Coalescence 2016 – HR Meet

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur successfully conducted its second flagship Inustry-Academia meet- ‘Coalescence’ on 9th of September, 2016. This is was the first leg of Coalescence, ‘Samanway-the annual HR Meet’. The event was graced by some of the industry leaders of the likes of Hurman Resource country heads of companies like Amazon, Deloitte, Tata Steel, Mahindracie Autiomotive, Reliance Jio Infocomm, JSW Cement, Godrej Industries, Thomsom Reuters and many more.

The event was started off by the ceremonious lighting of the lamp marking the occasion. Professor Kunal Ganguly, IIM Kashipur gave the invitation speech, inviting the delegates from the various companies and thanking them for their participation. The inaugral speech was delivered by Mr. Deepak Kulkarni, CHRO of Mahindracie Automotice Limited. In his speech Mr. Kulkarni discussed about the Changing Business Environment: The Evolving Role of HR and IR Professionals. He stressed on the fact that “People are the only commonality among all industries and such meets help reduce gaps between academics and implementation of academics.”

Mr. Kulkarni elaborated on the various facades of human resource management that are changing with times and how the present scenario of human resource management differs from what used to be in yester years. “Skill shortage, economic flux, competitive pressure, global competition for talent, outsourcing labour, aging population and compliance remain the main challenges for the changing business environment.

Mr. Kulkarni’s take on the industry and the role of HR intrigued the students. This was followed by an intensive session of question and answer between the students of IIM Kashipur and Mr. Deepak Kulkarni.

As a part of the “Go Green” initiative of IIM KASHIPUR, a plant sapling was presented to Mr. Kilkarni, which was to be planted  at the state of the art new campus of  IIM Kashipur.

Prof. K.N.Badhani delivered his speech on ‘Coalescence’ where he discussed how IIM Kashipur aims to bridge the gap between the “Too theoretical” approach of management education and the “Rule of thumb” approach of the industry. “IIM Kashipur strives to narrow this gap down so as to provide academically sound leaders in the industry to be the harbingers of change and progression.”

The first keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Raj Raghvan, Director, HR, Amazon on ‘Accelerating Agility and Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Business Environment. Mr.  Raghvan delivered his keynote speech keeping Amazon in the context and relating how he tackled the human resource situations. He said, “The industry is fairly complex and FDI in India is still not open enough.” He stressed that the sole objective of any corporation should be to deliver values. He believes that Amazon’s objective is to “Transform the way India buys and sells.” He provided ample examples highlighting Amazon’s effort in helping build micro-entrepreneurs in India by providing more and more people a platform to sell their products.

“Amazon aspires to be Earth’s most customer-centric company”, he said to conclude his speech. His eloquent speech, supplemented by ample videos and presentations helped engage the students of IIM Kashipur in a drawn interactive session post conclusion.

Mr. Raghvan was also presented with a plant sapling which was to be planted in his name at IIM KASHIPUR’s new campus.

The second keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Kumar nachiketa, VP, HR, Deloitte. He took the students of a different route of presentation, in which he directly engaged with the students on a one to one basis conversation. He conveyed his appreciation for ‘Coalescence’ and the speeches of other dignitaries. He stress that agility and might were the signs of a leaders. He drew the example of banyan tress and bamboo shafts that can endure the knotty winds.

He even appreciated the willingness of IIM Kashipur students to pursue startups of their own and their willingness to contribute to disruptive technology. He said, “If one company does not do it, some other company will.” Hence he cleared the air about the first movers’ advantage in the disruptive stratup sphere.

He went on to engage the students with digital disruption. He discussed its potential with the students and urged them to tap it to venture forth with new startups.

A panel discussion followed Mr. Nachiketa’s speech. The panel consisted of Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director Human Resource, Emerson Process Management, Ms. Subhashree Pradeep, Deputy General Manager, Group HR, ATVS Logistics Services Limited, Mr. Sushil Kumar Barkur, Senior General Manager, Alkem Laboratories Limited, Mr. Srinivas KS, Associate Director & Head, Biocon Limited, Mr. Sandeep Joshi, Associate Vice President- HR, JCB India Limited, Ms. Renu Jethani, General Manager and Head-HR, Godrej Industries  Limited, Mr. Kripesh P Hariharan, CHRO, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, Mr. Chetan Deshpande, Vice President Human resource, JSW Cement Limited,  Mr. Vikas Khokha, Director Human Resource, Zimmer Biomet India, Mr. Shyam Sharma, HR Leader, eClerx Services india Limited and Mr. Vernon Fernandes, HR Business Partner, Thomson Reuters India Private Limited.

The topic for the first panel discussion was “Accelerating Agility and Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Business Environment.”

The final keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Partha Sarathi Mishra, CHRM, Tata Steel Limited.

He congratulated IIM Kashipur on the success of organizing of such an event where students of IIM get a chance to see human resource principle in action. He stressed on the importance of fundamental principles, learnt in class. “They form the basic building blocks of implementing management in organizations.” He even stressed on the changing perspective of Human Resource management in modern businesses compared to yester years.

A secondary panel discussion followed the third keynote speech. This discussion was on “Changing Business Environment: The Evolving Role of HR and IR Professionals”

Professor Kunal Ganguly of IIM Kashipur extended his vote of thanks to all the dignitaries thereby officially declaring the conclusion of Coalescence- Samanwaya 2016.


Janmasthami at IIM Kashipur

Millennia ago, Lord Krishna incited fun, frolic and a common sense of fealty in all men and women of our land. Millenniums later, IIM Kashipur, under the influence of the same, gathers together in the brand new campus of IIM Kashipur to celebrate the brotherhood of men.

With ample space in the new campus to re-enact the ‘makhan chor’, students of IIM Kashipur gathered in the central hostel area to stack upon one another to engage in ‘matkiphod.’ Amidst a crowd of nearly four hundred student, every single one wanting to be on the top to break the ‘matki,’ students gathered in concentric circles, ne on top of the other, to help one single person climb as high as a three storied building to break the ‘matki’ and let the gush of fun and frolic flow.

With the cheer of all students and faculty, the event of ‘ matkiphod’ started. Cheers from all round the corners drew people to be a part of the human tower. Some fell, some slipped, and some cheered on while some kept on strategizing about how to reach the ‘matki.’ When one couldn’t do it, someone else stepped in to replace him or her. And there was ample participation from the girls.

With one person supporting the other, in no time, a human tower, as tall as three stories and slowing edging towards the ‘matki’ of milk and butter was up. It wouldn’t be much long when the milk would be flowing down on all the students and in an elated euphoria the campus would burst in colours of the event.

And surely in no time, one did reach the top, and as if seeking more energy from the students, roved around to show all that IIM Kashipur has reached the ‘matki.’  With sounds of elation, the ‘matki’ came to crack as ‘Krishna’ struck it, and let all the milk and butter flow down upon every one!

All of the student fraternity came running to the central area to enjoy getting drenched in fun and music. Thus came to conclusion the event of ‘matkiphod.’

With one event coming to a halt, another was just given a green signal. The JBL speakers that lay dormant for so long, suddenly sprung into life as some of the chartbuster dance tracks hit the air surrounding the students. And when you are in such a blithe of ‘matkiphod’ there is no stopping the dance that follows. Everyone, the ardent dancers and the ‘shy-I-can’t-dacne’ needed no nudge to shake a leg or two under the sky.

The celebration continued on as common fealty wrapped the entire campus of IIM Kashipur. Everyone was drenched in the moment.  The fraternity stood as a family. One that enjoys all the colours and life of the vibrant India.

A concluding speech from Director Gautam Sinha, brought the event to a conclusion. All students headed towards the dining hall to refill themselves with energy, and engage in some more impulsive conversations.

The event might have come to a close, but the fun and memories were bound to remain forever.

In a land so vast and with a plethora of knowledge, wisdom, seasons, languages and cultures to offer, IIM Kashipur ensures to delve in all the colours of our nation.

Happy Janmasthami to all!


Independence Day Celebrations at IIM Kashipur, 2016

August 15, 2016: The 70th independence day was celebrated with vigour and a great of gratitude toward s our motherland. The entire student fraternity, the supporting staff and the faculty came together to celebrate this auspicious occasion by offering a salute to the tri-colour and re-instilling the sense of democracy, equality, tolerance, brotherhood and peace. Under the able leadership of the esteem faculty, students organized a cultural event, followed by social awareness programs and the flagship ‘Bikerthon’ to spread awareness about safe driving.

The event started with a salutation ceremony of the national flag by the staff guard of IIM Kashipur, followed by the flag hoisting and the recital of the national anthem. Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur, took everyone present on a walk through the 70 years of our freedom, the struggles and the sacrifices that the country bore to attain it and how the IIMs and the IITs share the onus of help make a better, brighter India. He drew a parallel reference to the journey of IIM Kashipur of the years; how it began from a batch to thirty four students to nearly three hundred fifty at present. In a short span of five years IIM Kashipur has made its mark in the academia. IIM kashipur has been felicitated by Best B-School in the north twice by ABP News, 2nd best emerging B-School by Times Survey, bronze medal for the theme ‘Leadership in Corporate Engagement’ at the Indian Management Conclave. IIM Kashipur is also the only B-school with management courses certified by the World Bank, and the only B-school with a full credit course in ‘Make In India’. The shift from the old campus to the state-of-the-art 200 acre new campus is definitely an achievement in itself. Dr. Sinha reminded everyone that one cannot forget the contributions of great business minds and managers who have put the nation in such a high economic pedestal. It is our duty to push forward towards greater achievements.

Following the flag hoisting ceremony, a host of cultural activities were initiated. It began with the famous “At the stroke of midnight..” speech of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. To rekindle the fire of the struggle for independence, students performed Ram Prasad Bismil’s magnum opus ‘Sarfaroshi Ki tamaanaah ab humare dil mein hai.’ And sure it did pull us back to the days when India suffered under the yoke of foreign rule and it’s martyr cleansed this nation of tyranny with their own blood.

‘Unity in diversity’ can be found all over IIM Kashipur as students from the farthest corners of  the nation come over to purse their studies in management. So the students took up the theme to present classical dance forms from all sides of the nation. The dance was a major hit as it highlighted the diversity and unity of the nation across all the states of the country.

The music club of IIM Kashipur, Zephyr, performed the zealous tracts of ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Roobaru’ and ‘Maula mere’ among many others.

The cultural program highlighted one of India’s great freedom martyrs, Udham Singh, and his contribution to the nation’s struggle for freedom. It was indeed a very moving story. Located in Udham Singh Nagar of Kashipur, Uttarakhand, it is IIM Kashipur’s homage to this great figure.

The performances took us through the wars of 60’s, the surrednder of our arch rival in 70’s, the beginning of the presence of India on the global map in the 80’s, the economic liberalization of the 90’s and the world’s fastest growing economy in the 21st century. Dr. Sinha commented that while the global economy is waning, India is bolstering its economy with ingenious business and managerial acumen.

A skit helped describe the united picture of India. Though we individually are distinct from region to region, but when it comes to our nation, we stand strong and united, as one.

With the completion of the cultural program, students gathered to attend the flagship road-safety awareness campaign of IIM Kashipur – Bikerthon, organized by Bikers’ Club IIM Kashipur.  It was flagged off by the Director from the auditorium complex of IIM Kashipur. The program had garnered the participation of over eighty students, spreading the awareness of maintaining traffic rules, and abiding by the safety rules for road traffic. On the way, ‘nukkad nataks’ were performed to illustrate various They started from the IIM Kashipur auditorium and covered a distance of 25 km across the streets of Kashipur, to reach the new campus of IIM Kashipur and back. The Nukkad Natak team also performed at  Priya Mall to cheer the participants and draw cheers from the passers-by. All along the way the ‘nukkad nataks’ and the road safety awareness campaigns helped spread the message traffic safety.

The final event was an awareness program on gender equality and fairness by Gender Champions- a social initiative by students of IIM Kashipur. The performed skits to spread the awareness and showed how much society is impacted by gender equality.

The event came to a close with a final speech from the Director, reminding everyone as how struggle forges the best in everyone and helps bring out the best of their potentials, and a vote of thanks from PGP Chairperson, Prof. Ashish Kumar, referring to all the cultural acts and social awareness programs undertaken by the student fraternity with an undiluted support from the faculty of IIM Kashipur.

Induction 2016-2018

Team Insite, a group of students selected for the sole purpose of facilitating the on-boarding process of juniors, has successfully completed the induction of PGP 2016 -18 batch into to the IIM Kashipur fraternity. The process started immediately after the course registration and the lighting of the lamp by the director and other eminent members of IIM Kashipur, then a plethora of activities have been organised for the first year like surprise business quizzes, on all domains and specializations, at night 2 am,  giving short and powerful demos on important business concepts, not miss the cultural events like role plays and dance competitions which rekindled the spirit in them. The main motive of the process is to familiarize the students with the rigorous work schedule that is going to be the defacto daily routine for any IIM student in the country and to train them as to how to maintain the work-life balance in hectic professional lives, as our RBI governor once said a student who survives the first year in an IIM can survive anywhere in the world. Apart from these, students were also shown the working of various committees & clubs and were provided the opportunity to interact with the prominent industry veterans in the form of guest lectures. On the final day of induction they were given a surprise hall of fame type of applause and a freshers’ party was organised sponsored by Gautami Heights (one of the prominent hotels in Kashipur). After the induction an outbound trip and industrial visit were organized.





Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur celebrated the International Yoga day. All the students participated in the event in the institute campus. They all came together and pledged for a healthier future. Mr Tarun Jain from Nirvanna Trust graced the occasion with his presence. Nirvanna Trust spreads happiness through helping people get healthier – not just physically but mentally, socially, emotionally & spiritually as well i.e. Param Anand. Their aim is to spread the health & fitness awareness especially within corporate set-ups. Mr Tarun Jain has a certificate from “International Health & Fitness Association” in 2010. He has also served as personal trainer for Indian Cricketer Mohd Kaif .

2 IIM Kashipur students bag highest ever international stipend of Rs 4.3 lakh

Two students from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur have been offered the highest international stipend of Rs 4,38,133 by an international conglomerate. Two more students bagged the highest domestic stipend of Rs 1,29,100 in BFSI sector. The average stipend of the entire batch stood at Rs 49,075.

IIM Kashipur recently wrapped up its the summer placement process for PGP (Post Graduate Programme) batch 2015-17. A total of 117 profiles were offered to a batch of 123 students by 65 companies.

The institute reported a 61 per cent hike in the highest domestic stipend and a 29 per cent hike in both average stipend and the highest domestic stipend.

Speaking to Catch News, Kumar Subham, member of IIM K placement team said, “Several upcoming startups such as UrbanClap, Droom, and Travel Unravel came for placements this year. We look at the long-term and career growth prospects while inviting start-ups. We also have several long term tie-ups with established firms such as ICICI, Emami.”

Some of the top recruiters include PwC, ICICI Bank, Emami, Larsen & Toubro, Cummins, etc.

The highest number of number of offers, 59, were made in Sales and Marketing (S&M) domain. This was followed by Finance, 14, and Human Resources, 12.

Some of the roles offered in S&M are strategic brand management, market research, advertising, content management, digital marketing, in-bound marketing, retail marketing, B2B and B2C marketing, marketing process enhancement and business development.

Profiles offered in Finance were investment banking, agricultural risk, agricultural retail, micro-finance, treasury operations, technology application, security exchange, economic research and surveillance and general finance while those in Human Resource included strategic performance management, talent management, learning and development and industry relation.

Convocation for the batch 2014-16

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM Kashipur) held it’s convocation on Friday, 18th March, 2016. The fourth convocation ceremony felicitated the fourth outgoing batch of the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 2014-16 and the first outgoing batch of Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) 2013-15.

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur organized its fourth convocation in the upcoming new campus at Kundeshwari, Kashipur, Uttarakhand. The convocation was the first event to be held in the new campus. The state of the art campus is expected to be operational in the coming academic year 2016-17. Furthermore, the Uttarakhand Government has handed over 5 acres of land at Dehradun for the proposed Satellite Campus of the institute.

Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys Ltd., graced the event with his presence as the chief guest of the convocation. In his address at the commencement ceremony, he congratulated the students for their accomplishments and urged them to maintain the same zeal of learning to adapt to the changing landscape of business as each one of them had the potential to bring a change in this world. He urged the students to embrace technology and stay updated with the changing technology to transform their roles. Mr Murthy also advised the students to stay connected with their local roots and culture despite the advances on globalization.

Mr Murthy shared his 5 point success mantra with the students

1) Innovation

2)English to be given special attention

3)Continuous Learning

4) Updated with technology

5) Local roots and connections.


Mr. Dhruv Sawhney, the Chairman of the Board of Governor, IIM Kashipur, addressed the august gathering, in which he emphasised on the role which will be played by the graduating students as future managers and encouraged the students to focus on sustainable development as their decisions will have huge impact on society and environment, and not just the organization.

It was followed by a speech given by Dr Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur, in which he gave a detailed account of all the illustrious activities that took place in the academic year 2015-16. The students were then presented diploma in post graduate management. Amitava Chaudhary bagged the Gold Medal for his superior academic performance over the two years with Keshav Mishra bagged the Silver Medal and Davinder Yadavbagged the Bronze Medal. Davinder Yadav achieved the All Round Performance Medal.

This was followed by felicitation of students of Executive Post Graduate Programme. Shishir  Shrivastava bagged the Gold Medal for his superior academic performance over the two years and Narinder Jit Singh bagged the Silver Medal.

At the pre-convocation, the evening commenced with cultural programme by Spic Macay. Mr. Debanjan Bhattacharjee mesmerised the audience with his scintillating musical performance. Also, the third edition of the annual college magazine – Revista, was launched by Mr Dhruv Sawhney, Chairman, Board of Governor, IIM Kashipur along with Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Dean Academics and Dr, Kampan Mukherjee, Dean Planning & Development. The event also witnessed launch of the book– ” Public Policy Agenda – Decrypting Sustainability for India” by Prof Baharul Islam.

Excerpts from Agnitraya 2016..

The second edition of the flagship event of IIM Kashipur has finally ended with scintillating performances from various teams which represented some of the prestigious colleges of the country. Students participated in large number braving the biting cold.

The serene town of Kashipur suddenly turned into a place of happening and vibrance for three successive days with events like musical night, DJs, singing and dancing competitions, and fashion shows.

There were also umpteen number of sporting events both indoor and outdoor wherein different teams competed neck and neck.

Finally some of the toughest case studies were presented to participants in the “business segment” of Agnitraya. In fact it proved to be a challenge to judge the winner in these case study competitions because of the sheer number of innovative solutions that the students came up with.

Some of the glimpses from Agnitraya :


Agnitraya 2016

IIM Kashipur in association with Dbali presents Agnitraya 2016. Agnitraya is the annual cultural sports management festival of Indian Institute of Management. The first edition of the annual festival witnessed participation from 3000 participants in over 30 events spread over a span of three days.
In 2016, Agnitraya only gets bigger and better. We take this opportunity to extend a warm invitation to you for the annual cultural-sports-management festival, Agnitraya 2016 to be held from January 22nd to January 24th at IIM Kashipur campus.
The event details have been given below. The schedule also has been attached for your kind perusal.

Management events
The management arena would host four case study competitions on 24th January 2016. 
The case study competitions which shall be conducted during Agnitraya are given below:
Operatius – Operations  case study challenge (Case from Barclays)
Markaholic – Marketing case study challenge (Case from Bharat Petroleum Private limited)
Consilio – Consulting case study challenge (Case from Infosys)

Green MBA – Sustainability case study challenge (Case from World Bank)

Cultural events
The cultural arena will host more than 20 events during the span of 3 days with Battle Royale: War of DJs being the flagship cultural eventfor the festival. The guest of honor and judge for the event will be DJ PERI.
The cultural events which shall be conducted during the three days are given below:
Flagship Event: Battle Royale-War of DJs

Solo Singing

Dance: Solo Dance | Group Dance | Couple Dance | Street Dance | Dance Battle
Dramatics: Stage Play | Street Play
Fashion: Fashion Event | Mr and Miss Agnitraya
Design: Graffiti Competition | T shirt painting | Face Painting |  Sketching competition
Other Informals: Minute to win it | Movie Screening | Dumb Charades | Add MAD

Details of Cash Prize are as follows-

CulturalEvents Genre/ Language/ Theme Winner (INR) Runners-Up (INR) Total (INR)
Solo Dance Free Style 3000 2000 5000
Group Dance Free Style 10000 5000 15000
Couple Dance Free Style 4000 2000 6000
Street Dance Hip hop/Group 12000 8000 20000
Dance Battle Hip hop/Solo 3000 2000 5000
Stage Play English/Hindi 7000 3000 10000
Street Play Hindi 7000 3000 10000
Fashion Event Ramp Walk 25000 25000
Minute to win it Theme to be decided  –  – Goodies
Movie Screening Informal  – Goodies
Dumb Charades Informal  – Goodies
Add MAD Hindi/ English  – Goodies
Sketching competition  – Goodies
Graffiti Competition 3000 3000
T shirt painting 1000 1000
Face Painting 1000 1000
Solo Singing Hindi/English 3000 2000 5000
Open mic Hindi/ English  – Goodies
War of DJs  – 50000  – 50000
Total       156000
Sports events
Miss. Prachi Tehlan, Captain of the Indian Netball Team in the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be the guest of honor for the inauguration ceremony of ‪Agnitraya‬ 2016.
The sports arena will host nine events during the span of 3 days.

The sports events with the cash prizes which shall be conducted during the three days are given below:

Events Category Type Winners (INR) Runners-up (INR) Total (INR)
Cricket Boys TeamEvent 12000 8000 20000
Futsal Boys TeamEvent 8000 4000 12000
Volleyball Boys TeamEvent 6000 4000 10000
Badminton Boys+Girls TeamEvent 6000 4000 10000
Table Tennis Boys+Girls TeamEvent 5000 3000 8000
Chess Boys Individual 3000 1500 4500
Chess Girls Individual 3000 1500 4500
Carrom Boys Individual 3000 1500 4500
Carrom Girls Individual 3000 1500 4500
Throwball Girls TeamEvent 4000 3000 7000
Basketball Boys TeamEvent 8000 5000 13000
Basketball Girls TeamEvent 4000 3000 7000

Importance of Games

The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympia, a rural sanctuary site in the western Peloponnesos.

The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language. The athletes were all male citizens of the city-states from every corner of the Greek world, coming from as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the west and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the east.

The sanctuary was named in antiquity after Mt. Olympos, the highest mountain in mainland Greece. In Greek mythology, Mt. Olympos was the home of the greatest of the Greek gods and goddesses.