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he IIT Madras Symposium on Sustainable Development will bring together some of the best young minds across the country to discuss and debate upon smart policy choices that will make our markets, technologies and lifestyles sustainable.  During the Symposium, the participants will identify key challenges in Finance, Energy and Urbanization and propose innovative policies as long-term, sustainable options for growth and development. Discussions, modeling-exercises and seminars by experts during the 4-day Symposium will facilitate the discussions and enhance the participant’s knowledge of the issues at hand. The goal is to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of the factors that hinder sustainable outcomes in society and explore policy solutions for governments, corporates and individuals. A compilation of the best ideas will be published and presented to a host of organizations - government agencies, corporates, think-tanks, NGOs and notable individuals.





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he IIT Madras Symposium aims to provide a focused platform for constructive discussions on finding policy solutions for short and long term global issues. We intend to engage some of the brightest young people from India with the task of formulating specific, feasible proposals to tackle the challenges we face today and mitigate the exigencies we are likely to face in the future. The overarching theme of Sustainable Development is organized into three umbrella topics - Financial Organization and Regulation, Energy Sustainability and Urbanization.  Participation in the Symposium will be through a competitive, nation-wide entry process launched on the Shaastra 2009 website. The organizers intend to select a highly talented and passionate group of participants who present insightful perspectives on the Symposium theme. Professional, geographic and cultural diversity will be a major criterion for selection. Over the course of four days, the participants will be incorporated into groups with common interests, albeit varied backgrounds so as to work on sub-topics of their choice. Te participants will be guided by eminent mentors who will assist them in cultivating and refining their ideas. Several prominent key note speakers will help set the agenda and augment the character of the event. The Symposium is being organized by a student team as part of IIT Madras’ annual technical festival, Shaastra 2009 with the backing of several prominent partner organizations.







Phase I:


competitive, online entry process will be launched on the Shaastra 2009 website in the last week of July. Extensive publicity efforts will be undertaken to reach students in top Indian Universities. Essay-entries received during the process will be judged by relevant experts and about 45 participants will be chosen to attend the Symposium at IIT Madras from 1st - 4th Oct, 2009. Before the Symposium begins, the participants will be able to interact online through a portal developed especially for this purpose. The intermediate period is meant to help participants identify the challenges, target their efforts and refine their ideas prior to the Symposium. The portal will also serve to give direction to the ongoing discussions and draft an agenda for the Symposium..  

Phase II:


t the symposium, the participants will be divided into teams based on their areas of interest. These teams will present their analyses and policy guidelines to the other participants in the presence of an expert panel. Suggestions, modifications and even removals will be put forward to the teams by the expert panel and the other student participants. Through a democratic process teams will then decide on inclusion of these propositions in a final version of the policy document. Teams will also be given a chance to perform modeling, scenario planning and multiplayer forecasting exercises with the policies that other teams   have finalized. Each session would output a document studying the ramifications of that policy in a multitude of real world scenarios.  

How? The entire symposium is punctuated with breakout sessions and fun sessions. Outings, shindigs and other unwind activities are planned and included into the daily schedule of the symposium.

Every aspect in the organization of the symposium, has been carefully thought over, to ensure that the symposium is more than successful and that its conclusions are feasible for implementation in the real world. There are two major phases in the organization of the symposium: Phase I:  Selection of participants and preliminary discussions. . Phase II: The IIT Madras Symposium on Sustainable Development at Shaastra 2009 s

The ultimate result of the symposium will be a document containing a set of credible and realistic policies, along with their analyses in a variety of scenarios, all formulated by students. This document will be published and will be made available in-print and in electronic form. All participants and partner organizations will receive a copy of the same. We will strive to publicize the outcomes in regional and national media, reach out to government agencies, major corporates and not-for-profit organizations.

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he Symposium is divided into three tracks, and discussions in each track will focus on developing policy guidelines for decision makers in industry, government and civil society. All the issues encompassed within the tracks mentioned below are of a prime concern in the Asian context. Developing economies are increasingly characterized by strong growth imperatives, and high rates of urbanization and capital formation. Unsustainable patterns require our immediate attention.

Energy Track The need for energy sustainability has been amply justified, if not thoroughly quantified. The only question that remains to be answered completely is ‘How’? What technologies, regulations or market incentives will foster the development and use of energy that is both inclusive and sustainable? How might society adopt clean, green and lean energy without compromising on its standards of living? Questions such as these would would be discussed, if not answered, at the symposium. This track aims to find linearity between the issues of energy security, climate change, and economic development.

Finance Track   With the recent global financial and economic crises, there has been an audit of the ideas, practices and policies related to the working of the financial sector. Increasing number of questions about accountability,transparency, risk, among others, have been raised. This track explores the possibility of embedding sustainability into financial markets, by envisioning policy guidelines that would not only try to ensure the robustness of markets, but also try to

channel them towards sustainable development.

Urbanization Track   The unregulated growth of urban centers in the developing nations of Asia, has caused urbanization to rear its ugly hood. Ill-planned and unorganized rural migration, coupled with malformed policies has resulted in urbanization becoming as much of a social and environmental evil as it is an economic necessity.

38 percent of the developing world population is currently classified as urban. This will rise to 60 percent within twenty years. This projection means that a total of over two billion people will be added to the urban population of Third World countries. s The urbanization track aims at developing guidelines for sustainable policies for urban development which will serve to alleviate the standard of living of urban dwellers, besides attempting to develop perspectives and sound guidelines on migration, waste-management, land-use planning and urban transport. At the IIT Madras Symposium on Sustainable Development, we envision a convergence of ideas, from market based solutions to technological research to regulatory mechanisms, to address these issues which threaten our present and our future, with the ultimate goal of developing ‘sustainable’ practices for development.

Knowledge Partner

Platinum Partner As a Platinum Partner, your organization will make a notable financial contribution towards the successful conduct of the Symposium. Your organization may also choose to contribute keynote speakers and hold short workshops during the Symposium. The Platinum Partner will, in turn be assured of unmatched visibility, a prominent mention in all media releases and publications originating at the Symposium and a chance to interact with participants.

Gold Partners

Knowledge Partners will have the opportunity to interact with the participants and find mention in all publications related to the Symposium.

Media Partner

Gold Partners of the Symposium may choose to contribute monetarily or in kind including travel, food, accommodation etc. for the participants and speakers at the Symposium. As a Gold Partner, your organization will receive visibility during a chosen session during the event and will find mention in all media releases relevant to the Symposium.

Be Our Partner

As a Knowledge Partner for the Symposium, your organization will play a major role in shaping the course of the event. We solicit your assistance in the form of providing speakers and panelists, coordinating demonstrations and exercises as well as equipping the participants with relevant research data to formulate a realistic set of policies.

For the Symposium to have its truly intended impact, we believe it must be publicized extensively, both prior to and after the event. As our Media Partner, your organization will help us spread the message to a wider section of society. The Media Partner will have the exclusive rights to interview the speakers and participants during the Symposium.

The Partnership avenues mentioned above are indicative and only serve to elicit your interest. All agreements will be discussed and agreed upon mutually. We will be glad to furnish any details which may help you decide your mode of participation at the IIT Madras Symposium on Sustainable Development.


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An opportunity to associate with IIT Madras and be a part of its largest event of the year. Acknowledgment of association with the Symposium in the official Symposium policy document which would be presented to a host of organizations like government agencies, corporates, think-tanks, NGOs and notable individuals. Avenues to tap into high-quality talent by gaining access to students of IIT Madras and top-notch individuals from across the country. Chance to associate with the the symposium by providing mentorship, expertise and support. Access to potential recruits for research projects, internships, jobs, incubation and more. An ideal platform to support innovations in policy, engineering, humanities, social sciences and technology and help in developing consciousness on strategic policy issues in the society. Talent Search - A student team will be physically visiting more than 200 leading colleges over the summer to seek out and invite the best of the talent. Overall, our publicity team typically reaches out to about 800 colleges including premier technology, law, economics, political science and management schools. We are also planning to partner international universities. An ideal platform to support innovations in policy, engineering, humanities, social sciences and technology and help in developing relevant social-consciousness in the society. Extensive reach to over 800 colleges across the length and breadth of India with an on-campus visibility to an estimated 30,000 students during the Shaastra festival. Novel branding opportunities within the IIT Madras campus during the course of the festival.An opportunity to reach out to 30,000 people from amongst students, researchers,businesses, corporates and policy-makers who attend Shaastra. Our Partners will receive prominent banner space on the Shaastra 2009 website, which receives more than 12 million hits every year.

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he IIT Madras Symposium on Sustainable Development is one of Shaastra 2009’s key initiatives to help introduce real-world relevance as well as to enhance its impact on the society at large. We are confident that the Symposium will present itself as a unique platform for your organization with the following benefits:

First of its kind Publicity amongst 800 colleges Interact with promising young minds Showcase your organization s



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