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Annual Leadership Talk 2019

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SDMIMD organized the 11th edition of Annual Leadership Talk (ALT) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The event is known as a platform for eminent leaders to share their success stories, this year the talk will be delivered by Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan, Executive Chairman, Mindtree, delivered the talk on the topic 'Future of Work-Creating Possibilities - Using Workplace Digitization'.

 
In his speech, Mr. Krishna Kumar Natarajan opined that big data and artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the way our body and mind work. He emphasized on the three pillars of organizing digital workplace, which included engaging employees, making physical workplace effective and considering health, safety and wellness for a better workplace. He also highlighted that beyond these three pillars, an organization needs to see how to manage the diverse workforce. 
 
Mr. Krishna Kumar Natarajan also emphasized on BOTs and its relevance in the era of digitization. He also expressed his views on creating a personalised experience for customers as a crucial factor for the success of the business. He stated that before a company goes for digitization, certain important factors need to be analysed, significant among them being deploying of artificial intelligence reviewer, architect BOT and which are the requirements that can be automated. The session was concluded with an interesting question and answer forum.
 
Earlier Prof. Rajendra Todalbagi, Associate Professor – Operations, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief note on the significance and value addition created by the Annual Leadership Talks held year after year for both the academicians as well as the student community.
 
Director of the institute Dr. N.R. Parasurman, faculty members, invites from corporate, students and alumni present. 

International Symposium 2019

 
On January 7, 2019, SDMIMD organized an International Symposium for the faculty and students from the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. The symposium inaugural talk was delivered by Dr. Julian Gaspar, Clinical Professor and the Head of the Centre for International Business Studies at the Texas A & M University as the distinguished Chief Guest. In his opening remarks, Dr. Julian Gaspar expressed his views on the changing face of international business which is an aftermath of Brexit and the political risks which potentially every nation has been facing. 
 
The program commenced with Dr. Neetu Ganapathy, Associate Professor, SDMIMD, Mysuru, providing an overview of the program. Dr. N. R. Parasuraman, Director SDMIMD, Mysuru delivered the welcome address and spoke about the changes around the world which are impacting international business.
 
The second session saw the knowledge of students from Mays Business School being put to test with a business quiz. This was followed by a series of games aimed at team building. In the afternoon session, Kalanubhav, the cultural wing of SDMIMD, showcased the best of Indian culture to the visiting team. The students of Texas University also used this platform to exhibit their talent. The program concluded with a ceremony to felicitate the visitors. 

SDMites win Arthayudh Overall Trophy

The PGDM Program students of the institute have bagged the Overall Championship trophy in the recently held Arthayudh - the National Level Management Fest organzied by Christ University, Bengaluru. SDMites Ms. Varsha Bheemaiah & Ms. Sahana Devi secured First place in the HR event; in Finance event Ms. Shrividya C & Mr. V. Harisankar Nair secured First place; and Ms. Sharon S, Mr. Vinod Kumar N & Mr. Rahul R secured First place in the Best Management Team event. Mr. Nandan C, Ms. Samiksha Patel & Mr. Tarun B Talreja secured second place in the Marketing event. Ms. Ankita Pawar & Ms. Swathi Prasad participated B-Quiz; Ms. Yogitha Bhat & Ms. Praneth Rai participated B-Plan & Entrepreneurship event; Mr. Vipul Halathi participated in the Best Manager event. SDMites competed against the top notches in the B-School and bagged the Overall Championship of Arthayudh.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Ullas Rao

Dr. Ullas Rao, Assistant Professor of Finance - School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates; and former faculty in finance at SDMIMD addressed PGDM 2017-19 Batch on December 28, 2018. Dr. Ullas focused his talk on CAPM Model and explained how portfolios have to handle with regards to risks and returns. Further, he touched upon CPM Line and the calculation of risk free return and how risk premium have to be arrived. During the Q&A session he explained the calculation of Beta with significance of Beta in market and gave explanation about the portfolio theory and efficient market hypothesis. The talk was very educative and informative. 

Prerana - Alumni Talk by Mr. Sudhindra

Mr. Sudhindra K.S. of 1999-2001 batch was on campus to deliver a talk on "IT Industry: Opportunities and expectation from Management Graduates" on December 22, 2018, to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch. 
 
Mr. Sudhindra has gained good experience in driving sustainable business value through DevOps, Lean and Agile Transformation at Philips. His talk related to these experiences. He stated that the lack of knowledge on how an industry operates results in many people getting rejected in the interviews, despite having scores.  

Interactive Session on Wealth Management

An interactive session on ‘Wealth Management’ was organized by Preraran – SDMIMD Alumni Association on December 22, 2018. Mr. Vijay Kumar M., Independent Financial Adviser and alumnus of PGDM Program delivered the session.
 
Students from PGDM Program with finance specialization attended the sessions. The session commenced with drawing up ideas from the students ranging from various investment avenues to career opportunities in the field of finance. The speaker briefed about the various investment avenues which yield high returns to the investors and said, ‘in today’s dynamic business economy, there is no proper financial planning and quality advise for the investors which include lack of trust factor and continuity which is very crucial’.
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar then enunciated the benefits of a term insurance plan for an investor and his family. In his talk, sir also threw light on the financial pyramid, the process of which involves, protection planning (investing in insurance schemes), emergency cash flow planning (an investment in an emergency fund), debt reduction planning (considering loans) and investment planning (for achieving goals).
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar emphasized that, for a financial adviser to be successful, the process of financial planning needs to be done objectively and scientifically and it is essential for a financial adviser to have a follow up with clients, review their investments annually and involve them completely in the process of financial planning and wealth management. He reiterated that time spent in the market matters for making a worthwhile investment and it is not timing the market that matters.
 
The session was concluded with students seeking clarifications from Mr. Vijay Kumar on various aspect of finance and wealth management.

Invited talk on IPR by Dr. Bheemesh

Dr. M N Bheemesh, NIALS and Senior Advisor, ALMT Legal, Advocates and Solicitors, Bangalore, was invited to deliver talk on ‘An overview of Intellectual Property Rights’ on December 17, 2018 to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch and PGPM 18-19 Batch. The main aim of the session was to sensitize the students about the intellectual property rights and its significance in the management industry.
 
Dr. Bheemesh began the session by giving a brief idea of what intellectual property rights are and how it can be related to the developments in the field of management. The speaker cited the noteworthy contributions made by Arogyaswami Paulraj, Sumita Mitra, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar who are the beneficiaries of the valuable patents for their innovations in their respective fields of expertise. He then stated that it is innovation that distinguishes between a leader and a follower and mentioned that, ideas are not patentable unless it is developed into a working model. He also highlighted about the politics of Artificial Intelligence and opined that, today the nation is ruled by financialization, globalization and digitization.
 
The session was concluded with a question and answer session wherein all the students took an active part.