Sunday, January 16, 2011

XLRI’s national platform for youth

From The Telegraph

Jamshedpur, Jan. 14: Social entrepreneurship is high on XLRI’s radar this month.
After the success of its previous two national conferences related to the social sector, the top B-school is hoping for a hat-trick with its third, to be held from January 28 to 30. The theme this year is Youth Development and Social Entrepreneurship.

The three-day event will bring around 20 prominent experts on a common platform. Padmashree and Magsasay award winner Deep Joshi will give the inaugural address.
“The conference aims to provide a common space to development sector professionals. There will be discussion on what could be improved in various types of social sectors. This year, the conference will focus on the involvement of youth in the social sector,” said Madhukar Shukla, event co-ordinator.

The conference will have three broad categories — challenges, opportunities and getting started — with diverse topics such as involving youths to volunteer, creating markets for marginal producers, promoting livelihood and employment, leveraging technology for social development, options for funding and investments and supporting the eco-system for social entrepreneurs, among others.

“Each session will be addressed by three or four practising social entrepreneurs and development professionals. The participants will also be able to interact with the speakers in a free-wheeling interface,” said Shukla.

The event is open to all. Corporate organisations, NGOs and students will have to pay a registration fee of Rs 8,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 800, respectively.

Those who want to attend the event can also log in at

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