Jaipur: IIHMR University Jaipur conferred MBA and PhD degrees to 269 students during its 7th Convocation Ceremony, held on 30th July 2021 in virtual/hybrid mode. Known to be a premier health and research University, IIHMR University has conducted over 800 research projects and studies in health policies and programs at the national and international levels. IIHMR University conferred MBA degrees to students in Hospital and Health Management, Pharmaceutical Management and Rural Management. 9 students received their PhD degrees.Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, NASI-ICMR Chair on Public Health Research Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS), Jaipur and President AII
MS, Madurai was the Chief Guest of the Convocation. Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group and Mr. Prem Sharma, Founder and CEO DayToDay Health were the Guest of Honour. Convocation Ceremony was Presided by Dr. SD Gupta, Chairperson, IIHMR University while progress report was presented by Dr. PR Sodani, President IIHMR University.
Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, NASI-ICMR Chair on Public Health Research Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS), Jaipur, delivered the Convocation address. Highlighting the broader purpose of higher education, Dr. Katoch said, “It is important for every graduate to reflect upon purpose of education. One thing that remains to core to education, and particularly higher education, is how well you can ‘solve the problems’ in your profession, work and life for desired improvement in the quality of life of the people. While congratulating the students on their hard earned degrees during challenging times of COVID-19, he also urged the graduates to work dedicatedly for improving the situation in their respective domains.”
Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “IIHMR University is an institution of great repute and has been helping the country and the world with quality individuals who have been helping to evolve the healthcare system. COVID-19 pandemic is a generational event that has brought the healthcare sector to centre stage. This is truly a moment where every single person has thought over their relationship to health and their ability. The graduates from IIHMR University have joined the ranks today of primary responsibility of keeping the community, the country and the world healthy. Breaking the status quo and changing the paradigm of healthcare is imperative. This generation of millennials is fully equipped to utilise science, technology, Artificial Intelligence and IoT to keep people alive, healthy and focus on prevention giving equitable access to healthcare.”
Mr. Prem Sharma, Founder and CEO DayToDay Health congratulated all future leaders to start their new journey and said, “The world economy has been changing due to technological innovations, disappearing geographical boundaries are driving industries and businesses across the world to break the current norms. Most of the world’s information we know has been created in the last 10 years and most of the jobs we do did not exist around 10 years ago. Students graduating will be a part of these revolutionary changes as the uncertainty and complexities of the business environment increased due to COVID-19. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management has become essential for every society and country. Rural Development is an important area for the balanced and equitable development of any country. SDG vision 2030, healthcare management and rural development are often indicated with designing and delivering effective development solutions. ”
Presiding the event, the renowned public health expert and Chairperson of IIHMR University Dr. S.D. Gupta highlighted how the commitment to quality and human-service has helped in shaping this unique institution in the country during last four decades. In his address Dr. Gupta urged students to make learning as a part of their habit for entire life. He elaborated, “you are ready to move to career but what will help you is not the degree or acquired knowledge alone rather it is your ability to continuously learn from experience and to serve to the society.”
The Founder and Trustee of IIHMR University and many other developmental organizations, Dr. Ashok Aggarwal explained the broader purpose of establishing IIHMR nearly four decades back when hardly anyone in country thought about healthcare from management perspective. He added that this institution has contributed immensely in improving healthcare systems in India and beyond, which is a matter of great pride for all stakeholders.
Presenting the Welcome-Address and Annual-Progress report of the University, Dr. PrahladR. Sodani, President, IIHMR University said, “IIHMR University has carefully selected the areas in Post Graduate programs as per emerging needs of the developing world and that is the reason which makes our programmes very unque.” Elaborating the role of management learning, he added,“Challenges and opportunities are part of every learning practice, what matters is how you learn and understand and act in any given circumstances. The role of a manager is founded based on three principles Act – Implement- Learn.” He presented how the university has preogressed in improving quality and relevance of healthcare and development management education in the country. Sharing about the achievements, Dr. Sodani shared that University has been able to offer placements to almost all eligible graduating students in more than 150 organizations including Novartis, Abbott, Apollo Munich, Accenture, Deloitte, Fortis Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals, Shalby, GlaxoSmithKline, Zydus, Water Aid, Gujarat State Watershed Management Association (GSWMA), Rajeev Gandhi Foundation, Rajasthan Rural Livelihood Mission and many more.
This is important to note that IIHMR University has collaborations in India and abroad with various national and international organisations and universities.