Amidst an ambience of solemnity and grandeur, 98 students of the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) were awarded their diplomas at 3rd Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Raipur on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Clad in their graduation robes, the 3rd batch of enthusiastic graduates were inspired by some of the most respected names of the country- Shri Sunil Munjal, Jt. Managing Director, HeroMotocorp Ltd., and Chairman Hero Corporate Service Ltd., who was the Chief Guest for the solemn occasion, Shri Hari S. Bharita, Chairman, BoG, IIM Raipur,who presided over the function, while Prof.B.S.Sahay, Director IIM Raipur presented Director’s report.
The Annual Convocation 2014 began with the ceremonial academic procession followed by the traditional lighting of lamp and with an invocation to the Goddess of Learning and Knowledge-Goddess Saraswati. Shri Hari S. Bhartia then announced the formal beginning of the Convocation.
In his welcome address, Shri Hari S. Bhartia, applauded the cooperation from the Central Government, the State Government, Ministry of HRD, students, faculty members, Board of Governors in setting a new standard in management education. He specially thanked the Union Minister for Human Resources Development for sustained encouragement and support. In keeping with the foundation principle of IIM Raipur he asked the students to step into the world with a commitment to use the knowledge they acquired at the institute and transform the society for betterment.
With anecdote like “Service before Self”, he encouraged the batch to move ahead with confidence and conquer life’s battles without giving up. Furthering this notion was one of the ideals of the Institute which believes in creating ethical leaders who are not only committed to business, commerce and industry but are also socially conscious towards their contribution in nation building and bring in name for the country globally. He advised the students to take an informed choice and to always remember that success is measured in terms of 'character' for which they were groomed at IIM Raipur.
Shri Sunil Munjal, delivering the Convocation Address most eloquently shared with the students that great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Sunil Munjal highlighted the need for the graduating class to be job creators and not just job seekers. The students felt every bit inspired to take with confidence their initial tread in the corporate world. Shri. Munjal congratulated the graduates and asked them to think big, dream big and to follow their dreams with utmost dedication and perseverance. He illustrated the importance of setting goals as the first step towards turning dreams into reality.
“There is a fantastic opportunity ahead of us. Millions of young people coming into the workforce need to be skilled. What you make of yourself will depend on you. Hyper-connectivity has increased the pace and double the amount of information is available on this earth every 5 years. Do something or get snowed under it – this requires a speed of reaction or action like never before. The focus has always been on “don’t” as we grew up. Best revenge is massive success- choose to do what you like. If you can make that choice, you are blessed. India is the world’s oldest and youngest nation. We need to address the needs of a large society who will live longer. Treat this as an opportunity. Try and find solutions to make the people’s life longer, healthier and more meaningful.” These were the wise words to encourage the passing batch of students.
In such an aura of inspiration and excitement, Shri. Sunil Munjal awarded medals for academic performance. Thunderous applause from the graduating batch and their beaming parents followed when The Board of Governor’s Chairman Gold Medal for Best Academic Performance in the graduating class was awarded to Rohit Garg, The Director’s Gold Medal for Second Best Academic Performance in the graduating class was awarded to A.Sindhuja and the Post-Graduation Programme Chairman Gold Medal for the Third Best Academic Performance in the graduating class was awarded to Arnab Kundu.
Keeping in line with the philosophy of the institute of nurturing and developing the best of managerial talent, Prof. B.S.Sahay highlighted the Institute’s continuous endeavour to promote excellence in academics, research, executive education, international linkages and maintaining strong industry interface, while presenting the Director’s report. A few main highlights from this academic year have been:
• In the 3rd batch of PGP 2012-14, 16 students are participating in the International Exchange Programme and 6 international students from various foreign universities joined IIM Raipur as a part of the International Exchange Programme.
• Doctoral Programmes for Executives at the Institute commenced in the current academic year.
• The Indian Institute of Raipur was a proud associate member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international body of accreditation.
• With eight already existing international collaborations, IIM Raipur had also collaborated nationally with AIIMS, IICA and National Law University, which stressed on seeking student and faculty exchange programme, collaborative research projects and organisation of joint academic and scientific activities has also been very recently signed.
• The international conferences and various open management development programmes based on contemporary issues were organised this year.IIM Raipur has taken up several consultancy assignments and senior level training programmes.
Prof. B.S.Sahay urged the students to dream big, think big and do big and lead the world with confidence through hard work, dedication and sincerity.