Guest Lecture 1920

Talk on Microfinance by Mr. Surya Panda

Mr. Surya Panda, Head-Credit, Samasta Microfinance Ltd as resource person to the one-day Pre-Conference Workshop on the theme “Development Banking and Inclusive Growth: Emerging Trends” held on November 14, 2019 addressed the participants on the current scenario of the microfinance institutions in India. He spoke comprehensively about how the microfinance institutions operate in India, the benefits of having microfinance institutions, the challenges faced and the contemporary trends. He has elaborated how the microfinance institutions are playing pivotal roles in the upliftment of the underserved communities and propagation of the economy. He also talked about the internal and external risks that the microfinance institutions face, and the mechanisms need to be adopted in order prevent them. The session also discussed issues like how to ensure the loans provided are not squandered, social accounting, interaction between the self-help groups and the microfinance institutions etc. The entire session was immensely insightful and enlightening, and it threw light on several dimensions of microfinance.

Talk on Development Banking Regulatory Issues

Mr. Pankil Sanghvi, Partner (Tax & Regulatory Services) at BDO India LLP, Bengaluru was an invited resource person to the one-day Pre-Conference Workshop on the theme “Development Banking and Inclusive Growth: Emerging Trends” held on November 14, 2019. He spoke on the topic – ‘Development Banks – Indian Policy and Regulatory Aspects: The Macro Economic Impact’.  overviewed and presented the audience with evolution of development banking in India, the core challenges the sector is facing, and the factors contributing to the shutdown of development banks. Reforms and liberalisation starting from 1991 was the key for growth of development banking, said Mr. Pankil. He emphasized the role played by Government in choosing development banks to reconstruct India economically after independence. He also deliberated that Development banks channel money from people to project as a coordinator and hence ought not to make any profits from it themselves.

Inputs on 'Preparation for Interviews' by Expert

Mr Kiran Joshi, former Career Consultant and Former Manager - Learning & Development, IIM Udaipur, delivered invited talk on 'Preparation for Interview' to PGDM 2018-20 Batch on September 23, 2019. The interaction with the speaker on various aspects of interview and interviewing was the major takeaway for SDMites. The talk concluded with Q&A.

Invited talk on 'Product Management'

Mr S. Chandramouli, Insights Feedback, Bengaluru, was the guest speaker on campus on September 21, 2019, delivered the talk on 'Product Management' to the PGDM 2018-19 Marketing Specialization students.
 
Mr Chandramouli with his various research and consulting engagements across diverse industry sectors, impacting close to 200 clients shared valuable experience to the students. The customer services were detailed bringing the anecdotes by his experience in conceptualizing and designing Feedback’s customer satisfaction framework, which primarily integrates aspects of satisfaction, loyalty, advocacy and value for money along with expectations, business benefits, brand image and other futuristic aspects to derive takeaways for clients. The experiential sharing by the speaker helped the students to know about the customer relationship.

Invited talk on ‘Career in Sales & Marketing’

Mr. Ashwani Khanna, Head of Marketing, FunderMax India, delivered an invited talk organized for PGDM 2018-20 Batch on September 11, 2019 at SDMIMD.
 
Mr. Ashwani gave insights into the sales profession and the opportunities available to build a career. He emphasised the importance of sales in an organization as it generates revenue to the organization and the performance results are measurable as it is linked to targets. These challenges create opportunities, which in turn help in professional growth. At the end of the day results in job satisfaction.
 
The talk concluded with the interactive session with the speaker. 

Talk on Corporate Governance & Ethics

Sri R. Ranganath, Advisor to CEO, Air Asia, Former Vice President (Finance), India and South East Asia, Tata Steel Limited, was the distinguished Chief Guest for the valedictory function of the 8th International Finance Conference on Emerging Trends in Corporate Finance and Financial Markets held on September 6, 2019 at SDMIMD. 
 
Sri Ranganath in his valedictory address on Corporate Governance and Ethics gave valuable insights on the topic. Further he opined that the ethical practices need to emanate from the top management only then the impact can be seen in business practices and sustainable growth of the company. Sri Ranganath also cited examples of leading Indian conglomerates which are bellwether in the stock market due to their strong value driven business initiatives and practices. The session was concluded with an interesting and interactive discussion.

Technical Session by Mr Sameer Parekh

Mr Sameer Parekh, Founder and Director, Greshma Shares and Stocks Ltd., delivered invited talk during the technical session of the 8th International Finance Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in Finance and Accounts’ held on September 6, 2019. Mr Parekh focused his talk on the myths of the equity market.
 
Mr Parekh opined that, for the past 1.5 years, the equity markets have been witnessing record highs and record lows. Due to the devaluation of Indian Rupee, the Financial Institutional Investments have been pulled out from the Indian market. The current situation of the market can teach us humility as they are uncertain. He concluded his address by mentioned the multiple opportunities in the capital market field.

Session on ‘R’ Language by Dr Venkatesh

Dr K.A. Venkatesh, Professor at Myanmar Institute of Information Technology, delivered a session on ‘R’ during the Pre-Conference Workshop on Empirical Research in Finance held on September 5, 2019, at SDMIMD. Dr Venkatesh demonstrated the use of R language in Data envelopment Analysis and packages in software for Various analysis methods by providing practical training for the participants. 
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