Posted on: August 23, 2011
Almost 20 years ago, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies was set up as a small executive development centre for the Kirloskar group of companies. It rapidly grew in stature and is now a proper AICTE approved MBA institute. KIAMS filled an education need of the industry in India. That for quality managers.
Recently, KIAMS held its 12th convocation ceremony for the 2011 batch. In his welcome address, Mr. Rahul C. Kirloskar said, “Quite a few companies have been returning to our college year after year for recruitment seeing the quality of our students as good managers. Our inherent values and the quality of education have helped us even in the last couple of years, which have been a time of recession.” Mr. Rahul C. Kirloskar has been associated with KIAMS since its inception.
At KIAMS, management students get a lot more than a mere MBA. Because, here the faculty work towards grooming the students into ‘complete’ managers and instil in them an inbuilt dedication to their work, teaching them to stand by their business ethics. This is one of the reasons why companies keep coming back to KIAMS and hiring the management graduates from here. Emphasising this, Mr. Rahul Kirloskar said, “Consistency, dedication and long term commitment to your profession will ensure success.”
Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director, KIAMS, talked about the long journey covered by the institute. “We look back on the year gone by, take pride in the achievements of the institute as well as the sense of responsibility for the mountains yet to be climbed,” he said. The convocation was in truth a transition for the students who were now crossing the important threshold into a new phase in their lives. They were becoming Managers. Hiring companies return to KIAMS because the institute constantly reviews its curriculum, keeping their students in the industry development loop and up-to-date with technology. “The core faculty, the visiting faculty as well as an expert subject panel which comprised of faculty from institutes like IIMs, XLRI, as well as leading guides from industry contributed to the process by giving valuable insights. These inputs were then elaborated in the three day curriculum workshop at the start of the year, and we adopted the internationally renowned Blooms Taxonomy for designing the curriculum,” he said. This practice helps the students when they go out and seek jobs; having knowledge about the latest in market is definitely an added advantage.
Mr. Srivats Ram, Managing Director, Wheels India Ltd. was an honoured guest at the convocation. He addressed the young aspirants and gave them an insight into the Indian market and ongoing industry trends. He discussed growing opportunities in India and how our economy would boom. “Over the next ten years the country is going to transform, it will be very different from the India that we have today,” he said. Being in India translates into being in the right place at the right time. The only way for India as an economy is up.
Learning never ends till life itself ends. Even after acquiring a job, it is very essential for an individual to learn new things and keep himself/herself updated with the latest in the market. “Learn how to acquire knowledge, and that’s extremely important. More important than the real basic knowledge, is your ability to assimilate knowledge and apply it. When you go into your work space, make sure that your learning curve is always steep enough so that when you wake up the next morning you will be able to say, ‘I am going to learn something today.’ Maintaining the learning curve slope is one of the important things that you need to take into the work place,” Mr. Srivats Ram said. This is one thing that helps in growing professionally. Another useful point he shared was that one must not only possess appropriate knowledge about the industry but also have the right attitude.
All in all, the convocation ceremony proved to be quite informative as well as inspiring for these fresh graduates.
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