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India Summit set for Feb. 21-22 at Emory

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Acclaimed author and University Distinguished Professor Salman Rushdie will discuss his memoir, "Joseph Anton," at the India Summit. Photo by Wilford Harewood.

UPDATE Feb. 14:Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao has had to withdraw from this event. Below is the updated story.

Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, and Atlanta's first Consul General of India Ajit Kumar are among the speakers at the fourth annual India Summit Feb. 21-22 at Emory University. The event features panels on mobile technology in health care, literature, entrepreneurship, international commerce and more.

The India Summit, hosted by Emory's Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, is scheduled from noon to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive, and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Rd.

A diverse lineup of business leaders, government officials, medical experts and scholars from a variety of fields will participate in the event. Speakers include:

  • Manoj Jain, a national leader in healthcare quality improvement and infectious disease physician who writes regularly for The Washington Post;
  • Devendra Chawla, Rakesh Biyani and Sunil Biyani of Future Group, a successful retail empire in India;
  • K.V. Eapen, senior adviser at the World Bank, specializing in financial inclusion for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan; and 
  • Madhu Deshmukh, director of special initiatives for mHealth at CARE USA.

Visit for the full list of speakers and panels.

Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass or $25 for a two-day pass. Admission is free for Emory students and employees. Attendees should register for tickets online.

About the Summit
Launched in 2010, the India Summit—formerly the “Emerging India Summit”—is organized by a team of students and faculty from across the university. Past summits have showcased the paradigm shift in the world from developed to emerging economies.

About The Halle Institute
Established in 1997 with a gift from Claus M. Halle, The Halle Institute for Global Learning ( is Emory’s premier venue for visits by heads of state, distinguished policymakers and influential public intellectuals from around the world. The Halle Institute’s programs strengthen faculty distinction, prepare engaged scholars and foster greater involvement from local, national and international communities.

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