IMT Ghaziabad hosts Shiv Nadar as the Chief Guest at IMTG Convocation 2018

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~ IMT’s President Shri Kamal Nath along with other eminent dignitaries from diverse industries and sectors were present at the ceremony~

Ghaziabad/New Delhi | March 12, 2018

IMT Ghaziabad (IMTG), India’s premier management school with a distinct focus on grooming Leadership through Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility, held Convocation 2018 on March 12, 2018, at its campus. Shri Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman, HCL, Shiv Nadar Foundation, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Shri 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 number of 593 students from six programmes namely PGDM – Full Time; PGDM – Marketing; PGDM – Finance; PGDM – DCP; PGDM – Executive; PGDM – Part Time, from six graduated this year at the convocation ceremony. The event also announced the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award 2018 and Vishit Jain Memorial Award.

The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards were conferred upon Ms. Mamta Sakia, an alumnus of the Class of 1991, the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Foundation, for Social/ Entrepreneurial Contribution; and, Mr Sudhin Mathur, an alumnus of the Class of 1990, Managing Director, Motorola Mobilty India and Country Head Lenovo Mobile Biz Group, for Corporate Excellence. Since 2005, every year IMT Ghaziabad confers a Distinguished Alumni Award to its alumni for exceptional contribution to the industry and the institute.

Ms. Eesha Kaushal from the class of 2018, was declared the winner of The Vishit Jain Memorial Award for her all-round performance with noticeable impact and quality of achievements as a student. Also, the toppers of all six programmes were acknowledged with the award of Gold and Silver Medals. A list of the medalists is appended as Annexure 1.

Chief Guest Shri Shiv Nadar delivered the convocation address. While talking about his journey and giving the students an inside peek into the realities of the corporate world, through anecdotes from his own young days, he told the students, “Seeing all of you reminds me of my convocation. You have to realize that every single one of you has a long life ahead. Head out, explore the world, and experiment with life each and every day. Have your dreams and pursue them relentlessly, because, your dreams are what set you apart. There will be disappointments, failures and moments of doubt. These will all be waiting for you, but at the end of the road is the satisfaction of knowing that despite it all, you never gave up.”

Shri Kamal Nath, President – IMT Governing Council, said in his address to the students, “Technology is offering exciting opportunities; the world economy and the socio-political milieu of the globe have become extremely dynamic. Education, especially business education needs to keep pace with this disruption and change. I am glad that IMT Ghaziabad has undertaken a journey to be in tune with these demands and groom its graduates accordingly.” He further added, “Wherever you work, you have to prepare yourself and your organisation to address the demands of the present and face the challenges of the future. If you don’t aim to be the first mover, you will not reach even second place. Remember, it’s not possible to prevent disruption, you have to decide, are you going to be disruptive or disrupted?”

“Don’t stop learning when you step out of the institution. IMT has provided you a toolkit in cross disciplinary sciences that prepares you only for the initial dip. Keep the flame of curiosity alive. Absorb all the knowledge you can and keep growing.”, Shri Kamal Nath added while addressing the students at the Convocation.

IMT Ghaziabad Director Dr Atish Chattopadhyay delivered the welcome address and summarised the key milestones and achievements during the past academic year. “The graduating class of 2018 joined with me (in 2016) and are a part of the change journey. Some of them fondly call themselves ‘Change-preneurs’ and played a key role in making the new initiatives a success. This year, IMT Ghaziabad has revisited the program architecture, courses and the pedagogy of teaching and learning. The institute this year introduced experiential courses like Critical and Analytical Thinking, Design Thinking and Innovation, intertwined with courses on Effective Execution, Sustainability and Social Responsibility, which we believe has successfully laid the foundation for leadership development.”, Dr Atish said.

“Today when we talk about education 4.0 to support industry 4.0, we already started working on this. We at IMT emphasise on experiential and lab-based learning, through practice labs in the areas of Media and Entertainment, Digital Media and Consumer Insights, Finance (integrated with Bloomberg) and the SAP Next Gen Lab”, Dr Atish 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, Shri Shiv Nadar and President, IMT, Shri Kamal Nath.