IIM Bodh Gaya welcomes 294 new students to its MBA, PhD courses

GAYA: IIM Bodh Gaya, during a grand Orientation Programme that began on July 5, welcomed an academically diverse batch of 285 students to the eighth batch of its MBA programme and nine scholars to its third PhD programme. The three-day gala event will conclude on Thursday.

The programme was attended by all the new students along with esteemed guests, faculty members, and the existing students.

Of the 285 students inducted in the MBA Programme, 60 are female. With 146 students having previous work experience, the average work experience of the batch is 30 months. The batch comprises of students from multiple disciplines like Engineering, Science, Commerce, Humanities, Management, Language, Law, Dentistry, Fashion Designing, and Pharmacy.


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This year, nine new PhD scholars, including four females, have been admitted to the institute in the areas of Operations Management, Economics, Finance, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Strategy, Marketing, and IT.

Such a diverse batch of students with varied mindsets is always a boon as they contribute to the classroom discussions and activities and grow together.

On the first day, the ceremony commenced with Vedic chanting and a Bharatnatyam recital of Ganesh Vandana by the students. It was followed by the lighting of the lamp. Dr. Prabhat Ranjan, Chairperson, Admissions Committee, presented the profiles of the new batches of students. Prof. Md. Laeequddin, Chairperson, PhD, talked about the PhD programme while Prof. Archana Patro, Chairperson, PGP, introduced the MBA programme and described the course curriculum and structure.

Prof. Vinita Sahay, Director, IIM Bodh Gaya, welcomed the new batch and wished them good luck for an exciting and enriching journey with the Institute. She guided the students through the core ideas and principles of the institute and emphasized that the vision of the institute is to make future mindful and socially responsible business leaders.

The orientation saw many eminent speakers conducting informative sessions for the students. The first session of Day 1 was marked by a talk of Abhik Chatterjee, MD & Partner, BCG, who talked about the importance of team work. Pratyay Amrit, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Govt. of Bihar, said, “Some are born leaders, some invite these qualities. For some, they don’t make it to that class, but they are brilliant followers and if you are happy with that, so be it.”

Shashank Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO, DeHaat, underlined the importance of job creation for a developing country like India. Atul Singh, Founder, CEO & Chief Editor, Fair Observer, also joined the programme online and talked about freedom of ideas, creativity and innovation.

Sudhakaran Srambikal, CEO & Co-Founder, QuGates Technology, talked about the links between intelligence, consciousness, and enlightening leadership. Sajjad Ahmed, Senior Director (HR), Capgemini, Supratik Bhattacharyya, Senior VP and Chief Talent Officer, RPG Group, and Megha Kapil, Director, Talent Acquisition, PwC, were the other eminent guests who discussed various aspects of business and management.

The first day concluded with an engaging cultural event called Novicia, organized by the Cultural Committee of IIM Bodh Gaya. The existing and new groups of students showcased their talents in dancing, poetry recitation and singing.

The second day of the orientation programme hosted Sister B K Shivani, who is the recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women in India, and has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the World Psychiatrist Association. She talked about the importance of meditation, “Meditation helps you to think right about the things that happen in a day and also realign your mindset for the day ahead.”

The second speaker of the day, Shashi Sinha, Chief Business Officer of Media and Advertising, Adani Airport Holdings Ltd., emphasized the importance of growth-mindset and how problems can be solved through conscious efforts. Rashi Khanna, Founder and Hon. Chair, Rashi Foundation, held an informative session on entrepreneurial ventures and encouraged them to be empathetic.

Dipak Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Education, Government of Bihar, graced the occasion and held an interactive session on the differences between public and private organizations and how one can be more success-oriented. He said, “Everyone has a different career trajectory; there is no solid tip that will work for all. You’ll have to use your logic and conclude what path is suited for you to follow.”

Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, Chief Strategy Officer & Head of International Business, Mother Dairy, highlighted the importance of resourcefulness and awareness of the external environment in carrying out successful business ventures. Madan Mohan Pandey, Managing Director & CEO, Zuari Farm Hub Ltd., Navneet Nilendra, Faculty, Art of Living, and Vivek Jain, Co-Founder, Hiretale, were the other speakers on the second day of the Orientation Programme.