A month long MDP on General Management Program, focusing on leadership, is being organised by IIM Shillong for the officers from AEGCL (Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited) starting from 1st March, 2021.
The program has the participation of 20 officers who are joining (virtually) from across assam. The program coordinators Prof. Rohit Joshi , Prof. Achinta Kr Sarmah along with Prof. Ashutosh Murti (Chairperson MDP ) inaugurated the event, along with other faculty and staff.
The 4 Days Training Programme on “How to Start a Business” conducted by IIM, Shillong, Incubation and Enterprise Support Centre (IESC) in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ladies Organization (FLO) , Sleepwell Foundation and McLead Certifications concluded on 14.2.2021.
The Chief Guest for the valedictory function was Mr James Sangma, Minister Government of Meghalaya. In his speech Mr Sangma appreciated the initiative of the organisers in successfully conducting this training and highlighted the fact that Meghalaya being a matrilineal society, the training of women to lead the entrepreneurship movement in the state was very significant. He also emphasised on the need to develop the eco system to bring about all round development. He added that the state government was working towards creating a positive environment by bringing about an entrepreneurial mind set through targeted interventions at the school level itself. The Director of the IIM Shillong Prof D.P.Goyal spoke about the need to become job creators instead of being job seekers and how such type of trainings would lay the base for Atmnirbhar Bharat. Prof Chandrasekhar, CEO of McLead Certifications gave an overview of the training and said it included topics like , Introduction to Business, SWOT Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Steps to Choose Right Business, Market Research, Business Plan, Formation of a Business Entity, Registration and Legal Requirements, How to get Funds for the Business, Information Technology and digital Marketing etc. Ms Jahnabi Phukan , National President of FLO expressed her happiness about the programme and informed that her organisation has started a number of initiatives in Meghalaya, and a few projects had recently started in the East Khasi Hills. Ms Namita Gautam, Managing Trustee of Sleepwell Foundation said that they had a number of specialised programmes for development and aiding start-ups and was keen to work in the North East. Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty, Chairman of the IESC expressed his optimism that the synergy between policy makers, academia, Industry and budding entrepreneurs would certainly help the north east to not only develop at a fast pace but also reclaim the position of being among the top performers, a position that undivided Assam enjoyed during the time of India’s independence.
IIM Shillong hosted the third edition of the Business Leadership Summit (BLS), its flagship event across 2 days- 30th and 31st January 2021. The event witnessed industry stalwarts from all domains including, Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Systems and Analytics, and Marketing, from across the country addressing students of IIM Shillong, this time in an online mode. The event carried forward the vision that a strong industry-academia interaction paves the way for building the leaders of tomorrow who can inspire society and build the future of our nation.
The theme of this year’s event is -"India: The leading emerging market and its Global Footprint". The summit began to enlighten how India can become a more active player in contributing goods and services and shaping the global development agenda itself.
Day 1 of the event kickstarted with Niveshak, the Finance club of IIM Shillong’s session subthemed “Build in India, Build for the World” with well-known industry leaders such as Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Amol Warange, Adil Zaidi & Alok Misra. This was followed by a session driven by ConQuest, the Consulting and Strategy Club of IIM Shillong, which had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Sudip Datta, Partner PwC; Mr. Atrideb Basu, Director, CRIF India; Mr. Piyush Saxena, Vice-President and Head-Hybrid Cloud Services, HCL Technologies; Mr. Rahul Gupta, Function Head, Corporate Development, Tech Mahindra in their panel discussion on the theme “What business model innovation strategies should Indian businesses adopt to increase their global footprint in the future”. After a highly engaging session on how India and Indian businesses can bring innovation to the grassroot level and improve India’s global footprint, the day concluded with the next panel discussion by usHR, the HR club of IIM Shillong. The discussion on “Up-skilling India's workforce to thrive in the competitive Global Economy”, unfolded awareness on the macro level scenario, unwritten competencies like growth mindset, tech-savvy during the hiring process and how the government, corporates and educational institutions need to work together to rethink skill ecosystems. It was led by Dr. Anil Kumar Misra, Mr. Chandrajit Pati and Ms. Babita Basak.
The next day opened with esteemed panelists like Mr. Sandeep Baxla, Ms. Garima Jain, Mr. Vivek Sarbhai and Ms. Kartik Shah, from the domain of Operations, led by Opera, the Operations Club of IIM Shillong. The stalwarts got together to discuss the theme: “The next evolution of supply chain”. The panelists discussed how the recent developments in the domain and how the industry is incorporating metrics to gauge the resilience of the supply chain to withstand any disruption. Following this was bITeSys, the System and Analytics club of IIM Shillong, which brought a panel including Gaurav Vatsa, Mythili Krishnan, Tony Thomas and Dhruv Rastogi, who presented a fruitful discussion on the role of Data Analytics in transforming small and medium scale business in the emerging markets of India. The last panel discussion was conducted by Markathon, the Marketing club of IIM Shillong, wherein, industry leaders like Nishith Patel, Krithika Sriram, Piali Dasgupta and Srihari Gopinath had a thought-provoking discussion on how digital transformation can form the stepping stone for India’s global dominance.
Both days ended with entertainment events organised for the students as part of the post-discussion celebration of Business Leadership Summit. The events witnessed live studio performances and broadcast by Mumbai-based alternate rock outfit- The Yellow Diary and the famous Indian composer, singer, lyricist, music director and sound recordist- Gajendra Verma.
IIM Shillong celebrated the country’s seventy second Republic Day at its campus in Umsawli. Speaking on the occasion, Director of the Institute Prof D.P. Goyal while recalling the great sacrifice of countrymen that has finally led to our generations to enjoy the fruits of their struggle, also expressed the need to remain purpose driven and by no means complacent.
“Our Institute, with its brand value and position as an Institute of National Importance, sets a lot of responsibility on all of us, and we are conscious of our responsibility and the expectations of the society from us. In our 13 years of journey, we have made a strong foundation and are ready to take our Institute to the next level of excellence,” Prof. Goyal remarked while addressing the gathering of Faculty Members, staff and family members.
The Republic Day gathering also witnessed live screening of artistic performances in the form of songs, poetry and dance by the students of the Institute.
Shri Naresh Kumar, IAS Chief Secretary, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh visited IIM Shillong and was met by Shri Atul Kulkarni, Member BoG and Director Prof DP Goyal. Possible collaboration on strategic development of areas such as Tourism, Horticulture, and Capacity Building is on the anvil.
The Incubation and Enterprise Support Centre (IESC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce Industry (DICCI) for the development of entrepreneurial culture among the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes living in Northeast India.
“The MoU between the two organisations will advance research, entrepreneurship and MSME development projects through short-term programs, faculty exchange, and infrastructure sharing,” Chairman of the IESC, Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty said after the signing of the MoU.
Professor D.P. Goyal, Director of IIM Shillong, said, “One of the objectives of IIM Shillong is to train the people of North East to enhance their employability and entrepreneurial capabilities. Through this close monitoring and support network IIM Shillong and DICCI will help the youth transform their energy and ideas into a successful venture.”
Rooted in the idea of promoting social and business entrepreneurship in the north-east, the collaboration will also lead to sharing of experts, faculty and business mentors between IIM, Shillong and DICCI. Reflecting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, S.K. Bajoria, Chairman, Board of Directors at IIM, Shillong explained, “To achieve ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, we need to have ‘atmanirbhar’ north-east… irrespective of caste creed or colour.”
Founded in 2005 by Padmashri Dr. Milind Kamble, DICCI aims to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship among scheduled caste and scheduled tribe youth so that they can compete with the rest of the world. Expressing his enthusiasm on the collaboration, Ravi Kumar Narra, National President of DICCI, said, “The talent existing among minorities is not limited to a particular sector. Our people are into aerospace, science and technology, and information technology among others. In the last 15 years, we have been able with connect with around one lakh SC/ST entrepreneurs and hope to do more in the future.”
Others present were DICCI National Vice President & Triba Head Shri Dr. Raja Nayak and its Northeast Coordinator Shri. Kathi Chishi.
IIM Shillong, Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) in association with Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO) organized the Series 2 of the Online Masterclass on Healthcare Management.
It was a 3 Day Online Masterclass on Healthcare Management held from 20th December, 2020 to 22nd December, 2020. The focus of this program was to prepare the participants for an understanding on the concepts of Management across different verticals of Healthcare and for better and safer delivery of healthcare services.
The program was attended by participants from different parts of India. It was supported by renowned speakers from leading hospitals and professional organizations: Dr. Reginald Alex from CMC, Vellore, Mr. Deepak Agarkhed from Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru, Prof. O V Nandimath, NLSU, Bengaluru, Mr. Sameer Mehta, Vice Chairman & Director, Mehta's Hospital, Chennai, Dr. Lallu Joseph (CMC Vellore), Dr. Girdhar Gyani (AHPI, India), Dr. Chacko Jacob (IIM Shillong), Dr. Ashutosh B. Murthy (IIM Shillong) and Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty (IIM Shillong).
The Course Coordinator for the above Programe was Dr. Jeet Patwari.
It may be noted that IIM, Shillong is planning to start a Series of Modular Health Care Management Programmes including One Year Certificate Programme which will be launched in the early part of the next year. The details of which will be available on the website www.iimshillong.ac.in
No. Of Participants : Altogether 110 Participants Registered for the Programme.
A stakeholder meeting of Faculty members, Officer and Staff headed by the Director of the Institute Prof. D.P. Goyal was held at IIM Shillong’s Umsawli campus on December 16, 2020 to assess requirements, and strengthen the strategic plan for phase wise shifting scheduled to commence as early as the start of January 2021.
The meeting was preceded by a comprehensive visit of the campus to gauge on the preparedness for occupation of IIM Shillong’s permanent home.
“True Women empowerment can only be achieved through making women economically independent” said Shri Shishir Kumar Bajoria, Chairman Board of Governors, IIM Shillong on signing the MoU with FICCI FLO. The MoU aims to provide guidance and mentor budding entrepreneurs by facilitating a nurturing, instructive and supportive environment during the initial and critical stages of starting a business, thus enabling them to reduce the initial star-up costs and establish themselves in a shorter timeframe.
“Atmanirbhar Mahilla is the most important component towards achieving our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat. IIM Shillong is indeed privileged to reach this MoU with FICCI FLO because it would not only provide us an opportunity to serve the North East”, Shri Bajoria further added.
Jahnabi Phookan, President, FICCI FLO said “Through our national incubation cell we wish to build a sustainable eco-system within FLO, in order to identify potential start-ups, women entrepreneurs & provide them with the necessary guidance & support. This would enable us to create a self-relying entrepreneurial ecosystem for women, that empowers them, makes then self-sufficient & helps them become job creators and not mere job seekers” “We want to create an eco-system of goods & services which will continue to be in demand across communities in the future. Our aim is to work towards sustainable goals which are profitable for people, society as well as the planet”, She further added.
Prof. D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong added “Our mission is to generate & disseminate knowledge in all aspects of management education for sustainable development & to develop innovative leaders with strong ethical values” Shri. Atul Kulkarni, Member, Board of Governors IIM Shillong “We will make sure that our students will get exposure through this initiative, like our past programs such as the Rural Emulsion program. This will help generate enough resources in terms of human capital & thought leadership which the Incubation cell would require in the upcoming future”.
Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty Chairperson, IESC, IIM Shillong, laid emphasis on the importance of women entrepreneurs specially in the North East by saying “An interesting fact about entrepreneurship in the North East is that it has essentially been women-led. Like in the weaving sector, almost 98% of all weavers in the north east are women, therefore if transformation has to occur in the north-east it has to be women led” The session was moderated by day chair Nehal Parikh, National Head – FLO incubation Cell.
A General Management Program focusing on Leadership is being organized by IIM Shillong for Officers of PowerGrid from 16th-20th November, 2020. The training has a participation from 27 participants who are joining the training via virtual mode from across Eastern India , Assam and NorthEast .
The training is coordinated by Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty along with Prof. Pradeep Dadabada and facilitated by Faculty from IIM Shillong.
IIM Shillong through its Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) in association with Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO) organized a 5 day Online Masterclass on Healthcare Management from the 3rd to the 7th of October, 2020. The focus of this program was to prepare the participants for an understanding on the concepts of Management across different verticals of Healthcare and for better and safer delivery of healthcare services. The programme saw deliberations from some of the top experts of the country and abroad and met the long felt requirements of Health care professionals to update themselves with the latest in the field. It was announced that a number of specially designed Healthcare Management programs would be announced in a phased manner. As many as 210 health care professionals from India, Bangladesh and Nepal joined in as participants.
The program was inaugurated by Prof. D P Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong. In his inaugural speech, he stressed the need for qualified healthcare managers in the country for seamless patient care delivery. Dr. Vijay Agarwal, President of CAHO in his speech highlighted the need of Healthcare Management as an integral part in the system and also for implementing patient safety practices in the hospital. Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty, Chairperson CeDNER spoke about the commitment of Institute to bringing about a qualitative change in the lives of people in the region and neighboring countries. He spoke of the need for collaborations to promote excellence and how IIM Shillong is taking a led in this direction.
The program, which was coordinated by Dr Jeet Patwari and Prof Biplab Bhattacharjee, was attended by participants from different parts of India and also neighboring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh. It was enriched by the participation of renowned speakers from leading hospitals and professional organizations. Some of the notable speakers in the technical sessions were Dr. Narendranath V (M S Ramaiah Hospitals, Bangalore), Dr. Sanjeev Singh (AIMS, Kochi), Dr. Chacko Jacob (IIM Shillong), Mr. Sivaramakrishnan (Sincere Syndicate, Chennai), Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty (IIM Shillong), Mr. Vinod K B (Rajagiri Hospitals Aluva), Dr. Animesh Acharjee (University of Birmingham, UK), Mr. Rajib Karmakar (Philips Healthcare), Dr. Lallu Joseph (CMC Vellore), Dr. Girdhar Gyani (AHPI, India). The programme is considered an important step in realizing IIM Shillong’s stated mission goal of knowledge creation and dissemination for sustainable development.
संस्थान में 14 से 29 सितम्बर 2020 को हिंदी पखवाड़ा मनाया गया । पखवाड़े के दौरान हिंदी को बढ़ावा देने के दिशा में संस्थान के सदस्यों के लिए कई कार्यक्रम आयोजित किए गए। सामाजिक दूरी का पालन करते हुए 29 सितम्बर को निदेशक की उपस्थिति में हिंदी पखवाड़ा समाप्त किया गया।
During the fortnight for the promotion of Hindi various programmes were organized for the members of the Institute. Hindi Fortnight was observed from 14 to 29 September 2020 in the Institute. Following the Social distance,Hindi fortnight was concluded on 29th September 2020 in the presence of the Director.
A General Management Program, focusing on leadership competencies, is being organised by IIM Shillong for the officials from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) from 21th-th 26th September 2020. The 6 day program has 29 participants who are joining (virtually) from across the country. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. C K Tewari, ED, IIPM. The program coordinators Prof. Basav Roychoudhury and Prof. Gurpreet Kaur from IIM Shillong also participated in the event, along with other faculty and staff.
A customized MDP on “Academic Leadership in Indian Higher Education is being organized by IIM Shilllong from 21-25, Sept,2020 via Virtual Mode. The participants include Faculty ,Senior Officials and Administrative Officers from Assam Technical University and its affiliated Institutes. The program coordinated by Prof Rohit Dwivedi and Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty is inaugurated in the presence of Prof (Dr) Dhiraj Bora- Vice Chancellor, ASTU, Prof D.P.Goyal –Director IIM Shillong, Prof (Dr) A.K. Baruwa -Academic Consultant-ASTU, Prof Ashutosh.B.Murti –Chairman MDP & Consultancy IIM Shillong along with Faculty and Officers from IIM Shillong .
The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP20) gives an immense opportunity to the Indian Higher Education Institutions to reposition themselves in their immediate Society and also Nationally. The Policy lays down very elegantly that, “A quality higher education must enable personal accomplishment and enlightenment, constructive public engagement, and productive contribution to the society. It must prepare students for more meaningful and satisfying lives and work roles and enable economic independence.” GOI, NEP 2020 (pg. 34, 9.1.1.)
The focus of the program is to provide a frame wherein Academic Leadership could be visualized to facilitate the desired change, both at the Institutional and Individual Levels This program is so designed to delve into discussions which would allow the participants to understand the need to change in the backdrop of the National Education Policy and gearing up Institutions in Assam.
Indeed, with the quickly changing employment landscape and global ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly critical that children not only learn, but more importantly learn how to learn. Education, as apparently felt by many of the attendees, must move towards less content, and more towards learning about how to think critically and solve problems, how to be creative and multidisciplinary, and how to innovate, adapt, and absorb new material in novel and changing fields. Pedagogy must evolve to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible, and, ofcourse, enjoyable.
Taking cognizance of this very important development in the education scenario of our country in light of the new National Education Policy 2020, the Centre for Development of Northeastern Region (CeDNER) on 19th Sept, 2020 organised a one-day web discussion on National Education Policy with special focus on School Education. The National Education Policy 2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century and aims to address the many growing developmental imperatives of our country.
Noted speakers in the web discussion include Prof. B.R. Dkhar, Dean (Research) NERIE, NCERT, Prof. Subhas Chandra Roy, HoD (Fabrication) and Shri. Atul Kulkarni, Member BoG of IIM Shillong in presence of the Institute Director Prof. D.P. Goyal, and discussion moderator Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty, Chairperson of CeDNER.
Commenting through experience of long discussions and deliberations in the backdrop prior to announcement of the NEP 2020, Shri. Atul Kulkarni remarked, “Personally to me, this is probably the biggest policy reform that independent India has seen. This is probably a first in terms of an integrated, holistic and synergetic policy of its kind and is expected to touch every household in India.” He further spoke on the process whereby the education policy was formulated over a period of six years and the kind of engagement it required from all sections of the society.
Speaking during the discussion, Prof. Subhas Chandra Roy strongly opined, “A major role of education is to transform a person, who through this transformation the person may change society. The vision is to create a person who is scientific, productive, creative, and generally engaged in nature. It is no longer sufficient to create a knowledgeable person but what is now more required is a productive individual.”
Prof. B.R. Dkhar while speaking on NEP 2020 felt that it has come out as a very comprehensive and holistic policy which can truly prepare children to meet with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She reiterated the need to equip children with skill sets such as learning skill, life skill, and literary skill required in the present times, while also speaking on universalisation of early childhood care and education which she felt is a very good initiative. Commenting on digital literacy, Prof Dkhar expressed her contentment on the way it has been emphasised under NEP 2020.
In conclusion, while gathering the perception of attendees, it may be said that while the NEP 2020 is seen as a welcome move, it is important to provide feedback, with every opportunity, to further strengthen its applicability. An even more essential requirement for key stakeholders is to unlearn and relearn in order to meet the overarching aspirations of the policy, and to witness a desired palpable impact.
What is visible, however, is the vision of the NEP 2020 to lay less stress on competition and emphasise rather on collaboration as a tool to enhance one’s search of knowledge.
A General Management Program, focusing on leadership competencies, is being organised by IIM Shillong for the officials from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) from 14th-19th September 2020.
The 6 day program has 26 participants joining (virtually) from across the country. The programme was jointly inaugurated by Ms.Urvija Bajpai, CGM (L&D, IIPM) and Prof. Ashutosh Murti, Chairperson MDP at IIM Shillong. The program coordinators Prof. Natalie W .Kharkongor and Prof. Chacko Jacob from IIM Shillong also participated in the event, along with other faculty and staff.
Increasing stress, anxiety, restlessness is becoming a major challenge for students during lockdown. Having so, what does management practices teach, when everything is uncertain? While management learning is not limited to books and businesses, rather it is all about practicing to manage self first, then to explore the world. What could be better than a virtual Yoga session to motivate the students?
Cultural Committee of the PGPEx-MBEE program of IIM Shillong organized a virtual Yoga session with the support of “Isha Foundation” of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, to help students in managing self during the crisis. The virtual yoga session was named as “Yogic Tools for Well-being”, that included 3 main practices of well-being, namely, Yoga for Success – Neck Practice, Yoga for Immunity – Simha Kriya, and Shambhavi Mudra. The session was moderated by Adyasha, a volunteer of Isha Foundation and also a current student of IIM Shillong’s PGPEx batch.
While talking about individual experiences, Prateek Nayan from PGPEx-2020 batch said, “During this Covidian time, every morning I wake to look forward to some energy to beat the negativity that prevails. Also sitting in front of a computer for the whole day is challenging. The yoga session by CultComm was wonderful in that regard. It not only increased muscle flexibility and cardio health but also provided calmness and energy for the whole day. Will include it in my daily routine. Thanks for the session.”
Aligning with Prateek Nayan, Usha Nochur (Student of IIM Shillong) also commented as, “The yoga for wellbeing session arranged by cultural committee today morning was very good. It was a very positive way to start the day. The neck exercised especially were very useful as we spend most of our time glued to the laptop screen now a days due to Covid. Too much onscreen time puts a tremendous strain on the neck muscles and this exercise was a good way to relax and rejuvenate the sore neck muscles. My personal favourite was the Simha Kriya. It is a very powerful kriya which energized me and also acts as a pointer for your respiratory health. In all a very informative and productive session.”
Whereas Shreya Pradhan (Student) said, “Yoga makes me feel better - it calms me down, and releases my stress. So, a big applause to my fellow participant, Adyasha, for organizing such a wonderful session – “Yoga Tools for well-being”. In times where immunity is our strength against COVID 19, I am thankful to them, for sharing the insights and helping us learn the Neck Practices, Simha Kriya, and Shambhavi Mudra.”
Talking about maintaining a healthy routine & good habits, Bhavika Chhabria from PGPEx-2020 batch said, “COVID-19 has made us realize that health and well-being need to be refocussed on. With the increasing stress and anxiety, it's extremely important that we remove time for ourselves to serve our mind and body. This session exactly served the purpose. The yoga session made us relaxed, calm and helped us rejuvenate when we needed it the most.”
Arindam Das from PGPEx-MBEE program highlighted the stress being felt by many students and commented as, “With ongoing Covid situation and with career hanging at large, every day I wake up with the feeling that my life is not moving forward. Morning restlessness didn't help to do anything. This session really helped me to the importance of breathing.it calmed me down. helped to regain focus and think clearly.”
While thanking the Cultural Committee towards the end of the virtual yoga session, Umesh Singh (Student of IIM Shillong) commented, “It was a wonderful experience to attend this Yoga session, which was jointly arranged with Isha Foundation. Doing Neck practice, Simha kriya, and Shambhavi mudra helped me release my anxiety, relax the body, and increased my productivity in Covidian times.”
Students were attending the session from across the country, while being stuck away from the 7th heaven campus of IIMs. The rejuvenating experience demanded more such sessions to keep students motivated towards their goals.
"A six day General Management Program is being organized by IIM Shillong for Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd from 07 th -12th September 2020 via Virtual Mode .Altogether 22 participants are attending the training program. The program was inaugurated in the presence of Prof.D.P.Goyal -Director IIM Shillong,Prof Ashutosh B.Murti -Chairman MDP, Mr Vippin Kumar Jain CMG (eL& D) ,Mr Sashi Kumar-DGM (L& D)IiPM ,Program Director(s) Prof.Sanjoy Mukherjee and Prof Salman Ali along with Faculty from IIM Shillong "
IIM Shillong fraternity welcomed Shri B K Dey Sawian, an IPS officer from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, 1984 batch on being appointed as Member Board of Governors (BoG), IIM Shillong. Shri Sawian, served as Secretary (Security) in the Union Cabinet Secretariat for 2 years and also served as DGP, Meghalaya Police. He earlier held the post of Inspector-General, BSF, for Assam-Meghalaya-Manipur and Nagaland frontier and Director of the BSF Academy at Tekanpur, MP. Shri Sawian is known for his ability to tackle the Naxalites and as a highly regarded police officer of the state of Meghalaya.
Born in Shillong on 17th March, 1951 Shri B K Dey Sawian is the eldest son of Lala BK Dey and Lisimon Sawian. He went to School in St. Edmunds College and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University with History Honours in 1971. He joined the Indian Police Service in July 1973 and after his Basic Training at The NPA Mt. Abu he was initially posted to the West Bengal Cadre. In 1984 his services were transferred to the Assam/Meghalaya Cadre where he served in different capacities both in the police force and in the civil administration of Meghalaya. Mr. Sawian retired as Secretary to the Govt. of India in the Cabinet Secretariat in March 2011. Between 1988 to 1993 he was posted as the Director & Chief Welfare Officer to the Govt of India in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions at New Delhi. He has two sons Atiar Singh Dey a Barrister & Hanut Singh Dey who works with KPMG in London.
Setting foot into its 13th year of its journey in dispensing unique management education, the Institute inaugurated its 13th PGP batch, the 9th Doctoral Program batch, and its first ever batch of MBA for Working Executives on 24th August, 2020 in the presence of Dr. Praveen Kumar, Co-CEO Barclays Global Service Centre, India as Chief Guest for the occasion.
Addressing the participants Prof D P Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong briefed about what lay ahead for them in the coming years, and how to make the most of it. He also apprised of the immense learning opportunities that awaited them in the time to come. Emphasizing the ethos of the Institute, Prof Goyal said, “Strong individual capability and feeling of togetherness is what makes IIM Shillong a family.”
Presenting the Commencement Address, Dr. Praveen Kumar strongly opined on the need to have resilience, while also sharing his thoughts on how important it is to meet up to technological advancements in the current world and not end up having someone else take the opportunity out of such a situation of requirement. He also spoke at length on emerging and new business models which provided a good learning platform for the new management education aspirants and scholars, while also encouraging them saying that the future is unknown and holds its own opportunities, and that it is not always a bad thing to make mistakes if we realise them early enough so as to be able to correct them judiciously.
Chairman of the Board of Governors (IIM S) while delivering the Presidential Address highlighted the need to be innovative, entrepreneurial in spirit, and to develop the ability of making the best opportunity despite adversity, while also citing the example of India which has moved from becoming a non-PPE kit manufacturing country to the status of being the world’s second largest PPE exporter.
This year 247 students have enrolled for PGP program, while 6 joined the Doctoral Program and 20 enrolled for MBA (Working Executives) program of IIM Shillong, Guwahati centre.
The Indian Institute of Management, Shillong celebrated the country’s seventy fourth Independence Day with exuberance. The event witnessed unfurling of the national flag by its Director Prof. D. P. Goyal followed by rendition of the national anthem.
Addressing faculty members, and officials, including students who attended through virtual mode, Prof. Goyal talked about how each stakeholder from the administration staff and officers to the students and faculty, are important pillars of strength for the institute and the nation. “This day is special. It is not only a celebration but, rather we need to remember all those people who have achieved this freedom for us. Let us remain to be grateful and respectful for the lives they have sacrificed. The future of the nation rests upon analysing where we stand today and how we envision ourselves as a responsible and sensitive entity of the country towards its development goals,” he exhorted. “We have been bestowed a rich legacy and now it is our prerogative to nurture and strive to take the Institute forward and meet the expectations of being a premier institution of the country, with a global standing and outlook. As the world looks at us, we must remain clear of what we want to achieve in the coming future” he added while also stressing on being the catalyst for development and positive change especially for the NER given that IIM Shillong is the only such institute in the region. He also urged the fraternity to continue cherishing and upholding the values that have made India what it is today.
Artistic and creative temperament of the students from across the country was also showcased on the occasion. From a vibrant veena performance of Saare Jahaan Se Achchan to a group performance of Vande Mataram, clubbed with poems and melodies reminiscing the country’s resilience and bravery of our soldiers made for a spectacular end to the celebration.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on “Emergent North-East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives – The BPO Sector”.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shllong Shri. Shishir Bajoria while welcoming the participants said “Looking at the Northeast, the proficiency in English and the much needed accent in the large part of the youth is of great advantage especially in voice BPO sector. In 2015 the India BPO Promotion Scheme and the NE BPO Promotion Scheme were launched under Digital India to steer the BPO movement to smaller towns to create employment opportunities and to create local entrepreneurship.”
He further added, “It is not only about manpower which is a natural advantage for us, but it is about the ecosystem as a whole, wherein connectivity is a real issue of contention. With due incentive given to the private sector, from the point of view of air connectivity, we are looking forward to the upgrade in the ecosystem as required.” He also shared on his interactions with Hon’ble Prime Minister about the concept of having sister state relationship and partnership, an idea which he strongly felt could bring about paradigm change if a bigger state could work in tandem with a smaller state on areas of strength and mutual benefit, citing the example of Govt. of Meghalaya’s talk with the Telangana Govt. to work on such grounds of relation especially in areas of IT capacity.
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Nitin Sharma while speaking during the technical session opined, “20 to 25 years before, BPO meant call centres, but things are now continuously changing. A lot of new trends have come into the picture where a region like NER is trying to find out its own place,” while also pointing out on emerging technologies and trends such as robotic process automation, social media management, cloud computing and others which can add fuel to its growth.
Presenting the valedictory address, Union Minister of State for HRD, Communication, Electronics & IT Shri Sanjay Dhotre said, “The hardworking nature of the people of Northeast, coupled with high level of literacy, and excellent soft skills have made its people to be much in demand in all metros of the country. The BPO word is an important part of digital economy and employment, but as we are moving up the IT value chain we also need to keep our eyes on other opportunities.” Speaking on Digital India campaign under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Dhotre added, “It was for creation of skilled manpower, necessary technological ecosystem, digital infrastructure, and identification of areas where a common man can be benefited. It is for creation of a government system that is simplified, accessible, affordable, equitable, inclusive, and where a common man can connect easily with technology. It has given us massive benefits,” while highlighting the various developments throughout the country that have so far been achieved under the campaign.
He also spoke of data, talent, innovation, market and right regulatory flavour that balances innovation, growth, security and inclusion as key building blocks of digital economy, while also mentioning Govt. of India’s vision document for Digital Northeast 2022 launched in August 2018 wherein one of the initiatives is digital innovation and start-ups, which includes setting up of centres of excellence in all the eight states of NER. Other speakers at the e-symposium included Shri. Sanjay Mehta, Former MD & CEO, Teleperformance India, Shri. Salil Agrawal, President, IIMAGES, and Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI, Shri. Syedain Abbasi, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary (IT), IT Department, Government of Assam, Shri. Srikanth Srinivas, Senior Director & Head – Membership and Outreach, NASSCOM, Shri. Balaji Thiagarajan, CEO, TechDigital Corporation, and Shri. Nayanjyoti Bhattacharya, MD & CEO, Anjaybee Group.
It may be mentioned that the entire conduct of the e-symposium was streamed live through facebook and twitter handles of the Institute.
Led by its Director, Prof DP Goyal, IIM Shillong organised an e-gathering on 27th July, 2020 to mark the fifth death anniversary of former President, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who passed away at the Institute’s premises while addressing the students in 2015. Dr. Kalam was closely associated with the Institute as a Guest Faculty.
Senior faculty members of the Institute, Prof. Keya Sengupta, Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee and Prof. Basav Roychoudhury recalled his down to earth presence, wit and wisdom during engagements with him, particularly, between 2013 to 2015. Students also fondly remembered him as a teacher with a difference who was genuinely concerned about India’s wellbeing as a country. During one of his visits Dr. Kalam had exhorted the students of IIM Shillong saying, “I want to see all of you as creative leaders to bring about the required change.” He was then on his second visit to teach a course on “Dimensions of National Development.”
During his session with the students Dr. Kalam regularly talked about the challenges faced by the country and the world at large, always emphasizing on the role of leadership to tackle these issues and develop possible solutions. He was particularly fond of his concept of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) which focuses on rural development by providing opportunities through cooperative working of resource and social entrepreneur. “This would enable our country to grow by shared efforts and overcome the challenges faced by the society.”
Alumni of IIM Shillong who were fortunate to have been taught by him remembered how Dr. Kalam charted out the link between creative leadership & economic development, and his accentuation on the role of integrity among leaders for sustained success and development of the society.
‘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, Padma Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman ISRO, Padma Bhushan Prof. Bikash Sinha, former director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, and Padma Bhushan Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, 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.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on Handicraft Sector under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shillong Shri. Shishir Bajoria while welcoming the participants said “The series of e-symposia has been conceived, covering areas of special importance to the entire northeast. When we look at handicrafts wherein NER has the largest production, it exports only about 5 percent to the rest of the country. This will receive a huge boost with the promise of infrastructural development assured by our Prime Minister.”
Speaking as Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda said, “I am happy to associate myself with this e-symposium which facilitates not only a better understanding of NER, but also the ground realities, and immense potentiality, further creating an ambiance for ideation towards increased and holistic betterment.” He further informed that his Ministry was working in a focussed and coordinate manner with other ministries and stakeholders with the urgency to ensure how development aspects can be brought about and impact palpably felt.”
He further expressed that when things are viewed primarily through a management perspective, one can realize that the society and lifestyle in India, particularly NER is traditionally bound by art and culture, which is a definitive strength in itself, and is the reason why there is an earnest effort to make it even more relevant. “However, perhaps we have not been successful as desired in introducing this strength into the economy and capitalise on it. Citing the example of the incense stick (agarbatti) he felt that India as a country has not been able to realize the actual domestic needs in terms of production and marketability. Also elaborating on bamboo as an essential resource, particularly that of NER, Shri Munda expressed desire to ensure that usage and plantation should be commensurate so as to ascertain sustainability given the immense scope for its utilization and stressed on a working plan for maximizing judicious returns from this resource. Shri Munda also stated the need to develop on potentiality through proper research and use of analytical tools to understand how skilled artisans can become internationally relevant while augmenting their capabilities and also to thoroughly understand areas for institutional support and capacity building towards entrepreneurial development. Director of IIM Shillong, Prof D P Goyal while expressing his thoughts said, “Handicrafts form an integral part of the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this region. Crafted goods and magical weaves are not only made for their own use but also as a means of livelihood for various artisans scattered all over the region.”
Moving on to a technical session on Creating sustainable livelihoods, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, said, “Artisans belonging to the handicrafts sector, we know are mostly self-employed, and fall outside the safety nets of secured jobs, and are amongst the most vulnerable people. In addition, they encounter many challenges such as cash flow and market access to state a few. The Centre therefore proposes to fill in the urgent gaps in the sector by working at the grassroot levels and building learning capacity on access to funds, digital marketing, and further the scope for digital transactions.”
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Atul Kulkarni while moderating the session opined, “The handicraft sector can be positioned appropriately to support Prime Minister’s vision and initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Current data suggest that though 65 percent of the country’s handicraft produce is exported it remains almost insignificant in the global market. Hence, we should be looking at the domestic market which in itself is huge in terms of consumption.”
Presenting the valedictory address Shri Imnatiba, MLA & Advisor for Industries and Commerce, Labour, Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of Nagaland said, “When we talk about handicraft, it is entwined with the lifestyle and culture of many societies. The importance of handicraft today not only concerns with the livelihood aspect, but also preservation of one’s culture and this is particularly true of our tribal society where we are increasingly losing our cultural heritage. Handicraft also presents an avenue for business and income for those skilled in the art.” He further added, “The market for handicrafts is not only confined to its utilitarian effects, but also to the antiqueness of the products and its decorative values as well.” Shri Imnatiba also stressed on certain impending issues beseeching the handicraft sector and the livelihood options available such as weak production base, quality assurance, problems with marketing and logistics mechanism, and institutional support which if addressed correctly could offer ample scope to promote handicraft as a viable livelihood option and a sustainable economic activity.
Other speakers included Shri. Sharda Gautam, Head of Crafts, Tata Trusts, Shri. Sohan Kumar Jha, Senior Director, National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy, Shri. Santanu Sutradhar, Founder, Disha Enterprises, Assam, Shri. Sonam Tyashi Gyaltsen, Founder & Product Designer, LA, Sikkim, Shri. Ashim Kumar Das, Head (CSR), North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi), Shri. Sukumar Haobam, Designer and Coordinator, Bamboo Forum of India, Manipur, Shri. Pravir Krishna, IAS, MD, Tribal Co-Operative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED)
It may be mentioned that the entire conduct of the e-symposium was streamed live through facebook and twitter handles of the Institute.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on Handloom Sector under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shillong Shri. Shishir Bajoria while welcoming the participants said “The series of e-symposia has been conceived, covering areas of special importance to the entire northeast. The beautiful products weaved out of the handlooms here leave a very clear sign of the beauty of the region.” He further said, “Since the pandemic has impacted the world economy has taken a backseat. Lots of workers from the northeast who were earning their livelihoods from the different parts of the country have returned home. In this situation handloom sector can be primed up to boost the economy of the entire region and generate employment. What it needs is requisite intervention in terms of finance, appropriate technological introduction, creation of brand identities, forward and backward integrations, and above all logistics support.”
Speaking as Chief Guest, Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani opined, “For far too long, I think the handloom legacy of our country has been romanticised with the element of poverty, and I think from the marketing perspective we need to reposition ourselves and look at the larger consumption market. Today when sustainability has become the buzzword not only for manufacturers, buying agents, and international chains that can leverage the handloom opportunity, there has to be a more systemic approach on how to make handlooms a better business opportunity given the semblance of pride in the handloom legacy of our country, particularly the northeast, while also trying to understand the issues that ail this particular sector that we are today talking about.” Some of the points brought forward by her for consideration was the necessity to encourage weavers to actually have a business plan and a pathway to success, which means looking at input costs, access to better credit, access to better design opportunities, understanding of IPR and packaging, which also entails how positioning and branding of raw material can differ from one segment to the other. She further added, “Instead of looking at a minute segment which we see to service, we need to look at a product range for a larger consumer base,” while emphasising on not looking only at exports but also servicing India which is one of the largest global consuming markets of the world.
Exhorting the youth population of the region, the Minister reiterated the need for youngsters to retain the craft through use of available design technology so as to reduce the challenge that the weaving community has in terms of current feeling of limited opportunities amongst youngsters, and the need for sustaining the handloom sector. “The government at the ministry level is encouraging a lot of people to come together as producer companies,” she said, while also highlighting one of the major challenges of people positioning themselves as master craftsperson, who are not necessarily producers but only serve as a go-between, between the market and the actual weaver. “How can we break that system and encourage the individual weaver or set of weavers to come together and form producer companies,” she further pointed out while enlightening on government initiatives towards credit facilities such as Mudra Yojana where according to studies done, she said post access to the scheme a weaver’s income increases by at least 50 to 60 percent, “which means we need more and more research which can build credibility to such outreach programs,” she added.
Director of IIM Shillong, Prof D P Goyal while expressing his thoughts said, “Sincere thanks goes to the nameless weavers of NE India who have not only been the ambassadors of the culture and heritage of the region but also its true custodian, who for hundreds of years have carried the knowledge of handloom by practicing and passing it on to the next generation.”
Moving on to a technical session on The Handloom Sector: Energizing the potential catalyst for growth and development, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, said, “We hope that the policies that shall be drafted for the handloom sector will help us to achieve the policy goal of Look East & Act East envisioned by our Prime Minister, and make the sector commercially viable.” She further pointed out, “Handloom as we are all aware is engrained as part of all the rural population of the region and is a traditional rural industry, but has not been viewed commercially so far, though it has the full potential and capabilities of developing its own trademark due to its own indigenous ethnicity, though at the same time is being burdened with challenges such as high cost of raw material, lack of information on market availability, existence of middlemen, inadequate innovation and stiff competition from textile products from the neighbouring states and countries.”
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Atul Kulkarni while moderating the session opined, “The handloom sector is one which is caught between subjective perception and objective reality. It is an activity which is in deep crises with low productivity, low wages, low literacy level, with firmly entrenched middlemen system and very little formal finance arrangements.”
Other speakers at the e-symposium included Shri. Dilip Barooah Founder & MD, Fabric Plus, Smt. Jahnabi Phookan National President, FICCI Ladies Organisation(FLO) and Director JTI Group, Ms. Renu Abraham, Founder RHHCSL (Renu Handlooms and Handicraft Co-operative Society Ltd.), Ms. Janessaline Mary Pyngrope, Business Head (Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House), Ms. Asomee Dutta Baruah, Secretary, Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati & Head (NE Region) of the WEP, NITI Aayog, Ms. Anuradha Kuli, Founder Naturally Anuradha, and Prof. Monika Aggarwal, Director - National Institute of Fashion technology, Shillong.
It may be mentioned that the entire conduct of the e-symposium was streamed live through facebook and twitter handles of the Institute.
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The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on Logistics Management under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shllong Shri. Shishir Bajoria while welcoming the participants said “Logistics is the key for success of anything. This could be very sophisticated with computers running dedicated programs or something as rudimentary as the Mumbai Dabbawalas who provide a great service to the entire working population of Mumbai. Be it in countries or companies, logistics is vital and strategic,” while also touching on examples such as the US network of highways which have helped build the success story of the country’s industrial positioning. “As it stands today, NER with its abundance has a major problem though lack of logistical support for it to harness the bounty that it has.” He also expressed hope in projects such as Bharatmala Pariyojana and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport which he felt will go a long way in creating a real value chain for NER.
Congratulating IIM Shillong on its delivery of business, management, and innovation leadership Chief Guest of the event Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India said, “I strongly believe that innovation, entrepreneurship, science, technology, research skills and successful practices and conversion of knowledge into wealth is the future for our country. I believe that you have a relatable responsibility to oversee the socio-economic growth of the region. This can only be achieved through cooperation, coordination and communication with stakeholders of the region.” Also ruing on the country’s extensive import requirement despite the presence of minerals setting copper, aluminium, gold, and coal as examples, Shri Gadkari felt that impetus is on management institutes to contribute management strategies and solutions by comprehensively assessing the strengths and weaknesses related to industrial upliftment. Speaking specifically on logistics management, Shri Gadkari opined the need to augment water transport while citing its cost effectiveness as compared to road or railway mode of transportation while sharing his insights on possibility of boosting Ro-Ro and Ropax water travel mode for easy connectivity, and cutting short distance coverage using the mighty Brahmaputra. He also said that unless innovative transportation models are executed, high logistic management cost will remain.
Moving on to a technical session on opening up of opportunities for NER, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, said, “Though logistics management forms the backbone for the development of the region, very few serious, and concerted studies have been achieved in the logistics sector. We would therefore be working to fill in this gap, to bring about paradigm change in making the NER a viable logistics corridor.”
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Atul Kulkarni while moderating the session opined, “We are not only looking at NER but also emerging economies of East Asia, and Southeast Asia. It is important and interesting for us to look at the logistics sector and helping out in laying a roadmap for the future. I think northeast India is at the crossroads between the three economies, wherein the existing transport corridors will automatically migrate into becoming the logistics corridors and ultimately into economic corridors which is expected to change the per capita income and the entire economy for the region.”
Presenting the valedictory address, Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The e-symposium is definitely an important opportunity, which I think would be helpful for us to draw a broad roadmap for realizing the growth visions of Northeast.” Commenting on government initiatives Shri Sonowal also said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the centre is unleashing undivided policy attention towards the NER across various dimensions of development while looking at the region as an upcoming engine of growth. “With his policy of transformation through transportation, the Prime Minister has given a special thrust on boosting the connectivity infrastructure of the Northeast,” he further said.
Other speakers at the e-symposium include Shri Tushar Jani, Chairman SCA Group of Companies, a special address by Dr. Amita Prasad, IAS and Chairperson of Inland Waterways Authority of India (Ministry of Shipping), Ms. Sanjukta Dutta, Etash Enterprise, Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty, Associate Professor, IIM Shillong, Shri. Navin Kumar, Adviser (Transport and Communication), North Eastern Council, Shillong, Shri. Shantanu Bhadkamkar, President, Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India and Shri. V. Kalyana Rama, Chairman and Managing Director, CONCOR.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on Organizing Community for Horticulture under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives.
Congratulating IIM Shillong and its leadership on its effort despite the current pandemic constraints, Chief Guest of the event Shri. Kailash Choudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Govt of India said, “We are grateful for this effort which is in line with Prime Minister Modi’s vision for the growth of the agriculture sector. We are also equally certain that if such kind of initiatives designed for achieving results are taken forward in right earnest then roadmaps for growth and development will be palpably felt right through to the grass root levels,” while also reflecting on his background as a farmer’s son who has toiled the hard way before finding himself pulled towards taking up leadership role for nation building. He also dwelt at length on the successful nationwide harvest despite the COVID situation, which he opined was successful only because of the sincerity in approach of the government in working hand in hand with the farmers. Further speaking on the need to increase export Shri Chaudhary was hopeful that such a result would be greatly beneficial for the overall growth of Indian farmers.
Also speaking in the event, former Ambassador and member of the Board of Governors, Amalgamated Plantations, Shillong Shri Rudy Warjri opined on both the philosophical and specific parts of his concepts on the sector saying “Northeast has to cultivate a development model paradigm of its own, given the geography, background, developmental level, which in its present context can be dovetailed into the PM’s vision of Atma Nirbhar, liquidity in relation to SMEs while also seeking the possible models that could be attractive for investors.” Moving on to a technical session on organizing community for horticulture, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, stressed on the immense potentiality that the horticulture sector has in the region in view of the climatic conditions however noting that the potentiality has not been capitalised.
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Atul Kulkarni while moderating the session remarked, “What emerges clearly is the need for produce, process and place approach when it comes to horticulture,” while also stressing on the need to place products in the right market for greater deserving value.
Presenting the valedictory address, Minister of Food Security, Agriculture, Horticulture and Cash Crops, Govt. of Sikkim Shri Lok Nath Sharma said, “There is a great potential for Horticulture in NER. Every state has unique strengths and character which have been fully utilised to develop specific products. There is a great opportunity for product diversification and market extension in the region in view of the unique climate and geographical location. Horticulture diversification should form the cornerstone to form a strong horticulture industry in the region.” He further said, “The NER should work jointly on northeast brand building to promote horticultural products, targeting markets in the metros.”
Other notable speakers at the event include Padma Shree awardee Smt. Trinity Saioo, Shri. Dina Chhangte, CEO, King Industries, Dr. Keliihol Tase, Shri. Navin Tewari, CEO, Capital Foods Private Ltd., Shri. Neeraj Mutha, Owner, Mutha Industry Pvt. Ltd./Epitome, Shri. T. Mhabemo, IAS, Commissioner and Secretary to Governor of Nagaland and Team Leader, Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission, Shri. Shri. Ravindra Telang, IAS, Principal Secretary, Horticulture, Sikkim and others.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong today hosted an e-symposium on Tourism (Opportunities in NER) under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shllong Shri. Shishir Bajoria while welcoming the participants and speaking of northeastern states’ bountiful nature and culture remarked, “This needs to be projected to a great extent, to the rest of the country, and to the world at large. We have huge scope of religious, festival, nature and archaeological tourism to name a few, which we are sure are aspects that the whole world would like to witness, but for this we have are in great need of international level infrastructural development. It is time to refocus on these requirements which can also directly impact the economic growth of the region.” He also stressed on infrastructure development of NER and collaboration of educational institutions for improving the tourism sector, while also pointing out the requirement for improving connectivity and involvement of big private players to kick start tourism in all the states.
Congratulating IIM Shillong and its leadership on its effort despite the current pandemic constraints, Chief Guest of the event Shri. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Govt of India said, “Perception change is more valuable than wealth. We have a great opportunity in front of us, to change adversity into positivity by showcasing the picturesque beauty of NER and targeting a different audience who have till now opted to travel overseas than to experience tourism in their own backyard. This may be a good time to augment domestic tourism in the northeast. We need to weigh all options while coming out of the current pandemic, and subsequently open our doors to international tourists as well. This can only become possible when the government, tour operators and key stakeholders work together responsibly to ensure that the tourist experience remains memorable.” Shri Patel also stressed on the need for strengthening connectivity and hoped for regional cooperation to increase convenience for tourists.
Moving on to a technical session on opening up of opportunities for NER, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, stressed on converting the current crisis into an opportunity, “and find out ways and means through deliberations with policy makers, entrepreneurs, consumers and other stakeholders into ideating towards an enriched and new tourism model, and further channelize the learnings through close coordination with the Ministry of DoNER and NEC, Shillong to come up with some innovative policies so that the sector can contribute significantly in the development of NER.”
Member of the Board of Governors, Shri Atul Kulkarni while moderating the session clearly emphasised on the mandate bestowed on IIM Shillong by the government of India, particularly through the Minstry of DoNER for increment in capacity building, academic support and research to assist operators and stakeholders, including incubation to help the young entrepreneurs to take advantage of the initiative and association with IIM Shillong. Presenting the valedictory address, Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Jishnu Debbarma who dwelt largely on the current pandemic and the importance of reviving the economy opined, “Tourism today is one of the most important development need where states can enhance cooperation and regional integration. It is now recognised that tourism not only increases foreign exchange but also increases employment possibilities and people to people dynamics.” Shri Debbarma urged IIM Shillong to work towards creation of ideas and innovation while being sensitive to the diversity of NER states so as to create a better understanding of the region even amongst mainstream Indian populace.
Highlighting the adverse impact of Covid 19 on the tourism sector, speakers delved on the need for confidence building measures to build trust across stakeholders and strengthening them to remain business ready, increasing accessibility, and also increasing facets of hygiene for the sector to bounce back, including prospects to ascertain return on investment through tourism promotion amongst others.
IIM Shillong today inaugurated the commencement of its second batch of participants for its PhD programme for Working Professionals. The unique doctoral programme in management for working professionals envisages to expand the research frontiers of working professionals, to produce graduates skilled in research with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the complex problems facing today’s organizations and management professionals. Presenting the programme commencement address, Director of IIM Shillong Prof. D.P. Goyal said, “The programme which is in line with our mission statement of generating and disseminating knowledge in all fields of management, I am sure will provide its participants with an excellent opportunity to contribute to the field of management sciences given its design of offering an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective to define and solve management related problems in various domains of management.” He further said, “We need to develop creative and innovative leaders,” while also expressing his contentment on the myriad profiles and work experiences of the current batch of 19 participants.
Encouraging quality research, publication, and practice, Prof. Goyal stressed on the fact that knowledge needs theory, models, tools, methods and techniques and thorough understanding of all aspects of management. “The combination of academics and practice is needed to succeed as a scholar. The data, learning and experience that you possess, we hope, will ensure the quality of your research, while also challenging the status quo in your pursuit of knowledge,” he exhorted while further stressing on the arising need for contextual research.
Chairperson of the programme, Prof Moushmi Bhattacharya further added, “The Institute while granting admissions has considered valid scores of GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE or JRF (NET). The minimum commitment to the programme is 3 years, but candidates are expected to complete the programme in four years and ensure that they complete the requirements of the programme within this stipulated time while also attaining learning goals. During the coursework, classes will be held in both online and offline mode.”
Earlier welcoming the participants, Dean (Academics) Prof Keya Sengupta expressed hope that the participants will be able to contribute to their future organizations through their upgraded theoretical and practical knowledge.
It may be added that the PhD programme boasts of participation by senior corporate executives seeking to upgrade their knowledge towards research and publication in their respective areas of work and study.
The APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong inaugurated the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North – East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives on June 05th, 2020. While welcoming the panellists and the participants, Shri Shishir Bajoria Chairman of BoG, expressed the Institute’s sincere desire to effectively contribute in planning and delivering towards the concerted development of NER through the Dr. Kalam Centre especially in the areas of the six critical and viable sectors of the region i.e. logistics, tourism, horticulture, handicraft, handloom and BPO.
Speaking as Chief Guest during the inaugural session, Minister of DoNER Dr. Jitendra Singh fondly recollected his last meeting with the late President a week before his demise and acknowledged Dr. Kalam’s life as a “privilege which God does not grant everybody”. “It was the very next day that the Ministry of DoNER decided to step in to contribute and enrich his memory, and therefore that is how the APJ Abdul Kalam Centre at IIM Shillong was subsequently established. I am glad that over the years it has established itself as a full-fledged centre for policy research.”
Speaking primarily on the theme revolving on the economy and livelihood of the people of Northeast, Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled one of the earliest statements made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on wanting to raise the north eastern region at par in levels with some of the other developed states and regions of the country and stressed on the ongoing prioritisation of the region by the Government. “North East has both a huge potential of economy as well as attributes that have either not been explored, or are not known by the rest of the country and the world at large. I am glad that over the past six years there has been a very conscious and consistent effort to overcome the challenges that were coming in the way of the progress of the region.” He further elaborated on the successful implementation of roads and railways in the region apart from other palpable development initiatives which are sincere attempts to make up for the lack of connectivity that was adversely affecting the progress of the region including development of the economy and welfare of the youth.
Further urging the Centre at IIM Shillong to develop its own unique identity specializing in the management avenues in the context of North east while taking advantage of shared borders with countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the envisaged objective of the government through its promotion of Act East policy, he hoped that the Centre would be an enabling catalyst to create learning and understanding on how best to manage the prospects and potentiality which can pave the way for creating NER as the upcoming economic hub, and India’s newest business destination.
Member of the BoG and expert on NER Shri Atul Kulkarni pointed out relevant growth facts which have changed NER from being considered only as a consumption centre to now becoming a manufacturing region which means that NE states are now emerging as manufacturing hubs creating business opportunities for transporters, and logistics firms. “The thrust by India towards creating a transnational and multi border connectivity framework in the region will bring about a paradigm change in the supply chain dynamics of the region,” he added. Citing the minimal intra-regional trade, he opined that projects like Kaladan, and Mekong-Ganga project can boost cooperation with ASEAN, can boost INDO-ASEAN trade which currently stands at only about 10 percent of India’s global trade valued at 70 billion. He hoped that the recent development announcements such as the North East Economic Corridor and signing of MoU between India and Bangladesh for developing multi model trade routes will strengthen the growth of NER.
Earlier, the Secretary to the Ministry of DoNER Dr. Inder Jit Singh stressed on the need to assess both achievements and shortcomings while recalling the NEC plenary chaired by the Prime Minister where he had highlighted his desire to see NEC developed into a state of the art resource centre with necessary knowledge, resources and skills while also engaging expert institutions like the IIM in north east, pursuant to which the tripartite agreement including DoNER to set up the policy centre came into being. He hoped that the centre will continue its progressive work and come up with further action plans that are achievable on ground so as to positively impact the future of the people of northeast as desired.
The Secretary NEC and Chairman of the Governing Body of the Centre at IM Shillong Shri. K. Moses Challai while also speaking during the inauguration of the e-symposia series expressed deep concern on the requirement for economic resurgence of the region, particularly owing to the current Covid pandemic. He strongly highlighted the need for investments towards ensuring economic growth and development in the region while calling for a transparent SWOT analysis to understand the ground realities faced by the region.
Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator highlighted the ongoing efforts of the centre and its thrust towards rural uplift through resolute work in the stated key areas since the sectors play an important role in the lives and livelihood of the region’s people. “This can only be achieved by familiarizing with real life problems.” The centre has till date initiated various workshops for capacity building in management skills, including programs built to increase information on relevant schemes and government initiatives which is lacking especially amongst the young population. The Centre launched its newsletter on October 15th, 2019 to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam. She further expressed, “The e-symposium series is expected to provide rich inputs and innovative ideas which will help the Centre in policy formulation.”
Prof D P Goyal, Director IIM Shillong while presenting the vote of thanks assured that the Institute through the Centre in memory of Dr. Kalam would not only strive, but ensure significant impact and palpable contribution through its functioning.
The inaugural session was followed by a technical panel discussion moderated by Prof Keya Sengupta which included panelists Dr. Saibal Kar, Professor of Economics, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, Prof. Rajashekhar, HAG Professor and Head, Centre for Decentralization and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, Prof. Madhurajya Prasad Bezbaruah, Professor, Department of Economics, Gauhati University, and Mr. Amit Raje, Ex -Managing Director, Goldman Sach’s.
IIM Shillong announces the postponement of the 11th Convocation, owing to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and the advisories by the UGC, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the World Health Organization to avoid large gathering. This decision has been taken based on the inputs from all the stakeholders and subsequent deliberations, keeping in mind the safety of the participants and their families. Based on the situation, the next course of action will be decided and the respective offices will get in touch with all the participants.
E-Cell, the entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong, conducted Emerge, the annual flagship entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong. Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of the managers of tomorrow, the eighth edition of Emerge was conducted on the 22nd and 23rd of February. Professor D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, addressed the gathering in the opening ceremony and rekindled the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the participants. “As a B-School we realize that it is not enough to only develop managers, but entrepreneurs and job providers who are ready to innovate, to grasp the opportunities and remain ready to face the challenges. Entrepreneurship is a mindset,” he remarked.
The inauguration was followed by panel discussions with eminent entrepreneurs from across the country centering around the themes of “Hospitality landscape in North East” and “The Young Entrepreneurs” which gave the participants a perspective on how to counter impediments, failures and challenges and look for opportunity in their entrepreneurship journey. Speakers included Prashant Rao Aroor, CEO, IintelliStay Hotels, Larsing Ming Sawyan, MD, The Centre Point Group, Soumya Dutta, Founder Hatke Stays, Girish Ahirwar, Serial Entrepreneur, Amit Gautam, CEO & Founder Pasito Industries, Gursakhi Lugani, CEO Nakhrewali, Vandeep Singh, CFO & Strategic Advisor GBFK Fashion, and Ridhinil Roy, CEO NE8X.
A workshop by Gunajit Brahma, a national award-winning serial entrepreneur, on ‘Essentials for Business Success,” who talked about the vital elements that are indispensable in one’s quiver to carve a successful business career was also conducted. The event was also participated by students of colleges from Shillong.
On the second day of the event, the coveted “Best Manager” competition was organized. The competition, through three phases of grueling case analysis, presentation and interview, checked the mettle of the participants.
The two day event may be said concluded with the whole of IIM Shillong experiencing the spirits of entrepreneurship, innovation and aspiration.
The Indian Institute of Management Shillong and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), New Delhi have agreed to create synergy between the university education and professional education to enhance visibility of the profession of company secretaries among the academia.
Through the agreement signed on 21 February, 2020 the ICSI has agreed to introduce a Gold Medal to be awarded to the student declared as IIM, Shillong Topper of the 2 years PGP flagship program and would be termed as the ICSI Signature Award carrying with it a certificate to be distributed annually. ICSI will provide the same through its North Eastern Chapter EIRO for distribution during the annually held Convocation conducted by IIM Shillong.
IIM Shillong is expected to send a report to the ICSI through its North Eastern Chapter giving full details viz. name of the student, marks obtained by the student, copies of mark sheets, pass certificate etc. The arrangement comes into force with immediate effect.
IIM Shillong's Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CeDNER) held a consultative committee meeting on 10th February, 2020 at IIM Shillong. The agenda of the meeting was on the theme of Gaps in Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the North East and Strategies that may be adopted. The session witnessed participation by intellectuals, namely, Indian academician and former Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission of India Prof. David Syiemlieh, former Indian Ambassador Shri. Rudy Warjri, retired Director of Horticulture, Govt. of Meghalaya Dr. Carl Rangad, Editor of The Shillong Times Smt. Patricia Mukhim, Dr. Albert Chiang, Dr. Pardeep K. Bhardwaj, Shri. Ricky Renthlei amongst others.
IIM SHILLONG is currently conducting an MDP for Reserve Bank of India. Altogether 19 Officers registered for the training scheduled between 10th to 12th of February, 2020. The participants represent different functions and are from across India spanning Patna, Bhubaneshwar , Gangtok, Guwahati, Ranchi, Kolkata ,Agartala, Aizawl.
The MDP on General Management with special focus on organisational behavior and soft skills is coordinated by Program Director(s) Prof. Pradeep H. Sadarangani and Prof Natalie W. Kharkongor.
IIM Shillong established one more milestone in its history by celebrating the 71st Republic Day at its permanent campus located at Umsawli. After unfurling the majestic tricolor followed by the rendition of the National Anthem, Director IIM Shillong, Prof. DP Goyal addressed the gathering, paying tributes to all the brave-hearts because of whom we enjoy our freedom, and encouraged particularly the students to work towards the betterment of the country and living up to the spirit of the country’s Preamble. Stressing upon the fact that nation building requires commitment, Prof. Goyal remarked, “To every problem, there is a solution, and we are here to realize the dream of a great Nation together.”
The Institute witnessed cultural performances by students, ranging from classical dance, group singing, flute instrumental, street play and more, which in totality commemorated the quintessential spirit of unity that indeed differentiates India from rest of the world.
The Republic Day commemoration at IIM Shillong has undoubtedly marked a new commencement for the Institute, further adding another feather in its cap while already boasting a plethora of achievements signifying its status as an Institute of National Importance.
Then Study Abroad Programme at IIM Shillong saw more than 30 students visit the IESEG campus in Paris for a 90 hour course spanning two weeks. The course included interesting subjects like Luxury Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, Negotiations and a few practical knowledge learning sessions where the class was subjected to a visit to big European brand outlets to learn from the best. The culture in France and what the daily etiquettes that required attention along with how Business is conducted in Europe was inbred to the students in the short span that they were there. The students also got to venture and explore Europe in their free time. Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Netherlands, Poland, are some of the many countries that were visited by the IIM Shillong students.
A few football enthusiasts got the chance to be a part of the 6-1 drubbing of St. Etienne by PSG in Le Parc de Princes.
IIM Shillong inaugurated the Post Graduate Program for Executives with a focus on Managing Business in Emerging Economies (PGPEx-MBEE) on 22nd January, 2020. The eighth edition of Post Graduate Program for Executives started with an Invocation by Prof. A Mukhopadhyay and a program overview by the Chairperson of PGPEx-MBEE, Prof. Rohit Joshi. The current batch has an average work experience of 6.5 years and a rich academic and gender diversity.
The focus of the program is on the emerging economies of the world primarily China, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The mission of the MBEE program is to enable the students to have an edge in managing transnational business in emerging economies with superior education and enriching cross culture experience.
Highlighting the funnel approach introduced in the course that starts with a bird’s eye view and converges into a worm’s eye view, ensuring holistic development of the participants, Prof Joshi added that the core courses focus is on analytics, data design and operations research while the advanced courses pan on value chain management, growth strategy, innovation and business leadership. The elective courses will ensure the application of the knowledge acquired in the core and advanced courses to precision.
Prof. D. P. Goyal, Director of IIM Shillong while welcoming the new batch emphasized, “There is the need to transform you, the already experienced managers into value based and responsible leaders through a learner centric and diversified pedagogy, and your transitioning journey commences from here on.”
The Chief Guest for the event, Shri. Jayajyoti Sengupta, Head APJ, India & Middle East, Board Member of Cognizant Asia Pacific Geographies, Singapore, started with a quote by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, ‘Dream is not what you see in your sleep, dream is something which doesn’t let you sleep’. He delivered a well-received speech on hyper individualization of businesses, increasing advent of hybridization of skills and the impact of technology and digitization in today’s world. “The world has changed and what has changed is also driven by the full advent of new form of business,” he remarked while also touching upon the sea change that companies and platforms such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, NetFlix and Google, otherwise known as the FAANG Network have brought to human lives. Talking about how businesses are transforming and sustainable development is fast becoming a board room topic, Shri Sengupta encouraged the new participants for the journey ahead on returning to the next course of formal education, while remaining sensitive to the subject of sustainability in all spheres. “It is only when we put all the three things together, that is learning, technology and sustainability, will we be able to make the limited human being limitless.” he concluded.
The event concluded with oath taking by the 27 new entrants and presentation of memento by Prof. D. P. Goyal to the Chief Guest.
While on one side,the leadership summit was being concluded, parallelly organized was the Innovative Corporate Engagement meet at the Assam Rifles Golf course which saw the participation of avid golfers including players from the corporate world, armed forces, professional golfers from across the region and country and students of the institute, showing their sporting spirits and mastery of golf skills. The innovative meet really lived to its name where the students who are generally going through the rigorous process of the management school got to meet with eminent corporate personalities and top-notch officials and fathom their view on various pivotal issues which are shaping the world, we are living in.
Both the events finally concluded in the State Convention Centre in the presence of Chief Guest A L Hek, Meghalaya Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Atul Kulkarni, member of the board of governors, senior officials of the armed forces and other dignitaries. Delivering the valedictory address, Shri Hek remarked, “Meghalaya is a land of beauty and great opportunities. I invite you, the corporate leaders, to seriously look at investment opportunities here. We remain grateful to the innovative methods employed by IIM Shillong, to bring in corporate leaders under one spectacular meet.”
Prof D Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, felicitated the winners of the Innovative Corporate Meet and talked about how both the programmes have helped the institute give its students a practical and pragmatic look towards the society and have helped them shape opinion based on informed vies and advice.
The institute concluded 2019 on a celebratory note with its flagship events - Business Leadership Summit and Innovative Corporate Engagement spanning between December 6 and December 8, 2019, carving out one more chapter in the history of the college.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated the annual Business Leadership Summit of IIM, Shillong. The summit sees top business and corporate leaders discussing ideas that are transforming the regime they work in. Delivering the inaugural address Mr Sangma focused on how the institute is assisting the State in ameliorating its horizons and at the same time is being benefited by the unique essence of the region itself.
Himself a business graduate from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he stressed on using business and entrepreneurship to help the State grow leaps and bounds. He said, “My administration welcomes collaborative studies and research by institutes and students that will facilitate the government in formulating its plan and policies to best develop the State of Meghalaya.”
The event concluded with Prof DP Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, extending his gratitude to the Chief Minister on behalf of the IIM fraternity and for kickstarting the Business Leadership Summit.
The second edition of the Business Leadership Summit witnessed the presence of eminent speakers and corporate stalwarts from around the country who participated in discussions on various management topics which are germane to the business world. The discussions, which were focused primarily on Indian economy and its path ahead towards becoming a 5 trillion-dollar economy, saw various learned personalities sharing their views in the light of different domains of management studies such as operations, finance, marketing, analytics and so on.
MDP on “Aesthetics of Motivation: The Art of Managing People” was organized by IIM Shillong for POWERGRID from 18th-22nd November, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 26 Senior Officers from across the country attended the training program.
The Program Director(s) of the MDP is Prof. Rohit Dwivedi and Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty from IIM Shillong.
During the inauguration, the Program Director(s) expanded the broad concept of the training stating that the traditional managerial tasks of planning, implementation and control of the performance have focused on the technical and functional operations alone. Human aspects remain ununderstood and thereby uncaptured. These basic operations needs to be extended towards the realms of the emotional and aesthetic processes and management needs to create a suitable “feeling and aesthetic climate” that is conductive for productive processes. Keeping this in mind, the program is designed to help participants engaged with themselves to broaden their horizon and reflect on how they may be responding to the immediate and long-term employee problems.
The 5 day training is facilitated by In house Faculty, Guest Resource Person- Ms Kena Shree from NTPC and Artist and Musician Mr Benedict Hynniewta. The concept permeated throughout the training whereby the participants were immersed in different contexts and facilitated to pull out learnings from their immersion through Class Room Discussions and Engagements ,Live performances of accomplished artists and how that relates to Managerial experiences and an outbound learning immersion into Lawkyntang –The Sacred Forest in Mawphlang.
It is to be lauded that during the Valedictory, the participants, Faculty , Officers and Staff of IIM Shillong were treated to a wonderful musical piece by participant Mr Sukumar Mishra who with the help of a Violin, not only surprised us but also captured the essence and “Aesthetics “ of the program.