The second day of IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave started on the same enthusiastic note that it ended on, on the first day. This is IIM Kashipur’s flagship event and attracts industry bigwigs from various fields every year. A keynote speech by Mr Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited) marked the beginning of the second day of the event whose theme was Industry-Academia Collaboration.

Mr. Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited)

He directed the discussion on leadership assuming a long term perspective and discussed the impact of political and economic changes on the industry. He discussed about bridging the gap between personal and organization goals and about the importance of being a good follower in order to be a good leader.

Mr. Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd)

This enlightening speech was followed by an equally engrossing one by Mr Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd) who gave the key note speech on the topic “Leadership Dilemma” and familiarized the students about the three tenets of leadership – credibility, reliability and self-orientation. He shared with students, the various leadership dilemmas that they may face in their career and a leadership framework that could be used in such scenarios.

(From L-R) Mr. Vineet Jain, Mr. Gitan Shah, Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar, Mr. Peshwa Acharya, Mr. Pramod Joshi

It was followed by a panel discussion on the same topic with Mr Gitan Shah (Assistant VP, Mphasis), Mr Peshwa Acharya (Founder and CEO, Think As Consumer), Mr Pramod Joshi (Managing Director, Syncata), Mr Vineet Jain (DGM, HCL Technology). The panel discussed at length about the array of choices that a leader faces in corporate world and how important it is to maintain character when in a moral dilemma. The event had plenty of Q&A sessions, where the students got an opportunity to interact personally with the guests and clarify their queries about each topic.


The students were delighted to have close interactions with such reputed personalities from the world of industry. The corporates too were really happy to share their thoughts with the next generation of managers and industry leaders. The event concluded with both the industry and academia getting a glance into each other’s areas of operation and came closer to understanding each other’s dilemmas and issues and working on bridging the gaps to ensure a smooth transition.

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