IIPM CHENNAI Convocation Ceremony

Lightning of the lamp by Mr. Vittal
Students at the function
During the ceremony
Cap throwing ceremony
  The Convocation Ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp of wisdom by the Chief Guest Mr N. Vittal (former Chief Vigiliance Commissioner and former Chairman, Telecom Commission) and other guests of honour.

Prof. R. Krishnan (Dean Academics) delivered the welcome speech. The welcome speech was followed by a classical dance performance by Ms. Ashwini Viswanathan .
The Guests of honour during the event were:
Mr. B. S. Raghavan (former secretary to ministry of food and agriculture),
Prof. Mr. Naveen Chamoli (Director; Planman Technologies & Honorary Dean at Centre of Planning Management, IIPM, New Delhi) 
Mr. B.Venkataramana (Sr.VP. – H.R. Reliance retail)
Ms. Nanda Chantaluri (Director – Operations, RR Donnelley)
Ms. Bhavana Sharma (Sr. HR – Manager, HOV Services)
Mr. Saianand (HR – People & Culture VESTAS)

 After his Convocation address; the Chief Guest   Mr N. Vittal, handed over the medals of honour for overall performances at IIPM. Mr. Naveen kumar and Dinesh K. were the recipients of Director’s Gold Medal and Silver Medal respectively.Mr. Samarat Baulliah from Fall Winter batch received the Director’s Silver medal.

The brilliant speech of Prof Mr. Naveen Chamoli mesmerized the audience. He handed over the academics Gold and Silver Medals. Ms. Arthi Kumar and Ms. Megha Mandani were awarded the Academic Gold and Silver from SS batch. Mr.Samarat Baulliah and Ms. Keerthi Pulagam from FW batch received Academic Gold and Silver respectively.

It was the most proud moment for the parents when all the students joined for the cap throwing ceremony after receiving their testimonials.

The students, parents and corporate guests also enjoyed the dance performance by the 8countz Dance Troop who took the stage twice to entertain the audience.

The event was hosted by the popular SS TV VJ Paloma and concluded with Vote of Thanks from Prof. Amlan Ray (Dean – Administrarion).
Alumni attired in dazzling robes at Trident Hilton
Dancer Aparna Ram performing Bharatnatyam at the convocation
All India Dean, Prof. A. Sandeep at the Convocation
Chief Guest for the Convocation of 04-06 batch, Professor M.S. Swaminathan

Father of the Green Revolution, Prof. M.S. Swaminathan graces IIPM Chennai’s Convocation for the Class of PGP 2004-06 and UGP 2003-06

Noted agricultural scientist, economist and researcher, Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, acknowledged as the Father of the Green Revolution in India was the chief guest at IIPM, Chennai’s Convocation for the Class of PGP 2004-06 and UGP 2003-06 conducted on 21st April, 2007.

The function began with the well-known TV host, Mr. Vijay Adiraj welcoming the guests.  This was followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp.  Dean Academics, Prof. R. Krishnan gave a welcome address.  This was followed by an artful Bharatnatyam dance performance by Ms. Aparna Ram.

Then the august gathering was addressed by the chief guest, who is also apart from being a Member of the Rajya Sabha, the President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation.   Prof. Swaminathan began by saying “I am very happy to be here because I know this institution all over the country is having such a deep impact, producing men and women who can not only dream but work to convert the dream into reality…”

Prof. M. S. Swaminathan spoke about the Great Indian Dream that began with Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s tryst with destiny that was focused on the abolition of four major components - ill-health, illiteracy, hunger and poverty – that have now become part of the UN Millennium Development Goals and is included in the global common minimum development programme for sustainable human security.

Speaking about planning and development, he began with the five year plans and the general improvement in health, literacy, poverty-reduction, employment and food self-sufficiency. Despite a percentage-wise improvement, he went on to point out how much a lot more needs to be done in absolute terms for achieving social, environmental and economic sustainability, because of our huge population. Talking about abolition of poverty, he referred to Jeffrey Sachs’s ‘End of Poverty’, C.K.Prahlad’s ‘Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’, etc. He said that India should have started with reforms in the agricultural sector – establishing Special Agricultural Zones (SAZ) before going on to establishing SEZs. Lessons from China were also highlighted.

He encouraged the alumni to think of the Mother Earth every day, and to plan for the prosperity of not only oneself, but to also become transformational agents – creating a meaning in the lives of others around.

Prof. Swaminathan went on to confer the Director’s Gold Medal to Vijay Gopal Singh of Spring Summer and Madhulika G. Sharda of Fall Winter batch. The Director’s Silver medals were presented to A. Subramanian of Spring Summer and A. Abhishek of Fall Winter batch.

The All India Dean, Prof. A. Sandeep delivered a fantastic passionate speech reminding the IIPM alumni of their responsibilities to work dedicatedly towards National Economic Planning and Entrepreneurship.  Prof. A. Sandeep conferred the Academic Gold Medal to Charanya Baker of Spring Summer and Vanathi PVK of Fall Winter batch. Ruth Babu of Spring Summer batch and Kalpana Subramanian received the Silver medal.

Corporate guests included Mr. Balaji Kumar, Head-HR of Citibank; Mr. Arvind Bishnoi, MD, Tecpro Systems; Mr. V. Ramakrishnan, Head-Chennai Operations, Motilal Oswal Securities; and Mr. Anand Choudhury, AVP, Religare.

The felicitation ceremony that followed was a spectacle to watch for the friends, family, and faculty members of the Alumni, as they went up on stage attired in their marvelous robes, stoles and caps to receive their degrees, certificates and mark sheets from Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, who did the honours with a pleasing smile on his face.

The alumni then gathered on stage for the cap-throwing ceremony that preceded the reappearance of Ms. Aparna Ram for a concluding dance recital.

Dean-Administration, Prof. Amlan Ray delivered the vote of thanks and invited everyone for the delicious dinner.

After the glittering function got over, this is what Dr. M.S. Swaminathan gave as an amazing feedback: “I congratulate you on the outstanding success of the convocation.  It was a real privilege to get to know your unique institution and to listen to Prof Sandeep.  The country owes a deep debt of gratitude to Dr Chaudhuri for his vision in establishing such a fine Institution.”

Mr. T.N.Seshan Lighting the Lamp to Inaugurate the function
Students throwing their Caps after receiving their Degree
Prof. A.Sandeep presenting a Memento to Hon. Chief Guest Mr. T.N.Seshan
Prof. Shouvick Dutta being welcomed Warmly by Prof. Amlan Ray
Ms. Kalpana Student of FW/04-06 Performing a Classical dance

Date: 7th.April 2006
Venue: Trident Hilton Hotel
Chief Guest/Guest of Honor: Dr. T. N. Seshan
Participants: PGP/FW/2003-05

 The Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Chennai held its first Convocation Ceremony for the batch of fall winter 2003-05 on the 7th of April at the Trident Hilton Hotel. The Occasion was graced by Dr. T. N. Seshan, the chief guest. It was a day of fond remembrance and achievement for the IIPM graduates who received their degrees on that day with much excitement. Various awards for academic achievements were also given away during the ceremony.

Prof. R. Krishnan, Dean-academics, IIPM, Chennai gave the welcome speech. Prof. Krishnan reminded the students of their responsibility to their parents, teachers, society and the nation.

Dr. Seshan, the chief guest spoke about the immense diversity in the culture and traditions of India. Enforcing the positives and strong points about our beloved nation, he brought a sense of feel good factor about being the citizen of India. He took the audience through the five thousand years history of India in a short and little time. Supported by facts and figures, he enlightened the entire audience which included students, teachers and parents.

Professor A Sandeep, one of the most revered faculties and All India Dean of IIPM delivered a powerful speech highlighting the importance of being IIPMite. Talking about patriotism, he advised students not to be fanatical Rang De Basanti types, but IIPM type patriots who are educated and intellectual and not just emotional. He appealed to the students on what IIPM is looking form them, "What we want you to be, are those bare foot managers who commit themselves to India's development. Who do not believe in the jobs that you are getting but who believe in starting companies which gives job to people."

Mr. Seshan gave away the diplomas to the successful students. The directors Gold and Silver medals were also presented in the same occasion.

The evening came to an end with performance of the IIPM Rock Band.


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