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. 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.
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. 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.
Mr. Pragyan Mishra (Retd. IAS ) opined about
connecting preaching and practicing to obtain the spiritual
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.
RenownedFilm 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.
another session Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti, USA
also expressed his views about Spiritualism and its connectivity
with leadership. 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. 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
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 of SMS( Management Insight, Purushartha,
Computing Trendz ) were released by the dignitaries
alongwith the conference proceedings book and the Souvenir.
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.
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
were the sponsors of the events.
On the second day of the three day International
Conference on "Leadership and Management through Spiritual
Wisdom" at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences
(SMS), Varanasi, Swami Chidanand(Krinshnamurthy
Foundation) talked about Spiritual perspectives of
Leadership. He said from the material goal at the start of
life we slowly move on to inner growth and later to Spirituality.
He also talked about the transformational, transactional,
charismatic and leader without authority. Quoting the ancient
indian texts, he brought to notice the fact that our country
is accomodative of all religions and practices of the world.
For a leader, the needed qualities are ambition, energy, intelligence,
self confidence, honesty, integrity and job relevant knowledge.
He said we should stop destructive anger. We should learn
to delay gratification, not deny it.
Roberto Bilaslavo (Vice Rector, University of Primorska,
Slovenia) opined on Wisdom and Leadership and said
that both leadership and management need wisdom. He discussed
various levels of leadership like public, personal and private.
According to him, to act to bring a common good to all of
us is wisdom. He also discussed a wisdom development model
for transformational leadership which works in four domains
- cognitive, conative, moral and affective. He also said we
should learn wisdom by reflection, by imitation and by experience.
Gupta (GM & Head -Corporate Affairs, TCG Lifesicences India)
talked about transforming business to perform in
21st century while Prof. Graham Ward (Coaching Practice
Director, INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, UK) discussed
the pathways to transformation. In yet another session, Prof.
Paul Forster (Hongkong University) discussed why
should MBAs meditate. Prof. Firdos T. Shroff (Pune
University) highlighted the ways in which we can
kindle the spark within ourselves through calm mind, active
body and alert intellect. He said that leadership is from
within, while management is from outside. Swami Shashankananda
(Ram Krishna Mission Ashram, Ranchi) elaborated on
the necessity to spiritualise the society while Shri
Shri Shudhanand Brahmachari (Founder - LD Life Misison and
Stress Management Academy) said that it is a leadership
lost decade. Good human beings are in great scarcity and there
exists global leadership crisis. It is all because of lack
of emotional quotient and lack of self awareness. Mindful
leadership is the need of the hour. Self management preceeds
Shri Rakesh K. Mittal (IAS) talked about
positive thinking for excellence for which we need integrity,
knowledge, trust, accessibility, compassion, fearlessness,
patience and acceptance. B. K. Usha (Brahm Kumaris
World Spiritual University, Mount Abu) discussed
various dimensions related to knowledge, wisdom, leadership,
spirituality and management in the other sessions.
Prof. A. S. Islahi (AMU) threw light on
traits of leaders and insight of spiritual epics of different
religions. The technical sessions comprising of the paper
presentations were also held simultaneously throughout the
day. The Director, SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha
felicitated the dignitaries by presenting a shawl and memento.
On the final day, Prof. Lotta Dellve (KTH Royal Institute
of Technology, Sweden) discussed at length the leadership
issues in health care organisations with special reference
to those existing in Sweden. In her presentation on "Caring
for the Carers", she highlighted the need for value based
leadership. She also brought forward a work engagement model
and discussed the implications of corporate social responsibility
in the health care sector.
Father Eugene Joseph (Diocese of Varanasi Education
Society) aired his views on transformational leaders
for human well being. The transformation shift should encompass
responsible autonomy, authenticity, humility and professional
will and emotional intelligence, he added. For achieving it
he hinted at convergence of spiritual wisdom. He also talked
about the spiritual wisdom of the holy Bible which suggests
strength of self mastery, action and relationship. According
to him, organisations should be interdependent, interactive
inclusive. He also said only spiritually awakened leadership
can transform the society and there is a compelling urgency
for the same.
Shri Nithya Turyanand discussed the four
gems in Vedic Sutras for life management which are Integrity,
Authenticity, Responsibility and Enrichment.
Swami Manavtavadi (Head, Manavtavadi Vishwa Sansthan)
shared the deep rooted ancient Indian Spiritual Concepts and
shared the efforts made by Manavtavadi Vishwa Sansthan in
the recent past.
After this, a series of paper presentations by students and
research scholars added value on the final day. In the Valedictory
Session, the guests present were Prof. Yugal
Kishore Mishra (Ex. Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan Sanskrit University
and currently HOD of Vedic Studies, Sampurnanand Sanskrit
University, Varanasi), Shri L. B. Rai (Chief Personnel Officer,
DLW Varanasi) and Maureen Chen (Future of Power, Australia).
The awards and certificates apart from the honours to the
visiting guests were presented by the Director, Prof.
P. N. Jha.
Mr. Sandeep Singh, Associate Professor & Coordinator
of Centre for Spiritualism, SMS Varanasi presented
the vote of thanks.