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Indian Mediation Week'18 organises Business Mediation Summits in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi

The 2nd edition of the Indian Mediation Week (IMW) witnessed the conduct of business mediation summits between the 10th of December and the 15th of December, 2018 across four cities- Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. The program was organized by ODRways in collaboration with National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata (NUJS).

The Indian Mediation Week is a pan India mediation awareness campaign with an aim to sensitize the general public about the benefits of mediation and the advantages of taking the path for mediation over going to court. In the last 1 year, the campaign is credited to have spread to 102 cities across India with more than 2000+ volunteers across the country with the conduct of more than 2000 mediation awareness drives have been conducted sensitizing more than 5 lakh people about the process of mediation. The Business mediation summits hosted as a part of IMW hosted renowned arbitrators and mediators, officers serving in the civil services, legal practitioners, entrepreneurs and college students (pursuing law or a commerce based graduate course). It hosted panel discussions on the agendas ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and the ‘Ease of Resolving Disputes’.

The highlight of the event was seen to be the ‘Start Smart Awards’ awarded to three winners in each of the four zones (North, South, East and West). This was held in collaboration with the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India. The winners of the award are eligible for funding from Venture Catalysts, Technopreneurs and Nexus Incubators.

The Business Mediation Summit conducted in Kolkata on the 10th of December, 2018 and was hosted by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Umesh Choudhary, the MD and CEO of Titagarh Wagons Limited who is also the recipient of the Chevalier De l’orde National du Merite from the French government. The speakers of the conference included Mr. Abhishek Rungta, is the CEO of Indus Net Technologies, Meghdut Roy Choudhary,Director of Global Operations at the Techno India Group, as well as the founder of Technopreneurs’ Surrogate Ventures,Mr. Ravi Ranjan, Founder of “Starting up with Ravi Ranjan”,Mrs. Durga Khaitan is a Judge at the City Civil Court, Kolkata,Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority and a former partner at Khaitan and Co., Prof. Dilip Shah, Dean of Student Affairs at The Bhawanipur Education Society College,Mr. Anil Kariwala is the founder and CEO of Kariwala Industries Ltd,Nandini Khaitan,an Associate Partner of Khaitan and Co among others.

The Business Mediation Summit conducted in Chennai on the 12th of December, 2018 and was hosted by the Madras Management Association, was sponsored by J Sagar Associates and Anant Meratia and Associates and received organizational support from the FCDR. The chief guest for the event was Mr. TN Manoharan, a recipient of the Padma Shri award and the chairman of the Canara Bank and the Guest of Honour for the event was Mr. CK Kumaravelu, the founder CEO of Naturals Beauty Salon. The summit witnessed speakers including Mr. Hrishikesh Datar, Founder and CEO of, Mr. Vinod Kumar, Partner, JSA, Mr. Vijayakrishnan, Ms. Pushya Ramanathan, Ms. Uma Ramanathan and Ms. Chitra Narayan, Trustees of FCDR, Mr. N Kannan among others.

The Business Mediation Summit held in Mumbai was conducted in the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Justice K.R Shriram and the Guest of Honour for the event was Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, President, Venture Catalysts. The speakers for the summit included Namita Shah(Co-founder of Presolv 360), Vinod Keni(Partner at Artha Venture Fund), Shashi Tanna(M.D. at Links Cargo), Tanu Mehta(Co-founder of Association of Mediation Practitioners), Bhaven Shah(Co-founder of Presolv 360),Parimal Shah (Advocate) among others.

The Business Mediation Summit held in Delhi was conducted in the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chief guest for the event was Justice ML Mehta and the Guest of Honour for the event was Dr. Unnat Pandit, Head of Operations, Atal Innovation Mission. The speakers for the event were Eric Azulau, Director, Nexus, Gagan Ghai, Business Mentor, Venture Catalysts, Kanishk, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Sanjeev Ahuja, Director, Ensemble Resolution Professionals, Ravi Singhania, Managing Partner, Singhania and Partners and Kritika Krishnamurthy, Professional Mediator and Partner, AK and Associates.

The summits also witnessed the recognition of award winning proposals that furthered the idea of ‘access to justice’.

We appreciate and take great pride in the efforts taken by our students to effect social change that is much needed in the current legal scenario.


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