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FORE School of Management hosts its annual alumni meet in style and revels in the achievements of its glorious ambassadors FORE School of Management, New Delhi hosted its 23rd Alumni meet on the 6th of February at the India Habitat Centre. The glittering ceremony for Jubilate 2016 brought together alumni from various batches, who took a trip down the memory lane, and celebrated their achievements. Some of them were recognized for their accomplishments in their corporate careers and entrepreneurs. It was an emotion filled evening that highlighted the stupendous work the institute has done over the years in creating leaders and successful professionals in the country.
The FAN team consisting of students from both the first and second years undertook a drive of contacting alumni from different batches, through a social media and tele-calling campaign.. This was supports with print ads were released in the Economic Times, New Delhi and Delhi Times (South edition) to create awareness of the meet and that FORE has over 5000 alumni. FORE Alumni Association (FAA), consisting of the President, Manu Bhalla and other alumni members also played an active role in mentoring students how to contact alumni and also helping in creating batch evangelists who would inform batch members of the alumni meet. Because of all these efforts, the meet was a successful event with a total of 325 guests.
Dr. B.B.L. Madhukar, Vice President & Treasurer, Dr. Jitendra Das, Director, board members, and the faculty team of the institute made their presence felt on the evening along with alumni. Board members, Col S.P. Wahi, Dr. Y.V. Verma and Dr. Vinayshil Gautam graced the occasion. Mr. Manu Bhalla, President of FORE Alumni Association and other members of FAA were some of the noted guests at Jubilate, 2016.
The evening began with a Bharatnatyam dance by Sheetal Jaimalani, first year student of the institute invoking a ‘swagatham’. Dr. Jitendra K Das, Director, FORE School of Management addressed the gathering and put the event into perspective. Dr. Das reiterated that alumni play an important role in FORE school, and encouraged alumni involvement in the Institute’s activities. . “Alumni meets are a celebration of the common heritage. FAA, which has actively participated in organizing the event, has made huge contribution to shaping alumni activities,” he said.
Dr. Madhulkar spoke about alumni achievements when he said, “Our alumni are holding senior positions not only in the country, but all over the world and we are proud of that.” The vision and future of the Institution was elaborated on where alumni got to realize that despite competitive forces, FORE was planning a bright future in management education, and was confident of future growth, by investing in faculty, infrastructure and technology. It was however reinforced that the growth of FORE alumni is closely connected with the growth of FORE. Alumni were encouraged to engage with their alma mater in the sharing of management practices, challenges, innovations and the building of a professional body consisting of FORE alumni, around the globe.
This was followed by an address by Dr. Vinayshil Gautam, Executive Member, Board of Directors, FORE School of Management, who reinforced the commitment that FORE has towards its alumni.
On that note the awards for some of the achievers in different fields were announced. A committee consisting of senior faculty members including the Director had decided on the recipients of the awards. Prof. Freda Swaminathan, Professor-in-Charge, FAN said on the occasion, “FORE dedicates this day to our Alumni. They are carrying the dreams that our founders had seen for themselves and we are proud of them all.” The point was reinforced how alumni and FORE benefit by forging connections and relationships, and how FORE is proud of 5000+ alumni, many of whom are leaders and game-changers in industry.
Mr. Sajith Sivanandan, Wave 2 was awarded the Recognition Award for Executive Leadership. He is the Managing Director - Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and New Emerging Markets, Google. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre. His award was received by his father, who said that it was a proud moment for him.
The institute also strives to mould future entrepreneurs and one of them was also felicitated on the occasion. Mr. Sandeep Sabharwal, alumni of Wave 2, who runs Sohan Lal Comodity Management Pvt. Ltd, takes great pride in running a successful company with an Indian name, and that’s commendable in itself.
Mr. Manish Arora, student of Wave 7, Country Head,EPM Applications,Oracle, India, Mr. Rahul Raizada, student of Wave 12 who currently leads the Central Energy Practice within the GRID SBU of PwC, and Ms. Shaaista Quettawala, alumni WMG 9, who is Head HR with Bain & Company, India were given the Recognition Awards for Contribution to Alma Mater.
Mr. Manish Arora expressed his pleasure to be recognized by his B School and said, “I am a FOREian wherever I go.” According to Mr. Rahul Raizada, “The batches which have graduated from FORE are at the right place in their careers. If we do our bit as a group we can do huge things.” Ms Shaaista Quettawala appreciated the recognition and spoke about her commitment to specially mentoring budding women professionals,.
The participation at the alumni meet was over 325 this year - a testimony of growing networking among alumni and mutual beneficence between the institute and its alumni.
The gala dinner was a beautiful outdoor event where alumni across batches and sectors, faculty and administrative body members and students interacted with each other. The major takeaway from the event was the satisfaction all attendees had after meeting their friends from their alma mater.
Chapter meets in Mumbai, Bengalaru and Kolkatta will also be held, so that alumni can meet the Director in the regional chapters.
FORE School of Management has been designing, developing and conducting innovative Executive Education (EE)/ Management Development Programmes (MDPs) for working executives in India for over three decades.