Operating a successful business is largely about building and sustaining relationships. Amity Bangalore organized Corporate Meet ’09 which included a panel discussion on ‘Building Relationships for Corporate Growth’. The panel discussion brought out the need and the extent of relationship between Academia and the Corporate. The various initiatives taken by Infosys, TVS Motors, MindTree and Wipro to strengthen the relationship were highlighted.
Mr. S. Janakiraman, President and Group CEO, MindTree Ltd, focused on having a shared vision and a real time continuous collaboration between the corporate and the academia to have a long term impact. The main highlight was to recognize the Indian role models and Indian case studies.
Mr. V. Kovaichelvan, Senior Vice President-HR, TVS Motor Co. Ltd, emphasized on competency development, discipline and rigor by highlighting the importance of exposure to work before doing an MBA.
Mr. Pavan Soni, Innovation Evangelist Wipro Technologies, gave an evangelical approach to Industry-Academia collaboration. “End result of B- School is not employment but a platform to learn, grow and innovate.” said Mr. Soni.
Mr. Sushanth Tharappan, Associate Vice President – Head Organization Development, Infosys Technologies Ltd., spoke about the importance of emotional intelligence and involvement of parents at B- School level. He brought out the various initiatives of Infosys to collaborate with education bodies and engaging students and faculty through Infosys Campus Connect.
Dr. N. M. Agarwal, Professor, IIM Bangalore, who chaired the session, suggested that the Academia should contribute 20% of their time to Industry and the Industry should contribute 1% of their profits in engaging academia.
The Dean of Amity, Bangalore, Prof. Manasa Nagabhushanam, who welcomed and introduced the guests, brought out the differentiating features of Amity to maintain and sustain long term relationships with the corporate and the various activities of Amity which aim at building the relationship. Dr T. R Venkatesh (Director, AGBS) in his address called for the need of plan of action to strengthen the relationship between Industry and Academia.
Two excellent Summer Internship Projects by Amity students Chira Kaushik and Nighil Hariharan were selected and presented in front of the panel. Over 100 Corporate delegates attended the program.
The program concluded by a lavish dinner tingling everyone''''''''s taste buds. The event was a success providing avenues for harmonious relationships with the industry in the near future.