Mangaluru, Nov 27, 2019: MSNM Besant Institute of Post Graduate Studies hosted the latest edition of the Manel Srinivas Nayak Memorial Dialogue Series on Professional Managers with Mr. George Albuquerque Pai as the guest speaker. MSNM Dialogue series is a signature programme whereby Mr. V. Leeladhar, Former Dy. Governor, RBI, currently Mentor and Governing Council member of MSNM Besant Institute, holds a dialogue with business professionals.
The programme was held in Nethravathi Auditorium at MSNM Institute campus at Bondel in the city at 3:00 P. M. on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Mr. George Albuquerque is the fourth generation entrepreneur for this traditional family owned business A. Albuquerque and Sons, Mangalore. He is presently the managing director of this firm which is a reputed manufacturer of clay roofing tiles. It was established by his forefather Alex Albuquerque Pai in 1868 under ‘Sun’ brand name. It is the first tile factory in the region to be started by an Indian. Today, it is also the oldest surviving tile factory in Mangalore. Their tiles are used in India as well as abroad.
Speaking about his experiences of having worked closely in the tile industry for the last 48 years, Mr. Albuquerque highlighted the nuances that went in to the running of the firm’s business after the death of his father, Cyril Albuquerque. Highlighting his journey of success and challenges in the family business, he spoke of how tile industry was adversely affected due to the modern construction practices shifting from tiles to concrete and sheet roofing. Encouraging the students to become entrepreneurs, he stressed on the need for integrity and a “Never Say Die” attitude. “Always be ethical and honest in your dealings,” he advised the students and budding entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Cecilia Albuquerque, members of the Governing Council of MSNM Besant Institute and Women’s National Education Society were present on this occasion. As part of the programme, the dignitaries planted a mango sapling in the campus. Later, they lit the lamp at the portrait of the institute’s founder President, late Manel Srinivas Nayak, after whom this institute and the dialogue series is named.
Prof. Nanditha welcomed the gathering. Dr. Molly S. Chaudhuri, Director, MSNM Besant Institute delivered the vote of thanks. Prof. Reema Agnes Frank was the event coordinator.