Unlocking CSR for Impactful Research: Unveiling IIT Bombay’s Annual CSR Conclave 2024

IIT Bombay is gearing up to host the 3rd edition of its highly anticipated Annual CSR Conclave on June 14, 2024. The theme of this year’s Conclave is “Unlocking CSR for Impactful Research.” The event promises to be a dynamic platform for thought leaders, innovators, and industry experts to converge and explore the transformative potential of collaborative innovation. It will leverage the power of CSR and corporate philanthropy to fuel research endeavours and technology breakthroughs that benefit both society and the nation.

Joining the Conclave this year will be IITB’s Distinguished Alumnus and Chief Guest, Mr. Adil Zainulbhai (B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, 1977), Chairman, Capacity Building Commission, Government of India (established in 2021 to enhance the Indian Civil Service). He previously chaired the Quality Council of India and retired as Chairman of McKinsey India in 2014, after 34 years with the firm. Mr. Zainulbhai has worked with major global CEOs, co-edited the bestselling book ‘Reimagining India,’ serves on the boards of Reliance Industries, Larsen & Toubro, Network18, Cipla, and the Piramal Foundation, and chairs the Board of Governors at IIT Ropar. His insights are sure to enrich discussions and inspire innovative approaches to CSR partnerships.

In line with the theme of the conclave, the Conclave will host Panel Discussions featuring industry experts, CSR, and corporate leaders, including:

  • Mr. Jatin Phutela: Managing Director, COO – India, Citadel Securities India
  • Mr. Ganesh Natarajan: Chairman of 5F World, Lighthouse Communities & Honeywell Automation India Ltd.
  • Ms. Maya Vengurlekar: COO, CRISIL Foundation
  • Mr. Nikhil Pant: Chairman & CEO REACHA – Founder, Lakshyaa
  • Ms. Sherin Ali, Global Lead CSR, WNS
  • Mr. Amit Yadav, Center Manager – SLB Technology Services India

These distinguished speakers will contribute to insightful discussions at the event. The themes of the two key panel discussions are:

Theme 1: Impact Of Corporate Partnerships through CSR to Advance Research in Areas of Technology

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved beyond traditional philanthropy into a strategic approach where organisations are driving research and technology initiatives through strategic partnerships with Higher Education Institutes. This panel discussion aims to provide a comprehensive understanding for fostering a collaborative environment, where new ideas and strategies can emerge to fuel technological innovations for the progress of society and the nation.

Theme 2: Simplifying Decisions on CSR Partnerships with Academia

In today’s business landscape, CSR has evolved from a peripheral activity to a central strategic function. Partnerships with academic institutions can provide valuable research, innovative solutions to achieve impactful CSR outcomes. However, making boardroom decisions regarding such partnerships can be complex and daunting. This panel discussion aims to simplify the decision-making process for board members and executives considering CSR partnerships with academia.

In addition to panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the latest innovations from IIT Bombay’s faculty members, scholars, researchers, and students at the Tech Showcase. This showcase will feature potential solutions to pressing societal challenges, demonstrating the institute’s commitment to translating research into impactful outcomes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from:

–  Prof. Bhalerao: Groundbreaking research in space technology
–  Prof. Raghu: Visionary work in climate services and solutions
–  Prof. Guruswamy: Innovations in circularity
–  Prof. Chandramouli: Importance of solar-thermal conversion
–  Prof. M.V. Rane: Impact of energy conservation
–  Prof. Deepti Gupta: Need for sensors in biomedical applications

In addition, the event offers a unique opportunity to engage with the teams behind these technological initiatives at the Tech Exhibition Stalls, which will feature technologies developed by:

–  Koita Centre for Digital Health (KCDH)
–  Wadhwani Research Centre for Bioengineering (WRCB)
–  Biomedical Engineering and Technology Innovation Centre (BETIC)
–  IITB Trust Lab
–  EV Power Train Lab

These and other cutting-edge innovations will be showcased at the event.

Furthermore, the conclave will mark the launch of the “Annual CSR Catalogue, 2024,” highlighting various research projects at the Institute across education, healthcare, nutrition, rural development, entrepreneurship, and women empowerment. This catalogue provides detailed information on ongoing projects and opportunities for partnerships, aiming to foster collaboration and transparency. It enables stakeholders to engage effectively with IIT Bombay’s CSR initiatives.

Finally, the Conclave will host a ceremony recognising its Leading Partner Organisations. The ceremony will celebrate their exceptional contributions to societal well-being and recognise the profound impact of philanthropy on research projects, innovation, and the adoption of cutting-edge, disruptive technologies. These CSR partnerships are crucial for institutions like IIT Bombay, fueling groundbreaking research initiatives and fostering innovation that drives societal progress. By honouring those who have generously contributed to IIT Bombay, the Institute will acknowledge their pivotal role in advancing research agendas, fostering innovation ecosystems, and empowering the nation with transformative technological solutions. IIT Bombay will celebrate these champions of change and recognise the indispensable role of CSR partnerships in shaping the future of academia and the country.

As anticipation builds for the Annual CSR Conclave, we invite you to stay tuned for updates and insights as we unveil the transformative potential of CSR collaborations at IIT Bombay. With the collective efforts of thought leaders, industry experts, and academia, the conclave is poised to unlock new frontiers in societal impact.

Stay tuned for updates and insights as we shape a future where technology serves as a catalyst for positive change, transforming lives and shaping a more equitable society.