PGDM Convocation 2015

The Convocation function of the PGDM batch 2012-14 of Indira Group of Institutes was a multi-faceted event at the Dhruv Auditorium today at which Union Minister for Roads, Shipping and Transport, Mr. Nitin Gadkari was the Chief Guest.  Also present was the Guardian Minister of Pune, Mr. Girish Bapat.  The function kicked off with a dance display based on the various Rasas or moods of the individual, presented   by the students, it set the tone for the splendid flow of events to follow.

The Chairperson of the Group Dr. Tarita Shankar introduced the Chief Guest and elaborated on the multifaceted personality of Mr. Gadkari – an ardent RSS worker, a social worker, entrepreneur, and politician of substance and his many strengths that define him.   A Swayam sevak of the RSS to the core, for Mr Gadkari, social justice, harmony and equality are matters of commitment. His skills in social engineering, withstood the litmus test of electoral politics in the recent Maharashtra assembly elections especially in the Nagpur district.

Mr. Girish Bapat recalled his first visit to the Indira Group on its inauguration in 1994 and congratulated Dr. Shankar for leading the organization to its present strength of over 10000 students in a short span.

Laced with native wit and humour, and heavy with the wealth of his experience, Mr. Gadkari’s address was the stuff the students would cherish for years.   He exhorted the students to learn the difference between literacy and education. Academic education does not confer the title of an honorable man, but when formal education is married to education from the school of life, with its myriad ways of teaching us the way to live, only then does a person attain the right to call himself truly educated.   According to him, Knowledge, Science and Technology will not be enough to take one far, you need to combine it with the qualities of entrepreneurship, innovation and vision of the future.  Wealth thus created will be universally beneficial and will ensure all round progress.  Delving into his own career he told the students that he was no Engineer, but he had the vision to put the minimum resources available to him for the good of the country.

He fervently exhorted the young in the audience to adhere to Indian values – respect for elders, concern for the poor and needy, and a will to repay our debt to society, which are rarely seen in the Western society today. This he said is what separates India from the rest of the world. That is why, while Modernization is a must for India, needless Westernization is not the panacea for our development problems.   Money alone cannot ensure development. A forward looking vision and will to deploy the capital owned is required to make it happen.

The with and native humor that he brought to his address to convey the message of self-employment and service to society, was extremely well received by the young audience

His mantra for a good life – Be useful to people. Work for common Good. Enjoy life by the day.

He ended his address with a telling poem which emphasized the value of doing good, however small one may be.  Thunderous applause greeted him as he concluded his electric address to the students passing out into their chosen career.

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