- March 11, 2020
-- Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi organized the 5th edition of its Biennial International Conference on 'Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Role of Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Management Practices, and Circular Economy', in collaboration with Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Australia on 6th and 7th March 2020. The conference witnessed the participation of many dignitaries, research scholars and faculty members from various universities of the country and abroad. Introducing the vision of the conference, the convener, Dr. Kawal Gill emphasized the necessity to explore new business models, to address sustainability issues around the world. She added that the conference aimed to reassess the role of innovators, entrepreneurs and collaborative efforts in ensuring a sustainable future.
The guest of honor, Ms. Bindu Dalmia, Chairperson, National Committee on Financial Inclusion and Literacy, Niti Aayog, stressed upon boosting innovation intensity in entrepreneurship and management practices. Industry 4.0 is expanding at an exponential rate as against the linear rate of earlier revolutions. Ms. Dalmia pointed out that the digital revolution is likely to replace labor in conservative economies and referred to the new employment platforms like Alibaba, Flipkart, and Uber. She suggested that India could gain immensely by increasing the level of digital literacy, and vocationalizing online learning. She concluded that navigating in a world of variables requires constant calibration.
The plenary session focused on a sustainable future from the practitioners' perspective.
Mr. Manoj Kumar Keshwar, an entrepreneur and motorcycle explorer, shared his experiences gathered by traveling across the globe. He underscored the imperative need for re-thinking sustainability. He introduced project Atulya Ganga, initiated by army veterans, which aims to purify Ganga. He urged the audience to be a part of the initiative.
After the plenary session, nine parallel technical sessions, spread over two days, witnessed presentations of eighty-one research papers, including two student sessions.
These sessions witnessed various dimensions of entrepreneurship, management practices, and circular economy to ensure a sustainable future. Each technical session explored a specific aspect of Sustainable Development which included a circular economy, innovative management, various financial and economic factors, etc.
Each technical session was chaired by 2 such session chairs which had years of experience of the subject of the session. Each presenter was given ample time to present their research. Once the presentation was over the house was open for cross-questioning from the attendees, fellow researchers and the session chairs. Each technical session concluded with the announcement of the best papers and valuable advice from the judges to all the presenters.
The conference finally ended on a high note with an appreciation for all the faculty members and the entire team of seminar committee which made the dream of a successful event into a wonderful reality.