Conference in 2015-16

CSR Conference 2015

  
A 2-Day Conference on “Corporate Social Responsibility – Approaches and Practices for Inclusive Growth” was organized by SDMIMD during November 5 & 6, 2015. The conference provided a platform for academics, practitioners, researchers and students to deliberate and reflect on issues pertaining to CSR strategies and building socially responsible businesses. 
 
Mr. Muthuraman, Former Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, in his keynote address during the inaugural session of the conference, called for affirmative action by the industry to bridge the gap in the unequal opportunity society.  It is regrettable that the government should mandate CSR spending, he felt. Tracing the history of CSR, Mr. Muthuraman said that the earth is four to five billion years old but the corporate, which is the product of industrial revolution, is about four centuries old and systems are just evolving. But the contribution of corporates to the GDP is exponential.  Even the purpose of business, which was earlier considered as generating profit for the investors, is being challenged. Is the purpose of business mere profit or, improving the quality of life, he asked.. Further, Mr. Muthuraman opined that business is meant for the society and urged the business to choose between profit and human face to doing business.  
 
Eminent personalities who graced the conference as speakers and panellists were: Mr. Robert Grubbier, MD&COO-AT&S; Rd. Stephen Aro-Gordon, Department Chair, Base University, Nigeria; Rd. P. Kamath, Director-SDC Kola; Dr. K. Rajalakshmi, Head, Audiology-AIISH; Dr. Indira Ramarao, former Professor, University of Mysore; Ms. N.R. Indrani, DGM-Powergrid; Mr. T.A. Dayalan; Mr. Ganesh Sharma from Rane Group, Chennai; Ms. Richa Bajpai, Director-NextGen PMS; Mr. Biren Bhuta, Chief-CSS - Tata Steel; Mr. Muralidhar Reddy, VP-Jubilant; and, Ms. Usha Rangarajan, Founder-Unleash. 
 
Dr S Peppin, Dean-Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar, was the Chief-guest for the valedictory session and delivered the invited talk on the conference theme. 
Speakers of CSR Conference 2015
Keynote Speaker - Mr. Muthuraman
Former Vice Chairman, Tata Steel
Mr. Robert Grobbier
MD & COO - AT&S
P. Kamath
Director, SDC Kola
Dr. K. Rajalakshmi
Head, Audiology-AIISH
Dr. Indira Ramarao
Former Professor, University of Mysore, Mysuru
Ms. N.R. Indrani
DGMPowergrid
Mr. Biren Bhuta
Chief - CSS - Tata Steel 
Mr. Muralidhar Reddy
VP-Jubilant
Ms. Usha Rangarajan
Founder-Unleash
   
Valedictory Speaker - Dr. S. Peppin
Dean-Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar
   

International Economics Conference 2015

 
SDMIMD organized a two day International Conference on Global Economic Growth and Sustainability: Challenges & Prospects on November 20-21, 2015. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Stephen ARO-GORDON, Professor & Head, Financial Mathematics, Baze University, Nigeria. Dr. Stephen, in his inaugural address emphasized the need for sustainable development through microfinance initiatives.  He suggested that ‘wealth of nations’ would need to be complimented by ‘health of nation’ if the growth has to sustain in the long run. 
 
Mr. Francis Kurian, Asst. Vice President, Navia Markets Ltd (Trade Plus), Chennai also graced the occasion. Mr. Kurian highlighted the role of capital markets in spearheading the economic growth. He emphasized that with the merger of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with SEBI, opportunities for investment commodity markets have opened up exponentially.
 
The conference was attended by 244 delegates from across the world including countries such as Bangladesh, Nigeria, Iran, Philippines and Botswana and more than 160 research papers were presented and deliberated across the two days. 
Speakers of International Economics Conference 2015
Inaugural Speaker - Dr. Stephen Aro-Gordon
Department Chair, 
Base University, Nigeria
Dr. Md. Shah Alam
Professor, Dept. of Accounting & Information Systems
Rajshashi University, Bangladesh
Dr. M.Indira
Professor of Economics 
University of Mysore, Mysuru
Mr. Shekar Viswanathan
Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd
Dr. B. S. Suran
Managing Director
NABARD Financial Services Ltd
Dr. K.S. Madhava Rao
Professor- Statistics 
University of Botswana , BOTSWANA
Dr. Rangan Vardhan
Founder Chairman 
Micrograam
Mr. Francis Kurian
Asst. Vice President, RMS & Client Dealing
Navia Markets Ltd, Chennai, India
Valedictory Speaker - Mr. Ajay Nanavati
Former Managing Director, 3M India &
President, Grey Gurus Management Advisors LLP