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29th Foundation Day Celebration and 11th Gogte Lecture Series

The Foundation day of KLS IMER was celebrated on 16th Sept. 2019. At the outset Dr. Atul R. Deshpande, Director, KLS IMER delivered the welcome address followed by prestigious Gogte Lecture Series Talk by Mr. Niket Karajagi, Founder Director of Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, Pune on "Disruptions and Downturns: Meeting Twin challenges for SMEs and MSMEs" at KLS IMER Auditorium. Mr. Niket Karajagi spoke on the continuously changing scenarios in technology and business by emphasizing on importance of living in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertainty, Complex and Ambiguous) world. He spoke on the critical success factors to face VUCA World. The critical success factors are Knowledge is Power, Cash is King, Authenticity of Businesses, Technology is scalability, Design Thinking and Neo classical model. He suggested SMEs and MSMEs to look into the changing needs of the customer and market as an opportunity. The session was followed by a Q & A session. The Gogte Lecture Series of Talks was instituted by late Shri. Raosaheb B.M. Gogte, industrialist, philanthropist and KLS patron in 1977, on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

Industrialist Mr. Keith Machado, Joint Managing Director, Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd., a successful entrepreneur from Belagavi, was felicitated with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2019 on the occasion by Chief guest Mr. Niket Karajagi and President of the function Mr. Rajendra Belgaumkar, KLS IMER GC Chairman. A video profile showing the journey of Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. was presented and Mr. Keith Machado addressed his acceptance remarks. Mr. Rajendra Belgaumkar in his presidential remarks urged the management students to imbibe life lessons from successful entrepreneurs like Mr. Keith Machado. The felicitation was witnessed by eminent personalities, business leaders, entrepreneurs, industrialists, TiE Hubli members, rotarians and academicians. Dr. S. G. Chiniwar gave the vote of thanks to conclude the event.

Industrialist Mr. Keith Machado, Joint Managing Director, Orione Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. being felicitated with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.