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IIM toppers, shine on honour roll
- Local land map & global tie-ups on focus at high-powered convocation

Captains of the industry tomorrow, B-school posterity today.

Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi (IIM-R), which hosted its 3rd convocation on Friday afternoon, at Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan in Hotwar on Ranchi outskirts in a pithy two-and-a-half hour event, launched a system of Honour Roll for gold and silver medal winners.

Making the announcement before students, chief guest and India Today editor-in-chief Aroon Purie and special guest R.C. Bhargava, who chairs the board of governors of IIM, IIM-R director in-charge B.B. Chakrabarti said: “The IIM-R is introducing the achievers’ board titled Honour Roll. Names of outstanding students will be put on display with prominence forever.”

To students, he said: “You may not know this, but we are soon going to begin our Honour Roll starting from this batch as role models for the younger generations of IIMians to come.”

Elated faces and flashing smiles lit up the 500-seater auditorium. Grins were, understandably, the broadest on the faces of gold and silver medal winners of three disciplines.

The Class of 2012-14 saw 109 students in postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM), 36 in postgraduate diploma in human resource management (PGDHRM) and 58 in the executive postgraduate diploma in management (PGEXP).

Director in-charge Chakrabarti, in his welcome speech, also presented the institute’s yearly report card and offered insight into their future plans.

“Despite challenges, ever since we began in 2010, IIM-R is moving ahead with great conviction and vision,” he said. Referring to the allotted land for a permanent campus in Cheri, some 15km from Ranchi, he said: “We are hoping to get land maps from the government soon so that construction work can begin. We aren’t sitting idle. We have formed a campus development committee and have appointed a campus general manager. Soon, we will select a consultant for other activities.”

He added the IIM-R was bullish about tie-ups with the best B-schools of the world. “We have written to B-schools in Europe and the US and others. Two from Europe and one from Canada have evinced interest in tie-ups for academic and cultural exchanges. Once modalities are decided, we’ll make announcements,” the director-in-charge said.

Bhargava also hailed the IIM-R’s performance. He added that they would soon introduce a new curriculum in PGDM manufacturing. On the lack of a permanent director, he said: “The Union HRD has initiated a process.”

Chief guest Purie, in his brief address, spoke on the lightning-fast technological changes over last few decades and asked budding managers to leverage them to the fullest to drive social and entrepreneurial change. “The world is your oyster, go and conquer it,” he said.

For outgoing students, it was a day “etched in stone”. “I feel proud to graduate from here,” said N.N.S. Manogana, who won gold in PGDM. Kumar Devashish, gold medallist in strategy management (PGEXP), added: “Before this, I graduated in aeronautical technology from Mumbai University in 2007 and worked as a shipping captain, but my stint here, with a great talent pool and faculty, was a great experience.”