 at the Dr TMA Pai Halls, Manipal. The aim of the conference is to encourage the concept of giving among the youth and help sensitize them towards bringing social change.
The event is expected to see enthusiastic participation from approximately 1000 students from MAHE and other institutions. The chief guest of the conference will be T V Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE), Bengaluru along with other dignitaries.
The conference will include panel discussions with reputed change-makers from the developmental sectors like Venkat Krishnan, principal trustee, Indian Welfare Trust, Sanchit Jain, co-founder, Robin Hood Army, Jigsaya Labroo, co-founder, Slam Out Loud, Kuldeep Dantewadia, Co-founder and CEO, Reap Benefit, Vineet Saraiwala, founder and CEO, Atypical Advantage and Ashutosh Kumar, CEO, Jagriti.
Speaking about the event, Dr Ranjan R Pai, president-MAHE and Chairman, Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), said, “The youth of the country are the catalysts of change and can bring a huge difference to the development of our society. Through this conference, we aim to encourage and develop the spirit of generosity and empathy amongst the students, so we can create many generations of ethical leaders and change-mass for tomorrow who will build the path for the social and economic development of our system.”
The conference will also include poster presentations on diverse issues to promote constructive dialogue and societal change. There will also be the Manipal Seva Mela (an NGO exhibition) where reputed NGOs will discuss the change they are bringing about and also offer internship opportunities to students. The event will also have a Hackathon on Social Change on 14 different themes.
Dr H S Ballal, pro chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, said, “This event will give a chance to students to interact with social change-makers of the country and see the kind of difference they can make. At MAHE we believe that young people possess a wide range of skills that can bring about the desired social impact. Through the National Conference on Youth in Social Change, we will support and nurture their ideas and help them contribute to society.”
Lt General (Dr) M D Venkatesh, vice chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) “Societal transformations especially in a diverse country like India require commitment from all stakeholders. This conference will bring together students, faculty, NGO Members and Corporates under a single stage. Our goal is to motivate and empower youth to transform their social impact ideas into actionable projects.”