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An Interaction with Ms. Ministhy Nair - DM, Barabanki
Inspirational is the word for Ms. Ministhy Nair & her interaction with the students at IME, IIT Kanpur. Ms. Nair is presently the District Magistrate of Barabanki District, UP. An engineering graduate who pursued her management education from XLRI Jamshedpur and finally made her way into the glorious Civil Services!
Ms. Nair’s main objective for this meet was to communicate and stress the significance of applying technical and management skills in public administration. Examples can be in administrative and policy making decisions, managing calamities like floods and famines, managing finances , optimizing utilization of resources, waste management etc.
Adhaar card, for one, is how technology would help in better administration. Civil services present a platform, a powerful one at that, for the youth to address these issues directly. There are several spheres where one can work upon, for example: Literacy programs, waste management in rural/urban areas, women empowerment and health missions etc. She further addressed us on how, many a time the middle men become a bane for the craftsmen, embroiderers & farmers especially in the rural areas. Lack of proper knowledge and exposure to the right markets, often leads them into selling their products to the middle men who end up making huge profits for no absolute contribution to the product quality. A properly oriented awareness program to introduce these people to right market and the price for the goods would increase their income substantially. Increase in income of these people would improve their health conditions, and also due to increased income more kids would be able to attend school and better living conditions would prevail. In light of all these issues, and limited resources available, it’s a great platform for techno-managers to apply their knowledge in solving the problems concerning the developing India.
These are just instances of how and where the youth can contribute. Civil service does succeed in giving an inherently strong position to contribute to the society but in the end, the passion to make a difference and your determination to bring the change about is all that matters. She then went on to describe a typical working day in life of a DM; how it isn’t out of ordinary to get a call for duty at 2 in the night; the festive season is the time they stay the most vigil for security reasons and how contingencies often spoil an otherwise perfect holiday! It is vital and often challenging, to maintain the balance between various driving forces and hindrances.
A truly inspirational speaker, whose enthusiasm for her job left all of us motivated. She later addressed various questions asked by the students and the end of session was marked by a vote of thanks extended by Dr. Deepu Phillip on behalf of the department and the students.
Events and Seminars, PR & Media
MBA 2012-14, IIT Kanpur
The Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, IIT Kanpur presented the flagship event of Prabandhan – Reflexions on Sept 28th, 2019. The 3rd edition of the event on ‘Tackling challenges of the VUCA world' was concluded with a promising and on a cheerful note. With thunderous applause and riveting questions, the event opened to bridge the corporate world with the real world. Reflexions 3.0 saw the participation of 6 eminent industry leaders and management gurus to share their experiences from their respective trades. They were Karan Marwah, Partner – CFO, Advisory Services, KPMG, Harshavardhan Chauhan, Head-Marketing & digital transformation, DLF Shopping Mall, Neelesh Talathi, CFO, Pepperfry, Hari T N, CHRO, Big Basket, Raj Gupta, General Manager, HR, TCS and our very own Professor, Devlina Chatterjee, Managerial Economics, Applied Econometrics. The talk focused on "How well, can the industries predict the results of their actions in a world of Volatility, Unc
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