Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 27:
The 67th All India Commerce Conference (AICC) of Indian Commerce Association (ICA) and International Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability was inaugurated at KIIT University in the Odisha’s capital today.
The three-day mega meet was inaugurated by Ubaldo Garcia Ruiz, ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to India in the presence of Asif Iqbal, honorary counsellor, Suriname embassy, Bangalore; Dr PK Patasani, Bhubaneswar MP; Prof PP Mathur, vice chancellor, KIIT University; Prof M Ramachandra Gowda, president, AICA-2014; Dr T Shiware, Immediate Past President; Dr Balwinder Singh, secretary; Dr PT Choudhary, executive vice president; Prof JK Parida, conference secretary; Prof Sasmita Samanta, organizing Secretary and other dignitaries.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Ruiz said commerce education plays a vital role in the development of a country.
“Costa Rica has enormous opportunities to do commerce and business”, he said while calling upon the business community and industrialist of Odisha to do business and establish industries in his country.
Noting that ethical values are being compromised in commerce, Iqbal said the commerce education should be based on value and ethics combined with knowledge.
Prof Mathur stressed on technology oriented commerce education while Prof Gowda expressed concern over various financial scams in recent years.
“Of late, commerce has lost human values and ethics, he said while laying stress on market and industry oriented commerce education and skill development.
In his address, Dr Singh said the ICA has plans to start Indian Commerce Academy which will impart training to the commerce teachers.
Dr Choudhary commended the efforts of Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT & KISS and chief patron of the conference, in the eradication of poverty through education.
On the occasion, the MM Shah Memorial Research Gold Medal was presented to well-known commerce academician of Odisha, Prof Banikanta Mishra who received a cash prise of Rs 2 lakh, a citation and memento.
Among others, Prof Ramakanta Jena, Prof. Pramod Kumar Sahoo, Prof PC Tripathy, Prof Binayak Rath, Prof Prashant Sahoo, Prof Gunanidhi Sahoo, Prof GP Acharya, Prof Brajaraj Mohanty, Prof Swarup Chandra Sahoo, Prof UC Patnaik, Prof DP Nayak, Prof SP Mishra, Prof Ayodhya Prasad Nayak, Prof Damodar Biswal, Prof Bimal Prasad Nanda, Prof Malay Kumar Mohanty and Prof BS Pani were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the commerce education.
This conference, being organized by KIIT University in association with PG department of Commerce, Utkal University, features four technical sessions on ‘Services Marketing: Challenges Ahead’, ‘Developments in Capital Market: Market Efficient Revisited’, ‘Changing Dimensions of Human Resource Management in Globalised Era’ and ‘Insurance Business: Issues & Perspective’.
Nearly 3000 delegates from across the country and eight delegates from foreign countries are participating in this conference.
Besides, 300 research fellow including 10 under graduate commerce students from various parts of India are also participating for the first time in this conference.