Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, on Friday played host to an august gathering of intellectuals from across the country.
The occasion was the first part of a workshop-cum-lecture series to mark Madan Mohan Malaviya’s 150th birth anniversary year. The topic of Friday’s discussion, organised by ISM’s department of management studies, was promoting values in the society.
Senior Congress leader and chairman of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management Anil Shastri, director of Krishnamurti Foundation, Varanasi, Swami Chidanand, chief executive officer of Partners in Change Laura Donovan, Vinay Anand of University of Houston, Texas, and director (personnel) of Hindustan Copper Limited Anupam Anand were present as keynote speakers.
MP and chief editor of The Pioneer Chandan Mitra, who was the chief guest, dwelt on the role of media. “In the present situation when media houses have become profit-oriented organisations, it’s very difficult to retain and promote values. The advent of TV has caused a great deal of debasement of values in the media,” said Mitra, citing the example of the TV channel who had filmed the Guwahati molestation.
Shastri called upon the students to visit abroad to see the set-up there. “Corruption is all-pervasive across the world, but in developed countries it is at the policy-making level. In India, corruption exists at the implementation level,” he said.