24 Dec 2018 17:12 IST

XLRI hosts conference on entrepreneurship and innovation

The three-day conference was inaugurated by Lahkmen Rymbui, Education Minister, Meghalaya, in Shillong

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 from December 13-15 at Shillong.

The three-day conference was inaugurated by Lahkmen Rymbui, Education Minister, Meghalaya, who was present as the chief guest. In his address, 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. Emphasising that every student has hidden potential, he hoped that the conference will help some 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 North-East India, through research paper presentations, expert talks and panel discussions.

Dignitaries included Pradeep Kumar Sarmah (founder, Rickshaw Bank), Biswajit Bordoloi (founder, Axum Agri), Robert G Lyngdoh (former minister, Meghalaya), Rathinda Nath Roy (Facilitator of Learning, Strategic Thinking and Change), Madhukar Shukla (professor, XLRI, Jamshedpur) and Pingali Venugopal (professor, XLRI, Jamshedpur).

Talking about the conference, 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. In all we had 25 research papers covering various issues of the North-East. It is heartening to see active participation from experts in the region.”

A post-conference workshop on case method for faculty and doctoral students was organised on December 15. It emphasised on developing cases specific to the North-East.

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