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Catch all the happenings at Horizons, the annual management conclave of IIM Kozhikode

Horizons 2010- Day 2, Session 1

“…Do benchmark, be benchmark…”

                                                – Mr. Haragopal Mangipudi, Global Head, Infosys Finnacle

Mr. Haragopal Mangipudi, Global Head, Infosys Finnacle delivered a talk in the third session of Horizons – the Annual Speakers Conclave of IIM Kozhikode. Mr Mangipudi started the session by highlighting the vast talent pool of 2.3 million ‘ready to leverage’ software engineers serving multiple global companies, present in India. He pointed out that out of the 1.1 billion people in India, half are under 19 and this technology savvy generation is an opportunity that we need to leverage on, to make the ‘Made in India’ concept, a global success. He pointed out the need of having a superlative productive workforce, one similar to Israel who is 100 times more effective than the Indian counterparts. He also said that ‘Cloud Computing’ is one area that is currently providing and will provide an immense opportunity in the coming years, for the banking and technology sector.

He said that a good idea and constant funding, along with customers are necessary but not sufficient for success. He then gave the students an interesting insight into the necessary requirements of running a successful organization. He said that business architecture is essential to translate the idea into something tangible along with a good brand. He said, “If you don’t talk the walk, you’re gone”. He also focused on customer centricity, saying, “We can’t look good unless our customer looks good”. He emphasized on delivery strengths, ecosystem and employees and funding as the other essentials for success.  “Product is a long term commitment”, is what he said.

Mr. Prashant Govil, Managing Consultant, Technology Consulting, Accenture was the second speaker of the day. Being an alumnus of IIM- Kozhikode, he started the speech with pleasant memories of the institute. He spoke on the evolution of technology in the last 20 years. He pointed out the role of MIISO Soup (Microsoft, Intel, IBM, SAP and Oracle) in shaping the technology in the last two decades. He also highlighted that the ‘100 million mark’ has become the new benchmark for companies’ achieving growth thanks to technology as an enabler. He also highlighted the growing outsourcing in services industry and how organizations and individuals need to evolve with time. The career advice of this alumnus to the 13th & 14th batch of IIMK was received with a deafening applause.

Horizons 2010- Day 1, Session 2

“…India has revived and redeemed itself but needs to go one step further and reaffirm itself…”

                                                         – Mr. M. K. Sinha, CEO IDFC Project Equity

Mr. M. K. Sinha, CEO IDFC Project Equity, delivered a talk in the second session of Horizons – the Annual Speakers Conclave of IIM Kozhikode .Mr. Sinha complimented IIM Kozhikode on its beautiful campus which is the cynosure of all eyes. Moreover he also lauded the organizing team of Backwaters for selecting the much relevant theme of this year’s Backwaters-‘Discover the Difference-Revive, Redeem and Reaffirm’. He started off his session with a brief introduction of IDFC Project Equity and how it carries out the work of scanning the financial landscape in India. His speech also encompassed his musings on the subthemes of ‘Revive, Redeem and reaffirm’ in the Indian context. According to Mr. Sinha, historically, China and India had had a bulk share of the World trade earlier, though they now account for a small share in the world trade. In his opinion, China has presently gone through the phase of ‘reviving, redeeming and reaffirming’ itself. India has been mainly in the ‘redeeming’ phase and needs to ‘reaffirm’ itself to be a big player in the world. Also he opined that Africa will be the next big thing. According to Mr. Sinha, infrastructure is the crux of a country’s economy and IDFC is doing very well in that field. India can leverage very much on its advantages, notably the quality of its education institutions, the law system of India, a strong banking system and strong regulation of its capital markets. However, the labour laws need amendment. India has taken some very well measured steps to reaffirm itself in the world economy .To name a few of them-it has played a well-defined role in the climate change discussions ,the nuclear energy talks with US ,vying for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council .

Horizons 2010- Day1, Session 1

“…FMCG Industry is a different ball game of the art of negotiation…”

                                                                     – Mr. Chander Mohan Sethi, CMD, Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd.

The most awaited event in IIM Kozhikode’s annual itenarary has started today at the institute’s scenic campus in Kozhikode. The opening ceremony of Backwaters (Annual Management Fest of IIM Kozhikode), held inside IIMK auditorium, witnessed an overwhelming response from Indian B school community. In conjunction with Backwaters, Horizons– the Annual Conclave of Speakers-has also successfully commenced with two notable speakers-Mr. Chander Mohan Sethi, Regional Director, South Asia and Chairman and Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. and Mr. Ananth Narayana, Director of Health Care Projects, Cognizant, India.

Horizons, organized by the Industry Interaction Cell of IIMK, started with a speech by Mr. Chander Mohan Sethi. His speech was illustrated with examples from his illustrious career in Reckitt Benckiser. According to Mr. Sethi, his ambition had always been to make, do and grow business. He discussed about his likes and interests, particularly interacting with the people in his company who form the main interface with the customers, and about his passion for communicating with the brightest minds of the country. He spoke at length about the FMCG Industry and how it has evolved since 1980s and the factors which influence growth and momentum within the industry. “Nowadays it is an open world and there is nothing that is geographically limited” – he said. He also commented on an article about the rising growth of China. According to him, “the decade might have belonged to China, but the century will belong to India”. Mr. Chander also urged the student community to ‘profile themselves’ and to develop the skill and art of knowing about ‘consumer insights’ in order to make a career path in the world of marketing. Morever, he advised the audience to ‘learn to challenge sensibly’. There is a growing presence of Indian talent in multinational companies and Mr. Sethi mentioned that Reckitt Benckiser has a lot of Indian people holding important and high managerial positions in its offices all over the world. In his opinion, it is a continuous moral challenge for a businessman or businesswoman to not destroy the success of their predecessors or maintain the image or reputation created by those predecessors. On behalf of the FMCG Industry, he highlighted the fact that the industry throws a lot of challenges because stakeholders have to dedicate their energy to a dynamic environment where everything changes and different geographical locations are involved. In conclusion, he wished that “India would have opened up (liberalized) some thirty years back” so that there would have been more challenges involved in the Indian FMCG scenario.

The second speaker to deliver a talk on the Horizons stage was Mr. Ananth Narayana, Director of Health Care Projects of Cognizant India. Inspite of having had no formal education in management, Mr. Narayana, told the audience that his success is a product of the experience he gathered during the course of his career. He discussed about his career entry into IT before it was considered such an important business function and how he has experienced the evolution of IT Industry in this country. He also discussed about his quest for continuous learning and how the concept of ‘knowledge islands’ (people who have exclusive expertise in a particular field of knowledge which is not shared with other people within the organization) should be devoloped in a particular company or organization. He further discussed about the ‘Four Forces’ which are shaping the ‘Future of Work’ in Cognizant Technology Solutions Ltd- Globalization, Virtualization, Cloud and Milennials. Morever, he explained the success of Cognizant as one of the first players in the IT industry to have focused its business purely on Vertical specialization.

Other events which have commenced on Day One at Backwaters include “Young Guns – Search for the Sharp, Smooth, Sure” in association with Blackberrys, “Avatar – the Leadership Quest” in association with ITC, Chain Reaction – The Operations Strategy event along with a promotional talk by Nokia among others.

Industry Interaction Cell presents Horizons 2010

HORIZONS 2010

Discover the difference!!

 

Horizons’ is a flagship management speaker conclave at IIM Kozhikode and has been a regular feature since 2000. It provides an avenue for discussions among top-notch corporate leaders from all over the world. The 3-day event, scheduled on 19th – 21st November along with the annual management festival ‘Backwaters’, would find the best corporate minds interacting with the students on campus. The event would consist of the following:

1. Speakers’ podium: There would be 3 speakers on each day talking with reference to our theme ‘Discover the Difference’ from an Indian perspective. The sub-themes for each of the 3-days are Revive | Redeem | Reaffirm wherein, the speakers would be providing us with deep insights on a variety of issues relevant to the day’s theme.

2. Panel Discussions: Apart from their interaction with the students, we have planned panel discussions among the speakers and faculty for each day.

 

History of Horizons:-

The annual flagship management conclave of IIM Kozhikode has come to serve as an ideal platform for thought leaders – past, present and future – to discuss and debate issues relevant to the prevailing times. Horizons 2009 was organized at a time when everyone was talking about recovery of world economy from the global recession, biggest since “The Great Depression. Horizons 2008 sought to examine the factors that have led to the rise of China and India, the resurgence of Japan and other Asian countries, and the resulting shift in the global business power dynamics. Horizons 2007 focused on ways to unlock the human potential in India and the redevelopment of rural India.

Some of the speakers who have graced Horizons in the past are:-

 Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

Mr. Kiran  Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM,

and CNN-IBN Editor-in-chief

Late Prof. C.K.Prahlad, Padmashree Awardee

 

The team making it all possible – Industry Interaction Cell (IIC)

Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) facilitates communication and enables effective knowledge transfer between the institute and the industry.  IIC has always strived for enhancing the student-industry interaction through Horizons, Leadership series, Corporate events, Live projects and Curriculum Development. Industry stalwarts, policy makers, thought leaders from diverse backgrounds have regularly visited our campus. With speakers from diverse backgrounds, Horizons 2010 would be carrying this tradition forward.

Some of the recent activities that IIC has been involved are:

1. Leadership series: Some of the eminent personalities who have come to our campus in the recent past under the    leadership series are:

 

 

 

 

Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of HRD, Govt. of India

Padma Bhushan Dr. JJ Irani, Director, Tata Sons

Prof. Srikumar Rao, Author of “Are you ready to Succeed

 

2. Live Projects: Live projects ranging from private sector to the public sector in marketing, finance, operations, strategy domains have been executed which have given an opportunity to students to work in close collaboration with the industry. In last couple of years, we have seen plethora of Live projects come to our campus wherein students have been offered travel to abroad for short duration.

HORIZONS 2010 – Discover the difference!!

Horizons’ is a flagship management speaker conclave at IIM Kozhikode and has been a regular feature since 2000. It provides an avenue for discussions among top-notch corporate leaders from all over the world. The 3-day event, scheduled on 19th – 21st November along with the annual management festival ‘Backwaters’, would find the best corporate minds interacting with the students on campus. The event would consist of the following:

1. Speakers’ podium: There would be 3 speakers on each day talking with reference to our theme ‘Discover the Difference’ from an Indian perspective. The sub-themes for each of the 3-days are Revive | Redeem | Reaffirm wherein, the speakers would be providing us with deep insights on a variety of issues relevant to the day’s theme.

2. Panel Discussions: Apart from their interaction with the students, we have planned panel discussions among the speakers and faculty for each day.

 

History of Horizons:-

The annual flagship management conclave of IIM Kozhikode has come to serve as an ideal platform for thought leaders – past, present and future – to discuss and debate issues relevant to the prevailing times. Horizons 2009 was organized at a time when everyone was talking about recovery of world economy from the global recession, biggest since “The Great Depression. Horizons 2008 sought to examine the factors that have led to the rise of China and India, the resurgence of Japan and other Asian countries, and the resulting shift in the global business power dynamics. Horizons 2007 focused on ways to unlock the human potential in India and the redevelopment of rural India.

Some of the speakers who have graced Horizons in the past are:-

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam                                                         Mr. Kiran Karnik

Former President of India                                                            Former President, NASSCOM

Late Prof. C K Prahalad                                                                                   Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai

Renowned Consultant Padmashree Awardee and CNN-IBN Editor-in-chief

The team making it all possible – Industry Interaction Cell (IIC)

Some of the recent activities that IIC has been involved are:

1.       Leadership series: Some of the eminent personalities who have come to our campus in the recent past under the leadership series are:

Padma Bhushan Dr. JJ Irani                                                         Mr. Kapil Sibal

Director, Tata Sons                                                   Minister of HRD, Government of India

Prof. Srikumar Rao, Author of “Are you ready to Succeed

2.       Live Projects: Live projects ranging from private sector to the public sector in marketing, finance, operations, strategy domains have been executed which have given an opportunity to students to work in close collaboration with the industry. In last couple of years, we have seen plethora of Live projects come to our campus wherein students have been offered travel to abroad for short duration.