XLRI is set to organize the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration in memory of the Founder of AMUL Dr. Verghese Kurien, popularly known as "the Milkman of India" on 16th January 2021.
This year, the oration is to be delivered in virtual mode by Noted Environmental Activist Ashish Kothari Founder-member of Indian Environmental group, Kalpavriksh. He would deliver the oration on the topic "Ecoswaraj: Recovery Towards Justice and Sustainability".
Fr. P. Christie, S.J. Director of XLRI, commented, "Dr. Verghese Kurien was an ingenious thinker, a revolutionary, and a social entrepreneur who ideated the world's biggest agricultural development program. It was his 'billion-liter idea' which made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry, with benefits of employment, incomes, credit, nutrition, education, health, gender parity & empowerment, breaking down caste barriers and grassroots democracy and leadership. XLRI instituted the oration in his memory to commemorate his legacy through propagating and disseminating the idea of an empowered, equitable and sustainable society."
Fr. Christie further commented, "We are extremely happy to have Mr. Ashish Kothari to deliver the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration this year. His vast work on environmental issues like environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives would help our students understand the current global environmental issues and inspire them to work for the greater good."
"Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development is our humble initiative to pay tribute to the great visionary," said Prof. Raghuram Tata, Chairperson of XLRI's Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability. "With this annual oration, we aim to inspire and inculcate values of social entrepreneurial spirit in budding business leaders and social entrepreneurs", he added.