ISBR Business School, Electronic City, Bangalore, celebrated their First Convocation on 18th April 2010, at Satya Sai Samskruta Sadanam, Bangalore.
Padmashri Anil K Gupta, IIM, Ahmadabad chaired the session and Mr. Raghunathan V, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Hyderabad delivered the keynote address. Mr. Madan Padaki, Co-Founder and CEO, Merit Trac, Bangalore was the Guest of Honour.
Welcoming the audience comprising Graduates, Faculty, Parents and the specially invited Vidyajyothi Scholars, Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director of ISBR group of Institutions, likened the first convocation to the mother giving birth to her first baby, well illustrated through a video clipping from the movie ‘3 idiots’!
“The Video clipping highlighted not only Rancho’s innovative methods, but also the pain the mother goes through in the delivery process, but also the great pleasure that she gets when she holds the new born baby in her arms, starting a everlasting relationship between the two,” he said.
He impressed on the audience that this first convocation too gives birth to a new set of management graduates being released to the world and their everlasting relationship as Alumni of ISBR!
Mr. Raghunathan V, delivering his keynote address stressed the fact that life is not ‘A sprint but a Marathon,’ the concept based on his latest book, ‘Do not Sprint a Marathon’. Strategy for a marathon is different from that of a 100 metres dash! In a marathon, the mind takes over the body. He highlighted, that every job has a learning potential and advised the graduating students to improve their knowledge and skills, continuously.
“Find the spark in you and blow it to make it a great fire!” he exclaimed. Having been the MD of GMR Industries, one of the top infrastructure companies in India, he informed the audience, that nearly one trillion dollar investment will be made India in the Infrastructure Industry over the next 5 years. This would provide ample jobs for millions and also facilitate higher growth rate of the Indian Economy. Truly these are exciting times and “India is the most exciting country in the world”.
380 students were given PGPM certificates and 148 received gold medals for meritorious performance in various aspects of Academics, International Relations, Best Transformation, Best Team Player, Leadership and Creativity, Outstanding service, Discipline and Special Recognition.
42 Students of the Executive Batch also received their certificates.
44 Students of the Chennai branch of ISBR Business School also received their PGPM certificates.
Delivering the Convocation address, Padmashri Anil K Gupta, Coordinator SRISTI and Honey Bee Network, insisted that one should be humble and be willing to learn from the four sources of knowledge, viz, Nature, Common man, Institution and Parents. He stressed that life will be marvelous if one lives in the intersection of the three circles, viz, learning, loving and living!
Another highlight of this programme was handing over “gold” medals to all the Vidyajyothi scholars. These were the students from various colleges all over India, who have been selected based on their meritorious performance in Aptitude Test, GD & PI, and awarded scholarships up to 50% of fee waiver for pursuing their higher studies in management at any of the ISBR institutions! Nearly 480 Vidyajyothi students attended the convocation with their parents.
In addition, a coffee table book “GEMS OF ISBR” was released on the occasion, by Mr. Madan Padaki. The model of the new campus was also unveiled.
Shri Prakash Kothari, Chairman, ISBR Group of Institution, Dr T Rangarajan, Executive Director ISBR Group, Dr Chandra Niranjan, Advisory Board Member, ISBR Group, Dr Santhanam, Mr.Kiran Bindu, graced the occasion with their presence Dr Jayashree delivered the vote of thanks.