Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University in collaboration with the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and NITI Aayog, to host an Annual India Symposium – ‘Science and Society’. The event took place in New Delhi on April 4, 2019.
The title ‘Science and Society’ who share a symbiotic relationship, neither of the two can truly flourish without the intervention of the other.
More than 150 leaders from business, academia, industry, government and the research community, as well as officials and students from 20 academic institutes in India, took part in an event that also marks Harvard University’s increased academic research presence in India.
Symposium session includes many diversified topics from ‘Setting the Context for Science & Society’ to ‘Technological Advancements in Agriculture’, ‘Why study Life Sciences’, ‘Catalyzing India’s Digital Health Ecosystem’ and ‘Methods & Tools to Enhance STEM Education’.
Mr Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel manufacturer, and whose support lead to the creation of LMSAI, said: “My family has always believed in supporting higher learning and its actionable outcomes for business and society. We are very proud of this inaugural event of The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, which demonstrates our continuing commitment to these goals. In particular, I would like to see more young people actively pursuing education and careers in STEM subjects. These skill sets are critical for future economic and societal growth. It is important that collectively business, custodians of public policy and academia work together to address such skill shortages with a common aim and purpose.”
Other distinguished names gracing the summit included Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon; Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member (S & T), NITI Aayog and Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Manoj Kumar, Senior Advisor & Head – Innovation, Tata Trusts; Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Sunita Nadhamuni, Head, Healthcare Solutions, Dell Technologies; Venkatesh Murthy, Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Mr. Dmitry Popov and Mr. Ankur Goel, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, among many others.