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IIM-C gave him a distinct identity, says batch one alumnus and former governor of Mizoram Amolak Rattan Kohli Foundation Day of IIM Calcutta

IIM-C gave him a distinct identity, says batch one alumnus and former governor of Mizoram Amolak Rattan Kohli

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Nov 2020, 07:57 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Owing to the pandemic situation, the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta held its Foundation Day celebration online, where 14 alumni of the Institute were also digitally bestowed with Distinguished Alumnus Awards for exemplary contributions in their respective fields.

The celebration began with a welcome speech by IIM Calcutta Director Professor Anju Seth.

Prof Seth said, “This has been a year of both extraordinary progress and extraordinary challenge.  Our accomplishments bear witness to the strength of our foundation, and the spirit of cooperation and commitment that have been so generously shared by all our stakeholders.”

Prof Seth thanked the West Bengal government for granting five acres of land at New Town to facilitate the building of a world-class futuristic infrastructure for a satellite campus. 

Joka on the other hand she said is ready to be designed as a futuristic, environment‐friendly and ecologically sensitive state‐of‐the‐art iconic campus.

Elaborating on the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the close down of the campus, she expressed gratitude to the administrators, chairpersons, faculty, officers and staff  who rose to the challenge and prepared new digital procedures to take the admissions process as well as commencing classes online and thanked all students for adjusting to this new reality.

This was followed by an address by Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Calcutta, where he described insights gained from the current pandemic situation as well important skills management students should aspire to learn.

 ImageCaption: Former Governor of Mizoram and IIM-C alumnus Amolak Rattan Kohli

The 59th Foundation Day lecture was delivered by Chief Guest Amolak Rattan Kohli, former Governor of Mizoram, who is also an alumnus from the first batch of the PGDM programme.

Kohli said that his experience at IIM Calcutta gave him a distinct identity which he has carried all through his life.

He encouraged students to use their expertise for the upliftment of the poor and unshackle the marginalised section of society.

The skills of networking and collaborations learnt at the institute can take them ahead in this role of using their management training towards the social welfare of the community and the country, the former governor said.