Success is a function of Character and Attitude and not just Aptitude

 IMI Convocation

Published : Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 12:50 PM

IMI Convocation

To celebrate the culmination of a successful journey undertaken by students during their Masters course and to reward their efforts, the International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi conducted its 33rd Annual Convocation on 22nd April 2017 in the campus.

In the presence of dignitaries, who graced the occasion, the solemnity of the occasion was not missed, as the graduating batch of 2016-17 lined up to collect their graduating certificates. The gleaming eyes of students reflected their joy and satisfaction at having completed this journey successfully, even as they braced themselves for the exciting challenges that beckon them.

In his welcome note, the chairperson of the convocation, Dr. D H Pai Panandiker, Senior Member- Board of Governors - IMI New Delhi and President - RPG Foundation, Chairman-International Life Sciences Institute-India and Advisor - Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry shared, “On this convocation of IMI, I would like to congratulate the Alumni on completing their programmes and for receiving their diplomas”.


Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director General of IMI, New Delhi, in his address to the gathering, began by making a special thanks to the parents of the graduating students and even invited the students to rise and applaud them for the sacrifices they make. He congratulated the graduating students of 2016-17. He reminded the students that success is a function of character and attitude and not just aptitude. A management school education is not about counting coins but about the romance and adventure of charting a new course. Dr. Chatterjee echoed the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda, ‘In order to succeed, take up one idea. Make that one idea your life- think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.’ He enunciated this thought through various examples, for instance, Gandhi’s idea was that of truth, Mandela’s idea was that of peace, Google’s idea is that of search, Apple is about innovation and Tata is about trust.

Dr. Chatterjee also presented a report on the various activities and achievements of IMI, New Delhi. The institute conferred post graduating diplomas to 299 students. The current session also saw significant growth in the admission of students in the Executive PGDM category. Last year, the number of students enrolled in the Executive PGDM was 26, this year it has risen to 35 students. The Director also acknowledged the efforts of students, who won laurels in various arenas in national competitions. He expressed belief in his students to be future torchbearers for an economically and ecologically sustainable society. The students of IMI took part and excelled in various coo-curricular events in places such as IIM Rohtak, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Madras, XLRI, IIT Mumbai and so on. He also highlighted the placement record of IMI, as 248 students got placed across various functional areas. He ended his address by encouraging the students to seize the day and achieve their dreams.

IMI Convocation

Prof Arvind Chaturvedi, Dean-Academic Programmes and Alumni Relations, IMI-New Delhi said “It is a proud moment for the institute. We wish the students all the very best for their future and are sure that their chosen professional path will help us in our vision of becoming a global management school.”

Mr. Onkar Singh Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Group, presided over the convocation as the Chief Guest. He delivered the Convocation Address and encapsulated his life’s experiences for students.  Mr Kanwar is a visionary entrepreneur and the man behind the establishment and phenomenal success of the Apollo Group. Currently, apart from being a member of the Trade Advisory Committee to the Government of India and the President of Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA), he is also a Member of the Board of Governors for the Indian Institute of Management (Kozhikode) and the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing (IIITDM).

In an inspiring speech, Mr Kanwar encouraged the students to face challenges and not run away from them. He himself epitomises this. It would have been an easy option for him to have joined his father’s flourishing business. But he wanted to follow his dreams and create something that he could feel proud of. He motivated students to follow their dreams, do something and do it to the best of their abilities and more importantly, enjoy what they do. He left the students with the following lines, ‘if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.’

The 33rd Annual Convocation at IMI, New Delhi, concluded with a Vote of Thanks, as the students expressed their gratitude to the faculty and their parents through a thunderous applause.

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