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Blog No.04/2018 (09 November, 2018)

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Bonding with the youth

Spent a delightful afternoon at the prestigious Koc University, Istanbul. It was rainy and cloudy, which made the drive up the hills more dramatic. The campus was beautiful and the architecture was reflective of the mingling of traditions that Turkey had experienced. As we looked out to the Black Sea coast, it appeared as if the sun from the East was bringing all its glory to the West.

I had a delightful meeting with the Rector, Prof Umran Inan and discussed mechanisms for exchange of students and faculty. They recently set up an Asian Centre and Prof Sebnem, formerly in New Delhi with her husband Amb Akcapar, had organized a presentation by me on “India in the 21st Century” at the Founders Hall. It was wonderful to engage with the brilliant young minds. A surprise Diwali party organized by the students cheered up the rainy day !

The Koc industrial group has recently set up a JV with Tatas for manufacture of white goods in India