The Takshashila Institution conducted the 2018 Convocation for students across its educational programmes on the 22 April 2018, at the St Joseph Institute of Management, Primrose Road, Bengaluru.
Biocon founder, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was the Presiding Officer and the Australian High Commissioner to India Harindar Sidhu was the Guest of Honour at the convocation. The Guest of Honour and the Presiding Officer were joined by the Takshashila faculty, M Govinda Rao, Rahul Sharma, Rajeev Gowda, Anjali Karol Mohan, Ashwin Mahesh, Siddharth Raja and more.
Guest of Honour, Harinder Sidhu mentioned the Arthashastra as the ancient and pre-eminent document for governing a state and polity, and stated that there were a whole new set of challenges in today’s world that never existed earlier.
“There are multiple concurrent changes in structure. The evolution of artificial intelligence, rise of social media, climate change, empowerment of women and minority groups and shift of power from the west to the east. Changes like these require the brightest minds to be in public policy. It’s easy to be distracted by politics and populism, but there are always new problems to be tackled,” said Sidhu.
Students hailing from across the country were conferred awards and certificates for their participation and performance in the courses. These courses include the Post-Graduate Programme in Public Policy (PGP), Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP), MA in Public Policy, a course in association with the Mount Carmel College, and Bangalore Civic Leadership Incubation Programme (B.CLIP), a course conducted with the Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC). The courses are held through a combination of webinars, workshops, and other experiential learning tours.
The Takshashila Institution has trained more than 1600 individuals in public policy and is constantly expanding its footprint across the country.
The keynote speakers at the event included:
- Presiding Officer, Kiran Mazumder-Shaw (read full speech here);
- Guest of Honour, Harinder Sidhu;
- Raghava Krishna, a student of the PGP (read full speech here); and
- Nitin Pai, Director of the Takshashila Institution (read full speech here).