21st Convocation of IILM for Class of 2016, Held on May 4, 2016, Presided Over by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, CMD, The Bharat Hotels Limited

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
The 21st Convocation of IILM for the Class of 2016 was held on May 4th, 2016 at its Lodhi Road, New Delhi campus. The ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson The Bharat Hotels Limited and Mrs. Malvika Rai – Chairperson, IILM. One hundred and sixty-seven students completed their post-graduate studies at IILM in 2016 and received their diplomas at the Convocation.

Dr. Smitha Girija – Director, IILM welcomed the Chief Guest- Dr. Jyotsna Suri – Chairperson and Managing Director of Bharat Hotels Limited that runs the luxury hotels chain “THE LALIT” under the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. In the past few years the Group has won a number of awards for its outstanding performance. Dr. Jyotsna Suri was President of FICCI for the year 2015-16. She has been listed amongst the Top 50 Business Power Women in Asia by the Forbes Asia and amongst the Top 20 Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business by the Business Today. She is the only Indian member on the International Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). She has also received an Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Laws” from the University of Warwick, UK for her contribution to tourism industry.

In her Annual Report at the Convocation, Dr. Girija highlighted the various achievements of IILM during the past year. She shared that in EdUniversal rankings of best business schools in India, IILM has been ranked 11 (3 Palmes of Excellence category) for 2015. Headquartered in Paris, EdUniversal is a global ranking and rating agency specializing in higher education.
Dr. Girija mentioned that IILM offers a wide range of Executive Education Programmes on various platforms. IILM 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 offers specialized programmes for Defence Ministry’s Directorate General of Resettlement for defence officers. IILM has recently partnered with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs to jointly conduct programmes for Government officers and executives of PSUs and corporates. IILM Startup Labs has been launched 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 get full IILM support to set up new ventures.
IILM has partnered with the Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts, Germany for the Masters in International Business – Managing Diverse Markets Programme. The MDM programme has been a great learning for our students in terms of an international educational experience, exposure and adapting to and managing cross-cultural differences.

Dr. Smitha Girija, also welcomed Mr. Kapil Chanana – IILM’s alum from the first batch. Mrs. Malvika Rai presented an award to Mr. Kapil Chanana, General Manager – Activation, Coca Cola India Private Ltd. The Chief Guest, Dr. Jyotsna Suri and IILM Chairperson, Mrs. Malvika Rai then presented Gold and Silver Medals to the toppers of the three campuses.

IILM also honoured six faculty members with the “Excellence in Teaching” Award. The six faculty members who received this award are: Prof. Vinay Chirania, Prof. Ruchi Shah, Dr. Shivani Khurana, Prof. Raju Majumdar, Prof. Shweta Sharma, and Dr. Preethi Srinivas.

In her Convocation Address, Dr. Jyotsna Suri impressed upon the students that though it is important to achieve success and wealth, they must not forget the core values of humanity. She highlighted five qualities, and stressed upon students that they should always adhere to honesty and integrity, respect for Individuals, responsible communication, devotion to duty, and minimize wastage in order to become responsible managers and business leaders.