25 Mar 2021 20:18 IST

MDI holds panel discussion on power of change

‘Inner transformation is imperative to transforming the society,’ said IAS Navin Mittal

MDI Gurgaon hosted a virtual panel discussion on “Transforming Self + Transforming Organisation = Transforming Nation” recently. The panel discussion aimed at enriching participants on the importance of self-transformation, the role of leadership for an organisation as well as for the nation.

While welcoming the esteemed guests, panellists, students, and alumni, Prof Ajay K Jain, Dean – Executive Graduate Programmes spoke about how individuals and society are connected to the process of transformation. He also highlighted that personal values help in shaping leadership roles and organisational culture.

Inner transformation

The Chief Guest for the event was Navin Mittal, IAS, Commissioner, Collegiate Education and Technical Education, Government of Telangana. Sharing his life experiences, Mittal said, “Inner transformation is imperative and one cannot think of transforming the society or world until an individual transforms oneself first. To begin with, it is imperative to identify the right ingredients and how each of these help. These resources are also significant in bringing a change within oneself, thereby transforming the outside world.”

The panel discussion was attended by M P Mall, Former CMD, IRCTC, and Swami Prakarshananda, Delhi Chinmaya Sewa Trust. Mall emphasised, “The requirement for transformation changes at every stage of life. What is important is recognising the need for transformation and adapting to the changing circumstances.” Adding to that, Swami Prakarshananda said, “Self-knowledge is the right knowledge and individual transformation will bring transformation to the nation.” He further said, “When your mind is positive and focused towards the highest goal, then that is a transformational mind.”

The panel discussion was organised by the SELF community that comprises executive students of NMP, PPM and EMP programmes. The discussion points were mainly around self, spirituality, entrepreneurship, transformation, organisation and nation and their relationship with each other.

Electric discussion

The first panel discussion witnessed an electric discussion on the theme “Transforming SELF organisation and nation.” The panellists stressed the importance of continuous learning to build new skills to grow one's career path. The need to have a disciplinary approach as an entrepreneur will help transform not just individually but also the team of professionals. Most importantly, in a modern-day career, individuals must believe in the art of networking which is one of the essentials for success.

The line-up of speakers for this session included Deepak Bahri, MD, CEO, Sentiss Pharma; Aneesh Khurana, MD, Paramount; and Rohit Rajput, CEO, Max Asset Services.

The second session was on “SELF, Spirituality and Entrepreneurship”. The panellists shared about their personal entrepreneurial journey and how each experience — good or bad — is a part of self-learning in the business ecosystem. The panellists included Himanshu Sharma, CEO, BugsBounty.com; Dhruv Sharma, CEO, InstaDiet; Priyanka Madnani, CEO, EasyToPitch; and Sagar Bhatia, Content Lead, IndusVed.

The event saw participation from NMP, EMP and PPM programmes and alumni. The next event from the SELF community is scheduled for March 27 by Shri Parameswaran Iyer, IAS and NMP alumnus from the first batch (1988-89). In past industry leaders such as B Ashok, CEO, Ratnagiri petrochemicals; Arun Malhotra, former CEO, Nissan Motors; Sachin Chaudhary, COO, Indian Bulls; and Dr Hari Niwas Tiwari, Spiritual Guru have addressed the SELF community.