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International Economics Conference 2015

SDMIMD organized a two day International Conference on Global Economic Growth and Sustainability: Challenges & Prospects on November 20-21, 2015. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Stephen ARO-GORDON, Professor & Head, Financial Mathematics, Baze University, Nigeria. Dr. Stephen, in his inaugural address emphasized the need for sustainable development through microfinance initiatives.  He suggested that ‘wealth of nations’ would need to be complimented by ‘health of nation’ if the growth has to sustain in the long run. 
Mr. Francis Kurian, Asst. Vice President, Navia Markets Ltd (Trade Plus), Chennai, delivered the keynote address during the inaugural session. Mr. Kurian highlighted the role of capital markets in spearheading the economic growth. He emphasized that with the merger of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with SEBI, opportunities for investment commodity markets have opened up exponentially.
The conference was attended by 244 delegates from across the world including countries such as Bangladesh, Nigeria, Iran, Philippines and Botswana and more than 160 research papers were presented and deliberated across the two days. 
Dr. Md. Shah Alam, Professor, Rajshashi University, in his technical speech on “Inclusive Growth for sustainable development: Bangladesh Perspective” suggested three key measures for sustainable growth of Bangladesh.  They are: targeted efforts to reach the most vulnerable people, policies for climate change and environmental degradation and gender inequality should be addressed.  Dr.M.Indira, Professor-Economics University of Mysore delivered invited speech on the theme of “Economic growth, climate change and sustainability”. She explained the kuznet’s curve and the tradeoff between economic growth and environment. She substantiated the rationale for government intervention and role of public policies which can make growth and climate objectives mutually reinforcing.
Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd, in his special address , believes that China has been the torch bearer of world’s economic growth. He emphasised on plans for achieving economic development without depleting resources for future generations. Dr. B.S . Suran, Managing Director, NABARD Financial Services Ltd was the other prominent speaker. While speaking on “Financial Inclusion: Enabling Inclusive Growth” laid down the requirements for harnessing  inclusive growth.  For him small amounts of disbursement, conveniently located outlets and trustworthy/ secure institutions are keys of growth and they are provided by the Microfinance Institutions. 
Mr. Ajay Nanavati, Former Managing Director of 3M India and President, Grey Gurus Management Advisors, delivered valedictory address. His talk emphasised on his learning experience during his stint with 3M India. Management students had a lot of takeaways from his speech for possible adoption in their professional life.  Dr. K.S. Madhava Rao, Professor, Botswana University was the distinguished speaker for the valedictory session and spoke on the theme of Global Economic Volatility in the Context of Region Specific Crisis”. 

CSR Conference 2015

A 2-Day Conference on “Corporate Social Responsibility – Approaches and Practices for Inclusive Growth” was organized by SDMIMD during November 5 & 6, 2015. The conference provided a platform for academics, practitioners, researchers and students to deliberate and reflect on issues pertaining to CSR strategies and building socially responsible businesses. 
Mr. Muthuraman, Former Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, in his keynote address during the inaugural session of the conference, called for affirmative action by the industry to bridge the gap in the unequal opportunity society.  It is regrettable that the government should mandate CSR spending, he felt. Tracing the history of CSR, Mr. Muthuraman said that the earth is four to five billion years old but the corporate, which is the product of industrial revolution, is about four centuries old and systems are just evolving. But the contribution of corporates to the GDP is exponential.  Even the purpose of business, which was earlier considered as generating profit for the investors, is being challenged. Is the purpose of business mere profit or, improving the quality of life, he asked.. Further, Mr. Muthuraman opined that business is meant for the society and urged the business to choose between profit and human face to doing business.  
Eminent personalities who graced the conference as speakers and panellists were: Mr. Robert Grubbier, MD&COO-AT&S; Rd. Stephen Aro-Gordon, Department Chair, Base University, Nigeria; Rd. P. Kamath, Director-SDC Kola; Dr. K. Rajalakshmi, Head, Audiology-AIISH; Dr. Indira Ramarao, former Professor, University of Mysore; Ms. N.R. Indrani, DGM-Powergrid; Mr. T.A. Dayalan; Mr. Ganesh Sharma from Rane Group, Chennai; Ms. Richa Bajpai, Director-NextGen PMS; Mr. Biren Bhuta, Chief-CSS - Tata Steel; Mr. Muralidhar Reddy, VP-Jubilant; and, Ms. Usha Rangarajan, Founder-Unleash. 
Dr S Peppin, Dean-Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar, was the Chief-guest for the valedictory session and delivered the invited talk on the conference theme. 

National Conference on Consumer Behaviour

Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) Mysuru conducted the First National Conference on Consumer behaviour - Contemporary Issues & Emerging Trends on October 30th 2015. The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Srikanth Srinivasan, Director- HR, Cognizant Technology solutions. While delivering the Key note address Mr. Srikanth Srinivasan focused on various aspects of Consumer behaviour, its multidisciplinary nature and the emerging trends in consumer behaviour across industry sectors like financial services, retail etc. The Conference witnessed participation from academics research scholars and industry analysts from various parts of the coutnry. The one day conference has research papers which are conceptual and empirical focusing on contemporary developments in consumer behaviour. The valedictory special address was delivered by Dr. Stephen Aro-Gordon, Dept. Chair of Financial Mathematics, Baze University, Nigeria.

Dr. N.R Parasuraman, Director SDMIMD, Interview in Higher Education Review

Interview with Dr. N.R. Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD by The Higher Education Review magazine published in October 2015 issue. Click here to Read more