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Published : Fridayday, 18 November , 2016 05:35 PM


“Managing To Transform: Rethinking Rural and Development Management

The fifth national symposium on Rural Management commenced today at XIMB,Bhubaneswar addressing this year's agenda, "Managing to Transform: Rethinking Rural and Development Management". Xavier School of Rural Management(XSRM), has once again set the stage, with all rural stakeholders coming together for transformational development in rural managing. Prof. KajriMisra, Dean (XSRM) opened the session, laying down the lines of discussion, following which Vice chancellor of XIMB-XUB, Fr.Dr. Paul Fernandes, S.J, addressed the keen audience on the importance of rural management for societal and corporate development. Shri Madhusudan Padhi, Principal Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Manojit Biswas, Deputy General Manager, NABARD and Ms. NavneetGambhir, National Rural Alliance and Activation Manager, GSK were some of prominent figures from the industry who graced this one of its kind symposium in the country speaking extensively on topics ranging from Agribusinesses to Social Entrepreneurship.

Mr. DibyajyotiPattanaik, Director, Annapurna Microfinance, emphasized the rapidly changing world of financing and the importance of adaptability and a convergent effort on part of the entrepreneurial world. “Change is the buzzword of time, keep updating yourself “, said Mr. Pattanaik.

Mr. Shankar Shastri, Director, Executive VP and Chief Risk Officer, Annapurna Microfinance, an alumni of XIMB, highlighted the significance of MSMEs in shaping up the rural development scenario in India while calling for more technical and skill investment for a faster transformation.

The speakers also categorically addressed the several govt. schemes such as Kishan Credit card (KCC), National Livestock Scheme, MNREGA amongst many others which could prove instrumental in rural poverty alleviation and promote better standards of living. Agribusiness, Dairy and Meat value chain were also declared as the future frontrunners of rural development. 

 The event also attracts tremendous participation from academics, students and professionals who will get an opportunity to present case studies and video stories. Day 2 of the symposium witnesses a larger assembly of academics and professionals presiding over rural financing issues and social entrepreneurship challenges.  Eminent speakers like Mr. SenthilRajan, Deputy Head, State Partnership, GOI/UNDP, Mr. RanjanMahapatra, Chairman, Vision Foundation, and Shri. Suhas Mishra, CEO, Paperboat focused on themes such as livelihood promotion, welfare and development, Social Entrepreneurship and Development Financing and New Development Organizations and Institutions Frameworks. The panel discussions served as a platform for topics such as social marketing, linkages and livelihoods, to be discussed and analyzed.  The day came to an end with a classical dance performance by the students of Xavier School of Rural Management.

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