Shyam Lal College hosts global meet on Sapta Sindhu: Bridging History, Business, and Intellectual Discourse

Shyam Lal College (SLC), University of Delhi (DU) hosted a much-captivating three-day International Conference on “International Business And Economics Of Sapta Sindhu – A Historical Transformation And Global Impact”.  

The Conference brought together experts and scholars from diverse disciplines. It was successfully accomplished from September 24-26, 2023. The event harbored knowledge exchange and intellectual stimulation programs, focusing on the pivotal role of Sapta Sindhu in the historical evolution of international business and economics. Scholars, economists, historians, bureaucrats, academicians and business leaders from around the world gathered to engage in discussions and presentations which reshaped and revisited attendees’ understanding of  Sapta Sindhu on the global economic landscape. 

The joint efforts of the Department of Commerce, Saraswati IKS Centre and IQAC, SLC in collaboration with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) garnered an audience that witnessed the convergence of brilliant thoughts from diverse academic backgrounds. The eminent experts from academia and industry both shared their views on the philosophical, entrepreneurial, cultural, global and spiritual identity of the Indian value system and their relevance in business practices. The galaxy of speakers with a shared passion was addressed from the perspective of Sapta Sindhu. 


Swami Shyamananda Ji from Rishikesh and Prof. Munim Barai (Asia Pacific University, Japan) enlightened the gathering in the Colloquium on the initial day. The subsequent day was addressed by Shri. Sanjeev Sanyal (Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Hon’ble PM of India), Prof. V.K. Kaul (Department of Business Economics, DU), Prof. PK. Mishra (Additional Director General of BSF), Dr. SP Sharma (Chief Economist, Deputy Secretary General, PHDCCI, New Delhi).  

On the concluding day, the Conference was graced by Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi (VC, Central Sanskrit University), Dr. Jayant Upadhyay (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Culture, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya), Prof. Kiran Hazarika (Pro-VC, IGNOU, Delhi), Prof. G. P. Sudhakar (Consultant and Visiting Professor, CESS, Bangalore), Prof. Rajnish Kumar Mishra (School of Sanskrit & Indic Studies, JNU) Prof. M. S. Senam Raju, Director, School of Management Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi) and more.  

The Conference featured a rich and dynamic disquisition, including keynote addresses, a colloquium, three plenary sessions, four concurrent sessions of paper presentations, and a valedictory session, all geared towards fostering a comprehensive discourse on the historical transformation and global impact of Sapta Sindhu. Participants shared various facets, from ancient trade routes to contemporary economic trends, providing valuable insights into the interplay between history, commerce, culture, soft power, competitiveness, global reputation, global markets, synergies and beyond. 

This platform center-staged the spirit of re-emerging Bharat from being an ancient knowledge hub (IKS- Indian Knowledge System) to a future ‘Vishwa Guru’ via being a ‘Vishwa Mitra’. It also propagated the idea of offering spellbound ancient knowledge to be embraced in academic learning and curriculum. The discussions reinforced recent global and domestic initiatives that made sustainable development and self-sufficiency influential for India’s economic growth. Further, in the year of G-20 Presidency, Bharat aspires the world to observe Life (Lifestyle for Environment) which is a behavior-based movement that draws from India’s rich, ancient sustainable traditions to convince consumers. 

Prof. Ruchika Ramakrishnan (Director), Dr. Mukta Rohatgi (Convener), Prof. Kusha Tiwari (IQAC & IKS Director) and Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar (Principal) together implemented every possibility to host and explore the scholarly ideas under the umbrella of this three-days Conference. The students’ zeal in the college underscored the relevance of this event in the academic and professional pursuits of their future endeavors. In addition to the intellectual pursuits, the Conference offered ample opportunities for interactions and building connections among participants, fostering an environment of collaboration that extends beyond the confines of this event.

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