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XLRI to Host '2nd Social Entrepreneurship Conclave'

5th February, 2019

XLRI- Xavier School of Management is all set to host '2nd Social Entrepreneurship Conclave' on 9th - 10th February, 2019 at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur. The conference is anchored by the Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance (SIGMA), XLRI in association with Tata Steel.

The theme of this year's conclave is - 'Entrepreneurship for Urban Sustainability'. The two-day Conclave aims to bring together industry stalwarts, practitioners and academicians hosting insightful discussions on the topic. The conference is to be participated by fifteen renowned practicing social entrepreneurs in fields of energy, education, agriculture, and market-linkages to share their views and ideas on themes such as urban governance, initiatives for livelihood assistance, how to enable education and health for all, waste and pollution management, and protecting the core environment.

Among the noted speakers at the conference are- Dr. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Sourav Roy (Chief, CSR, Tata Steel), Arun Krishnamurthy (Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India), Barsha Poricha (Deputy Team Lead, Centre for Urban & Regional Excellence), Krishnavatar Sharma (Co-founder & Programme Director, Aajeevika Bureau), Poornima Dore (Head- Data Driven Governance, TATA Trusts), Pratima Joshi (Executive Director, Shelter Associates), Pritha Dutt (Director and Co-Founder, Empower Pragati), Saransh Vaswani (Director, Saajha), Sophie Charrois (Vice President, Oikos International) and others.

Talking about the conference, Prof. Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability (FACES), XLRI and the coordinator for the conference said, "Social entrepreneurship, which aims at development and implementation of innovative ideas in order to improve the social, cultural or environmental landscape, is the need of the hour. It is all about recognizing the social problems and achieving a social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes and operations. The two-fold aim of sustainability and societal impact can be achieved through synergistic execution, for which open communication and sharing of ideas is critical. This year's conclave would be attended by budding social entrepreneurs and students. 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."

Details about the conference, can be found at: https://www.sigmaxlri.com

About SIGMA

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.

Its events include Blood and stem cell donation camps, Paper recycling and food wastage prevention drives, spreading legal literacy amongst village inhabitants across Jamshedpur, conducting Basic computer learning courses for under privileged children.

Apart from that, SIGMA also holds national and international reach as they execute research projects in association with national NGOs such as Goonj, helping Hearts and Seeds and international NGOs such as OIKOS to help impoverished communities become self-sustaining through sales enablement services and supply chain optimisation. SIGMA also ties up with corporate houses such as TATA Steel to hold case study competitions where the best minds from top tier B schools across the country come together to solve national problems such as water conservation and renewable energy.

SIGMA also works to cultivate and boorish the growing community of social entrepreneurship by providing a platform for information exchange, networking and discovery of rising figures in the field through events such as the Social Entrepreneurship Conclave and National Conclave for Social Entrepreneurship. Award winning entrepreneurs come and share their story and make it a melting pot of ideas and collaboration.

About XLRI

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 'steel city' 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 organizations and institutions across industry sectors. XLRI has been awarded two prestigious International Accreditations, viz., AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and AMBA - Association of MBAs. XLRI has also earned the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation.

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