Emphasising the importance of entrepreneurs in building a society, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said entrepreneurs must play an important part in developing the education system.

Speaking as chief guest here Thursday at the inauguration of a three-day international conference, Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in Emerging Economies, Mr. Bhardwaj spoke about the Gandhian principle of distributing wealth back to society, citing examples in the U.S. “Many universities there are set up with endowments from various entrepreneurs. They give back to society in some form or the other,” he said. Mr. Bhardwaj spoke out against crimes against women saying more attention needed to be paid to their security and welfare.

Saras D. Sarasvathy, associate professor at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, delivered the keynote address introducing the concept of expert entrepreneurship. Sponsored by the University Grants Commission and organised by the Malleswaram Ladies’ Association First Grade College for Women, the conference aims to provide a platform for the participants to interact with social entrepreneurs and evolve means to promote socialentrepreneurship as a tool for change.