Why 2nd of October should be more than just a holiday for students?

Everyone knows 2nd of October as Gandhi Jayanti but there are only a few people who also know that this day is celebrated worldwide as International Day of Non-Violence. From the time we started schools in the kindergarten we have been learning about the father of our nation and why is he called so. Every year we have a national holiday on Gandhi Jayanti. The whole country takes its time off from their work and devotes it to remember the great man who made it possible for everyone to breathe the air of freedom. But is that all one should do?

Let’s look at it from a student’s perspective. What do we, as students do on Gandhi Jayanti? The probable answers might come down to sleeping till late and loitering around. At public platforms, we proudly tell others about incorporating Gandhi in our thought processes and try to make the world a better place but how often do we do that ourselves? Maybe me asking this question is in itself questionable but isn’t it worthy to start thinking how much Gandhi do we have in ourselves individually. If the motto is about taking a rest from our busy lives on the day dedicated to a man who himself never rested for the sake of freedom he didn’t get even to enjoy himself then stop insulting him by calling him your Bapu.

On this Gandhi Jayanti Bapu turns another year older in my mind and so does in all of yours as well. We are similar to the powers of history that stood beside Bapu when he was holding the baton for our freedom revolution. Why can’t we keep up with the same spirit  that changed the whole country at that time? It’s high time that we start seeing Gandhi Jayanti as something more than a holiday. It is explanatory in itself that what ought to be done?  If we are able to do that then the world around us will definitely turn into a superior version of what is the status quo.

This article is written by Utkarsh Yadav, PGP 2018-20 Batch, IIM Kashipur

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Is An MBA Relevant In Today’s World?

In days, when we read that industry bigwigs like Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo say that lack of focus on technology is degrading the quality of management graduates from the country; or the whole and sole of Tesla – Elon Musk saying that he wouldn’t recommend an MBA, rather he would prefer not hiring MBAs, how relevant and advisable is it to still pursue an MBA in today’s world is indeed a question to ponder upon! However, contrary to the notion above, with every year that is passing, we can see a gradual increase in the B-Schools in India as well as an increase in the batch sizes of existing B-Schools! This has been an interesting trend to observe indeed.

While there is no question that majority of the individuals pursuing MBA do so in lieu of better career prospects or to be even more specific – bagging big paychecks! But is that all an MBA is about? Definitely not. Those portraying so are insulting the years of legacy that the Indian Institutes of Management have put in front of us. The kind of rigor they instill in the MBA graduates is something which imbibes holistic development of the aspirant along with academics. And yes, this is what an MBA is about. It is about “learning by doing” as one of the IIMs set up in 2011 – IIM Kashipur stresses upon. It is about putting theory into practice. It is about peer learning. Moreover, it is about turning yourselves into a better person, a better manager!

An MBA is probably the most efficient teacher of the importance of time and professionalism. Strict deadlines, cutthroat competitions with implementations of a bell curve, burning the midnight oil to be prepared for the lectures, presenting and studying of numerous case studies – name a thing needed to be done to be a better manager and you get to learn it in a B-School!

Revisiting the point mentioned in the first line of this piece – while Ms. Indra Nooyi complained about the quality of MBA graduates degrading, she never discouraged pursuing MBAs. In fact, she has motivated a generation of female MBA aspirants to join top MBA colleges in India and emerge as world-class business leaders. Similarly, while some perceive the MBA graduates a misfit for the organization, it is probably because of coming across the graduates who did an MBA for the higher paychecks and not for the sake of being a better manager.

Concluding, there is no doubt that the B-Schools are here to stay and so are the MBA aspirants. Similarly, the demand for these MBA aspirants is what the single largest factor is making undergraduates think of doing an MBA. Who are we, then, to question the relevance of an MBA in today’s world?

References:

https://www.jagranjosh.com/articles/heres-what-pepsico-ceo-indra-nooyi-thinks-is-wrong-with-current-mba-programmes-1478503600-1

The above article is written by Chirag Dixit, PGP 2018-20 batch, IIM Kashipur

Coalescence 2018

IIM Kashipur has always been at the forefront of bridging the gap between the academic curriculum and the industry requirement and the recently concluded first leg of “Coalescence 2018” bore testimonial to this very fact. IIM Kashipur hosted the Annual Management conclave “Coalescence 2018” on 4th and 5th August 2018. As part of the Management conclave, the annual “Marketing Summit” was held on 4th August which witnessed the presence of various industry leaders from the Marketing domain. On 5th August the annual HR meet “Samanvaya” was held which was graced by the presence of various leaders from the HR domain.

The first day of the conclave started off with the lamp lighting ceremony by faculty and guests. After a brief glimpse into the history of IIM Kashipur, Dr K.N. Badhani, Director, IIM Kashipur welcomed the gathering in his opening speech. He described the objective of the conclave as a means to bring industry stalwarts, students and faculties together. The eminent guests who graced the conclave with their presence were- Mr. Puneet Nagpal, Head Marketing, Sales and Marketing solutions, LinkedIn India; Ms. Megha Ahuja, Digital Media Professional; Mr. Stefan Haves, Founder and Creator, Stefinity Entertainment Inc.; Mr. Nomit Joshi, Head Marketing, Gionee India; Mr. Hitesh Sood, Associate Vice President, Idea Cellular Ltd.; Mr. Ashok VK, Director, Marketing Oncology, Dr. Reddy Laboratories.

The speakers spoke at length about the importance of Data and Analytics in marketing. According to them, Technology has empowered marketers with data. They stressed the importance of analysing the real-time data as it is generated. The speakers also touched on the topic “Digital Social Media and Consumer Behaviour” and told how social media can be used as a tool to connect with consumers with emotionally. They also discussed the different digital trends that are shaping India.

The eminent guests who graced the conclave with their presence on the second day were- Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director HR Jindal Steel and Power; Mr. Ramesh Shankar S, Executive Vice President & Head of HR, South Asia – Siemens; Ms. Gargi Basu, Head of Learning and Development, Cadila Pharmaceuticals; Mr Andrews Simon, Head Talent Acquisition at eClerx; Ms. Praveen Chauhan, Head – HR & Admin at Agarwal Packers & Movers Ltd; Mr. Sahil Nayar, Associate Director HR at KPMG; Dayanand Tripathi, General Manager – Talent, Rewards & Culture, Mr. Saurabh Deep Singla, Chief HR at Ecom Express Pvt Ltd; Mr. Sujit Kumar, HR at Jindal Stainless Ltd; Mr. Ramakrishn Ghosh, HR at Apeejay Surrendra Group; Mr. Ayush Gupta, General Manager at GAIL (India) Ltd; Mr. Shivakumar Rudrappa, Head Of TA, Workforce Planning & Deployment at Sodexo India and Mrs. Devjani Chatterjee, Area Chair (HR) IIM Kashipur.

The speakers spoke on the topic “New Characteristics of Leadership: Transforming Business In The Digital Age”. They discussed the importance of adapting to technology. According to them, continual change is the business driver and people should get comfortable with ambiguity. They also provided their insights on the key aspects of leadership. They explained how leaders can be the emotional anchors for the team. They discussed how human beings can add value to skills through emotions. The speakers also spoke on the topic “Striking The Right Balance: Training, Development and Attrition”. They discussed the skill values of the future and how the recruitment strategy of an organisation should be aligned with it.

The event was a success. The students got to interact with the eminent personalities and learned about the latest trends and the happenings of the industry. The insights and experiences shared by speakers provided valuable learnings to the students.

 

Kites fly high in the sky at IIM Kashipur

It was a lazy Sunday morning at IIM Kashipur. People pulled themselves up from the bed and crawled to the mess before 10 am lest they miss the breakfast. I was no different. On reaching the Mess I saw some artistic paperwork in the form of kites hanging from the roof. The colorful papers had the word “X-KITEment” written on it. I got to know that it was supposed to be an event organized by some students who are aspiring to be in the Sports Committee of IIM Kashipur.

The first thought that came to my mind was that the event was not for me because it had something to do with the KITES. I come from the part of the country (North East) where Kite flying is not very popular. But I could sense the excitement among the other people who were very keen to participate in the event. No matter how rigorous the days become for the students at IIM Kashipur they always capitalize on the opportunities available to have some fun.

It was 3PM. The stage was set. The lazy Sunday was not lazy anymore. People thronged the amphitheater in large numbers. Students from both PGP1 and PGP2 participated in the event. Team X-KITEment had everything covered. The arrangements were perfect. There were kites of different designs and colors. And there was music as well. Even the weather God was kind to the team as it was a bright sunny day, unlike the previous rainy days. The people who were fond of kite flying loved the event. According to them, it was very unique. People like me who had no prior experience of kite flying also tried their hands on the art. The members of the team have to be applauded for taking the pain of teaching us the art of kite flying. There was also a game of “Tug of war” between the PGP 1 and PGP 2 students which was won by the PGP 2 students. There was also some Gujrati flavor in the event with the people grooving to some Garba music at the end.

The event was a success. It proved to be the perfect stress buster for the students. The team “X-KITEment” has proved some serious credentials to be the part of the Sports Committee.

 

This article is written by Tapan Deka, PGP 2018-20, IIM Kashipur

Samanvaya 2018: Delhi Chapter

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur has organized their flagship HR Conclave, Samanvaya 2018 in Gurgaon on 13th May 2018. Dignitaries from BMW, Samsung India, Evalueserve, TCS, DLF, HCL, E-Com Express, British Telecom, Ashiana Housing, IREDA, Jindal Stainless,  Securemeters and Apollo Munich were present at the conclave in Gurgaon. This is the first time IIM Kashipur has organized an HR Conclave outside their campus.

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The event started with the inaugural speech by Director (I/C) Prof. K. Bhadani followed by the Lamp Lighting Ceremony. The first half of the conclave welcomed Mr Sandeep Tyagi, Director HR, Samsung and Mr Anand R, Senior VP, HR, HCL Technologies Resources as the keynote speakers. Mr Prakash Tiwari, ED (CSR), DLF Limited, Mr. Dayanand Tripathi, GM (Talent & Reward), ECom Express, Ms Pooja Sharma, Director HR, British Telecom, Ms Surbhi Dewan, GM-HR, Ashiana Housing and Ms Upasana Nischal, Head Talent Management discussed about Building Future Ready Leaders in a Rapidly Changing Environment. Ms Nischal said that copying the strategies of the top firms blindly will not help at all. Understanding the context and culture is of utmost importance.

Mr Suvarnanidhi Rao, Campus Manager, British Telecom also graced the event with his presence.

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Post lunch, the students were addressed by Mr P Sreenivasan, GM-HR, IREDA and Mr Sujit Kumar, AGM-HR, Jindal Stainless Limited about the challenges faced by the organizations in implementing changes. Ms Aparna Dhingra, Head HR & Administration, BMW India, Mr Umesh Chandra Agarwal, Head HR, Securemeters, Mr Sujit Mukherjee, AVP-HR, Apollo Munich, Ms Bhavana Kumari, Senior Manager HR, TCS, and Mr Parth Khanna, Manager HR, Apollo Munich participated in the second panel discussion on Building Global Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities for HR. Ms Dhingra emphasized on the fact that a person needs to be adaptable in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world to stay relevant.

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The students got a chance to interact with the HRs of the above-mentioned companies and enrich their knowledge base about the corporate world.

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The Mumbai chapter of Samanvaya 2018 would be held in Mumbai on 20th May 2018.

 

 

‘Human Books’, issued at IIM Kashipur

‘Lit Club’, the literary club of IIM Kashipur created history, as it made the institute, the second IIM to organize such one of its kind event, ‘HUMAN LIBRARY’ on 11th March 2018. There was already a buzz created when the idea was floated among the students and faculty via email.

This idea of the event was first conceptualized in Copenhagen, Denmark back in 2000 with the aim to challenge prejudices against social contact among people. In India, glimpses of this event have been seen only four times until now.

The event at IIM Kashipur saw participants from the students as well as faculty on varied topics ranging from ‘God vs Devil Paradox’ to ‘Art of Seduction’. The reason that makes this idea unique is that the ‘Human Book’ as well as the ‘Issuer’ are blindfolded throughout the process and the identities are not disclosed. This makes the ‘Human Books’ express their thought relevant to the topic with utmost freedom which might not been the case otherwise.

Post event, upon asking a few participants, the common answers we received were as follows:

‘’The experience was entirely different than the usual interaction over these topics.”

“There was calmness and fearlessness in putting forward our opinion out.”

“Usually, a person converses mostly to put forward her/his opinion about the topic but this event brought out the listener within us. The blindfolds definitely had something to do with this.”

Management Unbound: An IIM Kashipur-Corbett Story

After hearing the name Jim Corbett National Park, the things that strike in our mind first are the Safari, Tigers, Flora and Fauna. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Uttarakhand located roughly about 30km from the IIM Kashipur campus. But underlying this wonderful National park is the tiresome jobs of the authorities to manage the 520sq km national park and protect its biodiversity against the various threats. The students of IIM Kashipur embarked on a journey to understand Management of Jim Corbet on 17th February 2017.

The excursion was organised by the Corporate Relations Cell of IIM Kashipur in collaboration with Mr Amit Verma, IFS, Jim Corbett National Park. The educational visit was divided into three parts:

  1. The Jungle Safari
  2. Technical Interaction with the Patrol Team
  3. Management from Control Room

 

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19 students from IIM Kashipur reached Jim Corbett National park at 6.30 Am in the morning and on reaching there they went on safari which was arranged by the Jim Corbett officials. At the safari, the students were shown how to understand the calls of different species in the jungle and how they can be used to track tigers and other animals. It was stated by the guide that these simple insights help the ground patrol team to always be on alert and do their job properly. Using this “call of the jungle” the guide was able to track a tiger and the students were amazed that how a simple presence of mind can help track various animals.

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At around 9.30 AM, the students gathered at an outpost in the buffer region of the jungle where the ground patrol team greeted the students and a technical discussion on how the patrolling team functions in protecting the bio-diversity of Jim Corbett. They demonstrated how drones can be used for containing unexpected emergencies like a forest fire, poaching, smuggling etc. The demonstration of how the Dog squad can easily find out contrabands was really amazing.

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After the interaction with the patrol team, the students were taken to the control room where they met Mr Amit Verma and discussed the management issues of Jim Corbett. The discussion started with the demonstration of how various Management Information Systems are used in the collection of Data about the changes in the green cover of the forest and how it is affecting the habitat changes of the tigers of the National Park. Students got to know how various online (Videography and STRIPES software) and offline (Pug Marks) techniques are used to count the number of tigers. The students got to know the challenges that the department has to face on regular basis starting from land acquisition, relocation, fending off poachers, putting off forest fires and maintaining a good relationship with the locals.

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One of the major insights that the students gained was the importance of PR in such an organisation. For example, there are 5 divisions under Jim Corbett National Park and only one division in under the purview of this division. But whenever the mishap occurs anywhere, then Jim Corbett is blamed even if they have nothing to do with it.  So, here PR becomes an important part of the day to day operations. A healthy relationship with the common masses helps them to bring the changes in policies which directly or indirectly affects the lives of the locals.DSC_0553

A good PR also helps them create a public opinion about the good work which in turn helps them leverage in introducing structural and technical changes in the system of operations.

Overall the experience was an eye-opener for all as the “easy forest officer job” looked no longer “easy”. The responsibilities are immense and it requires huge managerial and technical capabilities to pull off the job.

The students learnt a lot and are looking forward to more of such excursions.

 

 

 

Day 1 @ IIM Kashipur

The five-hour long road journey from Delhi was coming to an end as the beautiful, beautiful campus of IIM Kashipur was finally on the horizon. All the efforts put over the last year and a half or so, right from taking multiple mocks in a day, to rigorously polishing the answers to expected questions in the interviews, were coming into fruition right before me.

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‘God, am I ready for this?’- I asked myself, as I entered the gates of what I call my home now. As I was registering my name at the entry desk, I saw a girl struggling with her luggage, going through the same chores as I was. I paid no heed to her and asked for further instructions from the security guard.

10 Minutes Later

As I collected my room keys, the hostel supervisor passed on a piece of paper to me.

‘This is the number of one of your flatmates.’

That’s it. A piece of paper with no name, just a number. Hesitantly, I dialled up the number. Luckily, Truecaller identified the number as that of a certain ‘Nishant’.

‘Hello?’

‘Hi, Nishant. This is Parth. I’m going to be your new flatmate.’ – I said as I enquired to him about the exact location of my block.

And just like that, I saved my first contact at this new place, ‘Nishant Roomie’.

Another 15 Minutes Later

As Nishant and I got acquainted, he politely asked me if I wanted some chai. And together with a few others, we went to the college Tapree, with each one curious to know about everyone else. Chai and questions were flowing aplenty.

4 Hours Later

Dinner was done and dusted. What now? There were no activities scheduled till the next morning. As I was chilling in my room, a somewhat familiar face popped in through the door.

‘We’re going to play some guitar and sing along at the Amphitheatre. Wanna join?’

‘Hell yes, I will!’- I said to Yash, as my entire floor headed off towards the Amphi.

And over a few Classics, a guitar, some humming, and countless stories, I bonded with these guys.

Each one of us, excited yet anxious, having finally made it to a dream business school, just hanging about like buddies when we barely know each other.

 

Almost Night

As the clock approached 3, I was finally going to get some sleep to set myself up for the next day. Lying down, the answer to the question I asked myself earlier in the day was becoming increasingly clear:

‘Yes, I’m ready!’

And as for that girl I conveniently ignored in the beginning? She’s my closest friend here now!

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This article has been written by Parth Kanthal of PGP 2017-19 batch.

Winters at IIM Kashipur

Winters create a different feel in IIM Kashipur. Let’s see what KSPians have to say about their first winter in the campus.

  • “One of the experiences I was looking forward for when I joined IIM Kashipur was winters. As a person who hails from the southern part of the country where you have the sun everyday in the year, this was an entirely new experience for me. This was my first face-off with ‘real’ winters. The cold started around November mid and started increasing in intensity. Jan first week it touched the peak with temperatures dropping to 2 degrees at night. Radiant heating in hostels is a lifesaver. Life is so different in winters.” – Aishwarya

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  • 8.30 AM classes:  “Best part for me nowadays is rushing to classes in the chilly mornings. In summers we could see the mountain ranges far away but now we cannot see the acad block from the mess. The fog is quite heavy. We take selfies in the fog and sometimes pretend to be lost. We act really silly and I enjoy it a lot.” – Ankita
  • Winter fashion: “Being MBA Institute, we are always expected to dress well. This winter we got to see different fashion statements, having people from different cultural and geographical backgrounds. I was delighted to see even professors carrying off their signature fashion statements in style. Seemed like a fashion house for corporate winter wear. And then there are these group of people as well who I believe are made of steel. They brave the winter in nothing but light summer tees in style.” – Famee
  • Bonfire nights : “We have bonfire nights. We sit around the fire and talk random things. Some days we play Antakshari while some days we tell stories. These gettogethers are supplemented by tea and biscuits and we had great times” – Rony

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  • Watching TV in Mess : “Mess is the hotspot during winters. Literally. It is quite warm and cosy in the mess that we finish our dinner very very slowly. If any good program is on TV then we huddle around it. It reminds me of my TV times at home. Now, I have got a second home.” – Anurupa

 

Happy Winters to all!

Uttishtha 2017-The Annual E-Summit of IIM Kashipur inspires students to Dream, Develop and Disrupt

Entrepreneurship cell, IIM Kashipur hosted its annual conclave Uttishtha 2017. The summit was graced by the presence of entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts – Mr. Avnish Sabharwal, MD Accenture Ventures, Mr. Praveen Sinha; Cofounder of Jabong and Pincap; Rahul Singhal, Founder & CEO at Applop; Ms. Ami Shah, Cofounder of IntelliAssist; Mr.Kaushlendra Kumar, founder of Kaushalya Foundation and cofounder of Samriddhii and Mr. Ravi Ranjan, Head of Events Partnership at NASSCOM 10000 Startups.

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The summit started with the lamp lighting ceremony which was followed by the welcome note by Prof. Safal Batra, Chairperson, Ecell, IIM Kashipur. He was ecstatic to announce that IIM Kashipur had received the in-principle approval for an Incubation Centre from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He reminded the students that IIM Kashipur had 15 startups founded by its students within 5 years of inception of the institute and encouraged them to “Dream big, start small but start anyways.”

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Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur addressed the audience next. He urged the students to “be job providers and not job seekers.” He also conveyed the information that IIM Kashipur would be the first B-School in the country to have a commercial 3MW solar powerplant.

This was followed by 2 key note speeches. Mr. Avnish Sabharwal spoke about the general trends in the startup market and remarked that “small companies are coming up with point solutions and winning the market; this is a new competition faced by the industry giants.” Mr. Praveen Sinha gave general ideas of Dos and Don’ts while planning a startup and stressed that “a strong backend team and continuous cashflow are critical for success.”

A panel discussion ensued after a tea-break. The panelists advised the students “Ask yourself if this is what you really want to do. If the answer is yes, then the right time to start is today”. They also discussed that Startups look extremely fascinating, but it is tough. It requires a lot of grinding. It is important that one finds a co-founder with a complementary skill set for support.

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The last keynote of the day was delivered by Mr.Kaushlendra Kumar who reminded that “startups are not all about money. Social entrepreneurships are equally important.” The gathering dispersed for lunch after the vote of thanks by Vaibhav Mangla, Secretary, Ecell.

The afternoon session saw the much-awaited B-Plan contest. 7 finalists selected from over 50 applicants from reputed institutes across the nation competed for the coveted prize of 50,000INR and goodies with opportunity for funding the idea. Team Torchit from PDPU, Gandhinagar, emerged victorious in this competition. Team Paradigm Shift of IIM Kashipur and  Team ZConnect of BITS, Goa, jointly secured the second position. Mr Avnish Sabharwal who announced the results urged the participants to focus more on market research before implementing their ideas

The summit has inspired the students to think, to dream and to plan and achieve the dream. Uttishtha 2017 lived upto its motto of Dream, Develop and Disrupt.