FMS starts new academic year with Kalam’s address
NEW DELHI: Faculty of Management Studies at Delhi University started its academic session for the 2008-10 batch of students for the MBA and MBA (Management of Services) courses on the campus on Tuesday with an address by former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who is now an adjunct faculty with FMS.
Mr. Kalam spoke to the new batch on “The Nation and the Dynamics of Leadership”. The lecture was structured on responses sent in by 43 students to his question, “What do you dream to be by 2018?” Appreciating the students’ “enthusiastic” response, Mr. Kalam said thoughts expressed by them had helped him develop a good understanding of young Indian minds on the basis of which he had prepared the session.
He spoke about his “Vision 2020” and the challenges and opportunities that India faces in realising it.
Mr. Kalam dwelt at length on the role of management as an integrator and urged the students to work with integrity. Recounting his days as a space scientist, he advised the students to never consider a problem bigger than oneself and encouraged them to confront their problems with a “sense of integrity”.
FMS Dean J. K. Mitra welcomed the new batch, while Deepak Mohlah, an alumnus of the institute and Managing Director of TMI India, was the guest of honour. The session also saw the initiation of four new scholarships at FMS by TMI. The scholarships were awarded to Parthasarathy Bhaskar D. and Gunjan Verma for topping the FMS entrance exam 2008, while Neha Gupta and Achal Singhal received scholarships for topping the first year of MBA.