Bhubaneswar: Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) in collaborationwith The RM Alumni Committee of Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar (XUB) hosted its first ever leadership summit, XPectRM, on Wednesday. The summit aimed to provide the students of rural management a comprehensive view on the wonders of the world of rural management, from rural inclusive finance, development policy and livelihood, rural marketing to social business and entrepreneurship.

Prof. Kajri Mishra, dean, XSRM, along with Father E. A. Augustine,  Registrar, XUB and Father Donald D. Silva, director( finance), inaugurated the summit by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The speakers for the day were Ratnesh Jha (Ex- Management Specialist, UNDP), Rajendra Narayan Mahapatra (Sr Programme Coordinator, Public Health Resource Network), Jayesh K Jain (Senior Technical Assistance Advisor, Regional Director Asia, Opportunity International), Tanwi Kumari (Principal Specialist – South East Asia and South Asia, Accion), PhaneendraDoddapaneni (National Product Manager, IndusInd Bank), Alok Pattanayak (KGFS Head – Odisha,  IFMR Rural Channels and Services), CharuduttaPanigrahi (Mentor, FIDR), Pratyush K Panda (VP and Head-Corporate Citizenship, ACC Ltd), Tapan Kumar Das (Co-Founder VP, Youth4Jobs Foundation), Ramesh C. Jena(Partner, MART), Rajarshi D. Sarkar (Zonal Head of East, Novo Nordisk India), Aditi Nanda (Director, Incture Technologies), Vasudevan Chinnathambi (Co-Founder, Ninjacart) and Lopamudra Mohanty (Business Strategist and Founder, BigBuddyWorld).

Pratyush Panda, vice-president & head of corporate citizenship of ACC Ltd.,  was conferred the first ‘Scroll of Honour’.