of International Conference on Leadership and Management
Through Spiritual Wisdom
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 path. 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. 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.
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 days.
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
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.
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.