Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) hosted a one day symposium on National Consulting. The symposium focused on the changing roles of consultants over the years. The symposium was attended by various professionals in the field of consultancy, CIOs, CTOs, Business Heads and entrepreneurs along with students and faculty. The theme of the symposium was 'Changing role of consultants: From Service to a stakeholder.' Speaking on the occasion, KT Chako, Director, IIFT said, 'Consulting today is not only about advising and sharing insights, but about being a stakeholder in the overall interests.' He further added, 'Consultants cannot be third party advisers but equally accountable partners in knowledge sharing and future growth.'
The symposium focused on three main issues: Managing Innovation in Consultation, Risk Sharing between the company and consulting firm and Modern Consulting. The symposium was attended by MDs and directors of various companies such as HP, Honeywell, Ernst & Young, IBM, Tata etc. Guest of Honor, Arijit Ghosh, Country Head, Honeywell said, 'The most important thing in Consulting today is the alignment of client's interest with that of the consultant's to achieve optimal results.' Speaking about consulting in e- governance, Jaijit Bhattacharya, Director, HP said, 'Consulting is about asking the right questions first, having a clear vision and then implementing that vision.'