The 48th convocation ceremony of IIM Bangalore witnessed the graduation of 673 students, with eight students receiving gold medals.

“India as a country is today at the forefront and has emerged as a major force to reckon with. You, as young professionals equipped with learnings from a premier business school, must assume the role of catalysts or agents of change and impress on others the need to think differently. As individuals, we must stop expecting others, including the Government or society, to change first. We must instead make ourselves the pivots of change”, said Chief Guest Padma Bhushan recipient Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited (BFL), during his special address on ‘Seizing India’s Moment’ at IIM Bangalore’s Convocation ceremony, on 31st March.

Manshul Arora, Gold Medalist and the First Rank Holder in PGPEM for 2021-23

Manshul Arora, a 30-year-old from an agricultural family in Haryana, shares that his father relocated to the city to offer his children a brighter future. He earned a scholarship for his outstanding performance, securing the top spot on the Director’s Merit List. Additionally, he participated in an exchange term at IE University in Madrid.

Manshul credits the Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management (PGPEM) at IIMB for instilling in him two crucial qualities – adaptability and resilience. He explains that his batch started online, transitioned to a hybrid mode, and eventually resumed in-person classroom sessions. These changes underlined the value of perseverance, determination, and discipline. Moreover, the diverse coursework, knowledge, perspectives, and challenges contributed to his growth and development.

Looking ahead, Manshul aspires to make a difference in the semiconductor industry, which is witnessing an exponential surge in demand and facing geopolitical tensions and sustainability concerns. He hopes to be a valuable contributor to the sector’s transformation and evolution.

Adarsh Unny gets Gold Medal and Best All-Round Performance Award for EPGP 2022-23

Adarsh, 31, from Dubai, excelled in academics and extracurricular activities, winning 11 case competitions and first prizes at international-level fests. He co-led the War of Sections and the International Immersion Committee at IIMB. Adarsh gained valuable experience working on live projects and participating in diverse activities, enhancing his decision-making and leadership skills. He plans on transitioning into a management role in the technology sector, equipped with strong business acumen and an understanding of macroeconomic environments and strategy development.

Pankaj Jindal Achieves First Rank and Gold Medal in EPGP 2022-2023 Program

Pankaj Jindal, 31, is from Rajasthan. His father is a retired BSNL official, his mother is a homemaker, and his wife works for Amazon. He excelled in academics and business competitions at IIMB, earning a merit scholarship and placing in various contests. He aims to shift from a tactical to a strategic role and move from manufacturing to IT and data analytics. The one-year EPGP at IIMB helped him broaden his thinking and enriched him with inputs from top-class faculty.

Sarthak Jain gets First-Rank Gold Medallist of the 2021-23 PGP-BA

Sarthak Jain, 25, from Bikaner, Rajasthan, has an Electrical Engineering degree from IIT Delhi and worked for two years at Voltaire Advisory Services before joining the MBA program at IIM Bangalore. He has achieved national top positions in various case competitions and delivered a live consulting project for the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, IISc Bangalore. Sarthak plans to pursue a career as a Business Consultant before starting a Venture Capital firm focused on social impact.

Anurag Rathi: PGP and PGP-BA 2021-23 (Combined), Gold Medallist for Best All-Round Performance

Anurag, a 25-year-old from Nagpur, comes from an entrepreneurial family. During his time at IIMB, he excelled in several corporate and international case competitions, including the CFA Research Challenge and the Venture Capital Investment Competition. Anurag is passionate about entrepreneurship and has been actively involved with the start-up ecosystem, serving as a Student Investment Partner with Campus Fund and a jury member for the Government of Karnataka’s start-up program ‘Elevate.’ Anurag has been involved in several extracurricular activities at IIMB, including serving as the Treasurer of Networth, the Finance Club, and the Senior Coordinator of the PE-VC Society. He plans to start his career in Consulting to gain exposure across various industries and hopes to eventually build a career in Private Equity and Investing.

Amit Pareek, PGPEM 2021-23, Wins Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance

Amit Pareek, aged 37, comes from a close-knit family including his retired businessman father, wife aspiring to be a CA, elder IT professional brother, and younger sister working as a credit analyst. He received the Merit Scholarship at IIMB, made it to the Director’s Merit List in Year 1, participated in various inter-college competitions, and completed the student exchange program at Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Amit aspires to become a Global Strategic Leader in the Industry and Manufacturing sectors using his IIMB learning and aims to start a social venture in the future.