New Delhi: The IILM Annual PGDM Convocation for the Class of 2018, held at the Lodhi Road campus, was for all the three campuses of IILM – IILM Institute for Higher Education, Lodhi Road; IILM Institute for Business and Management, Gurgaon and IILM Graduate School of Management, Greater Noida.
The Chief Guest at the event was Mr. Rajeev Dubey, Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. The address by the Chief Guest, Rajiv Dubey was well received. He shared his thoughts on creating tomorrow’s leaders through 3 + 5 method. He spoke about the three attitudes that are important – accept no limits; do alternative thinking and; drive positive change. Then he talked about what he believed were the five critical behaviors of leaders – ability to use the whole mind by integrating the left with the right brain; be a multiplier which means do more with less; manage fear and leverage failure; mindfulness which means being open to the possibilities that exist in every moment; create an atmosphere of trust. He said, “the most important thing that tomorrow’s leader should have is a purpose, a dream but it has to be a higher order purpose. Have a dream, enunciate that dream and make that dream come alive. It is the dream that will keep you going.”. He advised the students to focus on execution because although big ideas matter execution is more important at the early stage.
Mr. Dubey is a Member of the Governing Board of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, and serves on the Boards of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), Geneva and the International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy. He is also a core member of the Council of Global Advisors of the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM), and is the immediate Past President of the National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN), and the Employers’ Federation of India (EFI).
He joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in January, 2004, after a career spanning 29 years in the Tata Group, which he joined in 1975 as a member of the TAS, the central managerial cadre of the Tata Group. He studied Economics at St. Stephens College, Delhi University where he ranked first in the University, and at the Delhi School of Economics where he received a National Scholarship. He went on to do his MBA from the Yale School of Management as a J N Tata scholar, and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School.
During the convocation, Diplomas and Certificates of Merit were awarded by Mrs. Malvika Rai, Chairperson, IILM Institute for Higher Education and by the Directors of the three campuses – Dr. Smitha Girija, Ms. Shivani Ahuja, and Dr. Taruna Gautam – to 354 students of the PG class of 2018. Mrs. Malvika Rai presented the Dr. Kulwant Rai Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the meritorious students as well as to the overall performers. Faculty members were felicitated by Dr. P. Malarvizhi, Controller & Dean, IILM University, Gurugram and Best Teacher’s awards were given to six faculty members, two from each campus.
Mr Vikram Manocha, Talent Acquisition Head, India, Amazon, who is an IILM alumnus, Class of 1997, was felicitated. He addressed the gathering and spoke about his experience in the corporate world said, “I have learnt more from my failure and failures are more important.”
The Annual Report, presented by Dr. Smitha Girija, highlighted the various achievements of IILM in the last one year, the most important being the launch of IILM University at Gurugram inaugurated by the Honourable Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, on 20th April, 2018. IILM University is a Liberal Arts University with a prime focus on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology and a vision of being Global, Inclusive and Responsible center of learning with 4 Schools – Liberal Arts, Management, Technology, and Design and Fashion. The annual report mentioned the introduction of new specialized Executive PGDM programmes in CSR, Sustainability and Innovation in collaboration with UN Global Compact India; Marketing and Innovation in collaboration with the Academy of Indian Marketing, and Public Policy and Management as well as IILM’s customized Training programmes for many organizations such as leading PSUs, Defence Ministry’s Directorate General of Resettlement; IAS and IPS officers, and IBM and Concentrix.
Another landmark achievement of the past year was the conferring of the 11th IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award on Prof. Jagdish Sheth and Charles H. Kellstadt, Professor of Marketing at Emory University, Goizueta Business School. To mark the Silver Jubilee celebration, the first batch of 1994-96 had been felicitated by Mrs. Malvika Rai during a special Annual Alumni Meet.
Dr Smitha Girija, Director IILM Lodh Road, wished the students well for their future and urged them to participate actively in IILM as alumni and share their experiences with the future students.