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‘Research conferences should receive due place’

Dr. S. Gunapalan presenting Dr. M. S. Mathivannan with a memento. Picture by M. A. Phakurdeen, Addalaichenei Group Corr.
Dr. S. Gunapalan presenting Dr. M. S. Mathivannan with a memento. Picture by M. A. Phakurdeen, Addalaichenei Group Corr.

Addressing academics, deans of the faculties, and research paper presenters from India, Malaysia and Pakistan and young graduates in the relevant fields, Chairman of S. S. M. Group of Institutions, India, Dr. M. S. Mathivannan said research conferences of this nature always gives a boost to universities' academic activities and enhance the innovative ideas of young graduates. Therefore, universities should give pride of place for these programmes annually.

Dr. M. S. Mathivannan delivering his key-note address at the Sixth International Annual Research Conference on the theme Optimizing Enterprise through Research excellence: Technological Change and Innovation, organized by the Faculty of Management and Commerce of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka at the FIA Auditorium, said, "One should have knowledge, good behavior with attitude, and health to engage themselves in research. If one is lacking in one of these three sectors the research would not be perfect. I am happy to note that this university has been encouraging this field and motivating students to research. This is a commendable venture and should be continued." Management and Commerce Faculty Dean and AIRC Chairman Dr. S Gunapalan who chaired the conference, delivered the welcome address.

Continuing further, Cavalier Dr. M. S. Mathivannan said in the recent past, the scenario of the world's enterprises are the in the mould of liberalization, globalization, and privatization, and it is a must for them to change towards the technology and lead to the new innovation. Continued research should be made by the enterprises to sustain themselves in the competitive world. Innovations are an imperative need to the day, and the sustainability of the enterprises mainly rely on how well strategies in the innovation help keep them ahead in all spheres. He also added, "Nowadays, enterprises concentrate on research and development rather than trading in the same platters. In this context, the conference theme is relevant, and I hope the deliberations will be useful for the faculty and students, ultimately benefitting society at large."

Expert discussions on entrepreneurship for better organizational performance was also held where Keleniya University Marketing Department Head Dr. Ajith Merndis, Hairu Group of Companies Chairman Eng. Z. M. Hairu, Cavalier Dr. M. S. Mathivannan, and the moderator of the programme Dr. M. I. M. Hilalf of the Management and Commerce Faculty participated. Ninety six research papers were selected for presentation.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, key-note speaker Dr. M. S. Mathivannan was presented with a memento as a mark of remembrance by Dr. S. Gunapalan.

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