XLRI Organizes National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
XLRI Jamshedpur recently hosted the ‘7th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship’.The 3-day conference was held at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur from 30th January to 1st February, 2015.
Conducted under the aegis of Fr. Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability and SIGMA (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance), the conferencewas based on the theme -‘The Young Changemakers: Youth as Social Entrepreneurs,and witnessed young professionals, social entrepreneurs and grass root change makers share their stories, challenges and innovations.
At the inaugural session, Fr. E. Abraham, S.J., Director, XLRI remarked, “I am delighted that the theme of the Conference this year is ‘Young Changemakers: Youth as Social Entrepreneurs’. We all know that throughout the history, social transformations have come through the initiatives and entrepreneurship of youth – be it the social movements, creation of disruptive technologies to change the society, and even winning freedom for nations. This is also a very relevant theme in contemporary India, which needs the energy and passion of the young generation to address some of the most critical issues which the country is facing. India is a country of young, with 430 million people in the age range of 15-34. In fact, estimates show that by 2020 youth will comprise of 64% of India’s working population. This certainly holds the promise of our demographic dividends”.
The inaugural panel included, Ashraf Patel, Co-Founder and Director of Pravah advocated for 5th Space,Rahul Nainwal, Co-Founder, iVolunteer & India Fellowship, Anshu Gupta, Founder Director of Goonj.
The Day- 1 also witnessed young professionals share their experiences. Ajay Murmu, a local youth leader, gave a talk on the various problems of the local community. Jagdish a student from XIMB shared his experience of starting his own venture while in college that helped village people understand Internet and mobile technology. Shruti Parija a TISS Graduate who works with Gram Vikas and Yasmin Sharma a student of XISS, both emphasized on the potential of youth & how their mindset has changed after getting a glimpse of the real problems of society.
The second day started with the theme on ‘The power of volunteerism’ which emphasized on the intrinsic motivation to bring change in society we live. Sonal Kapoor, Founder and CEO Protsahan, Jithin Jedumala, Founder, Make a Difference, makes a point that funders emphasize on scale while volunteers raise money and work for the core and fundamental change.
Other panelists included, Sujit Mahapatra, Founder Bakul Foundation and Shweta Chari, Founder and CEO Toybank, Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say, Malvika Sharma, founder of Avika Online, Piyush Jaju of Onergy and Rustam Sengupta of Boond.
The third day started with the theme ‘Innovators of Livelihood and Entrepreneurship’ in which three eminent speakers addressed the issue of sustainable livelihood to the marginalized section of our society. They were namely, Arindam Dasgupta – CEO, Tamul Plate Marketing Companyis also the cofounder of Dhriti.
The panelist were, Kumar Ankit – Co-Founder of Green Leaf Energy, Naveen Krishna – Founder & Managing Director, SMV Wheels, Aarti Mohan, co-founder of Sattva, Ashutosh Kumar – Executive Director, Pankaj Jain – Principle, Impact Law Ventures.
Prof Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson of XLRI’s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability and the coordinator for the conference, said, “India is a country of youths: 27% of the population is between the 20-35yrs range and 18% make up the 25-35yr segment. While many young people continue to look for a secure job as a career, during past few years, an increasing number amongst them show an urge to do something different, something which is personally meaningful. Though many of them have grown and got educated in secure urban environments, they are acutely aware of the social disparities and concerned about them. They see these problems as a challenge to be addressed - and as an opportunity to make a difference”.
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