In the afternoon of Monday, 6 May 2019, YUVA representatives were invited to meet Professor Sanjeev Sanghi, the Dean of Alumni Affairs and International programmes at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to explore different grounds for collaboration.
YUVA gave an overview of its initiatives in Mauritius and Africa, which was followed by a brief presentation from Dr Sanghi on IIT Delhi.
The Indian Institutes of Technology (popularly known as IITs) are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament for fostering excellence in education. There are 23 IITs at present in India. Over the years IITs have created world class educational platforms dynamically sustained through internationally recognised research based on excellent infrastructural facilities. The faculty and alumni of IITs continue making a huge impact in all sectors of society, both in India and abroad.
The vision of IIT Delhi is to contribute to India and the world through excellence in scientific and technical education and research; to serve as a valuable resource for industry and society; and remain a source of pride for all Indians.
It has as mission the task of generating new knowledge by engaging in cutting-edge research and to promote academic growth by offering state-of-the-art undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes. Moreover, it aims to identify, based on an informed perception of Indian, regional and global needs, areas of specialisation upon which the institute can concentrate. Furthermore, it seeks to undertake collaborative projects which offer opportunities for long-term interaction with academia and industry as well as developing human potential to its fullest extent so that intellectually capable and imaginatively gifted leaders can emerge in a range of professions.
IIT Delhi values academic integrity and accountability, respect and tolerance for the views of every individual, attention to issues of national relevance as well as of global concern, breadth of understanding, including knowledge of the human sciences, appreciation of intellectual excellence and creativity, as well as an unfettered spirit of exploration, rationality and enterprise.
Krishna Athal, YUVA Executive Director was requested to conduct an interactive session with students of IIT Delhi on financial sustainability and social enterprises. The topics piqued the interest of the students and they were curious to learn more about ensuring the financial sustainability of the social projects they were already involved in through social entrepreneurship.
After an in-depth discussion about the potential areas of collaboration between YUVA and IIT Delhi, both parties exchanged gifts and the meeting ended with a tour of the IIT Delhi campus.