‘The spirit of Guru Dakshina is the underlying sentiment’

Like all alumni, I have very fond memories of my years (1977-79) at FMS. Apart from the management concepts, I learnt my lessons in leadership and team work outside the classroom – on the FMS trekking expedition and as a member of the all conquering FMS football team. What followed was a corporate career spanning 35 years which took me through leading companies. It’s now time to give back to the alma-mater

While FMS Alumni is a larger social network, the objective here is to create an ‘intellectual’ platform. ‘The FMS Forum’ will enable the like-minded alumni to support FMS in an organized and sustained manner. This would entail the following-

1. Provide active interface to alumni with FMS to support and sponsor research based projects and facilitate case development.
2. Promote, through intellectual exchange, the diffusion of knowledge in management thought and practice: Support FMS on activities linked to academic agenda.
3. To mobilize funds for the corpus through membership and sponsorships to support its activities.

Our launch event on March 21st, 2015 was attended by over 130 participants comprising of former Deans, Faculty, Alumni and Students. The panelists Mr Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Rajiv Memani, CEO & Managing Partner, Ernst & Young India, Mr Banmali Agrawala, President & CEO,GE South Asia and our distinguished alumnus Raghav Bahl, Founder & Managing Director, Quintillion Media P. Ltd explored various dimensions of the theme ’India’s Roadmap to Global Leadership: Challenges & Imperatives’ .It was a great start to this brand building initiative. But only the first step in our journey.

The high point of the FMS Diamond Jubilee Celebrations was the panel discussion held at the iconic Vigyan Bhavan 29th August 2015 on the contemporary topic Make In India: A Trillion Dollar Question. The Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley delivered the keynote address. This was followed by a panel discussion on the subject where Mr Amitabh Kant, Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Govt of India, discussed the subject in depth. The event was moderated Ms Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18, and was telecast LIVE on the CNBC telecom network. The event was also attended by over 600 participants including former Deans, Senior Faculty, Alumni and current students of FMS.

The competitive context of B Schools has undergone a change.FMS clearly needs to take a leap into the future if it has to remain a top brand in the field of management education. We look forward to participation and contribution from the alumni.

Sunder Hemrajani