Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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IIM-L students get diplomas

The convocation of the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow recently saw 282 students being awarded diplomas by D.S. Brar, chairman, board of governors, IIM-L and chairman, GVK Services Private Limited. Kishore Biyani, Group CEO, Future Group and managing director, Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd, was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address.

As many as 264 students from the 21st batch of the postgraduate programme and 14 from the second batch of IIM-L’s innovative postgraduate programme in agri-business management were awarded their diplomas. Besides, three students in the Fellow Programme, the doctoral level programme at the institute, received their title at the event. This year, IIML hosted many students from the partner institutions in France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Sweden. For the first time, one student from the partner institute was conferred a PGP Diploma under the International Exchange Program at the convocation.

“We emphasise on ‘global citizenry’ of our students and all our students will be as much at home in India as anywhere across the world,” says Dr Devi Singh, director, IIM-L.

The IIM-L also conducted 72 Management Development Programmes for 1550 top and senior level management executives this year.

ISB students participate in World Bank meet

A recommendation made by students of the ISB, Hyderabad, was voted for presentation at the World Bank Meet that was held at Brussels recently. Students from the ISB participated in an international videoconference organised by the World Bank.

One of the recommendations made by the ISB students was the use of technology effectively to combat corruption and improve governance. This was voted for presentation at the World Bank’s Brussels Meet and will help enrich the Agenda by representing the voice of leading business schools and future business leaders. Further, the recommendations generated from this global consultation will enable the leaders of today to hear the ideas and perspectives of the leaders of tomorrow.

Speaking about his group’s proposal, Shivanand Sinha, a student Class of 2007 at the ISB, said, “India is a technology capital of sorts today and hence we focussed on how to use technology effectively. We debated on the innovative ways of combating corruption by empowering the common man by giving him a two-way communication device — the mobile phone.”

Moderating this conference, Harish Bijoor, professor of rural marketing at the ISB, said, “In the world of business today, we encounter a reasonable level playing field. However, the ultimate leveller of development gains is corruption. To that extent, the debate on corruption is the most essential debate to participate in. This World Bank initiative is completely laudable as a bottom-up policy-making initiative.”

The conference connected over 30 leading business and public policy schools around the world, in 12 sequential two-hour sessions.

Aptech bags 3 awards

Global Learning Solutions Company, Aptech Ltd., bagged three prestigious awards at the celebrated Indian Franchising Awards 2007 recently.

Aptech Ltd, which got nominated in 7 categories, won the awards for Indian Global Franchisor of the Year for attaining excellence in overseas franchising operations and Win-win Franchising Partnership of the Year. Aptech’s franchise model has been designed in a manner where both parties can leverage benefits from each other and creates an environment of shared destiny with its business partners.

Aptech’s Animation and Multimedia Training brand, Arena Multimedia, bagged the Franchise Growth Driver of the Year Award for new initiatives introduced, which revolutionised the industry and resulted in increased growth for the franchisees. — TNS