The meet began at 9.30 am on the 2nd of December (Sunday) at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. The meeting was well attended by 286 Alumni participants. The guest of honor was Dr. M.G. Korgoanker, Director General, NICMAR. It began with the lighting of the lamp.
The session began with key note speaker Mr. V Suresh Chairman, Green Building Council, Vice Chairman, National Building Code of India on the topic “Transforming Indian construction industry into world class”. This was followed by the Guest of Honor address by Dr. M.G. Korgoanker, Director General, NICMAR on the topic “Competitiveness of CRIP (Construction, real estate, infrastructure and projects) industry”. It was followed by a speech of Mr. Rajesh S. Angal, Head Corporate – Project Portfolios & Talent Management of Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd PMI India and Mr. Raghvendra Singh Bisen – Vice President (EPC) Head Project Controls and Management, Oberoi Realty.
A well moderated Panel discussion on “Raising and managing capital for real estate and infrastructure projects in challenging business environment” saw the participation of Industry experts and NICMAR Alumni – Mr. Vijaykrishnan (ED Altico Capital India), Mr. Brij Nandan Yadav (ED, DLF Ltd), Mr. Tiru Kulkarni (President, Garware), Mr. Mukund Ladda (VP, Motilal Oswal) and Mr. Prateek Gupta (Head Strategy, Aditya Birla Finance)
This was followed by another panel discussion on “Achieving Operational excellence to improve profitability in construction projects”. The post lunch session saw two more panel discussions on the journey of NICMAR’s entrepreneurs and Managing complexities in hospital projects. There were more speakers on Block chain in real estate and the case of the statue of unity. This was followed by sponsor presentations and networking sessions.
The event received sponsorship from around 11 sponsors and concluded late in the evening with dinner. The event was attended by the following faculty from NICMAR.
i. Prof. Srividhya Sridharan, Assistant Professor (Head Alumni)
ii. Prof. Jeetu Soneji, Assistant Professor
iii.Prof. Avadhoot Dixit, Assistant Professor
iv. Prof. Priyanka Bendigiri, Assistant Professor
v. Prof. Murali Jagannathan, Assistant Professor
Keynote speaker – V.Suresh, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council, Vice chairman National Building code of India Former CMD HUDCO
Transforming Indian construction Industry into world class:
His speech began with an update about the fast urbanization of India and the growth in various sectors such as civil aviation (20%), ports (over 6400 km of coastline), Energy (1.08 l MV power generation) and also stated that there was deficiency in service to the extent of almost 16%-54% in service. He stated that there was currently a major thrust on low income housing and social housing. Over12 million houses need to be provided by 2020. He also threw light on the need to focus on assets and facilities management. Time over run and cost overrun are still major issues in project implementation and if we can do a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to ensure flawless sequencing of transactions, project quality can improve. The three major thrust areas he stated were Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
Keynote speaker – Dr. Mangesh Korgoanker, Director General, NICMAR.
Competitiveness of CRIP industry
He gave an overview of the construction sector today and also stated that as opposed to the common belief, the construction segment was contributing 6.7% of India’s GDP in 2018-19. The position of various states in India on a trend line was discussed with Maharashtra leading the others and a few states like Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh above the trend line and a few others like Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu way below the trend line. The government was described as the Godfather of investment in the construction sector today in India (80% sponsor). The market share of ongoing transport projects today remains largely indigenous (81%). However we would soon see an increase in the pie of foreign countries contributing to our ongoing projects. The major policy initiatives in this sector were discussed briefly. A syndrome known as the VUTA (Volatality Unstability Transparency Accountability) has hit the construction segment. A competitiveness matrix based on market share showed that lesser known companies seemed to dominate the star quadrant showing that the segment was highly volatile. On a comparison of risk and rewards, India scores well on rewards however lags behind heavily on risk index. Malaysia scores the best on this front. India therefore needs to even out the riskiness in this sector to improve the ranking. The courses and syllabus of NICMAR has been aligned to meet the industry requirement. This propels NICMAR to a position which is high on business strength as well as on market attractiveness leading to strategy: invest. The concluding remarks were that there was a need for educational institutes to walk the talk and dedicate themselves to building sustainable education and training programs for the CRIP industry.
The meet began at 9.30 am and concluded with working brunch at 2.00 PM on the 14th of October (Sunday) at NICMAR’s Pune campus. The meeting was well attended by over 100 participants and the guest of honor was Dr. M.G. Korgoanker, Director General, NICMAR. It began with a formal inauguration of the Pune Alumni chapter and the lighting of the lamp. The official alumni portal was launched by the Director General and a brief introduction of the portal was given by Prof. Srividhya Sridharan (Head Alumni).
This was followed by felicitation of the guest of honor, the key speakers and the Alumni Steering Committee members. The session began with an introductory address by Mr.Raghvendra Bisen in which he explained the purpose and objectives of the Alumni Meet. It was followed by a speech of Mr. Ajay Sharma – Director Delloite on Block Chain in Real Estate, Mr. Hari Prasad Bhat – Director India Operations & Consulting Director, SEA Region RIB Software AG on Life Cycle of 5D BIM & Mr. Mahesh Malpani – Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker on Spiritual answer to Management. All speakers recounted their experiences at NICMAR and stated how NICMAR had helped polish their project/site managerial skills in addition to their technical skills. They were full of praise for the contribution NICMAR has made over the years to the construction and infrastructure industry and pledged their support to lend their guidance to future passout from NICMAR. They also gave motivational speeches on their own career paths for the recently passed out Alumni’s benefit.
The guest of honor gave a motivational speech on what NICMAR has achieved till date, the road ahead and the vision NICMAR had for the Alumni cell. He also requested maximum alumni to register on the portal which is user friendly and beneficial to Alumni as well as the institute. It was emphasized that NICMAR would offer full support to activate the Alumni network.
The addresses ended by 12:30pm post which there was an open house session for 1 hour.
The 5th edition of the Alumni Meet was organized on 18th March 2018 at NICMAR, Pune. This edition saw an attendance of over 100 alumni from various batches of NICMAR, with a highlight presence being the alumni of the 1993-1994 batch. The attendees took this meet as an opportunity to revisit their alma mater and relive their college moments after close to 20 years. The gathering was presided over by the Director General, Dr. Mangesh G. Korgaonker.
The day began with a welcome address by the Alumni Coordinator of Student Council 2017-18 followed by some inspirational words by Director General, NICMAR Pune. The first formal address was delivered by the Chief Guest for the day and an alumnus of this Institute, Mr. Amit Gupta who is currently serving as the Managing Director of STERNA India, followed by a delightful reminiscing monologue by the Guest of Honour for the day and Alumnus of the 1993-94 batch, Mr. Srinivas Mantry, currently heading Contract Administration (Design Build) at Shapoorji Pallonji and Co PVT LTD.
With constant developments and advancements related to the Institute, one of the most recent additions to the campus life was the introduction of the student-initiated and student-oriented Newsletter, Perception. The Alumni Meet served as the perfect platform to introduce and release Edition 2 of Perception, letting the Alumni on a short glimpse on some of the recent activities of the Institute along with highlighting some of the core achievements of the student fraternity while also using this platform to inform the community at large on some of the updates of the CRIP sector. The Edition 2 of Perception was launched by Director General, NICMAR, the Chief Guest of the day, the Guest of Honour for the day, the Editorial team of the publication, Dr. Kirti Rajhans, Head, Student Activities and Rohan Mundra, Editor-in-chief and Creative Editor.
The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Head, Student Activities Dr. Kirti Rajhans, thus concluding the pre-lunch session. After an interesting session of nostalgic expressions and experiences in NICMAR, the gathering was hosted to a lunch buffet that was marked by some light-hearted exchanges between the students, faculty and alumni.
The post lunch session comprised of interactions between the students and alumni touching on topics such as expectations from the industry, the perception of NICMAR in the industry. The alumni also relived their memories talking about the birth of some cultures and characteristics in the institute. The day found its significance in helping the alumni take a walk down memory lane while presenting an opportunity to make new memories and moments while renewing and fostering ties with the institute.
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