Memorial lectures are a source of pride and honour for any institution and to celebrate this event in the memory of our Late Founder Shri. Niranjanlal Dalmia is always an awaited one. In wake of the rapidly rising India, that is redefining the rules of the business game, this year, we were honoured to have Mr. Dilip Piramal, Chairman and Managing Director, VIP Industries Ltd, as our guest and speaker for the lecture. Mr. Dilip Piramal, a leader par excellence, a strong believer in the nation’s potential, spoke about the theme, “Challenging Status Quo”.
The memorial lecture was inaugurated by Mr. Shivkumar Dalmia, Honorary Chairman N. L. Dalmia Education Society (NLDES), Mr, Shailesh Dalmia, Honorary Secretary NLDES, Mrs. Seema Saini, CEO, NLDES and Dr. Dinesh Hegde, Dean Academics, NLDIMSR, with the lighting of the lamp. With a brief introduction about the history and legacy of NLDES by Mrs. Seema Saini and a welcome by Dr. Hegde, the stage was all set for Mr. Piramal.
Mr. Dilip Piramal gave a thoroughly stimulating masterclass on more than half a century of the journey of marketing, branding, and managing VIP Industries in turbulent times. He spoke about all the innovations and disruptions that were brought about by VIP bags through these years. The lecture was enlightening for the students as Mr. Piramal demonstrated how VIP bags changed its perception from being an “ageing brand” to a “youth product” through advertisements over 3 decades and an introduction to Skybags. He also spoke about how the economic policies of the country have an effect on all the decisions that need to be taken by an organisation. The enthusiasm thus created for the subject culminated in a highly interactive Q&A session that completely engaged the audience and the vote of thanks by Dr. Anil Gor, HOD Department of finance and Chairman Placements.
In the past we have had prominent guests like:
1. Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Jayant Narlikar - Renowned Astrophysicist.
2. Dr. J. J. Irani - Executive Director, Tata Sons Ltd.
3. Mrs. Anu Aga - Chairperson, Thermax Ltd.
4. Mr. Keki M. Mistry - Chairman, HDFC Ltd.
5. Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan - Director, Tata Sons Ltd.
5. Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan, FRS National Research Professor & President, Global Research Alliance.