Indian Institute of Bangalore welcomed its diverse new batch of flagship PGP 2023-25 program with 531 students and of PGP Business Analytics with 75 students on June 12, 2023. The new batch at IIM Bangalore has 82% students from Engineering back ground and the batch comprises 30% women students. Along with this 17 students have also joined IIM Bangalore Ph.D programme. The orientation program for the new batch was conducted from 12th to 17th June 2023.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Rashmi Mohanty, the Chief Financial Officer, SBI Cards and IIM Bangalore Alumna of PGP 1995 batch. In a professional career spanning 27 years, she has worked across the banking, non-banking and metal & mining sectors. Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, welcomed the new batch, and Prof. Ashis Mishra, former Chairperson, Admissions & Financial Aid, and faculty in the Marketing area of IIMB, shared the profile of new batch; Prof. Rahul Dé, Dean, Programmes, and faculty in the Information Systems area, gave an overview of the programmes; 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; Prof. Sourav Mukherji, Dean, Alumni Relations & Development and faculty in the Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management area, introduced the DAA awardees. The inaugural session included an address by the Students' Affairs Council (SAC) President Harshav Bessariya, on 'Life at IIM Bangalore'
IIM Bangalore 2023-25 Batch Profile
A total of 606 students joined the 2023-25 batch of the two-year fulltime MBA programme – Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and MBA Business Analytics (PGP-BA) programme leading to award of MBA degree. Key highlights of 2023-25 batch are:
MBA (PGP) 2023-25 Batch Size: Increased to 531 students from 480 last year
MBA Business Analytics (PGP-BA) 2023-25 Batch Size: Increased to 75 Students from 45 last year
Academic Diversity of 2023-25 Batch
- 82% students are from Engineering Background,
- 18% students are from other streams including Commerce, Arts/Humanities, Science etc.
Average Work Experience & Average Age of the 2023-25 Batch
- Average work experience of PGP batch is about 24 months
- Average Work Experience of PGP-BA batch is 31 Months
- Average age of the students is 24 years.
Gender Diversity in IIMB 2023-25 Batch
- There are 30% Women Students in the Batch
- 70% of the Batch comprises of Male students
IIMB PhD (Doctoral) Programme Batch Size: 17 Students
PhD Batch Gender Diversity: 9 Women Students and 8 Male Students
IIM Bangalore confers Distinguished Alumni Awards 2023
On the occasion, IIMB Director felicitated the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) for 2023. Prof. Sourav Mukherji, Dean, Alumni Relations & Development, introduced the awardees who received their awards from the Director. Instituted in 2007, the Distinguished Alumni Awards 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 awardee receives a citation and her/his name is engraved on the IIMB Wall of Fame.
The DAA 2023 recipients include-
- Abhijit Roy, PGP 1991: MD & CEO of Berger Paints India
- Ashok Reddy, PGP 1995: Promoter, MD and CEO of TeamLease Services
- Samina Bano, PGP 2010: Founder and CEO of RightWalk Foundation
In his acceptance speech, Abhijit Roy listed empathy, positivity and strong communication skills as the three character traits which are critical for leadership roles, that IIM Bangalore helped him hone. Ashok Reddy said that IIMB provided the foundation and confidence to translate his aspirations into action. In her address, Samina Bano shared how her academic journey at IIMB helped her go beyond constraints and carve a niche for herself.
All three urged the new students to stoke their entrepreneurial instincts, engage in initiatives that address social challenges and use the IIMB platform to take India forward in its journey of progress.
IIMB Director Prof Krishnan Welcomes the New Batch
In his welcome address IIMB Director Prof. RT Krishnan 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. He said, “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” and added further, “The programme will help you think, make sense of the data, so engage actively in the class learning process, analyze different situations and use the tools of the MBA programme.”
Inauguration by Chief Guest Followed by Key Note Address
The inauguration ceremony featured a keynote address by the Chief Guest and IIMB alumna from the PGP batch of 1995 Rashmi Mohanty, who is currently the Chief Financial Officer, SBI Cards. In a professional career spanning 27 years, she has worked across the banking, non-banking and metal & mining sectors. Her areas of expertise include corporate finance, treasury, investor relations, corporate strategy and risk management. She is a Computer Science engineer from Delhi Institute of Technology (now NSIT) and earned her postgraduate degree from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
Rashmi Mohanty advised the students that hope and courage are pivotal to success and said, “Take what resonates and leave the rest behind. This way you can unleash your full potential, go ahead and distinguish yourself and the institute. The academic journey here with its case studies, projects submissions, exams, etc. will challenge you, but it will be well worth it."
“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.”
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” and added further, “Identify and overcome your fears by stepping outside your comfort zone. Seek strength from your triumphs and failures. Be a lifelong learner. Leverage knowledge and embrace change. Also, take your learning outside the classroom. Network, build bonds and also leverage the same.”
IIMB Programme Overview by the Dean
Prof. Rahul Dé, Dean, Programmes, and faculty in the Information Systems area, welcomed the students and 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.”
IIMB Conducts One Week Orientation Program for New Batch
The orientation program from 12th to 17th June covered interaction of the new students with faculty members and other senior officials (Deans, Chairpersons) of the school regarding introduction to the programmes, learning online, administrative matters, IIMB’s other programmes, activities, centres, committees and facilities, and more. Interaction with IIMB alumni groups was also scheduled.
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