It was an interesting experience to attend the first 2-Day Indian Management Conclave 2010 organised on the August 13 and 14 in New Delhi's India International Centre by the 3-year MBA portal - mbauniverse.com. A sincere attempt has been made by the founder Mr Amit Agrawal and his team of young boys and girls to bring together Academicians, Corporate Leaders, Book Publishers, Researchers and of course inaugurated by charismatic professional and popular minister, Mr Salman Khurshid, in-charge of Corporate Affairs in the Government of India. Besides listening to the speeches of all these Panelists, it was an occasion to interact with fellow Management Teachers, mostly from North India except myself from Manipal in Karnataka and a lady Professor from Chennai.
Two Directors of IIMs - Indore and Kozhikode - Dr Ravichandran and Dr Debashish Chatterjee, were present in the vibrant sessions sharing their thoughts. The show was directly or indirectly led by an eminent Academician, Padmashree Awardee and former Director of IIM-A - Dr Bakul Dholakia who has vast experience in Management Education in India. Various issues of concern like approvals by regulators, future of MBAs in India, use of technology and strategy by MBAs in their corporate careers, International Accreditation of Indian B-Schools, entry of Foreign Universities in Indian Higher Education, etc., were dealt with in-depth. Dr Ms Eileen Peacock, Vice President of AACSB, Singapore Office was actively present.
The first day was a very long day between say 9.30 am to 10.30 pm with inaugural, panel discussions, Video Conferencing interactions with Dr Srikant Datar, of Harvard Business School, USA and author of the newly released book titled "Rethinking of MBA". He shared his experiences with US B-Schools in particular during the past decade which is the essence of the book. Also, the Chief of GMAC, Dr David was also on VC to explain the importance of GMAT in selecting MBA aspirants, the reason for opening an Office in India recently. The late evening sessions were held in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi followed by Dinner.
The second day was also packed with panel discussions and presentations by Industry Experts from Yes Bank, Cognizant, Maruthi, etc as also from Chicago Business School and Emerald Research. The event was to end with the announcement of First Ranking of B-Schools in India surveyed by mbauniverse.com. Having explained the need for another survey, it was a platform to detail the methodology adopted under the able guidance of Dr Bakul Dholakia. Only the scores and rankings of top 10 B-Schools were declared while the remaining 70 would be uploaded in their site by Monday morning. It goes without saying that IIM-A leads the pack followed by IIM-C, IIM-K, MDI, IIFT, XLRI, XIMB, et al if not in the same order. We need to wait and watch the full list of ranking by this agency on 16th August, 2010.