Indian Institute of Management Raipur- one of the top business schools of the Nation inaugurated its Executive Post Graduate Program in Management (ePGP) in Management from on 3rd January. The virtual inauguration took place in the IIM Raipur’s permanent campus at Atal Nagar, Naya Raipur.  The regular classes would commence from 6th January, 2021. The blended mode ePGP program have two campus immersion of five days each, while the rest of the classes would be in a live online interactive mode.

The inaugural event started with Prof. Mohit Goswami, Chairman (ePGP) welcoming the incoming ePGP students. Prof. Goswami also introduced the faculty members of IIM Raipur who would be driving the ePGP program. Thereafter, Chairman (Admission) Prof. M. Kannadhasan introduced the batch profile. A total of 207 students are part of ePGP 2021-23 batch. The average age of the batch is 34 years. The batch has participants from leading and diverse organizations such as Indian Air force, Tata Consultancy Services, American Express, BPCL, Flipkart, Infosys, Ericsson, Tata Steel, Siemens, Sap Labs, Bank of America, Nokia among others. Prof. M. Kannadhasan also briefed about the admission process for the ePGP program.

The program had got overwhelming response in terms of hundreds of applications from both India and abroad. The ePGP program has participation also from International candidates as well. Prof. Sanjeev Prashar, Dean (Academic) at IIM Raipur thereafter welcomed the students. Taking analogy from Mahabharata, he set the expectations from students. He also urged the students to constantly expand their envelope of knowledge and wisdom.

Prof. Bharat Bhasker, Director IIM Raipur in his welcome address talked about challenges associated with prevailing business climate in particular adoption of digital economy and being part of the workforce of the future. He emphasized that working professionals need to constantly reinvent themselves through engagement with faculty members such that efforts would be in line with the vision of Nation being 5 Trillion-dollar economy by 2025.

Chief guest of the event Shri Bhupesh Dinger, Honourable member, Board of Governors, IIM Raipur stressed upon students to constantly go beyond their roles and always look for expanding their horizon. Sharing his life experiences, he impressed upon that it is not merely adequate to be satisfied with one’s job role, but one should always act as a CEO of one’s own life. The virtual inaugural program concluded with Prof. Mohit Goswami proposing a vote of thanks to everyone concerned including support staff from ePGP program office, IT team and administration.

The main objective of the program is to prepare working executives to take up higher responsibilities within their respective organizations without hampering their professional engagement within their organizations. The entire program is spread over six terms and one additional mini term wherein students would have opportunity to work on a mini-dissertation with faculty members. The mini-term would also have an integrated business simulation. The duration of each term will be around (3.5 – 4) months in a manner that majority of classes would be held on every weekend with a few classes on weekdays.

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