IIMB to host its 45th Convocation ceremony on March 20; N. Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons, will be chief guest

Bengaluru: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) will host its 45th Convocation on March 20 (Friday), which will include the award of gold medals.

Students will graduate in the presence of chief guest N. Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons Private Ltd, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chair, Board of Governors, IIMB, Professor G. Raghuram, Director, IIMB, eminent Board members and members of the faculty.

Students graduating from the doctoral programme, the Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management, and the MBA programmes will receive their degrees. The awards will include gold medals for Best All Round Performance, First Rank, Second Rank and Best Academic Performance.

Mr. Chandrasekaran will deliver the convocation address, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty will share his message and Professor G Raghuram will highlight some of the achievements and accomplishments of the institute.

On the eve of the convocation ceremony, on March 19 (Thursday), the Distinguished Alumni Awards 2020 will be presented to three individuals – Dhruv Deepak Saxena (PGP 1975-’77), Kusum L Ailawadi (PGP 1982-’84) and Sangeet Paul Choudary (PGP 2004-’06).

The awards, instituted in 2007 at IIMB, are given to alumni in recognition of their achievements of exceptional merit and excellence in their chosen field of endeavour – be it industry, management, entrepreneurship, research, academia, or social service. Each recipient of the prestigious award receives a citation and her/his name is engraved on the Wall of Fame at IIMB.

DD Saxena is the Promoter Director and Founder of ROBE (Riverina Oils and Bio Energy), an oilseed crushing and refining plant in Australia. Kusum L Ailawadi is the Charles Jordan 1911 TU’12 Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platformation Labs and is a C-level advisor to Fortune 500 firms in Europe, North America and Asia. Sangeet is the youngest ever recipient of IIM Bangalore’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Kusum Ailawadi says it is an incredible honour for her to receive this award from the school that accepted her into its hallowed programme as a wet-behind-the-ears student just out of college, and opened doors of opportunity that she would never have had otherwise. “The academic and life lessons I acquired during my two years at IIMB, the role models I had in so many wonderful faculty, the late professors G.K. Valecha, Vatsala Nagarajan and A.K. Roy among them, and the strong bond I formed with my classmates, many of whom remain dear friends even after 35 years although they reside in different parts of the world – all that is priceless,” she adds.

Sangeet Paul Choudary feels humbled that IIM Bangalore – an institute that he used to dream of joining at one time – would honour him with such a prestigious award. “Being an alumnus of IIM Bangalore is a privilege in itself, and only few things are as satisfying as receiving such high recognition from one’s alma mater,” he says.

For Dhruv Deepak Saxena, recognition from an institution like IIMB has a very special and significant meaning. “I cherish this award as IIM Bangalore provided me the platform, the values and skill set which enabled me to build a successful career and establish myself as an entrepreneur.”

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