IIM Sambalpur in Odisha concluded yet another successful academic year with the fourth (2018-2020) and fifth (2019-2021) annual convocation, which was organized virtually.

The convocation was attended by Sajjan Jindal, chairman and managing director at JSW Group; CS Nagendra D Rao president at Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI); Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, board, IIM Sambalpur and Mahadeo Jaiswal, director at IIM Sambalpur, along with the faculty members, students, journalists, and other guests.

A total of 187 students were felicitated in the convocation with the fifth batch having highest gender diversity across all IIMs with 46 female students in a batch strength of 95.

While congratulating the graduating students, Sajjan Jindal, chairman and managing director, JSW Group said: “The reason why IIM Sambalpur has achieved such rapid stride as a learning centre is owing to the fact that the institute has been imbibing young talent with experimental learning and orientation. I would like to thank the institute’s teachers and faculty for this achievement.”

“These young leaders are the torch bearers of hope, and the society is looking up to for resilience during a disruption. This generation has learnt several valuable lessons at a young age from this pandemic that is how to negotiate extreme uncertainty and how to make better choices under extreme unpredictable conditions. These are among key lessons that will surely help and guide these students in a post COVID world. We must remember famous Japanese Proverb “Nana korobi, ya oki” which means fall down seven times, stand up eight and never quit our endeavours no matter how many times we fail,” Jindal added.

Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, board, IIM Sambalpur elaborated: “I am very pleased to see 187 graduating students from the two batches and I convey my heartiest congratulations to each one of them. I am positive that the precious time they have spent at IIM Sambalpur will go a long way in creating a solid foundation for a brilliant career in whichever field they choose to explore on. They will be going out of the portals of an institution where they have played a significant part in shaping its direction and characteristics. Even though this IIM is merely 6 years old, it is developing as a revered centre of excellence. I would advise the students to embrace the guiding values of our institute of Innovation, Integrity and Inclusiveness when they embark upon their new future.”

Mahadeo Jaiswal, director at IIM Sambalpur, stated: “The performance of IIM Sambalpur in academic year 2019 and 2020 has been remarkable and momentous despite the disruptions caused due to global pandemic in this period. We are extremely proud of our graduates and are confident that we have been able to mould these young minds in a way that today we are sending out responsible leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset into the world.”

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