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Members of PanIIT India and PanIIT USA come together on the Science City stage at the end of the Global Conference 2012. The baton passed on from Calcutta to Houston, where the next meet will be held. Photo: Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

By Chandreyee Chatterjee & Subhankar Chowdhury
KOLKOTA (Telegraph): Power-packed sessions, 2,500-plus delegates, entertaining evenings — the PanIIT Global Conference 2012, partnered by The Telegraph, was an all-action affair.

The three-day event at Science City, which drew IIT alumni from across the world for the first time to Calcutta, came to a close on Sunday with participants already looking forward to the next conference in Houston, Texas.

“The success of the conference depends on whether we have achieved what we wanted to give you — a platform for networking and communicating to you PanIIT’s vision and mission — and I think we have,” said Sandipan Chakravortty, the conference’s steering committee chairman.

Over three days, IITians discussed everything to do with nation-building — the prime focus of the conference — from strategies needed to take India forward, the role of information technology in the transformation of the country and collaboration between academia and industry to future technologies, the competitiveness of India’s IT industry and the future of clean politics in India.

Powerhouse speakers like Nancy Powell, Nandan Nilekani, Yogi Deveshwar, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Srikumar Banerjee, N.R. Narayana Murthy and B. Muthuraman attended the event.

“We wanted this conference to be the biggest ever and I think we have raised the bar in terms of the numbers that have attended, the kind of speakers lined up and the diverse topics covered,” said Chakravortty during the valedictory session.
Raising the bar further will be the job of PanIIT USA when the global conference travels to Houston, Texas, in 2013.
Chakravortty handed over the ceremonial baton to the chairman of the next conference, Witty Bindra, and launched the conference’s official website.

“We have a formidable act to follow and we hope to meet Sandipan’s challenge and raise the bar higher,” said Bindra.

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