The Seventh National Biennial Conference on The New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship was recently organised on EDI Campus. The three-day Conference was attended by over 85 academicians, practitioners and researchers from, prestigious institutes. 65 research papers were presented on themes such as; International and Corporate Entrepreneurship; Micro-enterprises, Microfinance and Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Agripreneurship and Ecopreneurship; Technopreneurship; Innovation and Leadership Dimensions of Entrepreneurship; Edupreneurship; Public Services, NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship; and Women and Entrepreneurship. Special lectures by eminent professors viz. Prof. Dwijendra Tripathi, Prof. N. R. Sheth, Prof. Devanath Tirupathi and Prof. Sasi Misra were highly informative.
The Conference was inaugurated by Prof. G. K. Chadha, Member, Prime Minster’s Economic Advisory Council. Dr. Dinesh Awasthi, Director, EDI was also present on the occasion. In his welcome address, Dr. Awasthi threw light on the illustrious career of Prof. G. K. Chadha and spoke about various prestigious awards that Prof. Chadha has been honoured with. Dr. Awasthi then reviewed the changing scenario of entrepreneurship and the need, therefore, to research the emerging trends and patterns. He hoped that this Conference would contribute to this area.
The Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Prof. G. K. Chadha began by congratulating India for taking a leap in the field of entrepreneurship, and EDI for being a forerunner in teaching, training and research in entrepreneurship development. He felt that the new frontiers in the field of entrepreneurship are infinite and constantly emerging in the context of the growing Indian economy and, therefore, the need to analyse the patterns becomes a must. The Chief Guest laid emphasis on the ‘Structure and the Hierarchy of Enterprises and the Entrepreneurs’ to explain how the field of entrepreneurship was a mass of heterogeneous people with different and varied thinking processes.
Dr. Sasi Misra, Conference Chair, briefed all on the key focus areas of the 3-day conference. He called the deliberations enriching and expressed the need to hold such seminars more frequently.