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ASM students take an oath of integrity, ethical performance at their convocation

Apeejay School of Management (ASM) students from batches 2018-20 and 2019-21 were conferred their degrees at the 21st Convocation ceremony



Apeejay School of Management (ASM), Dwarka, organised the 21st Convocation Ceremony at the college auditorium for students from the batches 2018-20 and 2019-21. A total of 327 students (176 from the former and 151 from the latter) were conferred the Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

Mrs Sushma Paul Berlia, president, Apeejay Education Society, and co-founder and chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, presided over the occasion. 

The chief guest for the event was PR Jaishankar, managing director, India Infrastructure Finance Ltd. The other dignitaries present at the convocation ceremony were Dr Alka Munjal, director, ASM, who delivered the welcome address, Kamal Kishore, professor and dean, ASM, and faculty members.

Path to leadership

PR Jaishankar congratulated the graduates and said, “It leaves me with no uncertainty that you have actually had the best of training. I am very confident that the values this institution has inculcated in you will take you a long way. You have been able to climb a mountain—the steeper it is, the more challenges you face. In turn, it prepares you to face the fiercest competition that the world offers.

“As one of the fastest-growing countries, we have opportunities we can leverage to grow. There are technical efficiencies on one side but more importantly, the behavourial aspects, attitude, and adaptability take you ahead.”

He further advised students to “be consultative and develop good listening qualities” to differentiate themselves from managers to become leaders. “You have to be innovative. It is not only an ingredient for success, but it also differentiates you. It helps you create ecosystems. On the road to reaching the top, you have to prepare yourself. You have to get your hands dirty. At the same time, you need to be grounded.”

‘What matters is higher purpose and determination’

Mrs Berlia, who opened the convocation virtually, said in her presidential address, “In the pandemic, it came home to people that ultimately what sees you through is your values and resilience. We were very fortunate to immediately go on to virtual learning. We were able to celebrate many events as well but convocation is something very special and so we took a call that we would wait till we could meet physically.”

Mrs Berlia went on to share the inspirational life story of her father and founder of Apeejay, late Dr Stya Paul. “He is remembered today for his contribution to society in the form of educational institutions that he founded and contributed to. What will ultimately matter is having a higher purpose, determination, and the spirit to never give up. Most of all, contributing and giving back to the community in which we grow. The more you give, the more you will receive.

“I wish you well in the years to come. Make us proud of your achievements because they will be our achievements too,” she added. Mrs Berlia conferred the diplomas.

‘ASM supported us through the pandemic’

Tanya Arora and Sakshi Aggarwal from batch 2018-20, and Prishu Purva and G Indrani from batch 2019-21 were conferred gold and silver medals respectively for their outstanding academic performance.

Recalling her time at ASM, Purva said, “Despite the pandemic, our college supported us and provided us the opportunities. The teachers were very helpful and guided us well…I am elated to have received the gold medal.”

Aggarwal added, “I did not expect to win the silver medal, to be honest. I cannot express my happiness in words! Returning to my alma mater for the convocation makes me feel even more nostalgic. I remember staying up late for presentations or to prepare for exams. The journey was great. Apart from academics, I actively participated in co-curricular activities and those are memories I will cherish for life.”

“The teachers at ASM mentored me and gave me a lot of exposure in different fields. I am very happy to have received the gold medal,” expressed Arora. “It feels surreal to be back at college after two years to celebrate our convocation.”

The students were administered an oath of integrity and ethical performance. They were also formally inducted into the ASM alumni family.

“‘Khudi ko kar buland itna ki har taqdir se pahle,
khuda bande se khud puchhe bata teri raza kya hai’

– Allama Iqbal

All my students should dedicate themselves to the betterment of mankind and the world and bring glory to their parents and alma mater.”

-Dr Alka Munjal, Director, ASM

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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