Ghaziabad: IMT Ghaziabad, India’s premier management school, saw a grand ceremony of the Annual Convocation 2017 on 15 March 2017 at its campus in Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR. The Chief Guest at this year’s convocation was Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman – Bharti Enterprises. Mr Kamal Nath, President – IMT Governing Council, Member of Parliament, and Former Union Cabinet Minister presided over the event and awarded the diplomas to the graduating students.
A total of 545 students from six different programmes, namely Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) – Full Time, PGDM – Finance, PGDM – Marketing, PGDM – Dual Country Programme (DCP), PGDM – Executive, and PGDM – Part Time, graduated at the convocation ceremony while the faculty members, proud parents, friends and relatives watched from the sea of audience present during the event.
Chief Guest, Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal delivered the convocation address. He talked about his journey as an entrepreneur. He said, ” Today’s digital moves are truly threading job expansion – robotics, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, etc. can replace job opportunity. WTO must ensure obstruction to movement of people should be the least. Indian leaders must ensure this. Every technology as it poses challenges also opens up many opportunities as well building an eco-system around the new technology. New technologies will make interfaces easy and more and more people will join digital movements, and the amount of opportunities digitalisation creates, like the cashless economy will bring many opportunities to the students.”
Sunil Nayyar, Marketing Director, Sony Corp, USA, an alumnus of 1991, received the IMT Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017 for his exceptional contribution to the industry and the institute. The Vishit Jain Memorial Award was conferred upon Gagandeep Hardeep Marwaha of the PGDM 2015-17 for an all-round performance with noticeable impact and quality of achievements.
Mr Kamal Nath, President – IMT Governing Council, said in his address to the students, “Management thoughts are US-centric, but with the emergence of the Asian economy, this is set to undergo a transformation. One must know how to manage in view of globalisation, knowing nuances of different regions and geo political developments. As next generation business leaders, you must be aware of this. We need to remember that data and technology are only enablers and as team managers, you must also focus on people skills alongside embracing these technologies. Business objectives need to align with the needs of the society. One must know the thin line between profit and profiteering. Let our ethical compass be unwavering. In your journey from a cubicle to corner office keep your values intact.”
IMT Ghaziabad Director, Dr Atish Chattopadhyay, delivered the welcome address and summarised the key milestones and achievements during the past academic year. He said, “We look forward to 2017 with renewed optimism with the formation of the Real Time Contextual Marketing Lab (RTCML), perhaps a first in the country by any B-School which will see the convergence of Digital, Mobile, Social, Analytics and other new media applications. We are confident that the proposed Centre for Development Studies too will create an impact. We will continue to deepen our engagement with the industry and IMT will launch its Bloomberg Trade & Research Lab which will allow students to execute mock trades on global exchanges and gain expertise of trading in financial markets,” he added, touching upon some of the new initiatives in the offing.
The convocation ceremony was concluded with the national anthem and the procession leaving the lawns. This was followed by a brief media interaction with the Chief Guest Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal and Mr Kamal Nath.