Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, has celebrated its 49th annual convocation day on 22nd March 2014.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, was the chief guest of the event.
A total of 524 graduating students of IIM-A's postgraduate and fellow programmes received diploma at this year's convocation.
For the first time, the graduating batch has pledged a monthly commitment of Rs 200 per month to their alma mater even before it starts drawing salaries. IIM-A director Ashish Nanda said that the total contribution came down to Rs 14 lakh for the batch.
Shri Anil M. Naik, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIMA said, "My hearty congratulations to the Class of 2014, graduating from one of India's most prestigious institutions of learning. I also felicitate your families who have no doubt been the pillars of strength and support that made your achievement possible".
"Dear students, this is a milestone occasion in your life and we are gathered here today to honour your efforts, applaud your accomplishments and wish you even greater success ahead," he added.
Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director, IIMA said, "It is an honour to participate in the convocation ceremony of an institute whose convocation I last attended three decades ago as a participant, and to speak to an audience that includes not only young, fresh-faced students but also wise, experienced colleagues, some of whom were my teachers in this very institute".
"IIM-A has tremendous strengths that provide a powerful platform for ongoing success in the future. Our commitment to high quality and engaged classroom learning is exemplary. We have a history of inductive case-based teaching. Our diaspora of alumni is deeply committed to the institute. The institute has a sterling reputation among potential students, recruiters, and society. We have a heritage of collegiality. A spirit of identification with the institute pervades all sections of the IIMA community: faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We live and work in an evocative and functional campus. Members of the IIMA community operate in an environment that respects autonomy, values the will to work, and encourages all to put their efforts to good use", he added.