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Manfest off to flying start

ADITYA BIRLA Manfest, the flagship event of IIM Lucknow (IIM-L), began in style on Friday at the premier management institute with corporate honchos, sports celebs and management students from across the country gathering together to kick off the three-day fest. Being amidst the young minds of the country pumped up the corporate bigwigs as well. So it was fitting that Ishaat Hussain, chairman of Tata Finance Limited and Voltas Limited wish at the inauguration ceremony that how nice it would have been had he been ?young again.?

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 01:14 IST

ADITYA BIRLA Manfest, the flagship event of IIM Lucknow (IIM-L), began in style on Friday at the premier management institute with corporate honchos, sports celebs and management students from across the country gathering together to kick off the three-day fest.

Being amidst the young minds of the country pumped up the corporate bigwigs as well. So it was fitting that Ishaat Hussain, chairman of Tata Finance Limited and Voltas Limited wish at the inauguration ceremony that how nice it would have been had he been “young again.”

Later, while delivering the inaugural address he said, “Globalisation has become imperative for the success of the economy.” He cited examples of the Tata Group, which had gone global in an attempt to look for best available talent. The Tata Group, he said, saw no geographical boundaries in terms of talent and stressed on the importance of a business leader to stretch beyond the realms of one’s country.

Citing an example, he said the “Tatas were very well known in South Africa though it was not a South African company. That’s why Tatas were now looking forward to being branded as a global company and that it was just chance that they happened to be from India.”

Doing some plain speaking on ‘Indian realities’ he said, “Though reforms started about 15 years ago, in terms of infrastructure India was extremely bad.

Infrastructure is the most important thing for the success of a country as an economic power,” Hussain said.

VV Singh, CEO Reliance Infocomm, UP and Uttaranchal said, “He learnt a lot from his interaction with students as such occasions provided him with fresh inputs and new perspectives for the corporate world.”

IIM director Professor Devi Singh said IIM-L was fast becoming the place where all the action was unfolding, “be it educational, economic or corporate.”

He talked about IIM-L’s new campus in Noida, New Delhi, which would become fully operational in about “15 months.” The new campus, he said, would serve to gain and impart knowledge from and to the corporate world.

Professor Dharmendra Sengar, chairman, students affairs at IIM-L, who had worked tirelessly with students for Manfest, began with a quote by Peter F Drucker: “Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people either for that is flattery.

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision, performance and building of a personality beyond its normal limitations” to highlight the qualities of a leader and then traced the growth of IIM-L as indeed that of Manfest.

Dr Neerja Pandey, senior faculty at IIM-L, too began with a quote: “If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it then you can achieve it” and then said in context of IIM-L students the quote could be modified to, “If you want, you can!”

Krishna Kanth, IIM-L Students Council president, Zerin, Manfest core committee member also spoke on the occasion.