IIM Sambalpur Begins With 48% Female Students In Flagship MBA Program

IIM Sambalpur has consistently recorded one of the highest gender diversities among the IIMs of the country since 2019 in its virtual induction week.

Continuing its streak of high gender diversity, the handcrafted IIM Sambalpur, one of the most promising and dynamic management institutions among the new generation IIMs of the country, welcomed their MBA Class 2021-23 through an august inauguration programme. The virtual session was graced by distinguished and esteemed guests which included Chief Guest, Dr Saurabh Garg, IAS Chief Executive Officer, UIDAI and Keynote Speaker, Mr Lalit Gupta, Co-founder, Edduus, Leadership Coach and ZIIL Malaysia. The induction programme also witnessed a welcome address by Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur. The program began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, followed by an address by Prof. Poonam Kumar, Chairperson Admissions. The MBA Program was introduced to the other faculty members, staff, students and media by Prof. Merlin Nandy, Chairperson, PGP. The 7th MBA batch with its strength of 169 students is a vibrant combination of gender and academic diversity.

The 5-day Induction program will be addressed by a host of eminent and notable leaders from the industry and the Government. The guests who will honour the induction week include Aishwarya Pratap Singh, Head of Marketing, ITC Limited; Keshav Rao Director, Personnel, MCL; Dilip Ranjan Sahoo, Head HR, Vedanta; Krishna Padhee, Head HR, Hindalco; Harshita Agarwal, VP, Royal Bank of Scotland; Prof. M R Dixit, IIM Ahmedabad; Sucheta Mahapatra, Member BoG Managing Director, Branch International;  Arvind Padhi, IAS Director, Country Relations, ICRISAT; Prof. Sabyasachi Sinha; Ashish Garg, Member BoG, BCG; Film Maker, Neel Madav Panda.

Owing to the pandemic, IIM Sambalpur has been conducting online classes which is likely to continue this year as well. The introduction of Flipped classrooms and thereby following a blended pedagogy, allowed IIM Sambalpur to transition quickly and efficiently in the online mode, once the pandemic hit. The institute’s classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards, where students can log in and access notes, presentations, curriculum schedules and even test their own knowledge through built-in quizzes. The use of Learning Management Software for online proctored examinations along with an innovative pedagogy like Flipped classrooms have allowed IIM Sambalpur to be in line with the vision and objectives of the New Education Policy. IIM Sambalpur has achieved 100% placement for its 5th batch despite the pandemic with a multifold increase in recruiters across sectors.

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