December 19, 2018 was a touching day for the IIM Indore community when the Institute bid a heartfelt farewell to Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director. The Institute also bid adieu to Professor Abha Chatterjee, Faculty- Communication Area who will be superannuating on December 31st and Professor Meenakshi Aggarwal Gupta, Faculty, IIM Indore Mumbai Campus; who will be leaving on the same day after completion of her contract period.
Col. Gururaj Gopinath Pamidi (Retd.), CAO, IIM Indore then welcomed the gathering of faculty and staff members. He then invited Professor Gupta to share her experience working with the Institute. She noted that working with the Institute has been a very remarkable and fascinating journey and all the staff and colleague members extended a lot of support during her tenure.
Professor Abha Chatterjee then addressed the gathering and said, ‘Nothing lasts forever, but memories do. Fifteen years ago when I joined the Institute, it was a small community of 15 faculty members and small staff in another building. We were very close and all used to live together as a family. Today our family is a huge one, and I have too many good memoirs to cherish.’ She then acknowledged everyone for all the support extended.
Professor Krishnan then said that the day he had joined years ago, he was wondering how his next years would be at IIM Indore. ‘However, the Institute has always been a warm and friendly place, which helped my journey to start and end both on a positive note. We have made progress in research in the past years with amazing faculty colleagues, and I believe IIM Indore will keep achieving more accolades in future.’ He then thanked all the faculty members, staff members, the Board of Governors and the Ministry as well for always being supportive during his tenure.
Shri Deepak Satwalekar, Chairman, IIM Indore was also present on the occasion along with Professor Himanshu Rai, Faculty, IIM Lucknow.
Shri Satwalekar said that we can’t say anything in just a few words for a leader who has been such an integral part of the Institute. ‘IIM Indore’s stabilisation’s credit goes to Professor Krishnan. On the academic front, his efforts to bring research and publications to the front line is admirable. He had the ability to connect with all the internal and external stakeholders in a smooth manner. Any positive connect with the outside world is important for the Institute—and Professor Krishnan’s role has been a very strong one’, he said. He also noted how IPM has been a successful course during Professor Krishnan’s tenure and his efforts have made it a huge accomplishment.
Shri Satwalekar then handed over a memento to all the three professors as a token of appreciation on behalf of IIM Indore community. Many faculty members also shared their experiences working with them.
The farewell concluded with a Farewell Tea organized for the community.