Students of JRE School of Management participated in a National Seminar & Debate Competition on “Building India’s Economy through Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion”. The event was hosted by Asian Society for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (ASEED) and was sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) .National Agencies like NABARD and many other development organizations have been working hard to steer their attempt through the partnership mode along with several states and non government agencies for rural and agriculture development. ASSED has been working for more than 25 years in the socio-economic sectors with thrust on sustainable livelihoods, community mobilization, participatory management and capacity building.
The idea of the Seminar and Debate Competition was to provoke and encourage young scholars and youth to examine how the process of growth has impacted the process of inclusiveness. Social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership has been found to be strongly embedded to the expansiveness of financial inclusion in times to come. Therefore our development models need to be revisited and debated at length.
The contest witnessed a neck and neck struggle of dexterous articulation between participants. The preliminary round of competition consisted of 32 teams amongst which two teams were from JRE SOM. Each team comprised of two students one for the motion while other against the motion. From JRE Sanchita Makkar and Shikha Chibber spoke for the motion while Nikhil Singh and Tejasvi Karnatak spoke against the motion. The preliminary round was judged by ASEED Program Team-Shri B.Prasad, Ms.Anupama, Mr.Rajan Dabrai, Mr.Rakesh. Shikha emphasized on Narender Modi’s dream of making Indian Economy a self reliant economy, his objective of making India a Brand India which is possible to achieve through Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion .Tejasvi ,however, presented that there are other major issues to be dealt with such as Sanitation, people below poverty line. He said that though NABARD is working so much for the farmers, still they are committing suicide. While Sanchita gave specific data as to the number of accounts opened till date under Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana. She spoke about the “Sand Box” introduced by Mr.Deshpande as also about social enterprises such as Arvind Eye and Jaipur Rugs. In contrast to this Nikhil submitted that we are more into a brand dominant market wherein social innovations pour in from lower strata of society and hence is not successful in building Indian economy. The judges commended the participants From 32 teams,7 teams were selected for the final round which was held on the next day. Both the teams of JRE SOM qualified for the final round. The remaining 5 teams were from BHIMTECH,JAYPEE,IILM and 2 from JAIPURIA.The jury for the final round comprised of Dr.S.P.Singh( Former Vice Chancellor, Dev Sanskriti University),Dr.R.P.Singh (Ex-Former Principal Scientist IARI PUSA,New Delhi),Shri Mahesh Yadav ( CEO, DCB,Ghaziabad ),Shri C.S. Pasricha (AGM, Punjab National Bank),Dr.Nagendra P.Singh(President ASEED).Shri Anindo Mazumdar ,IAS Principal Secretary, Department of Education, NCT presided over the Valedictory Ceremony as the Guest of Honor. Shikha from JRE SOM won the first prize for Best Orator. Moreover Shikha Chibber and Tejasvi Karnatak got the third prize for best team. In addition to the certificates of merit and trophy they were given cash prizes ofRs.3000/ each.Jaypee Business School was awarded first prize while IILM got the second prize.
JRE SOM witnessed an immense commitment on the part of the participants and a great interest in debating. All the four participants were felicitated with the SOM Faculty in Deans Office .The participants had put in a lot of effort in preparing the debate, so the win felt like it was well deserved. We wish them all the best for further such competitions.