Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur, conducted its second annual convocation to honour its 2016-18 batch of 35 students with MBA degree instead of PGDM on April 13, 2018. The decision to award degrees instead of diplomas was taken earlier this year as per the provisions of the IIM Act 2017. It’s the first batch to receive the MBA degree. Mr. Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest at the event. Apart from Dr. Neelu Rohmetra, Director of the institute, Mr. Ajay S. Shriram, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, DCM Shriram Ltd., and Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Sirmaur, was also present to grace the event.
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Highlights of Convocation
Name of the Student
Reason for the Award
Chairman’s Gold Medal
Topper of the batch
Director’s Gold Medal
Second in order of merit in absentia
Director’s Special Recognition Award
Best All Rounder
Director’s Special Recognition Award
First and Only Girl Student
Delivering the convocation address, the Chief Minister congratulated the graduating batch and assured the full support of his government towards IIM Sirmaur, especially with regards to the development of its permanent campus at Dhaula Kuan. He urged the graduating batch to remember their educational roots in the district of Sirmaur and contribute toward the betterment of the state of Himachal Pradesh in any way they can in the future.
Mr. Ajay S. Shriram awarded the degrees to the graduating students. Speaking about the upcoming permanent campus of IIM Sirmaur in Dhaula Kuan, he said that close coordination with a large number of agencies is required to build a world-class futuristic campus that aims to preserve the essence of Himachal Pradesh. He also appreciated the state government for the support.
He gave three principles for success to the graduating students - Strong value system, Open mind, and Building a strong team of committed people. He advised students to develop high ethical standards and take the initiative to learn throughout their lives.
Addressing the gathering, Professor (Dr.) Neelu Rohmetra, Director of the institute says that IIM Sirmaur aims to join sister IIMs in delivering management education that not only hones the skills required to become successful in the competitive corporate world but also to nurture the spirit of goal-oriented improvisation and entrepreneurship.
Operational since 2015, IIM Sirmaur is one of the newest IIMs. From 2018, students will have the opportunity to earn international credits at the institute. The curriculum has also been redesigned to include further integration of blended learning modules in existing courses, and new courses on entrepreneurship, data sciences and communication. Furthermore, all courses at IIM Sirmaur include up to 20% of teaching by industry practitioners to ensure greater industry collaboration and integration in the process of academic learning. In addition, IIM Sirmaur is also incubating five ventures initiated by women entrepreneurs for a year, vide an MoU with the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, IIM Bangalore.
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