The 6th Yuva Summit, an international youth conference on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship hosted by the Leaders Accelerating Development program, began in Hubballi on 6th February with Mr. Ravindranath Gumaste, Managing Director of Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd., cutting the ceremonial ribbon that let the hundreds of attendees, including students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and honoured guests, into the event grounds.
The first session of the day was LEAD Talks, an opportunity for seven standout young people from the about LEAD program to share their stories on stage in front of full auditorium of 500+. Hailing from across India, these young
leaders inspired the audience of not only their peers, but their elders too. Featured leaders were Chetan Upadhya (SDM College of Ayurveda), Supriya Runwal (A.S. Patil College of Commerce), Yuvaraj Patil (COLLEGE), Manjunath Gogi (KLEIT), Naveenkumar H P (BVBCET), Chanukya LAST NAME (MVGR College of Engineering), and Alysha Tharani (Founder of RAW Dreams).
Yuva Summit is always full of surprises, and this year was no different. Mr. Shekhar Gupta, the leading columnist associated with The Indian Express, conducted a short surprise session for the Yuva Summit audience. Already in their seats from LEAD Talks, the audience was thrilled for the opportunity to interact with this journalism legend. Mr. Gupta answered audience questions and brought lots of laughs with his explanation of how history should no longer be broken up into B.C. and A.D., but B.G. (before Google) and A.G. (after Google).
The next speaker was introduced by LEAD functional head Ajay Suman Shukla, though “needs no introduction”. Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, earned a standing ovation before even speaking and conducted a question and answer session with the eager audience. “It’s only entrepreneurs that can turn their ideas into jobs for others” was only one among a myriad of quotable moments with the business and IT legend.
Now, after a day of learning, the celebrations began. With a backdrop of the lake, 10 LEAD students were awarded Best LEADer awards by the night’s legends: Ms. Anousheh Ansari, Ms. Malathi Holla, Mr. Narayana Murthy, Prof. Muhummad Yunus, Mr. Shekhar Gupta, and Mr. Gururaj Deshpande. In front of a crowd of more than 4,500 students, faculty, entrepreneurs, leaders of their fields, and special guests, these student leaders were brought to stage to have their projects and positive impacts celebrated.Yuva Summit was anchored by An Evening with Legends, where the six legends on stage shared their knowledge, passion, and inspiration for making a difference. This is what so many of the attendees came for, to bask in the presence of these six game changers and change makers, and it did not disappoint. The legends not only shared their own stories, but with moderation by Mr. Gururaj Deshpande, answered more in depth questions about the
impacts they have made and how they did it. With that, the 6th Yuva Summit concluded under Hubballi’s night sky.