Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), recently welcomed the 59th class of the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and the 23rd class of the Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM). The PGP and PGP FABM Class of 2024 comprises 444 talented students (397 in the PGP and 47 in the PGP-FABM) from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, ages, and experiences.
Welcoming the students in his inaugural address, Professor Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA spoke about the importance of building culture as an intrinsic value and advised them to use it as the driving force for character building. “It requires you to be aware of your biases and prejudices and understand that you are privileged. Being in an Institution like this makes you privileged and therefore you need to use those privileges wisely. It requires you to have a sense of service, when you do something, it is not just for yourself, it is for your friends and family, and the world at large. And that is the culture that we hope you will imbibe at this Institute,” he said.
Among the 397 students of PGP, 66.5 percent are engineers, and 33.5 percent are from non-engineering backgrounds such as arts, science, and commerce. The average age of the class remains unchanged at 23 years. The PGP – FABM class has 47 students from food, agriculture, and allied backgrounds. The average age in this group has increased to 23 years, compared to 22 in the last two years. Women students make up 23 percent and 38 percent, of the PGP and PGP- FABM classes respectively.