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Y-20 Consultation Summit concluded at Guru Nanak Dev University

AMRIK SINGH | March 16, 2023 11:36 PM

AMRITSAR: After a day long panel discussions of the panelists and delegates of G-20 countries in the Y-20 Consultation Summit which was hosted by Guru Nanak Dev University in the Golden Jubilee Convention Centre of the University, a press meet was organized here today in the Syndicate Room of the University.

The main objective of this press meet was to summarize the conclusions of young minds who gathered here from 20 nations. The Y20 Panel deliberations centered around the main theme and sub-themes led to the emergence of following directives that might be of significance in informing policy decisions.

Prof. S.S. Behl, Dean Academic Affairs of the University interacted with the media in the presence of Prof. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Dean Student's Welfare and Prof. Sukhprit Singh, Professor Incharge PR. Media personal from various newspapers and channels were present.

While interacting with media personal, Prof. Behl said that the directives emerging from 4 Panel Discussions on Future of Work: Industry 4.0, Innovation and 21st century included deliberations on Agriculture 4.0, including Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and the way in which they are enriching data in agriculture, facilitating data-driven farming. In addition, discussion was held on the management of pertinent issues like Crop Diversification and imbalanced Soil Nutrition using these technologies. The new Government initiatives to promote natural resource management and digital agriculture were informed, together with different policies on agricultural education and entrepreneurship. The potential paradigm shift possible with these technologies to being transformational changes in agriculture were highlighted. The multiplier effects of the new technologies in Agriculture 4.0 within different sectors in farming were deliberated upon. Potential solutions to address national and global issues of resilience against climate change and diversification of over-intensified farming systems were discussed.

He said that in the Panel II deliberated upon the Global Uncertainties and their effect on Job Market.The discussions started with an overview of uncertainties and offered a global perspective on the pandemic, issues of polarization, economic growth and geo- political issues and how these are impacting the opportunities for youth. There was a strong need to focus on solution based economy and on long term welfare of all. Youth energy must be channelized and they must become job creators. The panel further deliberated upon how work from anywhere allows youth to work for global organizations without needing to migrate. The panel also talked about emerging jobs in analytics, sustainability and ESG. All panelists gave important skills to be imbibed by the youth of G20 nations, these are - Learnability, adaptability, proactiveness, finding the core, passion, compassion, learning to learn, focus on professional development and internationalization.

Prof. Behl said that the panel III lead an enlightened discussion on Nanotechnology and research options and about the importance of transfer of technology from the academics to the industrial sector. In this age and era, technology is ubiquitous. From the use of smart technology in our homes, tablets and other IOTs, there is an ever increasing demand of new innovative solutions and automated technology in order to facilitate the society. In order to meet this demand, the panel put forth interesting ideas. A large part of the discussion was dedicated to localise the key skills that are crucial to the industrial sector and how academic institutions can respond by instigating such skills and a problem solving mind frame amongst the youth.The role of nanotechnology in advancing start-up initiatives was also highlighted. Keeping up with the spirit of the youth 20 consultation program, the panel encouraged the youth to adopt an interdisciplinary and proactive approach in order to tackle the societal challenges and demands of the industry.

He said that the discussion in Panel IV was focused on Standardization of skills and job creation with focus on the built environment in the real estate markets. Industry 4.0 shall be based upon artificial intelligence as is evident already. As such the construction and real estate sector must gear up to adopt such practices that can help the workforce at all levels to learn, reskill and upskill towards better employability prospects in times ahead. Academic institutions must play a pro-active role in creating possibilities for such like skill augmentations and act as incubators for supporting industry 4.0 and its growth to the advantage of all stakeholders and especially the youth. The real estate and construction sector must contribute to the principles of circular economy by adopting responsible choices and behaviors in material usage and its responsible consumption wherein the C&D waste especially is circulated back in pathways of reuse, recycle and recover. The built environment must adopt such methodologies and procedures that contribute to climate change mitigation strategies especially through adoption of green technologies and materials. The involvement of youth in collaboratory initiatives wherein young architects, planners, and engineers can collaborate with other professionals in different fields such as social scientists, environmentalists, and community advocates to create interdisciplinary solutions that address the complex challenges facing urban areas especially.

The panelists and delegates of G-20 countries in the Y-20 Consultation Summit in the Guru Nanak Dev University departured here today with good memories and the promise to meet again.

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