Founder of Barefoot College to address Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration


    Jamshedpur : Xavier School of Management ( XLRI) is all set to organize the 2nd Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development” in memory of the founder of Amul Dr. Verghese Kurien, on September 19 at XLRI campus.

    The oration is to be delivered by Bunker Roy, founder and director, Barefoot College, Tilonia, Ajmer.

    Bunker Roy is an eminent social activist and educator, recognized as one of the 50 leading environmentalists by The Guardian in 2008, and as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010.

    An alumnus of Doon School and St Stephens College Delhi, Roy has been actively working for the rural people. He established Social Work and Research Centre, popularly known as the Barefoot College, in Tilonia village, Ajmer (Rajasthan), with a mission to empower rural poor through training for building self-sustained communities.

    Bunker Roy would deliver the oration on the topic “The 21st Century Gandhian Model to Sustainability”. Fr. E Abraham, S. J. Director of XLRI commented, “Dr. Verghese Kurien was a thinker, social sector revolutionary, who ideated the world’s biggest agricultural development programme turning India into one of the largest milk producers in the world.

    The oration in his memory has been instituted with the aim to commemorate his legacy through propagating and disseminating the idea of an empowered, equitable and sustainable society. We are extremely happy to have Bunker Roy delivering the 2nd “Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration”.

    Roy, an eminent social innovator has gained numerous recognitions for his contribution for rural Indians, having spent five years working as an unskilled labour digging wells in the villages during the Bihar famine.”

    “Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development is our humble initiative to pay tribute to the great visionary,” said Prof. Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson of XLRI’s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability.

    “With this annual oration, we aim to inspire and inculcate values of entrepreneurial spirit in budding business leaders and social entrepreneurs”, he added.


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