2019

Talk on Sustainable Employment

Ms. Anjana K R, General Manager – HR, TCS was a Distinguished Speaker to the technical session of the 5th International Economics Conference - 2019 on the theme of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Emerging Trends” November 15, 2019. Her talk covered major issues of sustainability in the employment market. She gave her perspectives on industry 4.0, technological disruption, automations and robotics. She believed strongly that upskill and re-skill and critical to sustain the employment. She further added that automation brings up new areas of work and that nothing can replace what a human being can do. The talk also elucidated the sustainable practices being adopted at workplace. 

Panel Discussion on “Sustainability & Business Economy”

As a part of the 5th International Economics Conference-2019 on the theme of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Emerging Trends” held on November 15-16, 2019 a panel discussion was organized. The topic of the was ‘Sustainability & Business Economy’. Dr. Gavin Melles, Professor of Sustainability, Swinburne University, Australia, Dr. Rajagopal R, Founder & CEO, KnowGenix, Mumbai and Ms. Jyotsna Belliappa, Head- CSR Assurance at BlueSky were the expert panel speakers. The panelists highlighted that the Indian corporates possess adequate knowledge about sustainability and CSR, but they also need to invest in their systems and people. The transformation of CSR from a philanthropic perspective to a sustainability was also discussed and the panelists opined that CSR should be more from a humanitarian perspective than a business practice. The discussion was moderated by Dr. M.R. Suresh, Professor-Marketing at SDMIMD. 

'Banking Needs Autonomy and Governance', said Dr Narayan Kayarkatte, Ex-Banker

Dr Narayan Kayarkatte, Ex-Banker & Academician speaking on the topic of “Current Banking Crisis in India and Growth Implications” to the participants of the one-day Pre-Conference Workshop on “Development Banking and Inclusive Growth: Emerging Trends” on November 14, 2019, said that trust and bank go together. While there may not be any crisis in banking sector now, problems that exist today might affect the banking sector in future. He postulates two major banking issues. Firstly, recognition and recovery of loans, that is not happening, is the major issue to tackle. Secondly, mismatch between assets and liabilities is growing. He said that in order to overcome these problems, NPAs should be managed well with which Bank shares will increase. Talking about good governance, as Government is both the owner and manager of public sector banks, more autonomy is required to the banks. 

Mr. K P Pradyumna, Ex- Chief Lead District Manager Spoke on Banking Crisis

Mr. K P Pradyumna, Ex- Chief Lead District Manager, SBI, while speaking to the participants of the one-day Pre-Conference Workshop on “Development Banking and Inclusive Growth: Emerging Trends” on November 14, 2019, said that Indian banking is not in crisis regardless of what financial indicators are indicating. Talking on to the topic of “Current Banking Crisis in India and Growth Implications” he said that Indian banking system is strong, robust and can survive any type of problem it comes across because of the principles that banking in India has. He stated that NPA is a hurdle for development and regulatory provisions such as IBC, Sarfasi act etc are improving the situation. He strongly believes that microfinance will not sustain in long run as people in India still believe in savings than borrowing, and microfinance will survive temporarily until banks become sensitive to the rural masses.

Invited Talk on Co-operative Banking

Dr. Yashavantha Dongre Rtd. Professor-Commerce, University of Mysore, Mysore, delivered a talk on co-operative banking and related issues of dual regulation, size and governance held on November 14, 2019 during the one-day Pre-Conference Workshop on the theme “Development Banking and Inclusive Growth: Emerging Trends.” Co-operatives are the vehicles of inclusive and sustainable models as: they lead to financial inclusion, provide development finance, they have local focus, and are resilient during crisis. The problems faced by the cooperative banking were outlined in the session which broadly includes dual regulation policy, efficiency not getting reflected by size and the shortcomings in governance. The session also covered other aspects such as the requirements cooperative banks need to fulfil, how cooperative banks can benefit the members more and how the future for cooperative banking looks like. The talk was highly insightful and threw light on several dimensions pertaining to cooperative banking.