17 May 2022 06:37:14 IST

Be determined to keep trying, Mahindra chief tells SPJIMR graduating class

Anish Shah, MD and CEO, Mahindra group

With 570 graduating students, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) hosted its annual convocation. Anish Shah, Managing Director, and CEO of the Mahindra Group was the chief guest for the occasion.

The convocation was chaired by Deepak Parekh, Chairman of SPJIMR’s Governing Council. The Dean, Associate Deans, and the Programme Chairs led the convocation procession that was joined by the faculty and the graduating participants.

Students from seven programmes — two-year PGDM, 21-month PGEMP, 15-month PGPM, 11-month PGMPW, 18-month PGPDM, doctoral programme FPM (Mumbai campus) and the 24-month alternate weekend PGPGM (Delhi campus) graduated from SPJIMR this year.  The ceremony was hosted at the institute’s Andheri Campus in Mumbai and was attended by over 1,500 people including the participants, their families, faculty, alumni and staff members.  

Words of wisdom

In his opening address, Parekh urged the graduating participants to keep their learning curve steep, have fire in the belly, stroke their curiosity and keep an open mind. He said, “Your time has arrived and you have tailwinds to guide you.” 

Quoting Richard Bach, Anish Shah in his address, said,  “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true, you may have to work for it, however.” Highlighting the importance of innovation, he said, “the willingness to learn, the determination to keep trying, and the focus on tangible outcomes at both the personal and professional level is key.” 

Dr Varun Nagaraj, Dean, SPJIMR, congratulated the outgoing students and advised them to gaze fearlessly towards the future as they create their paths, blaze their trails and craft their own life stories. Sharing his Northstar of ‘Advancing Wise Innovation’ he introduced it as a means to achieving SPJIMR’s long-standing mission of ‘Influencing practice and promoting value-based growth’.  

Addressing the participants he said, “You are SPJIMR’s force multiplier. It is mostly through you that we, SPJIMR, will make the world a better place. So go forth and live a life of purpose.” 

The recipients of the Dean’s Merit List and the gold medal received their scholastic medals from Shah and Parekh. The Dean awarded ‘Dean’s Top Ten’ certificates to the participants.