The inauguration ceremonies of two Virtual Learning Programme for Executives (VLPE) namely Post Graduate Certificate Programme in Management Batch-06 (PGCPM-06)- in collaboration with VC Now; and Post Graduate Certificate Programme in Investment Banking Batch-03 (PGCPIB-03) in collaboration with Times TSW; were conducted virtually by IIM Indore on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore inaugurated these programmes along with Professor Rajhans Mishra, Coordinator, VLPE and Mr. Darayus Mehta, Founder Director, VC Now. Professor Rai welcomed the batch and said that this pandemic is a crisis, but also brings something positive with it. ‘COVID to me is Creating Opportunities by Visioning, Introspecting and Discovering. We need to have a vision and a sense of purpose as to what we’re doing and why we are doing a particular thing. IIM Indore’s mission is to be contextually relevant, with world class academic standards and creating leaders and managers who are socially conscious. These programmes are contextually relevant—with IIM Indore’s excellent faculty bringing the best and the world class academics to the classroom, helping the participants gain skills to be socially conscious’, he said. He noted that COVID has provided us an opportunity to pause and introspect where are we really heading. ‘A life which is full of action with no pauses to reflect, is a cacophonous life. You need to take a pause, realize your relation with the universe and reflect’, he said. Leave your surroundings cleaner than you found them and leave a person happier than how he or she was before you met them, you’re contributing your bit to the universe, he advised.
Professor Rajhans Mishra also mentioned that the courses have been designed keeping in mind the requirement of the industry and the market, and are more relevant during these times—when the world is going digital. He emphasized that the participants can learn better by engaging not only in the class, but also outside the class by interacting with the batchmates—who have an average work experience of around 9 years.
Mr. Darayus Mehta, Founding Director, VC Now thanked IIM Indore team for launching the PGCPM and noted that this is an era not only of the fourth revolution but also a virtual revolution. He said that this programme will help the working executives upgrade their skills and enhance their knowledge, since the batch has a total work experience of over 200 years.
Both these programmes are of one-year duration and classes are conducted online in the weekends. The aim of PGCPM is to equip participants with latest management practices whereas the PGCPIB focuses on imparting advanced knowledge on management aspects of Investment Banking. IIM Indore has already completed five batches of PGCPM and two batches of PGCPIB under VLPE. The Institute conducts various online programmes for working executives under VLPE.