From A Reporter
SHILLONG, April 5: The Indian Institute of Magement Shillong today celebrated, amidst much splendor, its 8th Annual Convocation at its current campus. Despite the torrential rain over the past few days, it seemed even the skies held together to ensure that the planning and magement in organizing the event of one of the most important education Institute in the region would remain uffected.
Altogether 159 students of the Post Graduate Diploma in Magement program of the batch of 2015-17 received their certificates on the day inclusive of those in absentia.
In addition, 15 students of the Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Maging Business in India & Chi (PGPEx) program for the year 2015 -16 also received their passing out diploma, in presence of Society and Board Members of RGIIM Shillong, proud parents, Faculty Members, Officers and staff of the Institute.
The Convocation Chief Guest Dr ushad Forbes, accomplished alumnus of Stanford University, Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall and current President of CII while delivering the Convocation Address, while presenting his reflections through exemplary stories, asserted that “The strength of the Indian economy rests in its private sector. It truly leads the economy – investing in infrastructure in a massively impressive way, identifying new sectors for its public and private sector to invest in, investing in building institutions for education and research.”
He further spoke of Indian industry’s diverse strengths as it stands today and “how must we be different in the future. “I think we must be more of four things: more ethical, more intertiol, more technology-focused, and more collaborative as good corporate citizens.”
As young graduates Dr. Forbes shared his views on how as young graduates, the students are ideally placed to help Indian industry deliver on all four aspects of making a difference. Urging the young graduates, he ended his warmly received speech, wishing them “a life of freedom, of experimentation, of doing what you love, and of making a difference.”
Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Founding Dean of Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, New York, USA while delivering his address as Guest of Honour reflected upon three themes which he felt will serve the graduates well in moving forward in life which included their role in the world as a leader for Brand India, their role as leaders in a fast developing economic power but one with enormous social challenges, and their role as members of family and community, which he said were important considerations to become important role models for the next generation.
“As the brand of India has changed, so have the expectations of others of India and of Indians. People expect us to be bright and creative. People expect us to be hardworking and successful. People expect us to be ethical and inclusive. People expect us to lead for success. People expect more from us. So what does it mean for you as you graduate from IIM Shillong? You are the forefront of a generation that is facing an expectations revolution in the world – mind you, a positive change in expectations.” he remarked.