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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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