Leaders from all walks of life come together for the occasion to inpire the young managers to greater heights
SCMS COCHIN celebrated the annual convocation ceremony for its 20th batch with traditional grandeur on the 26th of April 2013. The Chief Guest for this occasion was the Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation of Kerala State, Mr. Shibu Baby John, whilethe Guest of Honour was Mr. Adrian William (Head-HR Thomas Cook India). As always, the annual convocation of this premier B-school of the South was attended by a bevy of business leaders from across the country and abroad.
As is customary, the procession of Batch 20 students – along with faculty members, heads of departments, deans, directors, Chairman and chief guests – marched sombrely into the SCMS Cochin auditorium. The ceremony was thereafter declared open by Dr. G.P.C. Nayar, Chairman SCMS Cochin. Prof. P.C. Pillai, Group Director, SCMS Cochin followed suit by presenting a brief on the rich history, affiliations, rankings, and performance in placements of SCMS Cochin. Welcoming all the guests, dignitaries, and proud parents, he reminded the august gathering of the growth story of SCMS Cochin, and inspired the students of the graduating batch to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of an alumnus of SCMS Cochin.
While addressing the students, Shri Shibu John, Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation of Kerala State, confessed that he was filled with a sense of nostalgia. He praised SCMS for its achievements and expected its growth story to continue exponentially.
“For you, real life education starts from now onwards.Learning should never stop. In this competitive era it is not easy to find what we are good at. Education really helps in self discovery. This self discovery should be done all along the life and not just as a onetime process. We should take ownership and responsibility wherever we work. This excitement in the job works well and helps in avoiding the failure. Whenever pressure mounts, only fools will quit. The wise will find the power to overcome. Never forget the sensitivity and poverty around us.Be good human beings and always be punctual.”
The Chief Guest was thereafter invited to honour the meritorious students. The Gold Medal for outstanding performance in academics for Batch 20 of SCMS Cochin was given to Unnikrishnan. Certificates of merit were awarded to Juvin who specialised in Banking and Insurance, and Stafan Alex K who chose Retail. The ‘Best Outgoing Student’ award was bestowed on Morris Jason Peter. On behalf of SCMS Cochin, Dr. G.P.C. Nayar presented a memento to Shir Shibu John, Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation of Kerala State, and thanked him for making this day even more special for the passing out batch.
Post Graduate Diplomas in Management were thereafter awarded to all the students of Batch 20 by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Adrian William. This was followed by Dr. Raman Nayar, Director, SCMS Cochin, administering the ‘oath of SCMS Cochin graduates’ to the batch of 20, reminding them of their roles in the corporate world.
In the concluding part of the annual convocation, Dr. G.P.C. Nayar addressed the gathering, reminiscing the days when SCMS Cochin was established, and how over the years it acquired a formidable reputation, and new campuses. He thanked his associates like Prof K.J.Paulose (Dean), and Prof. Filomina P George(Dean-Academic Affairs) for their unstinted support through this glorious journey in elevating SCMS to one of the foremost educational institutions in the country.
In the following address, Mr. Adrian William, Head-HR Thomas Cook India – and the Guest of Honour for the occasion – congratulated the proud parents and the group of budding leaders, conveying how much he was reminded of his own convocation at XLRI Jamshedpur.
“Each morning, you must look into the mirror, and say to yourself “this is a great day! I am the best man for the job!” Corporates are increasingly expecting their managers to think out of the box. Always try to reach for the stars, with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Don’t forget values; and never forget your roots. Do not chase money – chase ‘learning’. Learning will ensure thatultimately money chases you.
The Academic Dean of SCMS Cochin, Ms. Filomina George, presented a well-scripted vote of thanks, following which, the grand affair came to a joyous end, with graduating students bursting out in raucous celebrations.