TV Mohandas Pai at 26th BIMTECH Convocation
Young Indians will define the future of India: TV Mohandas Pai ,Education Expert
BIMTECH Celebrates Convocation 2014
Proudly holding their diploma certificates, students of the Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, were at their beaming best at their convocation ceremony on April 5,2014. The whole college was decked up in white and red theme.
The students underwent their rites of passage to step out as the managers of the future. The convocation served as a solemn occasion for the students who are about to battle it out in the real world as it was their last formal occasion in an institute before they severed their ties to it as a student. The traditional lighting of the lamp to banish the darkness and the invocation of Goddess Saraswathi, the patron of learning, to dispel ignorance set the tone to the occasion.
The chief guest for the day was Mr Mohandas Pai , the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group and the guest of honor was Smt. Jayashree Mohta, Chairperson of the Board of Governors,BIMTECH.
In her welcome address, Smt. Jayashree Mohta remarked, “Convocation day is a landmark event in the life of the passing -out scholars, parents and guardians, faculty and stakeholders of an institution. It is a day of hope, fulfillment and plans for the future.”
Dr. H. Chturvedi, Director, BIMTECH next took stage to apprise the graduating students of the responsibilities ahead of them. The Director’s address which traced BIMTECH’s journey over the past year, taking into cognizance, the various scenarios playing out in today’s industries while plotting the course for the future. Dr. Chatur vedi enunciated BIMTECH’s multitudinous initiatives such as, BIMTECH’s Ph.D programme, various national and international industry linkages, international collaborations. He also informed the audience that the first batch of PGDM at BIMTECH’s Bhubaneshwar campus has commenced with a diversified students’ community from 11 states of India. Two programmes, BBA and MJMC, at the undergraduate and masters’ level have also been launched. “The new campus of BIMTECH with its world class infrastructure and faculty community is set to be a real global experience for all its stakeholders,” remarked Dr. Chaturvedi.
Pre-empting Mohandas Pai’s suggestion to prepare global citizens armed with cultural sensitivity and flexibility to work in any part of the world Dr Chaturvedi said, “Forty two BIMTECH students were pursuing part of their studies in Europe, America and Africa right now after the the 26-year old premier management institute had opened its classrooms to 34 students from European universities for a semester last year.”
Apprehensions and doubts clouded student’s minds as they were about to graduate at a time when India is experiencing a slump in its growth, a sign of tough times to come but at the same time, aware of the hopes and expectations that they are carrying. Who better to allay these fears and facilitate the leap of faith than the transformational leader-Mr. TV Mohandas Pai ? The man, who played a strategic role in transforming Infosys into one of the world’s most respected software services companies in the world, enthralled his audience on the nitty-gritty of the manager’s responsibilities. Mr Pai talked about the qualities that aspiring leaders must develop. Some excerpts from his address are quoted below:
“Swift advances in technology and shorter innovation cycles present a huge opportunity for Indian management graduates on the threshold of careers. Young Indians have a key role in defining the future of India in a globalized economy.”
“Success, however, will not come easy in the global arena. As professionals you will need deep domain knowledge, problem solving skills and exceptional communication skills,” Mohandas Pai said to the 357 PGDM graduating students at Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) on Saturday evening.
Mohandas Pai was confident that India’s fiscal structure was capable of supporting a 6 to 8 per cent GDP growth, leading to a five-fold increase to $10-trillion economy by 2035 from the current $2-trillion.
The developed countries accounting for $35 trillion, out of the $75 trillion world economy, will be growing at 1-2 per cent thanks to their ageing society, while the developing countries, led by India and China, will be growing 6-7 per cent. Backed by a healthy growth rate by 2035 the world is poised to see the emergence of the East, led by India and China, added Mr.Pai.
“Despite recording high GDP growth, India lacked governance,” said Mr. Pai who served as a Director on the board of IT bellwether Infosys until 2011. “It’s your chance to make an informed choice in the ensuing elections to cause the transformation that India needs.”
“India’s 400 million population of under 30 is its biggest asset as most developed countries face decline in population,” added Mr.Mohandas Pai.
With the students’ minds put to ease and their thoughts dwelling on the keynote address delivered by Mr Pai , it was now time when the efforts undertaken over the last 2 years came to fruition. The Pledge of Ethical Conduct was administered, medals were awarded to exceptional performers and the diplomas were handed over to the beaming students while their parents looked on with pride. As the shadows lengthened, the convocation came to a close with the delivery of the vote of thanks and the rendition of the National Anthem. The vote of thanks was proposed by the Deputy Director, Dr. Anupam Varma. Others on the dais were Mr. Vikash Kandoi, member BIMTECH’s Board of Governors, Dr. A Sahay, Dean (Research) and Dr. K C Arora, Registrar
.A dazzling display of fireworks was a fitting end to an event signalling the transition from one phase of life to the next for the Class of 2014.