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AIU-SIU Uni20 Conference for University Leaders of G20 countries.

The Future of Universities: Making the world a better place to live in - The Transformative Role of Universities.
19th, 20th and 21st June 2023
Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) Campus, Lavale, Pune

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) will host the Universities20 (Uni20) Conference in Pune on 19th, 20th and 21st June on the theme ‘The Future of Universities: Making the World a Better Place to Live in: The Transformative Role of Universities’.

This Uni20 will bring together senior academics and educational leaders from all the G20 countries to deliberate on the accelerated role universities must actively take responsibility for if the world is to aspire to achieve (even significantly) the UN 2030 Agenda.

Monday, 19th June 2023
Pre-conference Roundtables and Industry Visits
9:00 am to 10:15 am Roundtable #1
Time Event
9:00 am to 10:15 am

What kind of universities do students wish for? - An exclusive student roundtable

Dr. Ruchi Kher Jaggi, Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), SIU

Roundtable Members:

  1. Ms. Anushka Pawar, University of Melbourne, Australia
  2. Ms. Zulekha Selant, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
  3. Ms. Moulishri Shukla, Deakin University, Australia
  4. Ms. Akerke Mukhamedi, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland
  5. Mr. Tushar Srivastava, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, India
  6. Ms. Smruti Bhutada, Jindal Global Law School, India
  7. Ms. Tejita Mitragotri, SSPU, India
  8. Ms. Kriti Bhargava, FLAME University, Pune, India
  9. Ms. Gurbani Kaur Bhasin, SIBM Pune, India
  10. Ms. Nidhi Kondejkar, SSLA, Pune, India
10:15 am
10:45 am

Inauguration of Exhibition:

Symbiosis Kala Gruha A display of work by Indian artisans and NGOs

Inaugurated by Prof. Dr S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, SIU in the presence of Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, SIU, Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU and Secretary General, AIU.

10:45 am to 11:15 am Tea & Refreshments in the Convention Hall and Library Hall

11:15 am to 12:45 pm

Convention Hall

Roundtables #2 in partnership with MCCIA and FICCI
Industry-Academia Engagements

Parallel Session 1

Venue: Convention Hall

Session Chair: Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Former President MCCIA and MD Cummins India

Moderator: Mr. Prashant Girbane, DG, MCCIA


  1. Ms. Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, Thermax Global
  2. Mr Ravi Pandit, Chairman of the Board, KPIT Technologies Ltd
  3. Mr. Harold “Lee” Brayman, Acting Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
  4. Ms. Anuradha Gupta, Head, Partner Engagement, Macquarie International, Macquarie University, Australia
  5. Mr. Rakesh Baweja, Sr. Vice President, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Limited
  6. Dr Rajesh Pankaj, Director, FICCI

Parallel Session 2:

Venue: Auditorium

Session Chair: Dr R. Raman, Dean, Faculty of Management, and Director SIBM P, SIU

Moderator: Mr. Ravin Mirchandani


  1. Dr. Sudhir Mehta, CMD, Eka Mobility
  2. Ms. Rama Kirloskar, Joint Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Limited
  3. HE Mathew Johnston, Minister-Counsellor (Education and Research), Australia, New Delhi
  4. Mr. Manoj Apte, Head- Learning & Development, Persistent University
  5. Mr Rutwik Pungliya, Region Head, South Asia, University of Western Australia
  6. Dr. K M Suceendran, Head – Academic Alliances/Academic Interface Program, Tata Consultancy Services
  7. Ms. Bhavna Manwani, Director, ANZ, Global Subsidiaries Group, Transaction Banking

All the Vice Chancellors from India, University Leaders from G20 countries and other speakers will attend this roundtable.

12:45 pm to 01:30 pm Lunch at Convention Hall and Library Hall
01:45 pm onwards Visits to chosen industries in partnership with the Maratha Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA)
8pm onwards Dinner

SIU-AIU Uni 20 Conference
20th and 21st June 2023

The Future of Universities: Making the World a better place to live in-
The Transformative Role of Universities
Date/Time Event/Session
Tuesday, 20th June 2023
8am to 9am Registration
9:30am to 11:00am

Session #1

Prof. Atul Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh, India


  1. Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University, India (on Zoom)
  2. H.E. Farid Mamundzay, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India
  3. Professor Chika Trevor Sehoole, Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
  4. Professor Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil International University (DIU); President, Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), Bangladesh
  5. Professor Suman Kundu, Director, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus India
11.00 am -11.15 am Break
11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Inaugural Ceremony

Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan,
Hon’ble Minister of Education, Government of India (TBC)

Shri Chandrakant Dada Patil,
Hon'ble Minister for Higher and Technical Education
Government of Maharashtra

Prof. (Dr.) S B Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis and Chancellor, Symbiosis International University

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Catriona Jackson,
Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia

Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General,
Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International University

Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International University

12:15 to 12:45

Special Address:

Shri. Harsh Vardhan Shringla,
Chief Coordinator for India's G20 Presidency

Prize distribution for winners of Poster Making Competition

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch at Convention Hall and Library Hall
1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

Session #2:

Growing need to build collaborative networks and partnerships

Opening Remarks:
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, SIU

Dr. Monica Kennedy, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade, India


  1. Dr Rui Oppermann, Director, International Cooperation of CAPES in Brasilia, Brazil
  2. Dr. Unnikrishnan, Head and CEO, IITB-Monash Research Academy, India
  3. Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, Africa & South Asia; CEO for QS IGAUGE Rating System
  4. Dr. Nitesh Sughnani, Director, University Ratings at Knowledge and Human Development Authority, United Arab Emirates
  5. Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Chancellery International, The University of Melbourne, Australia (video byte)
  6. Dr. Phethiwe Matutu, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Session #3
Faculty Development: Challenges for a New Role

Dr. Bhama Venkatramani, Dean, Academics and Administration, SIU, India


  1. Dr David Ashton, PVC, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
  2. Dr Sheetal Ranjan, Professor, Departments of Justice Studies & Sociology, Montclair State University, USA
  3. Professor Peter Bentley, Policy Adviser, Innovative Research Universities (IRU) and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Australia
  4. Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Head, School of Chemistry, Asst. Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, The University of Melbourne, Australia (video byte)
  5. Professor Sarah Brown, Director, Faculty Development, DePaul University, USA.
  6. Professor Agnes Nairn, Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

7.30pm onwards

Cultural Evening followed by Dinner at Sandipani Lawns

Wednesday, 21st June 2023
7 am to 8 am

International Yoga Day
Yoga Session for delegates and SIU staff members

9 am to 9:15 am Chair Yoga at Auditorium
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Session #4:
Making the world a better place to live in

Chair: Amb. Pavan Varma, Indian diplomat, politician, author and Distinguished Professor, SIU


  1. Professor Dr.Birgit Brock-Utne, Professor, Education and Development at the Dept of Education, UiO, Oslo, Norway
  2. HE David Pine, New Zealand's High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh, and Ambassador Designate to Nepal.
  3. Professor Priyankar Upadhyay, UNESCO Chair for Peace and serves on the UNESCO/ UniTwin Executive Committee, Fellow of Oslo's Peace Research Institute (PRIO), India
  4. Professor Daniel Rycroft, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
11:00 am to 11:45 am Break and proceed to Parallel Session venues
11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Session #5 – 4 Parallel Sessions:

  1. Transformative role of universities in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation
  2. Transformative role of universities in promoting gender equity
  3. Transformative role of universities in bringing about sustainable climate action
  4. Transformative role of universities in promoting health and well-being

a) Transformative role of universities in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation

Chair: Dr. Rajan Saxena, Former Vice Chancellor SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Deemed University, India


  1. Professor (Mrs.) Rosemond Boohene, Professor of Enterprise Development, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development, School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  2. Professor A.D. Amar, Professor of Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, USA (Video byte)
  3. Professor Suresh Cuganesan, Deputy Dean (Students and External Partnerships), The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  4. Dr. Niharika Garud, Associate Professor in Management at Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business & Economics at University of Melbourne, Australia
  5. Professor Paul Harris, Executive Director, Innovative Research Universities, Australia

b) Transformative role of universities in promoting gender equity

Chair: Dr. Renu Vinod, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, SIU


  1. Dr. Andrea North-Samardzic, Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Australia
  2. Dr. Chindu Sreedharan, Associate Professor of Journalism, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  3. Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath, Director, Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), India
  4. Ms. Sneha Khandekar, Gender Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Mumbai, India

c) Transformative role of universities in bringing about sustainable climate action

Chair: Dr. Prakash Rao, Deputy Director and Professor of Energy and Environment, Symbiosis Institute of International Business and Head, Symbiosis Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability, SIU, India


  1. Mr. Andreas Binkert, President, 2000-Watt Smart Cities Association, Switzerland
  2. Dr. Bala Ramani, District Councilor in the Hanover City District Council, Germany
  3. Dr. Gurdas Nulkar, Professor, Director Centre for Sustainable Development, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India
  4. Mr. Aditya Pundir, Director (India & South Asia), The Climate Reality Project, India
  5. Dr. Priyadarshini Karve, Managing Director, Samuchit Enviro Tech, India
  6. Professor Walter Leal, Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany (Video Byte)

d) Transformative role of universities in promoting health and well-being

Chair: Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Provost, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, SIU, India


  1. Dr. Matt Dolf, Director, Office of Wellbeing Strategy, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  2. Dr. Olga Maslova, Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
  3. Professor Anthony Whitty, Director, Centre for Education and Innovation, Australian Catholic University, Australia
  4. Professor Stephan Van den Broucke, Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Video byte)
  5. Team from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, SIU
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch at Convention Hall and Library Hall
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Session #6

Growing popularity of non-formal, third spaces literacies

Chair: Dr. Abhay Jere, Vice Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).


  1. Professor Paul Henry Gundani, Vice Chancellor, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe.
  2. Dr. Sharon Guan, Assistant Vice President for Centre for Teaching and Learning, DePaul University, USA
  3. Prof. Meenakshi Dalmia, Co-Founder, Chief Education Officer, DLRC, Pune, Co-founder, DLRC, India
  4. Ms. Vyjayanthi Sankar, Founder & Executive Director, Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL), Bengaluru, India
  5. Mr. Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, Coursera, India
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Chief Guest
Shri Devendra Fadnavis,
Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. R A Mashelkar
Eminent Scientist and National Research Professor

Guest of Honour
Dr. Nina Arnhold
Global Lead, Tertiary Education and
Lead Education Specialist, Education, World Bank

Presentation of 2000 Watt Smart City Certificate and Trophy by the Government of Switzerland

8pm onwards Dinner
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