ADDRESS TO THE MEMBERS OF BHARUCH DISTRICT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (BDMA) IN ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 24th September, 2015
It is a matter of great pleasure for me to stand before you & present an account of activities & progress made by BDMA in the previous year.
As you are aware, Bharuch District is a manufacturing hub of our country & pace of industrialization of the District in the last decade is phenomenal. There is of course, of late, some sluggishness experienced, but it is an off shoot of the overall national scenario in the manufacturing sector. However, there is nothing to worry about because India has no choice other than boosting the manufacturing sector given its demographics. Though the Government has been trying to promote manufacturing for many years, the sector continues to languish. This is mainly due to the lack of competitiveness on multiple fronts including the ease of doing business, taxation, cost of inputs, industrial relations, infrastructure & supply chain. The political and administrative attitudes towards manufacturing are less than friendly, if not outright hostile. Our Government is addressing this vexed issue at all national & international forums and “Make in India” will be made reality soon. We all know that people – the young population of India are our biggest hope of glorious future. The World’s expectations of India becoming a top three economy are based on its demographics alone. For next 50 years, India is expected to provide the world’s largest workforce. Skilling India’s billion people is an urgent necessity but a daunting challenge. Skilling takes time and demands huge financial and intellectual resources. There are many other issues to be addressed in this area & the Government is doing its best.
Having said this, the role of BDMA, as mentioned last year by me in AGM, while taking over the rains of BDMA, continues to be important in building primarily managerial capability of the entrepreneurs and Management fraternity of Bharuch District; which is very vital to the growth of industries of our district.
When we take stock of the various programmes and activities & other mile-stone achieved by BDMA during the previous year, I would say, our team is able to improve upon first of all, the governance issue of BDMA in terms of putting the systems & procedures in place, addressing the issue of proper manning the office infrastructure, resolving amicably the other administrative issues and increased the interactions amongst Executive Committee Members by regularly holding monthly meetings & of course, meetings by other professional forums like CEO Forum, Book-Lovers Forum etc. We have been able to start the Safety, Health & environment Forum and as regards, HR Forum, it is decided to facilitate this Forum conducted by Ankleshwar, Dahej etc. in whatever manner BDMA can do. BDMA is able to organize total 55 programmes during the year under reference. Out of these programmes, 24 programmes are Management Development & other training programmes, 28 evening talks (including Book Lover’s Meet) and 3 other programmes of professional forums. The programmes were conducted for various target groups like young management students, young working executives, middle level management executives, supervisory staff etc.
As soon as the new team of BDMA took over in August – 2014, the first flagship mega event of BDMA “Shaping Young Minds Programme (SYMP)” was conducted in October – 2014 at SVMIT Hall wherein around 700 young management & engineering students and junior executives working in the industries had participated. The programme was conducted in collaboration with AIMA and we had unique opportunity of listening to legendary personalities like Dr. Aqil Busrai, – CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting, Justice Santosh Hegde, Former Lokayukt – Govt. Of Karnataka, Ambassador Deepak Vohra, Veteran Diplomat. The Programme was grand success. In the same month we had a veteran economist & financial analyst Shri Sunil Parekh from Ahmedabad who had unveiled a book titled as “Growth or Development: Which way is Gujarat Going?” written by him alongwith Dr. Ghanshyam Shah and Dr. Sebastian Morris. All the authors spoke at length on this interesting subject. In the month of February – 2015, National Management Day celebration was held at Narmada College of Management, Bharuch wherein the management student and faculty members have actively participated. In association with Indian Air Force, the students interactive session was held with Squadron Leader Sneha Shekhawat and few others from India Air Force on 13th April 2015. We also had a session from our past president Shri Sushil Kumarji who shared his valuable knowledge regarding the present state of Indian Economy and future predictions. BDMA’s another flagship programme was held at Ankleshwar in association with Ankeshwar Industries Association in the same month of April – 2015 wherein we had the opportunity of listening to a legendary our beloved president, H.E. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who shared his vast treasure of wisdom and knowledge on an interesting subject “Industrial Growth is imperative to an Economically Developed India 2020. One of the CEO Forum’s meeting was addressed by Ms. Cecile Tandeau de Marsac, Global HR Head, Solvay Group wherein she talked about Unique HR Policies of the Solvay Group & how she manages Human Resources across the various Units located all over the world. There was a record presence of about 70 CEOs with their Spouse in this forum meeting held at GNFC guest house.
Apart from some of these programmes organized by BDMA during the year, there were regular training & development programmes on the important subjects like Business Leadership, Personal Excellence, Vibration Monitoring and Analysis System, How to Strat an Export Business, Attitude for Excellence, Stress Management, Effective Stores, inventory & material management, Making powerful presentation & Effective communication skills, Behavior based safety management system, developing emotional intelligence & interpersonal relations, performance management system etc. by very eminent faculties from places like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara etc.
I am also happy to mention that BDMA’s new office premises with all latest infrastructure facilities like Auditorium, Conference Halls etc. is ready and the work of interior decoration is going on at present and soon we will be shifting to a new location 7X Business Hub, College Road, Bharuch. The new location will provide prominent visibility to BDMA and we have plans to increase our activities manifold in the new premises.
Our future plan is to organize a National Management Convention which is also one of the flagship events of BDMA, in the month of February – 2016 wherein we are going to invite very prominent Management Thinkers & Experts from the Country to visit Bharuch and share their experiences with us. We also have plans to increase our training & development programmes which will be conducted at other locations as well like Ankleshwar, Dahej etc. and we are also going to have in house arrangement in the premises of the companies to conduct these programmes. We have been discussing to involve Management Students of Bharuch District in various activities of BDMA as also start the students’ forum of BDMA. We will continue to support the activities of various professional forums like CEO Forum, Book Lover’s Forum, Safety Health & Environment Forum etc. We need to increase our evening talks which is at present not held regularly. May be we need to address the issue of proper attendance in these evening talks as we are inviting prominent speakers from other places.
I would also like to mention here that with the purchase of new premises for BDMA, our corpus fund has almost become Nil and we need to generate the fund by organising National Management Convention in February – 2016 wherein I would appeal all industries and other professionals to come forward and support this event whole heartedly. Though the profit is not the motive of the organization, we have been able to recover our revenue expenses from the income generated and we have some nominal savings to carry forward in the next year.
At the end, Ladies & Gentlemen, I would like to close my address by saying that we have many unfinished task ahead and with the support & guidance of the past presidents like Shri Kamlesh Bhai Udani, Shri J K Shah, Shri Ashok Panjwani etc. and all the distinguished corporate members of BDMA, we will be able to continue the success journey of BDMA and help it to scale newer heights in the years to come. In the words of Robert Frost “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.