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Buddha’s wisdom for IIM

Calcutta, Nov. 10: A few months ago, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad had Lalu Prasad as a guest to explain to aspiring managers the great turnaround of Indian Railways.

Now, it’s the turn of IIM Calcutta to have a political personality on campus — the man behind Bengal’s budding turnaround, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Bhattacharjee has received an invitation to deliver the keynote address at Intaglio, the annual B-school meet on the Joka campus.

“We have received a letter from the institute today and the chief minister has agreed to address the students at IIM Calcutta,” said an official in the chief minister’s office.

“Though the chief minister hasn’t conveyed a formal confirmation, he plans to attend the event,” the official added.

He explained that the chief minister has been requested to speak on “Challenges and opportunities in economic development in Bengal”.

On an earlier occasion, the chief minister had not been able to go.

Intaglio, one of the most important events on IIM Calcutta’s roster, is scheduled between January 5 and 7. Students from premier B-schools — local and global — troop into Calcutta every winter for the competitive meet that tests marketing, finance, strategy and consulting skills of tomorrow’s managers.

Intaglio 2005-06 had participants from top-notch institutes like Harvard Business School, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Tuck School of Business.

as the chief minister’s office has yet to confirm the date for Bhattacharjee’s visit, IIM Calcutta authorities are tightlipped.

“An invitation has been sent. But we are yet to hear from his office,” said Shekhar Chaudhuri, director, IIM Calcutta.

If Bhattacharjee does go, it will be his first visit to IIM Calcutta, the institute he refers to with pride in almost all business meets.

“Political leaders have hardly featured on the invitee list in IIM Calcutta. But it seems things are changing,” said an institute veteran.

Turnaround of stand for the turnaround man.

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