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Indian Institute of Management, Shillong hosted the first edition of its Business Leadership Summit from September 14 to 16. Themed ‘Refine, Define, and Design Business in a New India,’ the three-day conclave hosted 24 experts from six key domains to give IIM Shillong students keen insights into the industry as it is now and how it is evolving.

The summit was inaugurated by the Governor of Meghalaya, Hon'ble Shri Tathagata Roy who spoke about how leadership was a core aspect of management and motivation, the most important thing that future leaders should learn. Announcing the conclave open, Director of the Institute, Prof Keya Sengupta highlighted the close linkage between industry and academics. Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Human Resource Development Minister of India also congratulated students of IIM Shillong on its first ever business summit, emphasising on the importance of such conclaves in promoting the start-up and innovation culture in India by bringing together the energetic youth and the experienced industry veterans.

The first day witnessed finance industry stalwarts Infosys BPM CFO Nishit Shah, Kotak Mahindra AMC CIO- Equity and Sr. EVP Harsha Upadhyaya, and Value Research CEO Dhirendra Kumar deliberating on the topic ‘Are financial assets the new gold for Indian Middle Class?’ and VP Finance, BSES Suresh Agarwal and Karpe Diem Consulting executive Ninad Karpe talk about whether India could become a 10 trillion dollar economy. One key takeaway from the day was Mr. Kumar’s opinion on cryptocurrency, “People chase things which go up recently- Gold was the then-Bitcoin, but with greater realism.”

The second day of Business Leadership Summit of IIM Shillong saw eminent speakers from HR and Operations domains. Discussing how human resource management has evolved as a strategic partner from a mere supporting functional unit, Caterpillar Inc’s Head of Talent Acquisition (Asia Pacific) Mukesh Tiwari, Eastman Auto & Power’s President & Chief Human Resources Office Satyendra Mallik and Business Head (HR) of Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Service Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, Colgate Global Business Services’ Head HR (India) Ranjeev Lahkar touched a wide area of topics from diversity to increasing automation in panel moderated by Microland’s Sujitesh Das. Following this, a panel of HR experts comprising Dr. Haresh Chaturvedi from Reliance Industries, Annapurna A from Inspirage, Surinder Kohli from Jaipur Rugs, and Vivek Jain from Kotak Mahindra Bank shared their views on ‘Rebuilding India with a Billion Human Resources’, during which Mr. Kohli warned the future leaders, “Artificial Intelligence is a dangerous game and the need for being ethical is more than ever”. The operations panel that initiated a discussion on ‘Perspective on growing relevance of factoring in behaviours of suppliers, employees and customers in executive decision making’ was also graced by Rashmi Patra, Head Technical Operations – Novartis and Welspun CHRO Rajeev Yadav.

The final day of the summit started with consulting and strategy experts talking about legacy businesses being pushed by startups to reinvent themselves. The eclectic panel featured Former Zee Entertainment Enterprises CBO and Rainshine Entertainment Co-founder Mihir Modi, GATI-KWE’s Corporate Strategy and Analytics Head, Vikas Pawar along with Happily Unmarried Co-founder Rajat Tuli, who shared, “Make a list of things you won’t do. Do an outstanding job of things not on list”. The rest of the day focused on how marketing is evolving to meet the needs of India’s burgeoning youth. Students gained insights about the sharing economy and the experimentative nature of today’s market from GirnarSoft CMO Gaurav Mehta and Ogilvy’s President-North Kapil Arora. To wrap up the three-day lineup of industry veterans, Business Standard’s Sales VP Vijay Kadu and Freudenberg Filtration Technologies India’s Senior VP Anand Singh gave students their expert take on how digital marketing in India was coming of age.

The first edition of IIM Shillong’s Business Leadership Summit thus concluded with the Institute’s students learning through the combined experience of experts from a variety of fields. The young leaders of tomorrow were left with a refreshed sense of motivation to work towards a brighter and smarter India.

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(L) Discussing how human resource management has evolved as a strategic partner from a mere supporting functional unit by HR experts. (R) Strategy experts talking about legacy businesses being pushed by startups to reinvent themselves

A MDP on “Creative Problem Solving and Innovation Techniques for Organizational Excellence” for Executives of Williams Lea India Pvt Ltd was held in Chennai from 03rd-07th September 2018.

The 5 days training program was coordinated by Prof Rohit Joshi and facilitated by In house Faculty from IIM Shillong along with Prof Jagadish Saha ( Retired Prof from IIM B ) .The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by the resource faculty.

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A MDP on “General Management with emphasis on Leadership Competencies” was organized by IIM Shillong for Senior Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd in two batch held from 06th to 11th August 2018 and 27th Aug -1st September 2018 in the Campus.

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The program was inaugurated by Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by the Inaugural address by Prof Keya Sengupta the Director in Charge and Program Coordinator, IIM Shillong.

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The 6 days training program was facilitated by in house faculty. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by resource faculty. The participants from different regions of the country and from varied back ground and functions added diversity as well as encouraged inter peer learning and interaction during the training program. Being amidst the hills of Shillong, the participants were also taken for an excursion to the greens to gain a sustainability perspective.

“Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfillment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development” -Rajiv Gandhi

Sadbhavana Diwas was celebrated at IIM Shillong on 20th August to commemorate the anniversary of erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi. This day kindles in people the feeling to make the day more meaningful by remembering and respecting the person who pushed people in achieving more and made them come ahead in the future.

Recalling the dream of the reformist to make India a powerful and developed country, IIM Shillong has always been escalating the potential of the country by equipping the younger generation with everything it takes to achieve betterment and progress. Rajiv Gandhi always envisioned the development of the younger generation as the key indicator of the growth of the entire nation.

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In perfect alignment with this, the students of IIM Shillong take up the responsibility of contributing positively in being able to transform the country. IIM Shillong follows the belief of Rajiv Gandhi in education being the most effective instrument in empowering the citizens in achieving growth and prosperity of the entire nation.

Rajiv Gandhi not only wanted to achieve self-sufficiency of the country but also dreamt of the country extending help and support to other countries. In similar lines, IIM Shillong is never confined within the campus but extends its efforts in helping the entire city by undertaking various initiatives.

A pledge was taken by the IIM Shillong fraternity to work for the emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language and resolve all differences among all Indians through dialogue and constitutional means. IIM Shillong in all aspects brings in diversity among students and creates an atmosphere of love, peace and harmony.

The IIM Shillong Golf Cup offers a one of its kind experience and blends together a golf tournament, corporate discussions, knowledge workshops and networking dinners where corporate leaders, academicians, bureaucrats and other thought leaders come together to deliberate happenings across the business world.

IIM Shillong Golf Cup is an invitation tournament and an integral aspect of the Institute’s Student Annual Fest which is essentially managed under the ambit of the Student Affairs Dept. and a special Committee formed to oversee operations. The Annual IIM Shillong Golf Cup may also be seen as a platform that provides participants of IIM S with hands on experience in running operations towards successful conduct and completion. The Institute enables active participation of the student community through leadership of the Student Council.

Every year the event hosts various dignitaries, corporate stalwarts, bureaucrats, policy makers, and students from across B-schools who come together at one of Asia’s largest natural, and wettest golf courses, the Gleneagles of the East, Shillong.

IIM Shillong is the first and only B-School to host a golf tournament with a focussed aim of bringing together leaders from various business domains to share knowledge with budding managers on the golfing greens. The belief that more alliances have been forged on the golf course than in the boardroom, gave rise to the idea of conducting a high-profile golf tournament as a common platform to associate.

More importantly, the golf cup provides an avenue for the Institute to play a facilitating role in bridging gaps that can directly and indirectly impact growth and development within the North Eastern Region of the country as a whole, by hosting talks on business opportunities between corporate influencers and key government officials.

Earlier editions have seen participation of corporate golfers from Goldman Sachs, E&Y, HP, VMWare, PWC, KPMG, McKinsey India, Apeejay Group, Goodricke Group Ltd, ONGC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Vodafone and many more.

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Indian Institute of Management, Shillong celebrated India’s 72nd Independence day with exuberance, while itself stands in its first decade of existence as a fast growing academic institute of repute in the field of management education. The event witnessed the hoisting of the National Flag and rendering of the national anthem, followed by a march past by the security officials of IIM Shillong. 

Addressing the assembled fraternity at large, IIM Shillong’s Director Prof. Keya Sengupta while reflecting on the understanding of the true meaning of existing in an era of independence also noted about how, “Each stakeholder of the Institute, from the administration staff and officers to the students and faculty, are each an important pillar of strength, for the Institute, in its stake to meet with national and international academic recognition through meaningful and dedicated contribution in respective spheres of work.” “The Independence Day should not be just a ritual anymore. In this way we will not be able to give respect to our Martyrs. Have we gained independence from poverty, illiteracy, corruption? Until we attain independence from these we haven't gained full independence,” she said.

 “I’m glad to be part of an Institute that celebrates the values of equality, diversity, and free thinking as much as our great nation,” said a student present at the gathering, while another added, “It has been an honour to be amongst this crowd of friends and faculty in celebrating our country’s Independence Day”. The celebration culminated with a refreshed sense of pride and patriotism in the students.

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The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong organised the third edition of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lecture Series 2018 on July 27th to mark the death anniversary of former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The lecture which commenced with an intriguing invocation was followed by Director Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director, IIM Shillong reminiscing on how “Dr. Kalam’s teachings, through close angles, has helped nurture and develop the personality of the young and dynamic leaders emerging out of IIM Shillong who can finally shape the future business landscape.”

Renowned physicist and Chief Guest of the event, Padma Bhushan Prof. Bikash Sinha delivered a lecture on “The Beauty and The Aesthetics in Science”, which was attended by the students of IIM Shillong, amongst a host of attendees comprising of faculty and students of colleges and schools, and dignitaries from the Indian Army, the Airforce, Paramilitary, State and Central Armed Police Forces.

Prof. Bikash Sinha is an Indian National Science Academy (INSA) honorary scientist and an expert in the fields of nuclear physics and high energy physics. He is the former director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre. He has also been the Homi Bhabha Chair Professor of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre and was a member of the scientific advisory board to the Prime Minister of India. Professor Sinha talked about the intricate relationship of beauty and science. Talking about Einstein’s field equation of gravity, he said, “Look at the beauty of the equation. It has the ability to describe and explain the entire universe.” He talked about the work of great luminaries such as Werner Karl Heisenberg, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, Majorana, Fermi and Stephen Hawking and the significance of aesthetics of their theories and equations. Addressing the students in his concluding statement, he said, “Man has used science to destroy mankind but remember that on this very day, 3 years back Dr. Kalam breathed his last while still espousing his belief that India’s growth is a collective responsibility. “ Drawing light on the true magnitude found in great personalities like Einstein and Tagore, Prof. Sinha exhorted current generations in arriving on discursive points, the respective domain of study and knowledge following notwithstanding, which can further lead to evolvement, through progress on an emerging line of thought towards better understanding of each other’s strength and weaknesses, and being more human and cherishing the true sense of humanity.

On behalf of the Institute, Prof. Basav Roy Choudhury, PGP Chairperson, IIM Shillong thanked Prof Sinha for sharing his insights and the thought-provoking lecture. Thanking everyone for their contribution in making the event a success, he said, “Dr. Kalam does not need any introduction but it is good to remind ourselves of his contribution to humanity. He could not have imagined his commemoration without the presence of children and we are honoured to have children from various schools of Shillong.”

IIM Shillong also hosted a candle lighting and floral homage on its campus, remembered by many as the place where India’s most beloved former President breathed his last, which was open to the public to pay their respect to the much-loved Missile Man of India.  

‘Creating a Liveable Planet Earth’ was the last lecture delivered by India’s Missile Man, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at IIM Shillong in 2015. The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lecture Series was started in 2016 to honour his memory, and the past editions have been graced by Dr. Manas K Mandal, Director General – Life Sciences, DRDO and Padma Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO. Inspired by the teachings and values of Dr. Kalam, students of IIM Shillong started Nurturing Minds in 2015. The objective of the program is to encourage learning and help nurture creativity, amongst socially and economically underprivileged school children of Shillong.

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Padma Bhushan Prof. Bikash Sinha speaks on The Beauty and The Aesthetics in Science

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A customized MDP on “ Finance fore Non Finance Executive” is being organized from 23rd-27th July 2018 for Executives of CPSEs and SLPEs, Department of Public Enterprises sponsored by Ministry Of Heavy Industry, GOI, in the campus of IIM Shillong. 40 participants from across the country attended the training programme.

The 5 days program was coordinated by Prof. Naliniprava Tripathy –Dean Research, New Initiatives and External Relations, and Prof. Neelam Rani from IIM Shillong and facilitated by 7 In-house Faculty/Resource person from various areas of expertise.

The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games and are facilitated by the resource faculty bringing a lot of variation and new insights to the training program. Being amidst the hills of Shillong, the participants were also taken for half day outdoor excursion whereby in the quiet and beauty of nature, the participants can work cohesively and reflect on study exercises guided by resource faculty.

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#IIMShillong celebrated 10 years of existence on the 4th July 2018, at its current campus at Mayurbhanj Palace, Shillong. Prof Keya Sengupta, Director (Incharge) spoke on the occasion and congratulated faculties, officers, staff and all key stake holders of IIM Shillong for their contribution during these 10 years of journey since 4th July 2008. The same was followed by a cake cutting ceremony by Prof Basav Roychoudhury and Khraw Kupar Pyrbot as oldest faculty member and staff of the Institute.

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