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GBSN Annual Conference: Behind the host’s eyes- IMT

Posted By Jayanth Prasad, Monday, May 21, 2012

Jayanth S Prasad

Guest Blogger: Jayanth Prasad, IMT Ghaziabad

A typical day usually started off with a cup of tea and monotonous news inflamed by the Indian media displayed in multiple versions in the papers. Around ten months ago, a lady from Washington D.C landed in New Delhi with a mission in hand of choosing the finest venue for a conference. Though inept, assisted by friends, the task was accomplished. Sounds boring right? Only the conference was one that more often than not changes the face of this world.

Since then, a team at IMT sleeps, eats, purges and thinks humming GBSN, GBSN and GBSN.

Being the academic host to the Annual Conference of the Global Business School Network, with pride IMT claims that this is going to be one of the better conferences ever witnessed by one with an intellectual vision. Themed Management Education Powering Development, the conference will see some of the brightest, adroit and ingenious minds from academia and corporate world convene at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi and commit to increasing opportunity and improving lives by advancing management education for the developing world. The 3 days between 11, June- 13, June, 2012 will be filled with dialogues and discussions among the think tanks. Directors, Deans and Faculty from prominent business schools of the world representing the pedagogy and industrialists, experts and executives representing the more practical aspects will deliberate on the compelling issues faced by the developing world and try to find out innovative and sustainable solutions to them, in short ‘Capacity Building’ as GBSN would like to call it.

For IMT this is something which accords its vision, to create leaders of tomorrow imbibed with quality, competitiveness, globalization and values. IMT strives proactively in equipping its students to face the challenges the highly combative market tomorrow has to offer. And by market, I mean literally everything that fills this planet. We have made a conscious effort to foster the idea the theme of this conference suggests. Happening for the first time in Asia, there are many other firsts this conference will see. The Industry site visits for example will give the participants the perfect opportunity to witness what business is all about in one of the fastest growing economies of the world- India. Some of the illustrious names in India, the likes of Shri. Kamal Nath, Honorable Minister of Urban Development and Mr. Analjit Singh, Chairman of Max Health and Insurance will be gracing the convention. It does not end there; add to it a whole list of glorious speakers and you can but only guess the enormity.

The final day will help the participants relax after the colloquial ‘wars’ that ensued hitherto. A visit to one of the exquisite structures in New Delhi followed by a cultural performance by the students at IMT, what more can one ask for? (Minus the blistering sun of a summer in North India of course)

I started off on a light note but will end on a dreadful one, dreadful I say because of the innumerous emails, calls and conversations that embarked towards our Director, Chairperson of International Relations, Faculty, Students and Staff at IMT constantly prodding, nudging, shoving and gaining their wrath many a times. Yet they have been extremely supportive and share the same enthusiasm in our pursuit. My comrades have complemented me well.

What’s in it for me? Exceptional networking, interaction with the elite the world over, inter connectedness with the most part of the globe and the cherry- the learning. On behalf of IMT, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates, come and behold what India has in store for you.

Namaste! (English: Greetings)

Jayanth S Prasad is the Student Coordinator for the International Relations Committee at IMT Ghaziabad, the 2012 GBSN Annual Conference Academic Host. Find out more about the conference at

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