Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) under its initiative India@75 organized a Conclave at New Delhi on 8 August, 2016. The conclave was part of the CII’s nation building agenda being taken forward through its India@75 initiative for creating a developed India by the 75th year of Independence in 2022.
Theme of the Conclave was Focusing on Enablers for a Developed India by 2022, conclave marked the launch of the India@75 week that is being celebrated every year from 8 to 14 August. Commencement of the week coincides with the birth anniversary of the globally renowned Guru of corporate strategy Late Prof CK Prahalad and culminates on the eve of the Independence Day which is considered to be a milestone for India@75’s march towards the achievement for the vision objectives.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII whilst welcoming Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman , NITI Aayog said that , “Since the launch of India@75 in 2007, we have been able to get phenomenal response from key stakeholders such as industry, civil society and government.” It has become a mass movement. He further stated that many of India@75’s programmes on Skills, Urbanization and ‘Cleaning India’ have become government’s flagship schemes later.
Dr Arvind Panagariya in his inaugural address said that “Prof Prahalad identified five priority areas – Education, Anti-corruption, Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government recognized the importance of primary education which later became the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Hon’ble Prime Minister has made checking corruption a very high priority. In more than two years of current dispensation at the Centre, there has been no single instance of allegation of major corruption. We are making progress; however, corruption remains visible for the common man, we need to make it work at lower levels, including states.
Also present at the occasion Mrs Gayatri Prahalad, wife of Late Prof CK Prahalad in whose vision lies the genesis of India@75 said that “Prof Prahalad was a dreamer and he always advocated aspirations beyond resources. Though he believed in the past, he was of the opinion that power of innovation can transform India’s future. He also insisted on moral leadership. India@75 is very much a reflection of his mindsets.
Mr Rajan Navani, Chairman CII Council on India@75 in his concluding remarks informed the audience about the innovative interventions by India@75 in the focus areas of India75 i.e. skills, functional literacy, urbanization and volunteerism including Pro Bono. He stated that the uniqueness of India@75 is the convening power to facilitate the convergence of multiple stakeholders. India@75 leverages technology as an enabler and volunteering as channels for the outreach and delivery to masses, it has the ethos of participative and collaborative efforts by all with synergy and cohesion.
Mr Navani informed that during the India@75 week there will be more than 75 on-ground activities including workshops, conclaves, hackathon, cyclothon etc in 15 cities across 10 states and a similar exercise on a much larger scale will be undertaken during the India@75 National Volunteering celebrated every year from 18 to 24 January to reach out to people with an appeal to contribute to nation building through time, skills and money.
To highlight the synergy and convergence of vision of India@75 and the focus of the political leadership at Centre and the current initiatives of the Government, the sessions at the event were structured towards sharing perspectives, among Government officials, Corporates and Civil Society organizations. The discussions featured around an array of issues like Skill Development, Technology, Urbanization and global engagement for innovation.
Moderated by Mr Rajan Navani, Chairman , CII Council on India@75, the first session delved on “Leveraging technology and deciphering the implementation roadmap for Skill India” with distinguished panelists Dr Santosh Mathew, Joint Secretary – Skills, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Mr Jayant Krishna, ED & COO, NSDC and Mr Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skills & Business Development, UNDP, India
The second session focused on Harnessing the Entrepreneurial Potential in India moderated by Mr Digbijoy Shukla, Startup Ecosystem Evangelist, Amazon Web Services along with prominent panelists Dr Anil Wali, Managing Director, Foundation for Innovation & Technology Transfer, IIT Delhi AND Prof. P K Biswas, Director IFMR.
The last session of the evening discussed on Smart Urbanization – Local Solutions for Local Issues moderated by Mr Jyotimitra Raghuvansh, Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab and notable panelists Prof. Amitabh Kundu, Centre for the Study of Regional Development School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Prof Jyoti K Parikh, Executive DirectorIntegrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe).