On June 18, BIMTECH Greater Noida held the Commencement Ceremony to welcome its new PGDM 2022-24 batch on campus. The ceremony was attended by about 300 students, and their parents, who have joined four programs at BIMTECH -- PGDM-Core, PGDM-International Business, PGDM- Insurance and PGDM-Retail. Well known Economist Dr Ajit Ranade and Ms Bhavana Batra, Executive Director, Global People Programs Leader, S&P Global addressed the students and their parents.
Complimenting BIMTECH leadership, Dr Ajit Ranade said, “BIMTECH does not believe in resting on its laurels. It keeps climbing and reaching newer heights!” In an inspiring speech, Ms Bhavana Batra said, “You are lucky to be entering the MBA program in an era where there are so many opportunities. Be buoyant and open to opportunities. But remember these opportunities will not come to you. You need to work hard for it.”
In his welcome address Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH talked about the diversity. Dr Chaturvedi said, “BIMTECH is a rainbow of diverse cultures of India.” He further added that BIMTECH has admitted 40 percent female and 60 male students this year and students are from all education backgrounds.
MBAUniverse.com presents key highlights from commencement speeches.
Dr Ajit Ranade, VC, Gokhale Institute says Indian economy is resilient
The Chief Guest on this occasion, Dr Ajit Ranade, Economist and Vice Chancellor, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, talked about the resilience of Indian economy, and praised BIMTECH leadership and faculty for constant progress.
Talking about the Indian economy, Dr Ranade said, “Though global economy is under uncertainty, but Indian economy is domestically driven. We have seen 101 unicorns in the country in 21-22. In 2022-2023- triple amount of recruitment is expected. And that is where the opportunity lies for our youth.”
Complimenting incoming students, Dr Ranade said, “In domain of private sector management education, BIMTECH is in top 10 or even top 5 B-schools. You have absolutely made the right choice.”
Dr Ranade, a well known economist, was the President and Chief Economist at Aditya Birla Group. He has earlier served as an Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd.
and Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India.
Ms Bhavana Batra, ED, S&P Global inspires students
In an inspiring address the Guest of Honour, Ms Bhavana Batra shared her perspectives on changing World of Work, and how MBAs can do well in these uncertain times.
Ms Batra said, “We are living in times of significant change. Covid 19 has changed how business is done, and how we work. Honestly, no one is sure of the future! No one can claim to know it all. Everyone is learning new things and trying to improve everyday.”
Offering an example, Ms Batra said, “Today our Supply Chain is being reconfigured completely. We no longer rely on a single vendor. We don’t even rely on a single country. Businesses want to diversify across continents… This requires new thinking, capabilities and execution.”
Motivating young students, she said, “This is a great time for MBAs to learn business management. Be buoyant and be open to opportunities!” She however cautioned students: “But remember these opportunities will not come to you. You need to work hard for it.”
Ms Batra said MBAs should focus on following areas to improve their employability:
1. Continuous Learning: Lean constantly and add value to yourself.
2. Relationship Building: Relationships will help you learn and give you comfort in difficult times. So, leverage this opportunity to build stronger relationships.
3. Problem Solving Skills: In industry, we look for problem solvers. We look for people who have the ability to leverage different aspects of learning and offer options to problems. So, think on those lines. Have a tangible takeaway in everything you do. It will differentiate you.
Concluding her talk, Ms Batra said, “You cannot achieve anything without perspiration and getting your hands dirty. Today, the organization mantra is Fail Fast! So, try your hands at the various opportunities offered during an MBA program. You will fail at some, but move on and take the next challenge!”
A seasoned HR Leader and Consulting Leader, Ms Bhavana Batra is the Executive Director, Global People Programs Leader, S&P Global. In her career spanning over 18 years, she has worked as Managing Director - Management Consulting at PwC India. She has also worked at Genpact and SHL. She completed her MBA in Human Resources Management from Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon in 2006.
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