The National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) recently celebrated fifth anniversary during which Indian student politicians were hosted at “Ideas for India”. A partnership with National Union of Students has also been announced on the occasion….writes Ragasudha Vinjamuri

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NISAU is the UK’s apex national organisation representing students, alumni and young professionals of Indian origin.  “Ideas for India”, held in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Mayor of London’s official agency London and Partners, uniquely celebrated the UK-India educational and youth partnership. The event hosted a 13-member delegation of young Indian politicians in the student wings of major Indian political parties, visiting Britain to learn political and parliamentary systems, governance and regulatory systems and higher education sector and support India’s reform and growth priorities and to build networks and future collaborations between the two nations.

The visiting cross-party Indian student politicians had an opportunity to present their ideas and vision for India’s growth and reforms, focusing on what they think are the most crucial issues needing attention and focus, followed by a discussion with an intellectually driven audience.

NISAU announced the appointment of its newest Patron Mr Ramesh Arora, Managing Director of The Montcalm Luxury Hotels, and the launch of its ‘Friends of NISAU’ initiative.  Sanam Arora, founder and chairperson of the organisation commented: “It is absolutely incredible to have come such a long way in just 5 years. I started the NISAU during my time at the LSE. It was at this time that the immigration changes were negatively impacting scores of Indian students. Yet, there was no representation for them.

“That’s how the NISAU was born – to become that thread that joins all the beads together and fights for justice for the young, faultless students! Our members and followers today can be found at almost all UK universities, our affiliate student societies at more than 30 universities and a team also in India. We collaborate with all government and non-government stakeholders. Friends of NISAU will be a network of people who can help us grow and deliver on our vision of positively contributions to Britain and India. Preet Gill, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston; the Dame Asha Khemka, Principal of West Nottinghamshire College, Mr Anand Kumar, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Union Bank of India, Lord Meghnad Desai, Mrs Tara Naidu, Manager for UK and Europe, Air India and Mrs Mira Mishra Kaushik, the Director of Akademi, have come forth as friends of the Indian student and alumni community in Britain.”

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Welcome-Address-by-the-President Mohanish Borana

Mohanish Borana, President of NISAU, said: “Our platform, Perspective, aims to promote dynamic and unbiased discussions on issues facing contemporary India as well as the opportunities that India presents.  When we launched Perspective, we brought to the UK, Mr Utsav Bains, the 30-year-old lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in the case against the self-styled godman Ram Rahim, and in doing so, brought about what is perhaps one of the biggest judicial wins in India’s history. Today through Perspective we brought India’s future political leaders to the UK. There is a lot more to come. Through today’s unique initiative we have indulged in dialogue with future policy-makers of India and presented the opportunity for the #livingbridge, the young Indian diaspora, to have an open intellectual discourse with those that are likely to lead Indian politics and governments in the years to come.



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