On 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.
“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.
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”.
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”.
“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!”