Published On: Fri, Mar 18th, 2016

IMT students have great potential to become future business leaders: Mr. Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank

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kotakGhaziabad: “IMT Ghaziabad is a world-class management institute and its students have great potential to become future business leaders and drive the Indian economy”, said Mr. Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank at IMT Ghaziabad’s ‘Annual Convocation 2016’ themed as ‘Conquering Conventions’. Mr. Kotak graced the event as the Chief Guest in the presence of students, parents and eminent dignitaries from the industry.

A total number of 722 students were conferred with diplomas of three programmes: PGDM, PGDM (Executive) and PGDM (Part-time). Addressing the convocation, Mr. Kotak, India’s first self-made billionaire banker delivered the convocation address and said, “It is a pleasure to be present among the next generation of business leaders. IMT has come a long way and the B-school has a great history. We have many business leaders at Kotak Mahindra Bank, who are the ex-IMTians and they are helping the company to write the success story in the market. This is an exciting time with so many alternatives for freshly graduates today. You can have the option of joining the corporate sector or consider starting or joining a ‘start-up’. Therefore, an appropriate decision making by all of you in planning your future is important.”

The ceremony was presided over by Shri. Kamal Nath, President, Governing Council of IMT Ghaziabad. He addressed the convocants and expressed, “Management education has a cutting-edge role to play in societal and economic development. The focus has to be on developing global leaders and managers, equipped with appropriate skills. It is also important to strengthen the inter linkages between entrepreneurship, employability and management education. The image that IMT has in the industry is the result of its innovative approach towards management education and the achievements accomplished by the IMT talent over the years.”

The theme of this year’s convocation, ‘Conquering Conventions’ was aimed to promote the unconventional thinking and highlight the inherent strength of IMT Ghaziabad and its relevance amidst the challenges of today. The theme reflects and reinforces the collective mindset of conquering the world by breaking the barriers of the conventional. Convocation 2016 brings the students closer to building their arsenal of successful approaches in meeting the newer challenges coming their way.

The event also marked a momentous day with the traditional IMT Ghaziabad way of felicitating its alumni. Mr. Sunil Kataria, Business Head (India and SAARC) – Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) was felicitated with ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award 2016’. A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he specialized in Marketing at IMT Ghaziabad. The prestigious ‘Vishit Jain Memorial Award’ was conferred to Varsha Arvind 1st year PGDM student from IMT Ghaziabad.
A number of students were also awarded with Institute’s Medals for Academic Performance in the various programs. For scoring the overall highest CGPA of 9.09 and accomplishing an exceptional achievement, Ankit Gupta received Gold Medal during the graduation ceremony. Ankit Gupta, a student of the Dual Country Program (DCP) of IMT Ghaziabad, is an exceptionally bright and meritorious student having completed his 1st year from IMT Dubai and 2nd year from IMT Ghaziabad as part of the DCP program which is a unique program offered by IMT Ghaziabad. He has also got a campus placement offer with Deutsche Bank.
The list of other students who won Gold Medal included Adrita Guha (PGDM-Full-Time), Yojana Ranasaria (PGDM-Finance), Shreya Bisht (PGDM-Marketing), Iyer Priya Rajan (PGDM-Executive) and Arindam Mitra (PGDM-Part Time). The Silver Medal was conferred to Keerthana C S (PGDM-Full-Time), Jayant Parasramka (PGDM-Finance), G. Srikanth (PGDM-Marketing), Shikhar Suri (DCP), Swapnil Bartaria (PGDM-Executive) and Abhay Kumar Thakur (PGDM-Part Time).

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