02 Oct 2020 22:04 IST

Atmanirbhar Bharat needs systematic innovation capability

At BIMTECH Foundation Day, IIMB Director Rishikesha Krishnan said self-reliance needs new idea velocity

Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, stressed the need to do away with concepts of luck or chance and the importance of making innovation embedded in one’s company. He was speaking at the 33rd Foundation Day at BIMTECH, Greater Noida.

The main theme of his speech was Innovation and Atmanirbhar Bharat. He talked about innovation in the Indian motorcycle industry. He also explained the importance of innovation in the context of the mobile phone industry, and touched upon the topic of innovation in the healthcare industry by Dr Devi Shetty. “If Indian companies have to be self-reliant by building new idea velocity, enhance the proportion of ideas that get converted successfully,” said Krishnan. He answered questions by the students on India’s journey to self-reliance and reverse globalisation, said a press release from the B-school.

The event kickstarted with Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan, and the welcome address was delivered by Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH. He explained the importance of Foundation Day and talked about how Bapu always preached empathy. The chief guest, Dr Krishnan, also paid homage to the founders of BIMTECH, the late Basant Kumar Birla and Sarala Birla. Also present at the event was Dr A.K Dey, Chairperson CMCD. Several students and parents participated in the virtual event.

This was followed by the felicitation ceremony of the prestigious Basant Kumar Birla Distinguished Scholar Award, 2019, which was awarded to Dr Shaphali Gupta of MICA; Dr Arpan Kar, IIT Delhi and Dr Ramendra Singh, IIM Calcutta. All the awardees acknowledged the role of education, and emphasised that institutions should nurture researchers and not be just teaching shops. “I am blessed to be part of the education fraternity and dedicate this award to those who motivated me through my journey as a researcher,” said Dr Gupta.

Best Research and the Dr Jagdish N Sheth Best Thesis Award, 2019, was awarded to Prof Subhanjan Sengupta while the Best Teacher award went to Dr Amrendra Pandey. The backbone of the institution, the faculty and staff, who completed a decade in the institution, were also felicitated.

The Annual Activity Report was released, and presented by Dr KC Arora, Registrar, BIMTECH. Shodhgyaan, the institute’s in-house research journal was also presented. The institution successfully launched its Centre for Online Studies (COOLS), which was presented by Dr Sanjiva Shankar Dubey, Chairperson. COOLS has partnered with an edtech platform Upgrad, through which BIMTECH will foray into the field of online education and offer an AICTE-approved two-year PGDM programme, for all the off-campus learners. The course will commence from January 1, 2021.

The event was concluded by Dr Anupam Varma, Deputy Director, BIMTECH. “We are today marking the 33rd year of our journey to success. It has been a tumultuous journey considering our achievements and growth we can look back with satisfaction,” said Dr Varma.

The virtual celebration of the 33rd Foundation Day ended on a very positive note; all the newcomers got insights about the institution and its glorious foundation and left them eagerly waiting to continue the rest of their journey at the campus.