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Way2k 4 Oct 2012
Ideas without borders

Hosted by the St Xavier's College, a delegation of students from Harvard will be attending a conference in Mumbai. As part of the conference exchange tour, these students will be attending programmes at partner schools across Asia. Initiated by the premier university, Harvard College in Asia Programme (HCAP) sponsors exchange conferences with the top universities in Asia. The conference scheduled for March 16 and 17, was preceded with a visit by the Indian delegation to Harvard, from St Xavier's College, earlier this year.

Ideas without borders

"In efforts to globalise the academics, our college welcomes collaborations with foreign universities to provide the students with an all round exposure. As part of the HCAP programme for the last five years, we look forward to the opportunity to be a platform for cross-cultural exchange," explains Father Roy Periera, director, Council of International Programmes at St Xavier's. Taking this very idea forward is the theme for the two-day conference, aptly dubbed 'Technology and Social (In) Justice'. Explaining the theme, Periera says, "The choices of themes vary every year, retaining a crux of social relevance. The current topic is of interest and concerns students globally. We intend to provide students, Indian and foreign alike, exposure to an array of speakers and stalwarts from a cross section of the society, connecting them with realities of the different worlds."

Lizann Fernandez, a student and part of this year's delegate to Harvard, who talks fondly of her experience, adds, "The theme, although pervasive, is perceived differently by every country depending on its technological progress, but it is India that really questions this truism. We hope to raise questions like, is technological advancement subject to only those who can afford it and how can it be harnessed to solve larger global issues." The delegation will be visiting Mumbai for eight days. Students of the host college have planned an elaborate tour for it. "We wish to give them a glimpse of the real Mumbai. Trips to Mani Bhavan, temples, Elephanta caves will be offset with trips to Dharavi, IIT Bombay campus, shopping excursions and tasting local cuisines," quips Fernandez.

The highlight of the programme, however, is the conference itself. "We hope to create an environment to foster an interaction with professionals from the field of social enterprise and development, prolific professors, business heads, as well as local students from Mumbai colleges," concludes Fernandez. The conference is open to all and is free of cost. Students from all colleges can attend and contribute to the global, cross-cultural and social dialogue exchange. To register, visit:

Courtesy: Times of India

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