IIM Rohtak Admits 78% Female Students In Post Graduate MBA Programme
The Indian Institute of Management Rohtak recently welcomed its 14th batch of students into the Post-Graduate MBA Programme. This diverse batch showcases the geographic richness of India, with 78% of the students being female and representing 24 different states and union territories. Notably, this gender diversity achievement surpasses the institute's own record of 69% female representation set last year. Among the students are several high achievers, including national-level medalists in Swimming and Karate.
To initiate the new batch, IIM Rohtak organized an induction ceremony on July 1st and 2nd, 2023. The event was graced by esteemed personalities such as Shri Kamal Kishore, Member Secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority; Mr. Sameer, an internationally acclaimed lyricist and Guinness World Record Holder for penning the most songs; and Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain (retd.), a decorated recipient of multiple awards including PVSM, UVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, and VSM. Prof. Dheeraj Sharma, the chairperson of the institute, welcomed the dignitaries and students.
During the ceremony, Shri Kamal Kishore, the chief guest, congratulated the students and introduced the concept of "rooted cosmopolitanism." He emphasized the importance of being grounded in one's culture and society while also being adaptable and comfortable in any setting. Kishore shed light on the significance of going beyond corporate social responsibility and encouraged the creation of socially responsible corporates. Drawing from his experience in disaster management, he illustrated various examples, both national and international, showcasing how inadequate management can transform natural hazards into natural disasters.
The first keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain, expanded the new batch's understanding of security by delving into its comprehensive nature. He demonstrated that national security extends beyond safeguarding borders and encompasses poverty alleviation, energy security, technological excellence, and food security. Lt. Gen. Hasnain concluded his speech by urging India to increase its investment in maritime security.
The second day of induction featured three panel discussions. The first panel comprised corporate luminaries who explored the topic of "Understanding Consumption Behavior in Achieving a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy." The panelists highlighted India's growth potential and expressed confidence in surpassing the $5 trillion mark multiple times in the future. They discussed the evolution of consumer preferences in India and the role of continuous learning, inclusive income growth, and the rising demand for medical services in shaping the economy.
The second panel consisted of high-ranking law enforcement and income tax officers who deliberated on "Creating Positive Business Environments through Law." Prof. Dheeraj Sharma moderated the session and shed light on policing services as a prime example of negative services. The panelists emphasized the necessity of the rule of law for sustained economic growth and highlighted India's competitive advantage due to its rule-governed system and independent judiciary.
The third panel featured retired generals who shared valuable leadership lessons from the military. Lt. Gen. A.K. Singh enumerated the essential qualities of army officers with illustrative examples, while Lt. Gen. Manvender Singh discussed the leadership traditions and practices of the Indian Military Academy.
Dr. Gautam Sen, a professor from the London School of Economics, delivered the concluding keynote address. His captivating presentation emphasized the significance of narratives in shaping the destinies of countries and individuals. Dr. Sen highlighted the various ingredients, such as ideology, skillful blending of ideas and facts, and effective advertising, that contribute to a successful narrative. He urged the students to be vigilant against harmful narratives that could impede India's rise as a global power.
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