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IBA Bangalore renames its auditorium to Aadarsh Memorial Auditorium


Mr. Aadarsh KuIBAmar was a student of Batch 2012-14 at IBA Bangalore. He was placed in ICICI Securities from campus. Within a year of his service there, he was promoted thrice and was seen as a rising star. Unfortunately, on 29th April 2015, this star was eclipsed in a fatal accident. Indus Business Academy, in consultation with the batch of 2012-14 decided to honour his memory by renaming its flagship auditorium after him.


Workshop on “New Ideas in Strategic Thinking and Management”

IBA celebrated the Strategic Management Forum (SMF) Foundation Day on 21st January 2016 with a half-day workshop on “New Ideas in Strategic Thinking and Management“.
The workshop started with innovation song “Saraswati Vandana” and lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. Dr. Subhash Sharma, Director – IBA Bangalore welcomed the august gathering and presented his views on “Viswa Model of Strategic Management”. He said that this idea was originated in the mind of Prof. Krishna Kumar and explained the meaning of Viswa as a combination of ‘Vi’deshi and ‘Swa’deshi. According to him this forum is like a network, a virtual organization. There are no assets of its own its members are its assets. He represented the four lions as the four forces at the global level. He also presented his ideas on “Swastik Model of Strategic Management” and connected it with global level forces. He concluded his idea by sharing a poem, “A start from Lota”.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. S Vishwanthan, Business Advisor – Kentree (Bangalore) and Secretary – IIM-A Alumni Association and the topic of his presentation was “The possible ways ahead for India – Strategic Thinking and Management”.
He explained about various movements that took place in India since 1947 and their consequences and how did they change the phase of India. He expressed his views on how the judiciary can be used as a strategy. He concluded his note by saying we should look India as one and stop dividing it on caste, creed, religion and cultural basis.
Our next honorable guest was Dr. N S Vishwanath, Director – Bhavan’s Management Research Centre and Principal – M P Birla Institute of Management and his topic was “Strategic Approach to Agri-Business in India”. He divided his speech into two parts; the first part was the analysis of the current picture of business without figures and the second part was the issue that will lead to strategic thoughts. He explained his Effort Theory through various crops like tea, coffee, jute etc. and marked how these industries are declining these days. He also explained the issue of packaging, storage, warehousing and transportation. He concluded his idea by saying “Use economics but with a proper value base”.
Dr. Nandesh V Hiremath, Professor – IBA Bangalore gave a presentation on topic “Personal Branding as a strategy for building career”. After him, Prof. Kannadas, Asst. Professor – IBA Bangalore presented on topic “New Strategic Financial Thoughts” and Prof. Narendra Babu, Asst. Professor – IBA Bangalore presented on topic “Strategic for sustainability”.
The workshop ended with vote of thanks presented by Prof. Monika Anand, Asst. Professor – IBA Bangalore.

Mr. Santhana Anandraman, Head – Risk & Compliance at GASCO – UAE in an interactive session with the students of IBA

Mr. Santhana Anandraman, Head – Risk & Compliance at GASCO – UAE interacted with the students of IBA on the topic ‘Organization Resilience Through Enterprise Risk Management’.
Mr. Santhana started off the session by asking students a question. What will be their biggest nightmare being the manager of a company? After deliberations, the answer came out to be – A landslide decline in company’s share prices and Manager getting fired! He stressed that a big reason of debacle at work for Managers happens when they fail to link the events and their interdependence. Hence, it is important for Managers to have an Overall Awareness of all the events in their company.

He declared that of all the technical reasons for the ‘The Financial Crisis’ of 2008, ‘Greed’ amongst a few was a major root cause; ethical practices were kept at bay and companies were satisfying their greed. He went on to define ‘Resilience’; which in his words is ‘The ability to come to its original form’. It is like the company facing huge losses but bouncing back to their original position in due time (may be months or years).

He stressed that a good product might be sufficient for starting a business, but it is not enough for business continuity; for this organisations need to have a resilience framework. He also emphasised over the presence of indicator systems and plans which will be implemented during times of crisis; both being important in a company’s resilience.

Towards the end, Mr. Santhana enlightened students over the various aspects of risk, types of risk and the role of a Risk manager in a company. The session came to an end as Mr. Santhana explained how, not just Business activity but Human activity too, has risks associated with it.

Mr. Subrahmanya Gupta Boda, CISO at GMR Group interacting with IBA students

Date: 1st October 2014
Mr. Subrahmanya Gupta Boda, Chief Information Security Officer at GMR Group enlightened the students of IBA with an interactive session on the topic ‘Skills for Digital Age’. Before joining GMR Group, Mr.Subrahmanya worked with Mercedes-Benz R&D from 1996-2010 in various roles in India, Germany and US. He holds a Masters in Engineering from BITS, Pilani and BE from Andhra University.

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The session started with Mr. Subrahmanya asking the students a couple of questions about their transferable skills and its importance in the market. He stressed on the importance of Communication skills, Teamwork and Market awareness. He interacted about the latest Technology trends with the students and how the scope of trends like Cloud computing and Digital Marketing.

He advised students to be cautious of additional certifications as initially he feels enhancing working knowledge, being creative and being oneself. He subsequently detailed the reason behind companies investing in IT – ‘Innovation in processes, Ease of Administration and Low productivity error. In his own words “The World is Flat” and it is a matter of debate where the IT services market is heading with new services and product innovations coming to the fore from everywhere with every passing year.
Towards the end Mr. Subrahmanya enlightened students of the various types of services offered by IT companies – ‘Application management, IT consulting, Web hosting, Database management, Cloud based services and many more’. As the session ended Mr. Subrahmanya wished all the students a bright future and blessed them for being patient listeners.

Mr. Guru Prasanna, Director – Analytics at Flipkart in conversation with IBAns

Mr. Guru Prasanna,Director – Analytics at Flipkart had an interactive session with the students of IBA with a talk on his ‘Career Learnings ’. Mr. Guru is an alumni of IIT, Kharagpur & MIT and has spent most of his professional life in Analytics and E-commerce.

The sesDSC_0070sion was initiated with Mr. Guru taking the students down the  roads of his career and elaborated simultaneously the importance of  planning before taking decisions concerning career. He also stressed  that it is never intelligent to work without multiple options. If one is  focussed towards one career path, he should give his best efforts to  achieve it but should be open to follow other related ones as well; there  should always be a Plan B!

Subsequently Mr. Guru went on to elaborate regarding career choice;  he suggested students to do things which they are naturally good at,  which they love and urged them to maintain self-awareness. He  advised students to keep close tabs with seniors as harnessing their choices can provide valuable insights for one’s decision making. He also emphasized over building blocks for career; like experiences in life that might not necessarily be sweet, but will give lot of meaningful learning to shape our career path.

Towards the end Mr. Guru advised the students to never stop learning and started detailing over profile of people required in Analytics. He said that asking questions is always good but asking the right question is the most important tool for an Analytics person. The session came to an end with Mr. Guru urging the students to grab every opportunity that can connect them with industry.

Lessons from Mahabharata: Ms. Rekha Santosh, Head – Retail HR at ING Vysya Bank

DSC00124 Ms. Rekha Santosh, Head – Retail HR at ING Vysya Bankinteracted with  students over the topic ‘Best HR practices and Emerging trends’. Ms. Rekha is a  seasoned HR Professional with over 12+ years of experience in Financial / Service  industry spanning across specialist functions like Comp & Ben, Recruitments and  Business partnering.

Ms. Rekha started off the session by asking students regarding the reason for them  doing MBA and went on to elaborate that it is of no use to be doing something if  we don’t love it or are not passionate about. She went on to detail the students  about the “Arjuna Moment”, when person does something exemplary and the  world around stands up to recognise and appreciate their feat. She also  emphasised about the importance of Networking and how important it is to earn  respect of peers.

Ms. Rekha then pointed out that Failure is not a matter abomination anymore, but it is important to learn from our failures because that is going to make us a better professional as well as a better person which ultimately paves way to growth and better opportunities. She reiterated the importance to keep learning all along life and be adaptive, because the world is changing rapidly; specially owing to Technology and hence who keep learning will ever remain in demand.

At the end Ms. Rekha discussed about the current emerging trends in the market and opined that Technology, Customer focussed services, Flat organisation hierarchy, Skill based hiring and High emergence of entrepreneurs were some of the trends to look out for. She concluded the session by giving advice to students about the growth sectors in India and expressed that those looking for high growth rate should be looking towards opportunities in Infrastructure and Retail where as those looking for a steady growth should be looking into Banking, Insurance or Data Analytics space. In the end she congratulated students for making the correct choice of doing MBA now as growth prospects are rife and Fresher hiring is the buzz word in most of the industries these days.

38 years of rich experience sharing session by Mr. Vrishabhendra Swamy – Vice President at ABB

2014-07-07 11.22.15 Mr. Vrishabhendra Swamy – Vice President at ABB (India and South  Africa). He has 38 years of handful of experience in the field of Design,  Application, Order handling, Commissioning Engineer, Power Generation,  Transmission, Automation Segment, AC/DC Drive System, High Power Rectifiers  and Static Excitation System . He addressed IBA Students about Engineering  Industries expectations from PGDM.

Mr. Swamy opened his talk by introducing himself and about the Organization to t  the audience. His topic of discussion was about six core values i.e., Creativity,  Innovation, Continuous change, Business Ethics, Extrovertism and Attitude.

Mr. Swamy covered various concepts such as Individual Skills, Individual Goals, Perspective (Individual and Work Environment), Tuning in attitude from Student life to Business life, Code of Conduct, Time, Effort and Money. And gave example of ISO Auditors / ISO Inspection.

Mr. Swamy shared the experience how the ABB works for entry level. For fresher the company assigned various multi-tasking especially company concentrate on sales and marketing by providing various training like operations, testing, communication skills and every quarterly the company evaluate the performance of the employee.

He concluded his session by giving some suggestion on to be clear what best to do? How you will move from good to best? Example of Mr. Azim Premji (WIPRO) and ends the session with a bag of Knowledge and Experience Sharing.

My Expectation as Recruiter by Mr. Kasi Vishwanath, Director & Head – Group HR, IKYA Group

??????????????????????????????? Mr. Kasi Viswanath – Director & Head – Group HR at IKYA  Group.
He has 16+ years of handful of experience in the field of  HR and Talent Engagement. He addressed IBA Students about Real  World for MBA’s.

He opened his talk by introducing himself to the audience. His  topic of discussion was Strong Theoretical base, Appreciate of  Practical reality and Achievement Oriented.

Mr. Kasi explained that the theoretical base is very important for  Practical Reality to Achieve in a real world. He also explained how  the real world expectation of level of service required? And gave example of the Hindi Movie “3 IDIOTS”.

He concluded his session by giving some tips on what they won’t teach you @ IBA such as Dealing with Ambiguity, Political Savvy, Managerial Courage, and Executive Presence. Example of Bhopal gas tragedy, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon and ends the session with a bag of Knowledge Sharing and Experience.

Ice breaking session for the New batch by Mr. S Prasada Rao: Corporate Trainer: HR & NLP

2014-07-03 10.28.36 It was an  interactive session where the students were involved in various  activities  like Bridging Game, Memory Game etc. and  also he gave the  example of  Swami  Vivekananda “Education is  Manifestation  for perfection” He covered various aspects of a Management Program such as  Corporate  Excellence, Time Management Techniques, 5M’s, LPG  Concept etc. He concluded his session by giving some tips on Qualities to Possess /  Equip with  such as Meritorious Academic Excellence, Career  Aspirations, Personal Talent  and  Skill Sets, Professional Skills, Business Skills, Corporate Culture / Corporate  Etiquette. Example of Arjuna in Mahabharata ends the session with a bag of learning.

Few of the Speakers for International Conference

Few of the Speakers for International Conference

Dr. Ronald Berenbeim, Senior Fellow at The Conference Board Inc. and Adjunct Faculty, NYU Stern



Dr. Charles M. Savage, President and Mentor, Knowledge Era Enterprising International



John Clammer – Visiting Professor at the United Nations University, Tokyo



Shehzaad Shams – Multilingual Digital Project Manager

Shehzaad Shams


Ravikiran Annaswamy – CEO and Co-founder at Teritree Technologies

Ravikiran Annaswamy


Mr. Shivendra Singh Chauhan – India Against Corruption



Mr. Shibayan Raha – Seasoned Community Organizer

Shibayan Raha


Dr. K.B. Akhilesh – Professor of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

K.B. Akhilesh


Mr.Ranjan Malik innovation consultant and facilitator at Erehwon Innovation Consulting



Mr. Vikas Malpani – Founder, CommonFloor

Vikas Malpani


Ms. Anita Ahuja, co-founder Conserve India

Anita Ahuja


Mr. R. Sampath, CEO, Bewo Technologies



Ms. Gita Kavarana – Executive Director – Research & Development CSE

Gita Kavarana


Mr. Pavan Soni, Innovation Evangelist



Dr. A. Ravindra – Adviser (Urban Affairs) to Chief Minister of Karnataka

Dr. A Ravindra


Dr. Aravind Chinchure – AVP-Innovations, Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre

Aravind Chinchure


Dr. Yellappa Reddy – Well known Environmentalist

Yellapa Reddy


Dr. Chandrashekar Hariharan- Director, BCIL Bangalore

Chandrashekar Hariharan


Dr. Narayanan, Vice President at TCS


Mr. Hilma Quraishi, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Technology Officer of ZMQ Mobile


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