Shillong, April 3 : The Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM Shillong) held its 15th Annual Convocation today, conferring degrees upon 344 graduates across various program.

This year’s ceremony marked a unique departure from tradition. Inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of the Northeast and a commitment to sustainability, IIM Shillong partnered with the Centre of Excellence for Khadi (CoEK) to design a new convocation attire.

Graduates donned body drapes crafted from eri silk, a symbol of local heritage. The drapes, woven by Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdaan Sangh, the oldest khadi institution in the Northeast, featured the Institute’s hues of white, green, and yellow, reminiscent of the Khasi tribal wrap, the Muka. This innovative attire signifies both unity and the institute’s dedication to celebrating cultural diversity.

The convocation ceremony featured distinguished guests, including Shishir Kumar Bajoria, Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIM Shillong, and Narayanan Kumar, the Chief Guest and Chairman, Group Corporate Board, the Sanmar Group, Chennai.

Bajoria, in his welcome address, congratulated the graduates and emphasized the importance of skill development in shaping India’s future. He quoted Swami Vivekananda, urging them to “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached,” further encouraging them to take social responsibility, embrace change, and contribute to India’s economic growth.

Chief Guest Narayanan Kumar highlighted India’s position as a global leader amidst a challenging global landscape. He urged the graduates to leverage their education to contribute to the country’s progress and make a positive social impact.

Professor D.P. Goyal, Director of IIM Shillong, addressed the gathering, highlighting the institute’s significant strides in the past year. He emphasized the institute’s focus on fostering a harmonious blend of internationalization and rich Indian culture. Professor Goyal elaborated on various initiatives undertaken this year, including signing 22 Memoranda of Understanding with global management institutions and B-Schools.

The ceremony culminated in the presentation of awards to deserving graduates. Among the awardees were:

  • PGP 22-24 Batch:
  • Chairman’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA: Savi Mahajan
  • Institute Silver Medal for securing the Second-Highest CGPA: Kolapalli Bhargav Ram
  • Director’s Gold Medal for Best All-Rounder: Rohan Basak
  • Shri Rathindra Nath Datta Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA: Savi Mahajan
  • Prof Ashoke K. Dutta Gold Medal for Best All-Rounder: Rohan Basak
  • Institute Medal for positive contribution to campus life: Akash Tiwari
  • PGPEx 23-24 Batch:
    • Chairman’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA: Dhavalkumar Khambholja
    • Director’s Gold Medal for the Best All-Rounder: Surabhi Agrawal
  • PGP-WE 2020-22 Batch:
    • Chairman’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA: Mukesh Sharma.