Sambalpur, June 28: The Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur (IIM-S) witnessed felicitation of as many as 187 students in the 4th (2018-2020) and 5th (2019-2021) annual convocation, which was held in the virtual mode on Monday. The 5th batch having highest gender diversity across all IIMs with 46 female students in a batch strength of 95 is a milestone of the premier B-School. This apart, the 5th graduating batch of IIM-S have achieved 100 per cent placement despite the pandemic with multi fold increase in recruiters across sectors.
Congratulating the graduating students, Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Group, Sajjan Jindal said the reason why IIM Sambalpur has achieved such rapid strides as a learning centre is owing to the fact that the institute has been imbibing young talent with experimental learning and orientation. He would like to thank the institute’s teachers and faculty for this achievement. These young leaders are the torch bearers of hope, and the society is looking up to for resilience during a disruption. This generation has learnt several valuable lessons at a young age from this pandemic that is how to negotiate extreme uncertainty and how to make better choices under extreme unpredictable conditions. These are among key lessons that will surely help and guide these students in a post covid world, he said.
Chairman, Board, IIM-S and former Chairperson of State Bank of India Arundhati Bhattacharya said even though this IIM is merely six years old, it is developing as a revered centre of excellence. She would advise the students to embrace the guiding values of their institute Innovation, Integrity and Inclusiveness when they embark upon their new future, she added.
Director, IIM-S, Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal said the performance of IIM-S in academic year 2019 and 2020 has been remarkable and momentous despite the disruptions caused due to global pandemic in this period. They are extremely proud of their graduates and are confident that they have been able to mould these young minds in a way that today they are sending out responsible leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset into the world. They have instilled IIM-S’s nine mantras of 3Is of Innovation, Integrity and Inclusiveness, 3Ds of Digitization, Democratization and Decarbonization of business and 3Ms of Mode, Model and Method in imparting education, and the students will use these ideals to accomplish great heights for themselves and the country in turn.
While reading the Director’s report of last year, Prof Jaiswal reiterated the highlights of the academic year that included several milestones for IIM-S like highest gender diversity among IIMs, introduction of the concept of flipped classrooms, first ever TEDXIIM Sambalpur, laying of the foundation stone of the permanent campus of IIM-S by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, signing of several MoUs with international universities and B-Schools and with the office of the Collector cum District Magistrate, Sambalpur to address the Covid calamity in the district which received praise from Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and introduction of Executive MBA degree program.