This is the era of sustainability, responsibility, and how we give back to society. It is time we shift from a traditional form of learning to innovative learning. We should be adaptive to change, share knowledge, and be courageous to fight the odds,” said Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, who was chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of IIM Bangalore’s one-year full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) batch of 2020-21, held on May 06, 2020. The inaugural function was held online given the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the new batch and sharing insightful lessons, Preetha Reddy said that one must be brave and willing to face the odds. “Organizations have to be pioneering and passionate. Observing the difficult times owing to the spreading outbreak, the new standard from now on would be constant transition. We have to be resilient, capable of seeing possibilities in crisis and reinventing ourselves. As business world participants, we must prepare ourselves to tackle the characteristics of its VUCA (volatility, confusion, complexity and ambiguity).
In his special address to the batch, Rajat Mathur, Principal of the Boston Consulting Group ( BCG), and EPGP alumnus shared his experience as a former student and explained how the program would help them become future leaders. “As you transition from a professional to a student, you might need to unlearn certain lessons with an open mind and relearn them innovatively. Create yourself a competitive edge by recognizing the differentiating abilities and building on them to move up. Take advantage of your strengths and abilities, and work with your classmates to solve organizational problems. Don’t let past prejudices influence your learning. You will be projected as a leader, as an epitome of ethics.
In the presence of Prof. G. Raghuram, President, IIMB, Prof. Abhoy K Ojha, Dean of Academic Programs, Prof. R Narayanaswamy, Chair, EPGP, Prof. Ashis Mishra, Chair, Admissions & Financial Aid, Prof. K Kumar, Dean, Alumni Relations & Development and a few faculty members, the induction of the Class of EPGP 2020-21 took place.
Professor Narayanaswamy welcomed the incoming batch and gave a program summary. Professor Ojha briefed the students about the program’s administrative setup and addressed the essence of the students’ involvement required.
Prof. Raghuram congratulated the new batch and said that EPGP is a revolutionary programme, because it will train them for future leadership. He pointed out, “Through this course, the attitude to issues, offering ideas and suggestions and the ability to think critically would improve. The IIMB prepares students to take on uncertainties as they achieve greater clarification with the cost of opportunity.
A total of 73 students joined this year’s IIM Bangalore EPGP from various educational and professional backgrounds, thus creating a diverse cohort. Professor Ashis Mishra, Chair, Admissions, IIMB, commented:
- Women students make up 10 per cent of the class.
2.The cohort ‘s average work experience is 7 years, with minimum 5 years experience and a maximum of 11 years
- 85 per cent comes from the history of engineering.
4.The majority of the professionals come from the private sector , followed by the government , public sector and NGOs.
- The real cohort is dominated by the manufacturing sector (14 students). The remaining companies are Engineering (12), Energy (12), IT Products / Services (11), Banking / Finance (4), Defense / Embedded Systems (2), Chemicals / Fertilizers (1), and other industries (17).
IIMB’s EPGP is an intense one-year mid-career technical MBA program designed to improve critical skills and capabilities for senior management positions. The objective of this program is challenging and globally oriented, to produce future leaders who can handle the dynamic corporate environment. IIM Bangalore’s EPGP ranked 27th in the FT global ranking of MBA programs and is India’s highest-ranked program.