IIM Lucknow welcomes new batches with a 3 day induction program

IIM Lucknow welcomed new students over a grand three day induction programme.

Students welcomed were the 40th batch of Post Graduate Programme (PGP), 21st batch of Post Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management (PGP-ABM).

IIM LucknowAlso welcomed were 10th batch of Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management (PGP-SM), and 25th batch of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes with an elaborate three-day induction program, say sources from IIM Lucknow.

The inaugural event was graced by the esteemed presence of Munish Sharda, Executive Director, Axis Bank and an IIM Lucknow alumnus, Class of 1997.


In addition to the Chief Guest, the inaugural program witnessed the presence of the top leadership team of IIM Lucknow including Prof. Archana Shukla, Director.

Others present were Prof. Vikas Srivastava, Dean Programs; Prof. Suresh Jakhar, Chairperson PGP; Prof. Dipti Gupta, Chairperson PGPSM.

Prof. Pushpendra Priyadarshi, Chairperson Doctoral Program; and Prof. Priyanka Sharma, Chairperson Student Affairs & Placement were also among those present.


The three-day induction program will provide a comprehensive introduction to the institution’s culture, academic rigor, and the plethora of opportunities available for personal and professional growth, say sources from IIM Lucknow.

The event commenced with the student pledge, marking a symbolic beginning of their journey at IIM Lucknow.

IIM LucknowInaugural address at IIM Lucknow

During his inaugural address, Munish Sharda, Executive Director at Axis Bank and an IIM Lucknow alumnus from the Class of 1997, emphasized six key principles of leadership.

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He said IIM Lucknow is more than just an institution; it’s a cradle of leadership. Our ethos rests on six guiding principles: First, cultivate a growth mindset and use setbacks as stepping stones.

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Second, give more than you receive for unexpected rewards. Third, ask insightful questions. Fourth, adopt lifelong learning. Fifth, embrace ‘First Principles’ thinking, said Munish Sharda speaking at IIM Lucknow.

‘Lastly, build your character with humility, curiosity, and purpose. These principles are foundational to your journey here, empowering you to lead with integrity and make a lasting impact.’


Welcoming the new batch, Prof. Archana Shukla, Director, IIM Lucknow, said, embarking on this journey at IIM Lucknow, you inherit a legacy of 40 years of growth, a testament to what this institution can offer you.

Focus inward to discover your true potential rather than comparing yourself to external standards of excellence, she said.

Remember, you cannot replicate others; strive instead to be the best version of yourself, she said.

At IIM Lucknow, success hinges on personal commitment and cultivating new habits, she said.

‘Our goal is your holistic development, not just job placements. Mental well-being and physical fitness are our pillars.’

Let’s break free from routine and seek clarity together, engaging in meaningful introspection to define your purpose over the next two years, she said.


Prof. Vikas Srivastava, Dean, Programs, IIM Lucknow, addressed the students, saying, “With over 12,000 alumni and accreditations from renowned institutions, IIML has a legacy of excellence.

As you embark on your journey here, do not limit yourself to a single direction; explore and enrich yourself with everything that is being offered, he said.

He further said ‘Do not become a utility maximizer, instead focus on those aspects that resonate deeply with you.

Avoid the trap of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and external validation.’

Focus on what you are passionate about and give it your full attention. You can’t excel in everything, but you can excel at what you are truly good at, he said.

IIM LucknowInteractive discussions

This orientation session at IIML will engage the new batch of students in interactive discussions with multiple stakeholders from academia and industry, providing them with a comprehensive overview of opportunities for holistic development.

These sessions aim to help students build a roadmap for their personal and professional growth, say sources from IIM Lucknow.






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