22 Jun 2020 22:15 IST

Covid, a reminder we are not in control of anything: Vinita Bali

Increase capability to handle unpredictability, she says, at IIM Indore EPGP virtual inaugural

Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) conducted the virtual inauguration of the 12th batch of its one-year full-time post graduate programme for executives (EPGP) on June 22, 2020. A total of 68 participants registered for the programme,says a press release from the B-school.

The two hour programme was held online in the presence of Chief Guest Vinita Bali (virtually), independent director & strategy advisor; Prof Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore; Prof Saumya Ranjan Dash, Chair, EPGP; Prof Ranjeet Nambudiri, Dean,Programmes, IIM Indore and Col. Gururaj Gopinath Pamidi (Retd.), CAO, IIM Indore.

Create a vision

Professor Rai in his address said, ‘It is a pleasure to welcome the 12th batch of EPGP virtually, which is also the largest batch so far. While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-imagine things, I also see an opportunity here. COVID to me also stands for Creating Opportunities for Visioning, Introspection and Discovery. We need to create a vision for ourselves, our institution and our country and then work towards it.’ He noted that one needs to introspect and redefine relationships with the universe around and to discover one’s true self and true potential.

In her inaugural address, Bali while discussing about the current Covid-19 scenario and the VUCA world, noted that this is the time that one should to step back and think. “We may think that if we earn a degree, or take some decision, we can plan how we end up and control our lives. However, in many ways, Covid is a reminder that may be we were never able to control anything yet. The best we can do is to increase our capability to handle and deal with situations which are surprising and unpredictable,” she said.

Leadership skills

Encouraging the new batch, she noted that this is a year of learning at different lengths; for the participants would be learning not only in the class but from the experiences they have outside the classrooms. “This would not only enhance your functional capabilities, but also adaptability and leadership skills; and help you understand yourself,” she said. She mentioned that every person needs managerial skills, and “our attitude, temperament, response and reactions to different situations will define whether we are successful in managing the situations around us”.

She advised the batch to learn, explore, broaden the mindset, and develop a perspective — larger than just family, community, society or country. “We live in a world which is globally connected — and we need to think about the world as a whole. We’re connected in ways we don’t even know, and we need to find solutions to the problems we may face in the coming years,” she concluded.

Professor Ranjeet Nambudiri, Dean, Programmes, also interacted with the batch and briefed them about the achievements and initiatives of the institute.

The first term for EPGP batch 2020-21 will commence from June 23.