63rd Foundation Day Lecture and Distinguished Alumnus Award Ceremony 2023

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta celebrated its 63rd Foundation Day by hosting the Foundation Day Lecture and the Distinguished Alumnus Award ceremony at the campus auditorium on November 14, 2023.

The event began with a welcome address by IIM Calcutta Director, Professor Sahadeb Sarkar. He said, "Today, as we celebrate the 63rd Foundation Day of IIM Calcutta, I extend my warm regards to everybody and our heartfelt gratitude to the Hon'ble Board Members, Faculty, Officers, Staff, Students, Alumni and allied stakeholders who have persistently contributed in shaping the reputation of this institution towards becoming a national asset with a premier level of international eminence and excellence."

Professor Manish Thakur, Dean (New Initiatives & External Relations), introduced the Distinguished Alumnus Award. In its thirteenth year, the Award, was instituted during the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2011 to recognize and felicitate alumni of the institute. Prof. Thakur congratulated all the recipients of the Award for their exceptional achievements. He added that their remarkable contributions in their chosen fields are a matter of great pride for them and their alma mater.

The award ceremony was followed by an address by Shri Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIM Calcutta. He said, “Our history has played an important role in shaping our identity. The archives will provide us with evidence of our activities, our achievements and our endeavours. It is my belief that archives play a role that is central to good governance. In our journey of continuous improvement, they will be a powerful tool by which IIMC can introspect and make ourselves more transparent and more accountable. A well-managed archives can become the source from which IIMC can understand the: who, when, where, what and how. And these can then become an important basis to review, amend or make policies and plans.

The IIMC archives in my opinion is a very important initiative and I urge all alumni and friends of IIM Calcutta to support us in this endeavour.".

The Foundation Day Lecture was delivered by Mr. Sudheesh Venkatesh, alumnus and Chief Communications Officer and Managing Editor of AZIM PREMJI FOUNDATION.

The event concluded with a ‘Vote of Thanks’ by Professor Manish Thakur, Dean, IIM Calcutta.

Following are the four alumni of the Institute who were bestowed with Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2023 for their exemplary contributions in their respective fields:

Name of the Alumni Current Company & Designation
Dr Narayanan Jayaraman,
Alumnus, 11th Batch
Williams-Wells Fargo Professor of Finance in the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr Prabhat K Bezboruah,
Alumnus, 15th Batch
Board Member and Director, Bokahola Tea Company Private Limited
Mr Subir Chakraborty,
Alumnus, 19th batch
Managing Director & CEO, Exide Industries Ltd
Ms Manjari Sharma
Alumnus, 51st batch
An Impact Entrepreneur building FarmDidi, a food-tech start-up that aims to empower one million rural women.