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MDI Gurgaon recently celebrated Delphique 2019 the National Management Convention from 09 - 10 Nov 2019 at MDI Campus. Now in its 23rd year, Delphique 2019 was inaugurated by the Guest of Honour, Ms. Yan Han, Chairperson, TopSocial India (Ex GM - Air China) and the Chief Guest Mr. R. S. Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Limited along with Prof. (Dr.) Pawan Kumar Singh, Director, MDI Gurgaon, Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Dean - Graduate Programmes & Students Affairs, Prof. Neera Jain, Chairperson-PGPM, Prof. Avinash Kapoor, Chairperson PGP-IM and Prof. Shailendra K. Rai, Chairperson - Students Affairs.

Delphique – is the annual Red Carpet event of the MDI Gurgaon. It is India’s only B-school event, which focuses on strong research across all domains of business management. Derived from the famous ‘Delphi’ method, the event provides a perfect platform for practitioners & thought leaders from the industry, academia and student populace to come together to solve contemporary issues faced by the industry and build their network within the student fraternity and corporate alike. The event witnessed participation from B-schools and corporate delegates as esteemed panelists for the event. Key events that took place during the two-day ceremony were Cerebro - National Case Study competition, Vincenza - National B-Plan competition, Dialectic- National B-School Debate competition and many more.

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Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh has recently been appointed as Director of MDI Gurgaon, one of the India’s premier B-schools.

Prior to joining MDI Gurgaon, Dr. Singh has already distinguished himself as one of the leading authorities in the field of post-graduate teaching in management, training, research, consulting and academic administration. His prolific academic career, spanning over three decades, marks him in the key leadership roles across various academic and government bodies. He has served as the Director-in-charge of IIM Indore. Donning the hat of a Nodal Officer, he served as a sheet anchor in the role of a mentor at IIM Sambalpur by being the Chairperson of Academic Committee of IIM Sambalpur.

Speaking on his appointment, Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh, Director – MDI Gurgaon, commented, “It’s a matter of great privilege for me to take charge of one of the India’s premier B-schools. I am keen to advance the progress driven by my predecessors, most notably by Dr. Atmanand. In alignment with the vision of MDI, I will continue to further the institute’s mission of nurturing thought leaders of tomorrow. I will also strive to create an ethics-driven and knowledge-enhancing ecosystem within the institute based on the core principles of entrepreneurial thought, scientific commitment, and community-driven ambition.”

MDI Gurgaon signed an MoU with Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) on 09 October 2019 at MDI. Through this collaboration and in pursuit of common objective both the parties will work together in the emerging field of cybersecurity through creating and nurturing leaders to take up management roles, support creating a regulatory framework at the centre and state levels, developing of technology standards and for incorporating ethics at the workplace and other relevant areas.


The MoU between PTC India Financial Services Ltd (PFS) and Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon signed on 24th September 2019 at MDI will create synergy between academics and financing institution for infrastructure evaluation & finance, climate financing, clean development mechanisms, energy efficiency etc. The focus would be more on developing training & capability building towards achieving green & clean environment. It will help in developing financial modelling to be used by financing institutions for project appraisal and analyzing viability of the infrastructure projects.

MoU objectives:

  • To create synergy between academics and infrastructure evaluation & finance, climate financing, clean development mechanism, best practices and concerned environmental issues associated with the infrastructure of the world.
  • EDTECH - Facilitating enjoyable and personalised digital learning to schools, NGOs and Learners
  • To develop training and capability building modules/Programmes in the areas of infrastructure financing and project management.
  • The areas identified are Renewable Energy, Power: Transmission/Generation/ Distribution and Energy Efficiency, Climate Financing, Roads, Water, Ports, Mines, Oil and Gas, Public Private Partnerships, Risk Management, Environmental upgradations, Non- Infra Sectors, etc.

Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon and Director, MDI Murshidabad was invited as Chief Guest in the Valedictory Session of International Conference on ''Management Imperatives for Sustainable Growth - Transformation Through Technology" on 24 August 2019 at ICFAI Business School IBS Gurgaon. He spoke about the importance of sustainable development and how apart from technology, the 'human element' which means ethical factors in the form of empathy, kindness, and selflessness add to the cause of Nation Building.


MDI Gurgaon hosted the second chapter of Gurugram Conversations on August 19, 2019, at the college campus. The programme started with a welcome address by Dr. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon, followed by an inaugural address by Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director, Global Charter for Compassion.

The conclave gathered the millennium citizenry under one roof alongside various public and private stakeholders to hold an insightful dialogue regarding current and long-standing problems being faced by the region while devising practical strategies to resolve them. Themed ‘Compassionate Gurgaon’, the conference—second in a series of multi-party discussions—revolved around creating a more inclusive, empathetic as well as environmentally-sustainable ecosystem in the millennium city.

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MDI Gurgaon inaugurated 24th Advanced Management Programme (AMP) on 19 Aug, 2019. It was an honour to have Dr. E. S. Rao, Chairman, BoG, MDI Gurgaon as Cheif Guest for the occasion and Dr. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon at the inaugraton ceremony. The guests shared their valuable insights with participants and other members present on the occasion.The programme will be held from Aug 19 - Sept 15, 2019.

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MDI Gurgaon in association with Charter of Compassion is organizing a fishbowl discussion on the theme "Converationsin Gurugram 2.0 Compassionate Gurugram" on Monday 19 August 2019 from 09.30 am to 04:30 pm at MDI Gurgaon. The discussion will focus on making Gurugram a compassionate city in line with 4W approach i: e (Waste, Water, Work & Welfare).

For details, please see the detailed brochure.

MDI Fraternity celebrated India's 73rd Independence Day with joy and happiness.

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MDI Gurgaon inaugurated 13th Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (2019-20) on 08 July, 2019. The welcome address was delivered by Prof. Alok Misra, Chairperson, School of Public Policy. The ceremony was graced with the august presence of Dr. M. K. Mishra, Joint Secretary, DFS/ Board Member, MDI, and Shri. Rajat M. Nag, Ex MD, Asian Development Bank/ Distinguished Fellow, NCAER. The keynote and special addresses were delivered by Shri. Nag and Dr. M. K. Mishra respectively. The speakers shared their valuable insights with participants and other faculty members present on the occasion.

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MDI Gurgaon recently held an induction ceremony for its new batch of scholars of the Doctoral Programmes: Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM). The ceremony held on 5th July 2019 was a stimulating affair for the participants as they got a glimpse of what lies ahead for them in their life at MDI and their career graph thereafter. Professor Jagdeep S Chhokar, (Founder of 'Association of Democratic Reforms' and former Director In-charge, IIM Ahmedabad) graced the event as the Chief Guest. The 2019 batch inaugural ceremony began with a welcome address by Prof. P. C. Biswal, Dean - Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon.

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The institute recently started the First 6-month International Teaching Programme for a group of Korean participants on June 24, 2019. The Programme partially funded by the Korean Government is first of its kind. Prof. Shailendra K. Rai, Chairperson IRO and Dr. Parul Gupta, Programme Directors welcomed the participants and representatives of ICS Global, Mr. Kevin and Mr. Manik and Mr. Noh Young Jin, Managing Director KAMA India at MDI campus. Prof. Rai said "the participants will experience a range of inputs that would provide a deeper understanding of managerial issues as well as enhance critical approaches and communication skills. The Programme will prepare participants to seize opportunities outside their geographical boundaries".

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MDI Gurgaon celebrated International Day of Yoga on Friday, June 21, 2019. A yoga session by Dr. Navdeep Joshi was arranged for MDI fraternity including Faculty, Students and staff members from 06:00 am to 07:00 am at Library Greens.

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Introduces incoming students to its innovative, state-of-the-art learning facilities during the ten-day event held between June 13 and June 22, 2019

13th June’ 2019: MDI Gurgaon, one of the top leading B-Schools in India, commenced its 10-day Induction Programme for the Batch of 2019-21 from 13 June, 2019. The 10-day long induction ceremony comprised students from Post Graduate Programmes namely 26th batch of Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), 16th batch of Post-Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM) and 14th batch of Post-Graduate Programme International Management (PGP-IM).

The ceremony introduced students to the rich tradition and culture of success, growth and learning of MDI Gurgaon.

Prof. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge), MDI Gurgaon addressed the welcome note to add vigour and motivation to the new batch of students. He said, “Our aim at this prestigious institute is to nurture, enable, and ennoble thought leaders of tomorrow who will lead the world of business towards the path of progress. We are delighted to welcome a new batch of future leaders into the MDI family. The youth of today possesses unmatched, unbridled potential and, as one of India’s premium B-schools, it is our responsibility to harness this potential borne by each and every student.”

The induction ceremony was graced by industry stalwarts - Mr. Anurag Batra (Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Business World), Dr. Shalini Lal (Former Director HR, Deutsche Bank & Serial Entrepreneur) and Dr. Pravin Goel (MD & Country Head, BlackRock) along with academecians from the institute. In their inaugural address, the guests talked about their personal anecdotes and motivated the students to follow ethics and keep collaborating with each other with a ‘never give up’ attitude.

True to its promise of enlightenment in an aspirational environment where students are bred to excel and not just indulge in a one-dimensional curriculum, a week long ceremony will familiarize the new batch with the faculty members’ along with information sessions regarding the various facilities available to the students as well as student events and clubs.

The 10 day long induction week will comprise of ice-breaking sessions, classes with some of the leading business luminaries and workshops on themes like Living Well - The secrets of Mind Management, Responsible Citizen behaviour - You & Us and Creativity to experience innovation and happiness. The new batch will now have an access to the best academic, research, and co-curricular facilities in the management domain in India.

Abiding to the goal of creating fit, healthy and morally upright corporate professionals, MDI will celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21st as a part of induction ceremony.

About MDI Gurgaon:-

Management Development Institute Gurgaon, established in 1973, a top ranking business school in India with vision to be a ‘Global Business School’, is a centre of excellence in management education, high quality research, executive development, and value added consultancy. MDI Gurgaon is the first Indian Business School and second in Asia to be accredited by ‘Association of MBAs’ (AMBA) UK. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI Gurgaon amongst the top B-Schools of the country. The PG Programmes in Management offered by the institute are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi.

MDI Gurgaon, one of India’s premier B-School, recently joined hands with The Open Group to host a first-of-its-kind conference in India on Enterprise Architecture. The conference, titled “Enterprise Architecture in the Digital Era”, aimed at providing a platform for discussion on enterprise architecture models, best practices and case studies. Enterprise architecture is a relatively new discipline focusing on an integrated and innovative approach that can enable an organization to align to the reality of business and deliver on its digitalization promise.”

As a torch bearer, MDI Gurgaon has taken lead in this particular digital space and is the first to organize a conference on such a niche theme as Enterprise Architecture in India.

The conference was graced by the presence of Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, Chairman, Board of Governors, MDI Gurgaon, Dr. Pallab Saha, Chief Architect, The Open Group and Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge), MDI Gurgaon. It was attended by several members of the academia and the industry. The conference featured plenaries, theme-based presentations, interactive panel discussions, deep-dive tutorials and networking opportunities. It also presented key note sessions on the Enterprise Architecture theme from MDI Gurgaon and The Open Group. It covered Next generation Security operations Center for Enterprises by Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (ISAC).

Addressing the audience, Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, Chairman, Board of Governors, MDI Gurgaon said, “MDI, Gurgaon as a torch bearer has taken a lead in this particular digital space and is the first to organize the conference on such a niche theme in India. This conference would position MDI Gurgaon as a thought leader in Research and practice on digital transformation and Enterprise Architecture.”

Commenting on the conference, Dr. Pallab Saha, Chief Architect, The Open Group said, “We are delighted to see the response of academicians & researchers towards this new discipline. Over the years, there has been industry-academia gap in the field of enterprise architecture which we are addressing at this conference.”

MDI Gurgaon also launched a compilation of select articles from the conference in the form of a book. The book covers Government frameworks and practices particularly in the area of India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA), the role of enterprise architecture in digital transformation etc. It would help create awareness and generate interest in enterprise architecture as a foundation for the digital strategy amongst the business and IT leaders.

The Conference Chair and Editor of the book, Prof. Anjali Kaushik and Prof. Prageet Aeron said, “We are sure this book would be an excellent resource for the professionals working in information systems, Enterprise Architecture practice, emerging technologies, telecom and other innovative ICT domains.”

In pursuit of common interests in teaching and research and other academic activities, MDI Gurgaon recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kent State University, USA. The MoU aims to foster development in teaching, research, cultural understanding, as well as international reputations of both institutions through exchange of postgraduate students, faculty members, and academic information and materials; the organization of joint corporate training programs, joint research programs, joint conferences; and other academic exchanges that both institutions agree to.

The MoU has been signed under the able guidance and effective leadership of Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon

MDI Gurgaon inaugurated NMP32 & EMP April 2019 Batches on Friday, 05 April 2019. Shri. S.Y. Siddiqui, Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited Group graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

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MDI MEGA MINDS was created with an aim to provide a platform for startups to pitch their ideas and network with VCs, Angel Investors, potential co-founders, and mentors. The APRIL edition of the MDI MEGA MINDS is here!

April 14, 2019, SUNDAY - 11am to 1:30pm - GURUKULA, Management Development Institute, Sector 17, Gurgaon

Profiles of 5 startups presenting this time around:

  1. E-mobility - Next Generation IoT platform for Electric Vehicles
  2. EDTECH - Facilitating enjoyable and personalised digital learning to schools, NGOs and Learners
  3. HEALTH CARE - Hybrid pharmacy, home delivering to chronic patients in Tier 2-5 towns.
  4. One stop online shop for all the wedding needs of the various stakeholders in a wedding!
  5. Complete Audio entertainment and infotainment solution

Profiles of 5 startups presenting this time around:

  1. 4 events - 20 presenters
  2. Audience ever growing from 26 in 1st event to 55+ in March event
  3. 9 people in attendance in last event out of a pool of 30+ interested investors/incubators/ accelerators
  4. 1 startup selected for accelerator program. 2 startups funded. 1 startup found a pan India distributor. 3 startups in advanced discussion for funding.

MDI Gurgaon plans to curate a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues on matters of critical importance to citizens of Gurgaon. The topic of the first such dialogue is 'Roads of Gurgaon – Boon or Bane', to be held on April 12, 2019 from 9.30 AM to 5.15 PM.Detailed Brochure

New Delhi, March 26, 2019: Management Development Institute, recently bid adieu to the graduating students of the batch of 2017-19 of MDI Gurgaon and 2016-18 and 2017-19 of MDI Murshidabad at its annual convocation ceremony. The convocation ceremony, held on March 26, 2019 at the MDI campus, was graced by the august presence of the Chief Guest Shri K. V. Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner.

The ceremony was also graced by the newly inducted members of MDI Board of Governors - Ms. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited (AHEL); Mr. Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India; Mr. TV Mohandas Pai, Co-Founder and Chairman, Aarin Capital and Mr. Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO of OYO Hotels & Homes.

From the batch of 2017-19, a total of 489 students from different Post Graduate Management Programmes and 7 Fellow Scholars were conferred diplomas from MDI Gurgaon. The institute also awarded 23 medals to meritorious students. MDI Murshidabad conferred diplomas on 61 students from its PGPM programme, which included 32 students from the PGPM 2016-18 batch and 29 students from the PGPM 2017-19 batch.

Addressing the annual convocation, Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, Chairman, MDI Board of Governors congratulated students of the outgoing batch of MDI Gurgaon and MDI Murshidabad. Motivating the students with his words, he added, “Great changes in the world have often been brought about by young people with a passion driving them. The time is now, for each of you to seize the opportunity at hand and create your own legacy.”

Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge), MDI Gurgaon and Director, MDI Murshidabad in his address, shared the new initiatives, achievements and the progress of the institutes. He said, “As an internationally acclaimed B-school, we have created a benchmark for sound management practices and professionalism. MDI through the years has lived its vison to create thought leaders and harbingers of change.” Speaking to the students, he further added, “The education at MDI has equipped you to grab the opportunities coming your way; but only you can make sure you do not miss them. “

The year 2018-19 saw the creation of the Bloomberg Finance Lab with 8 Bloomberg Terminals in MDI Gurgaon and 4 Bloomberg Terminals in MDI Murshidabad.

After conferring of the diplomas, the Chief Guest Shri K. V. Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner, imparted his words of wisdom with a few golden rules. He advised, “Follow Dharma, Artha, Kama to the best of your abilities, practice truth, continue learning- the world is open to you. Do not neglect your responsibilities towards society and follow ethical living. Education is lifelong process, have a spirit of enquiry, relentless research and see education as a liberating experience.”

The placements at the MDI Gurgaon for PGPM, PGP-IM & PGP-HRM programmes for 2017-19 batch year was a grand success as a total of 106 companies visited the campus for recruitment, out of which 36 companies were first-time recruiters. The highest salary offered this year was Rs.40.79 lakhs per annum, while the average salary was Rs.20.13 lakhs per annum.

MDI Murshidabad concluded its final placement for the batch of 2017-2019 in a record time and witnessed an increased participation of recruiters by 64%.

Surveys conducted by leading publications like Business World, Business Today, and India Today, have ranked MDI Gurgaon among the top 5 B-Schools in India. The Times of India in its recent Times B-Schools Survey (2019), ranked MDI Gurgaon, number 1 under Top Private Institutes/B-Schools; number 3 under Top 100 B-Schools in the country and number 1 under Top 20 North B-Schools of India. MDI Gurgaon also received the Business World Education Leadership Award for its contribution in management education.

About MDI Gurgaon:

Management Development Institute Gurgaon, established in 1973, a top ranking business school in India with vision to be a ‘Global Business School’, is a centre of excellence in management education, high quality research, executive development, and value added consultancy. MDI Gurgaon is the first Indian Business School and second in Asia to be accredited by ‘Association of MBAs’ (AMBA) UK. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI Gurgaon amongst the top B-Schools of the country. The PG Programmes in Management offered by the institute are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi.

MDI Gurgaon is proud to announce the Annual Convocation 2019, to be held on 26 March, 2019. We want to implore you to always see yourselves as good ambassadors of this college. You, as MDI Gurgaon graduates, will remain part of the MDI community. So, as you walk out to the world, we hope you will carry the spirit of MDI Gurgaon with you and remember us all fondly. Invitation Card

Dr. David Goodwin, MBA Director, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia will be sharing his views on topic "Teaching Strategies to Foster the Development of Interpersonal Skills in Postgraduate MBA Students" at the research seminar to be conducted at 12:00 Noon on Thursday 07 February, 2019 at MDI Gurgaon.

MDI Gurgaon has been awarded as winner in the sub-category ‘Innovation in Teaching Pedagogy’ under main category Higher Education Institutions at the BW Education Leadership Summit Awards 2019. The jury comprising of eminent personalities from academia and industry was chaired by Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE. The award was received by Dr. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon at a ceremony held on 14 January 2019 at Mumbai.

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Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, Research Economist at Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University and Consulting Economist, McKinsey Global Institute Center for Economic Research will be sharing his views on topic "Artificial Intelligence and Economic Data Modeling" at the research seminar to be conducted on 16 Jan 2019 at MDI Gurgaon.

MDI Gurgaon recently conducted a research seminar for students and faculty members on 08 Jan 2019. The seminar was graced by the presence of Prof. Manjit S. Yadav, Macy’s Foundation Professor, Mays Business School. Prof. Yadav shared his thoughts on topic "Lost in a Universe of Markets: Toward a Theory of Market Scoping for Early Stage Technologies".

MDI Gurgaon signed MoU with Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) for enhancing professional knowledge, skills in area of Public Policy Administration on 7th January 2019. HIPA established in 1983 is an apex State Training Institute funded by the Govt. of Haryana.

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Bloomberg Finance Lab has been set up at MDI Gurgaon with 9 (Nine) Bloomberg Terminals in the Computer Lab, Lakshya Building. The Mission of the Bloomberg Finance Lab is to support advanced applied research in financial markets and equip finance students/ managers with the mathematical and conceptual theories, and best practices in financial markets that go into the creation and management of innovative financial products.


  1. Integrate Theory with Real-World Practice
  2. Enrich the Curriculum
  3. MDPs and workshops can be designed using the Finance Lab
  4. It will also help in securing rank among the top b-schools of India, as lot of weightage has been given to this in ranking process.
  5. Lab will facilitate in Research, Teaching & Consultancy.

Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon and Director, Murshidabad has been appointed as the Independent Non- Executive Director w.e.f. December 07, 2018 of PTC India Limited (PTC), under Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Our Chairman Dr. E.S.Rao has ben awarded Today 10 December 2018 with the prestigious CEPM Fellowship Award for the year 2018 by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, Government of India at the 26th Global Symposium - 2018 on Managing Uncertainties in Today's Competitive Environment held at New Delhi, for his excellent and outstanding contribution in the area of Project and Risk Management.

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The MOU between ZHAW and MDI Gurgaon aims to foster development in teaching, research, cultural understanding, as well as international reputations of both institutions through: exchange of postgraduate students, faculty members and academic information and materials; the organization of joint corporate training programs, joint research programs, joint conferences; and other academic exchanges that both institutions agree to. The ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML) is one of Switzerland’s leading business schools. Research and consulting activities of ZHAW are theoretically sound and have practical value, focusing on immediate, efficient feasibility. The training courses and degree programs on offer are geared towards the needs of the real world.

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The team from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon emerged National Winners at the inaugural edition of RELEAD 2018, an All India Case Study Contest organized by ReNew Power in Gurugram on 23rd November, 2018. The winners received a cash prize of Rs.1.5 lakh and earned Pre Placement Interviews with ReNew Power along with an opportunity to visit one of ReNew’s project sites.

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Prof. (Dr.) Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon was invited as speaker at the BW B-School Excellence Conclave held on 20th November at Taj ManSingh New Delhi. He shared his views on topic Business Schools: The New Agents Of Social Change. Other speakers who shared their valuable insights on same topic were Dr. Prashant Mishra, Dean, IIM Calcutta, Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta, Head & Dean FMS, Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhokode, Prof. Manoj Pant, Director, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Director, T.A.Pai Management Institute. The session was chaired by Ms. Suman Jha, Executive Editor, BW Businessworld Media Pvt Ltd.

Video link of byte shared by Dr. Atmanad with Business world during conclave.

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Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, country's premier B school celebrated 25 years of MDI's flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) on Thursday at its Gurgaon Campus. PGPM, the two-year full-time flagship programme of MDI was started in 1994 to develop professional managers ready to work at responsible positions in a global environment. It has become an integral part of the Global Business Community with a flourishing cauldron of excellence in Management Education.

To cherish those 25 years, the institute is celebrating a row of commemorating events from 22nd to 24th November 2018.

Shri Rajesh Ramakrishnan, MD, Perfetti was the guest of honour and enlightened the gathering with his words of wisdom on passion and how it can make the life of student's enjoyable and successful. He said, ‘Lack of resources is never the problem; it is lack of resourcefulness that is often the problem'.

The ceremony was taken forward by Prof Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon. Sharing his valuable thoughts he said ‘The sole aim of MDI as an Institute is to disseminate knowledge and demonstrate students to learn the three-pronged approach – Connect, Nurture and Grow – with values. MDI believes in creating thought leaders and change makers who can lead the sectors they are in'.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by panel discussions on topics like; ‘Market Forces Impacting Management Education- The Industry Perspective with CEOs and CXOs.' ‘Sustaining Excellence in a global Business School – The Leadership perspective with the Directors of Top Management Institutes' and ‘MDI's Journey so far and the way Forward'. Big names like, Neelima Burra-CMO HP, Nitin Kaushal- Co-Founder Country Delight, Rajeev Malhotra- Founder and CEO Hotel Launcher, Vineet London- CMO, HCL, Professor Bharat Bhaskar- Director IIM Raipur, Prashant Nanda- Editor Mint, Girish Aivalli, Group Executive Director-IntelloLabs, Mayank Bansal, Director Global Infrastructure Partners and Arjun Wadhwa, CFO Career were present in the panel for discussion and have shared their insights.

The distinguished alums present during the occasion shared how MDI has grown over years considering the achievements so far and the memories of their education period at MDI.

The celebrations coincided with the inauguration ceremony of ‘Imperium 2018', the three-day annual festival. As part of celebrations, students performed songs, street plays dances and war of bands. During the fest brightest minds from colleges across the country will join at MDI. The institute will witness an audience diverse in culture, talent and form.

The daylong programme was concluded with a cultural evening graced by Nikhil D'Souza, singer, songwriter and guitarist from Bollywood Industry along with performances by Sanskriti Club.

~Management students and emerging business hot shots discusses about responsibility and vigilancy towards Profit, People and Planet at Samvaad 2018~

16th November,MDI, Gurgaon: The 2018 edition of Samvaad, annual business symposium hosted by the students of MDI Gurgaon was inaugrated on 16th November 2018 with the theme – ‘Sustainability, the key to business success’.

The annual event aimed to inextricably linking Success and Sustainability. The conclave was organized with an urge of achieving Success by being economically viable, socially responsible and envionamentally friendly which together is defined as sustainable.

Students of Executive Management Program, the organizing body of the forum was proud to host the chief guest, Sangeeta Talwar, India’s foremost FMCG women executive. She has made a name in the consumer products sector in India and has spearheaded the ‘2-minutes’ Maggie Campaign and ‘Jagoo Re’ Tata Tea Campaign. During the inaugral session of Samvaad’18, she highlighted the importance of sustainable existance, streching on the fact that Sustainability is key inorder to ensure business profitability and survival. Her thought on creating successful business demands the courage of letting go off established practices and embarcing innovation each day.

Prof. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon expressed his gratitude to the business leaders present together at MDI and shared that Indian Business world is evolving and the hunger for success is transparent in the market. To keep feeding this hunger, buisnesses needs growth and only sustainabilty can help in maintaining the growth consistency.

Keynote speakers at Samvaad 2018 included industry stalwarts like Abhinav Sinha, Country Manager – Supply Chain & Logistics, Michelin, Amrendra Kumar, Head – Partnerships and Supply Chain Management, Tata Steel, Major (Retd.) Aval Sethi, Founder & CEO, ProTaiga, Meharban Singh, VP & Head - Purchase Corporate, Lava International Ltd., Atul Suri, Strategic Business Unit Head, Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, S Ramesh Shankar, Executive Vice President & Head of HR-South Asia, Siemens, SK Bose, Executive Director (HRD), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Abhinav Verma, Head – Marketing, Huawei India, Amit Gujral, Chief Marketing Officer - LG Electronics India, Kaushik Prasad, General Manager - Consumer Marketing, Ford India and Sharad Harjai, Director- Marketing, Grofers.

The various topics discussed during the event included, Emerging trends and their role in supply chain & logistics, leveraging HR for sustainable competetive advantage and marketing during the era of technological disruptions & innovations.

Samvaad 2018, concluded with the note that Sustainability is the form of triple bottom line reporting system whereby a business enterprise communicates to their stakeholders about its economic, environmental and social performances. They also conveyed that business will be sustainable when the employess are vigilant and responsible towards its profit margins, people and planet.

About MDI, Gurgaon: MDI is one of the top B-Schools in India, established in 1973 by Industrial Finance Corporation of India and is located in Gurgaon, a commercial hub near the Indian capital of New Delhi. Its second campus has come up near Murshidabad, West Bengal.

The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive management programmes. MDI has the distinction of being the first internationally accredited Indian B-School. It was accredited by South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) in 2005. The long term Education Programmes are accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), U.K. The PG Programmes in Management offered by MDI are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi. Its PGPM has been awarded “A” Grade by the ‘National Board of Accreditation’ of All India Council for Technical Education. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI amongst the top B-Schools of the country.

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The Alumni Relations Committee and MDI Gurgaon invite all the alumni to the National Alumni Meet being organised on 17th November, 2018 in Library Greens, MDI Gurgaon from 7:30 PM.

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Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service of the Russian Federation (RANEPA) visit to MDI Gurgaon on 31 Oct 2018.

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The Alumni Relations Committee, MDI Gurgaon invites all our alumni to the Regional Alumni Meet, 2018 being organised on 3rd and 4th November, 2018 in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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MDI inked pact with ALBA Graduate Business School, at The American College of Greece (Greece) for educational and professional exchange. In pursuit of common interest in teaching and research and other academic activities, MDI and ALBA, agree to partner in a co-operation program aimed at facilitating in teaching between the two institutes. This partnership shall embody an reciprocal relationship between the two institutes.

Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, MD & CEO, IFCI Limited & Chairman, BoG MDI Gurgaon addressed MDI community and students on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2.30 pm.The topic of interaction was ‘Strategy, Start-ups & Artificial Intelligence in the Present Business Ecosystem’.

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Indian corporations are suffering from workplace stress and bad health and a compassionate approach towards workforce is urgently required. It is a well-known fact and is further supported by the latest surveys, which state that nearly half of the employees suffer from some kind of stress related diseases, according to the findings of the survey by Optum and reported in economic times dated June 26, 2018, conducted among 800,000 employees in 70 large companies, each with a minimum workforce of 4,500. The proportion of workers at high risk of suicide due to unmanageable stress has grown to 8% in 2018 from 2-4% two years ago.

In a survey of leaders of major global organizations by Rasmus Hougaard, MD , Project potential, 91% said compassion is very important for leadership and 80% would like to enhance their compassion but do not know how!

Realizing the need to study this particular phenomenon and in order to find out common solution, MDI Gurgaon in association with Tibet House invited business leaders and management fraternity to come together and deliberate on a framework and measures for compassion based management of resources on “Compassionate Corporations: Business Leaders’ Dialogue” on 11 September 2018. In line with the vision of MDI Gurgaon, to be a school for ‘Thought Leaders and Change Masters’, this thought leadership intiative was an attempt to start a dialogue between industry and academia on building a shared understanding of framework for compassion at the workplace.

As HH Dalai Lama says, if you want to be happy, practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

Compassion is relational by nature and thus embodied through interpersonal connections with other human beings. Being compassionate at the work place may mean seeing our work not only as a 'job', but as a calling to help and serve others, or looking at how our work impacts those around us. Leaders’ persuasion and inspiration involving appropriate emotional elements such as compassion turn out to be more effective than a rational approach towards managing her/ his employees. It has been seen that Corporate are not only giving immense attention towards this problem of but are also revising and formulating HR Policies in a tailored manner to manage stress and discomfort level of the working force but current intervention for employee happiness are not adaequate and a more compassionate approach is the need of the hour..

The esteemed gathering was welcomed by Dr. Himadri Das, Director MDI Gurgaon.

Prof. Tanuja Sharma, Event Convener, MDI Gurgaon elucidated “the alarming numbers of depressions, increasing percentage of stress related bad health cases and increasing percentage of suicide cases provoked us to bring together like minded people to deliberate upon this topic and to come up with an effective resolution”.

Padma Bhushan Mr. Muthuraman, Ex Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, said ‘Corporations won’t be compassionate unless it is bringing in profitability and sustainability. The main issues are the forces which go against compassion. We should know what to communicate and how to link it up with pillars of benefits and success”. Speaking on the occasion Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director, Tibet House said. “We need to bring compassion as a universal code into the education system. Since early days one should begin taking care of not only mind but also of heart. The agenda is to grow and not suffer”.

In this time of environmental crisis and social schisms, it is time that businesses take cognizance of compassion at workplace not only in terms of formulating processes and practices to enhance it, but also in changing the mindset which impacts dealings/transactions. Organizations should focus on creating a leadership model that promotes care and kindness to employees aiming on releasing stress for higher productivity.

The dialogue was moderated by Mr. G. Ravindran, Chair Professor,,

The event was a collaborative effort and was conceptualized and organized by a group of faculty and students of MDI, Gurgaon and two external members, Mr. G. Ravindran, Chair Professor,, and Dr Sunita Chugh, founder, ‘On Last mile’.

The Thought Leaders who were present at the dialogue forum were Mr. Muthuraman, Ex Vice Chairman, Tata Steel; Mr. Lakshminarayanan, Chairman of Board, WEBCO (India) Ltd..Mr. Vinod Sharma, Managing Director, Deki Electronics; Vivek Mehra, CEO and MD, Sage Publishing; Ms. Ananya Birla, Mr. Manmohan Tiwana, MD and CEO, Wodehouse Capital Ashutosh khanna, Kornferry, Mr. Prabal Chakraborty, Boston Scientific, Ms. Anchal Jain, Co-Chair CCBP, IIM-A; ; Mr. Birender Ahluwalia, Founder and CEO, Positivity Company; Mr. Chendil Nathan T Vijay, Head of SDC LoB Solutions, SEA Nearshore Center; Mr. Kamlesh Vyas, Partner Deloitte; Mr. Deepak Srivastava, CEO, Parrot Solutions; Ms. Kanupriya Verma, COO, Curocarte India;; Mr. Marut Bhardwaj, Country Director, Potential Project India, Ms. Paroma Roy Chowdhury, VP, SoftBank Group Intl. Director, Asia Communications; Ms. Pooja Pathak, Director, Media Mantra (PR),; Satya Narayan, Chairman and Founder, Career Launcher; Mr. Suhas Tuljapurkar, Managing Partner, Legasis Services;; Mr. Nitin Dua and Ms. Nipun Mehta. Nagarro.

International speakers who sent their video address on why companies should be compassionate include Prof. Dave Ulrich, University of Michigan, Dr. Rasmus Hougaard, MD, Potential Project and Ds. Meysam Poorkavoos, Senior Research, Roffey Park Institute.UK.

The article titled "Total rewards components and work happiness in new ventures: The mediating role of work engagement" co-authored by Ms. Gaatha Gulyani, FPM Scholar and Prof. Tanuja Sharma has been published in Evidence-based HRM: a Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship (EBHRM) journal. This journal is ranked by Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) Academic Journal Guide, Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List - B Ranking, NDS (Norway).

The students club HRDN at MDI Gurgaon organized a learning evening on “PHENOMENOLOGICAL WAYS OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND TRIPLE LOOP LEARNING” in partnership with OD Alternatives (ODA) on 31 July, 2018. About thirty HR leaders from top companies engaged in a ninety minutes ‘Fish bowl’ discussion on the topic.

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MDI Gurgaon inaugurated Fellow Programme in Management 2018 Batch on 18 July, 2018. The inaugural address on this momentous occasion was delivered by Dr. Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur. Dr. Shah shared his valuable insights with scholars and other faculty members present in the ceremony.

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MDI Gurgaon is the largest school for training and development of managers. The institute prides itself for the personalized training modules that it offers to companies especially at the senior levels. Taking forward this legacy MDI Gurgaon on 09 July, 2018 started Independents Director's Programme for Senior Officers of Armed Forces. The duration of the programme is two weeks.

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MDI Gurgaon inaugurated 12th Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (2018-19) on 09 July, 2018. The welcome address was delivered by Prof. Alok Misra, Chairperson, School of Public Policy. Dr. Himadri Das, Director MDI Gurgaon shared his valuable insights with participants and other faculty members present on the occasion.

The key note address was delivered by Sri M. K. Mishra, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Govt. of India & Board member, MDI. The ceremony was summed up with a vote of thanks by Prof. S K Tapasvi, Area Chair, Public Policy.

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The paper titled "A literature review and perspectives in reverse logistics" co-authored by Prof. Rajesh K. Singh published in international journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling (Impact factor 5.12) has been awarded as Most Cited Paper 2017 based on high number of citations received in three years following its publication. The award was given in International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS-2018) at Beijing during 27-29 June, 2018.

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The paper titled "HR analytics and performance appraisal system: a conceptual framework for employee performance improvement" co-authored by Ms. Anshu Sharma, FPM Scholar and Prof. Tanuja Sharma published in Management Research Review has been selected as Highly Commended in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards by the editorial team of Emerald Publishing.

Top Business Executives gather at MDI Gurgaon to discuss strategies to realize the potential of the Indian BoP Market

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In order to understand the constantly changing and challenging market scenarios, India’s premier B-school MDI Gurgaon organized a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Driving growth in India by serving the BOP segment’ on 04 July 2018. The roundtable was chaired by renowned marketing Guru, Prof. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Chair in Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.

The roundtable witnessed participation of Industry stalwarts from Tata Communications, Google India, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Max Healthcare, Jabong, Future Brands Limited,  Businessworld Media Group, exchange4Media Group, Bata India, HP,, SRF Foundation, CBRE, The MargDarshak Inc., IL&FS, Global Team Blue (Ford), Excel4apps, Arvind Fashions Limited, Smartron, HarVa XPO and Lava International Limited.

The discussion evolved around how low income consumer markets worldwide are growing faster than the growth of the economy. India’s market is at least USD 1 trillion, which is highly unorganized and unbranded. The discretionary income is greater among the low income consumers because they pay no taxes, spend less on rent, and get subsidies from the government. Access to this low income consumer group is a challenge as they live in rural markets, which are unorganized and fragmented. The big Indian industries should have a separate strategy to take care of the rural market, from product design to supply chain management.

The market is full of opportunities at the base of the pyramid. It is wide open for technological innovations to tap the potential and uniqueness of these markets. It is important to understand the unbranded competition and the value proposition they offer.

Prof. Jagdish Sheth while sharing his valuable insights highlighted the significant role which recent government initiatives like Make in India and Digital India will play in organizing lower income consumer markets through scale and efficiency.

The industry participants present at the roundtable brainstormed on how the unexplored rural market and low income consumer group can be tapped through innovative marketing strategies like converting unbranded to branded consumption, non-users to users, developing used goods market, inventing new ways to distribute products, developing aspirational brands, and repackaging the products in smaller sizes to make it affordable.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Himadri Das, Director MDI Gurgaon said “We are considering setting up a Center for BoP Marketing, to be mentored by Prof. Jagdish Sheth. This will be run as an industry consortium sponsored research center where consortium members will finance the center to do research that is of relevance to them. The research output will first be shared with the consortium members before publishing in academic journals.”

The seminar was also attended by MDI faculty members and research scholars. Prof Sheth impressed upon them on how time management and stress management become a key in producing high quality research output while balancing other demands on their time. He said faculty should balance between newsworthy research, memorable teaching, and transformational service.

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MDI is delighted to share that the research of Ms. Anshu Sharma, FPM Scholar who convocated in 2018 titled "Determinants of organizational learning capability in the digital age: role of enterprise social media, social capital and informal learning", done under the supervision of TAC, Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Prof. M. P. Jaiswal and Prof. Mohan Tithe, Griffith School, Australia has been chosen by the editorial team of Leadership & Organization Development Journal as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2017 Emerald/ EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Leadership and Organization Development category.

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MDI Gurgaon has signed an MoU with Airport Authority of India (AAI) for conducting nine Training Programmes for AAI Executives for Functional Heads, Senior Management and Middle Management of Airport Authority of India (three for each category every year and total 9 during three financial years).

MDI is delighted to share that the research of Ms. Anshu Sharma, FPM Scholar who convocated in 2018 titled "Determinants of organizational learning capability in the digital age: role of enterprise social media, social capital and informal learning", done under the supervision of TAC, Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Prof. M. P. Jaiswal and Prof. Mohan Tithe, Griffith School, Australia has been chosen by the editorial team of Leadership & Organization Development Journal as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2017 Emerald/ EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Leadership and Organization Development category.

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As a fast growing economy with high levels of competition and multiple global recession cycles, work related stress has become more common and less acceptable at Indian workplaces.

The changing social fabric and social traditions which play a role in personal lives, has a direct impact on the physical, mental and emotional health of the workforce at all levels. Chronic and lifestyle related health issues are growing rapidly among the so called ‘Young India workforce’. It is predicted that by 2025, India will have more than 57% of the population suffering from diabetes. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity are seen as high-risk elements in employee health and wellness that will impact the workforce. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.

As a two-step programme, MDI Gurgaon started its 7 th day of Induction Progarmme by celebrating International Yoga Day with Yogacharya Dr. Navdeep Joshi from “NAVYOGA”. Dr. Joshi introduced various stress relieving Yoga exercises to the students. With factors from meeting the deadlines, pressure from bosses, work load, etc stress has become a permanent resident in lives of professionals as well as students. More than 500 students participated in the yoga day celebration.

Stress is the root cause of many diseases, to create awareness about this critical issue prevailing in our society a Workshop on Yoga to Manage Corporate Stress, by Ms. Vandana Aadesh, senior faculty of The Art of Living was arranged for students in the evening hours. The workshop sensitized students of various stress busting exercises which will be beneficial to them in long run.

Mental health should be of utmost importance as it affects the holistic well-being of the individual and the societies in a larger perspective. Corporates across India so have become sensitive to the prevalent health issues and the impact of stress at the workplace on performance and productivity. As a result, leadership firms as well as management institutes like MDI Gurgaon are working at building health and wellness programs that make the workforce a lot stronger to beat the external challenges

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India’s one of the premier business school Management Development Institute, Gurgaon commenced its 10-day induction programme for the Batch of 2018-20 from 15 June, 2018. The 10-day long induction ceremony comprised students belonging to Post Graduate Programs namely 25th batch of Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), 15th batch of PGP - Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM) and 13th batch of PGP-International Management (PGP-IM).The ceremony provided a glimpse of exciting and inspiring academic journey the students will take in the years ahead from the stalwarts of the industry.

Peer group pressure in professional setup is at an all-time high. There’s a growing list of deadlines to hit, deliverables to execute on, relationships to build, projects to deliver, emails to check, calendars to manage, and action items to follow-up on. Induction programme plays a vital role in the student’s life as it provides them, the brief outlook of not just the academic curriculum challenges but also familiarises with the Institute and it’s various facilites.

In an inspiring and motivating start to the mega induction programme, Dr. Himadri Das, Director, MDI Gurgaon emphasized the importance of networking skills and highlighted unforgettable and learning oriented journey at MDI.

Continuing the momentum of programme introduction, Mr. Shrikant Lonikar, CHRO & Director, Pernod Ricard enthused attendees “to get motivated by challenges and not be intimated by them”. One should enjoy one's life and stay committed to one’s purpose. The key is to compete with yourself and not others. Find encouragement in your challenges and watch yourself improve day-by-day”.

MDI Gurgaon upholds an exemplified approach to holistic education. The Institute believes not only in enhancing the growth of students on the academic parameters but also help develop them 360 degree.

Talking about the importance of sustainability Dr. Tapan Sahoo, Sr. VP, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said « world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, one needs vision, understanding, clarity and agility. The three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental can be measured. And, what can be measured can be improved ». On the other hand Mr. Tej Kapoor, MD & Head, Fosun RI Capital India in his keynote address talked about the venture capitalist market in US, UK, China, South Africa and India. Mr. Kapoor highlighted the initiatives taken by current government for the development and embracement of newer technologies in the subcontinent”. 

To unveil the importance of fitness and as an aim to create more healthy corporate professionals, a workshop on Yoga to Manage Corporate Stress has been planned on June 21st, International Yoga Day.

Other dignitaires present in this Mega 10-Day programme are Mr. Amit Boni (Vice President, Smartron), Mr. Sudhanshu Gupta (Vice President, PayTm), Dr. Suresh Reddy (CEO, SRF Foundation), Mr. Abhishek Srivastava (Co-Founder & CEO, MBATrek), Mr. Hetal Sonpal (COO, Wigzo Technologies), Mr. Harikrishnan Nair (Co-Founder, Great Learning), Mr. K. P. Sharma (Vice President, Schneider Electric), Mr. Amit Garg (Category Head, Dabur) Mr. Vaibhav Goel (Head-HR, Reliance Industries), Mr. Ram Kuppuswamy (Global CPO, Airtel), Ms. Aakratee Vajpai (AVP-HR, Jubiliant FoodWorks), Mr. Satyam Manohar (Sales Manager, Nivea), Mr. Ankur Warikoo (Co-founder & CEO, Nearbuy), Mr. Nishchae Suri (Partner & Head KPMG Academy), Mr. Vikas Singh (Managing Director, Pearson India), Mr. Munish Malhotra (Director, Eli Lilly & Company), Mr. Rishi Vasudev (Vice President, Flipkart), Mr. Akshay Chadha (HR Manager, Microsoft), Mr. Vikram Bector (Group Chief Human Resources, Piramal), Ms. Atoshi Chakraborty (Head, Performance Marketing & App,, Mr. Rohit Sharma (Associate Partner, IBM), Mr. Ramakant Khandelwal (CMO, Payback India), Mr. Deepayan Sen Sharma (HR Director, JLT), among others.

The induction programme brought all the industry stalwarts under one roof. This platform provided students an opportunity to express their fears and made them aware of current managerial scenarios.

About MDI Gurgaon:
Management Development Institute (MDI),Gurgaon, established in 1973, a top ranking business school in India with vision to be a ‘Global Business School’, is a centre of excellence in management education, high quality research, executive development, and value added consultancy. The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive programmes. It is the first Indian Business School and second in Asia to be accredited by ‘Association of MBAs’ (AMBA), UK. MDI is also South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) accredited by AMDISA in 2005. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI amongst the top B-Schools of the country. The PG Programme in Management offered by MDI are recognised and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

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MDI Gurgaon signed MoU with Stockbay Partners on 15 June, 2018 for furthering the consulting and continuing education initiatives in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence and management. The MoU was signed by Dean Consulting, Continuing Education & Corporate Communication MDI Gurgaon - Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar and Co-founder Stockbay Partners - Mr. Sudhir Nayak.

Stockbay Partners have proven to successfully help their customers by developing customized models and algorithms using Deep Learning, Predictive Analysis, Statistical Modeling, Data Mining, Supervised/Unsupervised Learning. This partnership will help MDI Gurgaon to develop business opportunities for joint-consulting, training and research.

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Taking another giant stride towards its vision of academic excellence and continuous innovation and help its students showcase their talent at a global stage and learn from the best in the business, MDI Gurgaon signed a dual degree Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ESCP Europe at Gurugram based campus on Wednesday 18 April, 2018.This pact becomes important in view of the recent India visit by the French President, Emmanuel Macron. This partnership of equals in education industry will bolster management education and create global business leaders.

Through this international collaboration, MDI students will spend first year in MDI and second year in ESCP Europe. At the end of their academic years, the student will be entitled to get dual degrees - the MDI Post Graduate Diploma in International Management (PGPIM) and the ESCP Masters in Management (MIM). Like the International Management Programme of MDI, the MIM Programme at ESCP Europe is equally reckoned world-wide and aims at developing the next generation of international business leaders to embrace global opportunities. The MIM program at ESCP Europe is ranked 6th in entire Europe by Financial Times.

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world. Its mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity. The prestigious B-School has its urban campuses in six major European cities namely, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Torino and Warsaw. ESCP Europe's true European Identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a Global Perspective on international management issues.

On this historic occasion of coming together of two institutions from East and West, Prof. Leon Laulusa, Executive Vice-President, Dean for Academic Affairs and International Relations at ESCP Europe shared “this collaboration with our flagship programme will emphasize on mutual recognition of degrees, blended learning and cultural integration. Our partnership with globally acclaimed MDI is one such initiative whereby students will benefit from an Indian and a foreign degree both.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Himadri Das, Director, MDI, said, “The two schools are the pioneers in higher business education industry and together we will work on an ambitious growth plan. This watershed event will create the trend for schools to follow. We can grow faster as our partnership grows”.

The ceremony was attended by Prof. Jyoti Gupta, Professor of Finance at ESCP Europe who is involved with teaching and research activities at both the London and Paris campuses of ESCP Europe. Also present were Prof. S Chatterjee, Dean – International Relations, MDI and Prof. Avinash Kapoor, Chairperson, International Relations MDI.

About MDI: 

MDI is one of the top B-Schools of the country. The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive management programmes. MDI has the distinction of being the first internationally accredited Indian B-School. It was accredited by South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) in 2005. The long-term Education Programmes are accredited reaccredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), U.K. The PG Programmes in Management offered by MDI are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI amongst the top B-Schools of the country.

MDI Gurgaon on Wednesday, 04 April 2018 inaugurated the 31st National Management Programme (NMP) 2018-19. Shri. Aniruddha Ganguly, Group President, Human Resources, GMR Group graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

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MDI Gurgaon on Sunday, 08 April 2018 inaugurated the 32nd batch of PGPM - Part Time 2018-19. Mr. Amal Sinha, CEO, BSES Rajdhani Pvt Ltd was the Chief Guest to deliver the inaugural address. Moreover, Mr. Mussarat Hussain, GM Training, MSIL, Ms. Akshi Jindal, CEO Barmalt Pvt Ltd & Mr. Anurag Bhola, Founder & Director, iPLANET were the guest of honor.

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India's premier B School, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, held its annual convocation on March 24, 2018. It was an occasion to celebrate and honour the successful journey of its students who are ready to take on the corporate world. Shri G M Rao, Group Chairman of the GMR Group, graced the event as its Chief Guest and conferred diplomas to the graduating students. Shri Rao, who is an industry veteran, inspired the students as they embark upon a new journey in their lives.

Shri G M Rao has travelled a long way in his life. His life journey from a student leader to a trader to a manufacturer to a banker to an infrastructure developer is truly inspiring. Starting his entrepreneurial journey from a small jute mill in the remote village, he went on to create a mammoth infrastructure conglomerate. In the last four decades, he has established the GMR Group as country's leading Real Estate brand. In the field of infrastructure, GMR Group has done some exemplary work with its prime focus on the development of Airports, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure, including SEZ.

Congratulating the graduating students Shri Rao shared his learning’s while describing his life journey. “He attributed his success to his hardwork and his habit of going into depth and details of the business. In this complex and challenging world it is very important to develop soft skills and positive attitude. As entrepreneurs, one has to come out of the comfort zone and be emotionally detached in achieving the vision. He advised the students, “Never be egoistic but be humble and polite, embrace the change and take risks”.

Delivering the welcome address Chairman of the MDI Board of Governors, Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, said “MDI Gurgaon gives preference to excellence. The institute prides itself on cultivating what it calls change agents and these students graduate to become catalysts of social revolutions with simple innovations, steeped in both social and business principles with a humanitarian touch. These students will be able to navigate complexity and create opportunities to sustain the world we live and work in. In this stable macroeconomic and progressive policy driven environment, they will be the pivots of change”.

On this occasion, 489 students from various Post Graduate Management Programmes and 5 Fellow Scholars were bestowed upon their diplomas. 24 medals were awarded to the meritorious students for excelling in their respective courses. 

Commenting on the success achieved by the students, and encouraging them to adopt a more holistic view of success, Dr. Himadri Das, Director, MDI Gurgaon elaborated the accomplishments of MDI in the academic year of 2017-18. “He exhorted the students to embrace technology and be proactive in finding ways to use it. He said, we are on the cusp of an era where data science, AI and Machine Learning will completely change the way work is done. If you do not use technology to disrupt business models and leapfrog ahead, technology will disrupt you and make you obsolete. You need to stay ahead of the game and be the agent of technology-enabled change”.

Highlighting the achievements of highly-qualified faculty members, Dr Das informed that they have published 9 books, 114 research papers and cases in leading national and international journals. Some of these were published in Harvard Business Review and received awards & recognition at various forums, including Academy of Management. 33 of MDI faculty members presented their research at various national and international conferences. MDI sent around 100 students in 2017-18 abroad under its student exchange programme and overseas learning. 28 foreign students from partner institute visited MDI in the same year. 

Total of 331 students participated in the placement process for the batch of 2016-18, with 240 students from the PGPM course, 59 students from the PGP-HRM course and 32 from the PGP-IM course. A total of 119 companies confirmed their participation in the final placement process. 109 received pre-placement offers either from their summer internship organizations or through various B-school competitions. The average CTC across the three courses offered by MDI stood at Rs.19.17 LPA with the highest domestic CTC being Rs.35 LPA. 15 students bagged international offers across industries. The highest overall CTC offered in this season was from Tolaram Group which extended 6 international offers to the students with the annual package of Rs.55 lakh.

This year, MDI received global recognition as an Advanced signatory of PRIME (Principles of Responsible Management Education), an initiative of UN Global Compact. The convocation was a grand affair which began with a splendid colourful procession. The two-day occasion also witnessed a pre-convocation ceremony on 23rd March 2018. The function was made special by the presence of the parents, friends and families of the graduating students. The recent graduates, on the other hand, were cheerful and exuded confidence that reflected the level of preparedness and competence of MDI students to tackle the challenges of the business world out there.


Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao, Chairman

Members of the Board of Governors and Faculty cordially invite you to the

Convocation 2018

On Saturday, 24th March 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at MDI Gurgaon

Shri G M Rao

Group Chairman, GMR Group
has kindly consented to deliver the Convocation Address

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Dr. Himadri Das is the Director of MDI, Gurgaon where he came on board in the beginning of 2018. Before MDI he was the Director of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon for five years and prior to that he was at the International Management Institute, Delhi for eleven years in a variety of leadership roles out of which five years were as the Dean (Academic Programs). Prior to these academic roles, he has about thirteen years of corporate experience mainly in the IT products and services industry, in the US and India, for software multinationals involved with products for engineering and financial applications.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Luxembourg, the University of Tampere in Finland, and the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.

He has a B.Tech. and MBA from IIT Delhi and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, USA."

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MDI Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in India, hosted a two-day (Dec 5-6, 2017) national conference on ‘Managing Change in Evolving Economic Scenario’ in collaboration with ASSOCHAM.

The two-day long conference aims at enriching the participants about the transformation the global economic environment is undergoing. There has been quantitative and qualitative shift in trade and business opportunities across nations. Due to competition and evolving market dynamics, business strategies and models in organizations are always in a constant state of flux and therefore the challenge to manage business requires new ways of thinking. India has initiated various reforms and policies to facilitate ease of doing business both for domestic and foreign investors. There is requirement for critical thinking and a desire to question and seek creative answers and outcomes in order to create a healthy socio-economic system. In this context the conference provides opportunities to present and discuss issues dealing with changing economic and competitive environment from the perspective of managers, businesses, academicians, sociologists and economists. Prof. Radha R. Sharma, Dean – Research, CoE, EV, CC, FPM welcomed the audience.

The Chief Guest for the conference Shri. Upendra Khuswaha, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD, Ministry of HRD, GOI said “there is a need of self employment, try to become a job creator rather than a job seeker. He talked about the various initiatives like Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Startup India Modi Government has introduced for betterment of the society”.

While addressing the esteemed audience, Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon, said, “Learning is an integrated process; our focus should be on adapting to changes taking place due to economy transform”. Continuing on Conference theme, Shri. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM elaborated “Change is one of the basic characteristics of the nature itself. Everyone, be it individual or organizations are subject to change. The rapid scientific technological advancements are reshaping the world”.

Shri. Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD, GOI while delivering the inaugural address shared “change is possible if it is politically acceptable, socially desirable, financially viable, technologically feasible and administratively doable however we ourselves have to become change agents”.

The conference chairs, Prof. Leena A. Kaushal and Prof. Priyanka Vallabh delivered the address as a knowledge partner and vote of thanks respectively.

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Management Development Institute, Gurgaon one of India’s leading B-schools, hosted its Annual National Management convention — Delphique 2017 from November 24 to 26 on the theme “Digital Transformation: How Digital Technology is Transforming the Indian Business Landscape”. The three day convention was a confluence of events like the Knowledge Panel discussions on varied verticals of management, Vincenza – National Business Plan competition, Cerebro – The National case study competition, DIALETIC – National B-school Debate competition etc.

The event was inaugurated with a welcome address by Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon. Prof. Shrimali said “Delphique is the platform where one can differentiate from other campuses. It helps in inculcating debating and analytical skills among the students”. The Guest of Honor Shri. V. Umashankar, IAS Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon said. “It’s an honor to be at MDI Campus” Speaking on the topic 'How Digital Technology is shaping Indian Public Administration' he added “the Digital India program transforms the country into a digital empowered society and knowledge economy. Information can travel in nano-seconds through digitization and this has greatly helped in decision making in every sphere of life”.

Famously known as Red-Carpet event of MDI, the convention is in its 21st year and is famous for bringing management research in focus. It is the perfect platform for people from the Industry (knowledge partners and panellists), academia and the student community to interact and discuss their perspectives regarding various issues in different verticals of management.

While addressing the gathering, Dr. Sanjay G. Dhande, Chairman, Board of Governors, MDI and Chief Guest for the occasion spoke on growth prospects of Indian Economy and its three components; agriculture, industry and services. “Knowledge economy will be the key to a nation’s development and programs like Delphique provide a great opportunity to showcase such talents to achieve a confluence of in-depth research, innovation through new thinking, and industry expertise, to address the collective need of efficient problem solving in today’s dynamic business landscape."

With participation of top corporate leaders from different management backgrounds, this year's event was buzzing with research and intense discussion on contemporary topics, such as e-wallets, Digital Marketing Campaigns, Effectiveness of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Redefining last mile Delivery Services, How can Indian manufacturing industry lead Industry 4.0 globally and more. For the students the discussions were an extensive learning experience filled with insights and industry expertise.

Highlight of the convention was Research Panel Discussions facilitating stalwarts from the industry, eminent faculty and the brightest young minds to exchange ideas and critically evaluate various issues pertaining to several domains like Marketing, Finance, Operations, Analytics, HR, and Strategy etc.

Hallmark events at convention like, Vincenza – National Business Plan Competition allowed students to pitch their ideas to industry giants. Another major highlight was the Cerebro - National Case Study competition, which was conducted in association with American Express. More than 400 plus participants across top B-schools in India took part in the competition, with the scenarios getting tougher in each round. The event saw participation from management institutes like IIM Ahemdabad, S P Jain Institute – Mumbai, FMS Delhi, IIM Kozikhode, TISS Mumbai and many more.

For all the assertive, articulate and opinionated orators, Delphique 2017 offered Dialectic, a debate amongst the best of speakers from B-schools across the country.

"Events such as Delphique allow us to gain a practical perspective to things through the eyes of the leaders in the corporate arena. The intense discussions, Q&A sessions, competitions are akin to mind workout sessions, said "Avishek Agarwal, Secretary, Delphique.

The three-day event was partnered by Indian Oil, SBICAP, Flipkart, Equirus, ICRA, Kantar MillwardBrown, Michael Page, PayPal, American Express, Ogilvy , Caterspoint, EY, Moglix and TiE FOSUN Capital , YourNest, AMEX, IRFC and tbb. Business Standard was the print media partner for this event.

Indian economy's future and prospectus were discussed by industry leaders at Samvaad 2017, the third annual leadership conclave organized by students of National Management Programme at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon on Saturday, 18 November. Samvaad is an annual business symposium organized by the executive batch students of MDI Gurgaon which provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas among the brightest minds in the country. The conclave gathered industry experts from all occupations to provide insights on this year's theme - 'EMERGING INDIA - THE ROAD AHEAD'.

While welcoming the esteemed guests, faculty members and students, Prof. J. K. Jain, Chairperson - NMP spoke about the successful journey of the NMP Programme and the laurels it has earned for MDI. He also applauded Samvaad for celebrating 3 years of excellence.

Highlighting the significance of this initiative, Prof. Sangeeta S. Bharadwaj, Dean - Executive Graduate Programme said, “Developing young managers to be good leaders is the soul of NMP programme in MDI. She hailed if for setting benchmarks and promoting engagement, excitement and an environment of learning”.

The conclave was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Mr. Rajnish Datta, Senior President, Human Capital Management, Yes Bank, and Guest of Honour, Mr. Sanjay Vidyarthi, Managing Director, IQOR India.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Datta said “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”. Where as Mr. Vidyarthi reflected that “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”.

The first panel discussion began with an electric debate on the theme "Changing Business Landscape in Digital Era". The panellists stressed on the need for sustainable solutions which are necessary for India’s progress. The technology has created a global platform and a marketplace with huge potential. 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 panellists were Mr. Shivam Srivastav, Regional Manager - India (North/East) & Bangladesh, SAP and Mr. Rakesh Vij, Ex CBO, Aricent and Prof. Anjali Kaushik from MDI Gurgaon.

The second session was on 'Pioneering Make in India Vision'. The panellists shared their views on how the business environment in India differs from 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 Mr. Utkarsh Amitabh, Business Development Manager, Microsoft; Cofounder Network Capital; Global Shaper – World Economic Forum, Mr. Brij Nadan, Executive Director, M/S DLF Limited and Mr. 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 Mr. Jyoti Prakash Gadia, MD Resurgent India Ltd, Mr. Aditya Mishra, CFO, GE Renewable, Ms. Neha Rustagi, Associate Director, PwC India and Mr. 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 Mr. Anirush Patil, Director, Mckinsey & Company, India Knowledge Centres, Mr. Sharat Sharma, Director, DMRC and Mr. 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.

The annual sports, cultural and management festival of the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon – Imperium 2017 – brought together the ace minds of the management world for 72-hour non-stop mega event.


The festival, held from 10-12 of November, gave students a chance to develop themselves holistically with adequate exposure to diverse skill sets under the theme ‘Challenge the status quo’. With the event, MDI has been successful in bringing to the fore - future managers' passion, determination and intellect and come up with new and innovative ideas through a series of games and events that tested the participant at a conceptual and implementation levels.

Imperium, the flagship management event of MDI, is an effort to bring together under one roof some of the brightest young minds from the top B-Schools across the country.  This year’s event saw the participation of 400+ students from India’s top B-schools, including SRCC Delhi, IIM Lucknow, IMI Delhi, IIM Kashipur, FMS Delhi, BIMTEC, NMIMS, MICA and JBIMS amongst others.

The festival was inaugurated by Major General Jagatbir Singh, VSM - Director General, Resettlement, who emphasized the need to leverage the benefits of the technologically advanced age in which we live. He also spoke about the importance of physical strength and mental agility.

The three day event witnessed several cultural programs like musical band performance by Sufi group Tarkash, case-study competitions, street plays, etc. The most popular event of the show was the stand-up comedy act by Mr. Karunesh Talwar, the former actor and writer of AIB, the Mumbai-based popular comedy sketch group. This flagship event of MDI, with its variety of management events and on the spot games, provided the opportunity to build networks, shape managerial skills and utilize classroom theories into practice all combined with tonnes of fun and entertainment. The activities comprised competitive case study competitions across various management domains such as Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Strategy, etc. and initiating discussions with think-tanks and events held for corporate executives.

Among the many winners of the cultural events were Philip, Sri Venkateswara College (Solo Dance), Panache, SRCC (Group Dance), Mallika Sharma, JP Institute of IT (Campus Princess) and Moksh, Sri Aurbindo College (Street Play). The gold medals for football, snooker and volleyball were swept by home teams of MDI Gurgaon while MDI Alums and BIMTEC put up a great fight in all three games.

Management games were conducted by academic clubs such as the Marquity, Monetrix, HRDirection, IMPulse, Strategist, ThinC as well as flagship events such as Beyond Karma, Phalanx and Nautica.

Imperium’17 was supported by numerous corporate partners; title sponsor Honda, associate sponsors BCCL, Petronet LNG, NTPC, L’Oreal, food partner Maggi, logistics partner Safexpress and the event partners Fbb India, Miss India Organization and several others.

Gurgaon based one of India’s most reputed B-school, Management Development Institute (MDI), organized the third edition of HR Conclave titled “HR Agility: Conquering the Chaos” on Nov 4, 2017. The event brought together top industry leaders under one roof for a healthy, open exchange of ideas to chart the future course of HR industry.

Organised with an aim to discuss current challenges the companies are facing owing to the fast-changing and unpredictable business environment, the HR Conclave 3.0 opened with a welcome address by Prof. D. P. Goyal, Dean – Graduate Programmes and Prof. Sumita Rai, Chairperson – PGP-HRM the initiator of HR Conclave in MDI Gurgaon.

The Conclave was graced by Mr. Rajiv Jayraman, Founder-CEO & CPO, Knolskape, who was present as the chief guest. While addressing the audience Mr. Jayraman in his inaugural address said “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies in the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the Year 2000. As we enter into an era of Digital Blur, we need a redefined framework in Human Resources Management. HR Professionals have to play a strategic role in the organizations being an execution assurance department”.

The event kick-started with first session on Mergers and Acquisitions: How to tackle the Herculean task of culture integration? The esteemed panel discussed that Mergers and Acquisitions are a major organisational challenge, often a last minute resort, with a low success rate of 37%. Decisions are often made on the basis of financial considerations rather than soft capital, which often make or break the deal.

The second session was on ‘Gig Economy: Agile Working/ Mobile Talent leading to shift in the strategy from ‘I need to hire a person’ to ‘I need to complete a task’. The panelist described the gig economy as an on demand economy. The circumstances, primarily the need for work life balance amongst millennia is what contributing to the rise of Gig Economy and the impact this Economy will have on employers and potential employees in the Indian context.

The sessions on interesting themes were followed with a panel discussion on ‘Leadership Planning: How to stop the formation of leadership void due to current high level of turnover in executive roles?.

The HR conclave 2017 saw presence of eminent industry personalities namely Ms. Parul Gupta (Chief HR Officer, Jabong), Mr. Pritpal Singh Kular (Vice-President HR, General Motors), Mr. Ravi Parmeshwar (Chief HR Officer, Renew Power), Ms. Risha Gupta (Principal Consultant, Willis Towers Watson), Ms. Sweta Mohapatra (Director, Diversity Vision), Mr. Ajay Kukreja (Country HR Director, Honeywell), Ms. Geetanjali Pandit (Author of “Buddha at Work”, Former CPO – Zee Media Corporation Ltd), Ms. Shaaista (Head Human Resources, Bain Capability Center), Mr. Ankit Verma (Consultant, KPMG), Mr. Kamlesh Vyas (Director HR, EY).

The day long event concluded with a vote of thanks from Prof. Amit K. Gupta, Chairperson, Student Affairs and closing session on “Automation: How should businesses manage reputational damage caused by job cuts? How to find roles for redundant workers?

The Urban Illumina 2017, a part of the 21st edition of MDI Gurgaon annual festival, enthralled the public at the MDI Greens on Sunday 15th October 2017. Planned by the students, the event was meticulously planned to disguise marketing research as fun activities, such as stage and street plays and live band performance.

“Illumina event helps our students develop not only a holistic business perspective but an ability to seize opportunities in a competitive business environment. At the same time they remain committed towards the betterment of the society,” said Prof. C.P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon.

In the Sunday’s Urban Illumina, the event was taken over by funky Diwali decorations and entertainment kiosks. The enthralling stage play and musical performances by the students of NGO Prayatna captivated the audience. The street plays Mukhaute, followed by a performance by the exchange students from Hungary were the highlight of Diwali Mela.

“We enjoyed participating in Illumina 2017 as it is focussed on Diwali festivities, a noval holiday for us. We received a warm response along with an interesting perspective in marketing research,” a Hungarian exchange student said.

The evening folded off with the foot tapping live concert by ‘Astitva’. The Urban Illumina is the key event in the month long festival, which also includes Rural, Mall and Expressions formats.

The festival kicked off with Rural Illumina on 30th September, 2017 at Pataudi Village, while Mall Illumina was organised at Good Earth City Centre Mall, Sector 50, Gurgaon on 11 October, 2017.

Rural Illumina at Pataudi village

In this year’s Rural Illumina, MDI students partnered with Thank You Waste Solutions with research objective centred on personal hygiene in rural areas, aiming to understand the usage of soap, price sensitivity and brand preferences of people of the nearby area. Disguised interactive game received a great response from the public.

This fell in line with the massive transformation that our country is seeing with regards to sanitation and the Prime Minister’s program for a Swachh Bharat.

Mall Illumina at Good Earth City Centre Mall

For Mall Illumina, the students joined hands with Koolchas, a startup that wanted to understand customer preferences for its food line. They came up with an innovative card game that allowed the team to intuitively understand the audience’s bread and gravy preferences, which the company would use to design its product line. The footfall at Mall Illumina has seen significant increase year on year, which stands testimony to the versatility of MDI’s disguised market research campaigns.

About Illumina

Illumina is a disguised market research event which is a permanent fixture in the annual calendar of MDI. It presents to corporate a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the consumer psyche through innovative models designed by the students of MDI Gurgaon with guidance from senior faculty. It is conducted in the form of a grand month-long Diwali festival. Apart from this, we have various other formats to capture varied segments, including Urban, Rural, Expressions and Mall.

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During his maiden visit to Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, Shri. Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM, laid the foundation stone of girl’s hostel at MDI. Addressing the faculty and students he said, “I am very happy to be at MDI and would like to congratulate Dr. Shrimali, faculty members and staff for the good work they have done in providing excellence in management education.” He further said, “Without management, things cannot happen smoothly.” He urged the faculty members and students to come & join hands and be a part of ‘New India and Skill India Initiative’ launched by PM Modiji.”

Dr. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon in his welcome address thanked the honorable CM for taking out time from his busy schedule to address MDI fraternity. He also briefed the CM about the various steps taken by MDI in the area of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship, which is in line with initiatives undertaken by PM Modiji.

The nine storied world class girl’s hostel will have 338 rooms for female students. The hostel block has been designed with elements to integrate with the present aesthetics of the campus. The hostel building has been designed around a courtyard space to ensure maximum interaction amongst students and to provide adequate light and ventilation. The building basement will have student facilities – a huge multipurpose hall, a common room, reading room, cyber room, laundry and iron facilities and a maintenance office along with store.

“The new hostel building will be of great help to us. We are looking forward to avail the world class facilities under one roof. We are thankful to the management for this initiative”, said one of the female students present on the occasion.

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Strengthening its presence in the corporate world, India’s premier management college, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon signed a major Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL)

The agreement engages in constructive partnerships at multiple levels including the area of research, training, academic programs and conferences. MDI, being the market leader in executive education, it would undertake competency development programs for different levels of executives at Maruti. The pact envisions utilizing the excellent intellectual resource MDI to facilitate Maruti in its various areas of talent and organizational development.

MDI will offer programs for different levels of executives including senior management program and mid- management programs (PMPM-PT) part-time. MDI offers long term executive program, executive MBA programs for MSI employees.

Prof CP Shrimali,Acting Director, MDI, expressed his happiness and said “The institute is happy with the collaboration with Maruti India. We have started the program for locals. He even went on to said, Maruti and MDI works on same principle, learn by doing. Mukesh Gupta, Vice President, Maruti, said “We are happy to join hands with MDI. We need MDI support to develop digital content for our staff”.

The executive program consists of 180 seats and is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Association of MBA’s (AMBA)

Ranked consistently amongst the top B-schools of India, MDI has above 70 nationally and internationally acclaimed full-time faculty is one of the strongest asset of MDI. The academic community brings extensive teaching, research, training and industry experience to offer comprehensive business education. With Gurgaon emerging as the choice destination of the corporate world, MDI provides the added advantage of networking among its community and the corporate world.

As a premiere Institute in the field of Management Education, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon believes that CSR is the responsibility of all organizations regardless of size or sector. As a CSR initiative MDI Gurgaon is organizing an HR Conclave on ‘Corporate Social responsibility and Intellectual Disability’ in collaboration with PORDAC, an NGO which has been working in the field of Intellectual Disability since 2009, on June 30, 2017.

Intellectual disability is a form of disability when people have significantly low IQ and face considerable problems in everyday functioning. Intellectual disability is often seen as a stigma in India society, due to lack of awareness and compassion. The half day conclave, aims to bring together various stakeholders to discuss the challenges in creating vocational, employment and rehabilitation opportunities for the ‘differently abled’.

Two broad overarching themes include:

  • Intellectual disability and Employability: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in rehabilitation of Intellectually Disabled

We hope this endeavor will be a significant step in the direction to provide more meaningful and dignified lives to people with intellectual disability.

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon celebrated International Yoga day in its campus in wee hours. More than 500 Students of 2017-2019 batch PGPM, PGP-HRM and PGP-IM as well as faculty members and non -teaching staff participated in program. The program was conducted by yoga expert Dr. Navdeep Joshi, founder Nav Yoga. He had conducted several Yog and meditation workshops in various corporate. Students started the day by performing surya namaskar with the purpose of purifying mind. They also performed various aasans, from head to toe.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon threw light on benefits of yoga. He explained that cool mind and healthy body is the basic need of a human being and this can be achieved by doing yoga.

A student from PGPM Ritika Singla said “It was a good experience for me as this will help me in managing stress.”

International day of Yoga or commonly and unofficially referred as Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21st since in inception in 2015 by the Narendra Modi Government.

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The growth of a student must go all round grooming and enriching both academic & extracurricular activities and this is definitely exemplified by the approach to education that MDI Gurgaon upholds. MDI has had a long history of focusing not just on the academic parameters but shaping their students in a holistic manner. The institute aims to nurture the inbuilt talents of an individual and make them confident in their shoes to meet diverse challenges awaiting them.

The 23rd Induction ceremony of one of India’s premier business school MDI Gurgaon commenced on 15 June, 2017, comprising students belonging to Post Graduate Programs namely Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), Post Graduate Programme - Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM), Post Graduate Programme - International Management (PGP-IM). The week-long induction ceremony will unfold the exciting and inspiring academic journey for students in the years ahead.

Dr. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon in his welcome address spoke about the culture of MDI which gives emphasis only to merit. He put stress on 360 degree learning by doing approach. MDI has vibrant Alumni base who are posted as CEO’s in various prestigious corporate. Institute is a complete Wi fi campus with round the clock running Library which convert student to a smart and hard working professional.

The inaugural address at the first session was delivered by Mr. Nishchae Suri, Partner & Head KPMG Academy. Talking about facing challenges and setting rules of life he emphasized on learning through three E’s which are Experience, Exposure and Environment. Second session started with enlightening address from Mr. Prashant Verma, Head HR, ICICI Bank. He said that one should have a multiple view on subject. Uncertainty is constant and one must have ability to handle that uncertainty.

The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Sreedhar Prasad, Partner – Management Consulting, KPMG. A brief introduction of faculties of MDI was also done

Day one ended up with familiarizing the new batch with the faculty members’ along with an information session regarding the various facilities available to the students as well as student events and clubs.

The one week long programme ended with an yoga day celebration at MDI

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India, being on the fast lane of development with government initiatives like Smart City, Digital India and Make in India, needs effective Program Management when it comes to planning and execution of projects. Looking at the increasing demand and awareness around Program Management, MDI Gurgaon in collaboration with PMI-NIC (North India Chapter) organized “Project Management Conclave" on 29 April 2017 at MDI Gurgaon.

The conclave provided a platform to the participants to discus current issues emerging in studies like Business Program Management, Industrial Leadership and Sustainability.

Prof. A. K. Jain, Chairperson PGPM-PT, MDI Gurgaon while welcoming the esteemed guests said “Strategy and leadership are integral part of programme management. Whatever you do, it should be done for planet, people and at last for profit. He emphasized that one should look within, look around and look beyond while executing projects”.

Taking the discussion to the next level Prof. Sangeeta S. Bharadwaj, Dean – Executive Graduate Programmes, MDI Gurgaon shared “to be successful in project management one has to be competent enough in executing the project taking into account the diverse objectives one hast to deliver”.

The gathering of “thoughtful, iconoclastic doers” from around the country shared a common interest in practical solutions for sustainable program management through global innovation. The focus was exclusively put on one of the most important program management challenges of current time with an ambitious vision, which is nothing less than to reshape the entire way we think about program management as well as consequences of not doing program management properly. Eminent personalities from different industries presented their views on importance of strategy & leadership in program management.

Introducing PMI an international organization devoted to the project management profession Mr. Pritam Gautam, President PMI said “to go on spirit of voluntarism is must in project management profession”.

Mr. Sharat Sharma, Director DMRC enlightened the audience through a small presentation on DMRC Phase Design and what challenges they face on execution level along with success stories. Mr. D. K. Ojha, Director MOSPI shared his thoughts on how GOI projects are monitored and controlled.

Continuing on conclave theme Mr. Iqbal Singh, Head of Nokia Global Delivery Centre for Systems Integration (SI Vertical) elaborating on the pivotal role leadership plays in project management said “leadership should be service based, give a sense to your team that they are cared for. A leader should change and evolve with time”. On the other hand Mr. Anil Pathak, Director, Harman Connected Services Corporation India Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon in IT domain explained the importance of strategy and said “it is very important to have a strategy in order to make a project a successful project”.

This management conclave brought together academia, industry leaders and management professionals on a discussion platform on finding silver lining during business uncertainty. In these challenging times when the economy is striving for rejuvenating growth perceptibly, the conclave aimed to generate awareness and ideas on how businesses can make the best out of the situation by providing effective leadership.

The conclave concluded with a panel discussion on the theme “Challenges in Govt Program Management & Synergies between Govt & Pvt Sector”. Attended by 30 plus PMI delegates from various industrial sectors, the conclave uplifted the competence and knowledge of participants. Certificate of completion in one day Project Management Conclave on Role of Strategy and leadership in Programme Management was awarded to the delegates.

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Gurgaon, April 26, 2017:- In order to build a research centric culture and foster excellence in academic research MDI Gurgaon organized a Research Seminar by Prof. V Kumar, Editor-in-chief, Journal of Marketing, Georgia State University on “How to conduct a Rigorous and Relevant Research” on 26th April 2017.

The seminar organized for Management Faculty across institutions in NCR of Delhi was aimed at bridging the gap between academic rigor and industry relevance. Through this initiative, MDI Gurgaon envisions to expand its role of Academic Citizenship and promote management research from India.

Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon while addressing the audience said “As a teacher if I am not a researcher, I am not justifying to my profession. The objective behind rigorous and relevant research should not only be knowledge creation but also knowledge dissemination”.

Talking about the seminar Prof. Radha R. Sharma, Dean Research, MDI Gurgaon said “Rigorous and relevant research is the need of the hour”.

Dr. Kumar has also been selected as one of the exclusive “Legends in Marketing”. His research work is compiled and featured in the “Legends in Marketing” Series, as a 10-Volume Collection by Sage Publications in 2012 with commentaries from scholars worldwide.

Elucidating the importance of research Dr. V. Kumar discussed sample of studies that showed how both rigor and relevance can be achieved. He shared that relevance starts with the origination of the ideas and the rigor is brought in the execution of the idea. The process of research begins with how research can be conceptualized as an embedded research; wherein the companies actively participate with the scholars in generating the required insights.

Research studies focusing on B2B, and B2C as well as interdisciplinary studies were also exemplified during discussion. The importance of do’s and don’ts the researcher should keep in mind while submitting a paper to scholarly journals. Then finally, a compelling case was presented, explaining why you should send your papers to the Journal of Marketing.

The seminar witnessed participation of around 50 plus delegates from top institutions like IIT, FMS, IIFT, IMT and many others from across Delhi/ NCR. MDI Gurgaon through this no profit cause has tried to provide a platform to the faculty members across Delhi/ NCR on how to do meaningful research.

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The Marketing Community at Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, India’s leading B-School, welcomes Prof. V. Kumar, Georgia State University (Editor-in-chief, Journal of Marketing) for conducting a faculty development program on ‘How to Conduct a Rigorous and Relevant Research’ aiming to bridge the gap between the academic rigor and industry relevance. Program would also provide inputs on how one can generate new knowledge and can get it publish in top- tier journals.

Topic: ‘How to Conduct a Rigorous and Relevant Research’

Speaker: Prof. V. Kumar

Date: 26th April 2017

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Venue: MDI Auditorium

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Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon organized Reminiscence-2, an Alumni meet of part time course (executive) on 21st December, 2016. The event was graced by Mr.T. L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, as Chief Guest.

As part of one of MDI’s vision to create future leaders who manage and create powerful organizations in the emerging corporate landscape, alumni meet has been bringing the talent together. Being located in Gurgaon, which is heart of the corporate offices, the executive / part time course has facilitated many working executives to take up the management course. Further, the alumnus along with existing students and faculty, have formed MDI-Startup group to promote and support entrepreneurship culture for which, a Start-up desk, was set up at Reminiscence-2. Further, Reminiscence has been successful in connecting MDI with industry veterans.

Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI says that as an institute of excellence, it aims to provide high-quality management education, action-centric research and value-added consulting.

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Gracing the occasion Chief Guest, Mr.T. L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon said "Academics in practical day to day life helps you in creating a theoretical framework which can be applied to real life problems".

Prof Ajay K. Jain, Chairperson Part Time - PGPM said, "relationship of Gurgaon and MDI goes back to more than four decades, when the institute was set up in 1973 at Gurgaon as a Training, Consulting and Research Institute. With the meteoric rise/ development of the town, the institute developed several management programs, focused exclusively as per industry needs, so as to equip the executives with latest management techniques.".

MDI Gurgaon underlines the importance of Anti-Corruption Day by organizing a one-day seminar on ethical business practices

Good Business Ethics is a backbone of every forward-thinking business. Good ethical behavior and corporate social responsibility can bring significant benefits to a business. Organizational culture, management philosophy and ethics in business each have an impact on how well a business performs in the long term. No matter what the size, industry, or level of profitability of an organization, business ethics are one of the most important aspects of long-term success. Only the teachings of the classroom cannot help students face the harsh realities of the global workplace. Keeping this in mind, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in the country, in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII-ITC CESD), organised a one-day seminar on Managing Business Growth through Transparent & Ethical Business Practices at the MDI auditorium on 9th December- the International Anti-Corruption Day. Supported by the global anti-corruption project Siemens Integrity Initiative undertaken by the Siemens AG, the seminar highlighted the need of transparent business operations and why businesses should be made accountable for their actions, thereby ensuring the accomplishment of good governance goals.

The seminar began with a welcome note by Professor MP Jaiswal, Dean Research & Accreditation, MDI followed by a keynote address delivered by Seema Arora, Executive Director CII-ITC CESD. The conference was divided into four sessions. The sessions were an insightful discussion on the topics ‘adoption, sustenance and benefits of ethical business practices’, ‘provisions under the Companies Act 2013, pertaining to disclosures and transparency’ and Throwing light on the ‘process of company procurement and the challenges in managing procurement operations in a transparent and responsible way,’ .This seminar provided the participants with a well-rounded perspective in the third and penultimate session.

Commenting on the seminar, Prof. M.P Jaiswal, Dean Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon, quoted “For a business to survive eventually, it is necessary that the business operations are conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. With the changing business scenario, the legislature of the country has incorporated changes to further regulate the functioning of private and public companies. He also emphasized that ethics should never be compromised in any field”. The seminar was held to create awareness about the need for businesses to adopt ethical business practices organically, the possibility of growth while functioning ethically and the existing anti-corruption mechanism in the corporate sphere.”

The seminar concluded with the ‘presentations on BS 10500 & ISO 37001 which provide for anti-corruption standards internationally. ‘sharing the importance of abiding by the International Anti-Corruption Standards by Indian companies in order to compete with integrity in the international markets.

The seminar also threw light on the red flags in the procurement process and the procedure to solve issues with the involvement of various stakeholders. The seminar helped participants gain insights on best ethical practices adopted internationally and international standards on anti-corruption mechanism. Having been organized on the International Anti-Corruption Day and at a time when the nation is experiencing a colossal economic change aimed at curbing the excesses of corruption. The seminar not only gave an opportunity to the participants to understand the practical implications of how businesses are affected through unethical practices but also made them learn from the professionals the various ways to deal with such behavior.

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Annual Management, Cultural and Sports fest

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to our Annual Management, Cultural and Sports fest— Imperium’ 16.

As we step into our 16th year with Imperium, we take this opportunity to announce our grand merger with Akshayam and as a result, Imperium has become better, grander and more inclusive than ever before. This three days long fiesta will witness unceasing activity in the form of various events, performances, games and fun. We promise that there will not be a single dull moment for you!

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For the music fan inside you, we have organized performance by The Local Train —Ranked as India’s Top Rock Band in 2015 by Sennheiser. With some explosive live acts in their arsenal, they have performed at some of the most prestigious stages across the country and are considered to be the genre defining new face of Hindi Rock.

To tickle your Funny Bones, we have invited Biswa Kalyan Rath, an ex-IITian, ex-engineer and ex-coder. He brings a unique perspective into comedy with mathematics, language and life. He is quite popular in the world of Stand-up comedy and we assure you; an evening with him on the stage will be a complete laugh riot!

It’s not just the celebrity nights to gauge your interest; there will be more than 14 sporting events, and numerous cultural and fun events.

Please accept this invitation and honor us with your presence.


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The Alumni Committee of Management Development Institute, Gurgaon successfully hosted the Regional Alumni Meet 2016 in Mumbai and Bangalore on 15th and 16th of October, 2016 respectively. The venue of the meet was Hotel Orchid in Mumbai and Hotel Royal Orchid in Bengaluru. The events saw an enthusiastic participation of around 150 alums.

The events also witnessed the gracious presence of the eminent MDI faculty members namely Prof. C.P Shrimali, Prof N R Bhusnur Math, Prof. Jyotsana Bhatnagar, Prof Kanwal Kapil and Prof. Rupamanjiri.

Both the events kick-started with a welcome note and an address by the Prof. Shrimali along with a few other faculty members who wanted to address the gathering. Special mention of the record breaking summer placements of the PG16 batch and the associated Victory March video were highly appreciated and applauded by the proud alums. This was followed by a lot of fun-filled engagement activities, quizzes, photo-sessions and a sumptuous dinner.

With every such initiative like the Regional Alumni Meet, the Alumni Committee of MDI Gurgaon aims at strengthening the alumni connect of the Institute and take it to the next level. RAM 2016 as expected served as the way to connect and stay in touch with our alumni and ensure that they relive the magical moments of their journey at MDI and feel connected with their peers as well as their Alma

Deciphering the method of disguised market research, MDI students organize Illumina 2016

Understanding the need, wants and beliefs of a consumer is prime requisite for any business. In today’s competitive era, it is important for budding managers to get a deeper and clearer understanding of consumer mindset and behavior.

Enhancing the festive spirit of Diwali, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in the country, organized the 20th annual Diwali Mela, ‘Urban Illumina’ which presents to corporates a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into consumer psyche through innovative models designed by the students of MDI. Illumina is a disguised market research club of MDI which conducts four events annually. Out of these, ‘Urban Illumina’ is the most popular and celebrated event, which is held on the weekend preceding Diwali. This year MDI celebrated the 20th edition of the annual festival, with the central theme of “understanding the psyche of the Indian consumer”. Illumina is organised in three formats: Urban Illumina, Rural Illumina and Expressions.

Under Rural Illumina, the students target consumers from rural segment. Under the guise of Pataudi’s famous Dussehra Mela, MDI students conducted a disguised market research. Previous partners included Airtel, Tata Solar Power, SBI amongst others. This year Illumina conducted market research projects for Amplus Solar and Lava. Around 30 students from MDI played a part in the event and gauged the behavior of rural population for the brands.

Urban Illumina was celebrated as a “Diwali Mela” at the MDI Greens amidst shining lights, delectable cuisine and enthralling performances by folk artistes. Research was disguised as students set up Nukkad Nataks and plays themed around the market research topic. Students solicited a response from the target group subtly, without them knowing that they are under observation.

Sponsored by MDI and Corporation Bank in association with LAVA mobiles and Punjab National Bank, this year’s Illumina saw more than 4,000 people converging on the MDI campus to enjoy the festivities planned.

This year’s highlight was the performance of popular band Faridkot, whose members describe its music as ‘Confused Pop’.

Commenting on the event, Prof. A K Jain, Chairperson Student Affairs, said, “We have been organizing this event for the past 19 years, and ‘Urban Illumina’ has grown over the years in terms of footfalls and activities. It is one of the most anticipated events on the campus every year for the students of MDI and we hope the future batches will host the event with the same enthusiasm and fervor as their predecessors to preserve its stature as one of the most-sought after events in the annual calendar of MDI.”

Illumina unveiled the psyche of the Indian consumers by exposing them to various engaging and engrossing games designed by the students of MDI. The event has, over the years, carved a niche for itself in the corporate world as an innovative market research fair peppered with the best cultural performances by talented artists selected from all over the country.


At the recent round table discussion held at MDI Gurgaon, some hard hitting facts have come to the fore that has given industry players a reason to think about. One such outcome was the fact that government is looking to introduce regulations to monitor the various transport aggregators in India to keep them under check and support the conventional kali peeli cab drivers that are affected by the cab aggregation business. Management Development Institute (MDI Gurgaon) in collaboration with Resource Development International (RDI) have also found that the business of cab aggregators might not be sustainable in the longer run with on-going issues of predatory pricing tactics employed by cab aggregators to increase customer base and out do each other.

MDI has collaborated with RDI to carry out a research on Sustainability of Sharing Economy: Case of Platform Based Cab Aggregators in India which willlook at the sustainability of sharing economy business model adopted by platform based cab aggregators.

The round table panel organized by MDI encompassed some of the prominent names in cab aggregation business like Ola, Baxi and Shuttl along with Meru, Bla Bla car along with Research development international (RDI) and Road safety expert Sanjeev Ahuja, Neeraj Sethi former public health advisor to planning commission and others.

The aggregators present on the panel agreed that predatory pricing was bad for the industry in the long run. The panel also included drivers from Ola, Uber, Airport Union, etc. Most of the aggregator panellists argued that the motor Vehicle Act 1988 is archaic to suit the technology disruptions in India.

The objective of the study is to identify the benefits of the sharing economy model, find the motivation of the drivers, analyse pain points of passengers availing services, and most importantly the need of regulatory policy for the aggregator business.

Prof. M P Jaiswal, Prof. Prageet Aeron and Prof. Parul Gupta from MDI have conducted the preliminary survey which will be followed by nationwide survey across different stakeholders in the country.

Prof. Jaiswal quoted, “Sharing economy in India is at nascent stage and it becomes equally important for government to set determinants for discussions without restricting the aggregators. It is necessary to understand the specifics and regulatory requirements for a viable solution. Instead of competing with each other, the players present in aggregation business should try to coexist and develop the segment. We have also witnessed a huge spurt of job creation since the dawn of the cab aggregation business and hope to see more jobs being created by this segment. It will be beneficial for companies and the public at large in the future as this segment develops.”

The round table concluded with opinionated view of various stake holders. Following the response at the round table, MDI plans to invite representatives from Department of industrial policy and promotion, Niti Ayog and Ministry of Transport to discuss the findings and understand their view point.

Looking at the agitation in this industry, the research looks to bring a viable solution for all the stake holders.

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Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in the country, has announced the successful conclusion of the second edition of its annual leadership conclave, Samvaad. The event, themed ‘Success through Synergy’, took place on October 1 at MDI Auditorium and was attended by senior executives from a spectrum of industries.

Samvaad is an annual business symposium organized by the students of MDI Gurgaon which provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas among the brightest minds in the country. Panelists at the latest event comprised leading entrepreneurs, company heads, leadership gurus, academicians and industry stalwarts from various sectors and start-ups who shared their views and experiences of the corporate world. This year’s theme, ‘Success through Synergy’ was selected keeping in mind the need for emerging leaders to achieve a higher quality and quantity output with synergy, and gave an opportunity to the students to get an insight on the strategy, leadership, innovation, and creativity in the current business ecosystem.

Highlighting about Samvaad2016,Prof. C.P Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon, said that Synergy is building leadership, thoughts and focus.

Mr. Sanjiv Navangul, MD- Janssen India said, “It’s crucial to understand the importance of cause and leadership in life. Each person shows different leadership in different context. We need to transform leaders into something useful and worthwhile.”

The second panel discussion saw Bharat Salhotra, MD – Alstom Transport, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Director (Commercial) – UPPCL, and Amit Aghnihotri, Owner – MBA Universe, speak about ‘Redefining Status

The conclave also saw participation of industry stalwarts such as Manoj Chugh, President (Enterprise Business) – Tech Mahindra, Sanjay Mehta, MD & CEO – Teleperformance India, Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief – Franchise India, and Gagan Arora, CMO – Foodpanda India, as they shared their insights on the topic ‘Defying Gravity: Emerging trends’. The final topic, ‘Creating Connections: Building Bridges’, witnessed a bigger panel. Suresh Bose, Head Group HR – Vedanta Resources PLC, Sushil Baveja, President & Head Corporate HR – DCM Shriram, Sameer Khanna, VP & HR Head – Ericsson India, Y.V. Verma, Management Consultant, and Anil Mohanty, HR Head North – Reliance Jio participated in the round, enlightening students on building powerful connections in business. The event was a massive success, with students learning about the importance of team synergy through examples and experiences quoted by industry veterans.

The event was concluded with a vote of thanks.

Eminent personalities from the corporate & academic world share their views on the importance of corporate ethics at the national-level conference organized by MDI Gurgaon

Values and ethics play an important role in every organizational function and only an ethical work culture can create conducive environment for sustainable growth. In keeping with this view, MDI Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in India, hosted a two-day (Sept 22-23, 2016) national level conference on ‘Strengthening Values & Ethics for Sustainable Growth: Role of Indian Philosophical Traditions’ in collaboration with Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.

Unethical behaviour of an individual in a corporate set-up can adversely affect the growth process of an organization and vice-versa. Considering the scenario, the two-day long conference aims at exploring the role of Indian Philosophical traditions in strengthening values and ethics at the workplace and creating the right culture for sustainable economic and social development.

Prof. Radha R. Sharma, Dean, CoE, EV, CC, Conferences welcomed the audience, followed by the lamp-lighting ceremony.

While addressing the esteemed audience, Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon, said, “Learning is an integrated process of self manthan and self chintan. Today, we need to ask ourselves whether we have been able to instill good ethics and values in individuals. Our focus should be on creating a society with right value system without compromising on values. With this thought, we bring together academic leaders, industry experts, policy makers and research scholars from various fields to this conference to make sure we get the right understanding about how value and ethics are exactly defined.”

Continuing on Conference theme, Prof. S. R. Bhatt, Chairman, ICPR elaborated about dynamic and free nature of a human being. He further added “We think what is good, bad and ugly and act accordingly. There should be a judicial understanding on what to act, how to act and where to act. Its only through proper education, one can acquire knowledge and inculcate one’s skills and values for our actions.”

The Chief Guest, Mr. Tom Albanese, Group CEO of Vedanta Resources emphasized about the coexistence of ethical practices between community and environment. “In today’s time, the definition of ethics change with stakeholders in a company. One must realize that the CSR activities which were made to benefit the underprivileged are making them dependent on it” he concluded.

Swami Prakarshnanda, Chinmaya Mission, the Guest of Honour graced the occasion with his august presence and highlighted about relevance of positive thoughts for human growth.

The national conference saw eminent research scholars; academicians and corporate professionals from diverse backgrounds share their views on the distinctive nature of ethics and the ways to integrate traditional values with modern knowledge and management

The conference provided a platform to thought leaders, industry practitioners, business managers, religious leaders, social scientists and academic communities to share their views learn from research findings and chart out a blueprint to gain from the experiences shared.

The first day of conference concluded with vote of thanks by Prof. Priyanka Vallabh, Conference Chair.

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Samaritans social initiative club organises various educational & social events for students & members of the management eco-system

New Delhi, August,8th, 2016: Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, one of India’s premier business schools, actively participated in the week-long celebrations for AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools), a networking association for more than 700 business and management schools of India. The celebrations are held every year during the first week of August, where participating colleges present a report which gets evaluated and winners are announced during the Annual Management Convention.

This year, MDI’s social initiatives club Samaritans organised events such as Dental check-up camps, collection drives to donate clothes & books for the needy, blood donation camps, Old Age home visits, book exhibitions etc. Furthermore, enthusiastic MDI students who wanted to contribute socially got a chance to interact with social workers from the Akshay Patra Foundation, who shared their experiences and motivated students to contribute towards the various causes they support.

Elucidated by the initiative, Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon said, “As an active member of the AIMS group, MDI has always encouraged students to participate enthusiastically. This year, the Samaritans have planned and executed certain very exciting and socially beneficial events to carry forward the legacy. Samaritans from MDI have taken the responsibility of creating social activism seriously and are determined to work much harder for the causes each and every year.”

Commenting on the event, Prof. A K Jain, Chairperson – Students Affairs said, “Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) provides a great platform during the National Management Week for the management fraternity to come together and interact via different competitions and social initiatives.

Aniruddha Deshpande, student MDI Gurgaon said “AIMS week has given us a platform to spread joy through so many activities!”

One of the most interesting event conducted by the Samaritans was called Mandevian Miles, a midnight marathon attended by more than 230 MDI students who ran for causes such as “For a Pollution Free World”, “For AIDS Awareness”, “Helping the specially-abled Kids”, “Against Female Foeticide” etc. A large sum of money has been collected through this effort which shall be donated by the participants towards the respective causes.

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon organized Reminiscence-2, an Alumni meet of part time course (executive) on 21st December, 2016. The event was graced by Mr.T. L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, as Chief Guest.

As part of one of MDI’s vision to create future leaders who manage and create powerful organizations in the emerging corporate landscape, alumni meet has been bringing the talent together. Being located in Gurgaon, which is heart of the corporate offices, the executive / part time course has facilitated many working executives to take up the management course. Further, the alumnus along with existing students and faculty, have formed MDI-Startup group to promote and support entrepreneurship culture for which, a Start-up desk, was set up at Reminiscence-2. Further, Reminiscence has been successful in connecting MDI with industry veterans.

Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI says that as an institute of excellence, it aims to provide high-quality management education, action-centric research and value-added consulting.

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Gracing the occasion Chief Guest, Mr.T. L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon said "Academics in practical day to day life helps you in creating a theoretical framework which can be applied to real life problems".

Prof Ajay K. Jain, Chairperson Part Time - PGPM said, "relationship of Gurgaon and MDI goes back to more than four decades, when the institute was set up in 1973 at Gurgaon as a Training, Consulting and Research Institute. With the meteoric rise/ development of the town, the institute developed several management programs, focused exclusively as per industry needs, so as to equip the executives with latest management techniques.".

In a stimulating affair that underlined the critical importance of research and development in the modern business environment, MDI Gurgaon, one of the leading B-schools in India, inducted a new batch of doctoral students into its Doctoral Programme: Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)/ Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM).

The event saw the students being greeted with a welcome address by Prof. C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon. He elaborated “The doctoral course in management is one of the prime areas of focus for the institution as it contributes greatly to the academic enrichment of the management scenario of our country. MDI’s philosophy is not just granting degrees but promoting competency and continuous learning”.

Peppered with incisive insights and life experiences, the event proved to be an enriching experience for students, who were ready to dedicate themselves to the cause of identifying and solving economic problems through research and knowledge.

Prof. M. P. Jaiswal, Dean Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon welcomed the gathering and inspired students to undertake rigorous interdisciplinary research in contemporary areas of management.

The programme has been appreciated for its year-round focus on providing stimulating seminars, discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions that hone the intellectual skills of its students.

Dr. D. S. Chauhan, President AIU & Vice Chancellor GLA University, Mathura - The Chief Guest of the occasion, while sharing his views on research highlighted the scholars to be flexible in taking up problems and have the capacity to solve. He also proposed that we have lot of efficiencies, be intact and fast paced with knowledge in order to succeed and contribute to its continued evolution”.

The event was graced by the presence of keynote speaker Dr. Eileen Peacock, Ex. Senior Vice President and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB International, Singapore. Speaking to the new batch of researchers “she emphasized on three core standards of research – Engagement, Innovation and Impact. Also enlightened scholars to execute action cantered research”.

The Government’s impetus to entrepreneurship with the ‘Start up India Stand up India Initiative’ has breathed new life in to the country’s start up ecosystem. The country is in the midst of an interesting evolution right now as youngsters who wanted to play it safe earlier with white-collar jobs are now opening up to taking the plunge by exploring their mettle with various start-up possibilities.

In tandem with the current emphasis being given to this sector, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon one of India’s premier forward-thinking business school, recently organized a conclave on the theme ‘Start-up in the current environment’. Held on June 19th, it is the first of many such events to be hosted by the institute over the next few months. The event was the brainchild of MDI alumni which hopes to provide a knowledge-sharing platform for its students as well as create opportunities for networking with industry experts.

The conclave, opened with welcome note by Prof. Ajay K. Jain, Chairperson PGPM-PT and Student Affairs, MDI Gurgaon. It was followed by a keynote address by Prof. C.P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon. Event brought together renowned panellists Anurag Batra – Founder, Exchange for Media Group, Sanjay Vidyarthi – Managing Director, iQor India, Ms. Ekaterina Zhilina - Founder and MD, Matrioshka Media and Mr. Senthil Kumar R - Director, Fierce Hound Media Consulting to discuss the concept of start-ups with specific relevance to India.

The revered presence of Chief Guest Dr. Ranjeet Mehta, Director PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry while addressing the gathering highlighted various aspects of today’s informative and entertaining entrepreneurial environment.

The discussion covered various topics including how to initiate start-ups, the various determinants of entrepreneurship and lastly the reasons that cause start-up ideas to fail. With an informed moderation of Prof. Dhruv Nath, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Cell, MDI Gurgaon the discussion was a seamless flow of ideas and opinions interspersed with insightful and humorous anecdotes from the guests.

The panel discussion was followed by an open forum where students and other prospective entrepreneurs posed interesting questions to the panellists. While some of the questions were directly related to specific ideas, others asked for a better understanding of the start-up culture. The panellists were unanimously supportive of the opinion that people should stop romanticizing about the word ‘start-up’ and fully understand the risks involved with such projects so as to make their approach to this sector both viable and lucrative.


New Delhi, June 15, 2016 - The true evolution of a student must encompass all round grooming enriching both academic & extracurricular activities and this is definitely exemplified by the approach to education that MDI Gurgaon upholds. MDI has had a long history of focusing not just on the academic parameters but shaping their students in a holistic manner. The institute aims to nurture the latent talents of an individual and make them confident in their shoes to meet diverse challenges awaiting them.

The 22nd induction ceremony of one of India’s premier business school commenced on June 15, comprising students belonging to Post Graduate Programs namely Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), PGP- Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM), PGP-International Management (PGP-IM). The week-long induction ceremony will unravel the exciting and inspiring academic journey for students in the years ahead.

Dr. C.P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon in his welcome address spoke about the culture of MDI which gives emphasis only to merit. Talking about this, he said “MDI is a group of positive minded people who set out to empower its students both mentally and intellectually. We are more than being just a teaching institute. We believe in providing a 360 degree learning experience to our students.”

This year, the induction ceremony was conducted under the revered presence of Chief Guest Ms. Vishpala Reddy, VP – Human Resources, American Express India. Sharing her thoughts, she guided the students to “Develop growth mindset not focussed only on logical reasoning, but thinking differently & creating yourself as a brand. Mistakes at learning stage are inevitable but it is important to develop the hunger to learn from those mistakes.”

To provide further nuggets of wisdom to the prospective management students, Ms. Rohini Singh, Director, Head of MNC Coverage North India, Deutsch Bank mentored the students to approach everything with passion, fear & certainty

Mr. Sanjay Mehta, MD Teleperformance and Mr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, MD and CEO, Amplus Solar revealed industry insights and focussed on how vital the forthcoming years will be to lay the foundation of the students’ growth years and the crucial need to absorb and retain the learning they will be receiving at MDI to cement their future.

True to its promise of enlightenment in an aspirational environment where students are bred to excel and not just indulge in a one-dimensional curriculum, a brief introduction will be held with the faculty members’ along with an information session regarding the various facilities available to the students as well as student events and clubs. Ice-breaking sessions, classes with some of the leading business luminaries. This will also include Art-of-Living instructors to add vigour to the carefully-etched out program.

In keeping with its goal of creating fit, healthy and morally upright corporate professionals, a grand celebration for the International Yoga Day that coincides with the last day of the induction ceremony, June 21 has been planned.


MDI, one of the top B-Schools in India, has announced the commencement of its ‘International Summer University 2016’ scheduled from May 23rd to 10th of June, 2016 along with its ‘Research Week’ to be held from May 30, 2016 to June 03, 2016 in the MDI campus, Gurgaon. The programme enables MDI to play host to students and faculty from partner institutions in India and overseas to enrich their knowledge of globally relevant learning practices amidst the burgeoning Indian economy. The Research Week this year has been introduced as a special initiative for doctoral students and faculty members.

MDI’s International Summer University was launched in 2013 and has seen active participation from regions across India since the past three years. This year the programme secured 50 enrollments. Rooted in the business environment specific to India, the programme is a one-of-its-kind opportunity for tier 2 partnered universities and institutions students to utilise their summer holidays to earn grades while enjoying a trip to the culturally and economically vibrant Tier 1 city. It facilitates better job prospects that are internationally relevant as well as helps them to build an active network with peers from across the globe.

Prof. M P Jaiswal, Dean- Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon “The program aims to bring together professors from International Universities and students from smaller cities on one platform to learn the research methods and apply to contemporary business issues. This year, we have introduced a unique intellectual concept of research week wherein students and faculty from partnered institutions & universities will get a chance to understand the recent market developments.”

The ‘Research Week’ comprises ‘of Doctoral Colloquium’ for Indian and international scholars, ‘Case Methods Workshop’ by Prof. Darren Meister, Richard Ivey Business School, Canada ‘Research Methodology Workshop’ by Prof. Balazs Revesz, Szeged University, Hungary, Europe and by Prof. Henrik B. Sorenson, Aarhus University, Denmark, Europe. Doctoral Research Interaction Series have been arranged for interaction amongst the International Summer University’s PG level students from Indian and global business schools with the Doctoral Fellows. The week was significant as it gave opportunity to fellow students from MDI & faculty from other B-schools across India to learn from International experts.

Research Week has seen participation from over 100+ faculty and doctoral scholars from Indian and overseas business schools and universities. Some of them include IIM Indore, GLA University, Mathura DMS, Pondicherry University, Punjabi University, Patiala, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, Invertis University, Bareily, Vanasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Western Engineering and Ivey Business School, University of Szeged, Hungary, University of Aarhus, Denmark and Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.


The new course aims to give students a holistic business perspective along with global sensitivity

MDI, one of the top B-Schools in India, inaugurated its National Management Programme-29 & Energy Management Programme (2016-17). National Management Programme (NMP) is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in UK. The programme aims to develop leaders, who will shine in the rapidly changing business scenario bylooking beyond conventional methods and adopting fresh business approaches. The Post Graduate Programme in Energy Management (PGP-EM) is uniquely designed for young managers of the Energy / Power & allied sectors. The inauguration was done by Shri. Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd as the chief guest for the event.

During the opening ceremony, some of the key objectives of the course were elucidated.The programme aims to give students enhanced communication skills, leadership and teamwork capabilities. It seeks to help them recognise the current business realities, gain a holistic business perspective, and an ability to recognize and seize opportunities in a competitive environment to cultivate global sensitivity.

Prof. J. K. Jain, Chairperson NMP & Energy Management Programme, MDI Gurgaon, said, "We are pleased to constantly enhance the academic offerings for our students. The National Management Programme-29 & Energy Management Programme is truly a global programme which will augment the business acumen and understanding of MDI students. All the courses in the programme will help them get a fresh and international perspective on pressing areas of business management."

The Chief Guest Shri. Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd. while talking about the importance of discipline & Entrepreneurship exhorted the participants “Whenever you start a business you should have basic knowledge and principle". He further added "Ownership and management should not necessarily link with each other so if you want to become an entrepreneur you should be prepared for failure and have a Plan B ready"

The various courses that are incorporated in the course, include Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Development, Information Management, Economics and Business communication. The National Management Programme or NMP is a fifteen month post-graduate programme which was started in 1987 as a pioneering endeavour to facilitate the practicing managers to gain skills from a wide range of conventionally segregated domains. Over time, the programme has evolved into the Consortium Executive Programme (Consortium Executive MBA) in partnership with ESCP-Europe. The programme is recognized by AICTE as a Post Graduate Programme in Management.


Collaboration intends to enrich the meritorious student's academic experience further through cross-cultural interactions

MDI Gurgaon, one of the top B-Schools in India, has revived the MoU with University of Kashmir for its International Summer University 2016. The purpose of the MoU is to invite meritorious students from University of Kashmir for the summer programme and give them enhanced academic exposure. The International Summer University 2016 hosts several overseas students and faculty who wish to experience India’s business environment first hand and understand this emerging national economy from close quarters. The MoU will, therefore, also offer augmented multi-cultural interactions to the most promising students of tier II cities in India. The MoU was signed in the presence of Prof C. P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI, Gurgaon and Professor Dr. S. Mufeed Ahmad, the Director, the Business School, University of Kashmir, Srinagar.

Sharing his thoughts about this initiative, Prof. C. P. Shrimali said, "At MDI, we believe in widening the horizons of students from across the country through our best-in-class facilities and programmes. The idea is to offer them the best of international exposure so that they become nimble in their decision-making, thought processes and business approaches". Speaking on the occasion Dr. S. Mufeed Ahmad said "The International Summer University is one of the most vibrant, mentally stimulating and culturally educative programme for the students from the valley."

Students from all the partner institutions of MDI are invited to interact and exchange their thoughts and ideas to gain an evolved social, cultural and economic perspective on various subjects. Some of the indicative courses offered for ISU's faculty nomination include Doing business in India, Big data business analytics, Energy and Public Policy Management, Cross Culture Management and Digital Innovation and Startups among others.


Shri. Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance

Dr. Bhasker Chatterjee, Director General & CEO (IICA)

Shri. Malay Mukherjee, Chairman, Board of Governors of MDI

Dr. C.P. Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI


In a bid to make its management students industry ready, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, recently concluded a conference centred on the theme of strategy. The format of the event was as innovative as its content. Apart from paper presentations by faculty members from universities like IITs and IIMs across 12 sessions, there was an interesting inaugural session, two panel discussions on emerging themes in strategy and writing workshops on writing for popular media and academic journals.

Gracing the ceremony, Chief Guest, Prof. S P Narang, Member of the Board of Governors,MDI Gurgaon quoted “ A good Strategy needs to be a timely activity which should also include proactive thinking, new themes and innovative ideas. The agenda of organizing the conference is revisiting the strategy in view of Global developments”

Talking about the conference, Prof. CP Shrimali, Acting Director, MDI, Gurgaon said, “The concept of strategy is centuries old. However, business strategy has emerged as a separate entity only during the last century. The turbulent and fast-paced business environment means that strategists needs to adapt and evolve to keep ahead of the times. There are also various emerging themes at corporate, business and functional levels that require expert strategizing and this is exactly the focus of this conference.”

The first day of the conference opened with an inaugural session and the lighting of the lamp. The welcome address was delivered by Prof. M P Jaiswal, Dean (Research & Accreditation), MDI Gurgaon. This was followed by an address by Chief Guest, Prof. S P Narang, Member of the Board of Governors, MDI Gurgaon. The gathering was addressed by the Guest of Honour, Praveen Rawal, MD, Steelcase India, Singapore and South East Asia. The panel discussions on Day 1 focussed on the emerging themes in strategy with Nita Kapoor, COO (Domestic), Godfrey Phillips India Ltd., Vinod Sood, MD, Hughes Systique India, Mehmood Khan, Managing Trustee, Rasuli Kanwar Khan Trust and Sandeep Soni, Founder & CEO, Algorithm. The conference was organised under the mentorship of Prof. Rajesh Pillania.

Day 2 of the conference kick started with networking followed by a panel discussion around the rise of chief strategy officers presided over by Dr. Amit Shekhar, Chief Strategy Officer, Birlasoft, Sonia Sahni, Chief Strategy Officer, PublicisiStrat, Narayan Devanathan, Group Executive & Strategy Officer, Dentsu India and moderated by Dr. Rajesh Pillania. The day came to a close with a workshop on popular writing and publishing for newspapers. The 2 day conference was a brainstorming event.

Management Development Institute (MDI), one of India’s finest B-schools, recently organised its first HR Conclave. The event, titled “Reinventing HR: An Extreme Makeover”, took place in Gurgaon on February 6 andbrought together many industry leaders under one roof for a healthy, open exchange of ideas to chart the future course of the HR industry.

The HR Conclave 2016 was attended by Dr. Shalini Lal (Director – HR, Deutsche Bank), who was presentas the Chief Guest.In addition to Dr Lal, other prominent names that participated in the HR Conclave 2016 included Mr. Kamlesh Vyas (Director, EY), Mr. Muninder Anand (Associate Director, People & Change – KPMG), Mr. Bimal Rath (Founder and Managing Director, Think Talent Services), Mr Prakash Rao (Vice President & Head-mp HRO, People Strong HR Services) and Ms Ester Martinez (CEO and Editor-in-Chief, People Matters) amongst others.

Speaking on the event, Spokesperson, MDI, said, “Human Resources are THE most vital elements to the long-term success of any business, and the need for HRM in today’s rapidly changingbusiness environment cannot be stressed enough. As such, there is an urgent need to reinvent the approach to Human Resource Management, which is why we organised this event. With many key takeaways and viable measures discussed, we are confident thatthe HR industry will reinvent itself to meet the demands of the new-age businesses.”

Organised with an aim to discuss possible measures to add more value to the HR functions by radically altering the traditional approach, the HR Conclave 2016 opened with a welcome address by Professor Sumita Rai (Chairperson – PGP-HRM, MDI Gurgaon), followed by a Director’s address by Professor (Dr) C. P. Shrimali (Acting Director, MDI Gurgaon) and the inaugural address by the Chief Guest, Dr Shalini Lal. Sessions on ‘Need to re-skill HR - Changing the face of HRM’ and ‘HR makeover to deliver greater business impact and drive innovation’ kick-started the eventand were followed with a panel discussion on ‘Changing phase of HR Systems & Process’.

Management Development Institute (MDI), one of India’s finest B-schools,co-organised a unique boot camp,with SACC (Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce) that provided a bouncing ground for several path-breaking business ideas. The activity was a business idea formation exercise where the participating students from MDI formed 6 teams comprising five-members in each team. These teams were given a theme on which they had to build a scalable idea on the spot.

Highlighting the value of hosting such events,Prof. Nakul Gupta, Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Incubation Centre, MDI Gurgaon, said, “It’s enlightening to witness so many big ideas on a singular platform. The Bootcamp is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to show their decision-making abilities, troubleshooting skills and an understanding of the social, political and economic milieu. We’re sure it’s been a great exposure for our students.”

The Chief guest at the event, SH. T.L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Gurgaon, , opined: “In 1960’s almost everyone was looking for a government jobs however the scenario has changed and people are now open to the idea of joining Startups. It is good to see that students are now going out of their comfort zone and aspiring to be entrepreneurs. We will provide all the support required to the students, if you come one step we will take 10 steps to achieve the goal. It is a difficult task but not impossible!”

Post the brain storming session students pitched their business propositions to the jury. The jury quizzed the team for 3-4 minutes where the audience too had a chance to engage with the participants.

The jury comprised members from SACC along with Prof. Nakul Gupta from MDI Gurgaon. The ideas were evaluated on 5 key parameters – the idea, the problem it seeks to solve, the solution it offers, the team needed to execute and the funds required for the project. The finalists from this activity will now be given a chance to pitch and scale their idea at the upcoming Startup Weekend,.

For long, the domain of management and research has been seen as mutually exclusive. However, MDI Gurgaon is all set to change this traditional approach by proving that the area of research is indeed imperative for a management professional. The two disciplines together enable a holistic understanding of how an enterprise can prosper in a dynamic and complex business environment. As an attempt in this direction, MDI organised an interactive workshop on the scope and relevance of management research on January 8 and 9.

The event was inaugurated by Bhuvesh Khanna, CEO (BW Communities – Business World). This was followed by a welcome note by Prof. M. P. Jaiswal, Dean (Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon on day 1.

Elucidating the exclusion of research in management studies, Prof. M. P. Jaiswal, Dean (Research & Accreditation) MDI Gurgaon highlighted the innovation created by MDI around the start-ups. He further stated “In line with the current government policies and initiatives, MDI should partner with Government and industry particularly with start-up eco system in building capacity and providing directions.”

It was followed by a panel discussion on the “Emerging Research Methodologies in Management” that saw Prof. Raj Garg, Indiana University Penn., USA, Prof. Mukesh Chaudhry, Indiana University Penn., USA, Ms. Sangeeta Goel, Additional Director General, Doordarshan, Govt. of India and Prof. Janice L. Gogan, Bentley University, USA, shared their discerning thoughts on the subject.

Prof. Raj Garg, Indiana University Penn, USA while addressing the panel elaborated about the impact of digital technology on the cross cultural technology in foreign universities.

The workshop witnessed participation of 70 plus researchers.

After a short networking break, the discussion steered towards “Implementation of Assurance of Learning (AOL) in Business School”. The insightful presentation was led by Prof. Suneel Maheshwari, Indiana University Penn., USA, Prof. Framarz Byramjee, Indiana University Penn., USA and Prof. Mukesh Chaudhry, Indiana University Penn., USA and Prof. Raj Garg Indiana University Penn., USA.

Finally, the day ended with a session themed on “Contemporary issues on Innovation and Management”. It saw participation from subject experts like Prof. Varinder M. Sharma, Indiana University Penn., USA, Prof. Suneel Maheshwari, Indiana University Penn., USA and Prof. Mukesh Chaudhry, Indiana University Penn., USA.

Talking about the successful completion of the International Conference on InnovationProf. M. P. Jaiswal, Dean (Research & Accreditation, MDI Gurgaon) said, “As a management institute, we are constantly treading the thin balance between applied and theoretical knowledge. To create a successful manager, we believe that one not only needs to understand what to do in a particular situation but also how exactly. Management research plugs this gap and greatly enhances one’s decision making skills. So, it’s about time we realised its relevance and gave it the importance it deserves.”

Day 2 of the workshop will start on a fresh note with a welcome address by Prof. M.P. Jaiswal, MDI Gurgaon and a keynote address by Prof. A. Parasuraman, Miami University, USA and a well known management Guru in the area of service Quality. The group will get together for a case research workshop by Prof. Janice L. Gogan. The day will come to a close with a vote of thanks and distribution of certificates.

Gurgaon, October 24, 2015: Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, one of the finest B-schools in the country hosted its Annual Leadership Conclave, Samvaad' 15, on Saturday i.e. October 24’2015.

Themed around "Emerging leaders of Innovative India", the panellist included successful entrepreneurs, company heads, leadership gurus, academicians and industry stalwarts from various sectors and start-ups.

The event commenced with the welcome speech of Prof. J. K. Jain, Chairperson, NMP & Energy Management and Prof. C.P. Shrimali, Director, MDI. It was followed by back-to-back sessions spanning a wide spectrum of management-related topics such as transformational leadership, team building, power of engagement, building people-centric organisations, cultural challenges for global CXOs, power of start-ups and the promise they hold for B-school students, to name a few.

Highlighting the significance of this initiative, Prof. J. K. Jain, Chairperson, NMP & Energy Management said “Developing young managers to be good leaders is the soul of NMP programme in MDI. Support of Industry’s great captains help in sowing the seeds to inculcate values of leadership in future managers”

The first panel included eminent leaders namely Sh. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director at Air India, Sh. D. D. Misra, Director (HR) at ONGC, AVM Baladitya VSM, Air Vice Marshal, Indian Air Force.

"Transformational leadership is about Commitment, Integrity, Non-interference & Involvement of employees," said Sh. Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India highlighting the change catalysed by good leadership.

Guiding the participants about developing the leadership attributes, Sh. D. D. Misra, Director (HR) at ONGC said "Never fear to ask for help, take responsibility and lead your team with passion."

The second panel saw participation of leaders from the corporate industry. The panellist included Sh. Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD & CEO, Vikram Solar Pvt Limited, Ms. Neena Goel, Executive Director and Market Head, Standard Chartered, Mr. Rajiv Arora, Human Resource Leader at Mercer and Dr. V.P. Singh, Executive Director- HR & Chief Pupil at Devyani International.

Extracting the formula of growth from ‘Physics of Business Growth’, Sh. Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD & CEO, Vikram Solar Pvt Limited emphasized on the combination of Mindset + System + Process. He also spoke how clean energy is not just desirable but need of the hour too.

Speaking about Women as business leaders, Ms. Neena Goel, Executive Director and Market Head, Standard Chartered said "Work life balance, respecting value system & connecting with people are important for future leaders."

The list of esteemed speakers who will throw light on leadership in start-up culture includes Mr. Vikas Banga, Vice President at Snapdeal & Angel Investor, Mr. Praneeth Tammiraju, AVP Operations at PepperTap, Mr. Sameer Grover, Founder & CEO at Crownit and Mr. Prabhakar Tiwari, CMO, PayU India.

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Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, established in 1973, a top ranking business school in India with vision to be a ‘Global Business School’, is a centre of excellence in management education, high quality research, executive development, and value added consultancy. The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive programmes.

It is the first Indian Business School and second in Asia to be accredited by ‘Association of MBAs’ (AMBA), UK. MDI is also South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) accredited by AMDISA in 2005. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI amongst the top B-Schools of the country.

The National Management Programme (NMP) is a 15 month post graduate residential programme for executives and was launched in 1987 as a ground breaking endeavour to enable practicing managers to acquire skills from a wide range of traditionally segregated domains. Over time, the programme has evolved into the Consortium Executive Programme (Consortium Executive MBA) in partnership with ESCP-Europe. The programme is recognized by AICTE as a Post Graduate Programme in Management.

If you think that conducting a market research is a dusty, sweaty and boring affair, then this post is a must read for you. Every year the students of Illumina ,the 19 year old disguised market research club of MDI Gurgaon, visit Pataudi, a small village near Gurgaon during the Dussehra Mela and conduct the rural format of Illumina. Rural Illumina has previously been associated with brands like Airtel, Maruti Suzuki and State Bank of India.

A disguised market research format is one where the respondents are not surveyed through direct mention of brand or product names, but through unconventional formats like plays, skits, games or any other innovative ways.

This year too, amidst the Ravan standing tall, women bargaining at the bangle shops, kids enjoying kulfi and the thumping 80’s music, Pataudi welcomed Rural Illumina 2015. Illumina partnered with Idea for its disguised market research which involved understanding of value added services among rural consumers and their requirement from it. The team engaged more than 200 people and captured their opinions through a game which was a part of the disguised research plan. People were asked about the kind of phones they have, to which came some very interesting replies ranging from Micromax to IPhone 6. The kids were jumping around with excitement. All in all it was a day well spent with a lot of learning combined with enjoyment, friends and laughter for the students of Illumina and a cheerful event for the visitors of the Dussehra Mela.

Have a look at the pictures to get a feel of the fun filled event coupled with some interesting insights.

Imagination and ideation are the core spirit of research. A research cycle starts with an idea – without which you won’t be able to define a problem.” Said Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande (Member, BOG, MDI Gurgaon) in the induction programme for the doctoral students at MDI. The chief guest threw light on the new chapter of the academic life that the students were embarking on. In his address, he talked about the role of academic research in the growth and development of any business.

Research is an essential part of any business that offers well-targeted products or services. It can be instrumental in defining a product mix for a business – for example from defining the mix of various FMCG products that a firm should produce to different categories of in-patient beds that a hospital should have. Business decisions that are based on good market research can minimise risks and pay attractive dividends and hence b-schools such as MDI Gurgaon are turning more proactive in developing strategies to deliver their research services around what is relevant and in demand. It aspires to match the brand value of foreign b-schools by letting students imbibe knowledge that is relevant to the global markets today.

Ecstatic doctoral students looked motivated when Prof. Dhande referred them as intellectual individuals.

Inspiring its new batch of doctoral students on the crucial role of research and development in the business environment, MDI Gurgaon, one of the leading B-Schools in India, organised an induction ceremony for its Doctoral Programmes: Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM). The event was a stimulating affair for the students as they got a glimpse of what lies ahead for them in their life at MDI and their career graph thereafter. The ceremony began with a welcome address by Prof. M P Jaiswal, Dean-Research & Accreditation.

Prof. CP Shrimali, Director of MDI in his address to the students advised them not to limit themselves in the 4 walls of the classrooms. He encouraged the students to participate in debates, discussions, conferences and seminars for a 360 degree development.

The number of students in the 2015 batch includes 21 doctoral students. The programmes (FPM/EFPM) are aimed at allowing the fellow researchers to create benchmarks and measure progress in order to be able to gauge the performance of any business. The event involved students in hearty interactions with the faculty members of their respective programmes who gave them a detailed overview of the programme and introduced them to the course structure.


Hosts an engaging week long induction ceremony for its new 2015-17 batch of 335 students

New Delhi, June 24, 2015: As Delhi hailed its first monsoon showers, MDI, one of the leading B-Schools in India, opened its gates for the 2015-17 intakes oftheir flagship Post Graduate Programmes namely, Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM) and International Management (PGP-IM). The event held between 17th-23rd June 2015 in the college’s auditoriumwas a stimulating affair for the students as they got a glimpse of what lies ahead for them in their life at MDI and their career graph thereafter.

The students were given a warm welcome into the campus byProf. C P Shrimali, the Director of MDI through an inspiring lecture on the limitless scope of learning at MDI and the experience awaiting them through a new learning system without boundaries. He said, “Transformation of lifestyle to that of a B-school can often be overwhelming and cumbersome for the new students. Our post graduate programmes are rigorous with no scope for slippages. For many students, the transformation from a job to a full-time hostel life with impromptu sessions can be discomforting at first. Thus, we planned this week-long induction programme with a motive to introduce the students to life at MDI, and easing them into a change of lifestyle. This is to bring them up to a platform from where they can effortlessly manage the commitment and hard work demanded by the curriculum of their respective programs.”

During the induction ceremony, accomplished leaders from the corporate world Shri P. Dwarakanath (Director - Group Human Capital MAX India Limited), Mr. Sameer Nagpal (MD &CEO- Shalimar Paints), Mr. NiteshAhuja (MD, MITG Group), Col. S.P. Wahi (former chairman, ONGC), Mr. PravinSubba (VP -HR & Admin, Micromax), Mr. AshuMalhotra (HR Head, Jabong) and Mr. Sreedhar Prasad (Partner, KPMG) introduced the future managers to the dynamic environment of India.

The rest of the week involved an introduction to theacademic and extra-curricular life at MDI. As a part of this activity, students were made familiar with the foundations of various courses with sessions on Economics, Accounting, Quantitative Methods, Case-based study approach, and so on. Students were also introduced to the various clubs, committees and SIGs that they can be a part of at MDI.

Sharing his experience, GovindaBhuwalka, a fresher from the new batch of MDI said, “The induction was very welcoming. Right from the time the admission offers were made, the senior students have been of great help which gave me a feel of the values and attitude of MDI. The induction programmeguided us to inculcate skills to become good managers and entrepreneurs in future. We were provided insightful details about the 24x7 campus of MDI and the importance of learning and development of self and peers in this evolving global environment.” On the whole, the Induction Ceremony 2015 acted as the perfect stepping stone for the new batch of students for their innings at MDI. It prepared them for the intellectually-exciting and professionally-productive journey that lay in store for them.


Light clouds, pleasant weather, and a light breeze is what the students of MDI woke up to on the morning of International Yoga Day. The students assembled at library greens at 6 AM to celebrate the spirit of Yoga under the guidance of Yoga expert, Mr. Puneet, a Ph.D. student at MDI.

The morning started with students learning the difference between Yoga and Yog, the former being a westernized concept aimed at keeping fit, while the latter being an Indian concept of learning spirituality, through self-discipline, non-violence, and practicing good behaviour.

Students started the celebration of the day by performing some supervised simple breathing exercises with the purpose of bodily purifications. Next, they performed various aasans, from head to toe, while they were told in detail about the medical benefits of each.

They then performed the Surya Namaskar, while welcoming the first rays of the sun at dawn. They were explained about the 5 mudras and the 3 sights of Yoga. They were explained the indicators of doing an exercise wrong, to enable them to continue these basic exercises unsupervised. They were also explained the benefits reaped by performing yoga exercises for a mere 10-12 minutes in a day.

A beautiful morning with a beautiful start ensured a happier, healthier and fresher day for all at this campus.


All Faculty & Staff members along with their families (MDI community) are cordially invited to attend the Yoga session on “International Day of Yoga” on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 6.00 AM till 7.00 AM at Scholars Greens.


Stimulating Induction Ceremony for the new batch of doctoral students of MDI, Gurgaon

New Delhi, July 10, 2014: MDI Gurgaon, one of the leading B-Schools in India, recently held an induction ceremony for its new batch of students of the Doctoral Programmes: Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM). The event, held on 11th of July 2014 was a stimulating affair for the students as they got a glimpse of what lies ahead for them in their life at MDI and their career graph thereafter. The ceremony began with a welcome address by the Chairperson (FPM/EFPM), Professor Jyotsna Bhatnagar.

Prof Bhatnagar, Chairperson, FPM while welcoming the new batch said; "The FPM community here at MDI is different. We do research with passion in our hearts and smile on our faces and follow care and compassion in research and yet maintain highest standards and pursue cutting edge research."

Professor S.G. Deshmukh, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi while delivering the key note address said; “A researcher must always be in a student mode, willing to accept new knowledge and always on the journey of knowing the unknown. It is crucial for a research to have a deep impact on society and the industry as well. PhD really means Patience, Hard work, and Determination in a researcher's life”.

Soon after, students were given glimpses into a real-life experience of the FPM journey by illustrious alumni of the programme: Professor T.T. Niranjan, IIT Mumbai, Professor Joffie Thomas, IIM Kozhikode, Professor Shallini Kalra Sahi, MDI, Gurgaon.

Padma Vibhushan Professor Yashpal, Former Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Chairman, University Grants Commission, while addressing the students said “there is a need to try to discover wavelength of communities – to discover a synthetic aperture of people, for social purposes. Any beautiful learning given by the great men of this world such as Mahatama Gandhi ji, has not survived for more than 20-30 years. The fact that all such good things end in our society indicates of prevalence of a social abnormality and as researchers, we should be studying and working towards this. We should keep our inquisitiveness alive and ask questions just like a child does”.

Prof T.T.Niranjan, Alumni while sharing his experiences said; "I was blessed to have some really helpful and amazingly talented professors to guide me through my moments of frustration and confusion -in my research journey at MDI. Don't ever be afraid of challenging the established theories".

This was followed by an interaction with the teaching faculty where students were introduced to the compulsory core papers and electives. The ceremony concluded with Professor Yashpal’s address which left the students motivated for the year ahead.

Established in 1973, MDI is one of the leading B-Schools in India known for its academic excellence, high-quality research, high-end executive education and internationalization. MDI has the distinction of being the first triple-crowned Indian B-School have global accreditation of AMBA (UK), regional accreditation of SAQS and national accreditation of NBA. MDI has plans to grow by maintaining its leadership position in its current activities and through geographical expansion and internationalization.

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Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, one of the top B Schools in India held an Induction Programme from 18th-24th June, 2014. This was organized to welcome the new batch for their graduate programmes – PGPM,PGP-HRM and PGP-IM (2014– 2016).

Accomplished head honchos from the corporate world lent their presence to the occasion as speakers. The programme was formally inaugurated by Dr. Mukul P Gupta, Director, MDI Gurgaon. This was followed by an inaugural address by Mr Sanjeev Kumar Saxena, Global Chief Revenue Assurance and CEO Bharti Airtel Delhi NCR Mobile Services.

Dr. Mukul P Gupta, Director, MDI Gurgaon while welcoming the new students joining the Institute said , “The Induction Programme at MDI helps us orient the students with a glimpse of key development issues trending in the world currently through the perspective of industry doyens. Apart from the subjects in the curriculum, we also introduce the students to the clubs and events on campus that help us maintain our credibility as a B-School committed to 360 degree value-based learning.”

Addressing the students at the session, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Saxena, Global Chief Revenue Assurance and CEO Bharti Airtel Delhi NCR Mobile Services said,' The course has started at a junction where the economy is looking up at its growth. Today the industry is focused on its revival and by the time you will pass out, the industry will be in better shape to offer more job opportunities for everyone. '

During induction session, Mr. Amit Boni, General Manager, India Motorola Mobility while addressing the students said, "Don't be destination oriented, be process oriented. Destination is a moving target."

Mr. Pankaj Bansal, CEO & Co-Founder PeopleStrong HR Services Pvt. Ltd. while delivering a session on entrepreneurial challenges in current times said, ‘’Entrepreneurship is an easy but a complex subject. An entrepreneur should have good understanding about its investor, client and employees. Unless one is not ready to take risk, there is no way forward.”

The classes for the three courses will commence from Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Each of the programmes has a unique pedagogy incorporating the best global practices. The focus at MDI has always been to provide education with a strong sense of ethics in a practical research based environment. The idea is to hone students through an innovative and unmatched curriculum that stamps an identity on MDI graduates as smart and sharply groomed managerial professionals of tomorrow.

Gurgaon, 6th January 2014: The 17th edition of MDI's flagship National Management Convention, Delphique, was held between 3rd and 5th January, 2014. The theme of the convention was Humanitatis Obsequim, which means "Service to Humanity". The three day convention was a confluence of three events – The Knowledge Panel discussions, Vincenza - An International Business Plan competition-cum-mentorship programme and Cerebro - A National case study competition on 'Entry Strategy for Wealth Management Firm in India'.

The partners this year included corporate giants like Jindal Power, PowerGrid Corporation, Western Union, IBM, Deloitte, PwC, Cognizant, Britannica, Evalueserve, exchange4media, Fortis HealthCare,, MyBox, Indian Angel Network, Stern Fisher, BusinessWorld, MBAClubIndia,,Twenty19 and

The inauguration was presided over by Prof. Mukul P Gupta (Director, MDI Gurgaon) and Chief Guest - Mrs. Renana Jhabvala, Padma Shri awardee and former Chairperson of SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association), who spoke of the dire need for economic prosperity, but not at the cost of unruly competition. Co-operation, said Mrs Jhabvala, has to be the key driver for this change. The ceremony was also graced by Prof. Gita Bajaj (Chairperson, PGPM), Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar (Chairperson, PGP-HRM), and Prof. Anil Anand Pathak (Chairperson, Student Affairs).

The business convention began with knowledge partners IBM and Western Union conducting their respective panel discussions. The HR panel, in association with Knowledge Partner IBM, discussed "HR Analytics and its impact on employee engagement & employee retention." The Finance and Operations Knowledge Partner for Delphique 2013 was Western Union and the topic elucidated by them was 'Creating Financial Inclusion through Socially Innovative Products and Changes required in the Existing BFSI Infrastructure and Regulatory Framework of India'.

Deloitte, the Knowledge Partner for Strategy, pursued a discussion on the topic "Emerging Trends in Virtualization and Effects on IT Asset Management". The Analytics panel discussion of Evalueserve was on the topic, "How Are Knowledge Processes Likely To Evolve In The Next 5-7 Years Due To Technology Advancements?" and consisted of Mr. Manoj Madhusudhan (Global Head of Operations, EvalueServe), Mr. Aditya Jain (Senior Manager, Boston Consulting Group) and Mr. Titir Pal (Associate Director, Absolut Data). The research findings began by introducing the audience to the KPO landscape - currently a USD 20 billion industry touted to hit USD 30 billion by 2016.

The Health Care panel, conducted by Fortis Healthcare, was graced by Mr. Daljit Singh, President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Fortis Healthcare, Dr. Shaveta Dewan Lead, Apollo Quality Program and Special Initiatives at Apollo Hospitals Group and Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar. The objective of the panel was to look into the workings of hospital facility from a management perspective and discuss the growing importance and significance of the hospital administrator role.

The Finance/Analytics panel with PwC looked into the topic "Combating fraud in benefits transfer schemes of the government." The panel comprised Mr. Anurag Dua (Managing Consultant, PwC India), Shantanu Chakraborty (VP, Fraud Control and Investigation, GE Analytics), Dr. Sangeeta Chhabra (Researcher, Govt. Consultant, Head, Major Cloud Computing Company), Aaditya Gutgotia (VP, Axis Capital) and Prof. Sajal Ghosh (Faculty Mentor, MDI).

The final day of the three-day event began with a discussion by Exchange4Media, on the topic "Greening Advertising Media Entertainment (G.A.M.E)". The panel consisted of eminent media personalities including Mr. Sunil Kumar (President, Exchange4Media Group), Ms. Babita Baruah (Executive Business Director, JWT), Mr. Devdutt Das (Airport Manager, Times OOH), Ms. Maushree Joshi (Content Head, GroupM) and Prof. Ritu Shrivastava (Asst. Professor, MDI).

The Final Research Panel of Delphique 2013-14 was the Encyclopedia Britannica (Marketing) Panel. The topic for research was "Research On The Usage Of Internet And Other Reference Resources By Students In Curricular And Co-Curricular Learning In Middle And Secondary Education India." Mr. Amit Kapoor, Head - Digital Learning, South Asia, Encyclopedia Britannica, Mrs. SudhaSahay, Principal, The Shri Ram School and Mrs. SeemaHanvey, Head, International Certification at Genesis Global School were the esteemed panelists for the research.

The convention concluded with a Valedictory ceremony graced by Prof. Pathak and Prof. Gita Bajaj where they shared their thoughts on the event. This was followed by prize distribution for Vincenza (won by the Team from ISB Hyderabad) and Cerebro (won by Team from IMT Ghaziabad) and vote of thanks by Secretary of Delphique- Santosh Garbham.

Gracing the ceremony Prof. Gita Bajaj (Chairperson PGPM) said "The panel discussions on contemporary business issues featured leaders from various industries. I feel it was a great learning experience for the students - besides the ones involved in research and presentation."

Prof. Anil Anand Pathak (Chairperson Student Affairs) appreciated the efforts put in by the students and said, "It has been a very successful event, given that everything was to be done from scratch - including raising sponsorships. The event ended up with an overall surplus. I would especially like to thank the alumni who came out in support of the event - be it for reaching out and finalising the panelists or for sponsorship support."

Royal Institute of Management was established in 1986 and was incorporated as an autonomous institute under the Royal Charter, 1990. The institute is mandated to impart, promote and improve professional knowledge and skills in management and administration in both public and private sectors through training, consultancy, research and advisory activities and services. The MoU from their side was signed by Prof Karma Tshering, Director, Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), a top university in China with a time-honored history, is among the first Chinese institutions to offer business education. Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM) dates back to 1903. Being the first China-based business school to have been triply accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, ACEM aims to develop great managerial talents equipped with international perspectives and the ability to compete in the global economy. The MoU from their side was signed by Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean, ACEM, SJTU

The Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) is a national level autonomous institution set up in 1982 under the Nepal Administrative Staff College Act, 1982, to provide training to the employees of the Government of Nepal and Public Enterprises, so as to bring about improvements in governance and management capabilities for the efficient delivery of quality services to the citizens of Nepal. NASC undertakes training, problem-oriented research, consulting and information service programmes." The MoU from their side was signed by Mr. Punya P Neopane, Executive Director and Dr. Tarak Bahadur KC, Deputy Executive Director, NASC

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon today inked a pact with Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur. The MoU shall pave way for MNIT Jaipur students to participate in MDI’s International Summer University (MDI-ISU), 2014.

MDI-ISU is first of its kind opportunity in India, which will bring together students from different parts of the county and abroad, who will be mentored by faculties from international partner universities. The inaugural batch of this programme ran successfully from April to May 2013.

Prof. I.K. Bhat, Director, MNIT, Jaipur , Dr. G.S. Dangayach, Head, Department of Management Studies, MNIT, Jaipur, Prof. A.P.S. Rathore and Prof. Satish Kumar were present at MDI campus to sign the document and initiate the partnership between the two institutions. Up to four students will be nominated by MNIT Jaipur for second batch of MDI-ISU scheduled for 2014.

After signing this MoU, Prof. I.K Bhat, Director, MNIT Jaipur, said,’ we are delighted with our partnership with MDI Gurgaon. This will provide MNIT students a great opportunity to learn in multi-cultural classroom guided by faculty from reputed international B-schools and universities at MDI.’ Dr. Mukul P Gupta, Director MDI, quoted, ‘The MDI-ISU program is an initiative to reach out to students from different states of India and give them a learning platform to acquire knowledge and skills in specialised areas of management’.

Prof. J.N. Godinho, Chairperson – International Relations, Prof. Gita Bajaj, Chairperson – PGPM along with other MDI faculty members were present in the ceremony.

MDI Gurgaon welcomes new batch for the three Graduate Programmes i.e. PGPM, PGP-HRM and PGP-IM

June 20th, 2013, Gurgaon: Management Development Institute, Gurgaon – one of the top B Schools in India - welcomed the new batch for their graduate programmes – PGPM,PGP-HRM and PGP-IM - for the session 2013 - 2015.

Highlight of the 5 day induction programme are the keynote sessions from the industry, addressing the new batch of students. Eminent speakers such as Professor MM Pant, former, Pro-vice chancellor IGNOU, H.E.Alon Ushpiz, Hon. Ambassador of Israel in India, Mr. Dwarkanath, Group Head HR Max India, Mr.P.Elango, CEO, Cairn Energy India, Mr.Daljit Singh, President, Fortis Healthcare, Mr.Anil Chaoudhary, MD, Schneider Electric India, Ms.Sushma Bahl (MBE), Former Head, Department of Art and Culture – India for the British Council and Mr. Kiran Shetty, Country and South East Asia Head, Western Union shall grace the five day event.

On this occasion Mr. Ashok Panjwani, Dean – Graduate Programme, MDI said, "We are happy to welcome promising leaders at MDI and be part of their journey. This year, 335 students have enrolled for PGPM, PGP-HRM and PGP-IM. It is an honor for MDI to have speakers from the industry to make our prospective students understand the responsibilities in the corporate world."

The course will commence from the 26 June, 2013. Each of the programmes has a unique pedagogy incorporating the best global practices. The focus will be on providing value-based education and an action-centric research environment. Thus the students will get an opportunity to learn and develop into professional managers with an all rounded business perspective.

It is a matter of great pride for MDI Community that the first MDI-International Summer University 2013 was inaugurated last week and started with a great note. Prof. Mukul P Gupta, Director delivered the inaugural address which was followed by address by Prof Jyoti Gupta (ESCP, France), Prof Deven Bathia (New Castle, UK), Prof. DP Goyal, Prof. S. Chatterjee & Prof Gita Bajaj.

There were students from NIT, Kurukshetra, MG University, Kottayam & DCRUST Murthal on the first day of MDI-ISU 2013. More students from Saurashtra University, Rajkot, University of Kashmir, Srinagar and Kakatiya University, Warangal would joining this week.

The inauguration was followed by a round of the campus and a welcome dinner.

School of Energy Management, MDI will host the 3rd Industry Day on 2nd March, 2013. The theme of the program would be “Modelling and Forecasting of Energy & Financial Markets”. Several delegates from top companies have been invited to participate in this event. Few participating companies are:

Last time Industry Day was held on 10th Dec, 2012 and the theme of discussion was “Situation Analysis of Power, Oil & Gas and Renewable Sector scenario in India”.

to be hosted on
2nd March, 2013

Organized by,
Energy Management Batch 2012-13
Theme: Modelling And Forecasting Of Energy & Financial Markets

Having established its footprint worldwide MDI, Gurgaon is launching the MDI International Summer University 2013 in April 2013 .The programme is first of its kind in India, and underlines MDI Gurgaon's commitment towards academic excellence and continuous innovation.

While increasingly the focus has been on adding an International flavour to the Indian Management Education scene, MDI ISU will also provide a platform to meritorious students across universities and colleges throughout India, to gain invaluable international exposure. The basic idea behind this initiative is to provide meritorious Indian students from remote corners and small towns an exposure to the increasingly global nature of businesses, with a multicultural classroom guided by faculty from reputed international B-schools and Universities.

Thus this unique International University will be hosted at MDI Campus with classes conducted for a student mix from nearly 20 states of India and 20 foreign countries. With this diverse and international profile, the courses on offer are also international in context and flavour. By pursuing these courses, the students have a great opportunity to supplement their learnings at their home campuses and creating new networks with peers from across the world.

Over the past few weeks, MDI has been creating partnerships with various Indian Universities and Professional colleges of repute to foster collaboration for the MDI ISU programme. After the recent MoU with Kashmir University, MDI Gurgaon today signed an MoU with National Institute of Technology (NIT) Kurukshetra.

Speaking on this occasion Prof. Mukul P. Gupta, Director MDI said, “We saw a dream and envisaged a concept, MDI –ISU is a realization of the dream and culmination of our efforts. It is our small contribution to the community”. Appreciating the concept of International Summer University, Prof. Anand Mohan, Director NIT Kurukshetra said “this is a noble cause” since MDI has now reached the international domain, it has taken this pious responsibility to nurture and grow management education in India. When a paradigm shift is taking place from information age to knowledge based society this coming together of technical and management institutes would provide holistic education to students”. Also gracing the occasion Prof. P.J.Philip Head Department of Business Administration; NIT Kurekshetra, Prof. Gita Bajaj (Chairperson International Relations and Special Initiatives) from MDI, Gurgaon along with other senior MDI Faculty was also present on the occasion.

In keeping with MDI’s commitment to continuous innovation and a desire to give back to society, MDI Gurgaon is launching the MDI International Summer University 2013 in April 2013. This is the first of its kind initiative in the country and makes MDI Gurgaon pioneer the concept of International Summer Universities in India.

The thought behind the project is that there are gems spread across the nation’s universities who may not otherwise get international exposure but if given a chance can shine to realize their dreams. This is yet another window that MDI has created for international students to experience India and its education besides offering an exceptional opportunity to these students to work with Indian and international students. The cultural milieu of India as a learning environment and the cross-cultural peer groups within the classrooms will offer them an occasion of life time that has no replica at this moment. The MDI International Summer University (MDI-ISU) seeks to provide not the basic knowledge but to deepen specific knowledge in the domain of business management. MBA students get an opportunity for international and multinational education, supplemental learning and adding the sheen of alma mater to their credentials.

This unique International University will host on MDI Campus classes conducted by international faculty for a student mix from nearly 20 states of India and 20 foreign countries. With this international profile the courses on offer are also international in context and flavour.

In this connection, the first MoU is signed between the MDI Gurgaon and the University of Kashmir. Speaking on this occasion MDI Director Prof. Mukul P. Gupta said, “the initiative is unique as it will create a never before opportunity for exceptionally bright students of Indian state universities experience international education in a leading Business School Campus”. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir Prof. Talat Ahmad appreciated this initiative “as this would provide an opportunity to their students will get exposure to international practices”.

Pictures of Bhoomi Poojan Ceremony and Laying the Foundation Stone Ceremony for the New Activity Center.

Students of Energy management Batch 2012-13 celebrated 2nd Industry day at MDI, Gurgaon Campus on 10th Dec, 2012. It was a 1 day meet organized as a platform of interaction between the well known personalities from the Industry and the students and faculty members of the School of Energy management.

The session opened with a short address by Professor, Dr. Sunil Ashra, Chairperson, School of Energy Management .It followed with an inaugural speech by the honorable Chief Guest of the day, Shri. E. Unnikrishnan, Consultant , Argus Media Limited, Singapore and Retd. Executive Director (Pricing), IOCL. Shri. E. Unnikrishnan super-annuated as Executive Director (Pricing), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Mumbai in October, 2011. In this assignment he was responsible for influencing pricing policies of Government of India with respect to petroleum products, as regards the methodologies, processes and various other nuances and to project the need for support schemes to mitigate the under-realization of Oil Marketing Companies, in marketing of sensitive petroleum products. He was also responsible for formulating the pricing strategy of the organization.

He mentioned in his speech ,”The complex problems in the energy sector can only be solved by concerted efforts by the energy managers, consultants, scientists, economists, development administrators as well as politicians. The sharing of knowledge that would evolve out of this industry day and other similar conferences would help to design better policies in the future. We need what the economists call “A holistic solution” and what the managers call “A system solution””.

Other participants on this day included delegates from Ferranti, Tetra Tech, Hindel Power, Infosys, Dassault Systems, Petrotech, TCS, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., Sravanti Infra Tech, GFI International, Solar energy Tribe and UHBAV.

The day was divided into three sessions.

  • Power Sector Analysis of India
  • Oil scenario– Are we on the right track?
  • Alternative sources of Energy

All the sessions were followed by interactive discussions by the experts from the industry, the MDI faculty and the students.

A brief about the sessions:

This presentation was based on the current power scenario in India. The presentation dealt with the following:

  • Power generation, Installed capacity, rate of growth and energy efficacy over the decades.
  • Policies, reforms, provisions under Electricity Act 2003, Energy policy of India will be the integral part of this presentation.
  • Challenges and solutions associated with Indian Power Sector in terms of Problems & Availability of energy resources.
  • Improvements of Indian power sector
  • Supply Side Management, Supply Side Options
  • Demand Side Management by Meter Energy Management Solution, Smart Grid, E-mobility and Distribution Management

The presentation talked about the widening gap between the supply and demand of oil due to economic growth of the country that has made all matters related to oil highly sensitive and political. Steps taken for better efficiency of usage and huge investment in production and exploration are hence the call of the hour.

Major issue related to oil and its products is its pricing. Pricing in the Oil industry seems to be as transparent as the crude oil that it processes. Petrol prices seem to reach new peaks with every season sending shock waves across the nation. How rational are the prices of fuels in India?

Finally, a look into the past decade that saw the emergence of brands in retail petrol like Speed, Power and Extra Premium, a new concept in the country which traditionally treated its petrol as an undifferentiated low involvement commodity. Does branding affect the price elasticity of petroleum products? What needs to be done to make branding a better means of revenue generation for OMCs.?

The growth of Indian economy has given confidence to people but India needs 8%+ GDP growth for lifting the bottom 40% of the population to an acceptable standard of living .Over 50% of the population is without access to electricity. Around 70% households use traditional biomass for cooking. 39% rural population uses kerosene as a primary fuel for lighting. This has give rise to an increasing importance on alternative sources of Energy. The presentation dealt with the following:

  • Potential of renewable energy solutions
  • Barriers on implementation
  • How renewable can help eradicating poverty
  • Village electrification and community based bio-gas solution model
  • Other internationally developed breakthrough technologies

The session concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Rupamanjari Sinha Ray, Assistant Professor, Economics area. Overall it had been a great learning experience for the students and a good platform for high level discussions among the industry delegates.

The 12th International Human Resource Management Conference, hosted by Management Development Institute, Gurgaon was more than just successful and was a magnet for experts & industry leaders from December 10th to 13th. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘DREAM, DISCOVER, DARE, INNOVATIONS IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE: ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL HRM’ .The conference served as the ideal opportunity for academia and HR representatives from all over the world to congregate, interact and exchange views, to stimulate and build on ideas and as a result support professional development. Over the last 4 Days, the conference witnessed over 160 participants and delegates from over 15 countries spread over 36 sessions to discuss management of human capital.

The conference was inaugurated by Shri. R N Nayak, CMD, Power Grid Corporation India Ltd and Prof. Mukul P. Gupta, Director, MDI Gurgaon. Shri R N Nayak emphasized that the world is one global village where everything has become united today. Therefore the Role of HRM is very critical to success of organizations. It is all the more important that you put the right people in order to get the right results”. MDI Gurgaon’s Director, Prof. Mukul P. Gupta said, “We as a business school stand for certain values and all those values have a certain human element enshrined in them”. Prof. Pradip Khandwalla, Director, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., in his key note inaugural address spoke of three key areas where India needs to do something to evolve into a more creative society – Governance, Education and Promoting Civil Society. According to Dr. T V Rao, a veteran HR professional and Founder President, National HRD Network, “The success of HR department is getting to that day when it is no longer required. HRs should think ahead of their CEOs, and it is high time that we in HR start experimenting and provoke ourselves to facilitate development of competencies and skills for the future”. Prof. Wayne Cascio, from University of Colorado Denver, USA highlighted the two major HR risks of today – ‘Failure to hire’ and ‘Retain top talent’.

The conference saw renowned leaders from the industry belonging to companies like Ashoka Foundation, Erehwon Consulting, Fortis Healthcare, ITC, Microsoft, Schneider Electric and Western Union take part in various panel discussions. The different topics for discussion in the conference varied from ‘Differently abled talent pool’ to ‘Multi generational diversity’. Mr. Rajiv Burman, Director HR, Microsoft SIT, India & China, Microsoft gave insights on multigenerational diversity at workplace and said that the main challenge in this respect is to build an environment through various interventions where 4 different generations could work together in face of changing technology. Mr. Niranjan Khatri, General Manager - ITC, Welcom Group outlined that the way forward for Government is not to take a sympathetic approach but a developmental approach towards differently abled people.

The conference also had CEO and HR leadership panel discussions titled – ‘Innovation & Us’ on the final day. On the HR panel, Mr. Daljit Singh, President, Fortis Healthcare pointed out that no dialogue on a functional theme like HR can take place in isolation. It has to be weaved into the overall organizational strategy. Mrs. Veena Padmanabhan, Head – Talent Management & OD, Schneider Electric, Global Operations stressed that too many surveys without concrete results may lead to disconnect and survey fatigue.

Mr. Kiran Shetty, CEO, Western Union, opened the CEO panel discussion. He talked about the inevitable change and how organizations need to adapt to the fast changing world in order to be successful. Organizations need to pre-empt the change and stay ahead of the curve in order to survive. Mr. Rajiv Narang, CEO, Erehwon Consulting emphasized on the need of innovation and change management in the current dynamic environment. He described how in the next decade we will witness more innovation than what has been there since the human civilization started and the requirements for the same. For organizations to come up with innovative solutions and products a lot of mindset and cultural change is desired.

Mr. Narang went on to introduce concepts like orbit maintaining which typically refers to incremental improvements required to compete in the market and orbit shifting which refers to the radical innovations required to lead the market. He explained that the problem lies in the fact that organizations wish to move to orbit shifting phase with orbit maintaining mindset; and thus cannot work. He pointed out that the other common mistake that most organizations commit is charting out future plans based solely on the templates of past success. The key is to break the mental models through which organizations think. He explained Lateral insighting that is connecting the dots from different knowledge domains to find path-breaking solutions.

Dr. Anil Khandelwal, Former CMD, Bank of Baroda & Dena Bank, Chairman Anugyan Consulting Pvt Ltd talked about the changing role of HR (Human Resource) department in organizations and the impact they can create. He said that after several decades of corporate HR, the world is now returning to Industrial Relations. He shared numerous examples from his experience at Bank of Baroda and the innovative and intelligent solution that led to exceptional financial performance and productivity shown by the bank. He talked about revolutionary initiatives like Sampark, Khoj and Paramarsh that led to employee engagement and employee connect.

Out of 126 no. of research papers presented in the conference at MDI, the best 3 were also awarded by the jury. The winning research papers were:

1. Paper Title: Psychological Capital As A Mediator Of The Relationship Between Leadership And Creative Performance Behaviors: Empirical Evidence From The Indian R&D Sector
By: Vishal Gupta: IIM, Calcutta Shailendra Singh: IIM, Lucknow

2. Paper Title: Performance management: the roles of human capital and leadership in France, India, and the USA
By: C. Lakshman: BEM Bordeaux Management School, France

3. Paper Title: Examining the role of Social Exchange on work Outcomes: A study o f Indian Managers
By: Upasna A Agarwal: S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai Shivganesh Bhargava: IIT Mumbai

Imperium Dedicated to Strategy, Academics and Managerial Operations October 29th, 2012, Gurgaon: Imperium, MDI’s annual inter B-school management and cultural fest which was inaugurated on October 26th, 2012 at the MDI campus concluded on Sunday, October 28th, 2012. With an official lamp lighting ceremony, the 72-hour event kicked off promising non-stop fun with activities - Case studies, Business games and Simulations based on contemporary business scenarios from various disciplines of management, Corporate Quizzes, Talk Series and Cultural night performances along with a cartload of informal events.

Imperium 2012 got bigger, better and grander this year. With improvements over last year as well as introduction of new activities as Beyond Karma, Imperium brought a perfect blend of fun and management. Other events included strategic simulation game Biz-Czar, online game Nautica, operations based case study Opnicient and management challenge of PhalanX.

Biz-Czar was one of the first events of the fest. Organized by Strategist, the Consulting Club of MDI, the simulating telecom bidding based game was open to engineering and MBA students all over the country. The game received immense exposure online and out of 1082 entries, 6 teams made it to the last phase. Rohit Roy from NITIE, Mumbai who was a participant of the Biz-Czar commented, “Biz-Czar is a lot of fun. The thing is you can’t prepare for these games but you do need to understand business strategies and acquire knowledge of the trends in the business sector. It was a close competition and all the teams brought something new and innovative to the table.”

Vaibhav Sharma, organizer of Biz-Czar conceptualized it as a game to test the holistic managerial skills of a student. He said, “We have made many improvements from last year. With tweaks in the original concept, we were able to modify the bidding process for the better. Also, for the first time we promoted the events online to get more exposure and it turned out really good.” Vaibhav and his team started the organization two months prior to the event and initialized the concept of the game.

Nautica was the most popular online event of Imperium. With the understanding that not everyone could be present at the venue, the organizing committee started the online game to engage MBA students which has now become a rage. With a 30% increase in participation as compared to last year, the game extended beyond the borders of the country to Germany and Europe. Vineet Gala, organizer of Nautica and Treasurer of the Student Council stated, “The theme this year was auto industry. We gave each team 1.5 billion units as investment. They bought assets from the seed money, managed capital and raised money to run their automobile company and all this happened online. The response this year has been overwhelming, with teams from 28 B-Schools and 18 engineering colleges. What’s really astounding is that we have gone international this year with students from Germany and Europe participating in the online game.” Vineet and his team started a blog to address the queries of the students and keep them informed about the game and its rules.

The flagship event of Imperium with the maximum reward prize was Phalanx. Inspired by the Greek Army formations – Phalanx, who never backed out of a tricky situation, this event assessed the holistic skills of the students. Teams from different colleges from the country participated in the flagship event; out of the 300 online entries, 10 contestants were selected by online quizzing. The best part of the selection process of Phalanx was the bidding aspect where the visiting contestant bid for the MDI contestant and formed a pair. For 3 days and 3 nights, the pair was put through tasks testing their managerial acumen. More than the reward money, it encouraged the participants to form networks with people from colleges. Paresh Adnani, organizer of Imperium commented, “Phalanx was conceptualized so as to identify the complete manager, an all-rounder with the best of all skills. In order to find that true manager, we had 6 rounds testing them on each of the management verticals – operations, HR, strategy, finance, marketing and IT.”

The 12th edition of Imperium, this year came with Beyond Karma, an event stimulating the social awareness in the community by helping students imbibe a culture of inclusive growth. Designed by Samaritans, the social initiatives club of MDI, in partnership with Coca-Cola India, Pearson Education and Charities Aid Foundation, the event is centered on the Support My School (SMS) campaign initiated by Coca-Cola, which aims at increasing the reach of education in rural and semi-urban India. Goutam Kumar, Secretary for Samaritans and MBA student at MDI who conceptualized and executed Beyond Karma commented, “The event is a case-study which highlights some of the key concerns of the campaign. A total of 106 teams registered themselves from all over the country. The top 6 teams that came up with the most relevant, novel and viable solutions were selected to present their case studies.”

In order to understand the problem, the teams visited Government Middle Primary School, Chattera, Sonipat. The winners of the event, Reflections team from IMI Delhi, presented an impressive case study on how these schools could be helped further with proper management and operations. Keeping with the spirit of the initiative, a conscious decision was taken by the organizers to award strictly non-monetary tokens of appreciation to the winning teams.

Another event that tested the presentation skills and practical grasp of the industry was Opniscient – a case study on NTPC. A total of eight teams competed for the winning title and gave presentations on how they think NTPC could deal with some management and operational problems. A panel of experts from the industry and senior officials from NTPC, judged the performances and based on their solutions and awarded the best team the winning title. Anurag Tewari and Aniket Ghosh Choudhary from NITIE, Mumbai were the winning duo of the event who presented the most extraordinary ideas and practical analysis. Mr. S.N. Goel, Director, Marketing and Operations, Power Trading Corp, was highly impressed by the contestants. He commented, “The contestants have exceeded our expectations. They have presented some very interesting ideas and it shows that they have done their homework. They were practical, had amazing presentation skills and overall, it was stupendous.”

Mr. N.N. Mishra, Director, Operations, NTPC was representing NTPC as a panelist during the event. He stated, “We have been associated with MDI for a long time. Events like Imperium promote the industry-academia relationships and should be encouraged in every college because students get an idea of how these intricacies. These are the things that they learn through interaction and networking.”

After a hectic 48 hours of non-stop events, Indo-Syncrasies - Amit Tandon and his troupe gave the participants a time to relax. Well directed humor ranging from management college life to Delhi Traffic, left the participants in peals of laughter.

As no fest is complete without music and jazz, live performances by a metal and rock band on the last day by Fields of Shade and informal events like the War of Bands, Fashion parade also added to the success of Imperium.

November 2nd, 2012, Gurgaon: Delphique’12, The National Management Convention, at MDI Gurgaon, was inaugurated on Friday 2nd November 2012. Delphique’12 which is a student initiative is into its 16th edition now. It is a confluence of three events – The Research Panel discussions, Vincenza - An International Business Plan competition coaching program and Cerebro - A National case study competition. This year all the three events revolve around the common theme of "Imbibe, Innovate, Inspire".

The quality of research done by the student panels is ensured by providing faculty mentorship to the students. Their intellectual horizons are also widened by, a high profile panel discussion on the research by the who’s who of the corporate world, on the event day. Thus during the three days, MDI is host to senior executives from the corporate world and eminent academicians.

Delphique’12 is being organized in collaboration with corporate giants like Oriental Bank of Commerce, Godrej Industries Limited, Deloitte, Airtel, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Cognizant, Angel Investors, MentorEgde, The Hatch and Nokia.

Inaugurating the event with the lamp lighting ceremony on Friday, Chief Guest Dr. Dharmendra Nagar, MD, Paras Hospitals, shared his invaluable experiences, with the audience. He advised them to pursue only what they feel they are good at and to never get bogged down what the good numbers might say about the "potential growth".

Post the inauguration, Marketing and Communication (in collaboration with Airtel) was the theme of the first panel. Since its launch, Airtel Money has gained a lot of attention in the market. Social media is being used actively as an important platform to make customers aware of this service and experience its benefits. Hence, the topic of discussion also pertained to this particular issue.

The intention was to understand the business model for m-wallet domain and benchmarking of various social media tools with regards to consumer adoption. As a part of the panel we had Dr. Pawan Bakshi, (VP, m-Commerce & Business Head Airtel Money, Airtel) and Mr. Anurag Batra (Owner of Exchange4media group and an MDI alumnus). To discuss various aspects of social media marketing we had Mr. C. Rajagopalan (Founder and CEO of Pragmatic Learning), a social media consulting company. Other members from industry were Mr. Chiragh Cherian (Head, Online & Below the Line Initiatives at Perfect Relations). From the faculty we had Dr Kirti Sharma who is the Assistant Professor of Marketing at MDI. The discussion started with the presentation by the students wherein they highlighted the features of m-wallet industry with regards to the key stakeholders, transforming target segment, and various business models in place. This was followed by understanding the customer side with regards to the user adoption process involved for such service. The panel suggested various ways to highlight how social media can be used to accelerate this process via detailed discussion on various platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

In light of the ongoing financial downturn, and increasing pressure on margins in the banking and insurance sector, the second panel of the day (association with Pricewaterhouse Coopers), presented a propensity analysis of consumer using different sales channels and the corresponding revenue growth opportunities in the banking and insurance sector. Raghav Pandey, student of MDI and a member of the research team, explained, “Our research aims at integrating the database of sales through these multiple channels, finding out what is the probability that these customers would opt for a new product in addition to the one they are currently using, and determining where the marketing strategies should be targeted - towards online sales, offline sales or a combination of both. The panel comprised of Mr. Ravi Kanth, Principal Consultant in Strategy and Architecture Practice at PwC; Dr. Allen Roy, Principal at Accenture Analytics, Mr.Amit Puri, General Manager at IBM India Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Radhakrishnan, Director in Risk and Information Management at American Express and Prof. Sandeep Goel, Assistant Professor, Finance at MDI Gurgaon.

The objective of the third panel of the day (in association with Nokia) was to highlight the criticality of leadership and talent management in hyper growth and hyper competitive markets, to compare and benchmark leadership and talent management practices being followed in Indian industry with the global business environment and to highlight top 12 practices for leadership and talent management in the current business context. The research methodology used for the same was secondary research method, wherein company documents, articles from Harvard Business Review, INSEAD Working Papers and other publications were studied and as many as 31 HR managers were interviewed to analyze the organization’s interventions for leadership and talent management. The panelists included well-known corporate delegates like Ms. Rashmi Bajoria, HR Consultant, Nokia India Ltd., Mr. Naman Kaushik, HR Manager, Nokia India Ltd., Mr. Anil Garg, VP-HR Asia Pacific, Whirlpool Corporation, Mr. Anurag Aman, Principal Consultant, Mercer, Mr. Venkatesh S., Microsoft and Prof .(Dr.) Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Associate Professor-HRM and Chairperson-PGPHR, MDI Gurgaon. Mr. Anil emphasized that the organizations should not confuse performance with potential while identifying their key talent, and should focus on looking for skills like learning agility and adaptability in their workforce. while Ms. Rashmi and Mr. Naman shared what initiatives are taken by Nokia to reward and retain high performers, which included involving them in key business decisions, increasing their visibility and exposure across different functions and countries.

Day 1 of Delphique’12 concluded, with a discussion on increasing importance of social media in talent recruitment. MDI students in partnership with Godrej researched on 'Leveraging social media as a tool for talent acquisition.’ As part of their research the students analyzed the various Social Media practices currently used by FMCG companies for lateral recruitment, in India and outside. The panel comprised of Mr. Shailesh Deshpande, Associate Vice President, Head of International HR, Godrej, Mr. Anil Sharma Vice President, ITC Hotels Division, Mr. Anirban Basu, Head of Sales Training and Development, Nestle South Asia Region and Prof. Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, Human Resource Management Chairperson (PGPHR) MDI.

The session saw some wonderful insights given by the panelists. Some pertinent points were raised, some probing questions were asked and the discussion added much value to the research findings. To begin with, Dr. Shailesh Deshpande raised a point about the challenges that the company faces when they start with the concept of Recruitment through Social Media channels. He spoke of some practical difficulties which he felt needed to be addressed before this concept takes full flight. One of the issues was that, he felt was that it was difficult to identify a target segment while using Social Media. Dr. Anil Sharma from ITC brought in the Human angle to it all. He said that most of us are taught to be at our best behaviors in the office and that he knew people who have diametrically opposite personalities post working hours. He also felt that Facebook and Twitter profiles, which are often used for background and antecedent checks may have a fair share of wrong or hyped information about the person.