Aqyan: Honorable members on the dais, Mr. M. Maheswaran and Dr Macario Fernandes, respected coordinator Mr Parvez Ahmed, our dearest teachers, Miss Priya, Miss Kruti and Miss Sonam, and my fellow students, we extend the warmest of welcomes to all of you for attending the Podar Business Summit 2013. I, Aqyan Alam alongside my colleague at Podar International College, Miss Natasha Nair, take the pleasure of being your on stage host today. Natasha: Good afternoon everybody! Before we kick start the actual summit, we would like to call upon our Business Event Management instructor, Miss Priya Chowdhury to inaugurate the Podar Business Summit 2013 by lighting the Diya/s, a tradition of Podar through the ages and also to speak a few words. (Priya Mam lights Diya , Natasha offers her podium position to Priya mam who addresses audience.) Aqyaan: Thank You so much, Miss Priya.
Mam, I would like you to honour one our guest speakers for the day, Mr. M. Maheswaran by presenting him a bouquet. Natasha: Thank you,Miss Priya. I would now like to call upon Miss Isha/ Bhakti/ Leisha/ Sara/ Dhara to present a bouquet to Miss Priya. Aqyaan: I would now call upon our event co coordinator as well as Finance instructor, Mr. Parvez Ahmed to come on stage and felicitate our other guest speaker for the day, Dr. Macario Fernandes. Natasha: Thank You so much, Parvez Sir. I would now call upon Mr. whoever amongst the guys to present Mr Parvez a bouquet.
Aqyaan: Now that the event formalities are done with we would proceed with the summit commencement. But before we can go call on our esteemed guests to take over the event, Natasha and I would like to give a briefing about the event, the topic in discussion and also formally present the speakers. Natasha: The Podar Business Summit, an endeavor of students of Podar International College, aims to create a forum wherein the business students from colleges across Mumbai- the country’s future leaders, educators and industry personnel gather together on a common platform to collaborate, exchange views and identify action to prepare students for the 21st century business solutions and build greater prosperity for India tomorrow. The Summit’s theme “The falling economy of India” offers a challenge and call to commitment for each of us present here today to engage in purposeful conversations with all of our peers and partners in education and industry.
This synergy, we believe will provide an opportunity to share and promote issues that concern us globally but yet have its local presence. Aqyaan: Not so long ago our country, India was celebrated as an economic miracle. It had seemed tantalizingly close to embarking on the same dash for economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in China and across East Asia. In 2008 Manmohan Singh, the prime minister, said growth of 8-9% was India’s new cruising speed. He even predicted the end of the “chronic poverty, ignorance and disease, which has been the fate of millions of our countrymen for centuries”. Today he admits the outlook is difficult. Our economy now stands in disarray, with the prospect of worse to come in the next few months. The rupee has tumbled by 13% in three months.
The stockmarket is down by a quarter in dollar terms. Borrowing rates are at levels last seen after Lehman Brothers’ demise. Bank shares have sunk. Natasha: Policymakers recognise that the country is in its tightest spot since the balance-of-payments crisis of 1991. The real estate market is teetering after soaring to vertiginous heights over the last few years. Cranes on Mumbai’s skyline perch nearly immobilized as developers struggle for cash. The things the emerging middle class coveted, Chevrolets, iPhones and foreign vacations, have all jumped sharply in price in recent weeks.
The price increases threaten to worsen consumer price inflation — already among the highest in Asia at an annual rate of almost 10 percent — and widen the country’s already large international trade deficit and government budget deficit. Aqyaan: So… as the future global leaders, this must be of utmost concern to us or should it not? What if we were hit by such a crisis. How exactly would we be affected? What should we have to do? And how would we tackle it? Are there any hidden opportunities to use to our benefit? Our excellent guests today are here today to elucidate just the same. Natasha: It is often said that Experience is the best teacher. With this quote I’d like to introduce our esteemed and experienced guest speaker, Mr Maheswaran the Vice President and Head of Platform Analytics with Sunderland Global Services who holds a Masters degree in Economics, a Research degree in Future Studies and an EDP in International Finance. So there we have … a thorough bred academic with the perfect blend of knowledge and professional experience.
Aqyaan: Our next speaker for the day happens to be Dr Macario Fernandes, popularly known as Mac, who comes with a total corporation experience of 36 years, having worked with corporations across geographies including Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. He holds a PhD degree in Integrated Management from the University of Missouri, as well as three Masters Degrees from the prestigious J Bajaj Institute of Management and University of Mumbai in Marketing, Operations Research and Finance. Natasha: Not wasting any further time, I call upon Mr Maheswaran to kindly grace us all with his presentation/ speech for thirty minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr M Maheswaran. (Applause) Aqyaan: Thank You so much, Mr. Maheswaran. That was most enlightening and I’m sure all of us students will return home having gained an enormous amount of information. (Add some other relevant comment that strikes regarding his presentation/ speech IF YOU CAN/ WISH) Natasha: Without wasting any more time, I request our second speaker for the day to take over the stage and present his talk for 30 minutes . Ladies and gentlemen, Dr Macario Fernandes. (Applause) Aqyaan: That was truly AWESOME! The crowd today will surely have been flooded with knowledge and have of a surety gained a deep insight into the Eonomic Crisis . (Again Add some other relevant comment that strikes regarding his presentation/ speech IF YOU CAN/ WISH) Thank You very much, Dr Macario! Natasha: Now, ladies and gentlemen, the formal part of the event is done with. Now we throw open the event to you. The purpose of this event was not just to have speakers and deliver lectures like in college, yes that was part of it, but we have specially kept an Audience Interaction session. Herein you can pose questions; comment whatever strikes your mind and even debate with our speakers today.
Aqyaan: There are a few protocols though. We request the audience to adhere to the topic i.e. the Falling Economy of India. You are however also permitted to ask any other economics/ business related question. Please be respectful and be sure to mind your ethics whilst on the microphone. Whoever wishes to interact, please raise your hand clearly so you can be seen by our mike handling committee posted across the hall. Kindly specify your name, qualification and which school or college you’re from. If you want your answer from a specific speaker, please do specify. Due to the time constraint, this session will run for only 20 minutes. Aqyaan: May we have the first question/ comment, please. Yes, the person towards my….. Natasha: May we have the next question/ comment please.
Yes the person…. (Hope you get it. If there are any question slips that come in, read out the question aloud) Natasha: Alright. That was an invigorating and thoroughly lively session indeed. You audience were fabulous. So were our esteemed guests as always. Aqyaan: Finally, we shall have the student felicitation ceremony. It’s a great pleasure to see all of you fellow students coming over to make this Summit a grand success. We will call upon each of you collegewise to come and receive a Special Partcipation Certificate handed over by our distinguished guests. After each student from a specific school/ college receives their certificate, we would like them all to gather on stage together for a group photograph with the speakers. Then similarly we will repeat the procedure until all colleges are properly felicitated. Natasha: Alright. Lets begin. First we have the MMK College.
We would like Mr. / Miss… to come on stage to receive his/ her certificate. Both: ( One after the other call up on individual students’ names alternatively. After all students from one particular school college are done, Aqyaan: Students from MMK College, please gather on stage for a group photo with Mr M Maheswaran and Dr Macario Fernandes) Natasha: Next we have students from the Podar World College which is affiliated to the London School of Economics. We would like Mr. / Miss… to come on stage to receive his/ her certificate. Both: (One after the other call up on individual students’ names alternatively. After all students from one particular school college are done) Aqyaan: Students from the Podar World College, please gather on stage for a group photo with Mr M Maheswaran and Dr Macario Fernandes Natasha: Next we have the HND students from the Podar International College affiliated to the University of Wolverhampton. We would like Mr. / Miss… to come on stage to receive his/ her certificate.
Both: ( One after the other call up on individual students’ names alternatively. After all students from one particular school college are done, Aqyaan: HND Students from the Podar International College, please gather on stage for a group photo with Mr M Maheswaran and Dr Macario Fernandes) Natasha: Next we have the HNC students from the Podar International College affiliated to the University of Wolverhampton .We would like Mr. / Miss… to come on stage to receive his/ her certificate. Both: ( One after the other call up on individual students’ names alternatively. After all students from one particular school college are done, Aqyaan: HNC Students from the Podar International College, please gather on stage for a group photo with Mr M Maheswaran and Dr Macario Fernandes) Natasha: Thank You Ladies and gentlemen. You have been a spectacular audience. (Exits stage) Aqyaan: I would like to remind the audience to kindly fill up the feedback forms provided to them at the entry and submit it to the volunteers before leaving the hall. Lastly I call upon Miss Divya Wadhwani to present the Vote of Thanks and thus end the Summit. Thank You so much everybody. (Exits stage) Enter Divya to present Vote of Thanks.