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Date Name Organisation Designation Topic
21st Jan Prof K Purushottham Reddy

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Environmentalist,Academician, Activist Environmentalism Today
28th Jan Marri Shashidhar Reddy National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) Vice Chairman Disaster Management in India
4th Feb Ms P V Aruna Kumari Kochhar & Co Partner Professional Ethics & Code of Conduct
10th Feb & 11th Feb Ramya Pastakia and Rithika Gupta Troika Partners Soft Skills introduction
18th Feb Justice A Gopal Reddy - Retd Judge Pre and Post trial Rights of the Aaccused in Criminal offences
15th July Anuj Puri Anuj Puri Law Offices Founder Role played by Law in construction of meaning and its impact on Individual Rights
28th July V Sreedhara Reddy Deccan Global Law Firm Founder   Legal & Regulatory Framework for Telecom Sector in India
5th August Sanjay Pulipaka East Asia Research Programme, Indian Council for Research on International Economic relations (ICRIER) Coordinator India’s Act East Policy
12th August Lokesh Rajpal Flipkart Senior Director-Legal Overview of Internet Shopping and its legal implications in India
17th August Pramod Rao Citibank General Counsel Overview of Regulatory Framework in the Indian Financial Services Sector
26th August Anjana Bhaskaran Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) Senior Legal Counsel Technology Contracts for IT Products and Services


Date: 21st Jan
Name: Prof K Purushottham Reddy
Organization: Mr. Rajesh Mukhija, Vice President - General Counsel & Company Secretary, JCB India Ltd.
Designation:Environmentalist, Academician, Activist Topic: Environmentalism Today

Eminent Social Activist & winner of Justice Kuldeep Singh Award for his outstanding contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development cause.

Prof. K. Purushotham Reddy is an eminent environmentalist, academician and development activist of India was born in a farmer’s family. A multifaceted personality with many successes, widely known as  man of the masses and an environmentalist,  Professor’s long public life and activism spans across the environmental and developmental areas such as Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Policies, and Public Policies on Sustainable Development, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Urban Studies, Restoration of damaged Eco-systems etc. 

He held various academic positions in Osmania University as Professor, Head of the department, and Chairman Board of Studies in Political Science Department. He was the Director for Centre for Environmental Studies of the University. He remains a source of inspiration for fellow academicians and students. He calls the society as is his lab and most part of his life was dedicated for the cause of society and environment. 

Prof Reddy has emerged as one of the eminent environmentalists whose name has become synonymous with environmentalism in the states of Telanagana and Andhra Pradesh. He works with the aim of making Environmental Studies and integrated, interdisciplinary stream, which helps in making the Earth Clean and Green. He swung in to action after Bhopal Gas disaster in 1984. Since then he carried out many land mark environmental struggles, namely against the establishment of a Nuclear Power Plant at Nagarjuna Sagar Damin 1987-88, a struggle against two export oriented mechanized slaughter houses in Medak Districtin 1990, numerous campaigns against industrial pollution, striving to make environmental rights like Right to Clean Air, Right to Clean Water and Right to Livelihood a meaningful proposition based on Gandhian principles. Prof Reddy is currently working on Public Policies, which would lead to popularizing sustainable development in India, and on alternative development models on the lines of World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)


Date: 28th Jan
Name: Marri Shashidhar Reddy
Organization: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Designation:Vice Chairman
Topic: Disaster Management in India

67-year old Shri M. Shashidhar Reddy has a Master’s Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University, USA (1973). Earlier during his undergraduate study (BSc Ag) from Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, he was an Indian Council of Agricultural Research - ICAR Merit Scholar.

Shri Shashidhar Reddy, was Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Govt of India (with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as the Chairman) from 2010 to 2014 with the status of a Union Cabinet Minister. As Vice Chairman of NDMA, he took the organisation to new heights in terms of preparedness and mitigation. He led the coordinated efforts for rescue and relief during the Uttarakhand disaster and received the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year (IOY) Award on behalf of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indo-Tibetian Border Force (ITBP) in 2013. His efforts for enhanced preparedness resulted in restricting the loss of life during Cyclone Phailin in October 2013 to 23, when international agencies had predicted loss of live in thousands, owing to the severeness of the storm.

Earlier he was a founder Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) from 2005 to 2010, with the status of a Union Minister of State, responsible for the subjects like Cyclone, Urban Flooding, Risk Transfer, Micro-Finance etc. It was un- der his leadership that the National Guidelines on Urban Flooding Disaster Manage- ment was prepared, which was the first ever document in India, covering all aspects of Urban Flooding.

Enhanced preparedness efforts were initiated in the Nuclear Power Plants in six states after the Fukushima Disaster in Japan (March 11, 2011) and for Earthquake Pre- paredness by organising Multi-state EQ Mock Drills between 2011 and 2014. He is a blend of a seasoned politician and an activist. He was a Member for the State Legislature for 4 terms. He was a Minister for Environment, Science & Technology in the state of Andhra Pradesh way back in 1993. He was a Member of the official Indian delegation to the 2nd UN Commission on Sustainable Development (1994).

As Secretary of the Dr. M. Channa Reddy Memorial Trust he has been seriously working on water issues and sustainable development for the past 18 years and now.


Date: 4th Feb
Name: P V Aruna Kumari
Organization: Kochhar & Co Designation: Partner.
Topic: Professional Ethics & Code of Conduct>

Ms Aruna Kumari is Partner of Hyderabad office. She practices in the area of Real Estate laws, Litigation, Corporate and commercial laws, Intellectual Property and Human Resource laws. She has extensive experience of about 17 years in Legal profession with specific focus on Transaction lawyering in Real Estate laws, civil and criminal litigation, Corporate and commercid laws, Intellectual Property and Human Resource laws.

She excels in Corporate Real Estate practice. She has advised and assisted many MNCs and IT giants and Banking Companies and has been extensively involved in offering Corporate Real Estate and Legal consultancy on various transactions such as acquisitions, Leases, Joint Development ventures, routing of foreign investments into India in the Real Estate Sector. She has also provided strategic advice and assistance to the Corporate in establishing a place of business in India and also assisted clients with litigation services in various courts. Aruna has been bestowed with the privilege of being one among the women entrepreneurs selected by ISB (Indian School of Business) sponsored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP).