The South Asian Heritage Month 2020 found an appropriate culmination in the form of the inaugural British South Asian Youth Summit 2020 (BSAYS) held virtually at the UK Parliament on 22 August 2020. With the aim of fostering cooperation and understanding between South Asia and Britain, the summit hosted youth delegations from 9 nations including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom to explore the following topic areas during the Summit: building a progressive, sustainable and inclusive economy; strengthening democratic institutions; protecting and expanding the natural environment; decolonising education; and championing diversity, difference and inclusivity. A Memorandum of Understanding between the nine countries was completed and signed at the end of the summit.
As the largest and oldest Indian student body in the UK, NISAU was invited to represent India along with other youth bodies across the nine nations, which included affiliates of the United Nations and the Fabian Society. NISAU Chairperson, Sanam Arora led the Indian delegation, and included Mohanish Borana, President of NISAU; Vignesh Karthik, Head of Thought Leadership; Prachi Dang, Head of Strategic Communications and Jetal Zala, NISAU Sustainability Lead.
Mr. Virendra Sharma MP, Member of the UK Parliament and a member of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee chaired the summit, which was supported by organisations such as the British Council, High Commission of India in London, political institutions, third sector organisations across Asia and UK and other reputed multilateral organisations.
Her Excellency, Gaitri I Kumar, High Commissioner of India called upon India-UK youth to work together for a bright new era in India-UK relations.
The summit and particularly, NISAU’s participation was covered widely in media: