Corporate and academia come together during three day annual management festival “Endeavour, 09” at Amity

Amity Business School (ABS) organised its three day annual management festival “Endeavour, 09” to provide the students a platform to interact with the captains of the corporate and learn from them the nuances of the industry.

The knowledge and entertainment extravaganza started with the Best Quality Practices Round “Abhivyakti” in which several companies including FISER V, Hotel Crown Plaza, NTPC and Li & Fung participated. Companies were adjudged upon the quality policies and standards they have been following. The judges- Mr. Dhirendra Yadav- Ex GM, Maruti Udyog Ltd., Dr. S. K Gupta- CEO, Controls and Switchgear India Ltd., Mr. Venkataram Arabolu- Chairman, BSI and Mr. Vikash Arora- Vice President, Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd. announced Hotel Crown Plaza as the winner and Fiser V as the runner up of the Best Quality Practices Round.

Talking about the need and importance of incorporating quality in all the aspects of the business processes, Ms. Rashim Arora- GM (Quality), Fiser V opined that quality is the cornerstone of any organization. The organizations which do not invest in quality would eventually disappear in the long run. In the wake of recession consumers have become very cautious and careful in spending money. They will not buy just anything and everything. They want value for money, which is quite evident from the banning of specific China made products in countries like US and India. The need of the hour, she averred, are quality products at economical prices. She also outlined several quality practices followed at Fiser V, which make them stand apart from other companies and help them in serving their customers better.

During the Marketing event- “Big Bang” , ten different teams from management colleges/institutions in Delhi/ NCR including IIT, Delhi, JIMS, Rohini, IMT, Ghaziabad, BLS, Ghaziabad, IILM, Delhi participated. Students were given a theme “Slumdog to Millionaire Boss” on which they were asked to develop a new concept followed by a quiz. Eminent judges for the event included Mr. Abhishek Srivastava- Manager, HDFC Bank, Mr. Abhijeet Sharma- Territory Manager, Samsung, Mr. Rakesh Misri- Business Head, Jovice, Mr. Sandeep Lambha- Sr. Manager, Nokia Siemens Network and Mr. S. C. D Gupta- Director, National Informatics Centre.

Teams from different colleges gave tough competition to each other in “Arena- the Debate Competition” which assessed the participants’ communication skil1s, ingenuity and innovation. The topic of the debate was “Global warming fight to be a casualty of economic meltdown”. Participants highlighted several important points during the debate including the shrinking of the funds given by Government for research related to the global warming in the wake of recession. The team of IMT, Ghaziabad was announced the winner and IIPM, Delhi was the runner up of the event.

During the “Best Manager Competition” participants were adjudged on different perspectives required of a manager like HR skil1s, people skil1s, communication ski1ls in order to identify a participant who possesses all the qualities of a best and successful manager. They were three rounds- GD Round, HR round, Supply Chain Round in the competition being judged by corporate giants including Mr. B. Balachandran- Regional Sales Manager, The Hindu, Mr. Dharmesh Zaveri- GM( Exports), Paharpur 3P, Col. Ganesh Athley- Director Operations, I Quest Consultants, Mr. Sudhir Agarwal- Country Head, Sify Technology, Mr. Rishabh Neb- EXL Services and Mr. Vishal Yadav- GM ,Motorola.

The final day of the management festival comprised of HR Summit and Retaillier- the Retail Conclave. During the HR Summit, veterans of the industry – Mr. Anuraag Maini- Sr. VP (HR), DLF Pramerica Life Insurance Company Ltd., Mr. Biplob Banerjee- Chief People’s Officer, Dainik Bhaskar, Mr. Sunil Khanna- Jt. Managing Director, Grey Cells 18 Media and Mr. Vasant Nair- VP (HR), Green Ply Ltd. presented their views on “Global Meltdown Challenges for HR.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sunil Khanna said that Globalization has ensured that Indian economy and financial market can not stay insulated from the present financial crisis in the developed economies. But in such a trying situation, India can count on its people. “Our people and workforce are the most important assets of the country. In pervasive uncertainty, leaders have to act responsibly– be visible, focused and communicate”, he asserted.

Mr. Vasant Nair called upon the students to rely upon their strength and believe in them in order to tide over the crisis resulting from the global meltdown.

The entertainment part of the festival unfolded in the evening with the mesmerizing and awe- inspiring dance performance by the “ Kohinoor Langa Group” on the second day. The brilliant dancers danced on the mellifluous music which was a blend of Sarangi, Flute, Double Flute, Jewish Harp.

On the conclusion of the management festival, the famous Indian Classical Dancer, Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar regaled the audiences with her incomparable and immaculate Odissi Dance performance.

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