The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) held its 36th Annual Convocation on April 29, 2017. The event, organized at IRMA, Anand, had eminent Dr. Tushaar Shah, Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka, as the Chief Guest.
Prof. Rakesh Saxena, Director-in-Charge of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), welcoming the Chief Guest along with the Board of Governors, invitees, faculty, graduating students and their parents underscored some of the institute's highlights for the academic year including being granted NBA accreditation for its flagship programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM).
He also touched upon the 100% placement for its graduating PRM batch, wherein, IRMA students were placed in different organization including cooperatives and producer companies, government, non-government development agencies agribusiness and rural marketing organization with overall average salary of Rs.10.22 lakh per annum and the highest package being Rs.46.50 lakhs.
Dr. Tushaar Shah, the Chief Guest commenced his speech by expressing about the good fortune he had to interact and work closely with the founder Dr. Verghese Kurien, when he was in in his prime. He said "the best thing he left behind was his idea of IRMA. IRMA should use every convocation to revive and reflect over the work of that exceptional man. Hidden in his legacy is the idea of IRMA that is even more relevant today than it was then".
To the graduating batch he shared six thoughts for mulling over. These six thoughts were: to create a vibrant and nurturing Eco-system around them, to never let perfection be the enemy of Excellence; and Excellence, the enemy of good; to respect and cherish productivity; manage by demanding performance from co-workers but also matching it by hand-holding and support. This, he shared, was Dr. Kurien, the Great Maestro's formula.
While lauding IRMA's efforts for staying broadly true to its learning philosophy he stressed the need for IRMA to play a far bigger and more salient role in building India than it has done, so far. He appreciated that in order to prepare its students for uncertainties, ambiguities, fluidities of operating in Rural India, IRMA's flagship PRM programme became the world's first management programme with longest spells in fieldwork and organizational training.
The Chairman IRMA, Shri T. Nanda Kumar in his speech emphasized that recognizing the ‘disruption' in the national and global scenario - with changes in policy, technology, markets, environment, and challenges in global economic movement, it is important that as IRMAns, the graduates ensure that they build/assist institutions for building prosperity for rural India, by remaining sensitive to social issues and contribute to society by having a commitment to serve rural India.
A total of 173 (Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management) participants graduated this year. Ms. Ritika Goel, who had topped her batch of PRM 36, was awarded the prestigious Kuchibhotla Vasanthi Gold Medal by the Chief Guest.