Jamshedpur, Feb 9: SIGMA, the social initiative arm of XLRI, kicked off the two-day Social Entrepreneurship Conclave today with Dr. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs inaugurating the event and delivering a key-note address.
The two-day event scheduled to happen on 9th and 10th of February 2019at XLRI has been planned under the aegis of Prof. Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES) in association with Tata Steel.
In line with this year’s theme- ‘Entrepreneurship for Urban Sustainability’, the first day’s sessions were on urban governance, access to basic social services, and protecting the core environment.
Additionally, the keynote address by Dr. Jagan Shah covered the broad aspects of urban sustainability. The first topic on urban governance saw discourses by Dr. Poornima Dore, Head, Data Governance, Tata Trusts; Sourav Roy, Chief of CSR, Tata Steel; and Sophie Charrios, Vice President, Oikos International.
The panelists spoke about the issue in an Indian context, the emergence of data and technology, and the need for a visionary leadership in urban governance.
The second topic for the day was on access to basic social services where the panel of speakers consisted of Thomas Pullenkav, Technical Lead, SELCO Foundation; Pratima Joshi, Co-Founder and ED, Shelter Associates; and Saransh Vaswani, Founder and Director, Saajha.
Here, the speakers focused on solar energy solutions, sanitation solutions and the services at government schools. The third topic was on protecting the core environment whose speakers were – Shubhendu Sharma, Founder & Director, Afforestt; Shubha Ramachandran, Founding Member, Biome Solutions; and Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, Environmentalists India.
The first day saw full-house participation from social entrepreneurs, corporates, budding social entrepreneurs, under graduate and post graduate students. The second day of the conclave will begin at 9.00 am tomorrow and the topics for tomorrow are: “Strengthening the informal workforce” and “Waste and pollution management”.
XLRI hopes to provide the ideal platform for the exchange of ideas, problems and their solutions, among the speakers and the attendants by means of various interactive sessions in the conclave.
SIGMA (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance) is student run social collaborative group at XLRI which run under the able guidance of Professor Madhukar Shukla. SIGMA focuses on transformation and change in the social sector by contributing to the community and impoverished sections of the society. This is done through a number of events across the year which are executed by a 10-member team dedicated to making positive contributions to the community
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