Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed the ministers and top civil servants of the Odisha government as the state guest in Bhubaneswar, India recently.
The programme was organised by the state government sponsored by the Odisha Knowledge Hub at the government Secretariat in Bhubaneswar, said a Yunus Centre press release on Tuesday.
The lecture was attended by several ministers, a large number of secretaries, and other dignitaries from the state government, academia, and non-profit sector of Odisha on micro finance, social business and entrepreneurship for poverty reduction.
The talk was connected via video to district collectors and administrators in 30 other districts, who also participated in the discussion.
At the end of the event, Prof Yunus held a one-on-one discussion with Minister for Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare and Cooperation Surya Narayan Patra, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary R Balakrishnan.
During his stay, Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus was invited by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence to hold a discussion on poverty alleviation, upgrading microcredit in the region and empowering women in the process, especially tribal women.
He was honoured with the 11th KISS Humanitarian Award 2018 at a function held in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar.
Professor Yunus also launched his latest book, “A World of Three Zeros” at an event organised by Kadambini, a local magazine in Bhubaneswar.