Promoting Environmental Education

Kavita Mathad  
Dean and Chief Growth Officer (CGO) "GIBS Business School"

Kavita Mathad, Dean and CGO at GIBS Business School, is an acclaimed academic with a Ph.D. in International Trade, a history of teaching at top business schools, and a prolific author of numerous national and international research papers. 

The growing concerns about rising unemployment in nations across the world and the increasing focus on sustainable development at the local levels led to opportunities for pioneering social enterprises.  The social enterprises with the twin objectives of environmental and social benefits have been particularly contributing to creating employment while they address the environmental issues at the local markets.


Social entrepreneurship education represents a fusion of traditional entrepreneurial education and an understanding of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. This combination aims to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, and values to address societal challenges through innovative business solutions. Integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into entrepreneurship education ensures that future business leaders are equipped with a holistic understanding of global challenges. It encourages them to create innovative solutions that not only generate economic value but also address pressing societal and environmental issues. This approach ensures that entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship becomes a force for global positive change. This could be done only through a proper pedagogical approach viz. Incorporating activities based on examining the efficacy of entrepreneurship at the educational Institutions.


The Universities, HEIs, and the B-Schools ensure a conducive environment to promote and develop entrepreneurial skills among the younger generation, however, they lag on the impactful outcome. Probably, incorporating an integrated model of social entrepreneurship into the education system would facilitate the development of social entrepreneurial skills. This would possibly bring in that spark and urge among the participants to do their basic research on pressing issues of society and design innovative solutions for commercialization. The genesis of this journey lies in curiosity—the foundation upon which every individual’s quest begins. This curiosity ignites the spark, propelling one from mere searching to passionate exploration, and ultimately into the realm of research. With each stride forward, research becomes an augmentation of existing knowledge, leading to the realm of innovation. When passion turns into obsession, innovation is born—manifesting into prototypes, patents, and eventual commercialization, the gateway to entrepreneurship. 


The present education system has to just rekindle the spark of curiosity among the students to experience the social entrepreneurial spirit and make this world a better place to live, while the newer enterprises take care of the three Ps People, Planet, and Profit, and the three Rs Reduce Reuse, and Recycle.
















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