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A chance for alumni to interact with global leaders

To be held between December 19 and 21 at IIT-Madras campus

Nearly 3,000 delegates and their families expected to participate

CHENNAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will deliver the inaugural address at this year’s PanIIT 2008, the global conference for IIT alumni. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen will deliver the closing address.

Announcing the list of distinguished speakers and panellists for the event to be held between December 19 and 21 at the IIT-Madras campus, B. Santhanam, chairman, PanIIT 2008, said that the meet will provide opportunity for alumni to interact with global leaders.

The keynote panellists at the event will include L.N.Mittal of ArcelorMittal, Carlos Ghosn of Nissan, management guru C.K. Prahalad and Nobel laureate Mohammed Yunus.

The theme of the conference this year would be “Inspire, Innovate and Transform,” Mr. Santhanam said. The conference itself would take off from the earlier conference in Mumbai in 2006, which launched many programmes including Reach4India, IITians for ITIs, and the Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE), he said. The three-day conference will have six main thematic tracks including education, rural development, research and technology, and entrepreneurship, Mr. Santhanam said. The meet will also present results of a study of the impact of IITs on Indian society, he said.

Prof. R. Nagarajan, chairman of the Organising Committee, said that nearly 3,000 delegates and their families were expected for the event. Online registration had started and about 100 had already registered, he added.