August 2, 2021, by Jason Feehily

First Nottingham – Chandigarh Collaborative Symposium

The Nottingham-Chandigarh Collaborative Symposium on sustainability took place on Thursday 22nd July 2021. The symposium was organised by Asia Business Centre at University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham Malaysia, in collaboration with Panjab University and Chitkara University in the Chandigarh region in India.

In his opening speech, Professor Robert Mokaya, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at University of Nottingham, stressed the importance of sustainability in tackling global challenges we face and University of Nottingham’s continued commitment to working with the two universities. Brig (Dr) PS Siwach, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Administration at Chitkara University also shared his vision with Robert and hoped that educating our future generations of young people to be mindful of the environment and bring sustainable development for the world. Professor Andy Chan, Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus also offered some remarks focusing on challenges faced by higher education brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and welcoming future collaborations between University of Nottingham and Panjab and Chitkara University.

Speakers from the three universities gave five great presentations on the broad theme of sustainability. Dr. Mohan Avvari, Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Director of Research, Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus, talked about how businesses and Non-Government Organisation can work together for achieving the UN-SDGs through the insights from some case studies. Dr. Subhan Ullah, Associate Professor in Accounting, Departmental Research Director at Nottingham University Business School presented the international evidence on boardroom gender diversity and environmental spending. Dr. Sandhir Sharma, Dean of Business School from Chitkara University, gave a talk on using quality education to achieve sustainable development, stressing the importance of introducing the concept of sustainability to students from a very early young (schooling) age. Professor Ganga Ram Chaudhary from the Department of Chemistry &Centre of Advanced Studies in Chemistry of Panjab University discussed green nanotechnology for sustainable development. Professor Armrit pal Toor, Head Dr SSB University Institute of Chemical Engieering &Tech and Director of Energy Research Centre of Panjab University, gave a talk on photo redox catalysis providing greener opportunities for synthetic chemistry.

Mr. Jason Feehily, Director of Knowledge Exchange Asia at University of Nottingham concluded the event. We hope that academic exchange like this symposium will stimulate research collaboration for future.

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