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3rd International Conference on Spirituality: The Essence of Ethical Leadership & Management

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The 3 day International Conference (22nd to 24th Nov 2014) on Spirituality: The Essence of Ethical Leadership & Management started on 22nd November, 2014 in SMS-Varanasi. The conference was organized by Centre for Spirituality and Human Enrichment (C-SHE, SMS, Varanasi) in association with Claflin University, USA.
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The inaugural ceremony on Day 1 (22nd Nov) started with lighting of lamp. Dignitaries present at the occasion were Prof. R K Khandal, Vice-Chancellor UPTU-Lucknow (Chief Guest), Prof.A D N Bajpai , Vice-Chancellor Himachal Pradesh University-Shimla (President of the Function), Dr.M P Singh , Executive Secretary – SMS Varanasi, Prof.P.N N Jha , Director- SMS Varanasi, Prof.B P Singh , Chairman DSPSR, Prof. S K Singh, ICCR Chair-professor, University of Pokhra-Nepal & Mr.Sandeep Singh , Conference Convener.
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During his welcome address, Prof P N Jha (Director SMS-Varanasi) extended a very warm welcome to the dignitaries and enlightened the forum with importance of Spirituality in leadership and management. Further the convener of the conference Shri.Sandeep Singh threw some light on the concept of spirituality incorporating the virtues of Tyag,Kshama and Seva.
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Later on Prof S.K Singh discussed the importance of spirituality in balancing self and professional attitude in consideration of economic development. He further advocated the inculcation of leadership and spirituality in student through higher education.
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Later in the session Prof B.P Singh discussed the importance humanity apart from professional development. He also emphasized that Mind, Body and Soul should be aligned in order to attain spirituality. He further discussed the 3 P’s of spirituality-Profit, People and Planet, how they are interlinked and important for spirituality.
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During his presidential address Prof ADN Bajpai presented the analysis of mind-body economics. He also stressed on creating an environmental balance through spirituality by developing self ethics apart from government initiatives.
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Concluding the session Prof.R.K Khandal emphasized that once we get the virtue of ‘BHAAV’ and ‘PRABHAAV”, the spirit behind doing a work we attain spirituality. He further added that good deeds always lead towards right path and achieving spirituality.
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SMS journals (Management Insight and Computing Trendz) were released along with the Souvenir of the conference.
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Finally Dr.MP Singh presented the guests with shawl and memento as token of love and remembrance. Vote of thanks was given Shri.Sandeep Singh.
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In the first Plenary Session conducted by Mr.Avinash Chandra Supkar, the first Speaker Mr.Vipul Mathur (VP-HR, Mahindra SSG) presented his views on spirituality in management for decision making and discussed the model of implementation.
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Further in the plenary session Prof Sanjoy Mukharjee (IIM-Shillong) discussed the two forces of ‘Silence’ and ‘Speech’. He emphasized that the welfare of public should be carried out without expectations, as feeling of prime beneficiary is above all.
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In Plenary Session II conducted by Mr.Ashish Kumar Tiwari, the first keynote speaker Prof P.K Mukhopadhyay (Ex-Head, Dept. of Philosophy Jadavpur University) discussed the importance of cultural and scientific integration for development of spiritualism. He further added that narrowing self inters can lead to spirituality and economic growth.
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Further in Plenary Session,Gurushree (founder of Rudra Universe Foundation-Mumbai) discussed the four parts of mind(chakravarti) i.e. Manas,Chitta,Ahankaar and Buddhi.She further reiterated that managing money needs totalitarian mind. She advocated that is it beyond the mind that consciousness takes place.
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Finally in the technical session 10 papers were presented on the theme of Work Place Spirituality and Spirituality the pillar of true education.
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2nd Day of the conference started with the Plenary Session III. In the very starting of the session Prof.Rana P B Singh(Head, Dept of Geography-BHU) discussed about the geographical aspects of Varanasi and said that the oldest living city of the world ‘Banaras’ is very scientifically planned in accordance with religious aspects. Temples Mosques and other religious monuments are so planned that they emit positivity and peace of mind.
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Later in the session Prof B P Singh (Chairman DSPSR) focused on the impact of spirituality on effective leadership and decision making. He further added that proper co-ordination between mind, heart and body leads to spirit and open the way towards spiritualism.
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Concluding the Plenary session III, Prof V N Giri (IIT, Kharagpur) discussed the importance of self realization, self actualization and self esteem for proper business management. He further emphasized on development of humanistic organization under which human values are preferred and which leads to the achievement of personal and professional excellence.
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Plenary Session IV started with the address of Prof A N Tripathi, he focused on inner ethical values for social development. He further emphasized on the development of interconnected society rather than the materialistic one.
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In the mid of the session Mr.Navneet Sikera (IPS,IG Lucknow) enlightened the forum with the importance of ethical conduct and moral values and their proper co-ordination in day to day life. He further explained some real life experiences which leads to the development of inner consciousness and spirituality.
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Concluding the session Mr. T Chandrashekhar Rao (Director –Operations, Foster Wheeler India Pvt.Ltd) focused on core values and leadership lessons from GITA.He said that guiding and delegating are the very foundation of principle centered leadership.
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Finally in the Technical Session II and III more than 50 papers were presented on the theme of SPRITUAL BELIFES AND EFFECT OF SPRITUALITY ON HUMAN PERFORMANCE.
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Third and last day of conference started with the plenary session V. In the very starting of the session Prof Rajeev Ranjan (Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi) said that essential of Indian philosophy like Dharma,Karma,Vedas are of relevance in the present business scenario. He also said that the spirituality is knowing oneself to be in oneself.
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Concluding the session Mr VK Jha (DGM,Punjab National Bank) differentiated spirituality from religion and said that man’s spiritual and moral values help him in attaining perfection.
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The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session of the International Conference “Spirituality: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management” , Prof. P. Nag (Vice Chancelor, MGKVP, Varanasi) said that Spirituality is
Common to all religions. Presenting on Geography, Culture and Spirituality, he stated that the geography of the place governs the cultural which in turn governs the spirituality. India is a classic example of spiritual unity in cultural diversity.
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Prof. Prithvish Nag stated that Indian cultural heritage has flourished Indian Cultural and Spiritual Life. He also opined that India is a laboratory of culture and values which should be explored. The objectives of Cultural spiritual conscious is to bring people together.
The Guest of Honor in the Valedictory Session, Prof. K. D. Tripathi (Advisor, IGNCA) stressed on the need for a dialogue between ancient tradition of spirituality and the Youngest branch of the modern science i.e. management, which has a bearing for the entire world. He also emphasized on the need to have the Human Face of Capitalism by subscribing to Indian World View – man for nature and nature for man. Prof. K. D. Tripathi
advocated the need for a forgoing dialogue between modern, scientific contemporary knowledge and ancient Indian traditional knowledge which wil bring rewarding future not only for India but also to the entire world.
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Conclusion of the 3 day seminar was presented Mr.Vijay Verma (Asst.Professor SMS,Varanasi) On this occasion, the nine students of BA and BCA programme of MGKVP, Varanasi who emerged as top performers in the University Examinations were also honored by the Institute.
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At the end of the session guests were felicitated by Dr M P Singh (Executive Secretary-SMS, Varanasi).
Vote of thanks was given by Mr.Sandeep Singh (Conference Convener)

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3rd International Conference on SPIRITUALITY: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management @ SMS Varanasi

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

3rd International Conference on

SPIRITUALITY: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management

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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers @ 3rd International Conference on SPIRITUALITY: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management

School of Management Sciences, Varanasi
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
3rd International Conference on
SPIRITUALITY: The Essence of Ethical Leadership and Management
Organized by: School of Management Sciences, Varanasi
On 22nd -24th November, 2014
Venue: SMS, Varanasi

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5-day workshop on Indian philosophy, tradition and wisdom @ SMS Varanasi

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Inaugurating a 5-day workshop on Indian philosophy, tradition and wisdom at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences (SMS) Varanasi for the delegates of Grand Valley University, Michigan, USA, Prof. PK Mukhopadhyay (formerly with Jadavpur University) in his lecture on “Introduction to the Indian philosophical traditions” stressed on the need for possessing a thinkable liking for Indian philosophy which is more so skewed towards morality, spirituality and ethics that forms a base for happiness and prosperity. In his lecture, he traced the philosophical dimensions of east and the west and said that Indian culture is total, just not spiritual. He said that there has been a shift from philosophy of nature to that of man and morals. Indian philosophy finds place in every endeavour – be it politics, education, economics, science or the like.
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The team from USA headed by Prof. Michael DeWilde of the Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and his Graduate and Under Graduate students have come to SMS Varanasi to explore the unexplored!, he opined. India has been very rich in philosophy and its implementation everywhere and survival of the fittest pairs up with the philosophy. This workshop hopefully would fill-up the void in the knowledge of Indian traditions and philosophy, he commented.
The entire programme divided over five days includes visit to Sarnath, Varanasi Ghats, Yoga and Meditation sessions, rigorous academic inputs from experts of spirituality and philosophy (including tantra), Indian jugalbandi through music, Ayurveda benefits sessions, exposition to organic farming etc.
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The programme was coordinated by Mr. Anindo Bhattacharji (Senior Lecturer) while the Vote of thanks was presented by Associate Prof. Sandeep Singh. Earlier the Director Prof. PN Jha welcomed the foreign dignitaries who have come for training under the aegis of SMS Varanasi based Centre for Spiritualism and Human enrichment. Present also were the Registrar Mr. Sanjay Gupta and the executive Secretary Dr. MP Singh.
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Training cum Interactive workshop on M-Power (Mindful Parenting Power) by C-SHE, SMS Varanasi

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Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment (C-SHE) – School of Management Sciences, Varanasi in association with Stress Management Academy (SMA) organised M-Power (Mindful Parenting Power ) – A training cum interactive workshop based on the concept of psychology and spirituality.
The workshop was organised at Gundecha Club , Valley of flowers , Thakur Village, Kandivali East on August 24, 2013.
Spiritual teacher and motivational speaker Sri Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari(Founder of course in Mindfulness) along with Ms Meera Kothari , Director, GAET – Counselling & NIOS) and Dr. Nimrat Singh – Founder & Director Tangram HR, Ahmedabad conducted the workshop for more than 100 Parents.

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The session began by Ganesh Vandana by Shri Kirti Anurag, a famous music director and singer .Mr. Manish Asthana, General Manager – MDP, in his introductory speech informed the audience & guests about SMS Varanasi and C-SHE. Mr. Asthana then introduced all the eminent speakers to the participants. The speakers were felicitated by presenting them bouquets.
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Session 1): The first session was conducted by Ms. Meera Kothari- Director Counseling & NIOS at GAET (Goenka Associates and Educational Trust). Ms. Kothari has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Mumbai and has over 25 years of experience in Counseling. She stressed upon the emotional and behavioral aspects of Parenting. She highlighted various problems that parents face in bringing up today’s children and explained in detail all stages of Parenting. Due to her vast experience in this field she immediately connected to the participants who appreciated her session very much.

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Session 2): The second session was conducted by Dr. Ms. Nimrat Singh. She is the founder and Director of a company called Tangram in Ahmedabad. Her company specializes in counseling and making psychometric tests for corporates and leading educational institutes. She is an author of a forthcoming book called Powerful Parenting. Dr. Nimrat touched upon the important points in Proactive Parenting .She highlighted how the self-esteem of a parent affects the upbringing of the child. Audience highly appreciated the session
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Session 3): The third session was conducted by Sri Sri Shhuddhananda Bhramchari (Baba)-founder of the Course in Mindfulness. Babaji stressed on the fact that the most important point in today’s world is conscious parenting as compared to age-old asserting parenting. Babaji said that parents should not focus on children but essentially on their own inner life till they are centered and calm to awaken the power of spirit. Audience found the idea of blending spirituality with parenting to be unique in nature.

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After the three electrifying sessions, a formal written and recorded feedback session was conducted followed by vote of thanks.
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C-SHE organized ‘Course in Mindfulness’ for Rotary Club Members @ Mumbai

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Title: Course in Mindfulness

Date: 16th May 2013

Venue: Emerald Hall, Hotel Taj Mahal, Colaba, Mumbai

Participants: Participants included exclusive Rotary Club members ( President, Gen Sc and all top members ). The number of participants were 52.

Organizers: School of Management Sciences (SMS Varanasi) and Stress Management Academy (SMA) – powered by Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment (C-SHE)

Program Proceedings and Details:

SMS Varanasi and Stress Management Academy – powered by C-SHE organized a one day unique program titled ‘Course in Mindfulness’ – resurgence Stress Management Program ,for the top brass of Rotary Club. The program was conducted by Sri Sri Suddhanandaji Bhramachari.

The program began by Past President of Rotary Club Shri Vimal Shah introducing SMS Varanasi and C-She and Stress Management Academy. He further read out the detailed profile of Babaji .

Babaji then conducted a 3 hour session followed by some Yoga practices which are of immense use in a persons daily life. The program was well appreciated by all the participants and they thanked SMS Varanasi, C-SHE and Stress Management Academy for providing them an opportunity to attend the unique program
The Rotary Club speakers said that in today’s stress life it is imperative to popularize such programs in the all walks of life which will pave the way for the new generation enlightened and authentic leaders. They spoke on how such programs will help to create an appropriate environment in striking a smooth and well balanced chord between spiritualism and materialism

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• Babaji , began the program by invocation of the presence through collective meditation. He stressed on the concept of BEING rather than DOING. He stressed on the concept of creating a holistic balance between the left and the right brain. Babaji used specific examples of how top corporates like Google, General Motors, Apple, Intel, Twitter, Facebook, Target, Aetna, Nexterra, and many others have already incorporated Meditation and Mindfulness into mainstream human resource development. He touched upon the fruits of MINDFULNESS practice and the art to do so. Babaji demonstrated and made participants practice many techniques of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. This was followed by explaining the 5 steps of Mindfulness

1)PHYSICAL REJUVENATION :

• Yoga , Stretches, Chi Practices and Healings
• Stretching, Yoga postures, torso twisting, stretch ups , shoulder rotations ,pranic healings and cleansing
• Kapalbharti, brahamari, Bee breathing and eye exercise

2)ENHANCING THE POSITIVEPOWER OF MIND

• ABC of mindfulness
• Daily Mindfulness Techniques
3)SOCIAL RESPONSIVENESS
• Live Life Inside Out
• Oneness and Harmony for global peace
4)SPIRITUAL CONNECTEDNESS
• Isha Vashyam
• Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
• Art of Giving
• Service as Compassion in Action

5)ECONOMIC ETHICS
• Chanakyas model for economic ethics

Lastly Babaji stressed on the TRAITS of a wise leader

All the above mentioned techniques were demonstrated by Babaji and practiced by all participants.

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C-SHE organised training program on “COURSE IN MINDFULNESS (CIM)” at World Trade Center , Mumbai

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School of Management Sciences (SMS) has organized a ‘Course in Mindfulness’ in collaboration with Stress Management Academy (SMA) under flagship of Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment (C-SHE) on 20th April, 2013. Details of the program are:
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Title: Course in Mindfulness

Date: 20th April 2013

Venue: Orchid Hall, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

Bouquet Presented to Shri B.P.Singh former Dy MD IDBI Bank

Participants: Participants were from top corporates like IDBI Bank, BASF, TCS, Videocon, PepsiCo, ICMS, LC Media House and reputed bodies such as Lions Club, Bombay Management Association.
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Organizers: School of Management Sciences (SMS Varanasi) and Stress Management Academy (SMA) – powered by Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment (C-SHE)
Bouquet presented to Shri. V.P.Singh ex- Chairman IFCI
Program Proceedings and Details:
SMS Varanasi and Stress Management Academy – powered by C-SHE organized a one day unique corporate training program titled ‘Course in Mindfulness’ – resurgence for corporate excellence and wise leadership. The program was conducted by Sri Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari, lovingly called as Baba.
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Inaugural Session
The program began on a spiritual note by chanting of the Ganesh Vandana by one of the participants, Shri. Kirti Anurag Shrivastav- a renowned musician who sings bhajans for Aastha and Satsang channels and has directed stalwarts of the music industry like Jagjit Singh, Sonu Nigam, Kavitha Krishnamurthy etc.
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The inaugural session was chaired by Babaji and three eminent personalities Shri. V.P. Singh – Former Chairman IFCI, Shri. B.P. Singh former Dy. Managing Director IDBI Bank and Shri. Pramod Shah a leading practicing Company Secretary as well as Chairman/ member of number of professional bodies.
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All the speakers stressed upon the need for popularizing such programs in the corporate sector which will pave the way for the new generation enlightened and authentic leaders. They spoke on how such programs will help to create an appropriate environment in striking a smooth and well balanced chord between spiritualism and materialism.
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Training Session

• Babaji , began the program by invocation of the presence through collective meditation. He stressed on the concept of BEING rather than DOING. He stressed on the concept of creating a holistic balance between the left and the right brain. Babaji used specific examples of how top corporates like Google, General Motors, Apple, Intel, Twitter, Facebook, Target, Aetna, Nexterra, and many others have already incorporated Meditation and Mindfulness into mainstream human resource development. He touched upon the fruits of MINDFULNESS practice and the art to do so. Babaji demonstrated and made participants practice many techniques of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. This was followed by explaining the 5 steps of Mindfulness
Feedback by Shri.V.P.Singh ex- Chairman IFCI

1)PHYSICAL REJUVENATION :

• Yoga , Stretches, Chi Practices and Healings
• Stretching, Yoga postures, torso twisting, stretch ups , shoulder rotations ,pranic healings and cleansing
• Kapalbharti, brahamari, Bee breathing and eye exercise

Ganesh Vandana by Shri. Kirti Anurag

2)ENHANCING THE POSITIVE POWER OF MIND

• ABC of mindfulness
• Daily Mindfulness Techniques

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3)SOCIAL RESPONSIVENESS

• Live Life Inside Out
• Oneness and Harmony for global peace

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4)SPIRITUAL CONNECTEDNESS

• Isha Vashyam
• Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
• Art of Giving
• Service as Compassion in Action

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5)ECONOMIC ETHICS

• Chanakyas model for economic ethics
In addition, Babaji very meticulously explained through case studies how Giant corporates like Apple and Google benefited from practices of Mindfulness

Lastly Babaji stressed on the TRAITS of a wise leader

All the above mentioned techniques were demonstrated by Babaji and practiced by all participants.
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Feedback Session:

Written and Verbal feedback was taken few of which are mentioned below:

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Shri. V.P. Singh, ex-Chairman IFCI, said that he had attended many spiritual based training programs earlier but was never convinced on the benefits that meditation can provide to complex corporate life. After attending this program he has changed his mind and is convinced that Mindfulness is a very beneficial program for corporates. He further added that he has no words to express Babaji’s excellence

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Shri. B.P. Singh, former Managing Director, IDBI Bank, said that this program should be made mandatory for all corporates especially at recruitment stage

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Shri. S. Rao, General Manager, BASF, said that the program was excellent and the message of the program should be propagated to all corporates, societies and other institutions
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Mr. Arvind Shetty, Marketing Manager, PepsiCo, said that he was enlightened to be part of the program and he got a lot of clarity on how to approach daily business and personal challenges
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Mr. A Deshpande, Territory Trainer, PepsiCo, said the program was an excellent stress management program and rolled out very effectively
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Ms. Saraswati, HRD Manager, IDBI Bank said Babaji was simple, loving, kind and compassionate
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Ms. Sangeeta Nakhawa, Manager, IDBI Bank, said the program was very good, encouraging as well as thoughtful. Babaji was very knowledgeable and simple
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Mr. Pramod Shah, reputed Co. Sc, Practioner and senior member of a large number of prominent organizations, said that the program was very focused and excellently delivered in a very composed manner
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Mr. Chetan. L. Patil, Manager, IDBI Bank, said that Babaji fulfilled his mind with positive attitude and gratitude

Mr. Sreekant Krishnamurthy, Manager, Learning and Development, TCS, said that it was an unimaginable journey of the mind that he underwent in this program

Mr. Upendra Seth, President, Lions Club, said that the program was very precise, very clear and effective

Mr. Subrat Udgata, General Manager, ICMS, said that Baba is superb in explaining complex philosophical concepts in relation to day to day activities

Mr. Kirti Anurag, senior Music Director and singer said that the program is a must for all individuals and corporates
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Concluding Session :

Participants were overwhelmed by Babaji’s discourse in Mindfulness and gave a standing ovation to Babaji. Participants thanked SMS Varanasi and C-SHE for providing a platform and forum for such programs to be conducted The program concluded with vote of thanks to all the chief guests and participants. All the participants were given a conference kit by School of Management Sciences & Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment. Babaji also gifted participants with his books (‘Making your Mind your best friend ‘and the ‘Little book of Meditation ‘and CDs.

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Inauguration of International Conference on Leadership and Management through Spiritual Wisdom @ SMS, Varanasi

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The three day International Conference on “Leadership and Management through Spiritual Wisdom” started on Friday on a spiritual note at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences (SMS), Varanasi.icon0a

The Conference was inaugurated by Padmshri Prof. Geshe N Samten (Vice Chancellor-Central University of Tibetan Studies) who emphasised on the training of minds in our educational system which could ignite the core element of having transformation within ourselves. He said that entire source of management comes from innerselves and our educational system should focus on social and emotional learning so as to achieve spirituality.
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The programme started with Vedic Chanting by specialised scholars followed by a skit by the Ganga Action Pariwar on the conference theme depicting how the materialism has spoiled our basic necessities of life over the different eras.
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Prof. Luqman Khan (Vice Chancellor-Mohd. Ali Jauhar University) talked about the necessity of having ecological balance while Prof. B. P. Singh (Former Prof.-Delhi School of Economics) emphasised on having spirituality as a part of curriculum. He further said that elevated soul is the best capital of human society. Later he talked about “Managing from Left, Leading from Right and Connecting through Top” in one of the plenary sessions. He also added that leadership should have a magnetic force to create followership.
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Mr. Pragyan Mishra (IAS, Retd.) opined about connecting preaching and practicing to obtain the spiritual path.
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Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh) started his discourses focussing on the pathetic condition of our ganges. He said Ganga is on Dialysis and we are busy in Dialogues. He said we love the creater but forget the creation. Spirituality is not a weekend business, we have to start with selves. Life is to ‘be’ more, not ‘have’ more. He asked the modern society to link internet to innernet. Be the change and don’t wait for anyone else, was his basic idea.
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Noted film personality Director, Producer and Writer, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt said that Spirituality is essential fuel of life. The ecological disaster is because of arrogance of man. He cited several examples from his professional life to illustrate the above fact.
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More than 300 delegates were present on the first day of the three day long event. International delegates have come from the USA, Australia, England, Hong Kong, China, Slovenia, Cambodia, Mauritius, Botswana, Oman, Morocco, Sweden, Spain and Brazil.
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The Indian delegates have arrived at SMS Campus from far away places like Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Warangal, Chennai, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Kochi, Patna, Mumbai, Nashik, Dharwad, Thanjavur, Bhabaneshwar, Guntur, Ranchi, Chitrakoot, Jaipur, Kashmir etc. The entire three day event has been divided into seven plenary and seven technical sessions spread over the three days.
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Earlier the Conference Director and the Director of SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha welcomed the dignitaries and delegates to SMS Varanasi. In his welcome address, he presented a briefing about the strides which the Institution has made in the recent past to emerge as one of the frontline B-Schools of the country. Discussing the framework of this International Conference, he said that it is an extension of the decadal journey of our Spiritual Centre, whose objective is creation of dyadic relationship between spiritual paradigm and managerial tenets. However, the practice of the proposed model necessarily requires the inculcation of a sense of abnegation within the practitioners. Later on the latest issues of all the three journals ( Management Insight, Purushartha, Computing Trendz ) were released by the dignitaries alongwith the conference proceedings book and the Souvenir.
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The organizing secretary Mr. Sandeep Singh (Associate Prof.) gave the theme presentation and the Vote of Thanks. The inaugural session was coordinated by Dr. Meenakshi Singh. The Director, SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha felicitated the Chief Guest and other Guests of Honour by presenting a shawl and mememto.
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A spiritual tour of Varanasi is also on the Conference schedule. A souvenir has also been published covering more than 200 paper abstracts which are being presented in the Conference. Corporate bodies and financial institutions like Union Bank of India, Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank, Galaxy Hospitals, Career Launcher, IMS Learning Resources, Ganga Saran & Grandsons, Prentice Hall of India and Souvenier De Banaras.

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Interview of Dr. Henry N. Tisdale , President,Claflin University, Orangeburg,South Carolina, USA with Mr. K.K. Bajpai, Reader, SMS, Varanasi





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International conference on Spiritual Paradigm for Surmounting Global Management Crisis @ SMS, Varanasi

The three day International Conference on “Spiritual Paradigm for surmounting Global Management Crisis” started on Friday on a spiritual note at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. S. A. Dave, Chairman-CMIE and former chairman-SEBI & UTI. Other Guests of Honour who were present amidst high profile dignitaries in the inaugural session included Prof. M. J. Xavier, Director-IIM Ranchi, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, President Claflin University, USA, besides Prof. K. D. Tripathi, Hony. Director of the Centre for Spiritualism & Human Enrichment (C-SHE) of SMS Varanasi.

Delegates from the two ‘conference-associate’ American Universities, Claflin University, South Carolina, Columbia (USA) and California State University, San Bernardino, California (USA) were also present.

More than five hundred delegates were present on the first day of the three day long event. International delegates have come from France, Russia, Spain, USA, UAE, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Turkey and Hungary.

Inaugurating the Conference, Dr. Dave said “It is my great pleasure to have been associated with this unusual Conference, unusual because prima facie it seems contradictory what world of money and management of money has to do with spiritualism at it is commonly understood. Marx predicted doom of the capitalist society because of inherent conflict it had with the interest of workers. A blind or excessive drive towards profits at the cost of workers invites the fall of the system. Capitalism was too materialistic system interested only in returns on capital of those who owned it. There was no place for spiritualism in working of such a system.

Today, profit is considered a necessity of the organization, but the maximization of profits is no more the sole aim. Societal and environmental concerns have started appearing in the Corporate Vision statements in an increasing way. All these developments have something to do with spiritual transformation of the system. Bringing about radical changes in the attitude is a gradual process and I am happy that SMS and their collaborators in US think that it is possible, achievable and worthwhile disseminating this message to the larger audience. I compliment the sponsors for the bold theme of the Conference and wish that these subjects are discussed and become part of teaching in all the business schools of the world, under whatever nomenclature they prefer to use. And hopefully, they become an integral part of practice in the corporate world”.

He also requested to all that let spiritualism enter management, in a disguised form if need be, without even being called spiritualism. One comes across several managers, both in east and west, who are highly spiritual in their conduct and work and display extraordinary concern toward their colleagues and customers. It would seem, as if spiritualism and materialism is working hand in hand. The problem before the conference is how to multiply the members of this group, or enhance the spiritual content of their lives and work, he added.


Prof. M. J. Xavier in his address opined that instead of being aggressive, we should be humble. We should not have greed, we should not compete and compare, instead we should have and believe in harmonious coexistence. Instead of having goal orientation, we should have role orientation. In management education we learn about destroying competition through creation of competitive advantage but on the other side we also say don’t compete – it is here that another paradigm needs to be developed and hopefully this international conference would help in doing the same. He also asserted to develop intellect and intuition together.

Dr. Tisdale highlighted the tripple bottom line approach which Claflin University is following. It includes value maximisation through business ethics and sustainability, visionary leadership and selfless service. He said we should trained the mind to think, hand to execute and soul to feel.

Former Professor of Delhi School of Economics, Dr. B. P. Singh talked about global turbulence and said the essence of spirituality is self liberation. He also said that a modern leader should be like a saint. Spirituality has to be master of materialism and not servant.

Earlier the Conference Director and the Director of SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha welcomed the dignitaries and delegates to SMS Varanasi. The organizing secretary Mr. Sandeep Singh (Associate Prof.) gave the theme presentation.

The inaugural session was coordinated by Dr. Meenakshi Singh while the Vote of Thanks was presented by the Honorary Director of the Centre for Spiritualism and Human Enrichment, SMS, Varanasi, Prof. K. D. Tripathi.

Later specialties like Shiv Tandav, Sama veda recitals, peace meditation were also held. A souvenir has also been published covering more than 200 paper abstracts which are being presented in the Conference.

Corporate bodies and financial institutions like Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank, Airtel, Hewlett Packard, Taj Estates, Jalan Group, Galaxy Hospital, Career Launcher, IMS Learning Resources and Banaras Swarna Kala Kendra.

On the second day of the three-day International Conference, Prof. S. C. Jain, Chairman – International School for Jain Studies, said that we should try to develop a habit of sharing surplus. He was speaking about the preachings of Lord Mahavir and the Jain philosophy of non voilence. He said that for organisations, profit is like oxygen but not the ultimate aim. We should try to maximise good over bad, he added.

Prof. P. Krishna, Secretary – Krishnamurty Foundation India, in his address emphasise on the role of education in developing spirituality. He highlighted the fact that the problem of the world is not the uneducated person, it is only the highly educated persons who plan and develop the policies for the organisation which everyone has to follow. It is here, that everyone feels the impact, good or bad, of such kind of policies applicable to the entire organisation. Hence, it is necessary to educate more such educated people in terms of benefits to one and all.

In yet another session, Prof. A. N. Tripathi, Former Head, Malviya Centre for Human Values, BHU, emphasised on the modern view of life which people feet it generally relates to materialism rather than spiritual and ethical issues. In today’s scenario, we are witnessing a model of mechanistic life which has dehumanised life which in turn has resulted into irresponsible management of earth’s resources. He further added that one should take a holistic view of life which provides for meaningful and responsible engagement with our life.

Earlier, Prof. Rana P. B. Singh from BHU disucssed the spiritual and cosmic landscape of Kashi. In one of the plenary sessions, a peace meditation and an address to the conference delegates was done by Sri Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari, the world renowned spiritual guru who talked about divinizing management. Swami Satya Vedanta talked about the ancient wisdom and its usefullness for the modern management while Prof. Samani Charitra Prajna discussed about the spiritual model for inclusive globalisation. Dr. Subhash Durlabh Ji from USA talked about Engines of Power while Prof. Amita Singh talked about trouncing sustainable developement through inequity. Prof. S. S. Khanka (NIFM, Faridabad) talked about value based management for valuing values.

The Executive Director of the Centre for Living in Harmony (USA), Ms. Brenda Roberts discussed the origins and mechanism of peace as illustrated in the teachings of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yoganandaji.

The Techincal Sessions were chaired by Dr. Zia Hasan (Vice President, Assessment Planning and Information Services, Claflin University, USA), Prof. Amita Singh (Centre for Law and Governance, JNU, New Delhi), Prof. B. P. Singh (Chairman, DSPSR, New Delhi), Prof. A. K. Mishra (Head of the Management Department, Mizoram Central University, Aizawl), Prof. Chhote Lal (Former Head & Dean, FMS, BHU) and Prof. J. P. Mishra (Dean-Academics, SMS Varanasi).

Filmmaker & Director Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, Ms. Pooja Bhatt along with Playback singer Ms. Sanjeevani were along present in last Session of the day. Mr. Mahesh Bhatt emphasized upon the living up the life to its fullest and critsized the belief of re-birth.

Ms. Sanjeevani thrilled the ambience by singing the Bhajans of Meera Bai. Ms. Pooja Bhatt also commented and showcaased her belief in divine effect of Kashi City.

The plenary and technical sessions were coordinated by Dr. Meenakshi A. Singh, Ms. Indrani Sengupta, Mrs. Anjana Harish, Dr. Ravi Shekhar Vishal, Mr. Shubhagata Roy and Mr. Amit Kishore Sinha. Over 250 delegates were present at SMS Campus on the second day of the International Conference. Later in the evening, a special session was also organised where noted film personality interacted with the delegates on various aspects of the conference theme.

On the last day of the three-day International Conference, Prof. P. Nag, Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi and the Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session said if more is the crisis, more management is needed. In this context, we need to understand the problems (crises) in a wider perspective. We have to find the newer challenges which would emerged as a result of spirituality and management running together to solve various such problems related to the human mankind.

In his presidential address, Prof. Vagish Shastri (Vakyoga Chetana Peetham, Varanasi) exhorted the gathering of more than 400 delegates and guests, said that life is based on the four pillars – body, mind, wisdom and soul. Body needs food, mind needs desires, wisdom needs ethics and morality and sould needs freedom. We have to ensure that we are able to maintain the right balance between all the four life pillars. He also exhorted the audience to do away with jealousy, fear, anger and greed. We have to churn life to get energy as we have to churn the milk to get butter. Ethical education should commenced from the early childhood days but on the contrary our schools are shying away from sanskrit language which holds all such necessities of life in its fold, he added. He also cited certain illustrations from the Bhagvat Gita which talks about the life duality – day and night, love and hate and happines and sorrow.

Earlier, four concurrent technical sessions were conducted in which more than 100 research papers were presented. The last Plenary Session of the day witnessed deliberations by Mr. Janardan Jee (Principal Scientist, ICAR), Ms. Brenda Roberts (Executive Director, The Center for Living in Harmony, USA), the Gandhi Peace Prize Winner, Patrick McCullam and Acharya Raganugandha (Development Director for Children of the Earth at the United Nations). The post graduate students of SMS also presented their papers in a separate technical session.

The Valedictory Session was coordinated by Dr. Meenakshi Singh while the Vote of Thanks was presented by Organising Secretary, Mr. Sandeep Singh.

The Executive Secretary, Dr. M. P. Singh and The Registrar of SMS Varanasi, Mr. Sanjay Gupta felicitated the guests by honouring them with a shawl and memento.

On this occasion all the delegates, conference guests, high profile corporate and academic dignatories, staff and students of SMS, Varanasi were also present.

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