SJIMcommemorated its 53rd Foundation Day on 5th April 2022. The event, held in Loyola Auditorium, was presided over by Mr. Bijou Kurien, Chairman, Retailers Association of India.
The event began with an invocation dance called the Pushpanjali. This composition is an invocatory item that salutes God, followed by teachers, musicians and the audience. The Chief Guest, Mr. Bijou Kurien; SJIM Director, Rev. Dr. Manoj D’Souza SJ and our Dean, Dr. Rajagopalan then lit the traditional lamp.
In his welcome address,Rev. Dr. Manoj D’Souza SJ mentioned that SJIM has continually been at the forefront of educational innovation. Founded in 1968, SJIM is Karnataka’s oldest business school, and was started by the Jesuit fathers when management education in India and abroad was just taking shape. Today SJIM is fully prepared, he said, to provide hybrid educational solutions, as well as data driven management programs, to aspiring managers.
Mr. Bijou Kurien, Chairman, Retailers Association of India, delivered the Foundation Day Address. In it, he pointed at the seismic changes in the business, education and technological landscape during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Opining that these were positive shifts, he encouraged business school students to embrace the new landscape with innovative solutions. He also pointed out to the students that sometimes, the best solutions to business problems may come from simple people who have no formal education in business; humility and the willingness to learn, he said, would take students far in life.
In keeping with SJIM’s mission, SJIM annually awards a citation and cash prize to an organization whose business model has had a measurable social or environmental impact. This year, the SJIM Entrepreneurship Award was presented to ‘Dream a Dream’, which empowers young people to overcome adversity.
Following this, SJIM presented merit scholarships to over 60 students in the General Merit and Christian merit categories. These cash scholarships are gratuitously disbursed by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society.
The event rounded off with an entertainment program. Students put on a splendid musical concert, and the audience joined in wholeheartedly. The crescendo was a dance show, drawing from the classical forms of different parts of India. Elton D’Souza, student organizer, delivered the Vote of Thanks.