Department of Business Administration

International Seminar

St. Joseph’s College of Commerce (Autonomous), Bangalore, in association with the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) conducted an International Seminar on the topic: “INDIA- AN INCREDIBLE BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT DESTINATION”- A MYTH OR REALITY on Friday, 19th August, 2016.

The Inauguration was graced by various eminent personalities and renowned people from the field of commerce like Mr. Shashidhar, Chairman, Industry Committee, FKCCI. The Keynote speaker was Mr. N Parthasarathy, the Secretary General of FKCCI. We were also graced by the presence of Her Excellency-Foreign Consular General of Israel to India, Ms. Yael Hashavit who spoke about how a strong partnership can be forged between the start-up capital of the world, Israel and India.

The other dignitaries present were, Rev. Fr. Anthony Joseph, SJ, Rector and Vice President of Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society and Rev. Dr. Daniel Fernandes, SJ, the principal of SJCC.

Rev. Fr. Anthony Joseph, SJ and Her Excellency, Ms. Yael Hashavit released the Compendium consisting of 18 Research Papers written by various individuals and experts from the industry. The Seminar saw participation of more than 180 students, academicians, corporate delegates and research scholars, including, international participants from UK, Afghanistan, South Korea, Uganda, Nepal and Ivory Coast.

The inauguration session was concluded with the vote of thanks by Mr. Raj Sadhwani, HOD of the BBA Department of SJCC, who thanked the dignitaries for sharing their findings, and everyone else who contributed towards making the seminar a success.

The first session was a panel discussion based on start-up India, moderated by Mrs. Uma Reddy, Chairperson, Technology & Innovative Committee, FKCCI and the Founder and President of eMERG. The session began with Mrs. Uma addressing the audience and introducing the panelists. The panelists included Mr. Sandeep Singh, Software Developer for Samsung Technologies, Mr. Jacob Crasta, the founder of ‘Envirosystem Pvt. Ltd’ and Mr. Ankur Bhasin, the founder of ‘Bhasinsoft India’. Each Panelist spoke about their experience as an entrepreneur and the start-up culture followed in India. It was followed by a Q&A session where participants got a chance to interact with the panelists.

The paper presentation, post lunch, was moderated by Dr. Lily David, Dr. Mohan Philip, Dr. Himachalapathy and Dr. Raja Jebasingh. The participants through their presentations gave their insights on the topic of the seminar. The main topics covered were Rural Marketing, Public policies for growth, Business tourism, Human Resource Management, Indian Start-ups, Behavioral Finance, etc. It threw light on the problems faced by our country and the various policies of the government.

The next technical session mainly revolved around the theme ‘India as an Investment Destination- 2020, Challenges, Opportunities and Possible Scenarios’. It was presided by Dr. Rajaram, Head of the English Department with over two decades of teaching experience. Participants were divided into 12 groups and had a round table discussion with one or two members from each group speaking about their research.

The Valedictory Ceremony included presenting the delegates with certificates and mementos and a presentation of a summarized report of the day’s proceedings. Mr. K. Ravi, the Senior Vice President of FKCCI addressed the gathering and the seminar was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ankita Chatterjee, the BBA Co-coordinator of SJCC.