Chief Secretary inaugurates five days orientation program of IIM Jammu

Interdisciplinary, holistic education as per NEP-2020 need of the hour: Dr. Mehta


JAMMU: Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today inaugurated the five day Orientation Program of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu for the 7th Batch of MBA (2022-24), 3rd Batch of Ph.D. (2022-25), 2nd Batch of EMBA (2022-24) and for the 1st Batch of MBA (HA&HM) (2022-24).

The first day of the five-day orientation program was started with a calming yoga session focusing on the theme of ‘Maximize happiness and mindfulness’ by Yoga and meditation trainer.

ADGP, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Jammu, Dr. Milind Kamble; Director, IIM Jammu, Prof. B.S. Sahay; Director, AIIMS, Jammu, Dr. Shakti Gupta; Dean Faculty, IIT Jammu, Prof Kannan Iyer; Dean Academics, IIM Jammu, Prof. Jabir Ali; Chairperson, Admissions, IIM Jammu, Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida, members of Governing Body of IIM Jammu, faculty and large number of students were also present on the occasion.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta welcomed the students and reminded them that learning shouldn’t be confined to books and courses but should also be used in the real world. He also proposed to make Jammu and Kashmir ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in the upcoming years with the rapid transformation going on in different sectors.

Dr. Mehta highlighted that the interdisciplinary and holistic education is the need of the hour as per the NEP-2020.

Dr. Milind Kamble, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIM Jammu praised the institute for its academic excellence, high-quality research, corporate exposure, executive education, and international exposure. With his diverse experience, he mentioned that survival in this data-driven, changing, and competitive world is possible only through knowledge and emphasized that students must strive to empower themselves with information, develop social awareness, and contribute to society and mankind.

In his welcome address, Prof. B.S Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu encouraged the new batch to be self-reliant, strive for excellence, and to learn to work and perform in a cross-cultural environment. He emphasized that to be a successful human being, one must socialize, and be part of a world of collaboration. He motivated the students to become “job creators and not just job seekers” and serve humanity, society, and the nation to move towards economic growth and prosperity.

Speaking on the occasion, ADGP Jammu gave the students insights into building a successful future. He left the students with many life teachings and wished that the new batches reach new heights.

In his address, Director, AIIMS Jammu enlightened the students by asking them to move forward and progress in life and think beyond the sky as nothing is impossible in this world. He laid impetus on training and research.

While speaking on the occasion, Chairperson Admissions, IIM Jammu, gave an extensively detailed profile about all the new and upcoming batches. He also went into detail about the diverse profiles of the upcoming batches.

Dean Faculty, IIT Jammu, speaking on the occasion, emphasized on how the new program of B.Tech + MBA will act as an adhesive to strengthen the association between IIT Jammu and IIM Jammu.

During the inaugural session, the participants paid homage to the pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra tragedy.

After the inaugural session, IIM Jammu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the J&K Bank, in the presence of Baldev Prakash, MD and CEO J&K Bank, and Prof. BS Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu.

The main objective of this MoU is to develop collaboration between the IIM Jammu and J&K Bank in contributing to the growth and development of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Later in the afternoon session, Additional Chief Secretary, I&C, Vivek Bhardwaj and Principal Secretary Higher Education Department, Rohit Kansal also addressed the participants of orientation program.

In his address, Vivek Bhardwaj, congratulated the students and presented the current state of the industry ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir. He highlighted the immense potential of Jammu and Kashmir in the industrial sector. He also emphasized the lack of supply chain infrastructure in Jammu.

The ACS encouraged the students to impart their knowledge to this cause in the future. He gave insights on business demographics of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the gathering, Rohit Kansal mentioned about the life lessons that the students can learn during their study and also make the best use of it during their journey ahead. He highlighted the importance of being a good human to the students and said, “Life is a journey and there are no stoppages here. Don’t wait to get to your prime to seize the day.”

Ashish Bhalla, Head – Campus Relations, HCL Technologies while interacting with the studenan, explained the importance of HR Analytics. He asked the students to reflect on the reason why they chose MBA and discussed careers and the scope of analytics.

Manoj K Prasad, Vice President-Talent Development & Digital Transformation, Reliance Industries Limited provided an overview of Data Analytics in the corporate world. He focused on the need of Data analytics in current times, as it is a powerful tool in the realm of business planning.

Question and answer sessions as well as industry panel discussion was also held as part of the orientation program.