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Published :  Lavleen Kaur Kapoor | June 30, 2015 | 03:12 PM IST

The orientation program of IIM Raipur’s PGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management), FPM (Fellow Programme in Management) and PGPWE (Post Graduate Program in Management for Working Executive) ended innervating the students on a new journey filled with new hopes and determinations. The students got an opportunity to interact with the experts from academia & industry and the learnings learnt from them would help the students in the course of their journey.

The Chief Guest for the valedictory session Dr. Arvind Boaz, IFS, Principle Chief Conservator of Forests & MD, Chhattisgarh Rajya Van Vikas Nigam Ltd, in his talk which was centred on “Biodiversity, Agroforestry and role of Modern Management” spoke on the need to develop strategies and action plans for sustainable biodiversity management. Mentioning the 5P’s of forestry – Protection, Production, People, Prosperity and Promptness, he urged students to put their fresh minds to work and come up with techniques for development especially in HRM, Management Analytics, Project Management; Financial instruments to draft incentives for reforestation and ensure structural change.

IIM Raipur

From L to R: Prof. Jagrook Dawra, Dr. Arvind Boaz, Mr. A. K. Sinha, Prof. B. S. Sahay, Dr. Parikshit Charan

Congratulating all the students, Mr. A K Sinha, Executive Director, Power Grid Corporation, who was the Guest of Honour for the Valedictory Session, emphasized on the importance of oratory and writing skills. “This prestigious college ascended in ranks in a short period of time”, he said. Quoting Dr. C.K. Prahalad, “If your aspirations are not greater than your resources, you're not an entrepreneur”, he asked the students to carry the right character to complement their skills and constantly innovate.

Professor B S Sahay, Director, IIM Raipur, in his valedictory speech urged the students to make the best use of their stay in the institute and take initiatives not just to add value to oneself but also to society. He asked the students to explore their potential, to excel and to not compromise on the academics. He also encouraged the students to avail themselves of scholarships and participate in various competitions and conferences, both national and global.

Prof. Sanjeev Prashar, Chairman Placement, IIM Raipur, interacted with the students and gave them a glimpse of what is expected from them in order to be successful in both their academics and placements. He also encouraged the students to not only focus on the placements, but to also inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship, to be job creators rather than job seekers. He also enlightened the students about the Case Method, a teaching approach that uses decision-making cases to put students in the role of people who were faced with difficult decisions sometime in the past.

The students were informed by Dr. Satyasiba Das, Chairman, International Relations about the different foreign institutes with which IIM Raipur has collaborated in order to provide an opportunity to the students for the Students or Faculty Exchange Program. “The foreign institutes that IIM Raipur is currently partnered with are - Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Grenoble Business School, France; IESEG School of Management, France;
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany; ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece; IPADE Business School, Mexico; Yonsei University, South Korea; University of New Castle, Australia; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand & ESC Troyes, France”, shared Dr. Satyasiba Das.

Following the interaction with Dr. Satyasiba Das, the CAO, IIM Raipur spoke to the students about the campus and the different amenities that would be provided to them throughout their stay. The CAO also shared the current status of the new campus at Naya Raipur, where IIM Raipur will move in due course of time. With great pride Dr. Chandrakanta Swain, Librarian, IIM Raipur, shared about the richness of IIM Raipur library and encouraged the students to make the maximum use of the resources available in the library. 

Dr. Parikshit Charan, Chairman (PGP), interacted with the students and motivated them to give their best in academics and to take part in different B-School competitions as well. He stressed on the importance of discipline and told the students that self-discipline facilitates goals and keeps our attitude elevated. He encouraged the students to work hard and reminded them that there is no substitute to hard work.

An interaction with Dr. Atri Sengupta, Chairperson (Students Affair) & Dr. Umesh Bamel and Dr. Archana Prashar (Wardens) also took place where the students learnt about the different student activities taking place on campus. The Chairperson and Wardens emphasised that the students were the main drivers for success of any institute and encouraged the students to start considering IIM Raipur as their own and strive hard to bring name and laurels for themselves and their institute.

During the 4 days of the orientation program, the students met with “Who’s Who” from various industries. Ad Guru, Prahlad Kakkar shared unconventional wisdom on management and entrepreneurship during the inaugural session of the programme. “A B-school’s job should be to prepare young managers to take bold decisions by teaching them to calculate the risks involved. This will enable them to add greater value to whatever they do”, remarked Mr. Prahalad Kakkar. He also stated, “Senior managers shy away from risky decisions. So, they should act as mentors to the youngsters who are willing to take risks. Only then can a firm be successful”.

Prof. Jagrook Dawra, Chairman – PGPWE, delivered the vote of thanks. The four days of orientation provided valuable insights to the students to prepare them on the onset of a competitive journey in the field of management.

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