The 28th batch of PGDM students joined TAPMI family through a formal induction programme that spanned two days – 1st and 2nd of July, 2010.In the inaugural ceremony, Dr.Saji Gopinath, the Director welcomed the new batch by saying, “Your journey begins today. Out of the 120,000 MBA graduates passing out every year, only 13% are employable. And you are the privileged ones to get into TAPMI where the placements are 100%.” Dr.Ram Narayan, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University who presided over the inaugural ceremony, took the students through the journey of Manipal since its inception and the unique learning experience the place offers to the students.
It was Mr.Ananthakrishna, Chairman of Karnataka Bank who adorned the chair as the chief guest of the programme. He encouraged the students to build on their strengths and work on their weakness by saying “As you observe things, you learn a lot. We should admire ants for the will power they possess and the discipline they follow while working. Also, for any kind of work, planning is crucial.”
“Private enterprises are playing a major role in the global economy and TAPMI will produce managers who are confident and possess analytical skills in them” Mr.Anathakrishna added.
He drew the attention of the students to Career v/s Entrepreneurship, adding to it he said, “The difference between choosing a career and becoming an entrepreneur is to choose an office car or your own car. Thus the decision you make is very important. This coastal belt has given birth to a lot of successful entrepreneurs. Thus make the best use of the opportunity given to you. ”
Mr.Anathakrishna also said:
“Manzilen unki hothi he jinke sapno mein jaan hoti hein, Pankhon se kuch nahi hota, hauslon se udaan hoti hai”
- Be confident
- Have discipline
- Develop analytical skills
- Be honest
Not contrasting the past years, students with engineering background outnumbered those coming from other streams like arts, commerce and science accounting to 87% of the total student strength. It was an assortment of students hailing from various parts of India with 79% of the students having work experience, the maximum being 45 months.
Dr.Shantaram, Trustee & Governing Council Member of TAPMI, in his talk recounted the foundation laid by the visionaries Shri T.M.A.Pai and T.A.Pai which led to Manipal becoming a universally acclaimed group of institutions. Prof.Simon George, the Dean(Academics) introduced the faculty and staff members to the gathering.