Shillong: A total of 268 students of IIM Shillong participated in the 13th annual convocation held at the new IIM campus at Umsawli here.

At the convocation, 252 students from Post Graduation Programme (PGP), 16 from PGPEx were conferred with degree certificate and two scholars were conferred with their PhD degrees.

The 2021-22 batch was called the COVID-19 pandemic batch as they were inducted during the first phase of COVID-19 yet that did not leave them disheartened and they graduated successfully. 

The convocation ceremony was held at the campus after a gap of two years due to the pandemic, making this batch the first to celebrate its convocation at the new campus. 

The chief guest of the occasion, Founder and Chairman of Narayana Health, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty addressed the students virtually.

Delivering his convocation address to students for successfully graduating from one of India’s most prestigious academic institutions, Dr. Shetty said, “The world in which or the world which was when you joined IIM Shillong and the world how it is now when you are graduating are dramatically different.”

“The world has turned upside down due to Covid. A 100 years from now if a historian is going to write the history of the world, there would be two distinct periods, one is BC, that is, before covid, and the second is AC that is after Covid.”

“To be successful in life, to make a difference, to make this world a better place to live in, you have to think different.” 

He further added, “Whatever you do in your life, remember that the power of your purpose is more important than all the other strategies combined. So, try to choose a purpose by which you can make this world a better place to live in.”

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shishir Kumar Bajoria, while congratulating the students and the faculty members said, “While working further on you and on your career goals, always remember the values we have all realized during the ongoing times; the value for caring for each other.”

“Sensitivity to human needs, to the community needs, and the country’s needs. My message to you is to learn to give back more than what you get.”

“Although the crisis brought several human-institutional challenges, we as a community grew stronger. India as a country faced the pandemic in one of the best ways in the world, our leadership ensured that our heads were held high.”

“Even when the pandemic was roaring all over the country, we could supply medicine and come to the rescue of many countries. All thanks to our leadership.”

Speaking on the occasion, Director of IIM Shillong Prof D.P. Goyal said convocation is also an opportunity for us to share what we have accomplished during the year. 

Goyal stated that the IIM has made significant all-round progress. “The most awaited moment for IIM Shillong was to be housed in our own campus. It is a matter of great satisfaction that we shifted to this new campus amid the pandemic. The work on the second and third phase is expected to be completed soon. The IIM signed 8 MoUs with renowned global institutions last year,” he said.

Further addressing the students, he said, “Today is a great day for you, we wish to convey our congratulations to you for your success. We also want to thank you for unprecedented commitment towards success despite the pandemic. You have proved yourself. Your time at IIM Shillong must have provided you with immense learning. You have exhibited strong ethics. We are sure that these qualities will not just produce great business managers but leaders. We are proud of you. “

The Director’s Gold Medal for the best all-rounder was awarded to Abhishek Khurana from PGP 2022 & Nisarg Shrivats from PGPEX2022.

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