BENGALURU: The 6th Humanistic Management Network Annual Conference on Technology, Sustainability and Humanity was co-organized and hosted by CMR University at its main campus during 1-2 October 2018. The conference concluded on the occasion of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ with announcement of Humanistic Management Network, India Chapter to be led by Prof. Shiv K. Tripathi, Sr. Professor and Dean at CMR University.
The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. H. Honne Gowda, Director, KSTEPS, Govt of Karnataka. In his inaugural address he stressed that environmental and social issues should also be adequately addressed while moving on path of economic and technological developments. Guest of Honour, Conney Cammenzind, Deputy Consul General at Consulate General of Switzerland, Bengaluru said that this conference was reflection of strong Indo-Swiss partnership in knowledge exchange.
The inaugural session key-note speaker Prof. Ernst von Kimakowitz, Director, Humanistic Management Network highlighted the need for balanced technological growth for more humanistic development. Prof. Wolfgang C. Amann, Academic Programme Director, HEC Paris, Doha (Qatar) introduced the conference theme and stressed on the need for more humanistic growth. The inaugural programme for presided by Prof. M.S. Shivakumar, Vice-Chancellor, CMR University, Bengaluru. Dr. Praveen R., Registrar, CMR University was also present on the occasion.
During the Valedictory Session Chief Guest P. Ramaiah, Former Editor, The Hindu, said “Today we celebrate the birthday of one of India`s remarkable man Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to honour his belief and his work. His values have become more relevant for today’s society. We are experiencing a conflict between the nature and the humans, where we are exploiting the nature for our own benefit and for the economy purpose. Adopting violent methods for achieving a desired social result would inevitably result in an escalation of violence. Therefore, we should focus more on humanistic development for global sustainability for our future generation.”
The programme was presided by K.C. Ramamurthy, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Chairman, CMR Group of Institutions. In presidential address, Shri Ramamurthy felt that Sustainable Development is only possible through balanced technological and economic development in view of larger humanistic considerations.
The conference attracted more than 50 paper presentations by the scholars and practitioners across 4 conference tracks. The conference also included more than 20 invited presentations and key-note speeches by experts from Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, Tanzania, Qatar and India.
Special Speaker and the Innovation Consular at the Embassy of Netherlands, Freek Jan Frerichs announced two competition-based prizes for CMR University students for participation in an on-going sustainability project. The conference was coordinated by Prof. Marianne Franzen and Dr. Basanna Patigundi.