The Convocation of the 10th batch (2014-2016) of students of the Post Graduate Program in Business Administration (PGPBA) and the 1st batch of Executive Business Management Program (EBMP) of the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC), Chennai was held on 20thApril, 2016in the presence of a host of dignitaries which included the MD & CEO, Medall Healthcare Private Limited, Chennai, Mr. Raju Venkatraman; MD, BMW India Private Limited, Chennai, Dr. Jochen Stallkamp; Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai, Mr Achim Fabig and the Director General, IGCC, Mr. Bernhard Steinruecke. The ceremony was well attended by the student community and their families, academicians, members of IGCC and IGTC fraternity, partnering and sponsoring organizations and the press and media.
Welcoming the gathering, Mr S Raj, Regional Director, IGCC Chennai & Director, IGTC Chennai, said that this is a landmark year for the Chamber and its member companies. While IGCC turned 60, the Chennai office of IGCC is 50, IGTC is 25 and Chennai IGTC is having its 10th Convocation of PGPBA. Members like BMW & Boeing are celebrating 100; Bosch & Daimler are 130, and pioneers like Karl Zeiss & Siemens are 200.At IGTC Chennai, since its inception, 240 students have successfully completed the program and been placed in prestigious German companies like BMW, Daimler Financial Service, Deutsche Bank, DORMA, Schwing Stetter, Schenker Logistics, Lanxess, Wabco, Wuerth, RheinBrucke IT Consulting as well as other MNCs like Renault-Nissan, Mahindra & Mahindra, Infosys, Nestle India, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ernst & Young, Frost & Sullivan, Facebook and Amazon. This is only an illustrative list, he said. The event also marks the Convocation of the 1st batch of the Executive Business Management Programme (EBMP) wherein 12 senior executives from 9 companies were graduating.
The Director-General of IGCC, Mr. Bernhard Steinruecke, in his address to the students who have completed their 18 months training course of IGTC, opined that the Indian market is a good place to invest despite the healthy competition from other BRIC countries. This is because the Indian per capita income which is lowest amongst the BRIC nations, has a huge scope for growth. There is also the unique advantage of growing German investments every year. Adopting Germany’s industry practices of accent on training and skill development will help Indian market see low unemployment levels and more loyal employees.
The students of the graduating Batch Mr Ranjith of EBMP & Mohamed Sharique of PGPBA shared their experiences at IGTC followed by Prof. Chandrashekar (faculty)& Mr. Kumar Mallampally, MD, Rheinbrucke IT Consulting(partnering company).
The Consul General, Mr. Achim Fabig, who was one of the Guests of Honour on the occasion, urged the students to develop the Vocational skills, which other countries greatly focus on. He stressed that development is the most constant change happening from time immemorial. He also pointed out that India is now exploring renewable sources of energy and Tamil Nadu being one of the hotspots for Wind energy.
The Managing Director, BMW, Dr. Jochen Stallkamp in his address stressed on the need to `Skill India‘ to ensure the success of ‘Make in India’ campaign. He connected it well with the program and the practical training offered by IGTC. He highlighted more on Quality outputs and optimizing resources and reducing wastage, which can be achieved through efficient and skilled workforce.
Mr. Raju Venkatraman, MD & CEO, Medall Healthcare Private Limited, Chennai, in his address, urged the students to believe that the opportunity is unlimited and it depends on how students tap their potential and use it their best ability. He offered many of his personal experiences reflecting his involvement and the efforts he put in to reach this apex point in the ladder. He also advised that to be recognized anywhere one should be a solution provider, rather than being a part of the problem.
The dignitaries then proceeded to award the Certificates to the Executives of the EBMP followed by the students of the PGPBA.
Dr Günter Krüger Award for Excellence was won by Bibin Richard, as the Best Performing student of the batch 2014-2016.