It is said that three-fourths of a person’s learning takes place ‘beyond the classroom’. Diksha is a process of transfer of knowledge from the Guru to his disciples, whereby the latter become more enlightened in life. Keeping with this Indian tradition, we at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay invite doyens from the industry and academia to impart valuable learning and insights from their rich experience.
Diksha, which attracts captains of the industry and eminent academicians, acts as a forum wherein contemporary business issues are discussed and dissected to the fullest. These leaders, known for their contribution to their respective fields, bring with them first-hand perspectives on the topics of concern and share their thoughts and views with the students. Attending these sessions provoke the students to understand & appreciate the challenges these business leaders are posed with and how they dealt with it.
Some of the distinguished speakers whom the students had the opportunity to interact in the past include:
Mr. Thomas Kuruvilla, Managing Director, Arthur D. Little
Mr. Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Securities
Mr. Natarajan Radhakrishnan, Vice President, Business Consulting at Cognizant Business Consulting
Mr. Sidharth Rath, President, Corporate Banking, Infrastructure Business, Axis Bank
Mr. Sabyasachi Chaudhury, India Head, Capgemini Business Consulting
Mr. Somak Ghosh, Group President - Corporate Finance YES Bank
Mr. Krishna Mathija Director, Citibank N. A.
Mr. Prachetas Raykar, Senior Vice-President, Credit Risk, HSBC
Ms. Rupa Kudwa, CEO, Crisil
Mr. Suneel Iyer, Principal Consultant, ECS
Mr. Steve Mulaik, Partner, The Progress Group
Mr. Gaurav Sharma, Head HR, Western Zone Pepsi
Mr. Anootam Ghosh, CEO ICI - Uniqema India
Prof. S. P. Kothari, Head of Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting and Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management,
Prof. Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan School of Management
Mr. Chandarshekhar, Head HR, Capgemini
Mr. R. Rengarajan, Retired GM, Reserve Bank of India
Mr. Subinder Khurana, CEO - MarketRx
Mr. Prakash J., Senior Business manager , Olam International
Mr. Kishore Gandhi, Vice President, JPMC
Mr. Azfar Hussain, HR-head, Delloitte Consulting
Mr. Arvind Agrawal, President & Chief Executive, Corporate development & HR, RPG Group
Mr. T. S. Siva Shankar, Director of the Structured Finance and Syndication group, Citigroup
Mr. Kuldip K. Kaura, CEO, Vedanta Resources plc
Mr. Nishant Kolgaonkar, Director, HR, Computer Associates
Mr. Shantanu Prakash CEO, Educomp Solutions Ltd.
Mr. Indy Sarker Managing Director, Analec Infotech
Mr. Minoo Dastur, Executive Vice President & COO, Nihilent Technologies
Mr. R. Sriram, CEO & MD, Crossword Book Stores
Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Sr. Vice President Boeing
Mr. Viju Parameshwar, CEO Freudenberg India
Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico
Mr. Mike Sweney, Head, Training and Leadership, UBS
Mr. Anootam Ghosh, MD - Croda India
Prof. Stepen Eppinger, Dy. Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Prof. John Nesheim, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University USA
Prof. Kulwant Pawar, Professor, Nottingham Business School, UK
These highly interactive sessions have not only helped the students build current management awareness, but also brought their books alive with practical cases and anecdotes.