The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur today hosted the first day of ‘Leadership Conclave 2014’ in its newly refurbished state-of-the-art auditorium. The Conclave provides a platform for interaction and mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge between the industry and the academia.

Ashok Barat (CEO and MD, Forbes Ltd.) lighting the lamp

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Gautam Sinha, its Director, raised issues that needed to be addressed in the Conclave so as to be able to bridge gap between managerial theory and practice and issues pertaining to managerial leadership relevant in today’s dynamic business environment.

Mr. Ashok Barat (MD & CEO, Forbes Limited) in his inaugural address, raised concerns about the challenges faced by the industry and its implications in terms of supply of Managers to it. Speaking on the occasion, he stated that, “The students of IIM Kashipur are the perfect material for us, however, the industrial society expects much more from management students, more specifically their knowledge converted into skills, and skills into capabilities, so that they emerge as leaders and achieve holistic growth”.

Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO)
(From L-R) Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Lata Menon, Amitava Ghosh and Bijay Sahoo

Key note address entitled ‘Bridging the Expectation Gap’, by Mr. Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO) focused upon the fundamental changes that happened in the industry in key dimensions because of  innovation and technology and the way it changed industry demands. This followed a panel discussion by Ms Lata Menon (Senior Vice President and Head HR, India and Srilanka, CLM Business Unit), Mr Amitava Ghosh, (COO, NIS Sparta) and Mr Bijay Sahoo (Principal consultant Ernst & Young) that emphasised on the core values that industry seeks, like communication, competence, credibility and collaboration. The session was moderated by Dr. Somnath Ghosh (Dean of Academics, IIM Kashipur). It not only talked about what the industry demands from students, but what students demand out of industry, more specifically in terms of growth opportunities.

Mr. Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store)

The address by Mr Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store) recounted how quickly e-commerce, in specific and internet in general, is taking the proverbial cheese away from the old-school professionals and stressed upon the need for them to adapt to the change.

(From L-R) Dr. Kampan Mukherjee, Mr. Anil Menon, Mr. Praveen Kamanth and Dr. Abinash Panda

The final panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Kampan Mukherjee (Professor, IIM Kashipur) and had Mr. Praveen Kamanth (Global Head of Talent Transformation, KPO division, Wipro Corporation), Mr Anil Menon (Chief People Officer, Ezone and Home Town) and Dr. Abinash Panda (Professor, IIM Kashipur) in which they talked on the topic – ‘Learn to Lead’. The discussion covered significant nuances of how leadership, unlike the age-old belief, can be inculcated and nourished among individuals and also how it can be embellished in case of those who already had the proverbial spark.


The students left the auditorium with plenty of food for thought and an eagerness to attend the second day of the conclave, to listen to fresh ideas and perspectives.


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