A Report on Commencement of Programme
The historic ‘COMMENCEMENT OF PROGRAMME’ for inaugural of the 1st batch of PGDM Programme of BIMTECH Bhubaneswar campus was held on 3rd August 2013 in BIMTECH’s new campus at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The former secretary Govt. of India Dr. Prasanna Kumar Mishra, IAS (Retd.) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The other key dignitaries were Mrs. Jayashree Mohta, Chairperson, BIMTECH, Mr. Vikash Kandoi, Member, Governing Board, BIMTECH, Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH, Greater Noida and Prof B.K. Das, BIMTECH.
In her key note address Mrs. Jayashree Mohta, Chairperson, BIMTECH said that it gave her a great sense of satisfaction and immense pleasure to welcome everyone on the Commencement day of BIMTECH Bhubaneswar campus, which had finally taken wings after a two-year long wait since the laying of the foundation on April 5, 2011.
Highlighting how the Birla’s have traditionally been very concerned about society, its growth and development, she said that the Birla’s have been involved in the field of education since the times of Pujya GD Birla ji, who started the first campus in a small village of Rajasthan, today known popularly as BITS, Pilani. Since then, as a family, the Birla’s presence spans the whole country. Syt. B.K. Birla ji and Dr. Sarala Birla ji set up the BIMTECH, Greater Noida Campus in 1988 which started from a small room in the basement of Pushpvihar in Delhi. This is the Silver Jubilee year of the institute and it has really grown in leaps and bounds occupying the top ten positions amongst private B-Schools in the country. That was then the only campus BIMTECH had in the country.
In 2009, when BIMTECH was thinking of expanding the institute, the Government of Odisha came forward and offered them the land. She thanked the Govt. Of Odisha for this gesture which showed how concerned the Government was in having good institutions in the state.
Stressing that the task does not end with just the setting up of the institute; she was of the firm belief that quality education be imparted to the students who come to study in Bhubaneswar and no efforts will be spared to achieve this. She assured the students and guardians that they are in good hands and good care will be taken to groom them into fine young managers, future leaders and good citizens of the country. The BIMTECH motto “Excellence with Values” says it all. The Management, Faculty and Staff all stand committed to this motto.
Talking of the campus, she said, it had been designed to provide an eco-friendly atmosphere and gives ample opportunity to students to engage in various intra-mural activities and sports including sensitising them towards nurturing the environment which has been greatly eroded.
Besides promoting education, she committed that BIMTECH will be extending its activities towards the social causes in Odisha through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) cell. Congratulating the First Batch of students, she hoped that they would make the best use of all the facilities and opportunities being provided to them.
The Director of BIMTECH, Greater Noida, Dr. H. Chaturvedi welcomed the maiden PGDM batch of BIMTECH, Bhubaneswar campus and assured the parents that all care will be taken of their wards both for academic excellence as well as comfortable stay.
Harping on the fact that quality education is sine qua non for any State to have high economic progress, he lamented that despite having large number of educational institutes, there was dearth of quality institutions in the state. This was the reason why states like Odisha. West Bengal and Jharkand could not derive much benefit from the liberalization of the Indian economy. It is here that BIMTECH can play a pivotal role in creation of quality human resource. Heaping praise on the people of Odisha, its rich culture and heritage, he thanked the Govt. of Odisha and the administration who have provided unflinching support in setting up the institute.
Stating that the kundali of BIMTECH, Bhubaneswar was good, the chief guest of the occasion Dr.Prasanna Kumar Mishra, Former Secretary, Govt. of India, commended the promoters for establishing a sprawling institute within such short period of time.
Putting the focus light on meaning and role of ‘Management’, he remarked that it has break into all levels of governance. Citing the example of the ‘Panchayat’ which today deals with development fund of few crores, it is imperative that we have someone such as the sarpanch with an MBA degree. This can equip them with management tools for maximizing the benefits to be accrued from utilization of the resources.
Dwelling on the purpose of management education, he was of the opinion that it should be aimed at creation of leaders, not mere managers. Leaders can be a catalyst for creation of social wealth which is crucial for a country like India. Increasing the ‘Latent strength’ of people should be the thrust of management training.
Quoting liberally former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, he provided the mantras as envisaged by him for being a true leader. The most important among them being ‘Learn to accept failures’ and ‘Integrity and Humility’. Emphasizing the paramount importance of the quality of ‘entrepreneurship’, he urged that management institutes should inculcate it in all students.
Giving the example of Estonia which regained its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, its only independent link to the outside world was a Finnish mobile phone concealed in the foreign minister’s garden. It is today a world leader in technology. Estonia developed the code behind Skype. The sale of Skype to eBay in 2005 for $ 2.6 billion created a new class of Estonian investors. It is a country where Internet access is a human right. Estonia’s success is about shedding ‘legacy thinking’ and everyone striving to be an entrepreneur.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. B.K. Das who thanked the chief guest for providing such a masterful analysis of management education. He also promised that every effort will be made to make BIMTECH, Bhubaneswar an institute of eminence. The function concluded with the National Anthem.