At the 41st convocation ceremony of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), 251 students were awarded degrees in Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Rural Management. The ceremony was held at the IRMA Campus on Sunday. Honourable Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, who is also the Union Minister of Cooperation, remained present as the chief guest at the ceremony.
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) is driven by the dream of serving under-served segments of the economy through professional management. With the government’s increasing focus on inclusive development and creating equal opportunities for rural India, IRMA has been making consistent and innovative efforts in the direction of developing a workforce for rural management.
More than four decades since its inception, IRMA has successfully created a conducive environment for rural management professionals by giving them necessary exposure to the socio-economic realities of under-served communities through intensive fieldwork. Its synergies with Government, Non-Government Institutions, International Development Organizations, as well as corporate and for-profit organizations provides the students with an ideal ecosystem for learning, research as well as implementation experience of real on-the-ground projects.
The ceremony began as IRMA chairman, Shri Dilip Rath, declared the Convocation Open.
During the Convocation Ceremony, the Kuchibhotla Vasanthi Gold Medal was awarded to PGDM(RM) graduate, Avineesh Arora, for academic excellence. The coveted recognition was instituted 25 years ago in the name of Late Ms. Kuchibholta Vasanthi, a PGDM(RM) alumna who passed away in an unfortunate accident in 1997.
In his opening remarks, Shri Rath underlined the importance of IRMA and the domain of rural management and the institute’s role in India’s journey of inclusive development for all.
“IRMA is best positioned to function as a centre for excellence for management education in the cooperative sector with a rural focus. Therefore, I urge the Hon’ble Minister of Cooperation to kindly consider establishing IRMA as a Central University for Cooperatives, for which a proposal has been submitted”, Shri Rath said during his address.
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