Ad Here  
March
April
May
June
July
August
 
 
A gratifying record If not Tamil Nadu, where else? Need plan over the long term planning Why throw baby with bath water? South India’s 100 most valuable companies Tax evaders’ get out of Jail-Free Card An eco-friendly commute in Mysuru MS Installed Cleansing Indian retail Why (not) abolish? Policy Makers Need for radical RBI reform Low profile moves Wanted: decentralised financial system Economy through the month How will it PAN OUT Skewed Economic Zones? In the horns of a dilemma What the big B should offer? Weaving wealth of western Tamil Nadu Reform this licence to…kill TN - so much to offer... Kudos to GIM organisers... Truce at Kasturi Buildings Chennai Airport-Ready for a rapid take off... Two welcome measures from the chief minister... Well-administered State Public investments and welfare will surge Deming awardees galore! CAD and the emergency thereof Welcome Measures. Work for 10X Change Technology and economic development should be linked Welcome move to widen the tax net… CSR, tech revolution and bank crisis Jobs - Lost, Changed or Gained Sustainably developing manufacturing sector… Healthy finances of the Chennai Corporation Trail-blazing Tamil Nadu PC please be our Santa Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation Focus on agriculture and human resources Better relations with UK... It’s raining funds for states. Really? A Fine division of responsibilities 1800 parties registered with EC – Less than 60 contest elections The deluge and the several kindly souls Oh my GOLD A dual GST that will protect prosperous states After all, customer is the king Rail-road Rajaraman INDIA keeps its date with destiny Ganesh’s mantras Sardar Sarovar – the seventy year itch The Great Fall A historic indirect tax reform Make way for Make in India... BJP can now hasten its thrust for reforms Outward ho No groundnuts in groundnut oil! Tryst with GST Breaking news or breaking credibility? Miles to go... You too T M Krishna? Much ado about nothing Research for survival... Focus on southern TN... Little surplus after salaries, subsidies and debt servicing Star of the South Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation Sowing seeds of hope Indian GST – Between extremes… They add lustre to Padma Awards Pool energy prices Much can be done by us When the examiner cheated... Land, land everywhere, but... Industry can’t get it from Mars, yet An eventful week with VVIPs of Delhi A blueprint for the future A tale of two Bihar babus Strategic planning the missing link Welcome rains for damaged roads...
 
Research for survival...
Management expert M K Raju once described the crowded programmes at the Madras Management Association (MMA) akin to nithya kalyanam and pacha thoranam.

MMA activities have expanded manifold since; I notice an average of 1.5 programmes per day on widely varying subjects. I wonder how Raju would have described it today!

At the 61st AGM presentations were made by the MMA business excellence awardees, followed by two special addresses. 

I have been attending the programmes of MMA for some four decades. I used to produce the MMA Mandate and the proceedings of the annual conventions.  I remember the constant expansion of its activities by succession of brilliant executive directors. Special mention should be made of V Ramadurai, who introduced systems and technology in a big way and enthused the presidents to expand MMA’s range of activities. At the annual convention, some of the brilliant leaders and managers of the times presented special addresses on emerging subjects. I still remember the evocative address by the DRDO chief Dr V S Arunachalam on the substantial contributions of public sector research.

Major Lakshmanan and Col. Hariharan continued with the good work of Ramadurai and further expanded the activities in line with the status gained by the Indian economy post -2000; there has been an explosive growth in the membership of MMA with revenues overflowing.

Ramadurai then took bold to acquire a modest flat of its own; the current team headed by Group Captain Vijayakumar is busy building a massive green mansion at the heart of the metro, scheduled to be inaugurated later this year.

Should one own a car at all?

Lucas TVS’s Arvind Balaji presented an interesting address on the unpredictability of technological developments and its disruptive nature. He pointed to Uber’s revolutionary idea of aggregating the massive underutilised space in cars (only 4 per cent).He pointed to the new dilemma: should one own a car at all and wondered whether the booming growth in car volumes would continue.

Balaji pointed to experiments like driver-less vehicles, electric cars and to the ‘diesel gate.’ All have potential to lead to the demise of the internal combustion(IC) engines. The uncertainty of the disruptive technologies hangs like a Damocles sword! Arvind pointed to industry stepping up research for survival and growth.

Mohandas Pai, formerly of Infosys, has been omni-present. He has been active interacting with policy makers in Delhi and articulating on a variety of subjects through the media. The huge wealth earned by this promoter of Infosys has been put to use in funding several start-ups. eg – Republic TV and Swarajya.  He is also involved with the magnificant work done by Akshaya Patra that provides mid-day meals to millions of school children. 

A couple of years ago, Pai was the chief guest at Madras Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Like then, at the MMA meet also Pai made an omnibus presentation that ranged from the evolution of technology from the steam engine to computers. He rambled across the nations, their histories, geographies et al. There was an overload of information that left little to take home. –SV

Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com