WINGS 2020

Academic forum members of PMI Kerala Chapter had a memorable day at WINGS 2020, the second edition of the Academic Forum Conclave. The one-day annual conclave is aimed at providing an opportunity for students of business schools and other professional colleges, faculty members, and researchers to interact with industry experts. The event was held on 7 March in Thiruvananthapuram with the theme, “Amazing World Awaits You.”

Over 220 delegates from the public and private sectors, and academia attended the conference. Student participants have received free entry to the internship drive of the chapter, which is scheduled for later this year.

Kerala Chapter President Dr. Krishna Kumar T I delivered the welcome address. The traditional lighting of the lamp to start the day was done by S Somanath, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Salil J Ambat, associate director, DXC Technologies, and Dileep Viswanathan, conference director and vice president, membership, PMI Kerala Chapter.

Mr. Somanath, in his keynote address titled “Student to a nation builder,” drew a vivid picture of the world beyond 2030 and exhorted students to develop an entrepreneurial aptitude and creativity in even routine work.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Ambat spoke about the “passion economy” in which professionals need to work toward value creation and value capturing. Dr. Simon Morrison, deputy director, Health Services, Kerala, advised students to take risks and avoid delays, hesitation, and procrastination to succeed in life.

Representing the academic forums, Punnoose George, executive chairman, Saintgits Group of Institutions, said passion should guide students in their pursuit for success. Dr. Jayaram Nayar, director, TKM Institute of Management, urged students to reskill and reorient themselves to succeed in the globalized world.

Manjush Mathews, CEO, Indus Towers, Kerala Circle shared his experience in the service selection board for the Indian Navy during his keynote address.

In his valedictory address, Prasanth Nair, managing director, Kerala Shipping & Inland Navigation Corporation, urged students to be ready for a new tech-driven era, and utilize every opportunity to interact with the industry.

A highlight of the day was a business quiz with an initial round of nine teams, and the final with five teams. Quizmasters, Mr. Jayanth Abraham and Aravind Nataraja Pillai conducted it. The team from Muthoot Institute of Technology & Science, Ernakulam, won the first prize, while two teams from Saintgits College of Engineering, Kottayam, won the second and the third prize. Nair felicitated the quiz masters, and awarded mementos and certificates to the winners.