The Session 3 of the Vikasarth Conversations by INET & Centre for Public Policy Research was held virtually on 17th November 2022 at 6:00 PM IST. The Session sought to provide an overview of trends, patterns, and reasons for the educated unemployment scenario that Kerala faces.

The distinguished speakers of Session 3 of the Vikasarth Conversations 2022 were
Mr. Jose Dominic, Dr. Saji Gopnath and Mr. T. K. Jose.
Mr. Jose Dominic is a legendary figure in the Indian travel sector and a highly respected pioneer of sustainable and responsible tourism. He is the co-founder and former CEO of CGH Earth, one of India’s most unique collections of hotels.

Dr. Saji Gopinath, is the first Vice Chancellor of the newly formed Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Kerala Startup Mission for three years and also worked as Director of Indian Institute of Information Technologyand Management, Kerala. Dr. Gopinath was associated with the Indian Institute of Management for over 17 years as its Dean. He was also the Director of TAPMI Manipal and the founding Dean of Bennett University set up by Times of India. He also serves as visiting faculty to a few universities in Europe and Australasia.

Mr. T.K. Jose is a 1988 batch IAS officer of the Kerala Cadre. He was the former Additional Chief Secretary in LSGD, PWD, Water Resources and Home department. He worked as secretary in LSGD, Agriculture, Higher Education and PWD. He also held additional charge as Vice Chancellor of CUSAT. He was the Chairman of Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India and initiated the concept of farmer producer companies in the coconut sector which led to 69 farmer producer companies across the states of Kerala, TN, Karnataka and AP. He also served as the District Collector of Malappuram and Idukki and Managing Director of Matsyafed, RBDCK and KBPS.

The moderator for the event was Sudha Nambudiri. She is a journalist with Times of India.

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