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The ICMI Conference is organized by the College of Management & Economics Studies (CMES), UPES to provide an interdisciplinary forum to policy planners, regulators, professionals, academicians, …

The ICMI Conference is organized by the College of Management & Economics Studies (CMES), UPES to provide an interdisciplinary forum to policy planners, regulators, professionals, academicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants and administrators for debate, discussion and dissemination of information, results, innovations and improvisations in the broad area of infrastructure management.

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  • 1. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE (ICMI) FEBRUARY 14-15, 2014. COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS STUDIES (CMES) UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY STUDIES (UPES), DEHRADUN A well-developed infrastructure adds impetus to nation‟s economic growth and international competitiveness. Importance of high order is accorded to infrastructure sector as it lays the foundation for growth and economic development. In order to augment growth and curb poverty, it is necessary to improve the supply, quality and affordability of infrastructure services. Investment in infrastructure sectors namely energy, transport, telecommunication, IT, and social infrastructure remains one of the main prospects to increase income, employment, productivity, and consequently, the competitiveness of the economy. Thus, Infrastructure sector will continue a crucial role in determining the quality of life of individuals and society as a whole. Although number of research efforts appear in different platforms covering multiple facets related to energy and infrastructure domains, but we do believe that there is no dedicated platform for it. UPES is attempting to fill this lacuna by introducing the platform of International Conference on Management of Infrastructure (ICMI) in 2013, by its College of Management & Economic Studies (CMES) too. After a notable success and well received International Conference on Management of Infrastructure (ICMI)held last year, this year too ICMI set out on 14 – 15 February 2014 at UPES Dehradun to provide an ideal forum to cement its professional credential and make meaningful contribution to the society. ICMI 2014 aimed at exploring these challenges and many more - while generating worthwhile discussions around the possible ways to address these themes. ICMI 2014provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussions, debates and dissemination of information about the newer ways of managing, mitigating and regulating the emerging challenges in ever-changing infrastructure sector. The conference‟s aim was also to bring together on a common platform thought leaders from academics and corporate - to deliberate issues confronted by the infrastructure sector.
  • 2. The conference revolved around the theme:  Energy: Renewable, Non renewable  Infrastructure: Green Building, IT & Telecommunications, Water, Environment & Land, Housing and Townships, and Commercial & Industrial Infrastructure.  Transportation: Aviation, Railways & Roadways, and Ports & Shipping The Convener Dr. K.K. Pandey along with the Co-Conveners Dr. Tarun Dhingra, Dr. Neeraj Anand & Dr. Avanish K. Tiwari conveyed that a total of 181 papers were presented by various scholars, experts and studentsfrom across the globe. Most of these research articles were directly aligned with the theme of conference i.e. Energy, Infrastructure & Transportation (EIT). A panel of experts evaluated main research papers on the domain areas of Energy, Infrastructure & Transportation (EIT). Dr. Anirban Sengupta, Dean, College of Economic and Management Studies (CMES), University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), delivered the welcome address of ICMI2014. In his address, he shared with all that it has been ten years since CMES UPES started its journey in delivering energy and domain-specific management education. Till today, it has successfully launched nine domain-specific MBA programs, four domain-specific BBA programs and is painstakingly working towards building up its PhD program as one of the most respected domain-specific doctoral programs in the area of infrastructure and core sector. “UPES as a university has now moved beyond energy and has repositioned itself as the Nation-Builder‟s University”, added Dr. Sengupta. He also said, “In line with the same, CMES UPES will now aspire to evolve as a leading B School in the domain of Energy, Infrastructure and Transport sector.” Having consolidated its under-graduate, graduate and PhD programs- CMES UPES has now launched itself into the next stage of institution building that is, evolving as a thought leader in its area of expertise and has already created platforms for the various stakeholders. Dr. Sengupta highlighted the vision that ICMI as a concept and was convinced that it would definitely emerge as the most sought after business school- driven annual conference in the infrastructure and core sector space. With 181 papers being presented over the two days, ICMI 2014 has established itself to be a platform for academicians, practitioners, policy-makers and regulators to showcase cutting-edge
  • 3. research as well as exchange new thoughts and ideas for the development and management of infrastructure. Pro Vice-Chancellor,Prof. Utpal Ghosh, in his opening articulated note urged that the delegates and researchers to deliberate upon the differences in infrastructural efficacy that exists between the developed and developing countries. He encouraged the organizers to develop a set of recommendations on the basis of the findings, views and researches being discussed in the two day conference, furthermore, he spoke about the “Opportunities and challenges in Energy Management‟, then by focusing on the area of energy management, and the gap prevalent in supply of oil and gas. He also shared his view on energy management via emission management and nuclear power in India were also shared. Vice- Chancellor, Dr. Parag Diwan, while enlighting the audience on the chronology of the development of the University quoted that “UPES has always been ahead of the curve with its core sector education initiative”. Dr. Diwan focused on „Opportunities and Challenges in Energy, Infrastructure and Transport sectors‟, where he laid emphasis on several opportunities that have been witnessed in EIT such as, auctioning of 1st shale block which led to huge investment in refinery. In his note, he also mentioned that Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), and the need to enhance power sector and renewable energy sector in India. He further Deliberated on great opportunities of investment in transport sector like controlling air traffic, proper regulation of roadways and railways, also so on. He also said on the challenges faced resulting from policy paralysis an account of scams, lags in policies, land acquisition, etc. Mr. Neel Broker, CEO-Laureate International University, talked about „Investment Opportunities in Soft Infrastructure Sector‟, which include education, healthcare, tourism, hospitality, etc., he highlighted as tohow capital intensive these sectors are. He focused on the size of soft infrastructure and today‟s scenario in education. During his presentation he expresses his viewsthe relationshipbetween infrastructure and education. He stated that around 70% of higher education in India is offered by private universities and correlated it with the value offered. Mr. Broker also spoke about the contribution of real estate sector for the betterment of education sector. He elaborated that India hasthe second largest population of students who take part in online education.
  • 4. Future strategies of education model were put across while showcasing that being an internet prone world what would be the future aspects of education models in India. Mr. R.S. Tolia, Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand, expressed his views in reference with the conference and spoke about the Indian conditions in context of Energy, Transport and Infrastructure and addressed the evolving changes in these sectors. He also fluently opined on some of the significant facts of Infrastructural development. Mr. Vilas K. Bhujang, ED-HR Airport Authority of India, spoke on „Indian Aviation Industry‟. He dwelt at length on the Indian Aviation Industry and its market. He also mentioned that Indian Aviation market being 9th world‟s largest still needs to perform better. The figures shared by him focusedon the potential growth of Aviation industry in India. He introduced points about the air traffic of India, as to how it had increased in past few years including cargo movement and aircrafts movement. His talk also focused on airport infrastructure, and he made very appropriate comments on metro airports. Mr.Bhujangconveyed his forth right news on the major products that are in progress such as Chennai Airport, Kolkata Airport etc. and told about some joint ventures like Nagpur brown airfield, and Cochin International Airport ltd. A brief introduction was also made on air navigation and on Greenfield airports. Addressing the delegates, H‟bleChancellor of UPES, Dr. S.J. Chopra,laid emphasis upon the need for equitable contractual framework in the infrastructure sector and thanked the experts and delegates for their intellectual knowledge sharing in his closing note. Mr. Rajeev Puri, CAO &SrDy Director (IT), Indian Port Association, spoke on „Opportunities and Challenges of Port Infrastructure in India‟. He started his address with an explanation on the number of Ports in India and the amount of traffic they handle. He explained that there are six ports in east and six Ports in West Coast and they handle about 58% of total seaborne traffic. Theover all growth also drew his attention, under the light. Challenges met by ports were mentioned highlighting as to how they face the challenges of modernization and changing technology. Mr. Puri clarified nuances of policies that are used in port infrastructure, such as, Land policy, policy on PPP, Berthing policy and, threw light on private participation and investment growth in port
  • 5. infrastructure development. He discussed the recent initiatives that have been analyzed to develop this sector. During post-lunch technical session Dr. Reshmy Nair, from Administrative Staff College of India delivered her talk on „Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement in India – Current Status and Way Ahead‟,where she discussed the macroeconomic and contemporary issues regarding land acquisition. Mr. Udit Gaurav, expert on green building, focused on ‘Going Green – Constraints and Opportunities for Real Estate Developers’, and shared immense knowledge on green buildings. He talked about Green Tree - a firm which is connected to infrastructure developers and energy policy makers. He elaborated on some significant issues related to sustainable site development, water conservation, improved indoor environmental quality, material conservation and waste minimization. Henews on means and methods as to how water can be conserved at domestic & commercial level were very well record. Some points were also highlighted in context to energy saving in buildings and how daylight can be utilized to its full potential with certain measures like use of low energy walling material and segregating waste in different bins, and recycling the waste. He introduced certain points for new measures in architectural system. The presentation gave certain data on ECBC i.e. setting energy efficiency standards for construction of commercial buildings. On the second day, the panel discussions that followed focused upon ‘Barriers and Opportunities in Energy Management: India 2030’. Certain discussions pertaining to the said area were made by Mr. B.S.Negi, Former member PNGRB, Mr. SushantChatterjee, CERC, Mr. Akhil Mehrotra, British Gas andMr. NarendraKumar, MD-IGL. Post lunch on the second day, Dr. Ugur Guven, Professor of Nuclear Energy at UPES, expressed his views on „Nuclear Projects: Issues and Challenges‟. He illustrated the importance of energy and the suitability of nuclear energy to face challenges posed by climate change. Prof. Dr. Lars D. Wellejusfrom University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt,Germany, shared his views on „Challenges in Front of Project Financing Related to EIT Domain‟.
  • 6. In the closing session, the convener of the conference, Dr K K Pandey shared his experience about the two day conference, ICMI 2014. While thanking everyone involved, he announced third Friday and Saturday of the year 2015 as the tentative days for the 3rd ICMI conference. Mr. Dinesh Kumar, ED – Training, Indian Aviation Academy, AAI, Chief Guest delivered the closing address then was followed by a Prize Distribution Ceremony. Thereafter, Dr S P S Narang, Associate Dean, CMES, delivered the vote of thanks. The conference was powered by LANCO, Center for Alternative Energy Research, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,Skillcube, Center for Aviation Studies, Center for Management Development, Navraj Education Trust. Our knowledge partner was Springer, Air Products, USA. Our Media Partner was Logistics Times. Best Papers duly awarded for the different tracks are given below: Research Scholar/Corporates/Academicians Tracks Number of Best Best paper Authors Name papers a) Mr. Ayush Gupta Energy 2 Infrastructure 2 Transportation 2 Allied 1 b) Mr. NarendraNath Dales a) Dr. Liju Joshua b) Mr. Anand Chakarvarthi. a) Mr. D.P. Singh, Dr. A.K. Nigam, Mr. Manish b) Mr. Ashish Bisht. a) Prof. PatirajKumari, ShivaniThapliyal Students Tracks Number of best papers Best papers Authors Name a) Vivek Goyal, Lakshmi Narayan, Anjali Energy 2 Gupta b) P.JacobChako, Ben Paulson, Suhas Infrastructure 1 a) Dhaval Shah, Raman Shahi, Vikas Gupta
  • 7. a) Utkarsh Yadav, Rajeev Kumar, Mustakeen Transportation 2 Khan b) HanikshaKabra, Vikas Kanwar, Dr.Ajit Nigam Allied 1 a) Aparna Narayan, GunjanChabra. The proceedings of the conference were provided to each and every participant in a CD. A copy for reference has been posted on the conference website. The Conveners also thanked the organizing committee for their support. The students team received appreciation from one and all for ensuring that the conference was taken to a very high of organizing, and thrice fulfilling its objectives in totality.