Bengaluru, 27th November 2023: SVKM’s NMIMS Bengaluru hosted an insightful Y20 Talk on the topic ‘Shared Future: Youth in Democracy and Governance’ featuring Ms. Surabhi Hodigere. The transformative session was hosted in association with INDGenius and Y20 India.
The guest speaker at the enriching session, Ms. Surabhi Hodigere, is a prominent public policy specialist on technology policy and is currently a top research fellow at the prestigious Aapti Institute in Bangalore. The eminent speaker has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Honors) from the acclaimed Christ University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the globally renowned Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is a well-known advocate of responsible use of technology in improving public service delivery and public administration. Ms. Surabhi has vast experience working as a civic-technology entrepreneur and is also a recipient of the noteworthy LAMP fellowship.
Established by students, alumni, and professors from premier educational institutions across India, INDGenius is a platform for youth, scholars, and young academicians across premiere private universities, eminent institutes, and top boarding schools in India and aims to act as a network for students offering holistic growth of an individual with a development-oriented outlook.
Meanwhile, Y20 is the official engagement platform of the G20 and comprises prominent young leaders and changemakers from the G20 countries. The platform is aimed at encouraging dialogue and knowledge exchange among top youth leaders of India and across the world over the challenges facing our generation and for them to collectively strive to make a positive impact on the world. Together, the top youth forums hosted the session as part of their ‘Project I-Leads’, an effort to envision India’s leadership at G20 with a global perspective.
At the enthralling Y20 session, Ms. Surabhi touched upon a range of important topics, from her experiences in politics to her return from the United States with a desire to serve the country. She spoke about India’s leadership at the G20 and the massive success of the G20 Summit held in New Delhi earlier this year. The guest spoke extensively about the importance of social entrepreneurship and appealed to the young audience to take the lead in bringing social change. During her interaction with the young attendees at the session, she stressed the need for reading.
The Y20 Talk at NMIMS Bengaluru was an enriching experience for keen students, who were provided with an exclusive opportunity to network with professionals and explore new ideas and perspectives, helping them broaden their horizons. Expressing her thoughts at the insightful session, Ms. Surabhi Hodigere said, “In order to bring about social change, the youth of today will have to play a transformative role and take important responsibilities in governance and drive public policy.”
Appreciating the initiative taken up by INDGenius and Y20 India and thanking Ms. Surabhi for her gracing the occasion, Dr. Narayani Ramachandran, Deputy Director, NMIMS Bengaluru, said, “We welcome the initiative taken up by INDGenius and Y20 India to empower the youth and students of India with interactive and insightful programs like the Y20 Talk. Additionally, we would like to thank Ms. Surabhi for gracing our campus and providing her rich insights to our students.”