Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) is one of the unique institutes where confluence of minds and purpose effortless transcend physical boundaries. Operating out of two locations, Harihar and Pune, the vision and values of KIAMS commonly drive every process on both locations. By design, KIAMS overcomes two dividing variables – the year of enrollment (seniors and juniors) and the location.

In the first half of the year, each location has an intermingling of seniors and juniors. This helps integration of the culture across batches and induction of new entrants to the KIAMS family. In the second half of the year, the juniors get together in one location and the seniors in another. This helps integration of all juniors and all seniors in their batches, as well as facilitating placement processes for the seniors. This harnessing and confluence of the energy of young people can only have good results and can bring about greater learning, nurturing and exploration of potential.

On 16th November, 2013, all the senior students went to Pune for their final academic lap. And all the junior students gathered in Harihar for their batch integration process. The occasion was marked with a formal inaugural program

The event started with a warm welcome by students Asha Upadhaya and Ramya Ravi Kumar, followed by a Saraswati Vandana by student Victoria Bravo. The guests of honour for the occasion were Swami Veereshananda Saraswathi Ji (President of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram, Tumkur, Karnataka) and Swami Prakashananda Ji (Head of Ramakrishna Mutt- Ranebennur). After the traditional lighting of the inaugural invoking the divine energies. Wg. Cdr. A. Raghunath-Vr. C (Governing Council Member of KIAMS) formally started the event. He spoke about the history of KIAMS, introduced Swami Veereshananda Saraswathi Ji and Swami Prakashananda Ji, and invited them to address the students.

Swami Veereshananda Saraswathi shared his views on the purpose of life and the meaning of success in life. He introduced the students to Swami Vivekananda’s values and way of life. He helped the students understand Swami Ji’s philosophy by citing several examples, specifically pointing out the difference between being educated and being qualified. He also spoke about the evolution of life on the basis of Vivekananda’s principles. He told the gathering how life was an unfurling and development under the forces tending to crush it down as he said, “When death is certain, why don’t you die for a great cause?” He urged the students to think beyond their own selves. He said,“Our thoughts lead to our efforts, efforts to actions and actions to destiny”. He also said that today’s youth is failing because they have intelligence without character and thus students needed to build strong characters.

The event came to an end with an exchange of thoughts between students and the enlightened speakers. It left the students filled with positivity and energised for the days and challenges ahead. “This event has helped me to get to know the faces of my batch-mates here. We have been slowly oriented to the changed environment. Everyone is warm and friendly here. They have been helping us getting comfortable. We are looking forward to the classes and exams next”, said student Ujjawal Choudhary.

These sentiments were further experienced when the batch let their hair down in the evening in a social get together. Verily where there is a meeting of minds, nothing can put it asunder!

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