Past Seminars

Swavalamban Series of Seminars
The Concept of Swavalamban
Swavlamban is a Sanskrit word describing Self-Reliance – the central theme of the Seminar, and a key objective to be achieved through synergy between the Public and Private Sectors in Defence Production.

What is Swavalamban?
Swavalamban is a totally indigenised Indian concept and can be traced into the Indian heritage. You will not find it in any other language other than Sanskrit. Swavalamban is not just “Atmanirbharta”, or Self- Reliance; it is the ultimate status and a state of mind of the King. The route to Swavalamban goes via self-reliance and capacity building.

Both of these are efforts; Swavalamban is the ultimate goal, the status. A state may be self reliant but not protected as mere self-reliance does not give you a guarantee of security. Honour, dignity, pride and protection give you a guarantee of security. Swavalamban is the ultimate goal of the nation if one has to be prosperous, secure and developed.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Courtesy: Dr Gopalji Malviya

Swavalamban I
In the prevailing era of strategic uncertainty, repeated tactical surprises faced by the country and the ever present threat of a short and intense conventional war, defence preparedness demands a judicious mix of threat and capabilities-based forces that can operate efficiently as combined arms/theatre specific joint conventional forces, joint Services rapid reaction teams and as components of multi-national coalition forces. The plans to meet such threats require capability building of the three Services through a well thought out technology and capability plan implementable within an acceptable time period. This would be possible only if there is an integrated approach by the Government, Defence Forces and the Indian Industry to bridge the gap between what is desired and what is achievable within the framework of requisite/contemporary technology, production capability and affordable defence expenditure. While there is always the tendency to look abroad for immediate acquisition of state of the art high tech weapon systems and platforms, we should not lose focus on the ultimate need for India to attain self reliance and strength, which will be respected by the world. Just as the adage goes – 'the best place to look for help is at the end of our own arm'. We strongly believe that by bringing all the stakeholders together and discussing these issues and matters we can bring the change. With such thought process, ISB took an initiative to facilitate a common platform where all the stakeholders i.e. policy makers, practitioners - personnel from Armed Forces, R&D and the Industry came together to discuss and debate these important issues and come up with innovative ideas to streamline India's march forward towards Self Reliance. Swavalamban I was the first seminar cohosted by Munjal Global manufacturing Institute at ISB along with College of Defence Management, Secunderabad  with a concept to enhance India's capabilities in Defense Sector.
Swavalamban II
Under the aegis of 'Indian School of Business' and 'College of Defence Management', a joint seminar 'Swavalamban II' on the theme 'Strengthening Manufacturing in India through Defence Offsets' was held at ISB on 09-10 December 2011 at Hyderabad

The global Defence industry is truly at an inflection point and we see it continuing to move rapidly east — toward China, India, and the Middle East. The College of Defence Management, a premier management training establishment of the defence services and Indian School of Business, a premier world class business school came together to analyze these opportunities that could be critical for the progress of the country. An effective utilization of defence offsets can enhance the level of Indian defence manufacturing and also provide tremendous opportunities to SMEs to develop their business in global supply chain management and related sectors; thus making India a global hub in manufacturing. These advancements will ultimately lead the country to the cherished state of Swavalamban which was also the name of this seminar.

The Indian Industry, especially in defence, homeland security and aviation, will benefit from an inflow of $ 30 billion as offsets through military procurements from abroad over the next decade. It is firmly believed by experts that this is the opportunity for the country to evolve and make manufacturing the hub of her economic growth. Public Private Partnerships in defence offsets can provide jobs, technology and skill development and very importantly, lead to creation of ancillary industries which develop around the major industries.
The seminar seeked answers to four fundamental questions that can be game changers for Indian manufacturing. These were:
·         What are the prevailing perspectives of stakeholders in the field of Defence Offsets?
·         What improvements can lead to an efficient implementation of offsets?
·         How can Entrepreneurial Initiatives be promoted in Defence Manufacturing?
·         What should be the framework for a futuristic National Policy on Offsets?
This seminar was a sequel to the highly acclaimed seminar 'Swavalamban I' on the theme 'Building Capability through Self Reliance in Defence Production', held in Jan 2011. The inaugural seminar had thrown up a host of issues, especially those related to establishment of a defence industrial base. The current seminar will address all such issues and logically take them forward.

Swavalamban II was aimed at Small and Medium businesses and entrepreneurs, who wish to take advantage of the huge opportunity in Defence Offsets. Traditionally, in other countries, such Defence offset policies have resulted in the emergence of many Small and Medium businesses which have gone on to become suppliers to Global OEMs. This seminar also presented a huge opportunity for executives from large companies to identify partners from among other large companies and smaller companies which they could partner with for contract manufacturing and services. The proceedings were also interesting for companies looking at financing ventures in the defence manufacturing domain to identify potential customers.