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Yale India Initiative Symposium Examines Challenges and Opportunities in India

From left, Fareed Zakaria ’86, President Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D., Indra K. Nooyi ’80 MPPM, Rakesh Mohan ’71, and The Honorable Kapil Sibal.

Envision India in the year 2050—What are the opportunities and challenges it faces in the next decades? What could make it the world’s fastest growing economy? And what opportunities will arise for Indo-American partnerships among individuals, NGOs, universities, and corporations?

Such was the assignment posed to a distinguished panel of thought leaders at the Yale India Initiative Symposium in New York on September 21. Over 300 guests attended the event, which was presented in collaboration with the American India Foundation and U.S.-India Business Council at Citibank Auditorium.

Following a cocktail reception and welcoming remarks by Chandrika Tandon P ’10, the panelists focused on the challenges and opportunities facing India as it emerges as a global force. Time magazine editor-at-large and CNN news program host Fareed Zakaria ’86 moderated the panel, which included Indra K. Nooyi ’80 MPPM, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, Rakesh Mohan ’71, former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, The Honorable Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and Yale President Richard C. Levin.

Prior to the event, President Levin met with members of the press to field questions about the University’s goals for greater engagement with India through the Yale India Initiative. This broad interdisciplinary effort, spanning all areas of the University and in partnership with institutions in India, is focused on developing global leaders in academia, business, civil society, and government in both countries.

(October 8, 2010)