IMC 2015 great success- 300 participants from across the Globe; envisions future of Indian Management education

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July 30, 2015
IMC 2015 is the 6th edition of India’s largest management conclave convened by MBAUniverse.com and hosted by ISB at their Hyderabad campus from July 29 to 30, 2015.
With the presence of 300 delegates comprising great management thinkers, top academicians, corporate leaders, deans and directors of top B schools from India and abroad, the very first day of the 2 day IMC 2015, registered a grand success

With the presence of 300 delegates comprising great management thinkers, top academicians, corporate leaders, deans and directors of top B-schools from India and abroad, the very first day of the 2 day Indian Management Conclave (IMC) 2015, registered a grand success. The document on ‘Envisioning the future of Indian Management Education’ by Prof S R Singhvi and Mr Amit Agnihotri has also been released at IMC 2015.

IMC 2015 is the 6th edition of India’s largest management conclave convened by MBAUniverse.com and hosted by ISB at their Hyderabad campus from July 29 to 30, 2015.

The discussion and plenary sessions at IMC 2015 are moving on the theme 'Enhancing B-school Competitiveness'. The conclave took a grand start at 9.30 AM on July 29, 2015 with the welcome address by Mr Amit Agnihotri, Convener, Indian Management Conclave and Chairman MBAUniverse.com followed by host address from Mr Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, Indian School of Business (ISB).

Top thinkers share insights
After the inaugural address, by Mr Sangeet Chowfla, Global President & Chief Executive Officer, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Guest of Honour Mr Hemant Kanoria, CMD, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd and Former Member, Board of Governors, IIM – Calcutta delivered the special address followed by the address by Mr Joel Pannikot, Head, Asia-Pac Strategy (Education), Bloomberg and IMC 2015 Strategic Partner. The evening session witnessed the special address on the core theme  'Enhancing B-school Competitiveness: The Global Context' by Dr Edward A Snyder, Dean, Yale School of Management & Former Dean, Chicago BOOTH & Darden.

Distinguished Alumni  honoured on the first day of IMC 2015
Towards the evening on the very first day of opening of IMC 2015 Mr R S Sodhi MD AMUL & Alumnus IRMA and Ms Avani Davda, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Starbucks & NMIMS University Alumnus received Distinguished Alumni Award.

These distinguished alumni have brought laurels to their B schools, country & the corporate sector as well, apart from becoming an inspiration for young MBAs with their success and innovation by using the best practices and ethics at work place were rewarded.

 The recipients for distinguished alumni awards at IMC 2015 are Mr RS Sodhi, Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (AMUL) & IRMA Alumnus Ms Avani Davda, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Starbucks & NMIMS University Alumnus.  IMC Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented by IMC Convenor;  IMC 2015 Host; Dr Rajan Saxena, VC, NMIMS University, Mumbai;  and Dr Jeemol Unni, Director, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA).  The Award presentation was followed by motivational and inspiring acceptance Speeches by the distinguished recipients

IMC 2015 has 2 plenary sessions on day 1
There were 2 plenary sessions on the very first day of IMC 2015 as well as the case study presentations by the finalists of IMC 2015 awards.

Plenary session 1 focused on the theme ‘Enhancing Student Engagement & Learning Outcomes’ and shared on the innovations in the areas of what must be taught in a B-school curriculum and 'how we teach’, or the Pedagogy. Across the World, in addition to traditional approaches like Case-method or Lectures, there has been a call for innovation in teaching methodology like team challenges, simulations, field work, industry-focused immersion experiences, career treks  and technology aided pedagogical tools like LMS, M-Learning, Flipped-classroom, MOOCs . The need was felt how the B-schools in India can leverage these innovations to enhance Student Engagement & Learning Outcomes.

Session speakers highlighted the opportunities and approaches. The first plenary Session was chaired by Dr Shekhar Chaudhuri, Former Director & Professor, IIM Calcutta.  Panel Speakers were Prof Arun Pereira, Executive Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Case Development, Indian School of Business (ISB);  Mr Michael J Cruz, VP & MD, Emerald Group Publishing;  Ms Anjuli Gupta, Regional Manager, Academic Partnerships for Asia and Latin America, Coursera.

Plenary 2 session on the theme ‘Making Industry-Institute partnerships work: Lessons from Successful collaborations’ was chaired by Dr Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS University, Mumbai. The  Panel Speakers were Mr S Sivakumar, Group Head - Agri & IT Businesses, ITC Limited;  Mr Kunal Dureja, Country Manager - Career Education, IBM;  Mr Ravi Varansi, Chief-Business Development, National Stock Exchange (NSE).  The Plenary session highlighted that the B-schools aspiring to get deeply engaged with industry partners must answer a pragmatic question - why should industry, ever short of time and bandwidth, engage with you? Are you likely to solve problems in areas like providing skilled talent, or conducting research in areas of a firm’s strategic interest or contribute in other areas that firm values? Industry experts offered their perspectives on this theme focusing that the importance of building strategic relationships with Industry cannot be over emphasized although it can positively impact the curriculum, facilitate research and knowledge creation, improve employability, raise funds, and support many other areas.

IMC Awards 2015: Finalist B schools present case study
The finalist B-schools for IMC Awards 2015 made Case Study Presentations on the themes ‘Making Industry-Institute partnerships work: Lessons from Successful collaborations’ and ‘Attracting ideal Participants Profile in your MBA class’ (Diversity, Academic Excellence, Internationalization). The participating finalist B-schools were  SIMC, Pune;  XIMB, Bhubaneswar;  Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai; Jaipuria Group of Institutions, New Delhi; University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun.  The sessions were chaired by Dr Sesha Iyer, Former Director, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai  and Mr Amit Agnihotri, Convener, Indian Management Conclave respectively.

XAT convenor makes his point
The session was also addressed by faculty and admission chairperson XLRI and Convener of XAT, India’s second largest test Prof Munish Thakur sharing insights on evolving applicant trends on the theme 'XAT: Leveraging this pioneering test for improving intake quality'.

An MBAUniverse.com initiative, annual Indian Management Conclave (IMC) has emerged as India’s definitive MBA educators’ conference since its inaugural edition in 2010. In 2013, to further the vision of IMC Conference, the 1st Indian Management Conclave awards were introduced and with effect from IMC 2015 the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Awards have also been launched.

IMC 2015 will draw curtains in the evening on July 30, 2015 with the IMC Awards 2015-presentation ceremony and Valedictory Address by Mr Dilip Shanghvi, Managing Director, Sun Pharmaceutical.

There will be Directors’ Round Tables on the regional basis in 2015 in India and will be announced shortly apart from Asian Management Conclave going to be convened in early 2016 to focus on various issues, challenges and holistic approach & vision on the future of management education

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