VLM Nexus'22 - Crystal Jubilee Celebration of PGPEX VLM

The Crystal Jubilee Celebration of the PGPEX VLM program was held on 06th March 2022. This auspicious occasion was graced by the eminent guests from the industry- Mr. Peyush Bansal (CEO ā€“ Lenskart), Dr. Amitabh Saran (CEO ā€“ Altigreen Propulsion Labs), and Mr. Jyoti Kumar Agarwal (CFO ā€“ IndiGrid). The event was inaugurated by the Director of IIM Calcutta, Professor Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Professor Sumanta Basu (Chairperson PGPEX-VLM program), Professor Manish Thakur (Deanā€“ NI & ER), Professor Bhaskar Chakrabarti (Dean-Academics), Professors Deepu Philip & BV Phani (Coordinator IIT Kanpur), Professors Arshinder Kaur & Lata Dyaram (Coordinator IIT Madras), Mr. G Sunderraman from CII, founding members of VLM program Dr. Sarita Nagpal, other professors, existing members of the VLM committee across three institutes and all alumni of the VLM program. The event started with a short recapitulation of the VLM journey.

The Director of the IIMC, Program Chairperson, and the Coordinators from IITK and IITM addressed the august gathering re-emphasizing the uniqueness of the program & its importance in the evolving landscape of Indian Manufacturing. Mr. Peyush Bansal emphasized how manufacturing in India has accelerated in the post-pandemic period and discussed the role of leadership in creating a conducive work environment for the development of world-class manufacturing in India. Dr. Amitabh Saran spoke about start-up & entrepreneurial journey in the last mile transport & associated importance of clean energy. Dr. Saran emphasized that startups do not fail due to starvation, but due to indigestion. Mr. Jyoti Kumar Agarwal highlighted the requirements of an adequately trained workforce to bridge the skill gap for India's aspirational journey from the top five economies to the world's top three economies. Mr. G Sunderraman advised the graduating students to use the learnings from the three institutes as Lego blocks to build their careers. Dr. Sarita Nagpal shared her experience during the initial formative years of structuring the program. All founding professors from the three institutes spoke about their experience in the incubation period of the program. The dignitaries expressed their best wishes to the graduating batch. The event concluded with a promise to leverage technology & leadership to establish India as a manufacturing superpower. There were more than 200 attendees, who made it a memorable occasion.