Recognizing the fact that the role of media in business is ever growing in today’s world, IIM Kashipur organized a Media Conclave on 15th February, 2014 (Saturday) to discuss the emerging role of media in various walks of life and business. The conclave had invited speeches and panel discussions from prominent dignitaries from media houses as well as some student presentations.
The eminent speakers and panelists included: Mr. Shailesh Shah, Secretary General, Indian Broadcasting Federation; Mr. Asad Mirza, Media Advisor and Editor, British High Commission; Mr. R. Srinivasan, Associate Editor, The Hindu Business Line; Mr. Subimal Bhattacharya, a globally recognized defence and cyber security expert, and; Mr. Anant Vijay, Deputy Executive Producer, IBN7.
Welcoming the distinguished media persons, representatives of the industry as well as corporate and social media sector, Dr. Gautam Sinha, the Director of IIM Kashipur, threw open this conclave open for debate and discussion. Despite mass media industry playing a significant role in highlighting the inequalities in wealth, power and privileges, he expressed concern about the growth of giant multinational media corporations holding enormous power and influence over the content and form by the owners of media. He raised some basic but very relevant questions to the participants of the conclave.
Inaugurating the conclave, Mr. Shailesh Shah, said that India is the biggest producer of films and entertainment media, and that we need to enhance our partnership into it. Further, he said that this industry has a capacity of a turnover of over $ 100 billion. This was followed by a presentation by the Students.
The Post-break session saw an intense panel discussion with panelists comprising of Shri Asad Mirza, Shri R. Srinivasan, Shri Subimal Bhattacharya, Shri Anant Vijay, and Prof. K. M. Baharul Islam, functioning as the moderator. The invited questions from amongst the audience added further value to the discussion, with some of the responses being noted down by many, and some witty ones inviting laughter.