Gurugram: The students of the B-school, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram, organised their third annual leadership conclave, Samvaad 2017, on Saturday where industry leaders discussed India’s economic future. Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: 2 Farmer Unions Withdraw Support From Protest, Delhi Police Says Culprits Will Not be Spared | Key Points

The executive batch students of the institute organised Samvaad, an annual business symposium, which provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas among the brightest minds in the country. Industry experts congregated to speak on the topic–‘Emerging India – The Road Ahead’. Also Read - PM Boris Johnson Delays Schools Reopening Amid High COVID-19 Death Rate in UK

Professor JK Jain, Chairperson, National Management Programme (NMP) lauded the students for organising Samvaad the third time. He spoke about the successful journey of the NMP Programme. Also Read - Vijay Shankar Marries Vaishali Visweswaran, SunRisers Hyderabad Wish India All-Rounder

Dean, Executive Graduate Programme, Professor Sangeeta S. Bhardwaj seconded Professor Jain as she hailed the NMP’s efforts to generate good leaders.

“Developing young managers to be good leaders is the soul of NMP programme in MDI. The programme has set benchmarks and has promoted engagement, excitement and an environment of learning,” she said.

Senior President, Human Capital Management, Yes Bank, Rajnish Datta was the chief guest of the programme. IQQR MD, Sanjay Vidyarthi was the guest of honour.


“One must believe in the mantra of “Gaining Knowledge” and how each one of us could be a wheel of change. The art of business can be learned but it is the attitude which makes a difference. It is important to connect the dots, have empathy, have the right attitude and rise confidently as sky is the limit,” said Dutta.

Sanjay Vidyarthi also have his pearls of wisdom to future business leaders.

“India has a rich history and we should learn from it. We need to discover ourselves and urge to take India forward. It is a nation of billion people which has no dearth of opportunities. He left the audience with a message that rewards and risks go hand in hand so one must move out of his/ her comfort zone to surge ahead,” he said.

The first panel discussion began with an electric debate on the theme “Changing Business Landscape in Digital Era”. The panelists– Shivam Srivastav, Regional Manager – India (North/East) & Bangladesh, SAP and Rakesh Vij, Ex CBO, Aricent and Professor Anjali Kaushik from MDI Gurugram–stressed on the need for sustainable solutions which are necessary for India’s progress.

They argued that technology has created a global platform and a marketplace with immense potential. They discussed that business owners are facing huge challenges due to wave of digitization and how SAP is mobilizing technologies and harnessing the power of cloud technology.

The second session was on ‘Pioneering Make in India Vision’. The panelists shared their views on how the business environment in India differs from the rest of the world. There is a need to create a competitive environment where each state can leverage its strength. The SMEs, MSME and agribusiness are progressing. Pace of change is slow but change is happening. The line-up of speakers for this session included Utkarsh Amitabh, Business Development Manager, Microsoft; Co-founder Network Capital; Global Shaper – World Economic Forum, Brij Nadan, Executive Director, M/S DLF Limited and Yogesh Bellani, CEO, Field Fresh Foods Private Limited.

Next panel discussion was on the theme ‘Economic Reforms and Initiatives: Future Perspective’. The discussion was mainly on the new initiatives that have come into picture. Indian are conservative in nature, consequently it is difficult to raise a equity for a promoter. There should be ease of doing business in the rapid changing economic scenario. The panellist for this session were Jyoti Prakash Gadia, MD Resurgent India Ltd, Aditya Mishra, CFO, GE Renewable, Neha Rustagi, Associate Director, PwC India and Pawan Lohea, Independent GST trainer and Consultant.

The final session was a brainstorming one on the latest theme i:e ‘Changing Dynamics of Leadership in VUCA World’. The session saw presence of eminent speakers, such as Anirush Patil, Director, Mckinsey & Company, India Knowledge Centres, Sharat Sharma, Director, DMRC and Bharat Salhotra, VP, Alstom.

For the students who organised the event, it wasn’t just an experience, but also a lot of learning, insight and connections. “The Conclave provided us a platform to interact with the industry stalwarts. From planning to attending, the experience allowed us to gain insights on leadership, creativity, innovation and strategy,” Ms. Divya Anand , from Samvaad 2017 organising committee, said.

The event was a massive success and saw participation of 100 plus participants.