Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday inaugurated the Masters degree course in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institution of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Sriperumbudur of Tamil Nadu, India. The institute has launched the course to turn unemployed youth into entrepreneurs through social business, said a Yunus Centre release on Wednesday.
Later, the Nobel laureate, who is now in India on a seven-day visit, delivered a special lecture at an event of industrialists and businessmen of Chennai, organised by TiE, the Indus Entrepreneurs and Villgro, the largest social enterprise incubator in India. Around 300 top business people and entrepreneurs attended the lecture.
Professor Yunus urged the audience to use their power, and resources to try out social business to solve a problem that they care about. On Wednesday, Professor Yunus made a call on governor of Tamil Nadu Konijeti Rosaiah, who was the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, at the Raj Bhavan. Konijeti Rosaiah was very interested to learn about the work of Grameen and the social business initiatives of Professor Yunus and its use in addressing the problem of youth unemployment in Tamil Nadu.
In the afternoon, Professor Yunus delivered a lecture at an event organised by Young Indians, a group of young professionals and business people affiliated with the Confederation of Indian Industries, who work to engage young people in building ethical and moral leadership among the young and become more proactive in giving back to society, UNB reports.