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Inspiring Speech by Narayana Murthy at the Graduation Ceremony of FORE School

New Delhi: Calling upon the graduating batch of FORE School of management, New Delhi, India’s most respected and powerful CEO of all times, Mr. N. R Narayana Murthy, urged the students to align personal objectives with the growth impulses of the country and to take up the responsibility of contributing to the society.

In his inspiring and motivational speech, the Padmabibhusan award winner, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited, who was the Chief Guest for the 19th Convocation Ceremony of FORE School of Management, also quoted American Social writer, Eric Hoffer, “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future” and emphasized his point that, “every citizen has an important role in the undertaking of the nation’s development; however, the educated ones have a greater opportunity and consequently a greater responsibility towards this contribution”.

Talking about post independent India, he mentioned, that the country has produced world class scientist and engineers, built bridges, dams and factories, send satellites, rockets, is globally renowned for software programming skills, is a nuclear super power and a force to reckon with. But the fundamental question is have we fulfilled the dreams of our founding fathers of having a country where every individual lives freely, basic amenities are in place and where poverty does not exist? Quoting Rabindranath Tagore, “Where the mind is without fear and head is held high” he said, “we still have more than 350 million Indians living with a mere Rs.36.00 per day; 250 million Indians do not have access to save drinking water. Over 750 million Indians do not have access to decent sanitation. India ranks 6th or 7th in the global hunger index. It is therefore appropriate to think of few important things. Have India made significant progress since independence. Can we be happy about the progress? Have we kept up with the pace of progress compared to the rest of world? Have we achieved progress which is sustainable?”

Mr. Murthy left the future business leaders present in the auditorium, with valuable insights, advising them to benchmark themselves always with the best in the world keeping focus on execution, as the need of the day is to bring efficiency and excellence in professional lives and a thought provoking question, “What can you do to achieve that India?”.

The convocation ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the FORE campus where a total of 268 students graduated this year, in the three variants of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) course offered by FORE. Of these, 170 were from the flagship full-time PGDM course, 56 students from PGDM (IMG) and 42 students from the PGDM (WMG) course.

Also present in the ceremony was Mr. R.P. Billimoria, President Emeritus FORE (Former Chairman-Public Enterprises Selection Board, Govt. of India & Former Chairman-SAIL); Mr. R.C. Sharma, President, FORE (former Director CBI, Govt. of India); Dr. Jitendra K. Das, Director, FORE. Dr. Das presented the annual activity report for the institute and emphasized on FORE’s new phase of growth by going international through exchange programmes and engagement with prestigious schools like ESC Rennes, School of Business (France), Faculty of Business, UNB (Canada), Savannah University (USA) and Asian Institute of Technology. The current batch onwards will be exposed to the international business environment through an intensive immersion programme in international B-Schools. Expansion plans of existing FORE infrastructure as well as a new campus at Sonepat for also announced.

100% of FORE final year students received their placement offers and 100 % of the first year students secured their summer internship. The highest CTC this year soared to Rs. 32 lakhs, as compared to last year’s Rs. 13 lakhs, while the average CTC for final placements increased from last year’s Rs. 7 lakhs to approximately Rs. 8 lakhs this year. 32 out of the total 111 were new recruiters for the final placement this year, including companies like TATA Motors Ltd., HSBC, Castrol, Genpact, C.B. Richards, UB Group, Michael Page International, EXL Services, Honeywell, Maruti Suzuki, Sony India, Jones Lang LaSalle, Axis Bank, etc.

The convocation ended with the students high on excitement and beautiful message from Dr. B.B.L Madhukar, Vice President FORE, in the form of a shayari, ” Gul ne gulshan se gulfaam veja hai, sitaron ne aasmaan se saalam veja hai, Mubarak ho aap ko ye degree, Khuda ne Jannat se ye paigaam veja hai.”


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