Simsr hosted panel discussion on ‘Technology as an enabler for bringing inclusion’

We live in an age of rapid transformation – one that has witnessed disruptive innovations, rising consumer expectations and reduced shelf life of technology. The large-scale initiatives of the government aimed at economic galvanization and inclusion such as Digital India, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, etc. have begun to leverage the emerging technologies to create efficiencies and increase reach across the population at lower costs.

The Centre for Diversity Management & Inclusion (CDMI) of K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (SIMSR) conducted a panel discussion on the theme ‘Technology as an enabler for bringing inclusion’, on 6th December 2019 and was supported by team Humanist – The HR students’ Committee of SIMSR. The 5th edition of CDMI saw two eminent industry experts, Mr. Alok Khumbhat, Head of Operations, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), and Mr. Prem Yadav, Co-founder, Pratham Infotech, sharing their ideas and insights on varied modus operandi to bring inclusion using technology as a catalyst in the process.

Mr. Khumbhat shared his insights on the technological inclusion of B2B industries and merchants through D&B’s in-house database tool. The tool also enables credit scoring of individuals and businesses to facilitate fact-based decision making, assisting in pacing the financial inclusion and providing financial support to deserving business houses. In the fast-paced business scenario today, this tool helps the recipients with data on their fingertips to ensure agile decision-making and capitalizing the market opportunities.

Mr. Yadav shared a completely different insight on his toil of ensuring education inclusion of the less developed areas in India. Mr. Yadav, through the Pratham Foundation, has reached over 8,00,000+ children across states in facilitating education inclusion of children in government schools. He and his team have also developed a gamified platform for children to be able to learn their curriculum in a more lucid way, available in various regional languages like Marathi, Gujarati, etc. The ASER Report gathered by Pratham Infotech also serves as a vital aid for governmental & non-governmental organizations in the education inclusion space.

Technology innovation in India, however, remains fragmented and inefficient. Support structures and productivity accelerators like IT and network infrastructure, funding, talent base and regulations have scope for cooperative expansion and evolution. Some of the main features of this transformation are the growing impact of information and communications technologies (ICT) on business, economy and society.

The session was an interactive discussion between the students & panelists. The young budding managers of future got key insights from the industry experts to use technology as an enabler for bringing inclusion in the society.