Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) inaugurated the new academic session for the Post Graduate Program (PGP) and the Doctoral Fellow Program in Management (FPM) on June 16, 2017 with the Chief Guest Mathew Cyriac advising the students to choose the right mentors and develop essential communication skills that are important in today’s business world.
“It is important to find good mentors as they help you take tough decisions and guide you through tough times,” Cyriac, Founder and Chairman designate of Florintree Advisors, a Mumbai-based Alternative Asset Manager said. He is a gold medallist from the PGP batch of 1992-94.
Students should look beyond grades to see what best they could get out of their time on campus. “Build relationships as that may prove valuable later in life. Engage with each other,” Cyriac said in his keynote address.
“Apart from the entrance exam (CAT), the institute attaches a lot of importance on other factors to grant admission, like past academic and extracurricular achievements, work experience, if any, in terms of both duration and quality, social sensitivity, etc. We want students with well-rounded abilities,”
Prof. M S Narasimhan, Chairperson, Post Graduate Programme in Management and faculty from the Finance & Accounting area, delivered the welcome address.
Prof. Rajendra K Bandi, Chairperson, Admissions & Financial Aid and Faculty from the Decision Sciences and Information Systems area, shared the batch profile and dwelt briefly on the admissions process.
“Apart from the entrance exam (CAT), the institute attaches a lot of importance on other factors to grant admission, like past academic and extracurricular achievements, work experience, if any, in terms of both duration and quality, social sensitivity, etc. We want students with well-rounded abilities,” he added.
“We have tried to bring in the best possible batch. We are confident it is going to be an enriching and exciting journey for all,” Prof. Bandi said.
IIMB Director Dr. G. Raghuram, who is also Professor in the Public Policy area, urged the students to explore the opportunity to think in a sharp and problem-solving manner. They need to discover their potential to stretch themselves and appreciate multiple perspectives, he addded.
Highlighting the skills and expertise required of managers of the future, he said it was imperative to have an understanding of the reality of the large grassroots-level population in India. “Accountability and responsibility are no longer limited to customers, shareholders, and employees, but also to the society and the government,” he pointed out.
On the occasion, PGP2 students received the Director’s Merit List awards, the section-wise and term-wise topper awards and scholarships instituted by the alumni.
Students Affairs Council (SAC) President Velagala Vivek offered a brief overview of life as an IIMB student to the incoming batch. The evening came to a close with a cultural event.
The PGP batch comprises 405 students and the FPM 23. In the PGP batch, 80% have work experience. About 88% have an engineering background. More than 50% of the students are from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
PGP, a two-year, full-time, residential Post Graduate Programme, leading up to a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, is designed to equip students to take on leadership roles in an increasingly complex and dynamic global scenario. Conducted in six trimesters, spread over two years, it includes a summer project between the two years.
The FPM at IIMB is globally recognized. It is a premier source of rigorous and inter-disciplinary research in all areas of business management and public policy, including Strategy, Decision Sciences, Economics & Social Sciences, Finance & Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management, Production & Operations Management, Public Policy.