JKB Chairman Presides over SMVDU International Conference


The chairman and CEO of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Parvez Ahmed presided over the valedictory session of SMVDU International Conference on the Management Education as chief guest at Katra on Friday.

While paying tributes to the founders of the Shrine Board and SMVDU, the Chairman JK Bank in his presidential address said, “The kind of infrastructure and contribution that one idea of creation of Shrine board and allied infrastructure has made in the Ecosystem of this place is huge by any standards and we need to compliment the vision of the founders of the Shrine Board.”

The event was attended by Prof Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University, guest of Honor, Prof (Dr) D Mukhopadahyay, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, Dr Mario B Curotolo, CEO, MBC Business Management Consultants, Switzerland, Prof Gurcharan Singh, Head, SMS, Punjabi University, Patiala, Prof RK Mishra, Director, IPE, Hyderabad, Dr Saurabh, Head School of Business, SMVDU, Dr Suparn K Sharma, Convener, senior officials of the Bank, eminent delegates from India and abroad and faculty members of SMVDU. 

The chairman, as per an official statement has complimented the SMVDU for the setting of the first incubator for Start-Ups in the state and requested to popularize the success stories so that it percolates in the society. While assuring full support to the premier university for promoting the startup culture and quality management education in the J&K state, the Chairman has appreciated the introduction of innovative courses like Data Analytics in the curriculum of Management education in SMVDU.

Sharing his thoughts on the Management education and the expectations of the Industry, Parvez Ahmed has laid emphasis on creating a new model which is scalable across geographies as the assembly line model of Management education is still working, which was created for the manufacturing economies.  

He added, “The change is happening at an exponential scale, we need people with the ability to deal with change, to learn new things and to preserve their mental balance in unfamiliar situations. In order to keep up with the world of the future we will not need to merely invent new ideas and products we will above all need to reinvent ourself again and again. Discontinuity is going to be the most salient feature of our learning curve as the world is not just changing rapidly but it is being dramatically reshaped in such a manner that it is starting to operate absolutely differently. This reshaping is happening way faster than we have been able to reshape ourselves, our education, our institutions and our society and that is causing a huge gap. A decade now is the new millennium wherein even the best of the experts in their respective field cannot comprehend what the future holds after a decade.” He concluded with his thoughts on instilling the life skill of sustainability which is very important for the future business leaders to orient themselves on pressing issues of climate change, conservation of resources, inclusivity of society, etc.

Earlier during his welcome address Dr Saurabh, Head of the School of Business, SMVDU informed that the International Conference sponsored by the JK Bank has attracted encouraging contributions from across India and abroad. The Conference, he said, reflects the concern of the stakeholders for deliberating on the future roadmap for the management education.

Prof D Mukhopadahyay, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU stressed upon the active role of higher academia in the restructuring the curriculum of management education for a modern society. “Nothing is permanent and the change is inevitable, India is going to complete 100 years of independence in 2047 and it will emerge as the third largest economy and will also have a third largest network of Universities in the world. It is here that the academicians have to play a proactive role, making optimum use of available human resources and contribute in the growth and development of the country,” he said reads the statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Raj Kumar VC Punjab University said, “India is a growing economy with a high demographic dividend due to 65 per cent of young population. Our market is one of the largest in the world. The graduate labour market is full of expectations, both from the management graduates and employers. Arguably, the world market is said to witness a paradigm shift in terms of technology in the next 5 to 10 years and the management graduates must keep themselves updated.”

Subsequently after the vote of thanks by Dr Suparn Convener of the conference, Parvez Ahmed had a freewheeling discussion with Prof Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University, Guest of Honor, Prof (Dr) D Mukhopadahyay, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, Dr Mario B Curotolo, CEO, MBC Business Management Consultants, Switzerland, Prof Gurcharan Singh, Head, SMS, Punjabi University, Patiala and Prof R K Mishra, Director, IPE, Hyderabad wherein they discussed the issues related to entrepreneurship, impact of technology and digital ecosystem, revival of Tourism and role of banking sector in social upliftment with special reference to the JK Bank which has undergone complete metamorphosis under the leadership of the Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed, added the statement. 



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