The annual convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management - Lucknow (IIM-L) on Saturday will be a bittersweet moment for the graduating students, who will assemble at the campus one last time.
The sense of pride of having been part of this premier institute will be coupled with fond memories of friendships forged and the pain of final goodbyes.
“More than anything else, we will miss the campus and the ultimate fun that we’ve had here. Bodhigrah, night mess, hostel rooms and, of course, the parties — places that were equally alive at 3am at night as during the day,” said Vartika Jaiswal, a student who will receive her PG diploma on Saturday. “These two years have been a transforming experience in my life that I will cherish forever.”
Jaiswal’s friend Swati Thakur said the life lessons she learned at IIM-L, both good and tough, made her a stronger person.
“As I’m all set to graduate, I can’t help but think of all the memories and try to treasure every moment spent with friends on this campus. These red-bricked walls will always hold a very special place in my heart,” she said.
For others, like Jinita Shah, life at the college was a rollercoaster ride. “Right from exams and fun-filled study sessions to outings and the beautiful family that I earned at IIM-L, I’m going to miss it all,” she said.
But, it was not all about friendships and parties here, “the institute’s ability to mould young and talented students into future leaders differentiates IIM-L from other B-schools,” said Aakash Saha.
Saturday’s ceremony will be the first convocation at the institute after Ajit Prasad took over as the director of the premiere B-school in October last year. Naveen Tewari, CEO and founder of InMobi, will be the chief guest on the occasion and will deliver the convocation address.
The graduating students also have something else to cheer about, IIM-L achieved 100% final placement f or its 30th batch of 446 students — and in record time of just over three days. Nearly 68% students bagged jobs in sales and marketing, followed by finance and consulting. The percentage distribution of the various roles offered this year was — sales and marketing (25%), finance (22%), consulting (21%), e-commerce (15%), systems/IT (10%) and general management (7%).
Set up in 1984, IIM-L welcomed its first batch of post-graduate management students in 1985, and over the years groomed many enterprising students to become successful managers and leaders of tomorrow.