KMA’s 38th National Management Convention Starts in Kochi
Kochi: Focusing on the aspirations, work and life of Young India, Kerala Management Association’s (KMA) 38th National Management Convention of KMA commenced here on Thursday (March 7).
Thought leaders, management stalwarts and students from various management schools took part in the two-day event. First held in 1981, National Management meet of KMA has grown into its flagship event over the years. The deliberated on the global aspirations of young India and challenges its faces in overcoming difficulties.
“It is important to be tolerant and understand the global demands. With so many India making it big in the global arena, it is important to understand all these. Startups are helping the world with different perspectives. Great management resources in India can help mold great workforce for the future,” said Dinesh P Thampi, President, KMA said.
B Ashok, Managing Director, Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals inaugurated the convention. Delivering the inaugural address, Ashok called for reasonable pricing of petroleum products. “Access to energy is critical to human development. Low oil prices mean low investments, especially in the high-risk upstream sector. Underinvestment in the industry due to low prices has long-term supply impact, while high prices impact,” he said.
He added that India is heading in the correct direction with alternative models of mobility and embracing of clean energy. Ashok observed that clean energy like natural gas will have a good share in the consumer market of the future, adding biofuels will reduce dependence on imported crude oil. Utilization of agricultural waste is also a great way forward in terms of good energy policy, he added.
On the other hand, he also observed that infrastructure needs to be improved in Kerala. “If not, we will potentially have problems in the future.
Padmabhushan B Muthuraman, former chairman of Tata International; Dinanath Kholkar, Vice President and Global Head of Analytics & Insights, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)and Jibu Paul, Senior Vice President, KMA also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.