Address by Principal Secretary of Technical Education, Shri Rakesh Sharma, on inaugural Day

Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Principal Secretary of Technical Education, Uttarakhand was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural ceremony for the second batch (2012-2014) of the PGP program at Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur.

During his association with education, Mr. Sharma has laid emphasis on setting up of premier institutions like IIT’S, NITs and IIMs. Mr. Sharma’s association with the institute goes back to the foundation year as he had an instrumental role in setting up the IIM at Kashipur.

In his address to the students, the chief guest, Mr Sharma, told the students of the various decisions taken before setting up the IIM at Kashipur. He expressed belief that this decision would help put Kashipur on the world map.

He also enjoined the students to take up projects and make recommendations as regards to the development of this industrial town. On the whole, Mr. Sharma made every student in the hall feel proud and special for being part of the institution. He made them aware of the role they had to play in shaping the future of the country as future managers. He also urged students to take up entrepreneurship with a social responsibility.

Furthermore, Mr. Sharma delivered encouraging news in the form of major development plans for Kashipur. He spoke of development plans for a helipad to improve connectivity to this place, citing similar successful examples taken in the past. He also announced that a 200 acre campus was under construction as a permanent location for the Indian Institute of Management.

 On a different note, he spoke of the beauty of Uttarakhand as a tourist destination, renowned for its trekking activities. He asked the students to take such treks periodically, asserting that this would increase the students’ knowledge and also act as a stress buster from the daily rigour at IIM

Towards the end, Mr Sharma reminded the students of the responsibility they had towards the development of the youngest of the IIM, as much as developing themselves. He made them believe that, they being brilliant young minds of this country have the potential to do it.

He also offered his full support towards development of the institute. Mr. Rakesh made sure that every student left the hall with a sense of pride, responsibility and confidence.