‘SPANDANA–2017: ‘Responding to Realities’, a national level symposium by Roshni Nilaya

Mangaluru: School of Social Work - Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore, in partnership with Ashoka Innovators For The Public is organising “SPANDANA - 2017 - Responding to Realities”, a national level student social workers’ symposium on “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Youth Change Makers” on February 9and 10 (for PG and UG social work students).

The symposium will be inaugurated by District Session Court Judge K S Bilagi on February 9. Also Teen Frame change Day (exclusively for PUC and degree students of all streams) will be held on February 11. On Feb 9, key note address will be delivered by Prof. Satyajit Majumdar, Director, Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, TISS Mumbai. Scientific oral and poster presentations and Collage competitions for social work students will be orgainsed on Feb 10.

Prof. James Rajanayakam, IIT Madras, will be the guest speaker. There will be a workshop by Ashoka Innovators for the Public on “Youth Change Makers.”


“SPANDANA” is a platform for the convergence of student social workers to share thoughts, ideas and knowledge and to work together for serving the society in a better way. The need for a platform for interaction towards serving the society was actuated during the year 2002 and the result is SPANDANA- Responding to Realities, an annual symposium for student social workers.

The theme “Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Youth Change Makers” is the cry of the hour. The key concepts of social entrepreneurship are innovation, market orientation and systems change. Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity to address critical social and environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs focus on transforming systems and practices that are the root causes of poverty, marginalisation, environmental deterioration and accompanying loss of human dignity. In so doing, they may set up for-profit or not-for-profit organisations, and in either case, their primary objective is to create sustainable systems change.

Social entrepreneurs are drivers of change. Together with institutions, networks, and communities, social entrepreneurs create solutions that are efficient, sustainable, transparent, and have measurable impact. Hence this symposium is a platform providing models for social entrepreneurship and innovation, allowing our young generation to be the change makers of society and lead a more ecologically and socially viable business.

About Roshni Nilaya:

The school of social work, Roshni Nilaya is a premier post graduate institute of social work education established in the Year 1960. The college has been in the forefront of social work education in Karnataka offering both PG and UG courses. It is affiliated to the University of Mangalore and has been functioning as an autonomous college from the year 2007, re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade in the year 2016. The Institute has adopted the Tagorean words “Love is made fruitful in service” as its motto. It strives to contribute to the development of social and economic order.

About Ashoka:

Ashoka is one of the largest networks of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries creating large-scale impact through new innovations. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and generated opportunities for social entrepreneurs around the world to connect, collaborate and provide value to one another, multiplying the capacity of each social entrepreneur to improve more lives and to change the world. Ashoka is the largest association of social entrepreneurs with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems and a platform for the growing global network of people dedicated to making everyone a “changemaker.”


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