Campus News

Prerana - Alumni Talk by Mr. Sudhindra

Mr. Sudhindra K.S. of 1999-2001 batch was on campus to deliver a talk on "IT Industry: Opportunities and expectation from Management Graduates" on December 22, 2018, to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch. 
 
Mr. Sudhindra has gained good experience in driving sustainable business value through DevOps, Lean and Agile Transformation at Philips. His talk related to these experiences. He stated that the lack of knowledge on how an industry operates results in many people getting rejected in the interviews, despite having scores.  

Interactive Session on Wealth Management

An interactive session on ‘Wealth Management’ was organized by Preraran – SDMIMD Alumni Association on December 22, 2018. Mr. Vijay Kumar M., Independent Financial Adviser and alumnus of PGDM Program delivered the session.
 
Students from PGDM Program with finance specialization attended the sessions. The session commenced with drawing up ideas from the students ranging from various investment avenues to career opportunities in the field of finance. The speaker briefed about the various investment avenues which yield high returns to the investors and said, ‘in today’s dynamic business economy, there is no proper financial planning and quality advise for the investors which include lack of trust factor and continuity which is very crucial’.
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar then enunciated the benefits of a term insurance plan for an investor and his family. In his talk, sir also threw light on the financial pyramid, the process of which involves, protection planning (investing in insurance schemes), emergency cash flow planning (an investment in an emergency fund), debt reduction planning (considering loans) and investment planning (for achieving goals).
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar emphasized that, for a financial adviser to be successful, the process of financial planning needs to be done objectively and scientifically and it is essential for a financial adviser to have a follow up with clients, review their investments annually and involve them completely in the process of financial planning and wealth management. He reiterated that time spent in the market matters for making a worthwhile investment and it is not timing the market that matters.
 
The session was concluded with students seeking clarifications from Mr. Vijay Kumar on various aspect of finance and wealth management.

Invited talk on IPR by Dr. Bheemesh

Dr. M N Bheemesh, NIALS and Senior Advisor, ALMT Legal, Advocates and Solicitors, Bangalore, was invited to deliver talk on ‘An overview of Intellectual Property Rights’ on December 17, 2018 to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch and PGPM 18-19 Batch. The main aim of the session was to sensitize the students about the intellectual property rights and its significance in the management industry.
 
Dr. Bheemesh began the session by giving a brief idea of what intellectual property rights are and how it can be related to the developments in the field of management. The speaker cited the noteworthy contributions made by Arogyaswami Paulraj, Sumita Mitra, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar who are the beneficiaries of the valuable patents for their innovations in their respective fields of expertise. He then stated that it is innovation that distinguishes between a leader and a follower and mentioned that, ideas are not patentable unless it is developed into a working model. He also highlighted about the politics of Artificial Intelligence and opined that, today the nation is ruled by financialization, globalization and digitization.
 
The session was concluded with a question and answer session wherein all the students took an active part.

7th International Conference on Managing Human Resources at the Workplace

 
SDMIMD organized 7th edition of the International HR Conference on 14th and 15th December 2018. The theme for the 2018 edition revolved around ‘Managing Human Resources at the workplace’. Mr. Lakshminarayan Ganesh, Chairman & MD, Rane Holdings Ltd, was the distinguished guest and delivered the keynote address at the inauguration of the conference. 
 
In his keynote address, Mr. L. Ganesh threw light on the importance of human capital in any organization. He said that the key challenge was to bring people with different mindsets and aspirations to work together and align the same with the organisation’s goals and objectives. Director of the Institute Dr. N.R. Parasuraman; Conference Chair Dr. Mousumi Sengupta; and Conference Co-Chair Dr. Nilanjan Sengupta; were present. 
 
The conference had technical sessions delivered by Mr. Amit Agnihotri, Founder of MBAUniverse.com and Convenor at Indian Management Conclave; Prof. Ravichandran, Ex-Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad; Mr. Rajendra Babu, Factory Manager, ITC limited Agri-Business Division, Mysuru; and, Mr. Mahalingam C, Managing Director, Lead Theatre Consulting, Bangalore. 
 
The conference deliberated over 100 research papers by over 150 delegates including academic practitioners, research scholars, industry experts and management students, to emphasize the role of Human Resources as a strategic business partner and a key differentiator in today’s volatile business environment.

Technical Session on Technology in Education Transformation

Mr. Amit Agnihotri, Founder and CEO, MBA Universe.com, Noida, was the invited speaker for the technical session scheduled on Day-2 of the conference scheduled on December 15, 2018. The topics revolved mainly around technology’s impact in transforming the education and transportation systems in the Indian context.
 
Mr. Agnihotri focused the session on advent of technology in human resources and jobs. He also touched upon how some industries like Insurance, Retail, Energy and Media are going to face drastic changes in the future due to the onset of the technological advancement. To substantiate his views, he cited examples such as OYO becoming the largest company in the hospitality industry and Driverless cars being the future of automobiles. 
 
Mr. Agnihotri emphasised on Industry 4.0, threat to traditional jobs, Rule-based automation and the impact and importance of innovation and creativity in the future. He opined that human being is unique, the innovation and creativity can’t be replaced by AI or automation. Furthermore, he supported his views by explaining them through the Knowing, Doing and Being framework by Srikant M Datar and ended his insightful talk. Dr. S.N. Prasad, Professor – OB/HR, SDMIMD, Mysore, chaired the session. 

Values for Work Life Balance – by Prof. Ravichandran

Prof. N. Ravichandran, former Professor, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad (IIM A) and former Director, IIM Indore was the speaker for the 2nd Technical Session scheduled in the International HR Conference 2018 edition. Prof. Ravidhandran with his rich expertise and experience in the theme of the conference – Managing HR at the Workplace, gave very insightful thoughts. The talk was humorous at the same time. Prof Ravichandran shared selected stories from Panchatantra while explaining the core values for work life balance. He emphasised on several core values and life lessons that must be inculcated to lead a balanced life. He also spoke about specific virtues in the organizational context. Dr. R. Jagadeesh, Professor – Operations, SDMIMD, chaired the technical session.