08 Apr 2019 20:15 IST

‘Be agile, run at the speed of changing times’

With 1,301 offers in hand, ISB has seen a 16 per cent growth in the number of offers: Dean

The Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali saw 285 students graduating from the institute’s flagship Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) last week. The other 598 students received their certificates from ISB’s Hyderabad campus earlier, on April 5, 2019.

Hari S Bhartia, Founder and Co-Chairman of Jubilant Bhartia, was the Chief Guest on the occasion at Mohali, while Harish Manwani, Chairman of ISB Executive Board, Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of Mohali Campus Advisory Board and Prof Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, ISB, participated in the celebration, among others.

The alumni base of ISB has now become 10,700 strong, with the addition of 883 graduates of Class of 2019. This makes ISB the fastest growing business school in India to reach the 10,000 mark in a relatively short span of 18 years.

Talent as capital

Addressing the graduating class, Hari Bhartia, said: “Be agile, run at the speed of changing times. Know that, today, capital is not an advantage. If you have talent, that’s enough capital. Competition is about innovation — the jobs and skills we are aiming at won’t exist in the next 25 years. You have made great connections here — your faculty and friends, so hold them close and work hard. I congratulate the graduands of the Class of 2019 and wish them many successes as they commence their elevated careers."

Harish Manwani, in his address, said: “ISB is here to make a difference in the education system in India. I am happy to share that ISB along with the Punjab Government has institutionalised Chandigarh Innovation Circle, which will help the start-up ecosystem in Chandigarh. As you all will be joining the ever-growing connected alumni network of ISB and will wear various hats in life, we would want you all to join us in creating an ecosystem of excellence in higher education in India and influence policies that would address the volatilities of the future.”


Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of Mohali Campus Advisory Board, addressed the graduands:“The Mohali campus has not only added to ISB’s geographical presence but also has paved the way for research in four new fields – manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare and public policy.”

In his address, Dean Srivastava, said: “The Class of 2019 has been successful in their placement efforts, with 1,301 offers in hand. We have seen a 16 per cent growth in the number of offers from the previous year. Around 35 entrepreneurs are venturing out on their own and opted out of the placement process. This year’s average CTC stands at of ₹25.09 lakh per annum, the highest of any class so far.”

The institute also had the logo of Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) unveiled at the campus. Bhartia unveiled the logo of this incubation and acceleration arm of ISB, which is set up in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, to nurture innovative start-ups by guiding them to become scalable and sustainable enterprises.


At the ceremony, awards were distributed to students who excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated exemplary leadership skills throughout the year. Student-elected awards to faculty were also given out today. For the first time, both the merit and all-rounder top awards have been bagged by women students.

The list of awards for this year:

  • ~ Professors of the year — Prof Anjani Jain, Prof Krishna B Kumar, Prof Richard Waterman bagged the award for ‘Professor of the Year for Core Courses’. Prof Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Prof Piyush Kumar and Prof Shamika Ravi were awarded the ‘Professor of the Year for Elective Courses’.
  • ~ The Chairman’s ‘All-Rounder Award’ was given to Sandeep Ganesh for demonstrating exceptional all-around leadership skills through the year.
  • ~ ISB Scholars of Excellence (Mohali): Abhishek Amar, Nitin Goyal, and Saroj Sudam Jadhav received the ISB Scholar of Excellence award in recognition of outstanding academic performance throughout the year.
  • ~ Eight students received the ‘ISB Young Leaders’ award, and 17 students received the ‘ISB Torchbearer’ awards for demonstrating leadership skills and all-around excellence throughout the year.