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In a recent guest lecture delivered by Mr. B. B. Swain, Secretary of MSME, to the students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure (AMPI) at the Indian School of Business, Mohali, profound insights were shared regarding the symbiotic relationship between micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and infrastructure in India. This article presents a concise summary of Mr. Swain's lecture, providing key takeaways for students, researchers, and government agencies interested in the intersection of MSMEs and infrastructure development in India. Mr. B. B. Swain shed light on the integral role of MSMEs in India's infrastructure development. By leveraging the potential of MSMEs, addressing challenges, and embracing innovation, India can unlock remarkable economic growth and employment opportunities. Researchers and government agencies must heed Mr. Swain's insights to formulate effective policies and initiatives that foster the growth and sustainability of MSMEs and the infrastructure sector. As we celebrate the entrepreneurs and startups who take risks, let us also recognize the countless MSME entrepreneurs as the true heroes, driving change and shaping the future of India's economy.
13 May 2023
Dr. C. Jayakumar, Executive Vice President, and Head-CHRO at L&T, spoke as a distinguished speaker to the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure. In a brilliant talk that enthused an overwhelming response from the audience, Dr. C. Jayakumar drew upon his 35 years of rich experience with L&T to speak about their HR practices. He illustrated the models of "Talent Development Practices" in L&T which comprises of 3 pillars: (1) Business leadership (2) Management leadership (3) Technical leadership. It is filled with a lot of practical wisdom on "learning & development", and many organizations can emulate these practices to grow and prosper valuing people (not assets). He covered various subjects, including meritocracy, training, culture, and mentoring. The training and talent acquisition are based on: (1) Channelised, merit-based, staged lifelong training for all employees (2) Astute identification and mentoring of the next-gen leadership (3) Ability to motivate employees from walk-in interviews to absorb and own the L&T culture. The passionate discussion with the audience covered aspects like the merits of a bell curve, culture adoption, differentiation of corporate with field (project area), etc. Dr. Jayakumar revealed the secret sauce behind the phenomenally low attrition rate at L&T and the culture of completing even mega projects on time.
13 May 2023
Prof. Venkatesh discussed the importance of infrastructure in the world economy and its crucial role in supporting India's growth to become the second-largest economy. He emphasized the need for sustainable growth through digital technologies and highlighted the low private sector investment in India. He also addressed the challenges faced in the Indian infrastructure sector, primarily related to project delays due to land acquisition issues. The professor talked about the government's efforts to support infrastructure funding through PPP and other models. He concluded by mentioning the national infrastructure pipeline for 2019-2025 and the national monetization pipeline of over Rs 6 lakh crores.
31 Jan 2023
AMPI Faculty Masterclass scheduled on November 10, 2022, Prof. O. P Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, of World Resources Institute shared insights on "Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility." He addressed several issues in Urban Mobility such as. • The explosive growth of Motor vehicles in the country • Different Measures were taken by Governments to avoid traffic congestion • Urban Air Pollution, Accidents, and Climate Change • Complex Public Transport Planning • Transit Oriented Development • Redesigning Public Transport • Electric Vehicles and the drivers of their growth.
10 Nov 2022
Dr. Pratap Sundar took a masterclass on “Do You Want to Innovate? Look at Nature!” Industries across the world have played a short-term wrong game for more than 250 years resulting in two major problems: Climate change and loss of biodiversity. This led to an existential struggle to save our planet and those who inhabit it. Nature’s R&D ran for 3.5 billion years successfully without any negative effects on the biosphere. She has built the material and energy flows that are closed-loop and sustainable. Innovation by learning from nature is the key to creating products and processes to solve our greatest design challenges with the goals of cradle-to-cradle designs and net zero. Nature offers a compelling blueprint for the circular economy. It is time to imitate nature’s models for innovation before time runs out.
16 Aug 2022
Dr. Pratap Sundar took a masterclass on “Spirituality and Management” on the 30th of July 22 for the Faculty of Manipal Centre for Business Practice (MCBP). About 20 faculty members attended (online) This session for the faculty members focused on the following: • How to make students understand the following issues by drawing on the wisdom of spirituality • Respect for nature (Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals) • Circular economy models (Cradle-to-cradle system design) • Empathy-based leadership • Empathy-based design (product and service design) • How “Less Ego, More Success” works to make us happier
30 Jul 2022
Professor K Venkatesh, Independent Director - Ezeeway (Feedback Infra Pvt. Ltd) and Visiting Faulty, Indian School of Business took the session for potential students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure. Professor K Venkatesh defines the Relevance of Contract Management • Understanding of contracts • Its implementation • Key Contractual Clauses Operable in Practice • Some Strict Non-Negotiable Issues • Early Warning Signals
17 Mar 2022
Professor Jit Bajpai, Adjunct Faculty at the School of Professional Studies and visiting faculty at ISB, took the session for potential students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure. It was attended by 71 participants. Professor Bajpai defined sustainable infrastructure and services to be a system that does not endanger public health, the livelihood of people and ecosystems while meeting the needs of people and firms consistent with: 1) Use of renewable resources below their rate of regeneration, 2) Use of non-renewables below the rate of development of renewable substitutes. He covered four dimensions of infrastructure sustainability: economic and financial sustainability, social sustainability, environmental and institutional sustainability. Professor Bajpai also covered various aspects of sustainability and gave brief outlines of the case studies such as the Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
10 Feb 2022
Dr. O P Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, World Resource Institutes poke on the topic of structuring a Successful PPP. He addressed the various potential students of AMPI, He spoke about the following things • Evolving public infrastructure delivery methods • What Why, and When of PPP • Basic features of PPP • Types of PPP • Challenges in PPP and Risk Management • Project development and structuring
20 Jan 2022
Mr. Rohit Chandak, CFO at Ayana Renewable Power addressed 51 attendees on the topic of 'Infrastructure Finance: Brief Overview and Market Trends' on 21 Dec 2021. Mr. Chandak spoke from his extensive experience on the following aspects: High-level understanding of Infrastructure Finance, Infrastructure Investment Decision Making, Current Market Trends & Updates.
21 Dec 2021
Mr. Kamesh Rao, CEO, GMR Airport Developers Limited, the force behind the construction of the Hyderabad airport, spoke about ‘Digital Transformation in Infrastructure Industry.’ He brought out the key hurdles in adopting technology for an airport setup and the technologies currently being used.
10 Dec 2021
Professor AJ Chauradia took an online session on E-Vehicle Infrastructure for the potential students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure. The session evoked a healthy response with more than 120 attendees. Professor Chauradia spoke of the business model of Tesla and their leveraging of the e-vehicle infrastructure for popularising their cars. He discussed the fact that e-vehicles can become a disruptive force only when the charging infrastructure is cheap, fast, and ubiquitous. He drew lessons from his research on e-vehicle infrastructure and opined on their potential success in the Indian market. He deliberated on the various types of challenges in infrastructure that are likely to come up. Prof Chauradia spoke of his teaching at ISB, and how he incorporates his research findings/outcomes in the curriculum of the program. An alumna of the program, Ms. Hrydal Damani, also spoke and highlighted the Indian Government’s stance towards e-vehicles. The session ended with a Q&A session.
21 Oct 2021
Mr. Alok Sapre, Chairman and Managing Director of CIA-Glocal, a management consulting firm, spoke on the topic “How Important is the Mindset for Accepting & Bringing Decisive Changes in Infrastructure & Real Estate Industry.” Mr. Sapre is an alumnus of ISB (PGP Max). He spoke about his love for infrastructure projects and sustainability, and his mindset in his journey to the current status in his career. He also spoke of the NPA (Non-Performing Assets) problems in banks and his interest in taking his company in that area. He elaborated upon the mindset of “unwillingness to hear a ‘No’” in Indian and even global companies. His powerful takeaway was, “the key aspect that makes you successful in a project is your own thinking.”
26 Jul 2021
Mr. Akhilesh Srivastava, Chief General Manager (IT & Highway Operations) at NHAI, gave an inspiring talk on Digitalisation of Indian Infrastructure to the combined class of AMPI and AMPMO Co2021 on 04 Feb 2021. He spoke of the impact of digitalisation on the productivity and efficiency of infrastructure projects in the country. He gave particular emphasis to two key initiatives of NHAI, they being the Fastag and the NHAI Data Lake. The Fastag has enabled a seamless traffic movement on national highways and a transparent collection of toll taxes. The data lake provides an end-to-end data-based information of ongoing and completed projects, reducing delays in projects. His talk was appreciated a lot by the students.
04 Feb 2021
Sri Roopak Sharma, Senior Vice President (Marketing & Business Development), Motherson Automotive Technologies & Engineering (MATE) gave a brief overview of MATE that specialises in full-system solutions provider and caters to a diverse range of customers in the automotive and other industries. Motherson Group supports its customers through its 270 facilities operating in 41 countries in six continents. Jiritsu-ka is a Japanese word that means self-reliance. Self-reliance means “the quality of not needing help or support from other people. Or the ability to depend on yourself or your own abilities.” He opened his inspiring talk with a quote from Swamy Vivekananda “Arise, Awake, Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached.” Drawing from Swamy Vivekananda’s teaching he explained the three great powers within us (Concentration, Power of making decisions, Power of unselfishness). He explained the five levels of self-reliance as applied to operations in Motherson factories, following the principles of Toyota Way. He elucidated the “Ohbeya Way” of project management that is practiced at all MATE factories. By practicing Jirutsu-ka, Motherson excelled in all dimensions of business. In the conclusion of his talk, he shared the achievements of Motherson in winning customer trust, best self-reliant supplier award, and Toyota Global Award. Students were highly inspired by his talk that is reflected in their chat and Q&A.
30 Jan 2021
It was an interaction session with ISB Leadership about 1st AMPI ( Batch 5) residency where the ISB leadership team - Prof Saumya Sindhwani (Associate Dean, ISB), Prof Chandan Chowdhury (Senior Associate Dean, ISB), Prof Pratap Sundar (Academic Director, MIGM & PLIIM), Aditya Atreya(Associate Director, ISB) & Col. Rajiv Bhargava (Associate Director, MIGM & PLIIM) interacted with the students of AMPI Co2021 & AMPMO Co2021. The agenda of the session were: Safety protocols; Peer learning during residency; Faculty interaction; Campus visits and schedule & any other questions.
11 Jan 2021
Mr. Chandak spoke of the future of the infrastructure sector in India and highlighted the humungous deficit in financing projects. The National Infrastructure Pipeline report provides an excellent overview of the infrastructure sector in India. He provided a perspective on the bidding process and gave out the detailed process of evaluation of the asset while bidding. He also threw light on the various stakeholders who may be involved in a project. He gave a broad overview of capital restructuring, which is a highly desirable skill in the sector. He closed the talk by speaking about the market trends and changing scenarios; like the interest in the acquisition of assets and not platforms, and the introduction of "Infrastructure Investment Trusts" as popular monetization events.
Professor Chandan Chowdhury spoke at length about the AMPI and brought out the importance of upskilling in the COVID era. He started with a result of a survey conducted by him on the impact of COVID and shared the key findings. He thereafter spoke of the main characteristics of the program and its relevance to the industry. He deliberated upon the details of the curriculum, the calendar and the pedagogy. Before fielding questions, he spoke of the importance of continued lifelong learning for an individual and the advantages of keeping oneself upskilled. In the end he appreciated the participation of the audience and the quality of questions asked.
04 Nov 2020
Professor Kavil Ramachandran, Executive Director, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise addressed 100 attendees on the topic of "Entrepreneurship in Family Run Business." He talked about how family run businesses have evolved across generations. In India, most family businesses are created and managed by business families. The Indian economy is dependent on the activities, strategies, and inter-family relations. He spoke of the Ansoff matrix for entrepreneurial opportunities for family businesses. He spoke of the fundamental difference between professional business and family business. The professor also brought out how the framing of a constitution and rules of governance enables sustenance and longevity of a family business.
28 Oct 2020
Professor Jitendra Bajpai, Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University addressed 114 attendees on 16 Oct 2020. Infrastructure Management is about doing the right project and doing the project right. In India, there is a lot of focus on transport sector, railways and the power sector. There is likely to be a lot of investment in these areas. Prof. Bajpai emphasized about the four dimensions for infrastructure sustainability: 1) Economic and financial sustainability, 2) Social sustainability, 3) Institutional sustainability, and 4) Environmental sustainability. He stated that there should be a three-fold aim: to conserve resources, prevent harm and promote socio-environmental issues.
16 Oct 2020
Mr. Akhilesh Srivastava, Chief General Manager (IT and Highway Operations) National Highway Authority of India) addressed 220 attendees on 1 Oct 2020. He spoke of various reasons behind cost overruns. He brought out how to overcome the challenges. Industry 4.0 can be utilized to ensure fusion of technologies in the physical, digital and geographical spheres. The technologies that will impact the construction industry will be AI, virtual design and construction, 3D printing, drones and robots, intelligent construction material. He also spoke at length on how digital twins will change the world of infrastructure. He spoke about the initiatives by NHAI, especially the data lake and data warehouses, which are being talked about in the media.
01 Oct 2020
Dr. O P Agarwal spoke on the challenges in Indian Urban planning and provided a few innovative solutions. He spoke about the three basic generators of pollution in cities, construction, transport, and power generation. He provided insights on how urban planners can overcome them. His final say was that better governance and innovative planning by city planners can carry the day.
19 Sep 2020
The talk was organized on the Topic "One Village, One Crop" by Mr. Mukesh Kumar from the Department of Fisheries (Government of India). He addressed the students of the Advanced Management Programme.
Mr. Jayanand Potdar, President, Real Estate Development at Reliance Industries, is a veteran with over 30 years of experience in the power sector, infrastructure, and real estate. He addressed the students on 30 Nov 2019 for the challenges faced by the real estate industry in the country and the measures that a developer can explain to outsell the competition in a highly competitive market. Our students found his insights very thought-provoking.
30 Nov 2019
Mr. Venkatesh Natarajan, Chief Digital Officer & Senior Vice President, Ashok Leyland, spoke on "Creation of a Digital Business" on 29 Nov 2019. He opined that "digital business" is the current business with a healthy mix of digital technologies, digital trends and new regulations. He also elaborated on how companies are migrating from selling products to selling complete solutions. He kept the audience engaged with examples from the environment and specific initiatives taken at Ashok Leyland.
29 Nov 2019
Mr. Manu Kapoor, CEO Textiles Division, GHCL, talked of the essence of sustainability in textiles on 26 Nov 2019. He said that the textile industry is the second most polluting industry with a 10% global carbon footprint. He spoke about how responsible production can overcome obstacles to sustainability and how circularity in hybrid fabrics is becoming the new mantra. Both talks compelled the students to think hard about the futuristic trends in textile manufacturing.
26 Nov 2019
Mr. Harish Chavan, CEO, Swaraj Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, spoke of the essence of simplicity on the shop floor and in our daily lives on 26 Nov 2019. The quotes, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ and "Great Leaders are almost always simplifiers" summarised the essence of his talk. He quoted out Apple's phone single button that has the most complicated design behind the screen.
26 Nov 2019
H.E. Marten van den Berg, the Dutch Ambassador to India visited the Hyderabad campus and interacted with the students of AMPI on 2 May 2019. Besides discussing the Indo-Holland relationships he made an interesting take on "Change Management."
20 May 2019
Mr. Anil V Parab, Executive Vice President (Heavy Engineering and Nuclear), Larsen & Toubro addressed the students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure on 2 May 2019, at Hyderabad campus. Mr. Parab talked about the evolution of manufacturing & operations and Industry 4.0 and the method by which India plans to have the contribution of manufacturing to be $1 Tn by 2024.
02 May 2019
Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India, addressed the students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure and Advanced Management Programme for Manufacturing & Operations on 27 Apr 2019, at Hyderabad campus. Mr. Sinha explained the use of technology in road infrastructure today and brought out how Bharatmala will bring down logistics costs by 8%.
27 Apr 2019
Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises. He addressed the students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure. Mr. Sobti emphasized on the strategy of "Survive, Revive and Thrive." It is this strategy that has enabled BHEL to achieve a turnaround for the company as it became profitable in 2016-17 after four years of continuous negative growth. The turnover per employee increased by 25% in the last three years.
20 Apr 2019
Mr. JM Balamurugan, Secretary to Governor of Punjab delivered the lecture on Infrastructure Sector and interacted with the participants at the Mohali campus. Mr. Balamurugan shared the vast experience in the infrastructure space on 18 Jul 2018.
18 Jul 2018
Mr. Vijay Sethi, Chief Information Officer, Head Human Resources and Head Corporate Social Responsibility, Hero MotoCorp Ltd delivered a talk on "Digital Transformation in Manufacturing Industry." This session covered what is Industry 4.0, what are the technologies that can make cyber-physical systems work, what issues manufacturing companies can face in their journey of digital transformation, what are the key learnings from some successful transformation initiatives.
28 Apr 2018
Mr. Simon McDonald, KCMG, KCVO, Permanent Undersecretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK spoke on the topic "The Future of India-UK relations" on 23 Apr 2018 at the Mohali Campus. He discussed the impact of Brexit on Britain as a whole and on the India-UK cooperation.
23 Apr 2018
The talk was organized on "Growth Opportunities in India," by Mr. Ravi Kirpalani, Managing Director & CEO, ThyssenKrupp. He addressed the students of the Advanced Management Programme for Infrastructure on 23 Apr 2018 at Mohali campus. He talked about key growth opportunities in India and provided some learnings and takeaways on leadership.
The session was organized on "Cyber-security for the Cloud Generation" by Mr. Gaurav Agarwal, CEO, Karaikal Port. He addressed the students of AMPMO & AMPI. He addressed issues like sharing global findings of Internet security threat report 2018; Risks of use of Mobile and Public Networks and how to secure the same; Offering Enterprise Security when access is not through office networks.