India-Japan Cooperative Seminar at IITB: Glimpse of Learning

India-Japan Relations: Need for Young Leaders

The IITB Group on Competitiveness, SJMSOM & Japanese Language Learners Group at IITB cooperated to organize an interactive seminar on above topic on Oct. 9, 2013.  For the seminar we were lucky to have a veteran such as Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo.  In addition, we had Shri Ulhas Acharya, a professional with more than two decades of experiences in Japan. The interactive seminar was liked very much by the participants. Details of contents may be made available later.  Here is just a glimpse of key learning:

  • India-Japan cooperation is entering new phase
  • Currently contribution of learners from China is massive, as compared to that number of students from India is less than 1000 (very optimistic estimate, in 2013)
  • Unique needs of Japanese can be made an opportunity for capable IITians to explore Japan
  • Opportunities are there, but preparation and language (at least basic to start with) skills are needed
Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo

Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo

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New Phase in India-Japan cooperation: A Starter

The tsunami created by select firms and industries in the USA engulfed several countries in Europe and other parts of the world.  While not hitting negatives in India, growth was severely affected.  As several parts of world face stagnation, a dynamic Asia provides the best opportunity for India to catch-up on growth.  Western Asia has been a major focus for India for people and trade exchanges. Now the manufacturing hub and technologically leading East Asia deserves equal attention.

Among East Asian countries, natural synergies are stronger, with some having shared values such as democracy.  An excellent role model of sustainable development in a large country—Japan—has rich historical and recent relations with India (Momaya, 2008).  Centuries old exchanges (e.g. Buddhism) have been reviving through more than 60 years of diplomatic relations in short post- independence history of India. The high importance the two countries assign to each other is reflected in India-Japan Global Strategic Partnership (initiated in early 2000s).   India can complement through intellectual youth to Japan-related technology and capital flow worldwide.

             Having been working on India-Japan cooperation for decades, we have been sowing seeds of cooperation for aspiring and capable youth.  Several initiatives were experimented at IIT Delhi and new ideas are being evolved at the SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay.  Pl. visit this space to know more.

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