1. Sixth UN Supported PRME Asia Forum   (Visit PRME Website)


Concept note for the Sixth UN Supported PRME Asia Forum - November 27-28, 2015 - Goa, India


Theme: "Responsible management in Asia: Imperatives and Innovations in business and Business Schools".


Many Asian economies grew rapidly during the last few decades.We expect them to continue to grow rapidly in the coming decades. To sustain this growth over a long duration depends on how the region responds to several social and environmental challenges.

Economic growth over the past few decades was accompanied by:

These trends can compromise the region's stability and therefore affect its economic growth. Asian business must gain societal legitimacy by helping address these concerns. Firms need to operate in a responsible manner, i.e., ensure that their policies and practices reflect a concern for their economic, social & environmental impact.

In Asia, many firms express their responsibility towards society through their philanthropic activities. These acts of philanthropy can help society but do not compensate for the social and environmental damage caused by irresponsible business decisions and actions. Therefore, there is need for firms to address the economic, social and environmental impact of their decisions and actions on a continuing basis.

Some firms express their responsibility towards society by integrating a concern for societal welfare into their decisions and actions. What are companies in Asia doing to promote responsible management in their operations? What are Business Schools in Asia doing to promote responsible management among managers?


The 6thPRME conference will provide an opportunity to understand the initiatives taken by Asian firms and Business Schools to promote responsible management. More specifically, the aims of the conference are to

Representatives of Business Schools and firms would share case-studies describing (a) management practices to balance profitability with societal concerns, (b) challenges faced in implementing them and (c) some of the business and social outcomes of responsible management.

Target audience:

Participants would include academics from Business Schools, academic administrators, senior industry leaders and students of management.

Expected Outcomes

We would jointly declare our commitment to promote the practice of responsible management education in Asia through a Declaration. We expect the Meet to be a further step towards promoting interactions among academics, industry, government and intergovernmental institutions to promote responsible management. We see such continued interaction as having the following outcomes in the short- and long-term:

Proposed session plan of the conference

Day 2: PRME Asia Forum

1Special thanks to Prof C.M.Ramesh& Prof Mary Gentile for their inputs in framing the conference agenda.


2. Samriddhi 2015


SAMRIDDHI the annual B-School symposium conducted by Goa Institute of Management successfully completed its 9th edition on the 28th, 29th and 30th of August 2015. This year the quest to strive harder and to forge new beginnings was taken forward with the introduction of more events as well as a panel discussion for the very first time.

The theme selected this year was “UNBROKEN”. Every year SAMRIDDHI takes on an issue of social importance and relevance as its theme. This year in continuance with the same the team decided to talk about failure- an integral yet hardly spoken about facet of success. The aim was to showcase failure not as a setback or as a hurdle but as a foundation to successful journeys which was embodied by all the speakers at SAMRIDDHI 2015.

In keeping with the theme of SAMRIDDHI 2015 as well as the professional, business oriented nature of SAMRIDDHI an eclectic mix of personalities from across industries were selected to speak at SAMRIDDHI 2015. These included:
1. Mr. John Kuruvilla, Managing Director, GenNext Ventures
2. Dr. Sujaya Banerjee,Chief Talent Officer & Senior VP, Essar Group
3. Mr. RamG Vallath, Motivational speaker, Author and ex Director; Dell, HP

Introduced for the first time ever at SAMRIDDHI, Dakshata the panel discussion focused on the emerging Start up boom in India. The panelists included prominent entrepreneurs across industries and in various stages of fulfilling their entrepreneurial dreams. They included:
1. Desmond Nazareth, Founder CEO, Agave India (Desmondji Liquor Brand)
2. E Sarath Babu, Founder CEO, Foodking
3. Sishir Garemella, Founder CEO, Sunvest Energy Private Limited
4. Jervis Pereira, Moderator for the Discussion, Director, Goa IT Innovation Center


SAMRIDDHI 2015 organized 8 sub events namely:


During SAMRIDDHI 2015, two workshops were also organised. These were:

1. A Digital Marketing Workshop
It was organized in association with DIGITAL VIDYA. The instructor for the same was Mr. Prateek Shah.

2. Finance Workshop
The workshop was conducted by an agency called SAFAL NIVESHAK. The founder and owner of the Safal Niveshak, Mr. Vishal Khandelwal,a SEBI registered Research Analyst with more than 9 years of experience as an investor conducted the sessions.

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3. Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions


Solid Waste Management


Goa Institute of Management offers a platform to notable voices at its conference on Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions


Goa Institute of Management (GIM) recently hosted a conference on Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions and it turned out to be an eye opening experience for the participants. Samarthan, a student initiative at GIM was at the forefront during the 28th January event, which brought together many eminent personalities to talk about a subject that is of grave importance to the times we live in.

There was a lot of buzz around this one of a kind event, which in many ways was meant to be the precursor to Sustainable Leadership Summit in March. And of course the guest list at the event was enough to fill the venue with anticipation on the big day. From politicos and bureaucrats to academics and environmentalists, the speakers included a solid mix of voices and opinions that left their mark on the audience.

Mr. Michael Lobo, MLA, Calangute constituency, the Chief Guest for the event opened the proceedings, talking about his own efforts towards solid waste management. “Maximum garbage comes from the coastal belt in Goa and it’s an issue that has to be dealt with.  Calangute is one of the only 2 constituencies that collect garbage in a segregated, organised, and effective manner,” he said amidst appreciative applause from the audience.

Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues, Managing Director, Goa State Infrastructure Development Board, who was the keynote speaker for the day then talked about his pet program “Together For Panjim”. His presence at the event was interesting in itself given that he had given up on attending seminars and conferences. But the opportunity to interact with students from seven colleges and expert minds from different fields made him change his mind.

Of course, he wasn’t to be disappointed with the proceedings of the day and neither were the students, who were getting fantastic exposure to real world problems. Importantly they had an opportunity to listen to esteemed guests including Mr. Clinton Vaz, a prominent environmentalist; Ms. Patricia Pinto, co-opted councillor; Ms. Shabana Kazi from TERI; Mr. Palash Saha from the Geocycle department of ACC Limited and many more.

Another highlight of the event was a talk given by students from GIM who have been working with the Pollution Control Board. Their work is a part of GIM’s pioneering Give Goa program that makes community service integral to its curriculum. The group talked about the efforts they had taken towards solid waste management and it was a great learning experience for the rest of the gathering. A team from ‘I Lead India’, an initiative by the Times of India also elaborated about its efforts in the state.

The panel discussion that involved the luminaries present focussed on future of waste management in Goa. The concept of ‘Zero Waste’ and the necessity of raising awareness to promote all 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) were some of the subjects touched on by the panelists. Students could then pose their questions to the panelists, who were only too glad to answer them. The event ended with an aggressive call for action and appreciations for the Samarthan team for hosting such an enriching and enlightening conference.