G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management & Research. PGDM Institute, Greater Noida conducted Webinar on "Managing Security of Borders and Best Practices in Tough Times" on Friday, August 14, 2020 for the students of PGDM Batch 2019-21 & 2020-22 under the patronage of Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, Vice Chairman, GL Bajaj Educational Institutions and in the insightful headship of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Director, GLBIMR.
The panel of the webinar was graced by the esteemed presence of renowned army officers like Major General Ravi Arora, CEO and Chief Editor, Indian Military Review-IMR Media, Major General Rajan Kochhar, VSM (Retd), Former Major General Army Ordnance Corps, Central Command, Brig. Jayant Tiwari, Shaurya Chakra (Retd), Value Coach (leadership & life), Brig. (Dr.) Sunil Kumar Moudgil (Retd), CEO Moudgil Learning & Development Solutions, Col. P.S. Bhatnagar, (Retd), Chairman-Sentinels of Society and Advisory Council War Against Thalassemia, Major Atul Dev (Retd), Media Specialist Expert in Aviation and Aviation Sports & Ms. Roli Barua, Light Classical Vocalist and Playback Singer.
The event started with the national anthem. Dr. Ajay Kumar, Director, GLBIMR welcomed all the dignitaries and wished them on the auspicious occasion of 74th Independence Day. He stated that India has always tried to keep peace, faith and good relations with its neighbouring countries. He also discussed about the various border challenges that India is facing such as infiltration, terrorism, land grabbing, smuggling, etc. He also shared that our armed forces are regularly monitoring the security of borders and working relentlessly to safeguard our country from potential threats. He paid tribute to the real heroes of our country i.e. armed forces because of whom we are able to live peacefully.
During the session, the expert speakers shared their viewpoints:
1. Major General Ravi Arora stated that India has a long border extending to about 7500 kilometres which permits numerous routes to the rest of the world. He also talked about the security issues at Line of Control (LOC) and discussed about its borders with Nepal, China and Pakistan. He also raised concern regarding the security of border in Ladakh after an intense standoff between Indian and Chinese troops. He stated that security forces of India are alert and capable enough to deal with any challenge.
2. Major General Rajan Kochhar shared a presentation which showed the disputed areas on the Indian map and also discussed about the different agencies like BSF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, etc. He also shared that a survey was conducted to determine the trust level among the public and the findings showed that 77% public trusts the armed forces, 55% public believes on Supreme Court and 48% believes on High Court. He also gave examples of F-16 & Mig 21 and discussed O.O.D.A. Loop i.e. Observe, Orient, Decide & Act. He also shared the inspiring story of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was held captive in Pakistan.
3. Brig. Jayant Tiwari shared the duties of army officers and discussed the leadership qualities that he developed in the cadets while providing training to them. He also shared that although the army faced various challenges due to Covid-19 but still doing their work continuously with same enthusiasm. He added that we should feel proud of our nation and should appreciate our brave soldiers for their efforts.
4. Brig. (Dr.) Sunil Kumar Moudgil discussed the importance of guarding the borders through physical and electronic surveillance. He also raised his concern and talked about the tensions with neighbouring countries borders where our security forces are dealing with issues of infiltration, illegal activities and smuggling.
5. Col. P.S. Bhatnagar discussed the importance of maintaining internal security. He shared that present media is more curious to see each and every activity of armed forces. He added that to maintain the national character, we need to develop corporate social responsibility. He also said that in the past army use to take all the possible actions but in today's time we need support from the youth of the country so that we can take actions accordingly.
6. Major Atul Dev stated that India China relationship is very old and both the countries were engaged in the export and import of goods in the past. He shared that earlier we were dependent on China for many things, but with the recent tension between the two countries it’s time to quit all ties with China. He stressed on becoming ‘Atmnirbhar’ and encouraged all to become self dependent and use the goods manufactured in our own country.
At the end of the session, Ms. Roli Barua sang Vande Mataram and gave a musical tribute to our brave soldiers.
Around 300 participants from across the globe participated in the event. It was an informative session which gave a detailed understanding of how the armed forces are managing security of borders and also highlighted the best practices in tough times. Finally the session concluded with Vote of Thanks