IIM Bangalore (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore) welcomed the new batch of students to its two-year full time MBA programmes: Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and the Post Graduate Programme in Business Analytics (PGP-BA), 2023-2025 batch.
A record number of students formed the batch with 531 gaining admission into the PGP and 75 joining the PGP in Business Analytics. The orientation program shall continue till 17th June 2023.
Prof. Ashis Mishra, former Chairperson, Admissions & Financial Aid, and faculty in the Marketing area of IIM B (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore) said, “ The average work experience and average age are 24 months and 24 years, respectively. For Business Analytics, the average work experience is 31 months. I wish you all the best in your demanding journey here with countless activities.”
Distinguished Alumni Awards for Ashok Reddy, Abhijit Roy and Samina Bano
The Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) which is given to alumni in recognition of their achievements of exceptional merit and excellence was felicitated for the year 2023. The DAA award winners – Ashok Reddy, PGP 1995; Abhijit Roy, PGP 1991, and Samina Bano, PGP 2010. Each awardee receives a citation and her/his name is engraved on the IIMB Wall of Fame.
Mr. Rashmi Mohanty, CFO of SBI Cards, delivered special address
The inauguration ceremony featured a keynote address by the Chief Guest and IIMB alumni from the PGP batch of 1995 Ms. Rashmi Mohanty, who is currently the Chief Financial Officer, SBI Cards.
“With the wealth of your education at IIMB, expand your mind, find your calling and write the script of your own life. Be accountable for your decisions and do not succumb to peer pressure. Take on projects of your interest…and in all this, look for role models and mentors. Be open to explore,” said Ms. Mohanty.
She had a special word of advice for the women of the cohort – to break the glass ceiling of gender-based constraints in order to make a difference. “It will be difficult. Make sure your sacrifices are worth it. In case of tough choices, seek guidance and prioritize. And then trust your decision, turn the page and have no regrets.”
The event also included welcome addresses by Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, Deans, Programme Chairpersons.
Prof. RT Krishnan, Director IIM B, in his welcome address, advised the students to be adaptable on multiple fronts, in order to handle all the changes that businesses are undergoing due to technology and other factors. “We have reviewed our programmes and changes have been incorporated into the curriculum relating to digital, data and ESG. You need to keep track of all the changes happening outside. When needed, ask faculty and peers to help you grasp the changes and track other sources of information. So, prepare yourself for a lifelong journey of learning and change.”
Manage time, get good sleep and exercise. Be physically and mentally fit for the rigors of the course, he added.
Prof. Rahul Dé, Dean, Programmes, and faculty in the Information Systems area, said, “We do not follow the lecture and exam pattern. Our courses are finely tuned to the needs of the students and industry. We have added, dropped and revised aspects of the programmes based on needs of the future. We want you to engage with the study material: listen-analyze-apply; take part in extracurricular activities, contests and international exchange programmes; interact and network with students of other programmes, learn from them and share knowledge; be sensitive while interacting with people; make use of institute resources; choose your Elective courses wisely and be conscious of academic integrity”.
Prof. R Srinivasan, Chairperson, Post Graduate Programme in Management and Post Graduate Programme in Business Analytics, and faculty of the Strategy area of IIMB, introduced the Chief Guest and said, “In the next two years you will have enriching lives and the learning will propel your careers in the direction you desire.”