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XLRI gears up for International Workshop on Inclusive Finance

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Jamshedpur : XLRI Jamshedpur, one of India’s top Business School, is conducting the 3rd International Workshop on Inclusive Finance during October 31-November 2, 2014.

This mega event brings eminent stakeholders, leading academicians, microfinance institutions (MFIs), NGOs, and policy makers to deliberate on contemporary challenges in financial inclusion.

The 3-day event has a core theme ‘Making Finance and Insurance Work for Poor’ whereleading experts discuss about the inclusive financial sector serving the asset poor households.

It holdsseries of thematic plenaries on contemporary issues such as Bank-BC model improving access2finance, PM Jan DhanYojona, SHG and MFI models, future of microfinance & livelihoods, small holder agricultural finance, micro insurance(health, life, accidental), product innovations in savings, credits & insurance & pension, financial literacy & consumer protection, social security & direct benefit transfer, and role of technology.

The event brings several academic researchers and case presenters from India and abroad to discuss their empirical & field based research on Access2Finance. The workshop also includes a doctoral colloquium where scholars present their research and methodology to an audience of experts.

Along with the Workshop, a national level felicitation, called XLRI-NABARD Award for Innovations4Impact, is being organized on November 1, 2014 inviting social innovators, microfinance institutions, and micro-entrepreneurs to present their work, that have made a difference to the life at the bottom of the pyramid by linking finance to livelihoods.

A competitive challenge on “Innovations in Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection” is being organized engaging students from business schools to design and demonstrate innovative ideas in financial literacy & protection of underserved communities. Also on display will be theme-based ‘information kiosks’ of organizations and projects involving inclusive finance, which provides an opportunity to innovators and early stage social ventures to demonstrate their innovations.

The workshop is addressed by severaldistinguished speakers: B Sriram, Managing Director, State Bank of India, H. R. Dave, Deputy Managing Director, NABARD, Vijay Mahajan, Founder & CEO, BASIX, PadmashriAloysis Fernandez,Chairperson of the Board of Directors of NABFINS, Bangalore, YC Nanda, Former Chairman, NABARD, Chandra ShekharGhosh, Chairman & Managing Director, Bandhan, Kolkata, Dr Jean Dreze, Development Economist & Professor, Delhi School of Economics, Ms. SanthiKumari, IAS, Chief Operating Officer, National Rural Livelihood Mission, G Gopalakrishna, Director, CAFRAL, Reserve Bank of India, Dr R Bhaskaran, CEO, Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai, Rajesh Bansal, Unique Identification Authority of India, Subrata Gupta, Chief General Manager, Financial Inclusion Department, NABARD, DrAlokMisra, Chief Executive Officer, Micro-Credit Ratings International Ltd., Prof Angela C Lyons, Director, University of Illinois Center for Economic and Financial Education, Dr ArvindAshta, Professor – Burgundy School of Business, France, among several others.

Announcing the initiative, Dr. HK Pradhan, Professor of Finance and Economics & Convener of the Workshop said that the event is expected to serve as a forum for intensive discussions among all stakeholders,such as regulators, banks, insurance companies, and technology and telecom providers, involved in financial inclusion.

XLRI Jamshedpur – a premier management institute in the country was founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the Steel city of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

Over the last few decades, XLRI has helped contributed immensely by way of management leaders and thought leadership to advance the professional growth and management of numerous institutions that serve the public – especially organized industry sectors, and also organizations engaged in rural development, education, health and other public systems.

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