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Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) will be hosting its 16th Annual Convocation ceremony on the 28th March. It will be the day all the roads will lead to the lush Pune campus of the institute, widely considered to be one of the top B Schools in the country. Since its inception in 1991, KIAMS has made giant strides in the world of management education with its industry ready students being much sought after in the corporate world. Armed with their diplomas, 118 students will join the club on the D-Day.

Dr. C. N. Narayana, Director, KIAMS has confirmed the date of the convocation, which will give its students from across the country a big reason to celebrate. He looks forward to following their progress closely as he remarks, “KIAMS is confident of the professional growth that each of the graduating student will achieve in the years ahead. They have the innate capabilities and a track record that has been complemented and burnished by their experience at KIAMS. We look forward to wish them all the mental fortitude to stay focused to reach your individual goals that lie both at the end of, and more often, along the professional journey.”

It will definitely be a big day for the students, their loved ones and of course, the faculty members who have played a big role in moulding them into professionals. The day will assume further significance, thanks to the presence of Chief Guest, Mr. Pramod Chaudhari (founder-chairman and managing director of Praj Industries Limited). He will be delivering the Convocation address that will inspire the students on the cusp of the new beginning. The proceedings will begin at 11 am but the guests are requested to be in their seats by 10.30 am to ensure that things run smoothly and according to the schedule.

Director’s report will be presented right at the onset and that should have the audience in good spirits instantly. After all, it’s been a great year for KIAMS with several of its initiatives hitting the bullseye. It will then be the moment that the students have been waiting for as they will be presented with the Diplomas. Meritorious students who have excelled in different fields will be awarded Medals as well. Valedictory speech will then be given followed by the Convocation Address from the Chief Guest.

It will be the perfect way to inspire the students, many of whom have already set off on their professional journeys. In fact, 75% of the students from the batch have been placed in reputed organizations in various industries. The placement season was marked by the presence of top brands, MNCs and companies who came to the campus for recruitments. It’s a result of the holistic learning experience provided by the institute and the efforts of the placement cell that works tirelessly to bring the best to the students.

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ShrutiThe name rang out loud and clear in the hall. Shruti had heard it being called out, but was completely frozen. The KIAMS auditorium erupted into congratulatory clapping, but Shruti sat there… transfixed like a doe in the glare of headlights. A nudge from her batch-mate seated next to her confirmed that it was truly her name being called out. Waking out of her self-imposed stupor, Shruti regained enough composure to walk up to the stage. By the time she had reached on-stage, tears had welled up in her eyes. She couldn’t stop them from streaming down her cheeks as she received the Gold Medal for earning the distinction of being the 2013 course topper of one of India’s topmost B-schools, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies.

“It was as if I was in a dream-world. While receiving the Gold Medal, I was continuously trying to trace my parents in the crowd, but the tears in my eyes made it really difficult. Once I traced them, I just kept looking at them. It is an honour no doubt, but the pride it has brought my parents is priceless. The feeling is indescribable. Sometimes, I just keep staring at my Gold Medal relive those moments when my name was announced and I was completely frozen and couldn’t believe it was me. I was determined to perform well and learn as much as I could in KIAMS. That this would result in a Gold Medal was beyond my expectation. It’s the best gift and memory KIAMS has given me to cherish for the rest of my life.”

Clearly, it is a gift that Shruti Jain has earned by something more than just hardwork. So what goes into the making of a topper?

“KIAMS transformed me from a Dreamer to Achiever. With every assignment, every presentation, and every exam the sense of accomplishment grows. KIAMS gave me the perfect platform to understand my talents and abilities; something I would’ve never known. Being part of various activities and the Marketing Club Lead showed me the career path of my interest – Marketing. While my dad has been an inspiration right throughout my life, exemplary mentors like Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Dr. V.S Pai, Dr. Pinak Kulkarni, Prof. Satish Irde, and Prof. Siva have made me adept at application based learning. Last but not the least, it all boils down to the friends who are a part of your one-night-before-exams study group.”

A BBA (Marketing) from Surat University, Gujarat, Shruti scored a 91%ile in XAT, and converted quite a few of her target management colleges.

“Among all the institutions, I found KIAMS to be the best. It looked like a hidden treasure; only the truly willing could find it as KIAMS doesn’t over-emphasise on publicity. From the very day I entered KIAMS, I’ve never regretted my decision. I find myself to be a different personality now filled with confidence and ready to enter into the corporate world.”

Shruti’s mantra for success for her juniors is what she calls the “3 C’s”.

“Be Calm – Even in the worst of times; be Confident – in oneself as well as in the system one is living in;  and practice Concentration – one should never lose his/ her focus from his/ her Goals.”

5 years down the line, Shruti sees herself in a position of responsibility in the advertising industry – coaching other employees and managing more people in the same industry. At the same time, she harbours the dream of opening a school for differently-abled children. She believes, it will help them be more confident and less dependent.

In a glittering ceremony, the prestigious Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) conferred coveted diplomas to its Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) students of class of 2010-12. With the sun shining in its full glory, the new managers dressed in traditional black robes listened to eminent personalities speak eloquently about the roles they are about to take on in the exciting yet challenging corporate world.

The ceremony began with the chief guests lighting the traditional lamp as if heralding a bright and successful careers for KIAMS students. Expressing delight, the chief guests of the ceremony, Dr.Naushad Forbes, Director of Forbes Marshall,and Rahul Kirloskar, Executive Chairman, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited, spoke to the students and motivated them to excel in their corporate careers with their hard work, passion and dedication.

In his presidential speech, Rahul Kirloskar envisioned that KIAMS will be a unique training and development centre that will be responsible for producing future leaders of the country. A Centre of Manufacturing Excellence (CME) will also be established at the Pune Campus.

Motivating students to pursue a career of their dreams, Dr.Naushad Forbes advised students to look beyond the name of company to the content of job. During his convocation address, he asked students to choose a career based on three factors- do what they love, to make a difference wherever they are, and choose a career based on the content of the job.

While Dr.Naushad Forbes handed over the certificates to the graduating students, Mr. Rahul Kirloskar handed over the gold and silver medals to deserving and meritorious students in the presence of Dr.Gopal Iyengar, Director, Dr.Janaki Naik, Director of KIAMS, Pune, other senior faculty members and corporate dignitaries, staff, family members and friends.  The gold medal was awarded to Sakshi Sidana, and Preeti Agarwaal bagged the silver medal. The convocation ceremony ended with the convocation lunch.

Congratulating the jubilant students, Dr.Gopal Iyengar said, “We have moulded our students to exhibit the highest level of commitment, integrity and responsibility in doing their duties, which is required in this demanding corporate world. Today, the world has evolved as one global space. I wish our young graduates, who are the ambassadors of our institute, success in all their endeavours wherever they are. I am confident that they will make our institute proud and we would be always with them whenever they require us.”

The Convocation ceremony, which was held on March 27, 2012, also saw students celebrating their placement offers. About 75% students have already been placed with attractive job offers from a broad spectrum of banking, engineering and retail sectors. The average salary so far is Rs.4.24 lakhs while the highest salary is Rs. 8.47 lakhs. Organizations like Ashok Leyland, Federal Bank, Irevna, Genpact, Schindler, Mafoi, etc were the major recruiters during the placement process. The institute is confident of placing 100% by the time the placement process closes this year.