IILM University’s 11th PRME International Conference Delves Into NEP 2020 And Sustainable Development

February 27th, 2024: IILM University, Greater Noida, one of the prominent educational institutions in India, successfully organised its 11th PRME International Conference on “Transformative Vision of NEP 2020 towards Inclusive and Equitable Education: Revisiting SDG 4.”

The conference was held on February 23 and 24 at the university campus. It served as a platform for comprehensive exploration and discussion of the alignment between the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) set by the United Nations.

The two-day conference was inaugurated by the chief guest, Prof. Alok Rai, Honourable Vice Chancellor of Lucknow University. The guest of honour for the event was Mr. Vijay Gogoi, Partner & Lead at KPMG India, and the keynote speaker was Mr. Neeraj Gupta, Associate Director of Security & Resiliency at Kyndryl. The esteemed dignitaries graced the inaugural function with their presence.

”The 11th PRME International Conference demonstrated a collective commitment towards realising the transformative vision of NEP 2020, fostering inclusive and equitable education. It stands as a testament to IILM’s vision for advancing education and fostering sustainable development on a global level,” said Prof. Taruna Gautam, Vice Chancellor of IILM University Greater Noida.s

The inaugural session also featured Prof. Taruna Gautam, Vice Chancellor of IILM University Greater Noida, Prof. Nihar Amoncar, Director School of Management and Prof. Shyamali Satpathy as the convener.

The opening plenary session of the event focussed on the theme “Innovate and Educate: Role of Technology Towards NEP’s Equitable Vision.” The session unearthed significant insights and included preeminent speakers including Mr. Ashish Kumar Service Delivery Manager, TCS | MoC- ATL (NITI Aayog), Mr. Sudhir Dasamantharao Senior Director & Head -Global Business Services, Boston Scientific, and Mr. Shubham Dang, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft.

Following this, in the second plenary, titled “Opportunities and Challenges in the Implementation of New Education Policy”, the speakers delved deeper into the implementation aspects of NEP 2020. The experts in the session included- Prof (Dr.) Vishal Talwar Director, IMT Ghaziabad, Prof (Dr.) Partha Chatterjee, Head of Economics, Shiv Nadar University, Prof (Dr.) Usta M Amin Professor, IILM University, Prof (Dr.) Harsh Vardhan Verma Professor, FMS, University of Delhi.

The third Plenary Session was titled “Bridging the Industry-Academia Gap for Skill Development and Lifelong Learning”. The session featured four speakers- Dr. Somnath Singh, Deputy Director, UN Global Compact Network India, Ms. Gunjan Saini, Learning Partner, Incedo Inc, Mr. Shantanu Dhar, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hindustan Power, and Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat Executive Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP.

In addition, there were presentations by students on startup business ideas organised by Ideathon and E-cell. Moreover, the NGO Club hosted an Eco-conscious Expo where students showcased their products and ideas on green environment and sustainability.

The distinctive conference concluded with a valedictory address by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Amit Mohla, HR Leader, Wipro Ltd., and Chief Guest Dr. Virendra P Singh Chairman, Asia Coaching Network & Advisor, Modi University UP- Rajasthan.

IILM University’s Literature Festival Highlights the Convergence of Diversity and Creativity

New Delhi, February 16, 2024: In a grand celebration of diversity and creativity in contemporary arts and literature, IILM University’s two-day Literature Festival brought together eminent authors, readers, and thinkers for engaging sessions, captivating performances, and insightful discussions.

Based on the theme, ‘’Identity Narratives: Exploring Diversity in Contemporary Literature,” the remarkable event was held on February 8th and 9th, 2024 and was organised by the School of Liberal Arts at IILM University.

The festival commenced with an inaugural speech by Ms. Somya Sharma, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, followed by a warm Welcome Address by Prof (Dr.) Taruna Gautam, Vice Chancellor of the University. The day unfolded with a captivating musical performance by students, enabling a joyful celebration environment.

A key highlight of the day was the ‘Artist Spotlight’ session featuring prominent musician and singer Ms. Vidya Shah. Sharing insights into her craft, Ms. Shah emphasised the significance of patience and repetition in mastering any art form.

She also discussed the current state of national funding for artists and the blurred line between entertainment and culture.

The insightful discussion was followed by the ‘Colorful Canvas Challenge,’ in which students expressed their interpretations of identity via visual art mediums. The comprehensive competition fostered harmony, understanding and promoted dialogue and expression.

In addition, students exhibited their creativity in the ‘Cathartic: Expressions of Art’ competition, designing book covers inspired by literary classics. Their innovative interpretations enchanted the audience and highlighted the potential of visual storytelling in literature.

The festival continued with enthralling performances by students, including classical dance and musical renditions.

A panel discussion featuring distinguished personalities such as Mr. Suhail Mathur (Author and Co-Founder of The Book Bakers), Mr. Sharif D Rangekar (Author and Director of Rainbow Film Festival), and Ms. Rachana Yadav (Managing Director of Hans Magazine) delved into identity and literature, emphasising the importance of diverse voices in contemporary literary discourse.

The panel also underlined the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in representing themselves and the struggles of Indian authors in the literary world.

”The IILM University’s Literature Festival served as a unique platform to promote inclusivity with thought-provoking sessions, stunning performances, and expansive discussions. Bringing together preeminent individuals from diverse backgrounds and converging ideas, passions and perspectives, the event reflected the transformative potential of creativity,” said Aditi Gupta, Assistant Professor- English Literature.

Post the thought-provoking session, noted author and academician Dr. Devapriya Roy deciphered the intricate connection between identity and narrative. She also underscored the significance of graphic novels and comics as effective mediums for communicating powerful stories to young people.

The Literature Festival culminated with an extensive book-reading session by celebrated author Dr. Nandini Sen on her book, “The Second Wife and Other Stories.” Her presentation offered the audience profound insights into the themes of feminism and societal observation.