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Knowledge summit concludes at IIM Ahmedabad

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on November 11, 2014

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India's top business school, IIM Ahmedabad, recently hosted its annual knowledge summit ConneXions 2014, a flagship event of the PGPX batch at the business school. The central theme of the summit this year was 'Resurgent India: Tapping Infinite Potential'.

Panel discussions

First day of the event kicked-off with three panel discussions on the theme 'New Age Banking' which was attended by a number of industry stalwarts and IIM-A alumni.

The first panel discussion was on financial inclusion and covered various issues including the Jan Dhan Yojana for brick and mortar branches and the importance of mobile banking. Professor Charan Singh, RBI Chair Professor of Economics Social Sciences at IIM Bangalore, moderated the panel discussion.

The second discussion was based on 'Integrating India into the Global Supply Chain'. India needs to address issues such as congestion at ports, poor railroad connectivity and complex taxation, said the panellists. They also stressed on the importance of growing the manufacturing sector in India.

The third panel discussion focused on 'Brick and Mortar vs. E-Commerce'. All the panellists agreed that customers are multi-dimensional and that the role of retailers was to serve customers the way they want to be served.

ConneXions

Second day of ConneXions started with an address by Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India.

In a stimulating discussion, Srinivasan spoke about how over 85 per cent of deployed electronic systems today were unconnected with each other or the larger cloud. She urged the audience to think about how if we could add connectivity to this equation, the potential would be enormous.

The panel discussions on the day focussed on vision for a digital India and the challenges faced. Some of the industry experts who participated in the discussions include Ambarish Dasgupta - Head of Management consulting at KPMG; Venkatesh Krishnan - Vice President Technology Business at Oracle India; Nalinikanth Gollagunta - MD, Commercial Sales for Cisco India and SAARC; Sudipta Ghosh - India Data and Analytics Partner at PWC India; and Ganesh Ramamoorthy - Research VP at Gartner India.

A 10 km and 5 km run called 'IIMA Run for a Cause' marked the commencement of the third day at ConneXions. About 200 runners, including around 100 participants from the IIMA fraternity, also participated in the run, which started from IIMA's New Campus to Panjarapol.

The two runs were organised to generate funds for the philanthropic arm of IIMA - Prayaas. The initiative helps underprivileged children from and around the Vastrapur area to get an opportunity to learn in schools.

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Published on November 11, 2014
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