Bengaluru, 09th August 2022: The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) organized their 45th Annual General Meeting on 5th August 2022. During the meeting, past president, Mr. K R Sekar handed over the baton to Dr. L Ravindran in his last presidential address. On the occasion of AGM, BCIC signed the MoU with Brigade Foundation on a ‘Skill development program’ in the presence of Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, and Shri Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, IT/BT, and Skill Development, Government of Karnataka.
The program will cover six major sectors that seek development such as – Real estate, Infrastructure, Tourism, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Retail. The agreement was signed between Brigade Group Chairman Mr. M R Jaishankar, Chairman & MD, Brigade Group, and BCIC outgoing president, Mr. K R Sekar to form Brigade-BCIC Skill Development Academy where BCIC will serve as a knowledge partner.
BCIC also organized the 2nd Women Leadership Conclave and Award Ceremony earlier the same day with an aim to felicitate the achievements and to recognize the contribution of women leaders as change-makers and trailblazers who offer innovation to a variety of disciplines. The Chief Guest for the event Smt. Vani Ganapathi, Renowned Bharatanatyam Exponent Founder, Sanchari Dance Academy, and Ms. Nirupa Shankar Executive Director Brigade Enterprises Ltd felicitated the winners at the ceremony.
In his last presidential address, Mr. K R Sekar expressed how successful the last year has been for the chamber and said, “BCIC has successfully worked with all other chambers and with the Government of Karnataka. BCIC has contributed to direct and indirect tax reforms. With the prediction of the $5 trillion economy, BCIC believes that the next decade will belong to India and BCIC will continue to contribute to the government and the economy in the future as well”.
Dr. Ashwath Narayan in his address to the gathering exclaimed, “Namma Karnataka – Gateway for future India is an excellent tagline that can be set as a benchmark for the state as we keep coming up with various reforms, particularly the land reforms. Industrialization is also important in expanding the economy and so is agriculture. Agri-tech is leading in the state of Karnataka with reforms and transformations to further support it. Tie-up with the New Zealand government has aided and further implemented the ease of doing business in our state across all sectors. Karnataka was also the first state to implement the National Education Policy in the country. We are ensuring the future of youngsters and aiming for jobs for all through talent gap analysis and bringing in qualitative changes.”
Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka congratulated BCIC on its 45th Annual General Meeting 2022 and said, “These types of associations are necessary to implement business policies, it is good for business and eventually good for the state. Now, India is emerging and Karnataka is at the forefront of innovation as declared by Niti Ayog and Bengaluru is emerging as an economic and financial capital of the country. Ranging from genomics to aerospace, out of 500 R&D centers and fortune companies, 400 are in Bengaluru. I am looking forward to BCIC continuing its contribution in terms of ideas and policies, new initiatives, and innovative social development strategies and the government is ready to walk with you in every step – shoulder to shoulder”.
Prominent dignitaries like Dr. K Kasturirangan Honorary Distinguished Advisor, ISRO, Dr. M R Jayaram, Chairman, Gokula Education Foundation (GEF), Dr. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, and Mr. C Rajagopalan, Past President, were felicitated at the event. Industry leaders like Mr. Amuleek Singh Bijral, Co-Founder and CEO, Chai Point, Mr. Rishad Premji Executive Chairman, Wipro Ltd, Mr. MR Jaishankar Chairman, and Managing Director, Brigade Group, Mr. Jayakeerthi Anand, Business Head, Smart Power Division, ABB India Limited addressed the gathering.
On the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2022, BCIC released the following publications: Report on human capital development in the state of Karnataka, Report on Healthcare delivery, CFO Handbook, BCIC Annual Report, and BCIC Members Directory. BCIC also launched an incubation center in February 2022 with the objective to promote entrepreneurship in the state and the center where start-ups from all over Karnataka can grow & nurture their business while creating and further accelerating the startup ecosystem in the country.
Photo caption : (Mr. Jayakeerthi Anand, Business Head, Smart Power Division, ABB India Limited, Dr. L. Ravindran, Senior Vice President, BCIC and MD & CEO, Wealthmax Group of Companies, Mr. KR Sekar President, BCIC and Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, IT/BT and Skill Development, Government of Karnataka, Dr. M R Jayaram, Chairman, Gokula Education Foundation (GEF), Mr. MR Jaishankar Chairman and Managing Director, Brigade Group, and Dr. S Devarajan, Vice President, BCIC and Senior Vice President, TVS Motor Co Ltd.)