Convocation 2016

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On April 18, 2016 the 2014-16 batch of Institute of Management, Nirma University officially graduated. Students, parents and relatives attended the 21st Convocation in the sprawling and festively lit Nirma University lawns. A list of the dignitaries graced the event with chief guest Mr. John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA.

The students were officially conferred with degrees and were all set to enter the new phase of their lives; geared up to face the challenges coming their way in the corporate world.

“Business provides a path for creating innovation and improving lives”, said Chief Guest, John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia

• 500 students conferred degree at the convocation
• 18 scholastic medals were given to students for securing highest rank in their respective programmes

13 students from Ph.D., 227 students from MBA – Full Time, 55 students from MBA – Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 2 students from MBA – Part Time, 2 students from LL.M., 94 students from B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) and 107 students from B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) were awarded degree for successful completion of their academic courses. Several awards were also given to deserving students as a token of appreciation of their hard work while achieving their goal. Total 18 scholastic medals were given to students for securing highest rank in their respective programmes. Delivering the convocation address, Chief Guest, John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia said, “Business is one way in which humanity organizes itself to harness everyone’s talents and ideas. It provides a path to creating innovation, improving lives and expanding our impact far beyond the individual”. Speaking more on developing entrepreneurship and innovation skills among students, John A. Fry further said “India ranks seventh in the world for innovation among its entrepreneurs. More than half describe themselves as having innovative products or services. As that spirit is backed by more confident and widespread entrepreneurship, you can see the potential for a real boost to worldwide innovation. India ranks among the best nations for entrepreneurial finance and supportive government policies. And, bringing us full circle to the academic celebration we’re sharing today, India is ranked 10th for entrepreneurship education at the primary and secondary school levels and 14th at higher levels”.

The convocation began with welcome address by Dr. Patel, President of the university, who also conferred degrees to the pass-outs. The Chief Guest, President John A. Fry presented Scholastic Awards to the toppers of various disciplines before delivering the convocation address. The function ended with concluding address by the Director General of the University.

Dr. Patel highlighted that, Nirma University has set up new benchmark in the way the education system works and it has educated the students in a way so that they can take up the challenges of the new age and grow up to their potential.

For streamed video of Convocation 2016 visit http://nirma.adiance.com/

About Nirma University: The University was established as a statutory university in 2003 (amended in 2006) under a Special Act passed by the Gujarat Government. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recognized Nirma University under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. On April 17, 2013, the University completed 10 years. Nirma University consists of the Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Research and Doctoral Studies. The graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral level programmes offered by these faculties are rated highly by accreditation agencies, industry, business magazines, and students. Innovation, quality, and excellence are the key driving forces on the campus which have translated the vision of these institutions into reality. Today, the campus vibrates with not only world class curricular activities but also with myriad activities like international conventions, symposia, conferences, student competitions, conclaves, short-term industry relevant programmes, cultural activities etc.

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CEO Lecture Series (19th March, 2016)

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CEO Lecture Series (19th March, 2016)
A serial entrepreneur who has launched four start-ups with an aggregate capital of 16 million, Mr. Krishnan Ganesh is the epitome of humility in success. Along with his entrepreneur wife Meena Ganesh, K. Ganesh graced the students of IMNU with an inspiring address. Mr. Ganesh shared with us success stories of Big Basket, Tutor Vista, Portea Medical, Blue Stone among other dot-com start-ups explaining his simple yet effective success mantra:

1. Choose a thriving industry
2. Identify a pain point and work on eradicating it
3. Market it extensively

Mr. Ganesh discussed about how effective marketing strategies can be the difference between success and failure for a small business. He made the students understand how if you try to market your start-up to everyone, you might end up wasting both time and money. The key is to identify a target market and go after market share aggressively. The factors based on which you choose your target market can be the market size, purchasing capacity, competition and your product’s value proposition. Yet another fact that cannot be disputed is that the most successful start-up marketing strategies are those that embed marketing into their product. Building virality into a product can ensure that the product markets itself. India’s thriving population and large middle class is the perfect setup for successful start-ups. He busted an important myth about start-ups being fun and glamorous saying they are 1% fun and 99% hard work!

Mr. Ganesh concluded by saying that mobile connectivity has helped boom this business to an even larger size. Social media being the norm of the day, it can play a crucial role in helping to spread word about your business. It is one of the most popular ways to promote your content and reach influencers. Since a great content promotion plan brings potential customers to your website and influencing the influencer can generate thousands of new leads, social media is invaluable to start-ups. In doing so, it is imperative to choose the right social media platforms.

Mrs. Meena Ganesh then talked about her success story and how to strike the perfect work-life balance. Addressing the young women in the audience she said that they are not superwomen. In India, it is mainly a women’s duty to look after the children and other members of the family. Man plays a secondary role only. In case of married women, she has to strike a fine balance between her business and family. Her total involvement in family leaves little or no energy and time to devote for business. Support and approval of the family seem to be a necessary condition for women’s entry into business. Accordingly, the educational level and family background of husbands or fathers positively influence women’s entry into business activities. Mrs. Ganesh explained that the expectations burdened on women of managing their family and social life were unfair; to be successful there is no shame in asking for help from family members. Although compartmentalizing things would be impossible, we could at least start with prioritising goals and staying focused. She emphasised on how the time is nigh for women to come out of their age-old defined roles and start following their dreams.

The inspiring duo ended with a video of their success at TutorVista that sold to Pearson at 100% stake and how it has changed how children learn worldwide.

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Paint Your Dreams, March 6, 2016

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‘Paint Your Dreams’ was a social initiative organized by The Cultural Committee, Institute of Management Nirma University in association withSaral Foundation organized on 6th March 2016. Kids from various NGOs all over Ahmedabad were invited to come to the campus for a day.
The day started with a carnival in which kids spent some time playing their favorite sports and enjoying small rides set up in the institute back lawn. The kids were treated with a magic show followed by an entertaining Puppet Show. Students from various institutes across NIRMA UNIVERSITY joined in as volunteers for the event. After lunch, a painting session was held for the kids who put their imagination on the piece of paper.
The highlight for the day was an orchestra performance by children of Blind People’s Association followed by a dance performance by SARAL kids. The Cultural Committee deserves credit for successful execution of such a difficult task. They took the proverbial bull by its horns.

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Carnival 2016, Part 2

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After the success of Zumba workshop in the Carnival Week, Club Fiesta- The Music and Dance Club of IMNU enthralled the students with a dazzling ‘Karaoke Night’ and Musical Housie. The response to the event was overwhelming as students came in plethora and invoked the singers residing in them. Organizers also had in store was a mesmerizing performance by the band PURPLE HAZE, winners of recently held Sabarmati Festival. After an entire week of exciting activities, it was timefor the final showdown.
\The stage was set for ‘RHYTHM – The Inter-Section Dance and Music Battle’. Teams from various sections across IMNU performed in different dance and music categories on a frisky Monday evening. The participants performed beautifully, giving the judges a tough time evaluating! The Stallions won the group dance competition while The Achilleans ran away with the group music competition. Arpit Pareek and Ruchi Naithani sizzled everyone present with their chemistry on the dance floor while Aditi Rana and Anurag Vinayaka were the winners for the Duet Music competition.

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Carnival 2016

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Club Fiesta- The Music and Dance Club of IMNU has planned to treat IMNU students this week with their flagship event “CARNIVAL 2016”. It is a weeklong event with Jam sessions, dance workshops and a Karaoke night. Post in-term week, students were waiting eagerly for this week. A 3-day ZUMBA workshop was organized this week. Zumba is a recently popularized dance form fusing traditional dance and aerobic elements. The instructor for the workshop was Shruti Trivedi, a Trained Zumba Instructor and Dance Choreographer, who has been trained under the Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts. She has been featured in many leading dailies of Ahmedabad such as DNA for her work. Students who were eagerly waiting for this workshop, flooded the dance floor in great numbers. Participants put their dancing shoes on and raised the roof with enthusiasm. After the workshop, the Carnival moves onto its next stages. Stay tuned for the further updates regarding “CARNIVAL 2016”.

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