The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) welcomed 430 students to the two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and 22 students to the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) in a function at its campus on June 14, 2018. Marico MD & CEO, and IIMB alumnus (PGP 1989-1991) Saugata Gupta was the chief guest while I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the evening’s surprise speaker along with the director, deans, faculty, and students of IIMB were present in the welcome function.
Saugata Gupta delivered the chief guest’s address and assured the incoming students that they were in for memorable times at IIMB. “Don’t make choices because of peer pressure. Choose what you are interested in and are good at. If you are good, money and fame will chase you” he said.
“There is no substitute for hard work, self-discipline and resilience, and encouraged students to take risks, strive for balance, and stay relevant by constantly reinventing themselves,” he added.
On the occasion, Minister for Information & Broadcasting Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore urged the students to build a strong foundation not just in management but also in personality development. He recalled his own student life experience at the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
The Minister, who is also in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports, after enjoying a game of volleyball at the IIMB sports complex made a surprise appearance at the function.
Emphasizing that life would constantly challenge and test the best, he called upon students to rise to challenges that come their way. “The essence of life is that it is not about the destination but about the journeys you undertake. As you move along in life, you must create value not just for yourself but for your surroundings. You must work for greater good”, he said in his speech.
He also presented the Union Government’s four-year report card and welcome feedback from the students on that.
IIMB Director Professor G Raghuram while welcoming the incoming students, quoted from a new student’s FB post – a poem capturing her excitement at joining IIM Bangalore. “It is a wonderful feeling for us that your sense of anticipation at being at IIMB is so high,” he said, sharing IIMB’s vision to be a global, renowned academic institution fostering excellence in management, innovation and entrepreneurship for business, government and society. “Honestly, management is not rocket science. It is a lot of good common sense. That is what we keep reinforcing here,” he added in his welcome speech.
In his address, earlier in the evening, Prof. G. Sabarinathan, the Admissions Chair, shared the profiles of the PGP and FPM batches, spoke of the learnings he hoped the new students would have at IIMB, and wished they would carry fond memories of their time on campus.
Prof Rejie P. George, the Chair of Fellow Programme in Management, said IIMB’s doctoral programme serves a national agenda of providing academic talent to management schools in the country. “If, as a PGP student, you yearn for more time here with us, then I welcome you to join our FPM programme and stay with us longer,” he added.
The addresses were followed by the presentation of the Director’s Merit List (DML) Awards for the PGP Class of 2017-19. IIMB PGP Chair Prof. Padmini Srinivasan announced the names of the awardees. Prof. Sabarinathan, who is also the Chair, Financial Aid and Scholarships, announced the names of the recipients of the PGP 1976 Alumni Scholarship Award (PRACHI GARG), the Siddharth Padam Scholarship Award (RISHAV LOHIA), the Runwal Education Trust Scholarship Award (MOHAMMED KAMRAN ASHRAF), and the IIMB Ubuntu Scholarship (DEEPU O.K).
Amrit Anshuman, the Student Affairs Council President gave the incoming students a glimpse into life on campus. The senior students of FPM and PGP perform a cultural programme in the closing ceremony of the function.
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