Symbiosis - Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Symbiosis International (Deemed University) will host the Universities20 (Uni20) Conference in Pune (to complement the main G20 education event) on 19th, 20th and 21st June on the theme ‘The Future of Universities: Making the World a Better Place to Live in: ‘The Transformative Role of Universities’. This Uni20 will bring together senior academics and educational leaders from all the G20+ countries to deliberate on the accelerated role universities must actively take responsibility for, if the world is to aspire to achieve (even significantly) the UN 2030 Agenda.


Day 1

19th June 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 10:45 am

Roundtable #1: ‘What kind of universities do students wish for?’ - An exclusive student roundtable

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Time: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm

Roundtable #2:in partnership with MCCIA and FICCI: Industry-Academia Engagements (PARALLEL SESSIONS)

& Inauguration of Exhibition:Symbiosis Kala Gruha - A display of work by Indian artisans and NGOs

Parallel Session 1 Parallel Session 2
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Day 2

Tuesday,20thJune 2023

Time:9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Session #1 :The transformative role of Universities

Session #2 :Growing need to build collaborative networks and partnerships

Session #3 :Faculty Development: Challenges for a New Role

Inaugural Ceremony

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Day 3

Wednesday,21st June 2023

9:00 am to 11:45 am

Session #4 :Making the world a better place to live in

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Time:11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Roundtable #5 (4 Parallel sessions)

Parallel session 1: Parallel session 2:
Transformative role of universities in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation )
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Transformative role of universities in promoting gender equity)
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Parallel session 3: Parallel session 4:
Transformative role of universities in bringing about sustainable climate action )
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Transformative role of universities in promoting health and well-being )
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2:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Session #6 Growing popularity of non-formal, third spaces literacies

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3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Valedictory Ceremony

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Monday, 19th June 2023

Pre-conference Roundtables and Industry Visits

Roundtable #1: What kind of universities do students wish for? (An exclusive student roundtable)


Dr. Ruchi Kher Jaggi

Dr. Ruchi Kher Jaggi ,
Dean Faculty of Media Communication,
Director Symbiosis Institute of Media Communication,
Symbiosis International University, India


Ms. Anushka Pawar

Ms. Anushka Pawar,
University of Melbourne, Australia

Zulekha Selant

Zulekha Selant
Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

Ms. Moulishri Shukla

Ms. Moulishri Shukla,
Deakin University, Australia (virtual)

Mr. Tushar Srivastava

Mr. Tushar Srivastava,
Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, India

Ms. Smruti Bhutada

Ms. Smruti Bhutada,
Jindal Global Law School, India

Ms. Tejita  Mitragotri

Ms. Tejita Mitragotri,
Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

Ms. Gurbani Kaur Bhasin

Ms. Gurbani Kaur Bhasin,
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, India

Nidhi Kondejkar

Nidhi Kondejkar,
Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune

Ms. Akerke Mukhamedi

Ms. Akerke Mukhamedi,
University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow,

Roundtable #2 (In partnership with MCCIA): Industry-Academia Engagements

Parallel Session 1


Mr. Pradeep Bhargava

Mr. Pradeep Bhargava,
Chairman, ASAL & Past President, MCCIA


Mr. Prashant Girbane

Mr. Prashant Girbane,


Ms. Meher Pudumjee

Ms. Meher Pudumjee,
Chairperson, Thermax Global

Mr Ravi Pandit

Mr Ravi Pandit,
Chairman of the Board, KPIT Technologies Ltd

Mr. Harold “Lee” Brayman

Mr. Harold “Lee” Brayman,
Acting Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Anuradha Gupta

Ms. Anuradha Gupta,
Head, Partner Engagement, Macquarie International, Macquarie University, Australia

Mr Rakesh Baweja,

Mr Rakesh Baweja,
Sr. Vice President, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Limited

Dr Rajesh Pankaj

Dr Rajesh Pankaj
Director, FICCI

Parallel Session 2


Dr R. Raman

Dr R. Raman,
Dean, Faculty of Management, and Director SIBM P, SIU


Mr. Ravin Mirchandani

Mr. Ravin Mirchandani


Dr. Sudhir Mehta

Dr. Sudhir Mehta,
CMD, Eka Mobility.

Ms. Rama Kirloskar

Ms. Rama Kirloskar,
Joint Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Mathew Johnston

Mathew Johnston,
Minister-Counsellor (Education and Research), Australia, New Delhi

Mr. Manoj Apte

Mr. Manoj Apte,
Head- Learning & Development, Persistent University

Mr Rutwik Pungliya

Mr Rutwik Pungliya,
Region Head, South Asia, University of Western Australia

Dr. K M Suceendran

Dr. K M Suceendran,
Head – Academic Alliances/Academic Interface Program, Tata Consultancy Services

Ms. Bhavna Manwani

Ms. Bhavna Manwani,
Director, ANZ, Global Subsidiaries Group, Transaction Banking

Tuesday, 20th June 2023

Session #1: The transformative role of Universities


Prof. Atul Khosla

Prof. Atul Khosla,
Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh, India.


Prof. Atul Khosla

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar,
Vice Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University, India.

Prof. Chika Trevor Sehoole

Prof. Chika Trevor Sehoole,
Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Md. Sabur Khan

Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman,
Daffodil International University (DIU); President, Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), Bangladesh.

Professor Suman Kundu

Professor Suman Kundu,,
Director, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus India

Professor Dario Kusinsky

Professor Dario Kusinsky,,
Rector of Universidad Nacional de José C. Paz,

Session #2: Growing need to build collaborative networks and partnerships


Dr Monica Kennedy

Dr Monica Kennedy,
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade, India.


Dr. Unnikrishnan

Dr. Unnikrishnan,
CEO, IITB - Monash Research Academy, India.

Dr. Nitesh Sughnani

Dr. Nitesh Sughnani,
Director of University Ratings at Knowledge and Human Development Authority, United Arab Emirates

Dr Rui Oppermann

Dr Rui Oppermann,
Director, International Cooperation of CAPES in Brasilia, Brazil

Mr. Ashwin Fernandes,

Mr. Ashwin Fernandes,
Regional Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, Africa & South Asia; CEO for QS IGAUGE Rating System

Professor Michael Wesley,

Professor Michael Wesley,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Chancellery International, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Phethiwe Matutu

Dr. Phethiwe Matutu,
Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa

Session #3 : Faculty Development: Challenges for a New Role


Dr. Bhama Venkatramani

Dr. Bhama Venkatramani,
Dean, Academics and Administration,
Symbiosis International University,


Dr David Ashton

Dr David Ashton,
PVC, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

Dr Sheetal Ranjan

Dr Sheetal Ranjan,
Departments of Justice Studies & Sociology, Montclair State University, USA

Professor Peter Bentley

Professor Peter Bentley,
Policy Adviser, Innovative Research Universities (IRU) and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Australia

Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar,

Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar,
Head, School of Chemistry, Asst. Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Sarah Brown,

Professor Sarah Brown,
Director, Faculty Development, DePaul University, USA.

Professor Agnes Nairn

Professor Agnes Nairn,
Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Wednesday, 21st June 2023

Session #4: Making the world a better place to live in.


Amb. Pavan Varma

Amb. Pavan Varma,
Indian diplomat, politician, and Author


Prof. Dr.Birgit Brock-Utne

Prof. Dr.Birgit Brock-Utne,
Professor of Education and Development at the Dept. of Education, UiO, Oslo, Norway

HE David Pine

HE David Pine,
New Zealand's High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh, and Ambassador to Nepal.

Professor Priyankar Upadhyay

Professor Priyankar Upadhyay,
UNESCO Chair for Peace and serves on the UNESCO/ UniTwin Executive Committee, Fellow of Oslo's Peace Research Institute (PRIO), India.

Professor Daniel Rycroft

Professor Daniel Rycroft,
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Session #5 (4 Parallel Sessions)

[A] Transformative role of universities in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation


Dr. Rajan Saxena

Dr. Rajan Saxena,
Former Vice Chancellor SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of
Management Studies (NMIMS) Deemed University,


Prof. (Mrs.) Rosemond Boohene

Prof. (Mrs.) Rosemond Boohene,
Professor of Enterprise Development, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development, School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Professor Suresh Cuganesan,
Deputy Dean (Students and External Partnerships), The University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Dr. Niharika Garud

Dr. Niharika Garud,
Associate Professor in Management at Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business & Economics at University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor A.D. Amar

Professor A.D. Amar,
Professor of Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, USA

Professor Paul Harris

Professor Paul Harris ,
Executive Director, Innovative Research Universities, Australia

[B] Transformative role of universities in promoting gender equity


Dr Renu Vinod

Dr Renu Vinod,
Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts


Dr. Andrea North-Samardzic

Dr. Andrea North-Samardzic,
Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Australia.

Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath

Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath,
Director, Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), India

Dr Chindu Sreedharan

Dr Chindu Sreedharan,
Associate Professor and Journalist, Bournemouth University, UK

Ms. Sneha Khandekar

Ms. Sneha Khandekar,
Gender Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Mumbai, India.

[C] Transformative role of universities in bringing about sustainable climate action


Dr. Prakash Rao

Dr. Prakash Rao,
Deputy Director and Associate Professor-Energy and Environment
at Symbiosis Institute of International Business,


Dr. Gurdas Nulkar

Dr. Gurdas Nulkar,
Professor, Director Centre for Sustainable Development, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India

Mr. Aditya Pundir

Mr. Aditya Pundir,
Director (India & South Asia), The Climate Reality Project, India

Dr. Priyadarshini Karve

Dr. Priyadarshini Karve,
Managing Director, Samuchit Enviro Tech, India

Mr. Andreas Binkert

Mr. Andreas Binkert,
President, 2000-Watt Smart Cities Association, Switzerland

Dr. Bala Ramani,

Dr. Bala Ramani,
District Councilor in the Hanover City District Council, Germany

[D] Transformative role of universities in promoting health and well-being


Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar

Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar,
Provost, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences,
Symbiosis International University,


Dr. Olga Maslova,

Dr. Olga Maslova,
Professor, Northeastern University,
Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Matt Dolf, Director

Dr. Matt Dolf,
Director, Office of Wellbeing Strategy, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Professor Stephan Van den Broucke

Professor Stephan Van den Broucke,
Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Professor Anthony Whitty

Professor Anthony Whitty,
Director, Centre for Education and Innovation, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Session #6: Growing popularity of non-formal, third spaces literacies


Dr. Abhay Jere

Dr. Abhay Jere,
Vice Chairman, AICTE, India


Prof. Meenakshi Dalmia

Prof. Meenakshi Dalmia,
Co-Founder, Chief Education Officer, DLRC, Pune Co-founder, DLRC, India

Professor Paul Henry Gundan

Professor Paul Henry Gundani,
Chancellor, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe.

Ms. Vyjayanthi Sankar

Ms. Vyjayanthi Sankar,
Founder & Executive Director, Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL), Bengaluru, India.

Dr. Sharon Guan

Dr. Sharon Guan,
Assistant Vice President for Centre for Teaching and Learning,
DePaul University, USA

 Mr. Raghav Gupta

Mr. Raghav Gupta,
MD, Coursera, India

Valedictory Session

(Universities of the Future)

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. R A Mashelkar

Dr. R A Mashelkar,
Eminent Scientist and National Research Professor

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