The 3rd annual convocation ceremony of IGTC Bangalore, Batch 2010-2012, took place on Tuesday, 17th April 2012 at Le Meridien Hotel.
Le Meridien created a warm and festive atmosphere for this special occasion which marks the beginning of a new era for the graduating students. Our guests were welcomed and hosted by the junior batch 2011-2013 who along with the IGTC management organised this memorable evening.
It was an honour to welcome Dr. Ingo Karsten – Consul General, German Consulate General in Bangalore, Mr. Claude d’Gama Rose – Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Enrico Rühle – Managing Director, TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd. as guests of honour.
Valuable industry representatives, esteemed faculty members, parents and friends welcomed the 15 students of the graduating batch with standing applause. It was a proud moment for the students to be welcomed with such enthusiasm and appreciation.
Mr. Steinrücke – Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce gave the opening speech to welcome our distinguished guests of honour, dignitaries, IGTC faculty and the graduating students and their families and friends. He spoke about the success of the German economy. Germany hardly has any natural resources, but the country is one of the world’s leading exporters. Mr. Steinrücke explained Germany’s strengths by using the metaphor of a chair. A chair has four legs and so does German economy. The four legs are:
Mr. Steinrücke’s impressive speech demonstrated that it is a great advantage for our IGTC students to have been introduced to the German system and network. The IGTC family imbibes German values which help our students to excel and stand out in the Indian market. And who could describe best what it is like to be part of the IGTC family – the graduating students of course.
Dheeraj and Manjunatha, graduating students, shared their experiences. Dheeraj expressed that the 18 months at IGTC were a great learning journey during which all students gained a lot of confidence. Every student was transformed by the IGTC experience.
Manjunatha shared a quote from Arie Pencovici: "Graduation is only a concept…. In real life every day you graduate….Graduation is a never ending process which you will experience for the rest of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference."
As next guest we invited one of our valuable faculty members, Mr. B S Prakash to express his feelings of being part of the IGTC family. He humorously engaged the audience reminiscing about his wonderful experiences with the graduating batch.
Our guests of honour Dr. Karsten – Consul General, German Consulate General in Bangalore, Mr. Claude d’Gama Rose – Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Enrico Rühle – Managing Director, TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd. shared their thoughts about future opportunities and challenges. Mr. Claude d’Gama Rose expressed how ‘blessed’ the students were to be graduating at this point in Indian history and how well poised they are to bring about genuine change and inclusive growth. Students who graduate from IGTC will be able to become good managers because they have learned to combine German values, such as perfection and structured thinking with Indian values, such as intuition and spontaneity. Imbibing the values of two cultures will be a great advantage in the future. Mr. Enrico Rühle gave the following valuable advice:
With these wise words Mr. Enrico Rühle prepared the graduating batch for the most awaited part of the evening, the awarding of the certificates. The certificates were awarded by our three guests of honour. Along with the certificates all graduating students received a portfolio, a special gift sponsored by Mr. Tosher G Hormusjee – Director, GW Precision Tools India Pvt. Ltd. This company is a specialist in customised solid carbide cutting tools and has been a valuable training partner for IGTC since its inception.
We were also honoured by the presence of Mr. Ehsan Shariff – CEO Asia Business, Prion PLM & IT Services Pvt. Ltd. at the Convocation. Prion Group is the global services partner of Siemens PLM Software and has partnered with the IGTC Bangalore since its inception. Beyond training, Prion has employed five students to pursue their dream careers. From among these five students, two are winners of the Dr. Günter Krüger Award for Excellence: Ms. Ashwini Ogale from the first batch of 2008-2010 and Ms. Aakanksha Sharma from the recently graduated 2010-2012 batch.
Mr. Ehsan Shariff expressed his great pleasure on behalf of PRION to be associated with IGTC training centre. PRION has been benefitting by recruiting many good students from the training centre who now play various key roles in various functions of the Group. New recruits are involved in areas ranging from HR, Sales, Marketing and Project Management giving them exposure to both domestic and international markets.
The convocation ceremony was followed by a sumptuous dinner by the pool. Guests and students interacted with each other and relived some of the memories from their time at IGTC. IGTC Bangalore would like to thank all its member companies for making the event a grand success and would like to wish the graduating batch of 2010-2012 all the very best in their future endeavours.