Acumen 2007 kicks off with north zone participants vying for top honours.
The stage is now set for the West, South and East zone legs of the competition. The cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata will play host to the event on October 26-27, November 3-4, and November 30-December 1 respectively. The grand finale is slated for December 15 in Mumbai. Like previous years, this year’s Acumen host is inimitable Harsha Bhogle, who true to his style was ready with googlies for the participants and the audience alike.
The following day, the first debate semi-final was held between the teams of IIFT and Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi. The topic: ‘It’s not innovation that matters, but execution’. IIFT prevailed in the contest. For the second set of semi-finalists, the topic was an intriguing: ‘The Sensex is a misleading indicator of the Indian economy’. Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Delhi, won over IMT Ghaziabad in the keenly-contested debate.
It was now time for the debate final between hosts IIFT, Delhi and IIPM, Delhi on the topic ‘Manufacturing is the real measure of economy, not services’. The IIFT team of Arka Bhattacharya and Anchal Gupta, speaking against the motion, continued its brilliant run, winning over Uday Shankar and Alekh Chaterjee. The winning team highlighted the contribution of services to the GDP and how services sector is spurring manufacturing. The rival team’s argument that manufacturing has larger employment potential and therefore should be considered a better measure of the economy than services didn’t quite impress the judges.
The B-School Alumni Quiz Final was a cracker of sorts where the old students of premier B-schools fought keenly as the questions from Acumen host came in fast and thick. The team of Surjit Varkey (NTPC) and Arun Kumar Pradhan (GAIL) managed to touch the finish line by a whisker over Aziz Seyid (HCL Technologies) and Rohan Khanna (Accenture) to represent the North Zone in the national finals. The winners received prizes from Harshvendra Soin, Chief People Officer, Aditya Birla Retail Ltd; Rajat Mukarji, Corporate Affair Officer, Idea Cellular Ltd; Atul Chaturvedi, COO (Delhi Circle), Idea Cellular Ltd; Harsha Bhogle, and R. Sridharan, Managing Editor, Business Today.
The prize sponsors for the event were Idea Cellular, and Harvard Business Review (all India prize sponsor). Apart from Business Today and Aditya Birla Group, other sponsors and partners of the event were TravelGuru (prize sponsors for the finals), Headlines Today (TV partner), Fever 104 FM (radio partner), Exchange4Media.com (media partner), PaGalguy.com (online media partner) and IIFT (B-school partner). After the exhilarating start at Delhi, it's time to gear up for the next regional round of the mega-event in Mumbai on October 26-27.
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