Hyderabad, April 02: The Indian School of Business (ISB) celebrated the Graduation Day of the Class of 2011, which is the tenth class to graduate since the school’s inception in 2001. The Chief Guest for the Ceremony was Dr. Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation who awarded Graduation Certificates to the 569 students of the Class of 2011. Families and friends witnessed this proud moment along with the ISB Board Members, faculty and invitees from the industry, present on the occasion. The occasion was also graced by Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group who is also a member of the Governing Board of the ISB.
Speaking on this momentous occasion, Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB, said “This is a landmark ceremony for the ISB as it celebrates a decade of delivering top class management education to future leaders of the country. I am confident that the Class of 2011 will rise up to the challenges posed in this country and will help create a positive impact on business and society at large. I wish you the best in all your endeavors.”
The mood at the graduation ceremony was one of enthusiasm and joy. Adi Godrej, Chairman, ISB said, “The ISB is in its tenth year, and we have every reason to feel proud, as it has truly taken flight. The ISB has never been stronger, and we are very confident about its future. I have always been proud to be part of this great institution of learning and am honored to take on the role of the Chairman. I look forward to working along with the other esteemed board members and our Dean to help take the ISB to greater heights.”
Dr. Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation said, “I take this opportunity to congratulate the ISB family on the occasion of its tenth graduation ceremony. The world in which business is conducted has changed dramatically with factors like globalisation, urbanisation, climate change, demographic and technological shifts. What I would like to advice the Class of 2011 is to focus on creating innovation which has the potential to be a source of power and profit in the 21st century. Leverage the skills that you have learnt at ISB and use them to solve the various shared problems that are faced not just by our local community but also by mankind.”
Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group advised the students on the importance of work-life balance. He said, “As you go forward and plot your career, there are 3 important factors that you need to think about: Career, Family and Society. It is important to maintain a wholesome balance between these three at all points in your life. He added, “I’d also like to encourage students to pursue and hone their entrepreneurial skills and think about business models which are socially responsible, low cost and will value talent. I am honoured to be a part of the tenth graduation ceremony of the ISB and wish the Class of 2011 all the best for the future.”
The ISB presented its ‘Scholar of Excellence’ award to Rajat Agarwal and Akshay Rajagopalan in recognition of their consistent, exceptional academic achievement over the entire programme. Atma Shivlanka was awarded the ‘Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership’, given to the best all-rounder. 65 students whose grades were in the top 10% of the class were included in the Dean’s list. A total of 60 students were awarded the ISB Scholarship. Students of the Class of 2011 elected Professor Prashant Kale and Professor Piyush Kumar is ‘Professor of the Year’ for the Core and Elective terms respectively.
With the graduation of the Class of 2011, the school now has 3500+ Alumni spread across 25+ countries in a wide spectrum of sectors including Consulting, Finance, Real Estate, Media, Manufacturing, IT & ITES, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, Automobile, Energy, Petroleum and NGOs, apart from over 150 entrepreneurs across various sectors. Six ISB alums are currently pursuing their PhDs. The ISB Alumni Association comprises 7 domestic chapters and 4 overseas chapters.
Source: Press Release