IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave 2014 – Day 2

The second day of IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave started on the same enthusiastic note that it ended on, on the first day. This is IIM Kashipur’s flagship event and attracts industry bigwigs from various fields every year. A keynote speech by Mr Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited) marked the beginning of the second day of the event whose theme was Industry-Academia Collaboration.

Mr. Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited)

He directed the discussion on leadership assuming a long term perspective and discussed the impact of political and economic changes on the industry. He discussed about bridging the gap between personal and organization goals and about the importance of being a good follower in order to be a good leader.

Mr. Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd)

This enlightening speech was followed by an equally engrossing one by Mr Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd) who gave the key note speech on the topic “Leadership Dilemma” and familiarized the students about the three tenets of leadership – credibility, reliability and self-orientation. He shared with students, the various leadership dilemmas that they may face in their career and a leadership framework that could be used in such scenarios.

(From L-R) Mr. Vineet Jain, Mr. Gitan Shah, Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar, Mr. Peshwa Acharya, Mr. Pramod Joshi

It was followed by a panel discussion on the same topic with Mr Gitan Shah (Assistant VP, Mphasis), Mr Peshwa Acharya (Founder and CEO, Think As Consumer), Mr Pramod Joshi (Managing Director, Syncata), Mr Vineet Jain (DGM, HCL Technology). The panel discussed at length about the array of choices that a leader faces in corporate world and how important it is to maintain character when in a moral dilemma. The event had plenty of Q&A sessions, where the students got an opportunity to interact personally with the guests and clarify their queries about each topic.


The students were delighted to have close interactions with such reputed personalities from the world of industry. The corporates too were really happy to share their thoughts with the next generation of managers and industry leaders. The event concluded with both the industry and academia getting a glance into each other’s areas of operation and came closer to understanding each other’s dilemmas and issues and working on bridging the gaps to ensure a smooth transition.

IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave 2014 – Day 1

The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur today hosted the first day of ‘Leadership Conclave 2014’ in its newly refurbished state-of-the-art auditorium. The Conclave provides a platform for interaction and mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge between the industry and the academia.

Ashok Barat (CEO and MD, Forbes Ltd.) lighting the lamp

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Gautam Sinha, its Director, raised issues that needed to be addressed in the Conclave so as to be able to bridge gap between managerial theory and practice and issues pertaining to managerial leadership relevant in today’s dynamic business environment.

Mr. Ashok Barat (MD & CEO, Forbes Limited) in his inaugural address, raised concerns about the challenges faced by the industry and its implications in terms of supply of Managers to it. Speaking on the occasion, he stated that, “The students of IIM Kashipur are the perfect material for us, however, the industrial society expects much more from management students, more specifically their knowledge converted into skills, and skills into capabilities, so that they emerge as leaders and achieve holistic growth”.

Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO)
(From L-R) Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Lata Menon, Amitava Ghosh and Bijay Sahoo

Key note address entitled ‘Bridging the Expectation Gap’, by Mr. Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO) focused upon the fundamental changes that happened in the industry in key dimensions because of  innovation and technology and the way it changed industry demands. This followed a panel discussion by Ms Lata Menon (Senior Vice President and Head HR, India and Srilanka, CLM Business Unit), Mr Amitava Ghosh, (COO, NIS Sparta) and Mr Bijay Sahoo (Principal consultant Ernst & Young) that emphasised on the core values that industry seeks, like communication, competence, credibility and collaboration. The session was moderated by Dr. Somnath Ghosh (Dean of Academics, IIM Kashipur). It not only talked about what the industry demands from students, but what students demand out of industry, more specifically in terms of growth opportunities.

Mr. Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store)

The address by Mr Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store) recounted how quickly e-commerce, in specific and internet in general, is taking the proverbial cheese away from the old-school professionals and stressed upon the need for them to adapt to the change.

(From L-R) Dr. Kampan Mukherjee, Mr. Anil Menon, Mr. Praveen Kamanth and Dr. Abinash Panda

The final panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Kampan Mukherjee (Professor, IIM Kashipur) and had Mr. Praveen Kamanth (Global Head of Talent Transformation, KPO division, Wipro Corporation), Mr Anil Menon (Chief People Officer, Ezone and Home Town) and Dr. Abinash Panda (Professor, IIM Kashipur) in which they talked on the topic – ‘Learn to Lead’. The discussion covered significant nuances of how leadership, unlike the age-old belief, can be inculcated and nourished among individuals and also how it can be embellished in case of those who already had the proverbial spark.


The students left the auditorium with plenty of food for thought and an eagerness to attend the second day of the conclave, to listen to fresh ideas and perspectives.


Convocation Ceremony – Batch 2012-14

On 29th March, 2014 IIM Kashipur celebrated its 2nd Convocation. Mr.Subroto Bagchi(Chairman – Mindtree) was the chief guest for the event.


























































Address by Principal Secretary of Technical Education, Shri Rakesh Sharma, on inaugural Day

Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Principal Secretary of Technical Education, Uttarakhand was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural ceremony for the second batch (2012-2014) of the PGP program at Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur.

 During his association with education, Mr. Sharma has laid emphasis on setting up of premier institutions like IIT’S, NITs and IIMs. Mr. Sharma’s association with the institute goes back to the foundation year as he had an instrumental role in setting up the IIM at Kashipur.

In his address to the students, the chief guest, Mr Sharma, told the students of the various decisions taken before setting up the IIM at Kashipur. He expressed belief that this decision would help put Kashipur on the world map.

He also enjoined the students to take up projects and make recommendations as regards to the development of this industrial town. On the whole, Mr. Sharma made every student in the hall feel proud and special for being part of the institution. He made them aware of the role they had to play in shaping the future of the country as future managers. He also urged students to take up entrepreneurship with a social responsibility.

Furthermore, Mr. Sharma delivered encouraging news in the form of major development plans for Kashipur. He spoke of development plans for a helipad to improve connectivity to this place, citing similar successful examples taken in the past. He also announced that a 200 acre campus was under construction as a permanent location for the Indian Institute of Management.

 On a different note, he spoke of the beauty of Uttarakhand as a tourist destination, renowned for its trekking activities. He asked the students to take such treks periodically, asserting that this would increase the students’ knowledge and also act as a stress buster from the daily rigour at IIM

Towards the end, Mr Sharma reminded the students of the responsibility they had towards the development of the youngest of the IIM, as much as developing themselves. He made them believe that, they being brilliant young minds of this country have the potential to do it.

He also offered his full support towards development of the institute. Mr. Rakesh made sure that every student left the hall with a sense of pride, responsibility and confidence.