Convocation Ceremony, PGPBA Batch 2016-18 And EBMP Batch 2016-17

Going forth to set the world on fire!
 

Hearty congratulations to the students of IGTC Bangalore’s PGPBA batch 2016-18 and the EBMP batch 2016-17 on being conferred with their certificates at the convocation ceremony held on May 3rd, 2018 at Hotel Shangri-La, Bangalore.
 

PGPBA batch 2016 – 2018 PGPBA batch 2016 – 2018
 

EBMP Batch 2016 – 2017
EBMP Batch 2016 – 2017
 

It was indeed a very glamourous evening which saw a panel of eminent speakers including reputed company executives and board members from the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC). Apart from the graduating students, the audience consisted of their families and friends, IGTC faculty members and students of the current PGBA batch. The entire event was well hosted by Ms. Anitha C., IGTC Academic Programme Manager.
 

Anitha. C - Academic Programme ManagerAnitha.C-Academic Programme Manager
 

Among the six speakers for the evening, Mr. Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General of IGCC, was the first to broaden our knowledge horizons by speaking about how German companies play a role in shaping careers for the youth in the country. His knowledge on each of the varied topics was highly impressive. He mentioned about the capacity of the Indian government and that India’s current relationship with Germany is already shaping a brighter tomorrow.
 

Mr. Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General of IGCCMr.Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General of IGCC
 

Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, President of IGCC and Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd., then spoke about how TÜV Rheinland’s business of simplifying and testing is contributing to the Indian economy. He also said: “As an organization we have been associated with the German dual system since decades together.” Accepting deserving IGTC students has been their norm from the time of the company’s inception. He mentioned that the doors of TÜV Rheinland will always be open for deserving IGTC graduates as he sees them as potential employees to their organization. Finally, he wished the graduating students the very best for their journey to become future leaders.
 

Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, President of IGCC and Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd. Mr.Thomas Fuhrmann, President of IGCC and Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd.
 

Mr. Luigi Celmi, CEO-Lufthansa Technik India Pvt. Ltd., spoke about how Lufthansa has grown in India in the last 10 years. “We have grown into a company with more than 100 employees and Lufthansa Technik is spread across the globe, right from the US to Singapore”. He also spoke about its competitors and customers and how their organization is geared up to achieve greater profitability in the coming years. He mentioned how India is going to be the 3rd largest market for airline companies worldwide and has proven to be a highly potential market for Lufthansa. Talking about the future, he stressed on the need for companies and individuals to be inspired and illuminated by data analytics.
Mr. Luigi Celmi, CEO-Lufthansa Technik India Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Luigi Celmi, CEO-Lufthansa Technik India Pvt. Ltd.
 

Mr. Debabrata Sinha, Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rittal India Pvt. Ltd., spoke about how systematic learning helps you to come out of your domain and how you can improve your thinking ability by asking the right questions. He mentioned that the IGTC curriculum helps systematically and challenge your thinking so that, while working in a company even a production manager can talk about sales and ROI calculations with certainty.
 

Mr. Debabrata Sinha, Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rittal India Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Debabrata Sinha, Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rittal India Pvt. Ltd.
 

“You need to know what you are doing, why you are doing it, how to do better and what the context is.”
A sense of ownership and integrated team effort drives a company towards profitability. Rittal’s motto to “Grow, grow towards profit” has helped them tremendously grow from a Rs. 300 Cr. company to a Rs. 700 Cr in the last 4-5 years. Around 17 students from IGTC have been rated as star performers at Rittal! He also said that continuous learning is very important in this fourth industrial revolution and lead by example is the key to a brighter future.

Mr. Uwe Hahn, Consul of German Consulate General, spoke about how the dual system of education is helping students to work in German companies. These companies are also providing jobs to millions of young Indians in all sectors to solve unemployment problems in the country. He said: “The dual system is the secret of our economic success.” The vocational training provides students with the required skill set to start their careers. He concluded by wishing the entire management, faculty and students the very best in all their endeavors.
 

Mr. Uwe Hahn, Consul of German Consulate General Mr.Uwe Hahn, Consul of German Consulate General
 

Representatives from both the batches then shared their experiences at IGTC with the help of compiled videos and pictures which really amused and set the audience smiling and applauding. Mr. Dhairiya Jain, representing the PGPBA batch 2016 -2018 said: “Every classroom presentation made us confident and brought out our creative side.” He also went on to talk about how the internship experiences helped them understand the practical approach to classroom learning. On the lighter and funnier side, he spoke about Holi and Christmas celebrations where even the German interns joined them to be a part of the festivities. He ended with a powerful quote: “Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risk, fall forward, every failed experiment takes you one step closer to success.”
 

Sharing of experience – PGPBA Batch 2016 -2018 Sharing of experience – PGPBA Batch 2016 -2018
 

The EBMP batch presented a video compilation wherein each student spoke about his experience at IGTC Bangalore. Quoting a few, Mr. Nagendra Prasad, Manager at Mann Humel said: “The course content is good apart from being flexible and affordable. The faculty is great!” Mr. Ananth Kumar U. Nuji from Kern Liebers commented: “The program helped me understand the theoretical aspects of business management and connect the dots in my thought process.” Mr. Paul Ezekiel from Mercedes-Benz R&D India mentioned: “I enrolled in to develop my entrepreneurship skills but instead got an opportunity to promote ‘Intra-preneurship’ within the company for those who have passion, ideas and time.” Mr. Sandeep Abraham from Forms and Surfaces said: “I was authoritative before joining the course and now I have mastered business communication. This has resulted in a by large improvement in my performance at work and appreciation from colleagues.”

The representative of the EBMP batch 2016-2017, Mr. Nandakumar also shared the challenges that each of them had to face with coming back to classroom education. Thanking the faculty for their immense support, he said: “Our professors were not just teachers, but our guides.” He ended his words by presenting a beautiful collage dedicated to all the family members of the batch as they were the ones who kept them going throughout the course.
 

Sharing of experience – EBMP Batch 2016 -2017
Sharing of experience–EBMP Batch 2016-2017
 

Mr. R. Srinivasan, IGTC faculty representative, spoke about what makes teaching at IGTC exciting and different. He said that classes are interesting when students bring in their own experiences from their internships or their full time practical exposure like in the case of EBMP students.
“While learning, you’re growing your roots and after years of experience, when you get back to learning, you’re strengthening those roots.”
He narrated the bamboo tree story which sent out a strong message that learning strengthens your existing roots and is not an instantaneous process. Lionel Messi’s tag line of “I became an overnight sensation in 17 years” implies the same.
 

IGTC – faculty, Mr. R. Srinivasan
IGTC-faculty, Mr.R. Srinivasan
 

Coming to the main part of the event, Mr. Dhairiya Jain from the PGPBA batch 2016-2018 was awarded the Dr. Günter Krüger award for his outstanding overall performance.
 

Winner of this year’s Dr. Günter Krüger award: Mr. Dhairiya Jain
Winner of this year’s Dr. Günter Krüger award: Mr. Dhairiya Jain
 

The final words of gratitude were given by the Regional Director of IGCC Bangalore, Mr. Sumit Sharma. He mentioned that the tremendously rising economic success of the three companies TÜV Rheinland, Lufthansa Technic and Rittal in India is a boon to the country and its job seekers. He thanked each of the speakers and added his remarks to their insights. After thanking the management and the faculty members, the director specially thanked the parents and sponsors of the graduating students as they play an integral part in taking the most important decisions in one’s life. He ended his vote of thanks with a beautiful poem by Khalil Gibran dedicating it to all parents.
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”
-Khalil Gibran
 

Regional Director of IGCC Bangalore, Mr. Sumit Sharma
Regional Director of IGCC Bangalore, Mr. Sumit Sharma
 

The ceremony ended with some cameras clicking, proud smiles, cheerful laughter, light conversations, all along with some high tea.
 

Congratulations to all graduates!!
Congratulations to all graduates!!
 

Article written by Shefali Naval, PGPBA Batch 2017-2019, IGTC Bangalore
 

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