First Convocation Ceremony
Development Management Institute celebrated its first convocation ceremony at Adhiveshan Bhawan on April 18, 2017 to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi ji’s statement before the Magistrate in Motihari a century ago on this very day. His statement on “the obedience to higher law of our being, the voice of conscience,” set the train of events that ultimately became Satyagraha movement acknowledged across the world for its novelty and the accompanying spiritual force.
The procession walked through the path lined with the standees prepared by the students in course of their experiential learning.
Ms. Rajni Bakshi, Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House and a prolific writer and researcher, who had forecasted the onset of financial meltdown and alert on climate change, was the chief guest on the occasion. In her address, she threw open three questions to the graduating students on their dreams, opportunities and strength to speak truth to power. She emphasised that Swaraj cannot be viewed as a destination but as a journey and pointed out the complexity of the world in which the graduating students were starting their professional lives. Rather than getting frightened by the deep crisis awaiting them, she exhorted them to be excited by looking at opportunities for pioneering and brave work that can transform society, culture and economy to create a much better world for their children.
Earlier Anup Mukerji, Chairman DMI, welcomed the chief guest, the graduating students, officers of government and audience. Anup Mukerji who was earlier Chief Secretary Government of Bihar pointed out the historic importance of the convocation coinciding with the launch of Satyagraha movement and congratulated the thirteen graduating students. Referring to the theme song, he said that many-a-times the graduates have to walk alone, Ekla Chalo Re.
Arvind Chaudhary, Secretary, Rural Development department, Bihar government traced the journey of DMI since its conceptualisation in 2013 and the rapid strides it is making. He said that earmarked fifteen acres of the land for the institute and expected the campus to be ready in a few years. K V Raju, Director of the institute, dwelt upon the core operating philosophy of DMI and its future plans.
Thirteen students received their Post-graduate Diploma in Development Management at the convocation. All the thirteen have already been placed in different development organisations across the country.