IIM-Shillong holds first virtual convocation

Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 21 | Publish Date: 8/21/2021 12:20:27 PM IST

In the first of its kind virtual convocation (11th and 12th), marking the graduation of two sets of graduates and scholars, IIM-Shillong deployed state-of-the-art technology to bring together an experiential event involving shoots at multiple locations at different times.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BSE - being at Mumbai, Ashish Kumar Chauhan, IIM-Shillong Chairman, Board of Governors - at Calcutta, Shishir Kumar Bajoria, the entire faculty being in Shillong, and students in their respective hometowns, the content and speeches were shot and synchronised, and finally placed at one common auditorium setting in the post production to bring out the sentiment of being together despite the distances. Delivering the Convocation address on Saturday, Chauhan said, “These are perhaps your last few minutes, officially, at IIM Shillong. More importantly it is also a culmination of your hard work, and even harder money and sacrifices. You are among the top few percentage of students in the country in terms of skills, presentation, and intellectual capabilities. This is why you have been selected to study here in the first place. You are already a winner.”

 “Many of you have been picked in reputed companies already, while many of you are thinking of studying further, but it is a great achievement that all of you at IIM Shillong have come so far in this Covid period,” he further remarked while recollecting his own experiences as a student of IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta while offering advice to the new managers and scholars.

IIM-Shillong Director, D.P.Goyal, said, “I would like to thank you for having shown unprecedented resilience and grace during this pandemic. The crisis provides everyone with the opportunity to introspect. Sometimes we must be willing to let go of our preconceived notions of life and rather adapt to a life that unfolds for us.” “While working towards success in your career please do not forget the values that we have always strived to inculcate in you. Now being ambassadors of IIM Shillong, it is your responsibility to keep the flag of your alma mater flying high,” he exhorted the young IIM graduates.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Bajoria remarked, “The entire Institute stood strong in responding to any challenges which the crisis (Covid) threw at us. Rather it is during this period that the Institute has made a significant all-round progress. Do remember success is a journey, not a destination.”

In total 440 students across all programs passed out of the IIM-Shillong, the youngest B-

School in the country and the only one in the North East.


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