Two Indian students studying in Britain have been selected to represent India at the world's biggest political youth forum to be held in Germany this week.
Apurv Gupta and Nusrat Laskar, International Relations students at the University of Edinburgh, will attend the annual G20 Youth Summit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from May 7-10.
The annual event selects the best students and young experts in international relations, economics, finance and law as heads of state and ministers for national youth delegations. The summit will be the largest international event organised for young leaders in 2014.
More than 100 young people were selected from 1,350 applicants to participate alongside academics and business and political figures from around the globe. Representatives at the three-day event will produce a final communique that will be shared with the G20 Heads of States and leading international organisations, including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Commission.
The summit is an international non-governmental not-for-profit civil society project, independent from any government of the G8 or G20. Its aim is to represent independent views and opinions of a new generation of young leaders.
The summit will discuss the world's most pressing economic and social problems, establish an international dialogue and build business partnerships and friendships. Since 2006, around 1,500 participants and experts have taken part in the G8 and G20 Youth Summits. Gupta said:
The Forum is a terrific opportunity which the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science and Edinburgh Global programme has supported in the past. It is the largest international event organised for young leaders in 2014.
Around 1,200 young leaders, parliamentarians, students and academics, representatives of the business world, governments and international organisations will be participating.
Laskar said: "The G20 Youth Summit 2014 is going to be an exciting and enriching platform for the youth to foster their interest in global affairs through an inter-cultural dialogue."