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Date(s) - 10/12/2016 - 12/12/2016
All Day

CORD Training Centre


The 7th Annual Conference was hosted BY CORD in Sidhbari (Himachal Pradesh).  The theme of the conference was “Entrepreneurship and Self-employment Opportunities for the Financially Backward”.


Conference Inaugural address by Dr. Yogesh Kulkarni,
Founding member & Chairperson – STARS Forum.

Key note address by Krishan Kumar, DANICS. Director-Education, North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Vaibhav Kaley, CEO & Director – Operations, Wonder Grass, Nagpur
Topic: Building Bamboo Habitats & Associated Livelihoods
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Ajay Kumar, Founder, Teach For Green, Delhi. www.teachforgreen.org
Topic: Creating opportunities for a Green future
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Joginder Walia, Society for Technology & Development, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. www.stdruraltech.org
Topic: Horticulture Processing and Preservation – Livelihood Experience of Farmer’s Unit Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
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Sanjeev Kumar, Founder & CEO, The Goat Trust, Lucknow. www.thegoattrust.org
Topic: Rural entrepreneurship in small livestock value chain – Opportunities, Challenges and Experiences
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Jeet Ram Kaundal, Secretary – Kamadhenu Milk Society, Bilaspur (H.P.)
Topic: Community mobilization for setting up and growing dairy as a source of additional income

Anand Raj, Shree Ladwa Gaushala, Hissar (Haryana). www.shreeladwagaushala.org
Topic: Business opportunities from seva of stray desi cows.

Dr. Sudhir Prabhu, MD (USA), Founding Member and Secretary, STARS Forum.
Topic: Journey of STARS Forum and the road ahead.
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B. Ganesh, Founder & CEO, SkillTrain. www.skilltrain.in
Topic: Blending technology to make skill development more accessible, affordable and effective.
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Ashish V Chavan, Co-ordinator, Gram Vikas Tantra Niketan, Pipari, (Wardha, Maharashtra).
Topic: Methodology to adapt to the opportunities and threats in vocational training of rural youth
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Atul Jain, DeenDayal Research Institute, Delhi. www.chitrakoot.org.
Topic: The Need for Honouring Traditional Wisdom and Reviving Traditional occupations
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Shrikant Pohankar, Pohankar Foundation, Pune. Email: shrikantpohankar@gmail.com
Topic: Upliftment of farmers in different states of India with the help of innovative experiments
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Nityanand Dhal, Integrator, PRADAN, Delhi. www.pradan.net
Topic: Small Livestock, Big Opportunity for rural poor and women
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Khundrakpam Chinglen Singh, Self Employment Voluntary Association (SEVA), Imphal, Manipur. www.sevamanipur.com
Topic: Agriculture based livelihood creation initiatives in Manipur.
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Sanjeev Tagade, Jnana Prabhodini, Pune. www.jnanaprabodhini.org
Topic: Vocational training experiences of Jnana Prabhodini in rural Maharashtra

Ulhas Kamat, CEO – I Create India, Bengaluru. www.icreateincorporated.org
Key Note Address: Entrepreneurship Development – Creating Job Creators
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Dr. Vanitha Viswanath, Independent Researcher and Advisor, Chairperson – Aajeevika Bureau, Former CEO – Udyogini.
Topic: From Livelihood to Entrepreneurship – why a paradigm shift is necessary
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Ritika Pandey, Lead Programme Manager, Digital Green, Delhi. www.digitalgreen.org
Topic: Transforming lives of rural communities around the world by using digital platforms
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Svati Bhogle, Founder & MD, SustainTech & TIDE (Technology Informatics Design Endeavour), Bengaluru.
Topic: Technical Training Curriculum for renewable energy products and services for women self help groups
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Dr. Harender Raj Gautam, Principal Scientist, Dr. YS Parmar Horticulture University, Solan, H.P.
Topic: Use of local bio-resources in farming for enhancing the family income
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Narender Paul, Chief Operating Officer, CORD, Sidhbari, H.P., www.cord.org.in
Topic: (1) Multipronged approach through CBOs enriches comprehensive development including livelihood
and (2) Community Institutions for Women Farmers
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Interactive session between Conference participants and the STARS Forum Executive Committee – feedback, suggestions and ideas for the future.