2018 Harvard College US-India Initiative (HUII) Conference | Diplomacy Opportunities
The mission of HUII’s India conference is to inspire Indian youth to deliberate, debate, and discuss their ideas for India’s future, and in this undertaking begin the process of shaping the India of tomorrow. The conference brings together 375 of India’s most accomplished students and young professionals, and offers them the unique opportunity of interacting and engaging with 70+ speakers, each of whom have made a deep impact on the trajectory of our country. Over the past two years, for instance, we’ve had Raghuram Rajan(Governor, RBI), Cyrus Mistry (ex-Chairman, Tata Sons), Ronnie Screwvala (Founder, UTV Group), Piyush Goyal (Union Minister Power, Coal, Renewable Energy), and Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament). This year, we’re lucky enough to have: Prakash Javadekar (Union HRD Minister); Chanda Kochhar (CEO, ICICI Bank); Arundhati Bhattacharya (Chairperson, State Bank of India [SBI]); Shikha Sharma(CEO, Axis Bank); and, Sunil Mittal (Founder & CEO, Bharti Enterprises [Airtel]) amongst a host of other accomplished speakers. Through this process, our hope is to define the challenges that confront our nation and seek solutions to them.
Our conference is setup so that there are keynotes and panel discussions. Keynotes are where speakers address all the 350 delegates directly and speak about something they find important (within the guidelines given to them); panels are more intimate discussions fostered by limiting the number of participants. Multiple equally engaging panels run simultaneously, allowing all our participants to join the discussion. In these panels, multiple speakers explore an issue through a moderated discussion. There are five major panel themes: Education, Politics, Economics, Society, and Giving-back. Under each theme, there are multiple prompts. For instance, the Politics panels* this year will include discussions on:
- India and the Geopolitical Balance in South and East Asia
- Unity in Diversity – integration of Kashmir, Northeast, Telangana, secessionist movements
- The Future of the Left/Third parties/Identity politics
- State Models for Governance (Kerala, Himachal Pradesh)
The most important thing to note is that throughout our conference, participants are given a free reign: they are allowed to interact with speakers and ask the really ‘tough’ questions.
DATES AND LOCATION: 6th and 7th January, 2018 at ITC Maurya, New Delhi.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 19th November 2017 at midnight IST