The new batch of 2024 for the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and the Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM) at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was inducted recently with students coming from a diverse background.
The institute inducted 59th class of the PGP in Management with total 397 students, of which 66.5 per cent belong to the engineering background and 33.5 per cent come from non-engineering backgrounds such as arts, science and commerce.
While the average age of the class remained unchanged at 23 years, the share of women make up 23 per cent in the PGP batch.
The 23 rd class of PGP — FABM has 47 students from food, agriculture, and allied backgrounds, with the average age of 23 years against 22 last year. The share of women students is a little higher in this course at 38 per cent as compared with PGP.
The PGP and PGP FABM Class of 2024 comprises 444 students including 397 in the PGP and 47 in the PGP-FABM, an IIMA statement said.
Nuggets of wisdom
In his inaugural address, Pro Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA guided the new students to understand the importance of building culture as an intrinsic value and use it as the driving force for character building.
"It requires you to be aware of your biases, your prejudices, and understand that you are privileged. The fact that you are in an institution like this makes you privileged and therefore you need to use those privileges wisely. It requires you to have a sense of service, when you do something, it is not just for yourself, it is for your friends and family, and for the world at large," D'Souza said.
The inauguration of the new batch was held at the iconic Ravi J Matthai auditorium at the Institute in the presence of the Director, Dean (A & ER), the Chairpersons of other programmes, and faculty members. This was the first physical inauguration since 2019 due to Covid-19 pandemic-induced restrictions.