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IIM Shillong plans tie-up with Dhaka

Shillong, April 2: The Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, is in the process of finalising exchange programmes and academic collaboration with Bangladesh. It will also sign an MoU with Oil India Ltd to train the oil company’s executives.

This was announced today by the institute’s director, Prof. Keya Sengupta, while addressing the convocation ceremony during which 104 students of the B-School’s 2011-2013 batch were awarded post-graduate diploma in management.

Sengupta said Bangladesh would soon send students for various programmes at IIM Shillong. Joint research and training programmes with students from the neighbouring country are in the pipeline.

She also said that within the next few days, the institute would sign a memorandum of understanding with Oil India Ltd to conduct a one-year MBA programme for the company’s executives.

From next year, the B-School will send its students to Virginia Commonwealth University. Several programmes, in collaboration with the university, will be launched soon, she added.

“We believe we can become a centre of excellence,” Sengupta said, adding that for this the help of students and faculty members and administrative support was equally important. “We have been able to achieve all the accomplishments due to the hard and dedicated work of our faculty members, officers and staff without whose wholehearted support the institute could not have been what it is today,” she said.

“Our efforts in establishing ourselves as a centre of excellence have got its due recognition. This is evident from the plethora of awards, laurels and recognition which the institute has been receiving,” she added.

Delivering the convocation address, chief guest Sudhir Jalan, an alumni of IIM Calcutta and former president of Ficci, implored the students to look at entrepreneurship as an avenue for job creation rather than simply being jobseekers.

“Are you ready to think different? Are you ready to be a leader? Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?” Jalan asked the budding managers while pointing out that the key elements of entrepreneurship included business, risk and profit. He cited examples of stalwarts like Dhirubhai Ambani, Sunil Mittal, Naresh Goyal, Kishore Biyani and Vandana Luthra, among others, as India’s leading entrepreneurs.

Medals of recognition were awarded to several students during the ceremony.

The Chairman’s gold medal for standing first and securing the highest cumulative grade point average was awarded to Deepika Sinha and Tarun Gupta jointly. The director’s gold medal for best all-round performance by a student was bagged by Harshali K. Damle.

The institute’s medal for positive contribution to campus life was won by Ajay R. while the Math Finance AG gold medal (to the student securing highest CGPA in quantitative finance courses) was bagged by Nilkesh Patra.


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