Rural Growth Key to India s Success IIT Conference

The panel discussed on health care access technologies to aid low-income entrepreneurs quality of elementary education for 600 000 villages
Rural Growth Key to India s Success IIT Conference

A strong middle class, especially in India’s villages, is essential to growing India’s economy by eight to 10 percent, concluded a panel of five community leaders July 24 at the annual Indian Institute of Technology Global Leadership Conference.

The two-day conference – which actually began July 23 with a special “Women’s Day” – featured prominent Indian American IIT alumni, including Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla (IIT New Delhi); UC Berkeley Dean of Engineering S. Shankar Sastry (IIT Bombay); Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Google’s ads and commerce products (IIT Madras); edX CEO Anant Agarwal (IIT Madras); SoftBank Managing Director Deep Nishar (IIT Kharagpur); venture capitalist Shailesh Mehta (IIT Bombay); Syntel founder Bharat Desai (IIT Bombay); Symphony Technology Group founder Romesh Wadhwani (IIT Bombay); and Keynote Systems former chair and CEO Umang Gupta (IIT Delhi).

This year’s July 24-25 conference focused on “giving back.” Many panels discussed health care access and treatment for India’s poor; technologies to aid low-income entrepreneurs; quality of elementary education and access to higher education; and consistent energy supplies for India’s 600,000 villages.

The conference also featured Cisco CEO John Chambers; VMware CEO Patrick Gelsinger; Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy; physics Nobel Laureate David Gross; and Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, which offers medical lab tests at a very low cost.

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