Multiculturalism

To deliberate on various issues related to accelerating and retarding factors of multiculturalism in business decision-making, Al-Ameen Institute of Management Studies, organised a national conference on “Implications of multiculturalism in the changing business scenario” which was sponsored by Association of Indian Management Schools.

Sarit Kumar, Director, Trendz Consultant, was the chief guest. The panel members for the paper presentations were Mahesh, director, Community Institute of Management Studies; and Jeevananda, Professor and campus co-ordinator, Christ University, Kumbalagodu.

For the valediction, C. Manohar, director, i-nurture Consultancy, Bangalore, was the chief guest and Subhan Shariff, joint secretary, Al-Ameen Educational Society, presided over the function.

Debating competition

The Maria Philip Debate Competition, an annual tradition at XIME, was held recently. The inter B-school debate competition had teams from IIM-Bangalore, TAPMI, and Mount Carmel, among others, participating. The panel of judges was headed by Chitra Talwar, former V-P, International Sales, Pepsico.

The chief guest was S. Chandrasekhar, M.D., Bhoruka Power Corporation Limited and former Chairman of CII-Karnataka. Each team consisted of two members who were asked to speak both for and against the topic: “Should India focus on being a superpower or a developed nation?”

Participants put forth various facts such as rampant malnutrition, lack of access to basic facilities like electricity and health care, and the below poverty line status of a large proportion of the country’s population.

All of these questioned India’s quest to attain the status of a superpower, in view of the fact that fundamental developmental requirements are yet to be met by the country. Three key areas of agriculture, tourism and demographic dividend were identified which could be used to overcome the gaps in proper development of the country.

However, there were other viewpoints that elaborated upon the various reasons why India should concentrate on becoming a superpower. These mainly involved the country’s military, large economy and demographic dividend.

The panel of judges awarded the first prize to T.A. Pai Management Institute, while the participants from IIM-Bangalore were declared runners-up.

Graduation Day

Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital celebrated its 17th graduation day and organised ‘Karvaan’, a cultural event, with actor Ragini Dwivedi present, on its Mysore Road campus.

A.C. Shanmugam, Chairman, Rajarajeswari Group of Institutions, and Ramananda Shetty, Vice-Chancellor of NITTE, Mangalore, were present.

Congratulating the students who graduated this year, Mr. Shanmugam said, “Karnataka is highly regarded nationally as a State that provides quality education, especially in the field of medical and dental science.”

Dr. Shetty, the chief guest, said, “We have 307 institutions in the country that teach dentistry and around 30,000 dentists are produced annually from these institutions. In a country like India where we have a huge population, the number of dentists is really low. In order to fill this gap we need to produce quality dentists. Our focus should be on providing the country with qualified dentists.”

Esprit

Christ University Management Association (CUMA), an organisation under the ambit of Christ University, conducted its international inter-collegiate management fest ‘Esprit’ recently.

This year’s theme was “The lost protocol”.

Apart from the usual management events, the underlying task of all the participating colleges was to go about deciphering clues, following an established set of protocols and finally identifying the prime suspect of an imaginary criminal case, while representing various intelligence bureaus of the world.

Esprit was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Dr.Thomas C. Matthew, Vice-Chancellor, Christ University; Lt.Col. L. Shri Harsha, chief guest; Sattinder Singh Duggal, Associate Dean, Commerce and Management; Jain Matthew, HOD, Department of Management Studies; Lakshmi Karthikeyan, CUMA coordinator; and Madhuri R.S., student representative.

A number of colleges from within the country and beyond participated in the two-day fest, including Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, New Delhi; St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata; Kathmandu College of Management, Kathmandu; Symbiosis, Pune; and KLE College, Belgaum.

A variety of events such as Wealth Management, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Best Manager, The Entrepreneur, Business Quiz and Venn, a characteristic event of CUMA, were held.

The Centre for Management Studies, Jain University, emerged as the overall winner of the competition.