India’s talent pool, increase the number of skilled
The call from academicians and from cross section of
corporate India was loud and clear at IFIM Business
School’s 2nd International conference on ‘Doing business
in India.’ They were of the collective opinion that there
was an immediate need in India to improve the quality of
talent, in all sectors including IT, and the creation of a
skill oriented work force. Giving attention to these two
factors, according to them, would give India a great
advantage in presenting itself as a favourable destination
to do business for foreign nations.
The conference saw over 125 papers being presented in the
field of general management, economics, finance, HR,
marketing, IT, corporate social responsibility & business
ethics. The participants included academicians and members
from the corporate world from India, USA, UK, Germany,
Iran & Bangladesh.
The participants were motivated to do continued,
menaingful research in the areas in which they were
presenting their papers by Mr. K. Kannan, retired Chairman
Bank of Baroda, who was the chief guest at the inaugural
function of the conference. Speaking on the ocassion,
Prof. Swami Krishnan, CEO & director of IFIM Business
School said, “India definitely has a very young talent
pool and it will continue to do so till 2050.But the
challenge for us academicians is to make the students
industry ready as they graduate, as that is the need of
The conference also witnessed an intriguing panel
discussion on the topic of ‘Doing business in India’. The
panelists included Ms. Sushma Abburi, Co-founder of
minglebox.com, Mr. Sanjay Tambewekar, Netapps and Mr.
Rajesh Rathod, founder of Angst & partners. The panel
discussion was moderated by Prof. Swami Krishnan, CEO &
director of IFIM Business School.
The panelists urged the fresh graduates to be open to
taking few risks at the beginning of their careers. This,
according to them, would help them chart a good career
path and catalyze growth. They also opined that a long
internship program in colleges or B-schools will benefit
both the student and the company. These fresh graduates
will shape the destiny of India in becoming a great
destination to do business and contribute immensely in the
coming decade which possibly can be considered as the
decade of India.
The conference concluded with
cash prizes being awarded to 3 best papers presented at
- The first prize of Rs. 10,000 was awarded to
Prof Nirmalya Bandhopadhay, faculty of International
School of Business & Media, Kolkatta for his paper
on ‘Application of SERVQUAL & Kano’s model in
determining service quality in health club services.
- The second proze of Rs. 5,000 was awarded to
Prof. Jaya Sankara Prasad, Department of Business
Management, Krishna University, AP & Prof.
Ramachandra Aryasri, school of management studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru tehnological University, Hyderabad
for co-authoring the paper on ‘A study on
situational factors on store format choice behaviour
in food and grocery retailing in India.’
- The third prize of Rs. 2,500 was awarded to Mr.
Bikash Ranjan Mishra, research scholar, Department
of humanities & social sciences, IIT Kanpur for his
paper on ‘Mode of foreign market service: FDI V/s
The organizers of the conference were thrilled at the
number of papers that they received, over 200, and look
forward to have a conference on a larger scale in the
years to come.