IIM Nagpur Welcomes 5th Batch of PGP students
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Nagpur welcomed its fifth batch of PGP students (2019-21) during an inauguration programme held at NIT Community Hall. Nitin Bawankule, country director for Google Cloud, was the chief guest.
The programme also flagged off the week-long orientation programme for the new batch. Nitin Bawankule in an interactive address highlighted the importance of values and practices such as up-skilling, embracing change, thinking big, networking, teamwork and a problem-solving attitude. Citing examples of various industry giants, he explained to the students that reinvention and the ability to think for the long term were key to remaining relevant in the industry.
He also advised them to remain humble, optimistic, retain integrity while giving due priority to personal well-being. He also urged the students to recognise the privilege they have got and develop a feeling of giving back to society. IIM-N director Prof L S Murty emphasised that parents would have to continue to support their children throughout the two-year journey in which students might encounter many ups and downs.
He said that the new batch would be unique in terms of being the first batch to experience both the present as well as the upcoming permanent campus of IIM-N at MIHAN. Prof Murty concluded with valuable advice to the new batch in the form of an analogy – that of a grinding wheel that goes on incessantly. It is up to the tools to apply themselves to the wheel to hone themselves, abrasive though the process may be.
An implement that has applied itself to the grinding wheel correctly would have extracted the maximum benefit from the process. Prof Thiagu Ranganathan, admissions chairperson, said the selection process ensured that only the most deserving candidates made it to the Institute. “Fairness is more important than efficiency. Quality was never compromised over efficient execution. The Institute also sought to maintain inclusivity,” he said, referring to the implementation of the EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) quota from the current year at IIM-N. Prof Deeparghya Mukherjee, PGP chairperson asked the students to uphold the professional values inculcated in their previous workplaces at the Institute as well. He then announced the names of the awardees of the Certificates of Merit (term-wise toppers from each section) and the Director’s Merit
Certificates (top 5 percent of the batch) among the PGP 2018-20 Batch.
The Certificates of Merit were awarded to Aditya Prakash, T Bharath, Ankita Joshi, Jomy George, and Soumya Ojha. Suraj Tiwary, T Bharath, Ankita Joshi, Jomy George, Soumya Ojha and Rajat Goyal also received the Director’s Merit Certificates.
The orientation week progressed with the workshop ‘Right from the Start’ by Aruna Gopakumar, followed by an outbound activity by ‘Breakthrough’, which helped students break the ice and interact with each other. These activities – in addition to sessions acquainting them with various facets of the Institute – were followed by a visit to Slum Soccer – an organisation that aims at empowering youth from underprivileged communities through football.
About the PGP Batch of 2019-21: The Batch of 2019-21 for the Institute’s flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management is composed of 122 students, of which 20 are female. The average work experience across the batch is 26 months. Most of them are engineering graduates (114).
There are 8 students from chemistry, psychology, commerce, computer application and hotel and tourism management. Students hail from 23 states, enhancing the multicultural nature of the Institute. Students of PGP-1 and 2, IIM-N faculty, staff and parents of the new joinees were present on the occasion.
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