On Thursday, June, 27 School of Oriental Studies National Research University Higher School of Economic (HSE) held joint Russian-Indian round table Scope for Russia and India to Build Cooperation on Global Issues in the 21st Century. The event was organized in cooperation with Moscow based Russia-Eurasia Project, New Delhi based NGO Caucasus-Asia Center and Foundation for Support of 21 Century Technologies (Moscow). The main goal of the discussion was to lay the foundation for boosting Russia-India cultural, educational and business cooperation in Eurasia. The organizers invited special speaker Mrs. Purnima Anand to address representatives of Russian expert community gathered in The Indian Corner lecture hall at HSE. Mrs. Anand is a President of BRICS International Forum, expert at Caucasus-Asia Center, head of the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, advisory board member of Vidya Veda Foundation.
Purnima Anand noted that India and Russia enjoy special and privileged strategic partnership and unique relationship of mutual trust. The relationship covers all areas of cooperation, including in the spheres of political relations, security, trade and economy, military and technical field, energy, scientific, cultural and humanitarian exchanges, and foreign policy, and helps promote national interests of both countries, and contributes to the establishment of a more peaceful and just world order. But she also emphasized that “in terms of volume, the present figures do not reflect the strength of the relationship or the potential of our economies, which is immense”. Mrs. Anand urged the assembled representatives of expert and business communities to put forward and implement ideas for creating new specific platforms for cooperation. Organizers of the event Michael Chernov, head of the Russia-Eurasia Project, and Hriday Sarma, founder-coordinator Caucasus-Asia Center, strongly supported Mrs. Anand’s call. “The purpose of doing the event is to encourage an intellectual and entrepreneurial community from both sides to explore on new ideas for building cooperation. It engaged participants in a process to work on redefining the framework of existing bilateral cooperation in tune with prevailing imperatives. The event would not be a standalone one, rather it would be the beginning of Track II arrangement for striking cooperation at all levels between the two countries. The arrangement, with time, will encompass a network of credible organizations and prominent individuals from both countries willing to contribute for championing the cause of Russia-India relationship in the 21st century”, stated Mr. Sarma from New Delhi.
Alexey Maslov, HSE School of Oriental Studies president, underlined need for new joint educational platforms and programs especially ones adopted for concrete needs of Russian and Indian young specialists and business communities. Vladimir Korovkin of Skolkovo School of Management described possibilities of educational cooperation in digital and hi-tech education. HSE Prof. Dmitry Evstafiev spoke about perspectives of regional cooperation between the two countries. Andranik Derenikian, deputy director of Siberian Institute of Euro-Asian educational and scientific cooperation and development of Tomsk State University put forward an idea to promote trilateral initiatives in education, pharmaceutical industry etc. in Central Asian countries for such projects would be more sustainable and in current circumstances easier to complete. Civil society and business ambassadors David Melikov (North Caucasus Jewish Congress president) and Andrey Koveshnikov (president of Skolkovo Developer’s Club) had meetings and discussed business issues on the sidelines of the event.
Purnima Anand, BRICS International Forum, president
Host of the Round Table:
Alexey Maslov, HSE School of Oriental Studies, President
Michael (Mikhail) Chernov, Russia-Eurasia Project, head, Jewish Fund, Chairman of the Board (Fund for Support and Development of Jewish Culture, Traditions, Education and Science)
Hriday Sarma, Caucasus-Asia Center, Founder-Coordinator (New Delhi), by Skype
Alexander Vorobiev, Technology Foundation, Director (Foundation for Support of 21 Century Technologies) (TF)
Timur Agkatsev, North Caucasus Jewish Congress (NCJC)
Andranik Derenikian, deputy director of Siberian Institute of Euro-Asian educational and scientific cooperation and development of Tomsk State University
Dmitry Evstafiev, economist, expert in Oriental studies, Professor at HSE
Dmitry Gavrilov, author of the experemental course ot the faculty of complex energy sector secutity, Russian State University of Oil and Gas
Galina Khizrieva, professor at Moscow States Linguistics University , former prominent analyst in Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, specialist in Islam, Caucasus, Arab countries, ethnology etc.
Vladimir Korovkin, head of the innovation and digital technologies laboratory of Skolkovo School of Management
Andrey Koveshnikov, Skolkovo Developer’s Club, President, Business Ambassador
David Melikov, North Caucasus Jewish Congress (NCJC), President, Business Ambassador
Julia Perlova, HSE School of Oriental Studies, Assistant
Edward Prytkov, entrepreneur
Yuri Shushkevich, expert at agricultural technologies, TF
Sarkis Tsaturian, Realist Information Agency, Director