Guest Lecture 2324

Invited talk by Mr. Chinmay Ananda

The Speakers Club of SDMIMD hosted Mr. Chinmay Ananda, a Financial Education expert, Business Storyteller, International Speaker, and Best-Selling Author, on November 4, 2023, focusing on enhancing communication skills. Mr. Ananda emphasized public speaking's importance, offering insights on overcoming stage fright and structuring effective speeches, including the significance of body language. Interactive workshops allowed attendees hands-on experience to build confidence in public speaking, body language, and facial expressions. A Q&A session by Mr. Ananda enriched the learning experience. The event was a resounding success, boosting participants' confidence in communication.

Invited talk on Entrepreneurship by Mr. Bipin Bopanna

Mr. Bipin Bopanna, an SDMIMD alumnus (PGDM 2017–19 batch), delivered a speech to first-year PGDM students of the 2023–25 batch on October 17, 2023. He provided insights on launching a digital marketing company in less than ten months and growing it to six figures.

Session on Real Estate Consulting and Real Estate Sales

The Consulate Committee of the Students' Club at SDMIMD organized a thought-provoking Speaker Session with the theme "Real Estate Consulting and Real Estate Sales" on October 12, 2023. The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Karthik H.S, Founder and Director of Dupam Consulting, who shared insightful remarks about the real estate sector and the various career opportunities it presents.
Mr. Karthik H.S. initiated the discussion by emphasizing the value of pursuing a career in sales within the real estate industry. He delved into the details of the field, highlighting its potential for both financial success and personal development. In addition to underscoring the dynamic nature of the industry, the speaker offered a comprehensive overview of real estate consulting, emphasizing its crucial role in facilitating investments and property transfers.

Foundation Day Lecture 2023

One needs to be an effective contributor to become an effective manager and one needs to be an effective contributor plus manager to transform into a leader, said V Kovaichelvan, Director, TVS Institute for Quality and Leadership.
Delivering a foundation lecture on the topic ‘Becoming and Being Visionary Leaders by Self Transformation’ organised by SDMIMD at its auditorium here on October 12, 2023, he said “When we talk about a leader's value it is very important. Becoming a leader and being leaders there is a difference that can happen only through self-transformation. If you look up medical education they study for 5 years and they have very good practice which is not the same in Engineering or MBA. All the talent comes from practice. Whatever we study, ultimately employable skills are required. In India education including in schools and colleges are not to the required level and the curriculum are not relevant”.
“If we want to build a strong house, foundation and superstructure are very important. In the same way if you want to be a good leader, good education and employable skills are equally important before you become an individual contributor to the organisation and can rise to the role of manager and can also become an effective manager before becoming a leader. Apart from this, unless you manage yourself you can’t become a manager” added Kovaichelvan. Students who were present in good numbers also clarified their doubts by posing a few good questions including whether frequent change in work will hamper their career for which Kovaichelvan came out with good answers.
Lt Col SN Prasad, Director of SDMIMD who also spoke on the occasion briefed about Foundation Day Lecture and its purpose. Dr. Nanda Kishore Shetty, Associate Professor, Dr. M Minhaj, Professor & Chairperson –PGDM were also present.

ESG talk by Sri K N Janardhana

Sri K N Janardhana, National Director for RSETIs at the National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER), Bengaluru, delivered a talk to ESG modular specialization students of the PGDM 2023-25 batch on October 10, 2023.

Retired Group Captain of Indian Air Force Delivers Talk On 'Kautilya's Arthashastra'

A retired Group Captain of the Indian Air Force, Dr. Vinay Vittal, delivered a technical lecture on "Kautilya's Arthashastra: A timeless strategy for Statecraft" on September 26, 2023.
Dr. Vittal began his lecture by sharing his personal story of how he was inspired to join the Air Force after watching the Republic Day Parade in Delhi. Then he stressed the importance of reading and acquiring latest knowledge to achieve success in any field.
Dr. Vittal then turned to the topic of Kautilya's Arthashastra, an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft. He observed that though many people talk about the Arthashastra, few take the time to study it in detail. He argued that the Arthashastra provides valuable insights into political skills, strategies, and statecraft that are still relevant today.

Guest talk by Mr. VR Aiyappan

Mr. V.R. Aiyappan, Director of EVA Mera Funds Investment Pvt. Ltd, delivered a thought-provoking speech about financial careers on September 9, 2023. He highlighted his credentials, including an MBA, a CFA, and a FRM, while sharing his invaluable insights and personal journey in the finance industry during his presentation. The main goal of the discussion was to provide insight into the many career paths in the finance industry, as well as ways to continue improving one's skills after completing an MBA or PGDM. He gave a thorough description of the purpose and scope of several qualifications, including CPA, CFA, CFP, and FRM. Additionally, he explained the various job categories present in the finance sector, such as risk management, accounting, financial analysis, and investment fund management. The students warmly received Mr. Aiyappan’s presentation and actively engaged in the session by posing questions to him. This interaction not only added value to their understanding of the finance industry but also helped them comprehend the wide array of career prospects within the field.

ESG Talk by Mr. Santosh Gundapi

On September 1, 2023, Mr. Santosh Gundapi, the Chief Operating Officer of AT & S India, spoke to PGDM 2022–24 students enrolled in the ESG Modular specialization. In his captivating lecture, he stressed the crucial role that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles play in today's global economy. The conversation was centered on the growing requirement to integrate sustainability and sustainable development into business plans, highlighting the emergence of ESG roles within the corporate landscape and the plethora of employment prospects they bring.
In particular, AT & S India highlighted its attempt to recycle an amazing 80% of the water needed at its Nanjangud plant to manufacture printed circuit boards (PCBs), demonstrating its strong commitment to environmental sustainability. The company's commitment to environmental responsibility and its efforts to reduce its ecological footprint are highlighted by this noteworthy accomplishment.
Additionally, Mr. Gundapi clarified AT & S's ambition to establish itself as a premier international provider of premium PCBs. This lofty goal demonstrates the business' dedication to technological advancement and to satisfying the rising need for dependable printed circuit boards on a global scale. With this expansion, AT & S hopes to significantly advance the technology industry while adhering to ESG principles and exemplifying ethical corporate conduct.
A model for other companies in the sector to follow, AT & S India's commitment to ESG integration stands as a beacon of CSR and sustainable growth. AT & S India is unwavering in its commitment to playing a significant role in assisting in the development of a more sustainable and responsible future for the PCB manufacturing sector in a time when such practices are essential.
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