Growing from 30 students in the first batch, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, (IIM-L) has conferred diplomas on its 572 graduating students at the 25th annual convocation ceremony here last evening.
Now, the alumni rank of IIM-L has swelled to 4,200. Over the last 25 years, the institute has witnessed tremendous growth and is now a self-sustainable management institute and does not require government grants.
It has also donned the mentor’s role for two new IIMs — IIM-Rohtak and IIM-Kashipur, while it has International Academic Collaborations with 24 institutions in Europe and North America. Its doctoral programme entered its 11th year in 2010.
Meanwhile, the diplomas were conferred by IIM-L Board of Governors Chairman J J Irani and Institute Director Devi Singh. Union HRD and Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal was earlier slated to officiate as chief guest but could only address the ceremony through video message.
The graduating batch of 338 students from the 25th batch of PGP in Management, 28 from sixth batch of PGP in Agri-business Management, 2 International Exchange students of ESCAP Paris, who have completed the requirements of PGP in Management; along with 110 students from PGP in Management for Working Executives (WMP) and 94 students from International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX) from the Noida campus.
“We adopt a holistic approach to management education. Each graduate is trained to be manager of today and leader of tomorrow, someone who governs with essence of conscientiousness and has a dynamic approach to any kind of situation at any level of organisation,” Singh said.
In June 2010, the Noida campus had commenced the sixth batch of three-year WMP with an intake of 131 students. During the year, 70 research contributions had been published and 15 new consultancy assignments were initiated. This year saw the largest graduating batch to be placed across all IIMs with 200 companies making 528 offers to the batch of 366 students. IIM-L’s Management Development Programmes saw 124 programmes being conducted for about 2,400 executives.
Meanwhile, a centre of excellence for Business Sustainability has been set up at IIM-L to help improve performance of businesses by ensuring sustainability through modern management and decision making tools/techniques; and identify training needs of corporate/non-corporate sector to design and deliver training programmes.