ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY SHRI SURJIT SINGH BARNALA, GOVERNOR OF TAMIL NADU AT THE ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF THE INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNING & MANAGEMENT (IIPM)
AT HOTEL LE ROYAL MERIDEN, CHENNAI
ON 08.06.2010 AT 11.00 A.M
I feel it a great pleasure to present the Awards and Degrees to the Management Graduates and address this distinguished gathering here today.
At the outset I congratulate the recipients of awards and degrees. It is your hard work and sincerity that has brought you success. Management is a universal phenomenon. Effective planning, proper and timely execution, courage and will power are the ingredients of success. You should always be alert and on the move towards your goal. Ego, fear of failure, lack of self confidence, lack of focus and commitment are the obstacles to success. To achieve the winning edge it is necessary to strive for excellence.
Success is measured by the number of obstacles one overcomes to achieve his goal. I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln who had faced a series of failures before becoming the U S President at the age of 52. He failed in business at the age of 21. He was defeated in the legislative elections at 22 and had a nervous breakdown at the age of 27. He lost the Congressional race at the age of 34, the senatorial race at the age of 45 and at 49 and the Vice President elections at the age of 47. He was not deterred by these failures. He converted them into stepping stones for success.
Today India is witnessing a big boom in professional development and career profiles. India has made rapid strides in all spheres and is one of the fastest developing countries in the world. We need to keep pace with the changing global scenario and should equip ourselves to compete globally.
You have been provided quality management education by this temple of learning. Management Gurus and various thinkers have given management thoughts and have suggested models providing a strong theoretical base. It will not be wise for a Management Executive to go on for a copy book style formula for every issue. Apply your mind, study the situation, act wise and determine the types of decision and leadership styles that are apt and suits at that point of time. You are the masters of the situation.
I am pleased to learn that IIPM is oriented towards promotion of corporate growth, based on innovation and entrepreneurship in harmony with National Economic Planning objective aiming at a sustainable and ethically acceptable growth rate. The initiatives taken by IIPM to incorporate the twin tasks of orienting education and research towards the needs of both the private and public sectors and to establish the link between the National Economic Planning and the development of private enterprises deserves commendation.
Management Institutions should restructure their programmes and should aim at developing and enhancing managerial skills, Inter-personal skills, communication skills, decision making skills etc.
I convey my warm felicitations to the Management, Faculty, Staff, recipients of awards and degrees and students of IIPM.
I wish IIPM all success in its endeavours.