'Winds of Change' at IIM Calcutta Lattice 2012

 | October 11,2012 05:29 pm IST

Lattice, the annual Business Symposium of the PGPEX students of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, held on the 6th and 7th of October at the institute campus was a resounding success. The theme for this years event was Winds of Change referring to the myriad socio-economic transformations that the world is presently going through.

The two-day event was inaugurated by Prof. Shekhar Chaudhari, Director, IIM Calcutta, who set the tone by encouraging the audience to constantly strive for change even during periods of success. Prof. Runa Sarkar, PGPEX Chairperson gave an insight into how the Lattice event has evolved over the years into an idea incubator, and has brought alumni and students together.

In his keynote address, Mr. M. Goutham Reddy, Executive Director, Ramky Group, expounded on increasing importance of the role of Infrastructure Development and Public-Private Partnerships in Indias growth. Mr. Vijay Mahajan, Founder and Chairman of BASIX tickled the listeners brains with the paradox of poverty amidst Indias amazing economic growth. This was followed by launch of the book Whose Sustainability Counts? which is an exposition of BASIXs long journey from microfinance to livelihoods. The Leadership Talk sessions concluded with the address from Mr. Aritra Sarkar, VP-Strategy of ABP Group who intrigued the audience with his ideas on Open Innovation in Media and Technology.

The Leadership Talk was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion on the Missing Dimensions in Management Education in India with Prof. Gautam Mitra (Director, OptiRisk Systems), Prof. B. Mahadevan (Professor of Operations Management, IIMB) and Prof. S. Ram Kumar (Nuclear Physicist and Management Educator) as panelists and the esteemed panel was moderated by Mr. Tridibesh Bandyopadhyay, who is an education entrepreneur. Insightful observations came up on challenges that Indian management education system faces today and possible ways of confronting them.


Improving the business curriculum to generate transformational instead of transactional leaders of the future, tapping business value at bottom of pyramid and moving from knowing to doing to create a solid foundation to build sustainable enterprises were few of the ideas that came up in the discussion among the panelists and the enthusiastic audience. The evening ended with an informal get-together between the students and PGPEX alumni who had turned up to be a part of Lattice 2012.

The second day of Lattice 2012 witnessed great excitement around the Business Quiz conducted by quiz master Mr. Biswabijoy Sen. Questions varied from business trivia to management concepts and kept both the participants and the audience scratching their grey cells throughout the contest. The two-day event left the participants with a lot to ponder over and act on as they prepare to emerge as future change agents in business and the society.