IIM Kashipur celebrates Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur celebrated the spirit of Unity on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man of India’, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

In the morning the faculty, students and staff alike took an unity pledge to preserve and promote the unity and integrity of this great nation. In the evening there was a Run/Walk for Unity from IIM Kashipur current campus to IIM Kashipur new campus followed by an insightful and energetic #DebateCompetition on the theme ‘National Safety, Security and Unity’

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Kashipur Premier League Auctions


Sports committee of IIM Kashipur is organizing its yearly badminton tournament, Kashipur Premier League. The bidding process took place today in which 12 team owners from both senior and junior batch, cast their bids for over 60 participating players. The players were seeded on the basis of their performance in the trials. With Avinash and Kiran taking the top two seeds in the boys and Divya and Natasha in the girls.


The one of its kind auction saw great response for the top seeds. Kiran seeded two in boys was sold for 590, while Avinash the top seed was sold for 570. In girls, the top seed Divya attracted a bid of 470. 59 players were sold to 12 teams. While each team was given only 1000 rupees to buy their players, there was significant amount of cross bidding and enthusiasm within the team owners to get the best line up for their teams. The managers and owners came up with a lot of preparation and this was evident from the aggressive bidding that took place today.


The twelve teams will be divided into groups of 3 for the round robin stages which starts next week. Each team from a group will then come for the finals stages where 4 teams will fight for ultimate glory; Kashipur Premier league.

Here are the 12 Teams that will compete in the league:

1. Royal Shuttlers
2. The Flashy eagles
3. Ace Shutlers
4. Agarwal Tsunami
5. Skandy_Rocks
6. Rational Gamblers
7. Silent assassins
8. The Decoys
9. Kampa
10. Here for beer
11. The Devious Drunkards
12. Bulky bullies


All the best. Let the games begin!

IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave 2014 – Day 2

The second day of IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave started on the same enthusiastic note that it ended on, on the first day. This is IIM Kashipur’s flagship event and attracts industry bigwigs from various fields every year. A keynote speech by Mr Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited) marked the beginning of the second day of the event whose theme was Industry-Academia Collaboration.

Mr. Sudhanshu Tripathi (Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited)

He directed the discussion on leadership assuming a long term perspective and discussed the impact of political and economic changes on the industry. He discussed about bridging the gap between personal and organization goals and about the importance of being a good follower in order to be a good leader.

Mr. Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd)

This enlightening speech was followed by an equally engrossing one by Mr Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd) who gave the key note speech on the topic “Leadership Dilemma” and familiarized the students about the three tenets of leadership – credibility, reliability and self-orientation. He shared with students, the various leadership dilemmas that they may face in their career and a leadership framework that could be used in such scenarios.

(From L-R) Mr. Vineet Jain, Mr. Gitan Shah, Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar, Mr. Peshwa Acharya, Mr. Pramod Joshi

It was followed by a panel discussion on the same topic with Mr Gitan Shah (Assistant VP, Mphasis), Mr Peshwa Acharya (Founder and CEO, Think As Consumer), Mr Pramod Joshi (Managing Director, Syncata), Mr Vineet Jain (DGM, HCL Technology). The panel discussed at length about the array of choices that a leader faces in corporate world and how important it is to maintain character when in a moral dilemma. The event had plenty of Q&A sessions, where the students got an opportunity to interact personally with the guests and clarify their queries about each topic.


The students were delighted to have close interactions with such reputed personalities from the world of industry. The corporates too were really happy to share their thoughts with the next generation of managers and industry leaders. The event concluded with both the industry and academia getting a glance into each other’s areas of operation and came closer to understanding each other’s dilemmas and issues and working on bridging the gaps to ensure a smooth transition.

IIM Kashipur Leadership Conclave 2014 – Day 1

The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur today hosted the first day of ‘Leadership Conclave 2014’ in its newly refurbished state-of-the-art auditorium. The Conclave provides a platform for interaction and mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge between the industry and the academia.

Ashok Barat (CEO and MD, Forbes Ltd.) lighting the lamp

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Gautam Sinha, its Director, raised issues that needed to be addressed in the Conclave so as to be able to bridge gap between managerial theory and practice and issues pertaining to managerial leadership relevant in today’s dynamic business environment.

Mr. Ashok Barat (MD & CEO, Forbes Limited) in his inaugural address, raised concerns about the challenges faced by the industry and its implications in terms of supply of Managers to it. Speaking on the occasion, he stated that, “The students of IIM Kashipur are the perfect material for us, however, the industrial society expects much more from management students, more specifically their knowledge converted into skills, and skills into capabilities, so that they emerge as leaders and achieve holistic growth”.

Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO)
(From L-R) Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Lata Menon, Amitava Ghosh and Bijay Sahoo

Key note address entitled ‘Bridging the Expectation Gap’, by Mr. Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO) focused upon the fundamental changes that happened in the industry in key dimensions because of  innovation and technology and the way it changed industry demands. This followed a panel discussion by Ms Lata Menon (Senior Vice President and Head HR, India and Srilanka, CLM Business Unit), Mr Amitava Ghosh, (COO, NIS Sparta) and Mr Bijay Sahoo (Principal consultant Ernst & Young) that emphasised on the core values that industry seeks, like communication, competence, credibility and collaboration. The session was moderated by Dr. Somnath Ghosh (Dean of Academics, IIM Kashipur). It not only talked about what the industry demands from students, but what students demand out of industry, more specifically in terms of growth opportunities.

Mr. Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store)

The address by Mr Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, The Mobile Store) recounted how quickly e-commerce, in specific and internet in general, is taking the proverbial cheese away from the old-school professionals and stressed upon the need for them to adapt to the change.

(From L-R) Dr. Kampan Mukherjee, Mr. Anil Menon, Mr. Praveen Kamanth and Dr. Abinash Panda

The final panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Kampan Mukherjee (Professor, IIM Kashipur) and had Mr. Praveen Kamanth (Global Head of Talent Transformation, KPO division, Wipro Corporation), Mr Anil Menon (Chief People Officer, Ezone and Home Town) and Dr. Abinash Panda (Professor, IIM Kashipur) in which they talked on the topic – ‘Learn to Lead’. The discussion covered significant nuances of how leadership, unlike the age-old belief, can be inculcated and nourished among individuals and also how it can be embellished in case of those who already had the proverbial spark.


The students left the auditorium with plenty of food for thought and an eagerness to attend the second day of the conclave, to listen to fresh ideas and perspectives.


Swachh Bharat Mission


Be the change that you wish to see in the world”, said one of the most influential people to have ever graced this earth – Mahatma Gandhi. To celebrate the values that he practiced as much as he preached, on the occasion of what would have been his 145th birth anniversary, IIM Kashipur took up brooms to participate in the Swachh Bharat Mission today. Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Dean Academics, IIM Kashipur administered a pledge to the faculty, staff and students of the institute which promised that they would devote some time to maintaining the cleanliness of their environment daily. Post this, the faculty and students alike took up brooms and took to the nearby areas to clean them. Garbage bins were posted at intervals and all the litter was properly disposed of.

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