IIT Bombay Welcomes United Nations Secretary-General António G. to the campus

IIT Bombay welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on October 19, 2022, to the campus for the UN Day Public Lecture titled, ‘India at 75: India UN Partnership – Strengthening South-South Cooperation.’

The UN Chief, in his address, urged the students to work on solutions to climate change and desist from working for those who are wrecking the climate. He also stressed the need for gender parity at all workplaces and condemned violence against women. 

Esteemed guests who graced the occasion included Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Mr. Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in India; Ms. Dia Mirza, actress and Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Mr. Samir Saran, President of Observer Researcher Foundation; delegates from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and members from UN India.

Several IIT Bombay dignitaries were also present during the occasion including Prof. S. Sudarshan, Deputy Director (Academic and Infrastructural Affairs); Prof. Neela Natraj, Dean (Faculty Affairs); Prof. Amit Aggrawal, Dean (International Affairs); Prof. Upendra Bhandarkar, Associate Dean (Research & Development); Prof. Ravindra Gudi, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations); Prof. D. Parthasarathy (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Prof. Krishna Kaliappan, Dean (Strategy).

The UN Secretary-General also visited four stalls on R&D projects undertaken in the areas of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, Gene Therapy for Cancer Cure, Nanofabrication, and Energy Storage Solutions. The UNSG was highly complementary and appreciated the efforts undertaken by the faculty and students at the Institute.