Campus News

Invited Talk on Indian Macroeconomy and Investment Scenario

Mr. Bharathram Lokkur, Director, Lokkur Investment Advisors Private Limited was invited as a Distinguished Speaker to a technical session of the 5th International Economics Conference-2019 on the theme of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Emerging Trends” November 16, 2019. Addressing the conference delegates, Mr. Lokkur gave a snapshot of the current scenario of Indian economy and the slowdown. The speaker highlighted the growth of market cap and wealth creation for the shareholders. He talked about the dynamic nature of equity markets and various factors affecting it, opining that markets look at the future. He also emphasized on the necessity of corporate governance to build investors’ confidence; thereby raising capital and growth of the industry & economy.

Social Scientist spoke on ‘Gender Equality and Sustainable Development’

Dr. M. Indira, Ex-Chairperson & Professor of Economics, University of Mysore was speaking to the delegates of the 5th International Economics Conference-2019 on the theme of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Emerging Trends” November 15, 2019. Dr. Indira highlighted the interconnectivity between gender equality and sustainable development. She about three important reasons to link gender equality and sustainable development; firstly, the moral-ethical imperative, second being the disproportionate impact of environmental, social and economic shock on men and women and lastly, because of the growing evidence of synergy between gender equality and sustainable development. She further deliberated on how sustainable development has failed to consider the issue of gender equality to its fullest impact on economic environment especially in India. It is wise to avoid losses due to inequal opportunities by bridging the gender gap through acceptance and transformation, said Dr. M. Indira. 

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.