LEAdx 1.0


The Infrastructure Committee is the flagbearer for Infrastructure events at SCMHRD and has hosted major events such as ‘InfraCon’ and ‘InfraBlaze’ in the past which have had the honour of hosting dignitaries such as Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO- NITI Aayog), Shri. Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister, MoRTH and Shipping), Shri. Anil Swarup (Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Coal), Shri. Rajeev Mehrotra (Chairman – RITES), and Shri. S. B. Nayar (Chairman – IIFCL). Responding to the changing environment of Infrastructure in India and the need for greater collaboration between Industry and Academia to impart leadership qualities in students, this year, the Infrastructure Committee has launched an event focused on Leadership talks called ‘LEAdx – Industry-Academia symposium’ on 12th,15th and 16th November 2019. The first edition of the LEAdx series, named ‘LEAdx 1.0’ was themed around ‘Navigating Headwinds of Change in Infrastructure’. 

The guest speakers for the first day of LEAdx 1.0 were Mr. Sarang Bhutada (Director-Risk & Analytics, CRISIL) & Ms. Vishakha Tiwari (Senior Associate, CBRE). The event kicked off with a green inauguration, an initiative of watering the plants by the guests in the august presence of Dr.Ajit Patwardhan (Senior Consultant, The World Bank), Prof.Vivek Date, Ms. Vasundhara Sen, Prof. Prakash Waknis and Prof. Sunit Joshi. Prof. Prakash Waknis, HoD – Infrastructure Development & Management, flagged off the event by giving an introductory talk about LEAdx and its importance. Prof. Date set the tone of the event by speaking about the state of infrastructure finance in India. Following it, Mr. Sarang Bhutada delivered an interesting session on “ESG Evaluation-Roadmap towards building future-ready organizations”. Ms.Vishakha Tiwari spoke on developing “Urban Infrastructure & Public Interfaces in the Indian context”. The last speaker for the day was Dr. Ajit Patwardhan. He shared his experience on development economics and its relevance to growth of Indian Infrastructure.


The guest for the second day of ‘ LEAdx 1.0’ was Dr. Ravindra Utgikar, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Marketing, Praj Industries. The day commenced with the green inauguration ceremony, an initiative of watering the plants by the guest and the faculty. The inauguration was followed by an introductory video portraying the journey of Infrastructure committee over the years. Prof. Prakash Waknis was our first speaker, who elaborated upon the need for experiential learning imparted through interactions with industry stalwarts.

The main course had Dr. Ravindra Utgikar addressing the students on “Changing paradigm of bio-fuels in India “. He emphasized on the need to make a transition to renewable sources of energy for a sustainable future.

The speaker for the third day of ‘ LEAdx 1.0’ was Mr. Arunava Parial, Director, Turner and Townsend. The event again was commenced with a green inauguration, by the guest and the faculty. Prof. Vivek Date presented the welcome address and formally launched Day 3 of ‘Leadx 1.0’. Mr. Arunava Parial then addressed the students on “Leadership role in managing change through project management”.

It was an insightful presentation on change management and helped the students understand the skillset they need to adopt in order to imbibe changes taking place in infrastructure sector in the present scenario.

In the end, Infrastructure Committee presented the vote of thanks.

The first series of ‘LEAdx’ was appreciated by faculty and students alike. The event was graced by some of the most eminent personalities from the industry. Infrastructure Committee looks forward to organizing more such events in the future with the objective of bringing leadership from board rooms to classrooms.


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