International Management Institute (IMI) Kolkata celebrated its Seventh Annual Convocation on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Dr. R. P. Goenka Auditorium, Alipore campus. Shri Sanjay Mitra, IAS officer and the Union Defence Secretary of India, delivered the convocation address. Addressing the students, he mentioned that their learning at IMI Kolkata has armed them with a formidable array of tools to combat problems. Once they step out of the campus and move into the real world, their achievements will depend on how well they put this toolkit to use. Furthermore, in a large measure, the success as a professional is likely to hinge on the choices they make in their lives. He stated that his choices have effectively hinged upon 5 pillars taken from Lee Iacocca’s nine Cs of effective leadership: Character, Conviction, Creativity, Communication and Courage.

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Mr. Mitra added that while focusing on being hugely successful in life, one should keep a thought somewhere in some corner of the mind of how to contribute in making the lives of poor and deprived better. Congratulating the graduating students at the event, he concluded by saying that though the world is fiercely competitive, they should not have any fear in facing it as they have been tempered by one of the most rigorous programmes in the world and are now ready to show their mettle.

This year a total of 125 students including 49 girls were conferred the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accredited PGDM of IMI Kolkata, which is accorded equivalence with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).The prestigious Dr. Rama Prasad Goenka Gold Medal was awarded to Mr. Gourav Guha, for academic excellence.

While addressing the gathering, Professor Arindam Banik, Director of IMI Kolkata, mentioned, “IMI Kolkata has carved out a trajectory which has set an example in reviving the historical leadership and management legacy of Kolkata. The Institute is currently among the top 45 management institutes in India, as per India Rankings 2019 published by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) , MHRD,Government of India.

The Director also stressed on the importance of the twin facets of inclusivity in the journey of IMI Kolkata as an institute. On one hand, since its inception, IMI-Kolkata has 5 per cent of total seats reserved for economically weaker sections, as visualized by its honourable members of the Board of Governors. On the other hand, the international collaborations are of great importance for IMI Kolkata. Over the years, students from ESC Rennes School of Business (France), IDRAC Business School (France), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Sichuan University (China) and other top universities of the world have chosen IMI Kolkata as their favourite destination for academic and cultural exchange.

Mr. P.K. Khaitan, renowned lawyer and Member of IMI Kolkata’s Board of Governors presided over the Convocation Ceremony.