- IIM Indore IPM completes a decade with the eleventh batch’s commencement
The induction programme of the eleventh batch of the Five-Year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) took place at IIM Indore on September 24, 2021. The batch was inaugurated by Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore. Mr. Gagandeep Singh, Country President and Managing Director, AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Prof. Shruti Tewari, IPM Programme Chair; Prof. Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Dean-Programmes and Col. Gururaj Gopinath Pamidi (Retd), CAO, IIM Indore were also present during the inauguration.
Prof. Himanshu Rai welcomed the new batch and shared an entirely new perspective for IPM: Integrity, Purpose and Meaningfulness. He noted that it’s important to understand that you can only be happy, content and successful if you say what you mean and do what you say. ‘Thoughts may be difficult to control as our mind travels as far in wakefulness as it does while we sleep. Controlling the thoughts might be difficult, but we need to ensure that our words, thoughts and actions are in harmony. This is where integrity comes in – the integrity to give your cent percent to every job you do and perform to your true potential, with a positive thought’, he said.
He advised the new Batch to find their Purpose- the ‘P’ in IPM. Figure out the universe you want to live in, an equitable world with opportunities without any discrimination, full of justice, free of violence and oppression; and remember that you need to create that world for yourself.
Sharing the significance of ‘Meaningfulness’, he encouraged the participants to be passionate about everything they do and be compassionate towards themselves and others. ‘Invest in yourself. Don’t carry anger for anyone or guilt about anything; for when you do, you are being violent towards yourself’, he suggested.
Sharing insights from his journey, Mr. Gagandeep Singh explained to the new batch the importance of investing in relationships and life skills. ‘I realized during my journey that academic rigor isn’t enough, one also needs life skills to survive and be successful. You are going to learn as you grow and work together, and be able to find solutions to the problems of the community, and that’s what will make you content and satisfied, he said.
India is all about solution-finders and creators; and the nation needs young minds who can analyse the problems and offer innovative and long-lasting solutions. Mr. Singh further elaborated and mentioned that there might be failures and disappointments while moving towards a goal, but one shouldn’t let fears affect the determination. ‘Keep moving forward and don’t let yourself get enclosed in negativity and fears. Try to focus on improving yourself just by one percent, regularly, again and again. That one percent brings significant results at the end and that’s when you will realise that you have had a great time full of learnings and experiences’, he said.
Emphasising how global leadership helped us fight the pandemic, Mr. Singh said that together, we need to analyse the problems and find solutions, thereafter developing strategies to implement the solutions rapidly. ‘We realised that the production of the vaccine was based on the foundation that none of us would be safe till all of us are safe. Resilience played a very important role during this pandemic, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this journey’, he said.
Addressing the new batch, he said that the values you learn at IIM Indore and the skills you develop will become your guiding light in the future. ‘IQ and discourse don’t matter as much as skills and resilience. Being a team player and collaborating is important and that will help you find success in life and profession. ‘Keep learning, keep upgrading yourself and always be curious. Being a learner helps you adapt to the changes and bring changes as well, for the betterment of the society’, he concluded.
IIM Indore’s IPM has completed ten years this year, with the commencement of the new batch. On this occasion, the ‘Ten Years of IPM’ video was also launched by Prof. Himanshu Rai, which gave insights into the decade-long journey of the unique flagship programme, launched in 2011.
The new batch also got an opportunity to interact with the Chief Guest. The first day of the induction programme witnessed an open house for parents with the Director and Programme Chair. The participants also were given briefings about the various hostel and student affairs and the facilities on campus. A session on the Government of India directive on Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging by IPM SAC Coordinator was also conducted.
The new batch was excited to interact with IPM Batch 2014 Gold Medalist Radhika Khandelwal, who shared her journey of five years at IIM Indore with the participants.
The second day of the induction programme will provide the new batch with an opportunity to interact with the faculty members. They would also get briefings on various facilities on campus including IT, Library and LMS. A session on Gender Sensitivity would also be held.