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Monday, April 03, 2006

TAPMI Celebrates 20th Convocation

TAPMI celebrated its 20th Annual Convocation on March 25, 2006. The institute awarded the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management to 131 students and Post-Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Management to one student of the 2004-06 batch on this day. The program was held on the lawns of Hotel Valley View International.

Traditionally, the Convocation is graced by distinguished dignitaries from various fields such as education, research and development, industry etc. This year, the Chief Guest for the occasion was Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Chairman, Board of Governers, IIT Delhi. He has had a distinguished career as a scientist and policy maker and has held a number of prominent positions. He is the recipient of prestigious awards such as Padma Bushan and Padma Vibhushan.

The Convocation started with a procession led by the Student Body President, followed by the Graduating Students, Faculty Members, Governing Council Members, Chief Guest, Chairman and the Director. It was followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp.Shri K.K. Pai, Chairman of Governing Council, gave the welcome address. He threw light on the life-history of Shri T.A. Pai and appreciated TAPMI for the strides it has made in the field of management education in
India. This was followed by the Director’s Report. After this, the graduating students were administered the oath by Prof. D. Nagabrahmam, Director of TAPMI. This was followed by the presentation of the PG Diploma and Awards ceremony conducted by Prof. Vidya Pratap.The PG Diploma was presented to the students by Prof. M.G.K. Menon.

Following the distribution of the awards was the AgrEvo Acceptance Speech by its receipent, Mr. Ram Prakash B. He thanked his family and the TAPMI fraternity for being ever-supportive and making him capable to qualify for this award.

Prof. M.G.K. Menon then gave the Convocation Address. He spoke about ethics and appreciated TAPMI for inculcating strong moral and ethical values in students. He asked the students not to treat ethics like any other subject. He further spoke about corporate-social responsibility and narrated the story of Amul. He asked the managers of tomorrow to live in sync with the environment and said that there should be sustainable development while taking care of the environmental issues as well. He also explained how happiness can be an appropriate measure of growth of a country.

This followed the release of “Update 2006” by Shri K.K. Pai, “Compendium of Research Papers” by Dr. M.S. Valiathan and “Scanning the Brands and the Markets : A Compendium of Market Research Papers” by Dr. H. Shantaram.

The Convocation concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Prof. S Balasubramanian and National Anthem, which was followed by dinner. As the evening drew to a close, another batch of young promising managers passed out of the portals of the institute as flag-bearers of the values and tradition of TAPMI.

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