Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) held its 38th annual convocation on April 18, 2019 at the Tribhuvandas Auditorium, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand. The Chief Guest at the convocation was Shri S.M. Vijayanand, IAS (retd.) and former Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala.
Shri Vijayanand has worked closely with IRMA as a member of the Board of Governors and also during his tenure as Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Government of India. He is currently Chairman, Centre for Management Development (CMD), Thiruvananthapuram.
While addressing the graduating students, Shri Vijayanand said, “I see a potential Kurien in each one of you.”
Extolling the AMUL model propagated by Dr. Kurien, he said that it was a model to be followed “as (here) ownership rests with the last farmer.” This and the values nurtured by Dr. Kurien, he said, have gained even more importance today when farmer cooperatives and farmer producer organizations are moving towards the cooperative model.
Defining rural management, he made the point that “It is not management in any sense of the term. The management word is accidental. It is, in fact, totally transformative”.
Concluding his address, he invoked Mahatma Gandhi’s Talisman and urged the graduating batch to recall it when faced with a doubt regarding their purpose.
Chairman Shri Dilip Rath, IAS (retd.), said, “The entire IRMA fraternity, which comprises of more than 3000 alumni, should be proud of the fact that as an institution we have contributed significantly to the progress and development of the nation, the rural sector in particular.” Shri Rath advised the graduating students to follow core values like integrity, commitment, professionalism, and empathy, which have been cherished by all the organizations founded by Dr Kurien and nurtured by his successors.
Prof. Hitesh Bhatt, while reiterating the Institute’s underlying vision of being a management institute with a heart, quoted the late Dr. Verghese Kurien, who was known to say, “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary and for those who do not, no explanation is possible.”
Further quoting from Dr. Kurien’s speech from the convocation speech to the first batch of IRMA graduates in 1982- which was taken from a recent address delivered by one of IRMA’s illustrious alumnus, Shri R. S. Sodhi – he said, “Our first duty is to India; second to the farmers and the poorest in the society; third to our Institution and last is always to ourselves.”
He added that IRMA values its academic rigour and delivers the programmes through periodical assessment and bringing in contemporary and evolving needs of development and management perspectives. This is unique to IRMA.
He stressed that “as a vibrant management school that believes in making a difference, IRMA has carved a niche for itself in academia. Our placements record since the first batch in the right organizations is testimony to the fact that we are on the right track.”
This year, 171 participants were awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) and two the Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM). The prestigious Vasanthi Gold Medal for academic excellence was awarded to Chinmay Didwaniya of the 38th PGDRM batch.
On the eve of the convocation, the Board of Governors hosted a high tea at the Executive Training and Development Centre (ETDC) of IRMA. Participants of PRM 38 with their families, as well as participants of PRM 39 and IRMA staff were invited.
Two awards for academic excellence were presented during the high tea to two PRM 38 participants. The Shiladitya Roy Award, instituted in the name of the late Prof. Shiladitya Roy for excellence in Financial Management, was awarded to Ms. Shruti Ajay. Mr. Abhishek Yadav was awarded the Monark Bag Award for excellence in Production and Operations Management, in the memory of the late Prof Monark Bag.
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