Vinod Gupta School of Management Conducts National Women’s Summit, Vinculum 2013

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The Renowned Business School Celebrates The Role of Women in Business and Society

Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM) celebrated its Annual Day, Vinculum 2013, with pomp and show. The Annual Day became more appealing when it was supplemented by Women's Day.

"There are women who make things better... simply by showing up. And women who make us smile. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. There are women of wit and wisdom who - through strength and courage - make it through. There are women who change the world everyday... Women like you. Find out what women are today, how they are and how strong they have become" said Ashley Rice.

Keeping this in mind, the Corporate and Media Cell of Vinod Gupta School of Management decided to conduct a national women's summit, Voice of Women, VoW 2013, for the women in India.

Different guests from a wide variety of backgrounds were invited. A panel discussion on the topic 'Role of women as partners and forerunners in the development of the nation and increasing emphasis on women as harbingers of the change movement and redefining leadership in all walks of life' was set up. The guests who were part of the summit included Ms. Archna Wadhwa, Global Head of Production Management Solutions for HSBC, Ms. Indrani Gupta, Real Estate Developer, Social Worker and District Secretary for Rotary International, Ms. Geetha Vishwanathan, Propretrix of PREYASI, a leading fashion studio, Ms. Subha Rajan, Director, External Affairs, CII, and Ms. Parvati Tampi, Communication Specialist and Journalist.

The moderator role was taken up by Professor of Human Resources, Anita Sarkar of XLRI Jamshedpur. She has a BS in Economics from Calcutta University and is a Fellow at IIM Ahmedabad.

As the session commenced, each guest was called up to the podium and was asked to give their opinion on the topic at hand. They delivered fabulous discourses on what women are today in India, how they are treated and how strong they have become. The students' responsibilities as youths of today were communicated crisply. The charity work taken up by the guests were immensely applauded by the students who were greatly overwhelmed. 'Give a man a fish; you would feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you would feed him for life', a thought which continued to linger in the students' minds. Examples of how micro-credits were utilized to serve the poor and the needy were communicated. The roles played by women as employers and also as homemakers and how they balanced work life with their personal life were communicated to apprise the women population at VGSoM.

All in all, it was an enlightening session for the students and the questions raised were answered by the guests as well as the moderator.

About VGSoM:
Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur, has evolved from being the first B-school in the IIT system to one of the premier B-schools in the country in just over 2 decades. Since the inception of the school, focus has been on rounded development through diverse academic and non-academic activities of the Institute. Over the years, VGSoM has grown exponentially to attract the best management talent in the country. “We are consistently ranked among the top B-schools in India,” commented Gupta.

Vinod Gupta through The Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation founded the school in 1993 to develop upcoming management professionals and future CEOs who will lead technology-driven and knowledge-based industries. Gupta has donated over $6 million to set up this school.

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