Smt.D.Purandeswari at TAPMI Campus

Tree plantation
Smt.D.Purandeswari at TAPMI Campus

Smt.D.Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) visited TAPMI before the convocation program on the 3rd of April 2010. She commended the facilities provided by TAPMI and Manipal University for students and also the incorporation of technology to enhance education. She appreciated the student-centric approach of the management without compromising on quality. The Hon’ble Minister then planted saplings near the academic block  in continuation of the ‘Rajat Jayanti Van’ (Silver Jubilee Forest), TAPMI’s tree plantation program.

During a press conference held at the campus, the Hon’ble Minister listed the initiatives taken by the MHRD, the first being the Right to Education Bill, which came into effect from the 1st of April 2010. She said that the Gross Enrolment Ratio was 23% at international levels whereas in India it was only 12.4% in higher education. Hence, the Government had set a target of 15% Gross Enrolment ratio by the end of the period of 11th year plan. She mentioned that the Hon’ble Cabinet Minister Mr.Kapil Sibal has set an ambitious target of achieving 30% Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education by 2020. She said that in order to achieve these targets more children should have access to school education and this would be a shared responsibility of both the state and central governments.

In higher education, she believed that foreign universities would ensure a healthy competition which would help in improving the quality of education. She assured that the Ministry would encourage entry of the best universities with good programs that can provide employment to the youth. She also mentioned that the Ministry is also deliberating upon setting up Education Tribunals to provide fast track solutions to issues faced by management, students and faculty in higher education institutes.

The Hon’ble Minister felt that in today’s globalized world, we need globalized citizens who contribute to the growth in global GDP. She said that steps are being taken to improve vocational skills education so as to ensure availability of skilled manpower to meet our growing industry needs. After responding to questions from the press she appealed to the state governments to extend their fullest cooperation in these initiatives.

– Media & Public Relations Group

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