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The PGDM class of 2013-15 of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Pune had their orientation on the 22nd of June and Shrikant Pataskar, General Manager of Kirloskar Middle East FZE, took the opportunity to pass on some pearls of wisdom to the gathering. Stressing the importance of learning every day of one’s life, he told the assembled students and guests that “all the opportunities are favourable for you; use them and become excellent people.

In today’s world, the international market is no longer separate from the domestic market, so we have to look at everything as a global village.”

He went to tell the incoming students that KIAMS was unique because it has included a Business Excellence Model in its curriculum, something that is as useful in personal life as in academics, with exam results being business research and excellent results being like overall growth.

Mr. Pataskar knows what he is talking about. After having earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pune, along with a Diploma in International Business from Symbiosis International University, he has had a distinguished career in business. His varied career includes stints as Senior Engineer at Thermax Ltd., Senior Manager at Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., Managerat Kirloskar Middle East FZE, and Sales Specialist at Al Bahar Construction Equipment FZE, leading to his present post.

He was followed on the podium by Dr. Janaki Naik, Director, Pune Campus, who has been at KIAMS Pune from its beginning, shaping the curriculum and guiding students. She spoke of KIAMS’ commitment to idea of the learning process being a partnership between students and faculty. After her inspiring speech, the faculty, staff and students took the management oath.

Students of the KIAMS class of 2013-2015 were obviously impressed by the ceremony and KIAMS Pune in general.

Student Kausab from Nagpur said he chose KIAMS because the institute is backed by the Kirloskar Group, a major industrial house in India, and he prefers a PGDM over an MBA since the PGDM keeps changing to match the requirements of industry, which an MBA fails to do. He added that he likes the location of KIAMS, which is nestled in a naturally green area with mountains and fresh air.

Durgesh, a mechanical engineer from Goa with one year of industrial experience, said, “KIAMS is a promising institute, and studying here is sure to enhance my career.” He also cited the prominence of the Kirloskar group, noting that it was the second oldest industrial group in the country with an excellent history and highly regarded in the industrial scene, factors which were behind his decision to choose KIAMS.

“A PGDM prepares students to grasp opportunities when they arise in industry”, said Durgesh, “and also shows them how to handle any difficulties they may face.” He went on to say that he also liked the hostels at KIAMS.

Pranasha Sahu from Raipur, pursuing her Bachelors in Engineering, said that Kirloskar had a good history and a PGDM from KIAMS would help her get into the corporate world in the field of her choice. She likes the picturesque setting of the Pune campus, the mess and the hostel facilities too. Pranasha said that a PGDM from KIAMS would provide her with more opportunities to enter into the corporate world, to prove her ability, to explore her options and to generally enhance her ability to achieve her goals. “A PGDM is a way for people to increase their expertise in their chosen field”, she said.