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Friday, Dec 17, 2004
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MMA students' convention from tomorrow
Chennai , Dec. 16
THE Madras Management Association (MMA) will conduct its third management students' convention on December 18 and 19 here, with this year's theme being `Building World-class Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).'
Over 500 management and engineering students as also corporates are expected to participate in the convention, which will see events such as paper presentation, business plan competition and a business quiz.
In the paper presentation event, teams will be required to make a presentation based on actual research on a specific SME.
The sub-themes are best practices in HR, finance and systems, operations, and marketing.
The Indus Entrepreneurs will sponsor the business plan competition, where the competing teams will be required to submit one or two-page write-up about a commercially viable and creative idea relating to the theme of the convention.
Written and oral presentations will be evaluated by venture capitalists, and the best business idea has a chance to get venture capital funding.
The business quiz, which will be conducted by Mr Suresh Kumar of Mindspark Consulting, will first have a written preliminary, followed by the finals that will feature a combination of buzzer, visual, audio rounds, as well as general quizzing rounds.
According to MMA's Executive Director, Major S. Lakshmanan, the event is conceptualised as being one "for the students and by the students."
This year, participation in various events is being thrown open to engineering students too, he said.
The event, which will be held at Chettinad Vidyashram here, will feature speakers from the industry.
The inaugural session, for instance, will see participation from Mr P.K. Mohapatra, President of MMA, as also President & CEO, RPG Enterprises, Mr R. Ramaraj of Sify, and Mr S. Ramachander, former Director of IFMR.
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