The pre-convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) was held on Friday, March 25, 2016. IIM Indore is celebrating its 17th Annual Convocation from March 25-26, 2016. The convocation is held each year to confer the title of the Fellow of Indian Institute of Management Indore for its Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and diplomas to the successful participants of Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), Post Graduate Programme in Management- Mumbai (PGP-Mumbai), Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) and Post Graduate Programme in Management-MX, Mumbai (PGPMX, Mumbai). This year, the First Batch (2011-16) of Five Year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) will also be graduating with 104 students.
- FPM is the doctoral programme of IIM Indore. After rigorous course work for two years, FPM participants carry out independent research supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee and submit theses, which are defended before a Thesis Examination Committee.
- The PGP, a flagship programme of IIM Indore, is a two-year full-time residential Post-Graduate Programme, which is equivalent to the MBA Degree of an Indian University. PGP Mumbai is also a two-year regular Post Graduate Programme on the lines of PGP at IIM Indore.
- The IPM is a five year residential course of IIM for the students who have passed out of class XII/Higher Secondary or equivalent from schools across India. After 3 years of intensive study of foundational disciplines, the IPM students train as managers along with the students of the Institute’s 2-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), undertaking the same course package in management studies in years 4 and 5.
- EPGP is an intensive one-year residential programme exemplifying the academic rigor and progressive thinking of IIM Indore. Specially designed to enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities essential for managing and leading organizations, the programme combines skill building with explorations of good management practices.
Some of the significant features of the graduating PGP batch at Indore campus are listed below:
- Out of 512 graduating students of PGP, 369 are male and 143 are female.
- Need-based Financial Assistance (NBFA) amounting to Rs. 1,63,72000/- was provided to needy PGP and IPM participants from economically backward families in the financial year 2015-16. This does not include various scholarships and financial assistance schemes sponsored by the Central and State Governments.
- In addition to a weeklong Rural Immersion Programme in the villages of Madhya Pradesh, PGP students spent a week in the Himalayas at altitudes ranging from 7000 feet to 12000 feet as a part of the Himalayan Outbound Programme.
Mr. Roopank Chaudhary Associate Partner & India Head, McLagan, Aon Hewitt and Ms. Debolina Dutta, Director and Head of HR, VF Corporation were the Guests of Honour of the Pre-Convocation function.
During the event, certificates were distributed to the coordinators of various students’ councils by the Director. Top scorers of PGP were also presented with the certificates of appreciation.
Scholarships and awards were presented to the following participants by the Guests of Honour:
- State Bank of India Scholarship to Vatsal Kumar.
- Eicher Scholarship to Ashish Arora.
- Eicher Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance to Shah Sahil Hiten.
- K. Alagh Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance -Woman participant to Priyanka Deshpande.
- ICSI Signature Award for Scholastic Performance to Vatsal Kumar.
- IIM Indore Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance in the 4th Year of Integrated Programme in Management to Kapil Kanungo.
- IPM Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance- Male to Deepanshu Yadav.
- IPM Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance- Female to S. Nivetha.
- Shapoorji Pallonji Rising Star Award of Academic Merit for EPGP (2014-15) to Abhishek Shah.
- Shapoorji Pallonji Rising Star Award of Academic Merit for EPGP (2015-16) to Prashant Sharma.
- EPGP Outstanding Student Award (2015-16) to Kapil Chugh
While addressing the gathering, Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore welcomed the guests and congratulated the graduating students on behalf of the entire Institute. He mentioned that this is a ceremony which not only appreciates the students for their scholastic performances but also their talents which include managing various events successfully and bringing laurels to the Institute. ‘There are many ways in which students distinguish themselves from each other, and IIM Indore appreciates and praises all the ways in which every student achieves some or the other goal’, he said.
This was followed by an address by Mr. Roopank Chaudhary. ‘It is every student’s dream to be invited as a guest at his own Institute from which he graduated. I am lucky to be the one whose dream has come true’, he expressed his happiness.
Sharing his experience, he noted that one should never allow any person to tell you how to achieve success, because success is specific for every person and is individualistic. ‘One way which can lead to success for a person may not lead to success for another person. So you should learn your own lessons, chart your own destiny and then realize whether or not it will lead to success.
Mr. Chaudhary mentioned that a lot has changed from 2001, the year when he graduated from IIM Indore, this included the technology, career fields, and success goals. ‘During our placements, people just focused on investment banking, consulting and IT industry, but now, everything has changed drastically’, he noted. He advised the students to learn to adapt and bring flexibility in their skills and knowledge. ‘IIMs degree may give you a separate identity, but after sometime, this will not be important. You will learn that there are people more intelligent than you. So drop ignorance, be humble and live life on your own terms. Earn a successful life, but don’t forget how to live it, he concluded.
Ms. Debolina Dutta in her address advised the students to make goals and stay focused on them even if they think their goal is not achievable. ‘Passions are like true phoenixes. If one of your passion gets old, a new one emerges from the ashes. It gives you a new goal. And you need to be passionate enough to thrive to achieve it’, she said.
Addressing the graduating students, she said that you should be passionate to make your family and yourself proud. Identify your goals and go after them with all the strength you have.
This was followed by a cultural programme by music band Swaratma.
On March 26, 2016, title/diplomas would be presented to the participants of various academic/executive programmes of IIM Indore. 16 FPM participants will receive the title of Fellow of IIM Indore. 447 participants of PGP-Indore and 65 participants of PGP-Mumbai will receive the Post Graduate Diploma in Management. 104 participants of IPM would receive the Five Year Integrated Programme in Management Diploma. 59 participants of EPGP and 12 participants of PGPMX-Mumbai would be receiving the Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management during the Convocation ceremony.