IIM Bangalore became the first IIM, after the introduction of IIM Act, to award MBA degree to its 2 Year MBA Programme – Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). On March 17, 2018, IIM Bangalore had a grand 43rd Annual Convocation ceremony in which 593 students have graduated with 8 Gold medals.
The graduating batch includes 20 students from the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), 22 from the Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management, 71 from the Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management, 1 from its earlier avatar called the Post Graduate Programme in Software Enterprise Management, 73 from the Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP), and 406 from the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP).
Professor G. Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore congrats the students graduated from the prestigious institution this year in the presence of chief guest Shri Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group and Shriram Group, Board members including Shri N S Raghavan, and members of the faculty. The graduation ceremony was cheered by Student’s proud families too, who attended to capture the joyous moment forever.
Congratulating all involved for the historic passing of the IIM Act and awarding MBA degree to PGP students, Professor G Raghuram said, “IIMB has taken the lead in moving towards grant of degrees. Today we can grant degrees to the Post Graduate Programme in Management students. For the other programmes, we need to go through an exercise to see how best they can fit into a degree-granting mode.”
While listing student achievements, Prof. Raghuram made special mention of the IIM Bangalore’s Fellow Programme and Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management. “This is the third year in succession that we have 20 students graduating from the Fellow Programme. This year is also very special for our Fellow Programme as the 250th student just graduated. I would also like to mention that our Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management celebrates 20 years and has just graduated 1500 executives”.
Wishing the graduating students success and sharing the living mantra, he said: “Follow your dreams and do see how a larger contribution to society can fit into that. And come back As often as you can. Contribute in whatever way you can to the growth of our dear IIMB as we move on our journey to foster excellence in management, innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Among the graduating students this year, eight have been awarded gold medals. Out of the eight gold medallists this year, two are women.
In PGP (Batch 2016-18), Pratik Anand, Umang Mehta and V Vageesh received the gold medals for the first rank, second rank and best all round performance, respectively.
In PGPPM (Batch 2017-18), Richa Valechha has won the gold medal for best academic performance.
From PGPEM (Batch 2016-18), the gold medal for the first rank goes to Gaurav Kumar and for best all-round performance, the award went to and Sunil Kumar Vaya.
In EPGP (2017-18), Pragya Dalmia has won the gold medal for the first rank, while Jigar Doshi has won the award for best all round performance.
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Board member NS Raghavan, who is also patron of IIMB’s incubation hub, the NSRCEL, earlier during the convocation function in his address, spoke about the global rankings IIMB has achieved, IIMB’s Women in Management Club which aims to promote gender equality through talks, summits, panel discussions, workshops, informal meets, networking events and mentoring sessions, and the school’s initiatives on gender diversity. “In both PGP and EPGP at IIMB, women constitute almost 30 percent of the class. This is very gratifying and heart-warming and I do hope that this number will continue to grow in the coming years.”
To the graduating students, he said: “You are a vital component of the new generation of Indians that will shape our country’s destiny, improving the lives of our fellow citizens and enhancing our country’s position and status in the world. Please realize that you are entering the world at the most exciting time in our history. So grab the opportunity with both hands, make a difference and bring laurels to yourself and to your alma mater.”
In his inspiring address, Ajay Piramal, who was the chief guest at IIMB’s 43rd annual convocation, shared his success motto: “I will and I can.” He said that for any individual to be successful, a few life lessons are vital. There should be a deep driving desire, followed by action and deed, which in turn will make and fashion your destiny for the success. If you are passionate about something, you will develop the will and ability to do it. “Last but not the least, do have a sense of gratitude for all the privileges that you are getting. Therefore, have an obligation to give back to society”.
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