SIMS Annual International Research Conference, 14-16 December, 2017


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Pune is organizing its 8th Annual International Research Conference SIMSARC) from 14th -16th December 2017. The theme for SIMSARC 2017 is “Government Initiatives for Transforming India: Implications on Business and Society”. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Hon'ble Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog is the Chief Guest for the inaugural function on 15th December.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar Hon’ble Chancellor, SI(DU) will preside and Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar Pro Chancellor, SI(DU) and Dr Rajani Gupte Vice Chancellor, SI (DU) will grace the occasion. Brig. (Dr.) Rajiv Divekar, Director, SIMS is the conference Chairperson and Dr. Arti Chandani, is the Conference Convener.

The government has launched an array of initiatives which are aimed at making India a better country to live in. These initiatives are in different fields and the focus of these initiatives is to bring the lower strata of society into the main stream of India It would also foster the growth and development in the business world in terms of: increase in speed, improve in governance and ease of doing business through various technology and techniques. These initiatives present a plethora of opportunities but it comes with a host of challenges and SIMSARC’17 will serve as the platform where the opportunities, challenges and the solutions to meet these challenges will be discussed by the delegates and dignitaries through their research papers publications and case studies.

The objective is to provide a special forum to present and discuss management of business under the umbrella of the 'Government Initiatives for Transforming India' and to facilitate sharing of multidisciplinary research based knowledge amongst researchers, academicians and students. Over 151 papers were reviewed by the double blind peer review out of which 102 papers have been shortlisted to be presented over these 2 days of research meeting.

The two day deliberations are divided into four sub themes revolving around the central theme of the conference. These sub themes are specially selected as they have maximum impact on business and society namely: Energy & Environment, Rural India: Prospects and Challenges, Sustainable Infrastructure: Impetus for Growth, Capacity Building: the future is now.

To give a holistic perspective on each of these subthemes an array of experts from Industry, Govt. , Society and academics such as Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Hon'ble Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog, Mr. Debasish Mallick, DMD, EXIM bank, Dr. Kishore Kulkarni, Metropolitan State university of Denever, USA, Dr. Rajendra Khandekar, Metropolitan State university of Denever, USA, Dr. Ravi Seethamraju, University of Sydney, Australia, Mr. Vinayak Pandit, CEO, PAKO Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Popat Rao Pawar, Hiware Bazar, Shri Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC, Shri Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City, Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Founder & CEO, Rural Relations, Shiv Kumar Shukla, Assistant Director, FICCI, will be sharing their knowledge and experience.

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