Inauguration of 20th Batch of MBA at Amrita School of Business with 125 Students
Amrita School of Business (ASB) has inaugurated its 20th batch of full-time MBA program at Amriteshwari Hall in campus on 15 June 2015. The new batch comprises of 125 students from all over the country, coming from different disciplines, including engineering, medicine, arts and science.
The orientation program for new students will extend for two weeks, beginning from today, all designed to benefit the students to adapt to the management domain with ease. The programs also aim to instill the true spirit and culture of the institution, enabling them to seamlessly experience the new phase of life.
The inauguration program commenced at 10am on the day, with a welcome speech by Dr. R. Raghu Raman, Chairman, ASB. Dr. Raman took students and parents through the exciting 20 years journey of ASB, besides presenting them the opportunities and challenges at the University.
Prof. Shekhar Chaudhuri, Former Director, IIM Kolkata, also the recipient of prestigious Ravi J. Matthai National Fellowship Award 2012, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. In his inaugural address, Ravi congratulated students to have been able to enter into a prestigious institution known for imparting quality education. He brought forth the sense of responsibility among students by reminding them of four policies capable to transform their lives-- passion for excellence, hard work, commitment and openness to ideas. He urged them to be active players in curricular and co-curricular activities with a note to think beyond ‘self’.
Ms. Hema Gopal, Vice President, Global Head, IBM Centre of Excellence at TCS adorned the Guest of Honor for the day. She shared her experience at TCS managing a large crowd. She advised students to possess the passion, ability to unlearn and relearn, have the right focus and attitude in order to successfully cover the curriculum. She also provided fresh insights on choosing the streams and career, besides calling for a comprehensive understanding of problems prior to a decision-making.
Dr. P. Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita University informed students the mission of their education through Amma’s messages. He highlighted on the need to get ‘An Education for Living, an Education for Life’, the prime motto of Amrita School of Business. Through inspiring stories, he motivated students to become compassionate human beings.
The MBA program
Classes in this two-year residential program are designed for the graduate students to inculcate the skills of entrepreneurship and business management through five domains– accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations management. The course offers challenging curriculum focused beyond global strategic thinking and analysis.
The course spreads the seeds of social benefits within the students through innovative programs like Live-in-Labs (LILA), a multidisciplinary, theory-into-practice program that facilitates research, development and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities in India. The program provides the students an opportunity to directly interact, observe and study the rural scenarios in the country, by living in the remote places for a prescribed time period. Through this, the students can understand the problems in the areas of health, education, environment, farming and infrastructure of the rural communities, subsequently, devise and implement solutions to address the problems.