07 Aug 2020 17:15 IST

Courage with compassion can overcome obstacles: Nestle chief

In inaugural address at IIMK academic year start, CMD Suresh Narayanan underscores importance of positive inspiration

The e-inauguration of four full-fledged programmes - the Post Graduate Programme in Management, Post Graduate Programme in Finance (inaugural batch), Post Graduate Programme in Liberal Studies and Management (inaugural batch) & the Doctoral Programme in Management (PhD) commenced at IIM Kozhikode on Thursday. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India, was the chief guest on the occasion which was presided over by Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, says a press release from the B-school.


Delivering the inaugural address, Nestle’s Narayanan underscored the importance of positive inspiration and brilliant leadership skills and shared practical examples from his 35-year long corporate career on qualities to be emulated by the young generation of managers in the country as its future is in their hands. He highlighted the importance of setting the bar high amidst challenges in the post-Covid world and how courage driven by compassion can overcome any obstacle, personal as well as professional. He conveyed his thoughts to the students through a presentation detailing the importance of the 10 Commandments of Leadership.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee Director IIMK, said the B-school had anticipated the thrust of the multi-disciplinary approach of the New National Education Policy (2020) and the commencement of the two new programmes PGP Finance and PGP-LSM is a hallmark of the Institute’s capability to be ahead of times in the education sector. He expressed happiness that the Institute has also brought back gender diversity into the national discourse with three of the programmes being inaugurated, including the flagship PGP, recording more than 50 per cent women participation. He also said it is not passion but mastery over one’s skill and craft that makes one successful. Passion follows mastery as a shadow follows light.

Peer learning

Earlier, Dean (Executive Education) Prof C Raju welcomed the students to IIMK and expressed hope that this established centre of peer learning will inculcate values, aspirations and give the fresh inductees the confidence to take on the world. Dean (Academic Affairs & Development), Prof Anandakuttan Unnithan emphasised how active learning and taking ownership of one’s own actions leads to a transformational experience. Dean (Research, Innovation & Internationalisation) Prof Rudra Sensarma dwelled on the importance of prioritisation of tasks as students take a step forward into the world of future managers.

Prof Deepa Sethi, Chairperson, PGP-LSM, while welcoming the maiden batch to IIM Kozhikode shared that "PGP-LSM is a unique endeavour to develop managers with a holistic perspective, who are emotionally strong, socially responsible and culturally adaptive along with being wise, impactful leaders and diligent team players. The institute has faith that the first batch will be an inspiration for the ones that will follow."

Chairperson PGP Finance, Prof. Jijo Lukose, added that IIMK is elated to welcome the first batch of the PGP Finance programme. He added that the programme equips the candidate to meet the challenges of unprecedented transformation in the financial service industry with its focus on finance , technology and regulation. Along with classroom teaching, the programme also facilitates frequent industry interactions and field visits to national and international financial hubs.

Prominent speakers

The e-orientation session for the new inductees will kicked off and will include prominent guest speakers - Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog), Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (President ICCR), Sanjeev Bikchandani (Founder, Info Edge), G Balagopal IAS (Retd.), Parvin Dabas (Actor/Director). The sessions will also feature talks by renowned IIMK alumni - Ashwin Bhaskaran IFS, First Secretary & Head of Chancery, High Commission of India to Seychelles; Shalina Bhatia, Director, PwC India; Madhavi Das, Founder, Bamboo Tribe, and others who have created value and left an indelible mark in their respective fields. Online academic classes for the fresh inductees will commence from August second week.