Ghaziabad, March 17, 2012: IMT Ghaziabad held its 2012 convocation at its brightly lit and beautifully decked out campus today.The new managers waited in their graduation robes. Patient and solemn, they listened to the highly experienced speakers reveal to them their roles as they embarked into the journey of brand new responsibilities and careers.
The evening began with the lighting of a traditional lamp and an invocation to the Goddess of Learning and Knowledge – Saraswati.
Director of IMT Ghaziabad, Dr. Bibek Banerjee, presented his detailed report to the audience. The B-School continues to be ranked among the top ten in India on several lists. IMT’s unrelenting emphasis on constant flow of new ideas, effecting and implementing meaningful change, and an uncompromising attitude to quality are the reasons for its stature. Dr. Banerjee updated those gathered on the progress IMT Ghaziabad has made through the academic year 2011-12. “IMT Ghaziabad is transforming its curriculum to stay focussed on tomorrow’s managerial needs. The strategy is to inculcate a Global Breadth in mind-set, with a India Depth in grounded relevance. The entire DNA of life-at-IMT, whether in pure academics or in programs and projects at the industry interface, will imbibe this unique co-integration” and he said.
To the graduating students, Dr. Bibek Banerjee said, “The future is full of opportunities and challenges for you. We expect you never to compromise your ethical and value standards in your quest for becomingleaders of businesses and enterprises in the future. The energy and wisdom that you will gather along the journey of your professional life, that begins now, should radiate through the entire eco-system.”
Addressing the gathering and welcoming the Chief Guest, President, IMT and Honourable Union Minister of Urban Development, Shri Kamal Nath said, “Management education is not only about learning the principles of management. It is also about understanding and appreciating the global economic realities of today and being responsive to them; about having a vision and being able to plan and implement that vision. We live in a dynamic world where change is constant. The agility with which we respond to new circumstances is a measure of our resilience ad preparedness for taking advantage of evolving situations.”
He then went on to talk of the changes that are sweeping through the world. There is a strong and pronounced need for innovative leaders. Every graduate gathered there had the techniques and the potential built into their DNA. They could be the change they wanted to see and lead India into a bright and shining future. The emphasis should be on equality and inclusiveness. “There is also a need to engage with the global and local communities. In fact the focus should be to develop glocal – a blend of global and local – mindsets,” he said.
Honourable Union Minister for Finance, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered the Convocation Address. Students, parents, facultyand guests sat in rapt attention as they listened to him encourage the IMT Graduates to make a difference to India and the world as they stepped into their careers as the future leaders of the world.
“I am delighted to be a part of the Annual Convocation of IMT, Ghaziabad,” Shri Mukherjeebegan his address. Huge applause followed. IMT Ghaziabad was overjoyed to have amidst them such a forward thinking, change pioneering Union Finance Minister. Padma Vibhushan Shri Mukherjee has achieved honours many of us cannot even dream of. His long list of important accomplishments includes being named Finance Minister of the of the Year for Asia 2010 by London based magazine, Emerging Markets and presiding over the SAARC Council of Ministers Conference.
“In a churning global marketplace, understanding the fundamental connections between business, environment and society has become very essential. The roles and responsibilities of business are becoming more complex and concepts related to social corporate responsibility are gaining recognition as elements in business management,” he said, encouraging the future leaders to look at their specific roles in relation to the bigger picture.
He then talked about the important role education institutes like IMT Ghaziabad played in shaping the attitudes and behaviour of corporate leaders. Learning continues even after the formal education ends and a degree is awarded. “I am confident that management graduates from IMT Ghaziabad will continue to create new standards of global talent in this new paradigm of management education,” Shri Mukherjee said.
Medals were awarded to students deserving them and distinguishing alumnus, felicitated. The Management Oath was administered with due solemn sincerity. It was followed by diplomas being awarded to 601 students. The evening ended with the Vote of Thanks, Closing of the Convocation and the National Anthem. A sumptuous dinner, served in IMT Ghaziabad style was the beginning of a new life, a new career and the first milestone in 601 brilliant futures.
About IMT Ghaziabad: Established in 1980, IMT Ghaziabad is among the premier B-Schools in India. It is ranked # 7 on an all India basis by the Economic Times and enjoys CRISIL national rating of A***. IMT ranks among the best in country on faculty’s intellectual capitalon research; delivers a curriculum that is contemporary, and possesses sensitivity to the cross-cultural needs of a shrinking globe. IMT grooms its students into adaptable, flexible and aware leaders with a managerialorientation toward ethics and responsibility.