IoBM holds hybrid Convocation; 1480 degrees conferred
The 23rd Convocation of IoBM was held in a hybrid format. This was done for the first time in IoBM’s history as it had to follow ‘Government’s Guidelines on Mass Gatherings during Covid-19’. Under the kind leadership of Mr. Talib Karim, President and amid the guidance of Ms. Sabina Mohsin, Executive Director, and Convener of Convocation Planning Committee (CPC), the CPC along with all relevant departments made necessary planning and special arrangements to conduct this year’s Convocation in the IoBM Auditorium (CBM Building). Among the departments that worked amid the guidance of the Executive Director were Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Academics, EMEC, IT, Finance, Examination, Internship and Placement, General Administration, Marcom, Media, Student Affairs, Purchase, Housekeeping, Security, Maintenance. Special emphasis was given to telecast a continuous, smooth LIVE streaming of the event so the graduating students and their parents could become a part of it. The LIVE streaming, managed by the Media Department, IoBM, was flawless. It facilitated the graduating class to experience the Convocation from the comforts of their homes and offices.
The Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi, held its 23rd Convocation (hybrid format) on Saturday, January 30, 2021. IoBM strictly followed ‘Government’s Guidelines on Mass Gatherings during Covid-19’. The 1480 graduates watched the ceremony via online streaming. These graduates are the Silver Jubilee Class of IoBM.
Governor Sindh, Mr. Imran Ismail was the Chief Guest. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Muhammad Ali Tabba, CEO, Lucky Cement Limited. Present at the occasion were IoBM Chancellor, Mr. Bashir Janmohammad; Members of the Board of Governors; IoBM’s President Mr. Talib S. Karim; Executive Director Ms. Sabina Mohsin; Rector Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder; Deans, Heads of Academic Departments, members of the Convocation Committee, as well as the PhD and MPhil graduates, Gold Medalists for the year 2020.
The ceremony began with the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran. The Tilawat was done by Hafiz S M Talha Kalia (MBA -Weekend – 2 Years). Huda Fatima (BBA Honors) presented the translation. The Durood Sharif was recited by Hafiz Ahraz Baig MBA – Evening – 3.5 Years).
The IoBM documentary was played with voice over of Mr. Ejaz Wasay, Head Media Studies & Sr. Fellow Marketing, IoBM. The LIVE commentary was rendered by Dr. Fareeda Ibad, Associate Professor & Senior Fellow, SSK Academic Writing Center, IoBM and Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan, Associate Professor, Communication and Languages, IoBM. Dr. Mehvish Saleem, Associate Professor and HoD, Communication and Languages, IoBM, was the Master of Ceremony.
During his Welcome Address, Mr. Bashir Janmohammad advised the graduates that those who remain devoted to their duty, follow a vision, are honest, and think about others, achieve success in life and career. Mr. Bashir further added that IoBM alumni should give back to their alma mater by becoming teachers and by adding value to its endowment fund. While sharing IoBM’s milestones achieved in 2019-20, President IoBM, Mr. Talib Karim shared IoBM’s swift adoption to Moodle LMS. He mentioned National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) recognizing CBM as a ‘W’ category business school, and IoBM receiving a Relevant Degree Awarding Institute (RDAI) from ICAP. He informed about IoBM Outreach Program’s success; setting up of Fab Lab; the active involvement of IoBM’s Alumni Association in various events; “Let’s Green Karachi” campaign initiated in collaboration with KMC; and the installation of a vertical farm on campus. He hoped that graduates of the IT era will have better career prospects and advised them to repay the love and devotion they received from their parents.
The Valedictorian, Sana Ahmed Alvi (BBA-Honors), received a Gold Medal for achieving the highest CGPA of 3.84. During her speech, she said that the IoBM experience instilled in graduates the attitude of making a difference. She viewed that adversity in success comes to those who manage change. The learning she and her fellow graduates acquired at IoBM has equipped them to adapt to change in life. Her advice for graduates was to strive for the welfare of others.
During his Keynote Address, Mr. Muhammad Ali Tabba advised the graduates to follow five keys to success: resolve, resilience, return, reimagination, and reform. He added that adaptability, speed, resilience will become the pre-requisite for success. He emphasized the needs of the sectors of manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, export among others. He recommended that the graduates should develop a start-up based on a viable business idea.
During his speech, Governor Sindh, Mr. Imran Ismail said that it is reassuring to see that educational institutes in Pakistan, like IoBM – are offering quality education. Our students do not have to go abroad for higher studies. These institutes offer degrees that are globally recognized. While sharing points on Pakistan’s economic progress he mentioned that the inflation has reduced from 12.6% to 7.9%. FBR tax collection increased from Rs. 469 billion to Rs. 508 billion while exports grew from Rs. 1.99 billion to over Rs. 2.35 billion. Foreign remittances have been arranged at Rs. 2 billion and foreign reserves stand at Rs. 13 billion. Pakistan has achieved a surplus account after 17 years. He asked the graduates to trust their country as we are heading in the right direction. He added that the Prime Minister has faith in the youth of Pakistan and is offering them soft loans through the Kamyab Jawan Program. Under this initiative, the youth are receiving a start-up loan of Rs. 2.5 crore on soft terms. The Governor further advised that the youth does not need to worry about finding a job as they can become job creators.
The graduates received their degrees in business management and allied disciplines. Gold medals were awarded to 22 students. Among the graduating class were BBA-Honors (370), BS (365), BE Electrical Engineering (11), MBA-Regular (280), MS (13), MPhil (18), and PhD (8) candidates. This is IoBM’s largest graduating batch since the Institute’s inception in 1995. IoBM’s Convocation Planning Committee working under the leadership of Ms. Sabina Mohsin planned, organized, and executed all tasks with dedication. This was a team effort especially when the hybrid format added technical dimensions to ensure uninterrupted online streaming.