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IIMB to celebrate 42nd Foundation Day

October 21, 2015

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore will celebrate its 42nd Foundation Day on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, with a plethora of events and activities on the institute campus.
The events include the Foundation Day Lecture and the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. This year’s theme for the Foundation Day Lecture is ‘Love, Faith & Craziness: An Entrepreneur’s Journey’ and will be delivered by the chief guest, Naveen Tewari, co-founder and CEO, InMobi, at the IIMB auditorium, from 5.30 pm. An IIT Kanpur and Harvard Business School alumnus, Tewari is the recipient of distinguished awards from his alma maters for excellence in leadership and entrepreneurship. Other than nurturing several start-ups in India, he founded and chairs a US-based non-profit named India School Fund, which sets up and funds schools in rural India, a cause close to his heart.

On the occasion, IIM Bangalore director Dr Sushil Vachani will present a report on the institute’s achievements.

The IIMB Foundation Day celebrations will also see Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) being conferred on R Chandrasekaran and Dr. Hasmukh Adhia. Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore, will give away the awards. It will be a proud moment for the institute to be able to honour the two awardees for their significant professional excellence as well as their contribution to industry, academia and society.

Chandrasekaran (or Chandra as he is known), is the executive vice chairman of Cognizant India. As one of the co-founders of Cognizant in 1994 and an executive officer of the company, Chandra has played a variety of roles in shaping the company’s vision, strategy and goals, and meticulously implementing them. In his current role, Chandra is responsible for leading the charter to drive higher levels of client intimacy, strengthening Cognizant’s strong relationships with industry bodies such as NASSCOM and CII, driving outreach with government and quasi-government bodies and enhancing the company’s brand and thought leadership in India. Chandra oversees a cross-section of Cognizant’s strategic client engagements and mentors the team on strategy, transformation and delivery excellence initiatives. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Adhia, an IAS officer by profession, is the revenue secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In his current position, he deals with matters relating to income tax, custom and excise duty, GST, etc. Prior to the present posting, he was serving as secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. As secretary, Financial Services, he is credited with many new strategies for banking reforms such as ‘Gyan Sangam’ and ‘Indra Dhanush’ as well as social security schemes of ‘Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna’, ‘Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojna’ and ‘Atal Pension Yojna’, as also for the scheme of micro-financing of Mudra. He is a gold medallist of the Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM) from the institute and holds a PhD in Yoga from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University, Bangalore.

Each recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award receives a citation and his/her name is engraved on the wall of fame at the institute.

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