A three-day international conference on Innovation, entrepreneurship and skill development, along with a BRICS film festival were jointly organized by the Chaudhary Charan Singh (CCS) University, Association for Innovative Education and BRICS International Forum to commemorate the CCS University’s 50th Anniversary. Named after a former Indian Deputy Prime Minister, the CCS University conference saw participation of eminent personalities and delegations from Bhutan, Nepal, India, Syria, China and Niger. Papers were presented on various issues of innovating education, youth entrepreneurship, sports and skill development.

The BRICS film festival was intended to raise awareness about opportunities and cultural linkages among the five nation bloc.

Speaking at the conference, Ali Illiassou, Ambassador of Niger in India, said Niger is a developing country where plenty of opportunities are available, as he invited businessman and entrepreneurs for joint ventures. He also said the India Africa Forum Summit was helpful to strengthen India’s relations with African Countries.

Sergey V Karmalito, Senior Counsellor of the Russian Embassy said India and Russia shared deep bonds and youth participation should be encouraged. He also said education was one of the priority sectors of BRICS and Russia had inaugurated the BRICS Network University Forum last year to develop cross-country education systems.

Basher Al Shar, Counsellor of the Syrian Embassy, said that he was disappointed with global powers for not directly getting involved to fight terrorism in Syria. He said Syria was fighting for its existence and against terrorism. He sought universal support to stop terrorism by blocking the funding of terrorist organizations.

Rajiv Kumar Gupta, President, Association for Innovative Education, said there was need to eliminate obstacles to entrepreneurship, as it is a part of India’s DNA and corner stone of India’s economic strength. The Indian Government was taking initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship in educational curriculum and through partnership with industry, he said.

N K Taneja, Vice Chancellor, CCS University, stressed the inclusion of moral education in curriculums to promote global peace and harmony. He also said that education should empower real knowledge so that youth can convert education into employment.

Purnima Anand, President, BRICS International Forum, said there were lots of opportunities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which should be explored.

Arseny Starkov, Senior Consultant, Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) said BRICS was the fastest growing global institution providing immense opportunities, and it is expected to overtake G-7 by 2050. He also thanked the Embassies of BRICS countries and BRICS International Forum, Forum of Indian Photographers & Artists and Citizen Film forum for providing films. The main aim is to create awareness in the Indian community to promote cooperation with BRICS.

K K Gupta, Dean, Medicine & Principal, LLRM Medical College, Meerut, said diabetes was not limited to any community or person because our children’s have been left playing outdoors. They are more educated in computer, TV and laptop, and social media is most addictive pastime for them. There is less physical exercise.

Gaya Prasad, VC, SVPUA & T, Meerut said medicines should not only be available to the wealthy. Ravindra Kumar, Former VC, Meerut University, said spirituality should be linked with education.

For the BRICS film festival, films were nominated by the embassies of Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and four short films were selected from India produced by young directors.

The film “Comrade Raj Kapoor”, a documentary film, was screened on the inaugural day. The film was directed by Russian Film makers Yakov Koller and Svetlana Roshenko. The screening was to pay tribute to the legendary actor-film-maker Raj Kapoor. It was was also screened and awarded during the fourth Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2015.

The conference laid a foundation for establishment of the BRICS Study Centre for Research & Development at the CCS University, which will provide opportunities to the young Indians under the BRICS Network Universities.