Published :Â Thursday, 22 January, 2015 03:30 PM
XLRI- Xavier School of ManagementÂ to host theÂ â€˜7th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurshipâ€™Â fromÂ 30th JanuaryÂ toÂ 1st February, 2015Â atÂ XLRI CampusÂ inJamshedpur.Â
With this yearâ€™s theme being â€“Â â€˜The Young Changemakers: Youth as Social Entrepreneurs,the 2-day long conference aims to provide young social entrepreneurs and sector professionals a platform to share their stories, challenges and innovations â€“ and to learn from each other and co-create new solutions and partnerships.
Explaining the theme,Â Prof Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson of XLRIâ€™s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability and the coordinator for the conference,Â said, â€œIndia 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 â€œproblemsâ€ as a challenge to be addressed - and as an opportunity to make a difference. During last few years, many of them have chosen to move out of their comfort zones, follow their passion, and have created ventures to address the social issues which concern them.â€
â€œThis yearâ€™s conference A highlight of the conference are the speakers, most of whom being in their 20s or early 30sâ€, added Prof. Shukla.
The conference Â organized byÂ Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES)andÂ SIGMA,Â XLRIâ€™s studentsâ€™ committee for social initiatives, shall witness senior social entrepreneursÂ Mr. Anshu GuptaÂ (Founder & Director, GOONJ),Â Mr. Ashraf PatelÂ (Co-Founder & Director, Pravah) andÂ Mr. Rahul NainwalÂ (Co-Founder, MITRA ivolunteer) along with a host of young professionals like Â Aarti Mohan (Editor-in-Chief, The Alternative),Â Anirban Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Dhriiti Professional Services),Â Anoj ViswanathanÂ (Co-Founder & CEO, Milaap),Â Arindam DasguptaÂ (CEO, Tamul Plate Marketing Company),Â Ashmeet Kapoor(Founder & CEO, I Say Organic),Â Ashutosh KumarÂ (Executive Director, Jagriti Yatra),Â Biswajit BordoloiÂ (Founder, Axum Agri),Â Dhirendra Pratap SinghÂ (Co-Founder & President, Milaan),Inir PinheiroÂ (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Grassroutes),Â Jithin NedumalaÂ (Founder, Make A Difference),Â KaushlendraÂ (Managing Trustee, Kaushalya Foundation/Knids Green),Kumar Ankit,Â (Co-Founder & Executive Director, Green Leaf Energy), Malavika Sharma (Founder, Avika),Â Naveen KrishnaÂ (Founder & Managing Director, SMV Wheels),Â Pankaj Jain(Principal, Impact Law Ventures),Â Piyush JajuÂ (Co-Founder & CEO, Onergy),Â Rustam SenguptaÂ (Founder & CEO, Boond),Â Saloni MalhotraÂ (Founder & Director, DesiCrew & Procaftstore),Â Shashank Kumar & Manish KumarÂ (Co-Founders, Farm & Farmers Foundation),Â Shweta ChariÂ (Founder & CEO, Toybank - Giving Back the Right to Childhood),Sombodhi GhoshÂ (Co-Founder, Aakar Innovations), Sonal Kapoor (Founder & CEO, Protsahan India Foundation),Â Sujit MahapatraÂ (Founder & Volunteer, Bakul Foundation) among other dignitaries.Â
XLRI- - Xavier School of Management has been organising theÂ National Conference on Social EntrepreneurshipÂ under the aegis of Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology & Sustainability & SIGMA since 2009. The purpose of this initiative has been to showcase innovative social entrepreneurship ventures by individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporate CSR initiatives, and government agencies, and to provide a common platform for sharing experiences, issues and concerns. The Conference aims to provide a platform for leading Social Entrepreneurs, NGOs/CBOs to share their work, network & collaborate, and to promote social entrepreneurship among students and the community. The conference is attended by about 170-200 social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals, academicians and other stakeholders.
XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the â€˜steel cityâ€™ of Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in). Over the last six decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organisations and institutions across industry sectors.