IIT and IIM graduates should convert India’s numerous challenges into opportunities: Magsaysay Award winner Dr. Harish Hande

Bengaluru: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore celebrated its 43rd Foundation Day with an inspiring special lecture by Magsaysay Award winner Dr. Harish Hande, the Distinguished Alumni Awardees (DAA) and a host of sports and cultural events. In the Foundation Day lecture, recipient of the Magsaysay award and Co-founder SELCO India Dr. Harish Hande spoke extensively on ‘Social Inclusiveness and our Education System’.

An IIT Kharagpur and University of Massachusetts, USA alumnus, Dr. Hande is recognized as a pioneer of rural energy service across the world. Opening his lecture with a clarion call to IIT and IIM graduates to convert India’s numerous challenges into opportunities, he urged them to work towards creating social equity, sustainability and inclusiveness. “Your generation needs to make the change and create a level playing field for all. Because the financially poor are not necessarily of poor intellectual capability.”

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“Keep accumulating great karma and good things will happen to you; help others because the best way to achieve your goals is to help others achieve their goals,” urged Ramesh Srinivasan, CEO of Ooyala Inc. in Santa Clara (Silicon Valley), California, during IIM Bangalore’s 43rd Foundation Day celebrations. Ramesh Srinivasan (PGP 1984), along with Haragopal Mangipudi (PGSEM 2001), CEO and MD of finUNO, received the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) 2016, presented by SN Agarwal, Member of the Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore, during the celebrations.

In his acceptance speech, Ramesh Srinivasan remarked that admission into the premier management school, for him, was a dream come true. “This institute prepared me for business and for life. Many great teachers left a lasting impression on me and I would like to thank them individually,” he added.



Distinguished Alumnus Haragopal Mangipudi, CEO and MD of finUNO, said: “This recognition from IIMB and from my beloved teachers is very precious to me. IIMB has been a launch pad for many illustrious careers. In my case, IIMB fostered my leadership journey all through.”In his acceptance speech, Haragopal had special words of thanks for his peers at IIMB, his family and industry partners worldwide for helping him accomplish globally celebrated achievements.

Earlier in the evening, Professor Sourav Mukherji, Dean, Academic Programmes, introduced the Distinguished Alumni awardees. In keeping with the institute’s tradition, each recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award received a citation and his name was engraved on the Wall of Fame at the institute.

IIMB Director Incharge Professor Raghavan Srinivasan presented a report on the institute’s achievements in the year 2015-2016. He highlighted the school’s global rankings, research endeavours and partnerships, social impact work and faculty accomplishments. Highlighting IIMB’s contribution to social impact by delivering world-class education to all, through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), he said: “While we continue to offer MOOCs on the Harvard/MIT edX platform, we are also on the GoI SWAYAM platform. We have agreed to coordinate management courses on SWAYAM.”

Hailing the contributions of the alumni, Prof. Srinivasan said: “Our alumni are a key part of our success story. They support us in very many ways for which we are grateful.”

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  1. Absolutely great thought sharing. They should get involved into nation building by helping others to grow . The role is quite significant in the challenging situation of world and India and it would really add value to the individuals, teams, businesses, society, country and the global world. Cheers!!!!

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