Bengaluru, May 31, 2021
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...” Charles Dickens’ quote is so appropriate to the situation that it raises goosebumps on one’s arms. Amidst the global pandemic, JAGSOM, one of the top 6 B-schools in India, celebrated its 25th Annual Convocation.
Convocations are routine and one does not create much brouhaha and hubbub about them. But what makes this one especially notable and memorable is, to quote Dickens again, “... it was the season of Darkness...” and “... it was the winter of despair...”
Not just one season or one winter – in almost every family that had a son or a daughter on the threshold of graduating, despair and despondency were the dark clouds that followed them throughout the year – the future they envisioned was a big, black question mark hanging over their son’s and daughter’s head.
But there were also those who believed; and it is these people, and their everlasting optimism, their wisdom, and their vision of transformation and their belief that breakthroughs are possible even during “the worst of times”... these are the people who brought in “a season of Light...”
For the 208 students who graduated from the PGDM 2-Year Program and PGDM Working Professionals Program this year, a whole new world opened. And as new worlds usually do, it started with a Big Bang!
The event was graced by Chief Guest Mr. Madhukar Govindaraju, CEO, Numly Inc., and Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Chairman JAGSOM and Board of Governors, JAGSOM.
And befitting its Silver Jubilee celebrations, JAGSOM announced its debut in the QS World University rankings, figuring in the 51+ band in the Specialized Masters in Marketing and in the 101+ band in the Finance Masters Program.
Once the ‘spring of hope’ was awakened, there were no speed breakers!
More than 70 companies recruited from the campus through virtual placement sessions. There was increased participation from marquee companies: Oracle, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Dell, HDFC, BNY Mellon, E&Y, Hexaware, to name a few. And from a sizable number of new age companies, too, many of whom are headquartered in the US: Numly, OSG, Arcesium, Cuemath, MetricStream, Scaler, SmartKnower, again, to name a few.
The highest package on offer was INR 1.6 million per annum, with an average salary of more than INR 1 million per annum – it was truly “the epoch of incredulity...”
Addressing the graduating batch Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Chairman and Board of Governors, JAGSOM, said, “If you take a grain of wheat and make it into a loaf of bread, its value added is about 3 times. Proud to announce that you are the first batch to go from physical to digital world. Today learning is easy because all the knowledge comes to you. If the student is ready the teacher will show up! The more you learn the more you will be active and more you will be engaged. Society has given so much to you and from now think about giving back and always remember, the best way to change yourself is to have gratitude.”
During the convocation address, Chief Guest, Mr. Madhukar Govindaraju, CEO, Numly Inc said, “Always follow your passion and the success will follow you. Your convocation is a brief stopover for your lifelong learning journey. As we gather here let us not forget the sacrifice of frontline workers without which we would have been nowhere. So, let us offer deepest condolences to all the loved ones we lost and gratitude for the ones who are with us.
A leader is one who excels in coping with change by focusing, aligning, and striving towards challenging the change. Four principles to become a great leader are: always question the status quo, accept failure, make decisions on data and analysis, and go beyond yourself. As a leader, never take decisions on your own, no matter who you are, ensure your team is a part of every decision. This is the most important lesson I learnt as a leader. Always strive towards personal and intellectual growth.”
Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay, Director, IFIM Business School while highlighting the key events of this academic year expressed, “JAGSOM is one of the first institutions in India to have not only successfully placed the graduating class of 2021, but also completed all the academic requirements to hold the 25th Convocation. The integrated pathway of research incubation followed by super-specialization and internship has led to an engagement driven placement outcome with success. There were some concerns raised at the start of the pandemic, whether we should continue or not, and we decided to go ahead - in the words of Tagore, “if no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.”. Today we stand vindicated, and we are here virtually to witness this big moment where you as a batch graduated on time. Keep shining and uphold the values of non-self-centeredness, contribution, empathy and humility”.
The convocation was also attended by Sanjay Padode, Chairman, Center for Developmental Education (CDE), along with faculty members from JAGSOM and Vijaybhoomi University, the graduating students, and proud parents of the graduating batch, which included both regular and executive PGDM students.
The following awards were given to the top students:
Dean and Director’s Honour List:
The Best All Round Performance 2 -Year PGDM Program
Jagdish Sheth School of Management (formerly IFIM Business School) is amongst the first 6 Business Schools in India to have been awarded the AACSB accreditation. Recently, IFIM Business School, now, Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSOM), has been ranked by QS Masters in Marketing Ranking 2021 amongst the Top 100 such programs (in 51-100 band) in the World for its PGDM (Marketing) program. It has also been ranked in the 101-150 Band Globally in the QS Masters in Finance Rankings for its PGDM (Finance) Program.
Various programs at JAGSOM include (1) PGDM/MBA : 2 Year residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management /MBA with international super-specializations in Martech, Fintech, Big Data Analytics, Digital Transformation & HR (2) SpecX - offering experiential specializations for new age roles: PGDM (Marketing), PGDM (Finance) and PGDM (Business Analytics) (3) PGDM IB: Dual Degree Pathway Program in association with State University of New York (Albany) and Sydney Business School (UOW) (4) PGDM LFH: A unique learn-from-home program which brings in the experience of learning from a campus while at home and (5) BBA at Vijaybhoomi University, Greater Mumbai, having pathway options with ESCP Europe, ESC Rennes and UOW Australia.
Actively engaged in research and consulting, JAGSOM hosts several Centers of Excellence such as AIM-Parasuraman Centre of Service Excellence. JAGSOM has an elite set of international academic partners including leading institutes such as ESCP-London, Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) and McCombs Business School (University of Texas at Austin).
JAGSOM has four distinct anchors that support its overall educational philosophy:
For more information, visit www.jagsom.com