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Shri S.S. Mundra, CMD of Bank of Baroda addresses the 17th Annual Convocation at Jaipuria, Lucknow

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May 23, 2013: Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, held its Seventeenth Annual Convocation on May 23, 2013. Shri S.S. Mundra, Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda was the honourable Chief Guest on the occasion. Chairman, Shri Sharad Jaipuria, Vice Chairman, Shri Shreevats Jaipuria, Director General, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Director of the Institute, Prof. S.R. Musanna, the esteemed members of the Board of Governors and the Academic Council of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, were present on this occasion.

Shri Sharad Jaipuria, Chairman, Board of Governors, Jaipuria Institute of Management, welcomed the Chief Guest and the distinguished congregation on the solemn occasion. The Convocation souvenir was also released on this occasion. Shri Jaipuria, while delivering his welcome address, highlighted that Jaipuria’s ethos is built around the ‘student’, the individual who yearns for knowledge. He added that the curriculum and pedagogy followed at Jaipuria make the student a partner and an active participant in the teaching-learning process. He noted that India maintains its position as the second fastest growing economy of the world and further noted that the corporate world looks at India as the land of opportunities in view of its ever-expanding market. He advised the management students to understand the multiple challenges and opportunities in the emerging scenario and work accordingly to make a mark of success for the organization they work in and also for their own self. He pointed out that at a time when the major countries of the world, such as China, Japan and South Korea are facing a serious ‘demographic squeeze’, India enjoys a remarkable ‘demographic dividend’. Adding that India has more than 60% of its population in the working age, he stressed that ‘inclusion of people lying at the bottom of the pyramid’ is an opportunity as well as necessity for the economic growth of the country. He closed by urging the students to always work with ‘passion’ and ‘ownership’ in life.

The Chief Guest Shri S.S. Mundra, in his address, expressed joy in being a part of the convocation ceremony at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow. Wishing the young graduates luck on their journey into the corporate echelons, emphasized to keep a vision in their lives. He further emphasized that nowadays whatever is the area of your interest, there is always an opportunity in that area. According to him the new leadership mantra is "Survival of the most flexible mentally, physically and emotionally".

Giving some home truths he said that he has complaints that the present youth has a very short span of attention. Therefore he advised that serious reading and internalising could be a substitute to "channel surfing". He ended up by suggesting the students to look for a job where they would learn and become a flare and not a fire burn out.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Director General, Jaipuria Institute of Management, welcoming the graduating students to the 17th Convocation, emphasized the students to choose their career on the basis of their ‘ruchi’, ‘yogyata’ and ‘vishwas’ to achieve excellence in life. He highlighted the role of ‘vision’, ‘passion’,‘ownership’ and ‘dedication’ in making a successful career. He urged the students to continuously build their KASH (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills and Habits) balance everyday which will make a big difference one day. He further urged the students to have a ‘life-long learning attitude’ in life. Advising the students to always be ‘a professional’, he wished the students all the best in their professional endeavours.

Dr. S.R. Musanna, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, presented the progress-report of the Institute and highlighted the milestones achieved by the Institute during the academic year 2012-2013. He emphasized that success may be the collective goal of many, but the person himself is the true judge of what success is for him. He noted that future belongs to those who dream and urged the students to dare dream impossible dreams and work hard to actualize them. Highlighting the importance of ‘humility’ and ‘compassion’ in life, he added that a person is remembered for his character. He concluded by wishing the graduating class all success.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Shreevats Jaipuria, Vice Chairman, Jaipuria Institute of Management. He advised the students to treat their workplace as ‘an extension of their personality’; to go ‘the extra mile’ to pursue just one lead they have a glimmering hope of; to ask ‘the extra questions’ to develop good understanding of things and to put in ‘the extra hours’ to do things with perfection. Saying that it is not the end but the beginning of a long and continuous journey, he wished the students an enriching future.

In all, 268 students successfully completed various programmes of the Institute this year. The programmes are: 2-year full-time PGDM, 2-year full-time PGDM (Financial Services), 2-year full-time PGDM (Retail Management) and 3-year part-time PGDM programmes. The diplomas were conferred on successful candidates by Shri Sharad Jaipuria, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Institute.

The meritorious students were awarded scholastic medals, for their outstanding performance, by the Chief Guest, Shri S.S. Mundra. In addition to various scholastic medals, a trophy to recognize ‘Student of the Year 2012’ for exceptional scholastic performance was given to Bhagwati Prasad Gupta, a student of two-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Management programme.

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