Orientation Cum Induction: PGDM (2012-14)
The 2012-14 Batches of PGDM and PGDM-HC students of the two management programmes joined the TAPMI family through a formal Induction Programme that spanned for two days - 25-26 June, 2012.
The program started with lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Mr. Gautam Pai, Managing Director, Manipal Technologies Ltd., Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University, Dr. H Shantaram, Trustee and Member-Governing Council, Dr R C Natarajan, Director, TAPMI and two student representatives of the batch. Prof. Prashant Yatgiri, Chairman-PGP in his opening speech, warmly welcomed all the dignitaries on the Dais. The Deans, Associate Deans, Faculty members, Staff, PGP-2 students and most importantly the Students of 29TH batch of PGDM & 3RD batch of PGDM-HEALTHCARE were present.
Dr Prashant gave a snapshot of the profile of the batch with some interesting statistics. This batch has 309 PGDM and 24 PGDM-HCM students totaling to a magical figure of 333. Female students constituted 29%. Students holding Engineering Degrees with an average 2.5 years corporate experience represented by 78% of the batch were dominant. In the PGDM-HCM section, 38% are represented by Pharmacy graduates besides one student from Medical Science and two from Dental Science background. Interestingly, the batch represents 18 states, covering 92 different places in India.
Dr R C Natarajan, Director, TAPMI in his welcome address stressed on the sacrifices that today's students have to make to pursue their Management career. He welcomed the students to the beautiful town of Manipal, which is located amidst nature with enough peace and serenity and without buzz of cosmopolitan cities. He briefed them on how they will be moulded from boys and girls metamorphosed into gentlemen and ladies.
Chief Guest, Mr. Gautam Pai urged the students that they should first be aware of where they are heading and should take the right road to achieve it. He stressed that one should work more on building one's own strengths while also working on the weaknesses. He said that future managers should dream big and work with passion and excellence to go beyond their dreams. He said that of late there are many scandals in the society. So, he urged that one should have values and integrity to one's work. Students should be doing right things even when no one is watching. A person should be a good Manager to his Leader and a good Leader to his subordinates. He said that we should keep our minds open and learn from others.
Dr H Shantaram, Governing Council Member of TAPMI addressed the students and spoke about Dr. T M A Pai, a multifaceted personality who was a good Doctor, a Banker and Educationist. He wanted to eradicate Illiteracy, Ill health and Poverty. He was a Visionary leader and was the brain behind the evolution of Manipal.
Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University and Governing Council Member of TAPMI delivered the presidential address. He said that in this 21st knowledge century, education has no physical boundaries and we should compete at International level and applauded TAPMI for its recent achievement of AACSB accreditation. He emphasized that there are no shortcuts to success other than hard work. He said that we should keep ourselves updated continuously and never forget Parents, Teachers and the Alma mater. Prof. Gururaj Kidiyoor proposed a vote of thanks.
The new students were then briefed on Brandscan, MIP, IT Resources, Library Facilities, and Hostel Facilities.
The Day two of the Induction started with an Interaction with Ms. Simran Bhasin, Alumnus of TAPMI belonging to 1999-2001 batch and currently Brand Manager at Titan Ltd. She spoke on the industry expectations of a manager and on her nostalgic moments at TAPMI. She compared the present, modern state of art Infrastructure of TAPMI with those during her studies, when it operated out of simple leased premises.
The students then had a brief interaction with Mr. Naru Navele, who leads the Risk Advisory Practice for Deloitte & Touche AERS India Private Limited, Hyderabad, India. Mr. Naru also serves as the Asia-Pacific Leader for Risk & Capital for the financial services industry. He gave insights on the Financial Services Industry.
To mark the end of the formal induction, the students also had sportingly put up a cultural performance.