Indore : Neither students nor employees are happy with the decision of holding convocation ceremony out of the campus but still the Indian Institute of Management Indore has to go ahead with the idea as memories of last year’s stage collapse incident, in which 66 students were hurt, still haunt it.

The institute has hired nearly 50 buses to ferry around 2,000 guests, including nearly 650 students, their families and the institute employees, from its campus to Brilliant Convention Centre in the city where the 16th convocation ceremony would be held on March 28.

Like previous convocations, the institute would also not throw dinner party for the guests after the ceremony. This year, the institute would also not organise group photo shoot.

Though the students of and members of institute administration are very unhappy over the change of the venue and format of the convocation ceremony, they are not coming on record to express their feelings. However, alumni are speaking out openly against it.

Krishna Chaitanya Muddam Sree, a graduate from IIM-Indore said, “The decision to changing venue of convocation is very disappointing. It is lot of pride and great pleasure to have the ceremony on campus. No other place can match the feeling of having it in the institute where we went through good and bad emotions. My parents were on cloud 9 because that was the only time they came to the campus.”

Another alumnus Solar Kumar said, “I believe institute is organising convocation ceremony outside the campus following last year’s stage collapse incident. For me, the decision is incorrect.

Last year, the photo gallery had collapsed and not the convocation stage. The institute already had decided not to conduct a group photo shoot this year so what was the problem in organising the convocation ceremony on the campus.”

Vimal Chaudhary is first Shapoorji Pallonji rising star

This year, the Shapoorji Pallonji Group is celebrating its 150th year of ambitious journey. In this sesquicentennial year, the Group aims to initiate the process of recognising meritorious students within premier academic Institutions of India.

The Shapoorji Pallonji Group is introducing the ‘Shapoorji Pallonji Rising Star’ award, a first of its kind, for outstanding academic performance in Executive Post Graduate Program in Management at IIM Indore. Starting 2015, the award will be presented every year to the topper of the EPGP batch.

The award carries plaque, Citation and Cash award of Rs 1 lakh. The first award will be given to Vimal Chaudhary of EPGP (2013-14 batch) during pre-convocation ceremony to be held at the institute campus on Friday.

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