24th Annual Convocation

TAPMI's 24th Annual Convocation
TAPMI's 24th Annual Convocation

The sun shone brighter on April 3rd as the Class of 2010 received diplomas in the 24th Annual Convocation of TAPMI. The convocation was held on April 3rd 2010 at the Syndicate Bank’s Golden Jubilee Auditorium in Manipal. Smt.D.Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) graced the occasion with her august presence.  The Auditorium was vibrant with the presence of distinguished guests, invitiees, other dignitaries, graduating students and their proud parents. The class of 2010 saw 169 participants being awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Management by the institute.

The convocation was flagged off by a welcome address by Dr.Simon George, Dean-Academics followed by a brief introduction of the Chief Guest by Dr.Vasudeva Rao, Dean-Administration. Later, Dr. Saji Gopinath, Director of TAPMI highlighted the significant initiatives and achievements of TAPMI in the academic year 2009-10. He spoke about TAPMI moving into a new 42-acre campus, the success of its first eGPX program along with NISG, and a stronger faculty with two-thirds of them holding a doctorate. The diplomas were then handed over to each of the graduating batch by Smt.Purandeswari, Dr.Ramdas Pai and Mr.Manish Sabharwal.

Mr. Manish Sabharwal, Chairman of TeamLease Services was the Guest of Honor for the occasion. In his thought provoking address, he emphasized the change that India has gone through in the last decade and encouraged the students to make the most of the current situation. He encouraged the students to adopt six virtues that he thought were the most important for the current generation to adopt – Think Big, Be Authentic, Recognize the power of luck and timing, Realize the power of teams, Play to win and Take more risk. Mr.Sabharwal also released the 2010 issue of TAPMI’s annual magazine ‘Update’.

The Hon’ble Minister delivered the convocation address, in which she highlighted the growth that India has undergone, and said that India is poised for a leap that has never been imagined before. Terming the 21st century as the Knowledge Century, she pointed out that knowledge is incomplete without innovation and encouraged the students to adopt innovation as a way of life. She provided the students with three real life examples of Dr. Verghese Kurien, Dr. E. Sreedharan and Dr. Ratan Tata, highlighting their achievements as eminent innovators.

She also advised the students to focus on the three TI’s: Think India, Team India and Total Innovation, to channelize the huge force of the Demographic Dividend that the country has towards helping the country to achieve its goal of removing the mismatch between the islands of excellence and sea of underdevelopment. She said that universities should produce innovators and not imitators, to realize the dreams of India. She ended the address with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that reminded the audience to hold on to their roots at every stage of life.

In the felicitation ceremony that followed the convocation, the Hon’ble Minister gave away awards to those students who secured the top three ranks in academics :

1st Rank – Mr.Vivek Didwania

2nd Rank – Ms.Sholina Mukerji

3rd Rank – Mr.Dheeraj Agarwal, Mr.Nirav Jitendrakumar Vora

The coveted AgrEvo Student Award for overall achievement was won by Mr.Manish Mahnot while Mr.Priyank Daga received the first ever TAPMI Achiever Award. The Chairman of TAPMI Governing Council, Dr.Ramdas Pai released a Compendium of all the twenty four Memorial Lectures held annually over the past 25 years of TAPMI’s existence.

– Media & Public Relations Group

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‘Entrepreneurship is a process, not an event’

Mr.Manish Sabharwal at the TAPMI Leadership Lecture Series
Mr.Manish Sabharwal at the TAPMI Leadership Lecture Series

Mr.Manish Sabharwal, a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of TeamLease Services, delivered a lecture on ‘Entrepreneurship as a career’ to the students of TAPMI on the 2nd of April 2010. Mr.Manish Sabharwal is an MBA from Wharton and had co-founded companies like IndiaLife, ICap India and India Insure Risk Management. This lecture marked the third edition of the Silver Jubilee Leadership Lecture Series.

Dr. Ramdas M. Pai (Chancellor, Manipal University), Dr. Simon George (Dean-Academics, TAPMI), Dr. Saji Gopinath (Director, TAPMI) were present on the occasion along with students and faculty of TAPMI.

Prior to the commencement of the talk, an awards function was held to recognise the academic achievements of students. Mr.Sabharwal gave away the following awards to the students:

  • Dr.A.S.Iyer award to the best finance student- Mr.Vivek Didwania, PGDM 2008-10
  • Dr.S.Dhandapani award for first rank in PGDM- Mr.Vivek Didwania, PGDM 2008-10
  • Prashant Kulkarni award for best MIP- Mr.Muthusubramanian, PGDM 2008-10
  • Jaspreet Sebastian award for achievements in 1st year–Ms.Kanika Gupta,PGDM-2009-11
  • The Top 3 Brandscan 2009 projects were also awarded:
    • 1st – Mr.Tuhin Guha and team for shaadi.com
    • 2nd – Mr.Tanmoy Sarkar and team for Wildstone
    • 3rd – Mr.R.Srikanth and team for GCMMF(Amul)

The second issue of TAPMI’s Research newsletter was also released by the guest speaker. Mr.Sabharwal in his talk took the audience through his initial experiences as an entrepreneur. He mentioned that there were no golden rules in entrepreneurship. He emphasized that entrepreneurship is not about a brilliant idea, but about a commitment and determination to see the existing mechanisms with new eyes, and pursuing your dream.

He also viewed the allocation of resources such as capital and human resource as an important decision for an entrepreneur. He said, “Money should be spent as little and as late as you can, whereas a good team has to be chosen as early as you can”. He pointed out that as an entrepreneur, one should value diversity in a team, since different skills are required at different phases of business.

He then explained the scenario of entrepreneurship in India, where India can be seen as a market base or a production base. He concluded his talk by suggesting to the students to take a long term view of money and life and to consider entrepreneurship as a viable alternative after graduation.  He later answered the queries raised by the students on social entrepreneurship, challenges for entrepreneurs in India and learning entrepreneurial lessons from both success and failure.

– Media & Public Relations Group