Tourism Sector Emphasized in IIM S E-Symposium

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.

It may be mentioned that the entire conduct of the e-symposium was streamed live through facebook and twitter handles of the Institute.

IIM Shillong Commences Innovative PhD Program

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.

IIM Shillong’s e-Symposia Series Launched

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

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.

EMERGE 2020: Focus on Entrepreneurship at IIM Shillong

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.

IIM Shillong seals agreement with ICSI, New Delhi

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

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.

MDP on "General Management"

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 celebrating the 71st Republic Day at its permanent campus located at Umsawli.

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.

Study Abroad Programme at IESEG campus, Paris

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.

    Course Duration : 14 days
    Courses : 6
    Class Strength : 35 Students
    3 Business Visits
    Innovative Teaching Methods : Mock Negotiation; Strategic Simulations Game; Mock Strategy Discussions; Various Business Visit for understanding Luxury Marketing

IIM Shillong Inaugurates 8th Batch of PGPEx-MBEE

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.

Innovative Corporate Engagement Meet 2019

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.

Business Leadership Summit 2.0

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 “Aesthetic of Motivation: The Art of Managing People” for Senior Officers of PowerGrid .

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.