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Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi stresses the need for Social Responsibility among students

Adi Godrej, Chairman, ISB Highlights role of Philanthropy in Institution Building, at ISB Graduation Day

Addressing 613 freshly minted management experts who graduated today from the Hyderabad campus of the Indian School of Business, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi asked them to inculcate the values, spirit and capacity for social return in whatever they did next.  The ISB is the right institution to pick up such a focus for future business leaders, he added.  The child rights activist and the Nobel Peace Prize winner was the chief guest at the 14th Graduation Day here today.

The gathering included 551 students of the Class of 2015 of the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) and 62 students of the Class of 2014 of PGP in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX), and their families. Among the dignitaries present at the occasion are Pramat Sinha and  Rahul Bajaj who are also members of the ISB Executive Board.

“There is a serious trust deficit between civil society, business and governments in general. ISB can play a big role to bridge these gaps and build capacity within the industry for socially responsible businesses. And I am willing to work with ISB towards this”, the child rights activist said to loud applause from the gathering.

Adi Godrej, Chairman, ISB welcomed the Nobel Laureate and said it was indeed a privilege to have the opportunity to hear a motivating personality as Mr Satyarthi. It was particularly inspiring for the students who step into a promising tomorrow.  Speaking on the impact of philanthropy in institution building, he said, “ISB is a wonderful outcome of the efforts of catalytic philanthropy of a few business leaders who had the zeal to make difference to the society and build business leaders of tomorrow.”   With each passing year, the way the academia, industry including MNCs and India Inc., and the government,  have accepted ISB students into their fold, speaks volumes of the quality that the institution now represents. It is this giving back to the society that gives us joy.

Congratulating the graduating students, Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, and ISB said, “It is heartening to see alumni from our early classes already taking on leadership positions across the world. Close to 200 of them have moved into CXO positions in the corporate world and nearly 400  have started their own businesses. The strength of ISB lies in the students like you with diverse backgrounds, a world class faculty, inspiring campuses at both locations, and finally the success of our alumni. There is no easy way in life and there is enormous success awaiting those who work hard on a sustained basis.”
PGPMAX - Highlights
62 students graduated from the PGPMAX Class of 2014. Srikanth Narasimhan has been awarded the Scholar of Excellence for PGPMAX Class of 2014. Professor Sunil Chopra was selected as the “Professor of the Year” for his exceptional teaching of the course, ‘Global Operations’.

PGP - Highlights
756 students graduated from the PGP Class of 2015. Out of these, 551 students graduated from Hyderabad campus today and 205 students will graduate from Mohali campus on Sunday, April 2015. Rajat Dhanda and Gautam Chawla have been awarded Scholars of Excellence for the PGP Class of 2015. At Hyderabad campus, Professor Sarang Deo was selected for “Professor of the Year” award for Core courses for his outstanding teaching of the course, ‘Statistical Methods for Management Decisions’ and Professor Piyush Kumar was selected for “Professor of the Year” award for elective courses for his exceptional teaching of the course, ‘Marketing Services’.
The event concluded with the ceremonial hat toss. With this graduating PGP Class, ISB PGP alumni network increases to 7000 alumni this year, spread across 100+ countries. The Graduation Day at the Mohali campus will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and the school will host Shri Piyush Goyal, Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy as the Chief Guest.