The inauguration ceremony of the new Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) and the induction ceremony of the first batch of the programme was held today (18 October 2021) at IIM Ranchi in a mixed offline as well virtual mode.
The new programme allows students to join IIM Ranchi right after Class XII and study towards an MBA Degree in the institute. Students are also given an option to exit after the 3rd year with a BBA degree if they desire. A total of 120 seats are available in the programme.
The Inauguration and Induction Event today was graced by Dr. Subhas Sarkar,Union Minister of State as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries who spoke in the event included Shri. Praveen Shankar Pandya, Hon’ble Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIM Ranchi, Prof. Shailendra Singh, Director IIM Ranchi and Prof. Virajanand Varma, Chairperson-IPM. Prof. Shailendra Singh, Director IIM Ranchi welcomed the dignitaries to the event and mentioned about the planning and development of the Integrated Programme in Management (IPM).
He stated that the Institute had started with 1 program and 44 students and in a period of 11 years now has 7 programs and more than 1000 students in its rolls. He talked about the continuous rise of the institute in NIRF Scores and Rankings and stated that he expected the institute to rise further in the future.
Mr. Praveen Shanker Pandya spoke about the development of the new campus of the Institute and also about the continuous rise of the institution in the academic community. He encouraged the students to keep working ahead for the development of the country.
Dr. Subhas Sarkar, Hon’ble Minister of State, Govt. of India declared the Programme Open and welcomed the new students to the Institute. He congratulated the students and the parents on their achievement and encouraged them to keep up their spirit of learning and continue working hard for the future.
He also highlighted the role of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which has facilitated the inclusion of transformative curricula that aim for the holistic development of learners, equipping them with the key 21st-century skills, enhancing essential learning and critical thinking, and placing greater focus on experiential learning, thereby providing a holistic approach to the learning process.
He also expressed his desire that the institute shall implement recommendations of NEP 2020 in its letter and spirit. He emphasized on the fact that as future business leaders they have a duty to take India to new heights. Dr. Sarkar specially praised the fact that around half the students who are joining the programme are female students and he expected that this will encourage more girls to choose a career path as business managers and leaders.
Dr. Sarkar talked about how the different schemes of the Government under the leadership of PM Modi such as Digital India and Skill India were taking the country to new heights.
He asked the students to grow up to be job creators rather than being job seekers. He emphasized the importance of the adoption of new technology and continuous upskilling and reskilling to stay relevant.
Prof. Virajanand Varma, Chair-IPM welcomed the new students to the programme and expected a fruitful five years for them. Prof. Angshuman Hazarika, Co-Chair- IPM presented the vote of thanks for the event.