IMT Nagpur conference on Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: Role of Government, Industries and Society
In the past few decades major parts of the world have witnessed a revolution in terms of globalization and Urbanization. But this development has come at a price. While certain economies prospered, courtesy to the industrial boom, many others still remain oblivious to its positive aspects. While the privileged nations flourish, countries like India, China, Vietnam, etc. are still paying the toll of scientific advent. Half of the world’s population resides in these countries and owns less than 1% of the wealth. India’s situation is even starker. The immediate challenge for India is to propagate and infuse an inclusive and sustainable growth.
In the light of the current situation IMT Nagpur organised a two-day national conference on the topic: Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: Role of Government, Industries and Society scheduled from 15th-16th July. Sustainable development means “To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The agenda of the conference was to discuss and enumerate the ways to achieve sustainable growth. With large scale industrialization having an immensely negative effect on the limited resources, the focus on sustainable development is undoubtedly the need of the hour.
Addressing the management students and participants at National Conference on inclusive and sustainable growth organized by Institute of Management Technology (Nagpur) in association with CII-ITC Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Development (New Delhi), Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, noted economist and deputy director of Bill and Melina Gates Foundation emphasized the need of awareness among the young management students to understand the issues of health care and rural development in India.
For a rapid and sustained poverty reduction there must be an inclusive growth that allows people to contribute to and benefit from economic growth. Rapid pace of growth is unquestionably necessary for poverty reduction, but for this growth to be sustainable in the long run, it should be broad-based across sectors, and inclusive of all parts of the society.
The two-day national conference featured two major components:
- Invited talks and panel discussions by well-known academicians, corporate leaders, administrators and NGOs presenting their perspectives
- Presentation of research papers and case studies based on the conference theme by academicians and practitioners
The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Agam Nag of IMT (Nagpur) and key speaker Ms Madhura Chatrapathy, trustee director of Asian centre of Entrepreneurial Initiatives-ASCENT. Ms Madhura Chatrapathy addressed the students on “Entrepreneurship on fostering inclusive growth”. On the second day (16th of July), there was a panel discussion on “Reasons for poverty in natural resource rich states and models for inclusive and sustainable growth in natural resource rich poor states”. The panelists included:
1. Ms. Gunjan Krishna,(IAS) Head, e-Governance, Karnataka
2. Dr. S. Khandewale
(Director-Ruikar Labour Institute)
3. Ms. Madhura Chatrapathy
(Trustee Director, Asian Centre of Entrepreneurial Initiatives- ASCENT)
4. Mr. Sudhir Paliwal, Industrialist, Nagpur
5. Prof. R Phatate
(Professor, IMT Nagpur)
6. Mr. Ashit Sinha (Moderator), (President, Human Resources Institute, Nagpur)