Past Events

Seminar on India’s Budget 2005

India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram will unveil the first full-fledged Budget (for 2005-06) of the United Progressive Alliance government on February 28 in the Indian parliament. The Budget is keenly awaited as it is expected to reflect new initiatives and programs for accelerating India’s economic reforms while emphasizing social equity.

India Club is pleased to invite you to an event on the Indian budget on 1st March . A distinguished panel of experts will be presenting their analysis of the Indian budget and its various implications. The details of the event are as follows:

  • Registration: 6pm

  • First Talk: 6:30pm- India Budget 2005: Macroeconomic implications
    (for India, Singapore and the region) - P.K. Basu

  • Second Talk: 7pm- Budget 2005: Implications for pension and
    provident fund reforms - Mukul Asher

  • Third Talk: 7:30pm- Budget 2005: Tax changes and implications for
    individuals/corporates - Mahip Gupta, Senior Manager, Tax Department,

The event will be chaired by Dr. Indrajit Banerjee. The details for the
venue are as follows:

Executive Club,
65 Chulia Street,
#33-01 OCBC Centre (West Wing),
Singapore 049513.

India Club Members are invited to attend the event free of charge; non-members who want to attend the talk are most welcome to do so at a charge of S$25 per person.

Presentation P. K. Basu

Presentation Prof. Mukul Asher

Presentation Mahip Gupta

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Planned Events

Talk by Hon’ble Mr Arjun Singh, the Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India. The topic of the talk is “India’s Tertiary Education Advantage” and will be held at the Tanglin Club on 28th March at 5 p.m.

Mar ‘05
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society ( SIFAS) is holding a Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance between the 24th of March and 3rd of April at the Esplanade and at SIFAS’s own auditorium. India Club members are entitled to a 30% discount on the usual ticket price. Details of the events are available at the SIFAS website

Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Manju Kapur, eminent Indian fiction writer. Manju Kapur is the author of two novels, “Difficult Daughters” and “A Married Woman”. Manju will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.

Sep ‘05
Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Amitav Ghosh, eminent Indian fiction writer. Amitav Ghosh is the author of numerous novels including, “ The Glass Palace” ,“ Shadowlines”, “Calcutta Chromosome” and others. Amitav will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.

India IT Forum – Global Entrepolis
Expecting participation from leading IT companies and NASSCOM

Meet the Author Series – Book reading by Upamanyu Chatterjee, eminent Indian fiction writer . Upamanyu Chatterjee is the author of novels such as “English, August : An Indian Story” , “Mammaries of the Welfare State” and “ The Last Burden”. Upamanyu will read an extract from one of her books and will be available to interact with members. The venue of this event will be announced two weeks before it is to be held.


Past Events

Mar 11th ‘05
Talk by Dr. Rakesh Mohan - Finance Secretary Government of India on the background to the Indian Budget.
Dr Mohan gave an overview of the results of the economic reforms process that was started by the Government of India in 1991. He explained the rationale for the main policy measures announced by the Government recently to take that process forward. The event was attended by representatives of the press.

Mar 1st ‘05
Indian Union Budget Analysis – Presentation by India Club and PriceWaterhouseCoopers

India Club was the first to hold a budget analysis event. Similar events were held immediately after the previous two budget announcements by Government of India.

26 Feb ‘05
India Club Annual General Meeting
President of the India Club, Prof. Mukul Asher addressed the body of members who attended. Reports covering the first full year of the Club’s existence were presented by the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Events Committee. This was followed by dinner.

2 Feb ‘05
Sunrise Industries Speaker Series 2 – “Biotech Industry in India”. Talk by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & MD of Biocon at The Tanglin Club

1Feb ‘05
Sunrise Industries Speaker Series 1 – “IT Industry in India”. Talk by Ashok Soota, Chairman & MD of Mindtree Consulting at The Tanglin Club
The Sunrise Series 1 & 2
The speakers presented an overview of their respective industry, both of which are the export-oriented and knowledge-based and for which India is receiving global acclaim. The talks covered the challenges facing the industry and the direction in which it needed to be steered to expand their presence in the global space they occupy.

Talk by HE Alok Prasad, High Commissioner of India on the India-US Strategic Dialogue, 1998-2000 and on Strobe Talbott’s book on the subject

Presentation on ‘’ Promoting India’s Foreign Trade ‘’ by Professor Jayanto Roy, organised in co-operation with Confederation of India Industry (CII) at the Singapore Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( SCCCI)

Visit by India Club contingent to the “India vs. Singapore “ football match at Jalan Besar stadium

Oct ‘04
Seminar on India’s New Trade Policy presented in co-operation with International Trade Institute of Singapore (ITIS) and CII, at Carlton Hotel

India IT Forum at the Global Entrepolis at Suntec Convention Centre
The event was inaugurated by the Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Alok Prasad and featured a presentation on the Indian IT industry and how it compares with its global peers. A panel discussion followed with panelists representing Tata Consultancy Services, Robust Economic Analysis, Satyam Computers and I-Flex.

Gala Cocktail Reception and Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art at Tanglin Club
The purpose of this event was to provide, for the first time, a social setting to all India Club members in which meet each other. As a backdrop for the event was an exhibition of contemporary Indian art displaying paintings by such well known artists as Paritosh Sen, Dhiraj Choudhury, Solanki etcetra. The event also displayed the works of a Singapore-based Indian artist whose own ouevre is a fusion of Indian and Japanese art styles.

Book reading by Shobha De, celebrated journalist and novelist, in co-operation with Indian Women’s Association (IWA) at Shangri-la Hotel

The event featured a book reading by Shobha De followed by book signings and an interactive session between the writer and the audience. Ms De outlined the interplay between the changing shape of Indian sensibilities and popular film journalism.

Discussion on “India Uninc: The Next Phase of Reforms” chaired by Dr. Anantha Nageswaran at Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI).

With the original “economic reforms dream-team” from more than a decade ago at the helm of the Government, this event evaluated the shape of reforms that could be expected from a coalition government.

India’s Budget 2004/05. Joint event with SBF and CII, with presentations by Prof. Mukul Asher – NUS and Thomas Thomas – Condurre Consultants

Seminar on Implications of Manmohan Singh’s government for India and ASEAN, presented jointly with Institute of South-east Asian Studies ( ISEAS), at Shangri-la Hotel

This analysis was undertaken within weeks of the general elections in India that resulted in a change in the Government of India. The event focused on the economic and political consequences of the change in Government, with a special focus on impact on inter-business links between India and the countries of South-east Asia.

May ’04
Presentation by Vijay Kelkar, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, on India’s Coming Economic Boom at Shangri-la Hotel

March ‘04
Talk by Arun Shourie, Minister for Disinvestment, Government of India on “ Achievements in Privatisation” at Shangri-la Hotel

Having recently concluded the privatization of ONGC Limited, India’s largest state-owned company in the oil and gas sector, Mr Shourie shared with the audience the progress made on the privatization of public sector enterprises by the Government of India and the shape of its plans for future initiatives in that area.

February ’04
Analysis of the Interim Budget by Mukul Asher, Professor - NUS, PK Basu - REAL Economics, Abhijit Ghosh & Amitava Guharoy - Price WaterhouseCoopers at Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The analysis presented at this event focused on the impact it would have on the Indian economy, the opportunities it created for Singapore based businesses, in particular and for global businesses, in general, to engage with India. The impact of changes in taxation measures on individuals and businesses was also examined. The Budget Analysis event was a pioneering event of its kind in Singapore.

October ‘03
Meeting between N.K. Singh, Member, Planning Commission of India, and fund managers and venture capital firms at Ritz-Carlton Hotel


Virender Aggarwal wins the International Management Action Award

Virender Aggarwal receives IMAA awardMr. Virender Aggarwal, a founder-member of India Club Singapore, became the first Indian national to receive the prestigious International Management Action Award ("IMAA") from Singapore. He shared this rare honour with three other business leaders who were presented the award by Mr. Cedric Foo, Singapore’s Minister of State for Defence and National Development.

Mr. Virender Aggarwal, is the Director & Senior Vice President, Head of the Asia-Pacific operations of Satyam Computer. “Virender is a model of the new manager with the bold, risk-taking bent of an entrepreneur. His success clearly demonstrates his outstanding management capabilities, especially his skills in managing diversity,” the IMAA said in its citation. The Award, jointly administered by the Chartered Management Institute of Singapore ("CMI Singapore") and SPRING, Singapore is given every year to senior executives “who have demonstrated exceptional ability in taking management action to achieve sustainable, tangible results for an organization, society or the nation.” The IMAA has been awarded to 15 men and five women since it was launched in 2000.

The nominees were assessed based on the following criteria: Achievements in Management Action; Personal attributes for sustainable Management Action; Vision and value system for continual Management Action; and other contributions to society and/ or industry.

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