Birla Institute of Management Technology celebrated its 31st Foundation Day on 2nd October 2018, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. The morning event started with the promotion of “Digital Literacy”, followed by a bicycle ride event which was organized by Bicycle Club.
Marking the start of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatama Gandhi BIMTECH, Greater Noida got the privilege to witness the unveiling of first ever large sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the district Gautam Budh Nagar. The statute unveiled today is sculputured by renowned sculpture Padamshri Sudarshan Sahu.
The later part of the day witnessed the significant foundation day lecture by former member of planning commission, Arun Maira.
The event was graced by BIMTECH Director, Dr. H Chaturvedi, the Deputy Director, Dr. Anupam Verma, other faculty members and students from all branches of the institute. Arun Maira, former member of the Planning Commission of India and former chairman of Boston Consulting Group, India was the chief guest for the event while Ram Mohan Mishra was the Guest of honor.
The key foundation day event started with the invocation ceremony, where the lamp was lit by the chief guest and the guest of honor to commemorate the celebration. It was followed by a Sangeet Vandana of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan, Vaishnav Janto, by Bhargavi Thakur, a student at Delhi University.
Dr. H Chaturvedi sharing his thought with the guests and students talked about the legacy of the institute and the integral connection that the founders had with the Gandhiji himself. He also conveyed how the institute is following teachings of Mahatma by giving an example of foreign exchange students as institute’s approach towards “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means ‘the world is one family’.
Chief Guest for the event Arun Maira spoke to the gathering about Sustainable Development Goals and about how “A handful of people at the top have more wealth than 50% of the people below.” He gave his thoughts about inequality of income, unemployment and underemployment, environment issues and groundwater depleting levels among other things.
His solutions to the problems involved designing institutions which combine sustainable and economically viable systems. He also explained the term “inclusive and sustainable capitalism”
As part of BIMTECH’s tradition, the faculty members who had completed 10 years and 25 years of service with BIMTECH were facilitated and awarded mementos and shawls. The Best Researcher award was given to Dr. Harpreet Kaur, who received a memento and a cash prize of 1 lakh from the institute. Also, the people associated with BIMTECH foundation, who help run the BIMTECH Library at the various jails in the city like Ghaziabad and Jamnagar were also felicitated.
After the ceremony, the Annual Report of BIMTECH for the year 2017-18 was presented to the Chief Guest for release. The report has been drafted by Dr. Jaya Gupta and Dr. Baishali Mitra, Associate professors of the institute.
Speaking to Ten News Arun Maira said “This is the second time I am visiting this institution which has not only physical beauty but also has ideological beauty. We have to overcome with violence that exists within us.”
He also appreciated the step of Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by the PM Modi.
Maria also gave an advice to corporate world to think on the lines of turning themselves just from corporation to cooperation.
While Dr. H Chaturvedi speaking to Ten News said “In today’s time Gandhi ji’s ideology of non violence, truth, Satyagraha is not only important for India’s freedom but many other countries has taken this tool as a medium of struggle for their liberation and freedom. BIMTECH itself find Gandhi ji’s ideology and his values very relevant in management study and in corporate world. His idea of decentralized development is very relevant in present time as a government sitting in Delhi alone is not sufficient enough to fix every problem.”