The theme of SIIB Leadership Series 2012 was ‘ Rediscovering the middle east ‘. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the honorary guests - Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal,Director Symbiosis, Dr.Rajani Gupte, Director, SIIB ,Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chancellor , SIU, Dr. Talmiz Ahmad, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Pankaj Khimji , Omani Business tycoon , KR Group and Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar , veteran journalist, consulting editor TOI, and head of the R.K.Lakshman chair in Symbiosis.
|The honororary guests lighting the Lamp . (From Left)
Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar ,|
Dr. Talmiz Ahmad, Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar, Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan ,
Mr. Pankaj Khimji and Dr.Rajani Gupte.
Dr.Rajani Gupte enlightened us about the theme - the political scenario in the middle east and its relevance in world affairs. Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar , shared her experiences as a doctor in Oman and the close links the country shares with India.
The honorary guests enlightened us on the affairs of Middle-East.
|Mr. Talmiz Ahmad , chief guest throwing light on the Arab Spring|
Dr. Talmiz Ahmad spoke on ‘The Arab Spring: Present Scenario and Implications for India’ . He enlightened us about the incidents of the uprising , their causes and ramifications that shook the Arab World.
Mr. Pankaj Khimji highlighted the strong connect Oman has with India - one in five Omani has Indian roots and Hindi is easily understood in Oman. He also understored how Oman braved the economic downturn and that his country is one of the better performing economies of the world today.He stressed on the opportunities the gulf nation brings to the Indians.
Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar was one of the three interlocutors appointed by the Govt of India to undertake a sustained dialogue with the people of Jammu & Kashmir.He shared his experiences with us and threw light on the interest the Kashmiris showed in the Arab spring.
The SIIB Leadership Series 2012 ended with a vote of thanks to the honorary guests , faculty , LS 2012 team , the SIIB students and everybody who all strived to make it a big success !
The story has been reported by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune ( Batch of 2012-14).When not in class you will find him quizzing, debating or running around for PR activities. He took care of Media & Buzz Creation activities of Leadership Series 2012. He can be reached at email@example.com