IIM Rohtak Inducts 262 Students In Its Eighth PGPM Batch

IIM Rohtak completed the admission process of its eighth batch of post-graduate programme in management on 29th June, 2017. The batch size increased by 70 percent to 262 students, while the girl count increased by 200 per cent as compared to the previous batch.

“India is experiencing a youth bulge, the way the tiger economies of South-East and East Asia had in the 1960s. They are what they are today, courtesy their educated and skilled population,” said Major Gen. G. D. Bakshi at the induction programme organised for the new batch. “Important Historical events such as the French, Russian and the Chinese revolution, all took place at the time their respective countries had a youth bulge”, he added.

Currently, there are more than 150 million jobs needed to be created in India. By 2025, this figure would rise up to 480 million. The country needs to absorb this population into the organised sector to maintain the social balance and prevent unrest, he continued.

Giving striking examples of relative perceived deprivation, he said, all sources of social conflicts have their roots there. The contrast is even more conspicuous in the urban landscape when a slum-dweller feels dejected on seeing the concrete monuments of consumerism next door.

Taking a cue from Dickens, Major Gen. Bakshi said, “India is passing through an era of paradoxes. We will also go places, provided we get our act together”. While concluding, he remembered Arnold Toynbee -Great civilisations arise in response to great challenges; both social and environmental.

Mr. Ramesh Agarwal, Chairman, Agarwal Movers Group, drew on his experiences to reiterate the importance of honesty, hard-work, ethics and charity. Back in the 1980s, he had served in the Air Force for 7 years, did overtime without any extra pay, and on retirement, gave away his entire deposit to war widows’ fund.

In September, 1987, he started his venture in a bid to help the Air Force officials shift from one place to another. “The client is my living God. I worship him”, he said, while illustrating how his firm acts proactively to address customer grievances, sometimes months after serving them.

To meet the truck drivers’ grievances of lack of sleep, Mr. Agarwal set up the first ‘Driver Seva Kendra’ of the country, situated near Dudhu on the Jaipur – Kishangarh highway (NH8). Here, the truckers get free services and sound sleep. This concept of Nidra Daan has been able to save around 38 lives every month, previously lost to the road accidents in the region. Mr. Agarwal plans to set up similar centres all over the country.

Director, IIM Rohtak, Dr. Dheeraj Sharma observed, “While Maj. Gen. Bakshi talked about the challenges in employment, between 70-80 percent labour is engaged in the unorganised sector. However, between 2004 and 2015, the organised sector employment doubled, the unorganised sector grew only by 20-30%, which is encouraging.”