The Induction Programme for the Eighth Batch of Five Years Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) commenced on July 30, 2018. The event aims at acquainting the new batch with the Institute facilities and faculty members. Registration process for the batch took place on July 29, followed by the Inaugural Ceremony on July 30.
The details are as follows:
- Number of registrations – 125
- Number of students who gave exam – 17716
- Number of girls and boys – Female-32, Male- 93
- Category- General- 61 (*), NC-OBC-33 ,SC-18 , ST- 09,Gen-PwD-03 , NC-OBC PwD- 01 .
(*) the general category includes 5 International Applicants.
The inaugural ceremony began with the lamp lighting by the Chief Guest, Mr. Milind Patke, Executive Director (Health, Safety, Security and Biofuels), BPCL; Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore and Professor G. Venkat Raman, Chair, IPM.
Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan then welcomed the guest and congratulated the young students for making it to IPM. He also noted that IIM Indore has completed 20 years in academia and joining the Institute at this stage would provide many opportunities for the new batch to evolve both personally and professionally in the coming years.
Mr. Milind Patke then delivered the Inaugural Address. He expressed his happiness to be a part of the Induction Programme as he is also an alum of the Institute and it always is a pleasure to connect to the alma mater, he said. Mr. Patke began his talk discussing that since independence, India has been focusing on being more self-reliant—and hence the establishment of IITs took place to enhance engineering and science fields. ‘Science and engineering were taking the center stage during that time, although English Literature, Psychology and Political Science were also found interesting. However, today we have many choices and we can pursue whichever subject we wish to—even through online courses via internet’, he said. Noting the difference between engineered products and designed products, Mr. Patke said that every industry today needs to focus on manufacturing products which attract the consumer and fulfill their needs—and hence every industry needs a research team to interact with the consumer on daily basis. ‘A product made after research is a designed product, while a product made without keeping in mind the consumer needs is just an engineered product. This is the job of research teams—this in turn creates a large number of job opportunities for even non-engineers and non-science students’, he said.
Discussing about the ‘World of Opportunities’, Mr. Patke said that every industry today looks into humanities perspective as well. He concluded his talk discussing about personal grooming and encouraged the students to be self-aware, concentrate on interpersonal relationships, be inquisitive, learn to distinguish between fact and perceptions, take a judgement call based on self-decisions, have an eye for detail, take training sessions very seriously and always have respect for women.
This was followed by distribution of Certificate of Academic Excellence to IPM 2015 Batch students by the Chief Guest and the Director to Aishwarya Gupta, Jatan Nilesh Raichura, Adil Narang, Vaishnavi and Aradhya Vats.
The second half of the day witnessed a talk by Mr. Syed Azfar Hussain, Group Head—Organization and Talent Development, RPG Group.
Completing his school education in various cities, Mr. Hussain shared how living in a hostel during college days was a liberating experience for him. ‘Living in a hostel, being free and independent- gave me an opportunity to break from the model I had for myself in my mind about who I was’, he said. He encouraged the students to try those extra-curricular activities which they never thought they would be able to do, and invest in discovering self. ‘Always having a willingness to learn and remaining curious need to be nurtured; and you should keep updating facts once you’ve come to know something’, he advised. He noted that the course might be difficult with too many subjects, classes, exams, assignments and projects and everything may keep the students busy. However they should try and achieve depth in everything as depth is only useful as it gives learning beyond the regular education and examination. He concluded by encouraging the students to remain enthusiastic and never have a Hippocratic behavior. ‘Believe in yourself and follow what your heart says’, Mr. Hussain said. The session was followed by a Q&A.
The day concluded with a talk by Ms. Mugdha Sinha, IAS, Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Government of Rajasthan, Chairperson RSF & CS Corporation. She believed that the young minds present in the gathering are thought leaders in the making and what the citizen of tomorrow is going to be. She then discussed what education is and how it’s related to leadership. Explaining that mind is the seat of seduction, she said that everything—sickness, happiness, anger, love, etc. happens in the brain. But education helps in telling that this is a process of surrendering yourself to the attractions of thinking and behaving differently.
‘I believe that resume is like a wreath—it’s everything you’ve done in the past, a collection of dead things. And if you’ve to be successful, you need to consistently working like a daily worker because you can’t live on your past accolades and awards of yesterday forever’, Ms. Sinha said. She noted that we all get just one life, but we may get several jobs. Hence live life to full potential and holistically as we never know when it may come to an end.
Talking about time management, Ms. Sinha advised the young batch to focus on priorities as we can’t manage time. ‘Set your priorities straight, and you will be able to manage time as well’, she said. She also advised the students to always respect age and learn what life has taught them and remember what they’ve learnt from life. ‘Success and significance are like value of wood, anyone can buy but not everyone may know the value. Hence be relevant to the family and people outside. Try and integrate everything. Don’t be focused on doing things for yourself and making life a museum. Do it if it comes naturally, don’t hamper your life for it. Awards, degrees and certificates won’t be relevant after sometime, don’t break your relationships for this’, she concluded. This was followed by a Q&A round.
Tomorrow, the new batch would get an opportunity to interact with Mr. Kapil Kanungo, Gold Medalist, First Batch of IPM along with briefings about various facilities in the Institute.