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ABS PGDM Orientation 2021 Program: Day 1 (Inaugural Ceremony)

Asian Business School  inaugurated its new batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) on Monday, 23rd August 2021. The inauguration kick-started a grand five-day Orientation Programme scheduled from Monday, 23rd August 2021 to Friday, 27th August 2021. However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and keeping in mind the social distancing norms, this programme was organized virtually to benefit the students who were about to begin a new phase in their academic life.

The illustrious guests for the ceremony included Mr. Vipul Sabharwal, Managing Director, Luminous Power Technologies (P) Ltd. and Ms. Ritu Gupta, Country Director – Marketing, Dell Technologies who graced the event with their powerful and inspiring presence as Chief Guest and as Guest of Honour, respectively.

The programme also witnessed the presence of distinguished personalities like Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President, Asian Education Group (AEG); Dr. Lalitya Vir Srivastava, Director-Asian Education Group (AEG); Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Director-Asian Education Group (AEG); and Mr. Gurdeep Singh Raina Director-Asian Education Group (AEG) who hosted the event on behalf of the institute.

In his welcome address, Dr. Lalitya Vir Srivastava, Director-Asian Education Group (AEG) warmly welcomed all the students of the new batch of ABS PGDM program and said that these two years would be crucial years of their professional journey and that they should inculcate the right “mindset” by working upon their “individual skills” and creating an “independent identity” for themselves that would make them stand-out in the professional world as a unique personality.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Director-Asian Education Group (AEG) heartily welcomed all the students of the new batch of PGDM 2021 and said, “Although it is said that education never ends, but these two years are official final years of your academic journey and you must make the most of it by giving up wrong notions in thinking and developing new habits and new routines that can make you feel successful from within.”

Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President, Asian Education Group (AEG) welcomed all the new students on board of Asian Business School and enlivened the ambience with his inspiring speech laced with some stirring Hindi couplets and motivated the students by stating that “two things were much more beautiful than what you can see with your naked eyes – your THINKING and your FEELINGS … and the best part is that both the things are there right within you!” He also beautifully expounded the word EDUCATION as Enthusiasm, Dedication, Utilization of given resources, Communication/Commitment, Ambition, (Mental) Toughness, Information/Innovation, Overall personality, and being a Nationalist.

This was followed by the guest of honour address by Ms. Ritu Gupta, Country Director – Marketing, Dell Technologies. Delivering her address from virtual platform, Ms. Ritu Gupta congratulated all the “young minds” who were embarking upon this “exciting new journey of their lives” and blessed them to become “youthful leaders of tomorrow’s India”. Here, she confessed that she vividly remembered her own first day at college and said that the sense of excitement on the onset of a new journey remains the same for her today. She beckoned the students to let their education culminate in making them truly human by consciously developing good character and winning over their own weaknesses. Her words of advice to the students were, “Each one of you is a unique person. Respect your individuality but also respect other people’s uniqueness and individuality. Grow and bloom together.”

Mr. Gurdeep Singh Raina Director-Asian Education Group (AEG) then addressed the august gathering and spoke importantly about how Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on 15th August 2021 referred to this generation being the “CAN DO GENERATION” which was all geared up to script a glorious future for our nation during the next 25 years or so as a count-down to our country’s 100 years of Independence! His words of advice to the students was, “Through hard work and determination, write your own history. Learn and evolve yourself … the sky is the limit for you!”

Next followed the chief guest address by Mr. Vipul Sabharwal, Managing Director, Luminous Power Technologies (P) Ltd. who profusely thanked the AEG Family for inviting him for this event and said that he was “really honoured” to be here. Congratulating the new batch of ABS PGDM students, he said, “You guys are truly blessed today and you must thank your parents for all their good wishes and sacrifices.” His golden words of advice to the young students were, “Consider yourself to be on a mission for success and work towards changing the way management education is perceived today.” Here, he suggested the students to analyze their education on at least five parameters – namely, (i) Knowledge + Critical Thinking, (ii) Ideas + Execution, (iii) Networking + Building Relationships, (iv) Specialization + Extra Professional Courses, and (v) Job + Career.

The lively morning session of the “INAUGURAL CEREMONY” held on Monday, 23rd August 2021 concluded with the customary ‘Vote of Thanks’ delivered by Mr. Ravi Sharma, Dean, Corporate Resource Cell, Asian Business School.

The august gathering then dispersed for lunch.

The post-lunch session saw the internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, bestselling author & now screenwriter – Ms. Priya Kumar – take centrestage of the function and deliver a powerful live interactive session on the topic ‘Build Your Brand’!

With this, the ‘Orientation Day’ inaugural ceremony for AEG Asian Business School’s 2021-23 Batch of PGDM students came to a dignified end.