Shri Ram College Of Commerce held the second edition of Youth Conference on 17th August, 2013, carrying the theme of ‘CHANGE’. The day long event saw a host of dignitaries share there life changing stories with the gathering.
The auditorium was filled to the brim with students from all over Delhi, who were eager to mingle and share their ideas and experience on this platform .
Mr Bassi, the Police commissioner, an SRCC alumni of 1972, described himself as an introvert during his days at college. He encouraged questions from the audience and surprised all by sharing his personal mobile number in case of a genuine problem.
Best selling author Ms Rashmi Bansal, managed to touch quite a few hearts by sharing her inspirational story and advised the audience to pursue something they loved as a career.
Mr Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-chief, India TV talked about how coming to SRCC felt like returning home. He recollected the hardships he had faced in his childhood and how they helped him to be on television. Mature journalism was actively discussed with the audience.
A panel discussion on the topic, “Learning from our mistakes- Does India take this seriously?” had been organised which saw the participation of Sonia Singh (Editorial Director, NDTV), Praveen Swami (National Security Analyst, Firstpost and CNN-IBN), Dr Kiran Bedi, and Prabhu Chawla (Editorial Director, The New Indian Express). It was moderated by Mr. Amit Sachdeva , senior faculty member at SRCC.
Sonia Singh, editor NDTV, encouraged the youth to get themselves voter id cards and make change happen. Mr Swami, was fairly pessimistic in his speech and pointed out instances indicating that India was fairly poor at learning from its mistakes.
Mr Chawla spoke on similar lines and emphasized that individuals should not be allowed more power than institutions. However the biggest claps were reserved for Dr Kiran Bedi who was given a standing ovation. She drew our attention towards the mistakes being made with policing and lack of vocational training in the youth. Life in a country like India, where 6.3% of the GDP goes into corruption, is cheap. It does not matter as we are too many.
The forum was left open to the audience and an enriching interaction followed.
In the closing remarks, Dr Kiran Bedi asked the youth to resolve not to be a part of the mistake, but a part of the solution.
Actor Kunal Kapoor of ‘Rang De Basanti’ fame, the last speaker of the day , breathed a new life into the audience . He lauded the audience for their energy levels and said that change was indeed inevitable. Constant evolution was necessary to achieve something big. A few from the audience joined the actor on stage for a dance following which the session came to a close.
The days proceedings came to an end , leaving the audience wanting more !