CMR University recently held an inaugural function for the first MBA batch, third Post Graduate batch and fifth doctoral programmes batch.
Dr C Amarnath, professor Emeritus, department of mechanical engineering, IIT Bombay, graced the doctoral programme inaugural function as the chief guest. For the inaugural function of the MBA and Post Graduate programmes, Ganesh Margabandhu, general manager, IBM Global Technology Services, South Asia was the chief guest and Dr Hari Krishna Maram, chairman and founder CEO, Imperial College, and vice-president, Association of Indian Management School, was the guest of honour. Dr Anand K Joshi, vice-chancellor, CMR University, and Dr Sabitha Ramamurthy, chancellor, CMR University, were also present at the event.
In the introductory remarks, Anand K Joshi emphasised on knowledge dissemination. He also encouraged the new batch of Post Graduate students to focus on the case study learning process. “Research must be closely connected to classrooms and should translate into business ideas and innovative projects. It is time that educational institutions rise up to the significance of research,” he said.
He also added, “The fundamentals of every discipline are important and application of theoretical knowledge is crucial. There is a fast change in the perception of education in the industry and hence, the curriculum design should meet the industry requirements. IT knowledge, quantitative techniques and economics is extremely important. Technology or management knowledge should both be connected to society through mediums like corporate social responsibility, sustenance or human resources.”
Delivering the inaugural address at the doctoral programme inauguration, C Amarnath encouraged the new research scholars to explore the unknown and to venture beyond boundaries. “It is important to explore the experiential methodology of learning and in the process, formulate strategy to redefine an idea or thought. A research scholar must bring in a philosophy into the task taken. Problem exploration is an important aspect and by generating good quality problems, solutions will follow. One needs to step out of their comfort zone to get the best hands-on experience,” he pointed out.
At the inaugural function of the MBA and Post Graduate programmes, Ganesh Margabandhu exhorted the students to study with purpose as learning is undergoing phenomenal change.
Hari Krishna Maram stressed the need to build on ideas with the help of technology. “Every startup has generated from a small idea and has the potential to transform into a top company. Every student should be driven by passion and innovation and must focus on efficiency. With the expanding growth, in the next decade, nearly one crore jobs would be created in India and hence we need students to be ready for the progress,” he said.
Other dignitaries present were Dr B S Patil, director, School of Research and Innovation, Dr Praveen R, registrar, prof S K Balaraman, registrar, evaluation, and Dr Geetha M Rajaram, director, School of Economics and Commerce and School of Management, CMR University.