By Majid Nabi
Srinagar- After being chosen from among fifteen premier institutions of India to hold Y20 consultation, delegates from G20 countries and speakers of national and international repute will be attending the Youth 20 event to be hosted at Kashmir University on 11th of this month.
The varsity has chosen Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction as theme for the event, while four panel discussions on important aspects related to the theme will also be discussed.
Addressing a news conference at Media Education and Research Center (MERC) auditorium hall, Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University, Professor Nilofar Khan said all the necessary arrangements have been finalized in this regard.
She said the youth leaders from G20 countries, national and international level speakers and students from 17 nations including G20 countries as well as others will be participating in the event.
We are expecting 17 delegates from nine foreign countries to participate in the event. Four delegates each are from Russia and Indonesia, while two each are coming from the US and Brazil. One participant each is coming from Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria and Mexico,” Khan told reporters here ahead of the event scheduled on May 11.
She said the University of Kashmir was chosen from among 15 premier institutions of India to hold the Youth20 consultation under the G20 presidency.
“As part of G20 presidency India assumed in December last, Kashmir University is holding a Y20 event on the theme ‘Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reeducation: Making Sustainability a Way of Life on May 11. Organizing this event is a historical occasion for the varsity under India’s G20 Presidency,” she added.
VC KU said since the event is of national importance, the varsity has placed all necessary logistical and other arrangements very well in advance.
“This engagement and involvement of youth in conversation and dialogue on climate change is one big intervention that India’s G20 presidency has made. This theme was also opted in view of the enormous research work our university has been conducting in the area of climate change,” she said, adding” I am glad to inform all that KU has been awarded the Center of Excellence in Glacial Studies in the Western Himalayas by the Depart of Science and Technology.
She said the research work done by Kashmir University on climate change has been published and acknowledged globally.
“This mega event being held in Kashmir University under the country’s G20 Presidency reflects our deep commitment to further tread the path of academic excellence with great determination and sustained focus,” she said, adding I am confident that this event will further encourage our faculty, research scholars and students to pursue their academic goals with greater vigor.
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