Jamshedpur: The Centre for Global Management and Responsible Leadership at XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur recently conducted the ‘National Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Society’ in collaboration with St Antony’s College, Shillong.
The three-day conference was inaugurated by LahkmenRymbui, education minister, Meghalaya who was present as the chief guest. In his address at the conference, Rymbui said that the conference was a timely initiative. He stressed that today’s entrepreneurs need to innovate and work towards the betterment of the society.
He said that there are several opportunities in India and the problem of unemployment could be addressed if students innovate and identify entrepreneurial opportunities. Emphasizing that every students has a hidden potential, he hoped that the conference would help the students identify their hidden potential to become successful entrepreneurs and create more employment for others.
The conference witnessed over 60 eminent scholars and industry practitioners from the region brainstorm on the opportunities of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, especially in the North East India through research paper presentations, expert talks and panel discussions.
The conference was participated by dignitaries like, Pradeep Kumar Sarmah (Founder, Rickshaw Bank), Biswajit Bordoloi (Founder, Axum Agri), Robert G Lyngdoh (Former Minister, Meghalaya), RathindaNath Roy (Facilitator of Learning, Strategic Thinking and Change), Madhukar Shukla (Professor- XLRI, Jamshedpur) and PingaliVenugopal (Professor- XLRI, Jamshedpur) amongst others.
Talking about the conference, Dr. Pingali Venugopal, Coordinator, Centre for Global Management and Responsible Leadership at XLRI said, “Through this conference, we aimed to draw out strategies and opportunities of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the North East India. In all we had 25 research papers covering various issues of North East. It is heartening to see the active participation from the experts from the region to come forward and take part in the conference.”
A post conference Workshop on Case Method for faculty and doctoral students of North-East was also organized. The Workshop emphasized on developing cases specific to the North East context.
Centre for Global Management and Responsible Leadership (CGMRL), XLRI CGMRL; with the objective of promoting global, ethical, and sustainable business practices through the development of the requisite academic, curricular and outreach support for students and executives interested in global ethical business; was formed in 2010 at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India. CGMRL conducted two National Conventions during 2012 and 2013 to ‘share case studies on Responsible Leadership’.
Case studies from the two conventions were analyzed to develop a framework for Responsible Leadership. Subsequent to the insights gained from the two National Conventions on Responsible Leadership, conferences focusing on sectorial issues were conducted; the first on “Agri-input Management strategies for Sustainable Agriculture” was held in 2014-15 followed by a conference on e-waste management in 2015-16 and an International Conference on Responsible Marketing in 2016-17.