Conferences in 2021-22

9th International HR Conference 2021

”Top leaders would need  to change the overall attitude towards the workforce welfare in the new normal business”, according to  Mr. Amit Kumar, the Vice President & Business Head Metering & Protection Systems L&T Electrical & Automation (A Unit of Schneider Electric India Private Limited). Mr. Amit Kumar was addressing the audience during the inaugural function of the 9th International E-Conference on “Talent management and Leadership challenges in the New Normal Business” at SDMIMD held on 16-17 December 2021. 
While welcoming the gathering, Dr. N. R. Parasuraman, Director- SDMIMD, gave some anecdotes regarding the role of leadership in managing people for sustainable organizations. 
Earlier, while introducing the theme of the conference, Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, the Conference Chair, pointed out that in the new normal business, managing people is one of the major challenges for organizations, and thus, careful attention is to be paid towards the same.
Later, echoing a similar sentiment, Dr. Augustus Azariah, the “Vice President of Employee & Labour Relations for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa region”, Kyndryl (an IBM spinoff) stressed that , in the post-covid era, management needs to be more sensitive towards the employees’ psychological issues and substantial planning is needed in this regard. His address was part of a Distinguished Talk arranged in the conference.
In another Distinguished talk, Dr. Augustine, Chairman A C A Publishing House also spoke in the same line and emphasized on the need to take care of the people-related issues to facilitate in the process of corporate goal achievement. His speech was full of live examples and situational analysis
In the valedictory address on 17th December, , Mr. Vipin Kumar K C, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jindal Aluminium Ltd. has stressed on the requirement of modifying the company practices, for the hybrid workforce.  He also stressed on the point that the leaders need to be learners and coaches and need to redefine the performance goals of the employees, in order to do business in the new normal era. 
Dr. S. N. Prasad, Deputy Director – SDMIMD, stated that HR function would be very crucial for any organization in this uncertain environment.
The Conference was attended by more than 100 participants. Issues such as remote working, work life balance, online learning, stress management, motivation and leadership challenges, have been discussed.  

Prior to the conference, an online workshop was also organized on “Team building, conflict management and leadership issues in the post-covid era”, on 15 December 2021.

International Partners Research Conference 2021

SDMIMD partnered with School of Business, University of Dundee, and other premier Universities across the Globe in organizing the International Partners Research Conference 2021 on 29 November 2021 through online mode. 
The focus of the conference was on issues related to socio-economic development. The research papers, concept notes and survey reports on the topic received from different countries were presented and discussed during the conference. It was a platform for the researchers to discuss the issues and seek the experts’ views from different universities partnered for the conference. 
The faculty members from SDMIMD presented the papers and chaired the sessions during the conference. Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, Professor – OB/HR & Chairperson – Conferences, SDMIMD, represented the institute. 

6th International Economics Conference

Indian economy though is affected by COVID-19 pandemic, responding positively to the quantitative easing and fiscal measures and reviving appreciably, said Prof.N.R.Bhanumurthy, Economist and Vice Chancellor of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru. 
While delivering inaugural address to the 6th International Economics Conference organised by Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) Mysuru on the theme of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Emerging Trends” Bhanumurthy further says, “fiscal policy should not be the first line of defence during economic crisis and unlike economic crisis of 2008, India executed more prudent policy measures to manage the COVID-19 triggered economic downturn wherein monetary policy dominance over fiscal measures was evident”. 
He expressed concerns that chip shortage would affect automobile manufacturing and supply chain economy. Though inflation is on the rise particularly due to fuel price rise, Bhanumurthy was confident that it will continue to remain within the RBI’s targeted rate of 6 percent. Speaking on the climate change, he said that more research and debates are essential before emerging economies decide whether to continue to use coal as a key energy source. 
Answering to a question, Prof.Bhanumurthy said, “regional disparity in India is increasing and it could be attributed to the federal system of government and market forces. Different states have different policies and approaches to the same problem”. Furthermore, he also believed that India is more equipped than before to manage the disparities as new mechanisms are developed. 
Dr. Frank Longo is the Associate Dean for Global Programs at EAE Business School in Spain delivered the keynote address to the two-day conference. In his talk, Frank brought out the issues of sustainability, economy and growth and their linkages from the global perspective and discussed the role of academic institutions in this regard.
Dr. Saju Jose is an Associate Professor in Abhu Dhabi University was the Distinguished Speaker for the technical session and he highlighted the role of corporate social responsibility in the development of economically backward segment of the society. He talked about the need for evolving right CSR strategies by corporates by aligning with their core competencies. Jose, further, highlighted that CSR activities should be related to larger concerns for doing good for society and environment, going much beyond the immediate business stakeholders and narrow profit motive. 
Utsav Agarwal, Director of Bhorukha Fabcons Private Limited was the chief guest for the valedictory session. In his valedictory address, Utsav said, “conservative banking affects credit flow and thereby economic growth is contracted”. Speaking on the need for economic  stability to achieve business sustainability, Utsav narrated the challenges encountered by the MSMEs during COVID-19 pandemic. He argued for consistency and persistence in government policies to enable business sustainability. 
Dr.N.R.Parasuraman, Director and Professor of Finance at SDMIMD was present on the occasion and expressed the need for academic community to involve rigorously in relevant research to contribute to better corporate decision making and government policy formulation.  
Dr.B.Venkatraja, Associate Professor of Economics at SDMIMD expressed concerns that stagflation, income disparity and climate change might be the obstacles in attaining inclusive and sustained economic development during the COVID pandemic times.  
The two-day virtual conference held on November 25 and 26 deliberated on 94 research papers and case studies presented by academic researchers and practitioners on the various dimensions of the economy, growth and sustainability.       
Conference Chairperson Dr.B.Venkatraja coordinated the proceedings of two-day event. 

9th International Conference on Corporate Finance and Financial Markets

The 9th International Finance conference was held on 28th and 29th October,2021 at SDMIMD (virtual model). The conference was inaugurated by Sri.F.R.Singhvi, Joint Managing Director, Sansera Engineering Ltd Bengaluru who also delivered the keynote address. During the keynote address, he stressed on the importance of holding liquid assets for growth and sustenance of business. Liquidity ensures that businesses maintain adequate cash flows and are insulated from the vagaries of changes in macro-economic factors. He also touched upon how the automation process through AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) is changing the landscape of the finance function and the business at large. Dr.N.R.Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD released the conference proceedings in the form of a CD. During his speech, he highlighted the recent developments in the corporate finance and financial markets. Earlier, Dr.M.Sriram, Associate Professor-Finance, SDMIMD and the conference chair welcomed the gathering and introduced the conference theme for the year 2021.
Technical session delivered by Mr.Bharathram, Lokkur Finvestt Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru focused on the factors driving the capital market. He also briefed the audience on the various aspects which need to be looked into before making any investments. Mr.Jacob Thomas, Delivery Manager, TCS Ltd, Germany spoke on block chain and cryptocurrency. His talk covered the nuances of blockchain technology and its application in various aspects of management. There were about 50 research papers which were presented by participants from India and abroad.
The valedictory address was delivered by Ms.Rajni Thakur, Chief Economist, RBL Bank Ltd, Mumbai. She provided an outlook on the current state of the financial markets and discussed how the global pandemic has impacted the economies in large and the functioning of financial markets. She was emphatic that fundamentals of the economy have started to rebound and the same was reflected in the performance of the financial markets in India.
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