Guest Lecture 1516

Talk on ‘Corporate Governance’ by Nottingham Faculty

Prof Jayalakshmy Ramachandran, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia, delivered an invited talk to the I year students on ‘Corporate Governance’ on August 22, 2015. Prof. Jayalakshmy highlighted the significance of corporate governance and how it could impact the business in long run with focus on aviation industry. Prof. Jayalakshmy provided insights about corporate governance by comparing the corporate governance practices and issues in firms like Delta Air, Finnair, Singapore airlines, South African Airways and Kingfisher airlines. 

Invited talk by Dr. Gagan Kukreja, Ahlia University, Bahrain

Dr. Gagan Kukreja, Faculty of Accounting at the Ahlia University, Kingdom of Bahrain. delivered an invited talk on “Corporate Governance and role of Accounting Professionals” on August 21, 2015 to the students of SDMIMD. In his talk, Dr Gagan highlighted the role that must be discharged by Auditors – External and Internal, in order to prevent and minimize the cases of fraudulent activities by corporations in their desire to maximize earnings often at the peril of shareholders and others. 

Prof. Mazibar Rahman’s talk on Accounting Rules & Conventions

Dr. Mohammad Mazibar Rahman, Lecturer – Dept. of Accounting, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Bangladesh delivered an invited talk on ‘Accounting Rules & Conventions: a comparison between the accounting standards in India and Bangladesh’ on August 22, 2015 to the students of SDMIMD. Prof. Mohammad discussed the similarities and dissimilarities of the accounting conventions and practices as practiced in Indian and Bangladesh. 

Talk on Essential Skills for Young Managers by BUiD Professor

Dr. Elango Rengasamy, Professor-Finance, British University in Dubai, addressed final year PGDM students on the topic of ''Essential Skills to be Possessed by Managers of 21st Century" on August 21, 2015 at MDP Hall. Dr. Elango’s presentation emphasized on decision making skills and inter-personal relations as the two top prioritized skills among others budding managers must to possess. ‘The right attitude is the necessary condition to channelize one's skills towards glory’ thus said Dr. Elango

Talk by Astha Aravind

Prof. Ashta Aravind, Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance, Burgundy School of Business, France   delivered a talk on various facets of microfinance. He initiated the talk by highlighting his research orientation which initially was in the area of hard core finance, subsequently moving to behavioral finance and CSR. During his visits to various countries, particularly in Africa, he realized that the poor have to be helped to become entrepreneurs to emerge from the poverty trap.
One mechanism of doing this is by providing quality credit. But the poor often face the problem in accessing the same due to their inability to provide collateral coupled with their limitation in repayment of loan in large installments. There are three institutional approaches that provide credit to the poor- Mainstream financial institutions, money lenders and microfinance institutions. Prof. Ashta Aravind highlighted the advantages and constraints in each of these modes. Giving the example of Mohammed Yunus of Bangladesh, a noted pioneer in the area of microfinance, he highlighted how microfinance can help the poor. In this context, he also mentioned the SKDRDP initiative. He also spoke on various dimensions of providing quality credit to poor, managerial issues in these institutions and dimensions of micro-lending.  

Librarians’ Day Celebration

‘Purpose of education is not the accumulation of information; its ultimate tenacity is to make students autonomous learners. In this process, teachers are expected to facilitate in the knowledge construction process of every learner’ said Dr. C.G. Venkatesha Murthy, Professor of Education, Regional Institute of Education (RIE), NCERT, Mysuru., while delivering a brainstorm session ‘Paradoxical web of Information, Knowledge, Reading and Learning’ to the MBA students of SDMIMD. The session was organized as a part of Librarians’ Day celebration on August 14, 2015. 
Speaking about the process of learning Dr. Murthy said learning is the act of acquiring new or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviour, skills, values or preferences. It involves analysing and synthesizing different types of information, which demands critical reading ability. So, learning is more a process than a mere product. 
Earlier, Dr. N.R. Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of library in teaching-learning and research activities. Dr. Sunil M.V. Librarian welcomed the audience and provided an overview about Librarians’ Day. Faculty members, students and staff were the participants for this brainstorming session. 

Talk on ‘Why be ethical?’

 
Students of the first year PGDM course had the privilege of listening to Poojya Brahmachari (Br) Sujaya Chaitanya, the youngest monk in the Chinmaya Mission on August 8, 2015 on the topic “Why be ethical?” 
In his characteristic way, Br. Sujaya Chaitanya talked about survey results published in a daily. In the survey most people opined that good people suffer, the speaker queried the audience as to whether they would agree with the survey results.  Not surprisingly, 90% of the audience echoed the opinion that good people suffer most. He set out to analyse if it is true using logic or Nyaya! He gave six rules of mind and proved that purer the mind, happier the people! If it is so, good people really don’t suffer!
Providing of this foundation is very much required as everybody wants to be happy and if by being good, one is to suffer, why be good at all?!! But Poojya Swamiji established through logic that it is not so.  Thus the topic “Why be ethical” was amply covered!. The session was followed by a lively discussion with the students.