The Induction ceremony for the 9th batch of IIM Kozhikode’s Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) in Management, Kochi Campus, for the year 2022 – 2024 for working executives was held virtually here today.  Mr. Ram Padmanabha Vice President, Product Management, Publicis Sapient, was the Chief Guest for the e-induction programme. Director IIM Kozhikode Prof. Debashis Chatterjee presided over the ceremony with the Deans, faculty, staff and students in attendance.

The Kochi campus, a brainchild of the current Director, was setup in the year 2013 and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Kerala. The current EPGP 09 batch, with 127 participants from several prominent global and Indian corporations, has average work experience of 9 years with close to 20% female candidates. The cohort also has 4 international participants this time around.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Padmanabha, himself an IIMK alumni of the flagship PGP Programme (2004 batch), encouraged the students to inculcate and embrace an “ABC” mantra for this learning journey – Authenticity, Bravery and Creativity. He encouraged them to think beyond boundaries without limiting their ambition and humbly assimilate and practice the skills, learnings while rightfully earning their MBA degree.


The Director, Prof. Chatterjee expressed his happiness over the rapid strides IIMK Kochi Campus has gained and added “IIM Kozhikode experience in delivering executive education has come a long way since its inception a decade ago and has now gained worldwide recognition. It is now on its path to become a global hub for gaining management experience and to deliver a vibrant campus with classrooms truly global in nature.” He urged the students to explore the unknown potential of management education, and realize that real management is not so much about frameworks and tools, but about the choices one makes as a decision maker, and about getting things done.


The Dean (Faculty Administration and Development), Prof. Anandakuttan Unnithan congratulated the cohort for making it to the prestigious EMBA offering from IIMK and encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones to actively pursue learning, shedding their inhibitions and building strong networks.

Earlier, the Induction ceremony began with an introduction to the EPGP program by Prof. Prof S. Venkataraman, Chairperson (EPGP Kochi Campus). He added that as a step up from the past, the programme will be operating at full capacity for both the Evening and Weekend cohorts. To enable and facilitate a far more diverse participant profile IIMK Kochi Campus has also restructured the programme delivery, with the weekend batch to be conducted fully in physical mode, whereas the weekday batch will be run in online/hybrid mode. The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof Geeta M.

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