IIM Ahmedabad virtually hosts 56th graduation ceremony, 605 degrees conferred
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad virtually held its 56th annual convocation. A total of 605 graduate students received titles and diplomas, among which IIMA doctoral students. Program in Management, Graduate Program in Management (PGP), Graduate Program in Food and Agri-Food Management (FABM-MBA) and Graduate Program in Management for Executives (MBA- PGPX). Decorators for each program received gold medals in recognition of their achievements.
Traditionally, the graduation ceremony at IIMA is held at the Louis Kahn Plaza but its year due to Covid-19, IIMA has gone digital. During the ceremony online, graduate students watched the summons from the security of their remote homes, while faculty and staff joined in the ceremony virtually from their secure offices or home on campus.
Kumar Mangalam Birla, President, BoGs, IIMA opened the first virtual summons followed by the summoning ceremony. Subsequently, Birla conferred the titles and diplomas followed by the summons speech by him.
During her keynote address, Birla congratulated the graduates and said, “It is important that you have clarity on your North Star, but then be adventurous and experiment, use these experiences to build your steering wheel and supplement your IQ with it. EQ. I don’t see IQ and EQ as binary qualities, but rather as complementary traits that make a healthy personality. You have to add other dimensions to your thinking, above all, empathy and humility. “
“When you look back a few years from now, you have to ask yourself one question. Did I make a difference? It doesn’t matter if you are a marketer or a consultant, entrepreneur or technician. Have you advanced in your field and added to the cumulative repository of knowledge and wisdom? If the answer is yes. Then you did justice to the education you received and you lived up to the rich heritage of this iconic institution, ”he said.
In his closing speech, Professor Errol D’Souza, Director of IIMA, said: “Doing what is right is often in conflict with loyalty and good civic behavior in the organizations in which students will work. However, in a VUCA world, we need fair and equitable people. “
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