Utthan – The Public Policy Summit of IIM Bangalore

Contributed By: Himani Gupta

The first ever public policy summit of IIM Bangalore – UTTHAN, meaning an endeavor to rise, was launched on November 11th, 2018. The theme of the summit jointly organized by Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM) and Public Policy Club (PPC) of Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) was ‘De-globalisation: Is the tide reversing?’

The summit has been initiated with the mission of bringing awareness among student community towards national issues in public policy and endeavor to drive change. It provides a common platform for experts to deliberate, discuss and for enlightening talks that spark conversations around contemporary issues. The summit consisted of 4 major events – a quiz competition, Quriosity; a case study competition, Samadhaan; a mock press competition, Play.Power.Politics.Please and a panel discussion, Samvaad on the theme of the summit.

The case study competition Samadhaan provided innovative solutions enabling the use of Aadhar in financial services for benefit of people within the purview of supreme court judgement while ensuring practical implementation of the policies. The event provided the participants a unique opportunity to explore, debate and put forth their views and solution to a problem. The other event MockPress gave the participants opportunity to step into the shoes of politician and give witty and creative answers to journalists’ questions. Participants were given interesting characters such as Donald Trump, Shashi Tharoor, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley, Rahul Gandhi and Nirmala Sitharaman. Cross-questioning among participants and use of wit to answer questions while being in the character made the event enjoyable both for participants and audience equally. The third event was a general awareness quiz, Quriosity-Ask me Anything organized by India Spend. Attractive prizes both for winners as well as audience for correctly answering questions made it fun and knowledgeable. Students from all over India across colleges such as SPJIMR and VIT participated in the events.

The highlight of the summit was the panel discussion with eminent speakers including Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Bharatiya Janata Party; Rahul Savdekar, Asia Government Industry Lead (Microsoft Corporation); Professor Rupa Chanda, RBI chair of economics (IIM Bangalore); Vallabh Bhansali, Co-founder, ENAM Group; Prem Shankar Jha, Economist, Journalist and author and Vivek Kulkarni, founder MD of Brickwork Ratings. The discussion moderated by Maya Sharma, Executive Editor (South), NDTV focused on definition of deglobalization covering facets of trade, migration, technology flows, information flows and people flows across countries. The current events’ impact on countries including India, markets, businesses, regional and multilateral organizations such as World Trade Organization (WTO) was discussed. It also shed light on the role of technology in enabling globalization as well as how technology is in-turn affected by globalization. The discussion ended with the questions from audience and was followed by Directors’ address and closing ceremony where winners of events were felicitated with cash prizes.

The successful completion of the first public policy summit of IIM Bangalore initiates an organized way of deliberating, discussing and debating on public policy issues to bring a change. The next edition of the summit will be back in 2019 with exciting events, cementing the summit for the foreseeable future.

Himani Gupta is a member of the Public Policy Club and a PGP 2018-2020 student of IIM Bangalore. 

Media Cell IIMB is the student run outreach and communication committee of IIM Bangalore dedicated to form the bridge within the student community and the outside world.

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