The International Management Institute located at B-10, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi, India, on Monday, 29th February kicked off the Induction of the 2016 edition of the Certificate Programme in Operations Management, one of the 56 ITEC courses sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the programme is expected to last eleven weeks.

According to available information, the Institute admitted 27 participants from 16 countries this year with two participants from Nigeria: Lauretta Atuanya from National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) and Mr. Bashir Idris Bichi from Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC), though only 18 participants were in attendance as at the time of the induction, and the remaining 9 participants were being expected.   

The induction officially opened by one of the Faculty Directors, Prof. Arvind Chaturvedi, with participants introducing themselves. Later on, the other faculty Director, Prof. Siddharth Varma, who had a class, incidentally, joined the induction.

Others at the induction were Mr. Prashant Rai (Course Co-ordinator), Mr. Vishnu Prasad (Admin staff), Prof. Joshi Himanshu (IT Co-ordinator) and Prof. Deb Arnab (Economics lecturer).

The highlight of the programme was the lighting of the Lamp of Studies or Knowledge, known as Gyan Jyoti, in Hindi.

According to Mr. Rai, the lighting of the lamp is a fundamental act at the beginning of any learning process in India, to invite the God of Studies or Knowledge, adding that light represents positive things, knowledge and also wades off darkness.

Other events during the programme were taking of group photograph, visit to some of the facilities of the Institute led by Mr. Rai.

The first visit was to the Computer Centre, where Mr. Sharma Dinesh, the systems manager and his team, welcomed participants and encouraged them to visit the computer centre regularly to enhance our studies as the internet services are free.

Also, the group visited the library, where Mr. Sharma Anup, the Senior Librarian and his team welcomed participants, informing that the Institute has a lot of books on management in stock; and that library cards will be issued to participants to enable them borrow any book that will be needed for the studies.


Lauretta Atuanya

From New Delhi, India