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12th SAMF 2013 gets underway in Pune from Feb 14 2013|| Pune

The 12th South Asian Management Forum (SAMF) 2013 is being organized in Pune on February 14- 16, 2013. The theme of SAMF 2013 is- Developing South Asia as a Global Hub of Management Professionals - Role of Management Education'

Former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the event and be the chief guest. SAMF is a biennial conference, organized by the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), an organization recognized by SAARC. The theme of SAMF 2013 is ‘Developing South Asia as a Global Hub of Management Professionals – Role of Management Education’. The last conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2011.

According to Ashok Joshi, vice-president of AMDISA, and convener of the 12th SAMF, “The theme of the forum is to develop South Asia as a global hub of management education. Basically, there are three components – numerical ability, communication skills and young population – which can help develop the management education in a particular zone. All these components are present in South Asia. There are over 3,800 B schools across South Asia in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal and they offer quality education.”

The three-day conference will see eminent speakers and experts from diversified fields, both from India as well as overseas, sharing their thoughts and experience. On the first day, Dr Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, will speak on ‘technology and R&D management competency of South Asia for emerging as a global hub’. Later, a video address of Dr Srikant M Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of accounting at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, will be organised.

The themes of discussion for the second day are: South Asia emerging as a global hub of management professionals – industry perspective; Quality in management education and accreditation – quality perspective; and Leveraging technology – advantage South Asia in making the world boundary-less. The speakers are Sulakshana Patankar, business unit leader, India Business and Strategic Initiatives at WNS CEO, F&A practice at WNS Global Services, Pune; Dr Jaideep Devare, MD, Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd, Mumbai; Prof Lakshman Watawala, president, Institute of Certified Professional Managers, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dr Eileen Peacock, vice-president & chief officer Asia of AACSB International; and Dr Sudarsanam Padam, former dean ASCI, Hyderabad; to name a few.

The issues on which discussions will be held on the last day are: Strategy for developing South Asia as management education hub: government policy initiatives, Creating South Asia as a global hub for management education: strengths and opportunities, and strategy for developing South Asia as management education hub: marketing and promotion. The speakers are Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, secretary (Economic Relations), ministry of external affairs, GoI; Dr Gunapala Nanayakkara, director, Graduate School of Management, Colombo, & former vice-chairman of UGC, Sri Lanka; Dr N M Kondap, Chairman, Western Region of AICTE, & former vice-chancellor of NMIMS University, & president of higher education, Core Projects & Technologies Ltd; Prof Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad; Prof Sriram S, executive director, Great Lakes Institute of Management Education, Chennai; Dr Pramod Kumar, president, ISB&M; Dr Uday Salunkhe, group director, Welingkar Institute, Mumbai; and Amit Agnihotri, chairman,

The forum aims to bring together management experts, scholars, practising managers, business leaders, policy administrators and other academicians from different countries of South Asia on a platform to discuss various connected issues and share their research findings. Besides plenary sessions, concurrent sessions will also be organized where papers will be presented by academic/research scholars from participating countries.

The deliberations should result in evolving the blueprint of an action plan which can be considered for implementation in SAARC countries with the SAARC secretariat and AMDISA acting as nodal agencies.

The selection of themes and sub-themes assumes significance as during the last few decades, a good number of management institutes have been established in South Asia, some of them being of global standards with curricula and pedagogy comparable with the best in the world. The region has also emerged as a knowledge hub with best research facilities. South Asian academia and professional managers are in the forefront of the contemporary global economy and education.

Thus, the region has the capacity, capability and credibility to turn out management professionals of great promise and performance. This potential has to be backed up by concerted efforts by management institutes of the region to prepare a road map for implementation in collaboration with the SAARC secretariat and AMDISA.

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