IIM Indore celebrated the 21st Foundation Day on October 3, 2017. The function was graced by Mr. Amit Chandra, MD, Bain Capital Mumbai.
The event began with the lamp lighting ceremony by Mr. Chandra and Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore. This was followed by release of the official short movie of IIM Indore. The 15 minute movie depicted the campus life of the Institute from the point of view of its esteemed alumni and how it enhanced their career and personality. This was followed by a short presentation by the iHelp Club of IIM Indore, a social initiative run by IPM participants for the welfare of underprivileged children.
Professor Krishnan then gave the welcome address. He mentioned about the various initiatives taken by the Institute and the future plans. ‘The Institute has a large alum base of more than 5000 graduates with diversified portfolio, working in various fields successfully’, he said. He also noted that the Institute’s mission is to be contextually relevant and provide world class academic infrastructure along with enhancement in the course curriculum, raising the level of research by faculty members and improving the international collaboration via student exchange as well in the coming years.
Mr. Amit Chandra then delivered the Foundation Day Lecture. He began his talk noting that interacting with youngsters has always been fun, as they are always updated and motivates a person to keep learning. Sharing his personal experience, being born and brought up in a small town, Mr. Chandra said, ‘Living in a middle class family helps you grasp the fact that success is always a combination of who we are and how we work, and we shouldn’t take this for granted at all.’
He shared how his childhood, relocations and college education influenced his life style and molded his personality in many ways. ‘Working with various organizations, the one thing I learnt was that what I learnt outside the classroom—was real education. Surround yourself with great people in every organization, try to feel secure in their successes and learn from them—this would help you achieve success’, Mr. Chandra said.
Philanthropy and socially responsible behavior needs to be rewarded and not just applauded. We need to pay attention to the philanthropy and the way it can change the society. ‘You can’t achieve anything without perfection. You need to look inwards, into the softer aspects of managing yourself, building real relation with society and learning how to communicate’, he said.
The event also witnessed an award presentation ceremony, i.e. Certificate for Academic Excellence to top 5 percentile of the combined batch of the PGP (Batch 2016-18) and IPM (Batch 2013-18) participants based on their academic performance in the year 2016-17. These certificates were given to 28 participants.
On this occasion, IIM Indore’s Best Teacher Award 2017 was also declared. Following faculty were selected for the Best Teacher Award 2017:
Professor Manish Popli
Professor Siddhartha K Rastogi
Professor Sayantan Banerjee
This was followed by an award presentation ceremony to felicitate the following five staff members of IIM Indore who performed exceptionally well in the year 2016-17.
Mr. Arun Kumar Singh
Mr. Manas Parihar
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Kerketta
Ms. Pradeep T K
Ms. Shilpa Moghe
Mr. Vivek Chinchkhede
A felicitation ceremony also took place for the employees of IIM Indore who completed their ten years of service at the Institute. These were:
Professor Ganesh K. Nidugala
Professor Kamal K. Jain
Professor Keyur Thaker
Mr. Ajay Kumar Dash
The event concluded on a high note with a melodious yet rocking performance by Dr. Mamta Joshi and her team on various Sufi, Punjabi and Folk songs and rhythmic beats.
The day concluded with a festive dinner for the entire IIM Indore community.