Student managers from Kerala’s flagship B-school, SCMS-Cochin will be a part of the organising and co-ordinating team of ‘Emerging Kerala – Global Connect 2012’. The mega-event, which will showcase Kerala as a global business destination, will be held between the 12th and 14th of September, 2012 at Hotel Le Meridien, Cochin. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Defence Minister, Shri A. K. Anthony will be addressing the global corporate and political fraternity on why India perceives Kerala as the next big business hub, and the possibilities that Kerala offers.
“It is a proud occasion for us at SCMS-COCHIN, especially for those of us who have been shortlisted as volunteers to ensure the smooth functioning of this huge event,” says Gayatri Nair, one of the student managers of SCMS-Cochin. “We are all excited about this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity on the sidelines of ‘Emerging Kerala’. After all, even Roger Federer learnt the nuances of professional tennis as a ball-boy at Wimbledon!”
‘National Geographic – Traveller’ has selected Kerala as one of the ‘50 destinations of a lifetime’ and one of the 13 paradises in the world. SCMS-COCHIN has borne witness – and contributed, by providing excellent managers – to the tremendous pace at which Kerala has grown in the tourism space; creating some of the world’s most enchanting infrastructure, and churning out some interesting exotic markets in the process. The ‘Kerala Tourism Mart’ – a biennial trade fair – today figures prominently on the global tourism trade circuit.
“SCMS-COCHIN has given us this promising opportunity of being under the same roof as some of the greatest management gurus, speakers and leaders of our times!” exclaims Gayatri. “I’m especially looking forward to hearing Mr. Chandra Shekhar Verma (Chairman – SAIL), Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament), Mr. S.D. Shibulal (CEO- Infosys), and Dr. E. Sreedharan, the legendary founder of Delhi Metro.”
These selected volunteers for ‘Emerging Kerala’ are currently being put through a series of special training sessions, both at Le Meridien, Cochin and SCMS-COCHIN. The training sessions involve co-ordination and rehearsal of various activities, as well as classes on formal etiquette and communication, required while interacting with personalities of international eminence.
“We are deeply conscious that not only are we representing SCMS-COCHIN, but Kerala and India as well,” says Preeti Rawal. “Right from shopping for the right formals to getting back into shape, we are leaving no stone unturned. We are ready to play our small part in ushering in a new era of trade, culture and global connect for Kerala.”
The future managers from SCMS-COCHIN hope to gain immensely from the perspective of the international leaders such as His Excellency Mr. He Duanqui, Vice Governor of Yunnan province, who will be leading the well-numbered China delegation. There will also be quite a few eminent corporate and political personalities from Canada, Malaysia, USA, Singapore, Oman and Germany, among other nations, at the event.