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‘How the Best of India will reach out to the Rest of India?’- Panel Discussion at IIMK

‘How the Best of India will reach out to the Rest of India?’ – , a panel discussion based on this theme was hosted by Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) on March 24, 2013 at IIMK campus. The key objective of the panel discussion was to facilitate the roadmap for higher education in India.

L to R - Mr_ Govindraj Ethiraj;Prof_ Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIMK;HRD minister Dr_ MM Pallam Raju

Considering the fact that the Indian education system has conquered a strong position in international circuit, the panel members engaged in a discussion about facilitating a change in the state of higher education in India and providing a right direction for the students of the nation. According to the report released by Deloitte in November 2012, India has the third largest higher education system in the world in terms of enrolments, after China and the US. The discussion was witnessed by approximately 50 participants including mostly academicians, corporates and students.

The key panellists were Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode; Dr. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Union Human Resource Development Minister (HRD) Minister; Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics and other stakeholders. The session was moderated by Mr. Govindaraj Ethiraj, a well known Indian journalist and formerly the Founder Editor-In-Chief at the television channel Bloomberg UTV.
During the panel discussion, Prof. Chatterjee, Director, IIMK, said, “Markets cannot sort out the efficient from the inefficient; higher education institutions are not supposed to be led by the market but are intellectual capital which can make recommendations to the Govt and then it is up to the Govt to take it forward or not; as our restrictions stops there.”

HRD Minister Dr. Pallam D. Raju addressing the gathering during panel discussion at IIMK

Speaking at the panel discussion, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju stated about improving the quality of teaching pedagogy in order to meet the explosion in demand. In addition he also discussed about raising the gross enrolment ratio in higher education to 30% by 2020 from the current level of 18.8%.
“In terms of infrastructure, capacity creation is not a problem as we have improved a lot since the implementation of the Right to Education Act. But the number of teachers is very low. In place of the required 20 lakh teachers, we have only 12.5 lakh,” Dr. Raju said

Expressing his concern on the quality of education in private institutions, he said some of the pending Bills, most notably the mandatory accreditation Bill and the malpractices Bill, were aimed at ensuring quality. He also hinted at restructuring the fees in public-funded institutions. “The fee in many of our major public-funded colleges is very low. We need to slowly shift towards increasing this while providing sufficient scholarship to deserving students,” Dr Raju added.

 He further highlighted the need for creating an environment for children to discover their strengths and innate qualities. He said, “The race to get into IIMs and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) is spoiling the childhood of our students. Society should let children be themselves and allow them to opt for careers of their choice. There has not been enough emphasis on Humanities in our education sector of late.”

 During the discussion, Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor – Emeritus, London School of Economics commented on the higher education scenario in the country and his vision is that it should be accessible to anyone who wanted it.



Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode celebrates its fifteenth annual convocation

Hon'ble Dr. Pallam Raju releasing the tri-colour baloons at IIMK Convocation on 23 March, IIMK Chairman Dr. Muthiah, Lord Desai and Prof. Chatterjee looks on

IIMK celebrated their 15th Annual Convocation with Dr. MM Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt. of India as the Chief Guest and Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor-Emeritus, London School of Economist was the Guest of Honour.

After two years of gruelling schedules and academic rigour, the PGP class of 2013 saw 327 participants being awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Management by this prestigious institute. The event was held in the august presence of the Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. MM Pallam Raju, who spoke of consolidating the seven new IIMs in the 12th Five-Year Plan. He further stated that this would lead to better learning outcomes in higher education. He also emphasized greater need to accelerate the linkage between industry and education and hoped for better innovation from leading institutes like IIMK.

In addition, 2 students from the first batch of the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and 234 students from the third batch of the Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) were also awarded the fellow titles and diplomas respectively.

Dr. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Government of India in his address spoke of a transition from the world of ideas to a world of action. He encouraged the graduating class of 2013 to “choose risk, dare to fall greatly because only in that way you can ever achieve greatness.” He also noted the myriad of challenges facing the country and called upon the graduating students to utilize the values imbibed in them during their stay at the institute in solving these problems. Speaking of the challenges facing his ministry, he mentioned the focus on 3E’s- Expansion, Equity and Excellence. Further, he noted the increased emphasis on quality in all aspects of education in the 12th Five-Year Plan. He concluded with optimism that the students will keep the patriotic spirit at the forefront while taking up various roles in their professional lives and contribute to the welfare of the society at large.

During the convocation, Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor-Emeritus, London School of Economics, emphasized the ever-increasing opportunities for graduating students in the wake of an irreversible economic shift towards countries like India. “When you will retire, India will surely be among the top 3 countries in the world because of the hard work done by your generation. Today’s generation is the global generation and children of the new 21st century India”, he said calling upon the graduating students to seize the opportunity at hand with zeal and vigour.

Dr. A.C. Muthiah, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIMK, delivered the convocation address where he advocated the philosophy of learning though unlearning and relearning. “IIMs are a national pride where structural infrastructure is not difficult to build, but building an intellectual structure is more of a challenge”, he further added.

Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIMK, urged the graduating students to take the roads less travelled in order to succeed in life. Emphasizing the importance of courage and independent thinking, he stated the need for being non-uniform and beating a different drum.

This is your moment. Seize it with all your might. You walked the steps Arjuna once walked. You are the warriors of life”, was his message to the graduating class of 2013.
Hon'ble Dr. Pallam Raju unveiling the plaque after inauguration

The convocation was preceded by the inauguration of the Indian Business Museum by Dr. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt of India. This world class museum intends to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs and show them the path to success through innovative ideas, perseverance and diligence. This endeavour is consolidate and conserve the rare treasure of India’s valuable wealth – India’s business history for posterity.

Hon'ble Dr. Pallam Raju Inaugurating the Indian Business Museum

The gold medals for scholastic performance were awarded by Dr. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt of India to three PGP students and 1 EPGP student. He also awarded the Gold Medals for best all round performance to two PGP students.

“Choose risk, dare to fall greatly because only in that way you can ever achieve greatness” –

– Dr. MM Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt. of India

“This is your moment. Seize it with all your might. You walked the steps Arjuna once walked. You are the warriors of life” – Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK




The day I became something…

PGP14 convocation

For K..Today..Forever..

Convocation: the day of robes, the day of flying caps and the day of unending emotions. though hard it may seem to one of our very own from the fourteenth batch tried to put it in words….

17th March 2012, the day of my convocation the day I can never forget. It was the day when every single Guardian had her/his head high, every face had a smile and every talk had a joke.
But there was more to it.
Every eye was searching; searching for a glimpse of the Kampus one last time; Every shoulder was searching for a hug whose warmth will be felt for the entire life; every one was aware that today, they have made their loved ones proud and glisten with joy.
After Prof. Unnithan announced that Aastha Sayal and 309 other PGP students have successfully graduated and passed from IIMK, emotions soared. All of us were clicking pictures with friends and family, but, i believe; those moments got clicked much before the flash or click of the camera went off; they got filmed on our hearts.
With friends and professors; the 2 years spent at K were perfect; and as they say, every perfect story deserves a perfect ending.

Anuj Gupta
Thy name was Potato and the convocation certified that the raw potato got baked well. Thanks everyone for being a part of me.Happy journey everyone….


Fourteenth Annual Convocation IIM Kozhikode

dzvbxzcvbxDSC_0259On the 17th of March 2012 IIM Kozhikode celebrated its 14th annual convocation with an overwhelming felicitation of 310 of the 14th batch of PGPstudents and 133 ePGP students. The ceremony was chaired by Shri E. Ahamed, the Honourable minster of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Development and blessed by the dignitaries, A.C. Muthiah, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr. Resul Pookutty, Academy award winner and the Director, IIMK Prof. DebashisChatterjee.

Shri. Ahmed started his convocation address by extending his heartiest congratulations to the graduating students, especially to those who have received awards and medals and the proud parents.The Honourable Minister stressed upon the importance of having more world class educational institutions in the country today, when the economy has successfully transited to higher growth rates, thanks to the cumulative impact of economic reforms implemented over the past several years. To sustain this growth, we need an expanded supply of highly skilled individuals capable of giving us the competitive edge.

He shared a brief account of the initiatives of the Central Government in higher education. Several institutions have been set up or are being set up – including 8 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), 7 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), 10 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), 16 Central Universities in hitherto uncovered States, 14 more Central Universities aiming at world class standards, three Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research(IISERs), and two Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs). Besides, assistance will be provided to set up 600 polytechnics, including 300 through the public-private partnership mode.IMG_0158

“My dear friends, always play to win. Winning is not about making the other person lose. It is about stretching yourself to your own limits. Once so stretched, you will realize the true extent of your potential. Ultimately, transformation is about reaching and utilizing not only your potential but those of others who work with you. Do not be afraid to admit your ignorance. While it is important to project what we are good at, we must be equally candid about areas we do not know enough about. The seeds of learning were sown by the great philosopher Socrates who said “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing”. Today, knowledge is multiplying at such a rapid rate that it is impossible for anyone to know everything. Pursue excellence in whatever you do. Excellence cannot be forced through a process nor guaranteed by a certificate. It comes from an all consuming passion to do one’s best. It needs an eye for the smallest of details. When differences become small, it is the small things that make the difference. Criticism may actually be an expression of faith in us rather than a put down. We must learn to take criticism, if any, constructivelybecause it will show us what more we can learn.”

Shri Ahmed concluded his address quoting Albert Einstein-

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”, and wishing the graduating students to choose a profession that will be driven by inquisitiveness and curiosity leading to the fulfillment of all their dreams whilst using their talent, competence and energy for creating peace and happiness for the nation.

Dr. A.C.Muthiah, the Chairman, IIMK BOG welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. In his Chairman’s speech, he said, “Education is everywhere with superficial variance but quality of education imparted from the premier institutes like IIMs redefines and restructures education itself. The rigour in learning makes them better citizens and better leaders. The unique quality of learning in IIMs depends on the academic freedom the institutes enjoy.DSC_0216

Globalization has redefined the quality of education, foreign universities step into the Indian soil with more operational as well as academic freedom. IIMs need more operational and academic freedom at this onset of emerging academic scenario.”

“We are committed to humanity; hence Business Ethics is the integral part of studies. We are committed to the mother earth and the universe as a whole; hence we think Environment Management inevitable for our students. Then again, top priority is accorded to research. It is noteworthy that all faculty members engage themselves in scholarly research activities.”

“During the year 2011-12, IIMK has entered into International Exchange collaboration with ESSCA France and Hungary, ISCTE Portugal, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, Leeds University Business School in UK and IESEG in France. Currently IIMK has collaborations with eighteen business schools all over the world.”

“We were pioneer in interactive distance learning. Now is heartening to mention that the Institute is seriously considering to set up a satellite campus in Kochi to start post-graduate programmes for executives from the next academic year.”

“Over the years, the Institute’s Library and Information Centre has registered significant progress and has brought worldwide recognition and laurels to the Institute. IIMK is also one of the few Centres for  development of Digital Libraries in the world and is a leader in the country.Advanced digital library training programmes conducted by the institute include Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, the African Union Countries and the Philippines in addition to the hundreds of programmes offered in India.

The Chairman concluded his lauded student community for organizing various extra curricular and cultural
programmes and the contributions of Alumni for the same. He pointed out the contribution of IIMK to the Society by enrolling over 36% women students in the PGP programme. He ended his speech recalling the saying of B. R. Ambedkar, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which omen have achieved”.DSC_0219

Mr. Resul Pookutty narrated his experiences and spoke towards an empowered and academically holistic society. He brought out the importance of hard work and untiring efforts in attaining ones goal.

Professor Debashis Chatterjee after expressing his gratitude to the Chief Guest Shri E. Ahamed, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Development, welcomed the Guest of Honour Shri. Resul Pookutty, the Sultan of Sound and Academy Award Winner, Dr. A. C. Muthiah, Chairman, IIMK Board of Governors; the Eminent Members of IIM Kozhikode Society and Board of Governors; the Parents of the Graduating Students; the Distinguished Invitees; the Media friends; the Faculty and Colleagues in Administration, the Graduating Students and their parents and family.

Prof. Chatterjee presented very briefly some of achievements of IIMK in the past year. “Our identity as a center of excellence in higher education has been reinforced by a very significant shift in research output. Our faculties have had with at least three world class research papers published in peer reviewed international journals. Our three international conferences on ‘FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, SYSTEMS AND MANAGEMENT, PRACTICAL WISDOM AND MANAGEMENT FROM INDIAN SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS’ drew professors and participants from  NASA, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, YALE UNIVERSITY and host of prominent local and global institutions. Our faculty earned us laurels as Emerging Scholar by the Academy of Marketing Science and Fellow of University of Tokyo and National University of Singapore. This year IIMK led 28 Vice chancellors of Universities and Directors of IITs and IIMs to Yale University for a 2 weeks Academic Leadership Workshop”.

“Our executive education portfolio grew by 135% last year. One of the high points of this year was the arrival of Kerala’s Chief Minister Mr. Ooman Chandy and his entire cabinet as students in our campus. They paid a tuition fee of Rs.25, 000 each to attend our classes on self governance, leadership and change. We have heard, some of our recommendations have become part of State Policy”.IMG_0214

“IIMK has set up the first ever museum of Indian business history. The museum accommodates business related historical artifacts, objects, sculptures, models, photographs, and documents, illustrations. Housed in a three-storey Library building with an area of 20,000 sq. ft, the museum facilitates a ‘walking tour’ through the annals of the history of Indian business and commerce, starting from the early days of small spices trade with the Arabs and European countries centuries ago, to the birth and growth of large-size corporate business houses. The Museum is a step toward our goal of globalizing Indian thought”.

“In conclusion, I wish to say that IIMK has grown exponentially in both time and space. We are poised to begin a new Chapter by opening a new program in Kochi. We are a 21st century ‘Gurukul’ for a new generation of India.You are that generation that is seeing people like yourselves win the World Cup and the Oscars. This is a generation that feels suffocated by the hierarchy of corruption and the anarchy of deprivation. You have no time to be bogged down by the dark side of India’s history because you are busy making history for the country. Strive for excellence as Arjuna has done. Excellence is about caring more than others think is wise. It is about risking more than others think is safe. Excellence is about dreaming more than others think is practical and achieving more than others think is possible. There is an Arjuna inside each one of you. Arjuna is in the might of your youthful energy and the purity of your purpose. There is a corporate Kurukshetra out here where you are now called to do battle for market share, mindshare and hopefully heart share. All I can say by way of farewell is Arise Arjuna! Arise to fight for a just cause and Rise to your own magnificence!”DSC_0258 IMG_0180

IIM Kozhikode 13th Annual Convocation for the PGP batch 2009-2011

The 13th Annual Convocation at IIM Kozhikode was held today, 19th March 2011. With baited breaths the academic efforts of PGP batch of 2009-2011 have come to fruition.

Dr. C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minster graced the occasion.

Dr. A.C. Muthiah, Chairman, IIM Kozhikode, handed over the Fellow titles and Post Graduate Diploma honors to the graduating students.

Prof Debashis Chatterjee , Director, IIM Kozhikode, welcomed the guests and presented highlights of the achievements of the Institute during the academic year 2009- 2011. He urged the students to dare to be rebellious for a cause for they should believe in themselves.

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday,” was the concluding quote of Khalil Gibran well spoken by the Director, IIM Kozhikode.

Dr. C Rangarajan was pleased to know that the current batch of PGP at IIM Kozhikode has 30% women thus adding fragrance to a diversified batch. He touched upon the economic progress of India and quoted about Indian economy in the field of agriculture, balance of payments, fiscal consolidation, physical infrastructure and governance.

He urged that the commitment and skills of the students that pass out of IIM Kozhikode should benefit the nation and that idealism and ambition needs to get combined together as the future of the students is intertwined with the future of the nation.

Dr. C Rangarajan concluded with Abraham Lincoln’s quote, “Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”

Convocation PGP 12 IIM Kozhikode

Another 250 elite PGDMs were added to the country on Saturday when the Convocation took place here at the Kampus. With Hon’ble HRD Minister Shri Kapil Sibal gracing the occasion, the PGP 12-ers could not have asked for an evening more perfect. The college wore a festive look with all the decorations in place and the graduating students in their best formal attire showing their guests around the Kampus gracefully. It was hard to believe that less than two days ago, the same batch had been partying their wits off.

Starting with the Chairman welcoming the students and their proud families to the occasion and the Director speaking of the achievements of the institute over the past one year, the evening saw the passing out batch being awarded their Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Gold Medals for Scholastic Excellence were awarded to M Sathan Babu, Shubham Pramod Katiyar and Koteswara Rao M while the Gold Medals for All Round Excellence were awarded to Smrithi R and Tapangshu Das. The evening ended well with a corporate dinner for everyone.