IIM Udaipur holds 10th Annual Convocation; Awards 392 MBA Degrees; Hails 2022 Batch for Resilience under Covid Stress

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April 30, 2022
IIM Udaipur celebrated 10th Annual Convocation on April 27 and awarded MBA degree to the diverse batch of 392 passing out graduates. The MBA 2020-22 batch was lauded by the IIMU Director Dr Janat Shah for showing resilience under great stress as it is the first batch to begin the MBA online during the Covid pandemic. Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman & MD of ITC Ltd, was the Chief Guest of the Convocation
IIM Udaipur holds 10th Annual Convocation

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIM Udaipur) has conferred MBA degrees to a large and diverse batch of 392 students in its 10th Convocation which was held on April 27, 2022. The Chief Guest for the convocation Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman & Managing Director of ITC Ltd delivered the Convocation Address. The event took place in the presence of Mr. Pankaj Patel, Chairman, Board of Governors, who presided over the Convocation and the concluding address was given by Prof Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur. The convocation was graced by the faculty & staff of IIM Udaipur, besides parents and relatives of the graduating batches.

The Convocation was hosted for IIM Udaipur flagship Two-Year MBA (Batch of 2020-22), One-Year full-time MBAs in Global Supply Chain Management, and Digital Enterprise Management (Batches of 2021-22) and Ph.D. at IIMU 300-acre campus at Balicha, Udaipur.

Key Highlights

  • Total 392  students graduated including one Ph.D. student
  • 317 students of Two-Year MBA (Batch 2020-22)
  • 37 students each of One-Year MBA GSCM and One-Year MBA DEM, (Batches 2021-22).

Welcome Address by Mr. Pankaj Patel, Chairman BoG, IIM Udaipur
In his welcome address, Mr. Pankaj Patel, Chairman, said, "The COVID-19 has thrown some unprecedented challenges onto us in every sphere of our life in the past two years. The story of our students was no different. Yet your commitment to your goal has made you achieve what you are today. It gives me immense pride to congratulate you all on your well-earned degree at the tenth convocation ceremony of the Institute. We started with a strength of just 57 students, and now, over the years, we have more than 700 students in our courses. IIMU recently celebrated its decade anniversary, and the tagline "10 years unstoppable" both captures the pioneering spirit of IIMU as well as encourages us in achieving the goals of our vision of 2030. We are also distinctive with our accomplishments of getting listed in the International Rankings, FT, and QS MIM Rankings for the third consecutive year.”

Talking of the achievements of IIMU of the year, Mr. Patel further said, "This year is special as all the courses have achieved 100% placements one month before the convocation. Considering the innovative approach, achievements, and global vision, IIMU has established a Fund Raising Unit, \which has already received funds of around 2.1 crores in the last few months. We also consciously conducted a culture study at the Institute that brought forth the values of collegiality and accessibility at IIMU."

Convocation Address by Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman & MD, ITC
While congratulating all the students and the Institute on completing a decade journey, Mr. Sanjiv Puri, shared his life lessons and industry perspectives with the students and said, “The world is changing at an unprecedented magnitude. Digital and sustainability are the defining trends for the next decade. This is the beginning of a new era where resilience and reliability are the dynamics of the geopolitical ecosystem. In the 1990s, when the Indian economy was opening up, a massive transition happened. It was then thought the coming generations would never witness these transformations. Today, it's even more dramatic and profound. It created the desire in people to change, empowered and skilled them to adapt to the new normal."

Mr Puri held several business leadership positions and handled many responsibilities in manufacturing, operations, and information & digital technology. He used insightful examples from his career of over three decades and from the ITC Group to explain the absolute importance of digital and sustainability in today’s world of business. He further added, "Success is 99% hard work and 1% intelligence. The tremendous amount of perseverance, energy, and the ability to learn and unlearn is how you can join the dots and evolve strategically. The four lessons: challenging and seizing the opportunity, future-oriented, collaborating with energy, and pursuing a choice with passion, are the life lessons to be followed during the entire journey of your life."

Concluding Address by Prof. Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur
In his concluding address, Prof. Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur, said, "It is a momentous occasion as we celebrate the convocation ceremony of our tenth batch with the Institute. It has been the most eventful and remarkable year for the IIMU community as we completed a decade of our establishment. My limited memory recalls that the graduating batches of 2020 and 2022 experienced a turn of events that could as well be construed as extraordinary. You are the first batch who started their MBA journey online due to the unprecedented global pandemic outbreak. You supported your teachers and batchmates and showed resilience under great stress. This graduating batch will remain a special batch for us as you helped us manage these difficult times without compromising the transformational experience quality. We are already proud of your forthcoming achievements and anticipate the unique paths you will tread that will benefit you, society, and humankind."

On the occasion, Arti Srivastava was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Marketing; Ajeesh Kumar BK was awarded a gold medal for scholastic performance in the One-year MBA in Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) Course; Tatta Mohan Krishna was awarded a Gold Medal in a One-year MBA in Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) Course. Pallavi Goyal, Shivam Kumar, and Kusumit Goyal were jointly awarded Gold Medal for scholastic performance in the Two-year MBA Course. Diksha of the Two-year MBA (Batch 2020-22) Course was adjudged the Best All-Round Student.  

IM Udaipur had earlier hosted a special Convention on the 22nd and 23rd of April by inviting alums of Two-MBA, One-Year MBA GSCM, and One-Year MBA DEM Batches of 2020 and 2021, for an in-person replica ceremony of the 8th & 9th Convocations, which had been held online last year in the backdrop of the covid pandemic. On both days the convention was opened by the respective Chairperson of the events from the Board of Governors of IIM Udaipur, Ms. Mythily Ramesh and Mr. Satyanarayan B. Dangayach. The chairperson also delivered the welcome address and handed the mementos to the graduates. IIM Udaipur also hosted Mr. Harsha Bhogle and Mr. D. Shivakumar, members of the Board of Governors of IIM Udaipur as the chief guests of the event. Mr. Harsha Bhogle shared his thoughts to the crowd with his cricket analogies and gave them 11 mantras for success which truly left a mark on the audience. Mr. D. Shivakumar also enlightened the participants by speaking on the digital front and how digital is accelerating the adoption of the matrix in the corporate world.  

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Udaipur is the second generation IIM set up in 2011 and has grown up to one of the top B-schools in India. IIMU is carrying the vision to become a globally recognized management school by 2030.  IIM Udaipur is ranked #18 in Govt. of India MHRD NIRF Ranking 2021 for 100 Management institutes and has been ranked #11 in MBAUniverse.com B-school Rankings 2022. Internationally, IIM Udaipur is featured in the Masters in Management (MIM) QS World University Rankings 2021 in the 101+ band for the second consecutive year. FT Masters in Management 2020 Global Ranking placed the IIM Udaipur 2 years MBA programme #72nd rank.  IIM Udaipur is ranked first in India on value for money and career progression among the FT MIM ranked schools.

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