IIM Indore celebrated its 24th Foundation Day on October 03, 2020. Even though the celebrations this year were lowkey keeping in mind the safety guidelines, the community members were passionate about observing the glorious 24 years of the Institute. The short-duration event witnessed the presence of Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore; along with Col. Gururaj Gopinath Pamidi, Chief Administrative Officer, IIM Indore; and a few faculty and staff members.
Professor Rai in his Foundation Day Address shared the three aspects of being compassionate—reflective listening, being devoid of ego and acting only after due deliberation. ‘You need to be a reflective listener, i.e. listen to understand and not just respond, and that is the first aspect of compassion. The second aspect is being devoid of ego, which is all about worrying whether people are giving you due importance and respect or not. However, self-respect is all about following your own principles and values and not doing anything which we ourselves feel ashamed of. The real character of a person lies with what a person does when nobody is watching’, he said.
He said that we need to keep in mind everyone—even the ones who aren’t present while we take the decision. Hence we need to act only after due deliberation—consider the interests of those as well who have disadvantage. ‘This is the kind of institution we aim to be, which is built on the foundations of equality, goes the extra mile to ensure that we do something to mitigate the discomfort and pain of other people’, he concluded.
On this occasion, the Institute also held an Award Ceremony for the Best Teachers and Best Staff Members of the year. These are as follows:
Best Teacher Award: Professor Bipul Kumar, Professor Shrihari S. Sohani
Best Staff Award: Mr. Ajaya Kumar Dash, Mr. Manish Kumar Namdeo, Mr. Rakesh Kaushal, Ms. Santhi Janardanan, Mr. Uveshmohammad F. Chobdar
Staff Members for Exceedingly Good Performance: Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Mr. Jitendra Singh Yadav, Mr. Kamlesh Bhatia, Mr. Ravi Jingar, Mr. Samarth Shukla
10 Years of Service: Prof. Harshal Lowalekar, Prof. Hasmukh Gajjar, Prof. Omkar D. Palsule Desai, Prof. Sanjog Ray, Prof. Siddhartha Rastogi, Prof. Srinivas Gunta
20 Years of Service: Mr. Abhay Kulkarni, Mr. Anil Kaushal, Mr. Arun Kumar Singh, Mr. Premji Kumar K.K.
Apart from this, employees who have completed their 10/20 years of dedicated service at the Institute were also felicitated. Felicitations for the staff members for their outstanding performance during the year also took place. The Official Language Department of the Institute had also conducted a ‘Hindi Quiz’ on the occasion of Hindi Diwas and the winners received their prizes on Foundation Day. IIM Indore’s in-house Hindi Magazine- Gyaan Shikhar’s fifth edition was also released on this occasion.
The event concluded with a lot of enthusiasm and joy among the IIM Indore community members.