Bhubaneswar: The two-day International Conference on Rural Management-2017, first of its kind in the country,  begins from Thursday in the Xavier University campus in Jatni. of the Xavier School of Rural Management at Xavier University in Odisha capital today.

The Conference, organized by Xavier School of Rual Management, was inaugurated by union secretary for rural development, Amarjeet Sinha. The conference is being addressed by former chief secretary of Odisha who is now the independent director of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, state agriculture principal secretary Saurabh Garg, professional development activist Dr.Sankar Dutta Pradan, president of Rurban & Special Project Sanjay Panigrahi, director DMI, Patna, Prof. KV Raju, director IRMA Prof.VivekBandari, commissioner rural development, government of Jharkhand Tripathy,  executive director, Gram Vikash, Liby Johnson, co-founder & CEO, Agrasar Prerit Rana,  Agrasar and former CEO, Basix N.V. Ramana.

ICRM 2017 is designed to link the different thematic areas of Rural Management with United Nations’ seventeen aspirational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ICRM will facilitate the congregation of scholars and practitioners from across the world to deliberate and contribute towards the consolidation of the field of Rural Management and how it can dovetail into the efforts towards achievement on SDGs.

The 1st ICRM will focus on exploring the field of Rural Management, and how its thematic areas intersect with, and underpin the efforts towards sustainable development. Clearly, effective management of programs and organizations is crucial to attainment of the SDGs; but as the organizational landscape for rural development transforms, established ways are increasingly giving way to innovative and emergent strategies and practices. Systematic and critical consideration of these is necessary. Papers and cases are also invited on innovative initiatives and practices in all functional areas and sectors of rural development management.