INLEAD conducted an Industry Expert Session for CAFM July 2012 & Jan 2013 and IHM Oct’12 Batch. The session was conducted by Brig. Ashok Jaitly- General Manager, Knight Frank (India) Training FMS and PMC. He had an interactive session with the students on “Recent trends in Facility Management Industry". Brig. Jaitly has over three decades of experience in the Indian Army in the operations and the facilities management and has been heading the training and development division of Knight Frank India since last 14 years.
The lecture started with an introduction on the growth of Facility Management. He explained how FM is growing & talked about the ratio of growth in FM sector in India & Europe. He explained “The definition of Facility Management, key triggers, challenges & opportunities in the field of Facility Management. The students were informed about on different streams in FM for young Professionals which includes Business Development, Engineering/ O&M/ Technical, Soft Services, Office Support Services and Finance & Asset Management. He also discussed with students the future prospects in the domain of technical FM and Soft Services.
According to Muneshwar Pal and Vaibhav Vashishta of CAFM January’13 and IHM Oct’12 Batch “We got a better & clear understanding of key responsibility areas of Facility Manager and how to tackle any difficult situation."
To conclude the session Brig. Jaitly mentions some of the key traits of an Ideal facility manager that includes Chanakya’s wisdom, a lawyer’s shrewdness, A gambler’s gamble and the most important availability for 48 hours a day.