It was a solemn occasion as IGTC bade farewell to its EBMP Batch 2013-2014 on Thursday, 27th November 2014. At the rise of the evening, proud parents, spouses and children of the departing students assembled at the My Fortune Hotel. The setup was beautiful, brightly lit up with lamps and adorned with flowers and embellishments. The guests of honour were Mr. Joern Rohde, Consul General – German Consulate General, Bangalore, Mr. Hubert Reilard, Vice President – Indo- German Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Deepak Nakra, Managing Director – Trivium eSolutions.
Mrs. Rosa Homburg, Academic Programme Manager, IGTC Bangalore was the host for the evening and addressed the gathering before Mrs. Audrey D’Souza, Regional Director – Indo-German Chamber of Commerce gave a hearty speech to welcome the guests, faculty members, students and their families. Mr. Rohde was then called on the stage to give the key note address. He spoke about the potential ties between India and Germany and he elucidated that Germany sees India as a captive market with a growing potential. Mr. Rohde also mentioned that the ties between India and Germany endow Indian students an opportunity to be recognised on a global platform. They get a chance to experience practical training and to widen their perspective.
Mr. Reilard then took the opportunity to make a stirring speech on quality and commitment. He spoke emphatically about the ties between India and Germany, the ‘make in India campaign’ and the stimulating youth making attempts to take the country forward. Continuous learning is an important part of life and Mr. Reilard encouraged the audience never to stop learning.
After the speeches, there was time to seek blessings form Lord Krishna through a dance presented by Shilpashree, a student of the PGPBA batch 2013-2015. She danced with vigour to the rhythm of classical Bharatanatyam music to tell a story of Lord Krishna. Shilpashree’s grace lit up the evening as everybody applauded to her performance.
Mr. B S Prakash has been an integral part of IGTC since its inception. He has been the apple of every student’s eye with his impeccable teaching style. As Mr. Prakash walked up the stage, he shared his experiences of nurturing the EBMP batch. He articulated how his journey began with certain apprehensions about teaching people with so much of experience but which gradually turned into success in fostering the students. He emphasised that the teaching experience was a unique two-way learning process”: from teacher to students and from students to teacher. The journey continues to this day with Mr. Prakash’s concerted efforts.
There were some moments of nostalgia as Mr. Ajay Goyal – Infineon, a student of the outgoing batch took joy in unfolding his one year that he spent at IGTC. He stood up and reminisced about the faculty members and his fellow mates. He narrated how IGTC gave him wonderful and ever lasting memories and friendships.
Finally the most awaited part of the evening approached: the awarding of certificates. The guests of honour distributed the certificates and congratulated the students. Each student was given a pen drive as a memento along with the certificate to mark the sacrifices and the toil that the students made in the last one year. The room echoed with loud claps of appreciation as each student received the certificate and the souvenir.
At the end of the day, the event brought smiles on everybody’s face and after the official programme all the guests enjoyed the networking and celebration over dinner.