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21st Annual Convocation – Class of 2016 at Lodhi Road Campus

IILM Convocation 2016, Presided Over by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director – The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group Ltd

The Convocation of IILM for the Class of 2016 was held on May 4th, 2016 at its Lodhi Road campus.  The ceremony was conducted for all the three campuses of IILM – IILM Institute for Higher Education, Lodi Road; IILM Institute for Business and Management, Gurgaon and IILM Graduate School of Management, Greater Noida.

The ceremony started by lighting the lamp by Mrs. Malvika Rai – Chairperson, IILM ; Dr. Smitha Girija – Director, IILM Institute for Higher Education, Lodi Road ; Ms. Shivani Ahuja – Director, IILM Institute for Business and Management, Gurgaon ; Dr. Taruna Gautum – Director, IILM Graduate School of Management, Greater Noida. The students of all the three campuses were awarded their diplomas by Mrs. Malvika Rai, Dr. Smitha Girija Ms. Shivani Ahuja and Dr. Taruna Gautum. One hundred and sixty seven students completed their post graduate studies at IILM this year and were conferred their diplomas.

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Dr. Smitha Girija – Director, IILM then welcomed the chief guest- Dr. Jyotsna Suri – Chairperson & Managing Director of Bharat Hotels that runs the luxury hotels chain “THE LALIT” under the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. In the past few years the Group has been recognized with number of awards for its distinguished performance like the National Tourism Awards and National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education. Dr. Jyotsna Suri was President FICCI in the year 2015-16.  She has been listed amongst the Top 50 Business Power Women in Asia by Forbes Asia and amongst the top 20 Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business by Business Today. She is the only Indian member on the International Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Dr. Smitha Girija, then presented the Annual Report to the audience in which she highlighted the various achievements of IILM in the last one year. She proudly announced that in the EdUniversal rankings of best business schools in India, IILM has been ranked 11 (3 Palmes of Excellence category) for 2015. She also mentioned that IILM offers a wide range of Executive Education Programmes on various platforms and has organized Training programmes for IAS and IPS officers for over 10 years. IILM has also been conducting customized Training programme for leading PSUs like NTPC, NBCC, BHEL, and EIL. IILM also offer specialized programmes for Defence Ministry’s Directorate General of Resettlement for defence officers.

She further mentioned that IILM has recently partnered with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs to jointly conduct programmes for Government officers and executives of PSUs and corporates. And IILM has also signed an MoU with National Skill Development Corporation. Also, the IILM Startup Labs has been incorporated to support and bolster a start-up company’s creation and activity in the early stages before it becomes self sustainable. Through the incubation initiative, IILM aims to provide an environment where students and entrepreneurs feel that their experience with IILM is most productive and inspiring

Dr Smitha Girija, then welcomed Mr. Kapil Chanana – IILM’s first batch alummus (1994-96   batch). Mrs. Malvika Rai presented an award to Mr. Kapil Chanana. The honour was bestowed upon him for his outstanding accomplishments in his chosen field of endeavor thus bringing honor and prestige to his fellow Alumni and Alma Mater. Mr. Kapil Chanana is General Manager – Activation, Coca Cola India Private Ltd. Mr. Chanana then addressed the graduating students. In his address, he shared his challenges as an entrepreneur with the students and motivated them to work for their passions. He also encouraged the students that they should never lose their individuality due the challenges of the outside world. He said the education is important but what drives a person and his performance are his passions.

Dr. Jyotsna Suri then delivered her talk in which she motivated the students by saying that though it is very important to generate success and wealth but they must not forget the core values of humanity. She stressed that students should never deviate from honesty and integrity, respect for Individuals, responsible Communication, devotion to Duty in order to become successful individuals and should also Minimize Wastage to be called as responsible managers.

She then honored six faculty members of IILM for the “Excellence in Teaching” Award. The six faculty members who received this award are Prof Vinay Chirania – The best Teacher’s Award for Core module- at IGSM, Prof Ruchi Shah – IIBM and Dr. Shivani Khurana – IILM, LR. The best Teacher’s Award for Elective module- at IGSM was awarded to Prof Raju Majumdar,  Prof Shweta Sharma- at IIBM and Dr Preethi Srinivas at IILM, LR.

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Mrs. Malvika Rai, Chairperson, IILM Institute for Higher Education, presented Dr. Kulwant Rai Gold and Silver medals to the meritorious students as well as to the overall performers.