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

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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.

Agnitraya 4.0-The Annual Fest of IIM Kashipur Ends on a High Note

Agnitraya 4.0, the annual cultural, sports and management fest of IIM Kashipur came to an end on 5th November 2017. The three-day festival attracted students/participants from all across the nation. The inauguration ceremony of Agnitraya 4.0 was graced by Mr. Amit Verma, IFS and Director of Jim Corbett National Park, as the chief guest and Mr Ashish Gupta, MD of Ashish Builders and Developers as the Guest of Honour on 3rd November 2017.

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Inauguration Ceremony of Agnitraya 4.0

Prior to the event, students of this institute organised “Tour to IIM Kashipur” for the students of the local schools around Kashipur with an idea to inspire them to pursue their goals by working hard to realize their dreams. Some of the notable schools, who visited the campus were

  1. Rajakiya Uccha Madhyamik Vidyalaya
  2. Rajakiya Inter-College
  3. Government Garh Secondary High School
  4. Jaspur Block, Udham Singh Nagar.

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Agnitraya 4.0 offered a range of competitions starting from cultural to management. Notable cultural competitions were Solo Dance, Group Dance, Dance off, Fashion Show, T-Shirt Painting and Face Painting. Sports included Cricket, Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton and Table Tennis.  Brilliant minds battled for honor in the management events – “Markaholic” by marketing club, “Pragyan” by HR club and “Operatius” by the Operations club. The management event attracted participants from Reputed B-Schools like NITIE Mumbai, XLRI Jamshedpur, IMT Ghaziabad, IIM Amritsar, IMI Delhi, Fore School of Management Delhi, Department of Commerce, Delhi University and many more.

Finance club of IIM Kashipur organised ‘Outcry’, a mock trading competition which attracted a huge participation from all the finance enthusiasts. Aestimatus 4.0, organised by the Finance club was won by Team Finzards of IIM Indore. Team Biz cartel of IIFT Kolkata settled for a second spot.

‘The Rainmakers’ of IIM Kashipur emerged winners in Pragyan 2.0- the annual case study competition of HR Club. Team Enlighteners of Wellinker Business School came second followed by Team High Flying Blue (IIM Kashipur)/ Team Royal Girls (XLRI) who jointly came third.

 Team Strykerz, IMI Delhi emerged victorious in Consulting Knights- the pan India case study competition of Consulting club of IIM Kashipur. Team White Gold of IIM Kashipur was the first runner up followed by Team Crusaders – NITIE Mumbai and Team The Wall – XLRI Jamshedpur, who jointly came third.

Opstripple of SIBM Pune and Team Mavericks of IIM Kashipur were joint winners in Operatius- the annual pan India case study competition of the operations club of IIM Kashipur.

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Glitz and glamour ruled cultural events as talents reached their fore with Dance performances from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi, KIET Ghaziabad, Gyanarthi Media College of Mass Communication & Animation, Kashipur, NIT Jalandar and more. Warm lights poured down from above, fixing the dancers in a moment of exaltation and yearning. It looked so simple but was difficult to put together in sync. SRCC were crowned winners in Solo Dancing, Dance off and Group Dance completions. BITS Noida not only won the Fashion show competitions but also the hearts of the audience by their creativity and innovation. IIM Kashipur was a hot to ‘The Chain Jokers’, who made the students laugh their hearts out after a day’s work of Day 1 on Agnitraya.

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One of the major highlights of day 2 was when  alumni of the institute returned home to enjoy the fest and relive the campus life. This was the first ‘Homecoming’ for the Alumni at the New Campus of IIM Kashipur. The Session started with and introductory speech by Prof KumKum Bharti. Prof Kampan Mukherjee, Dean, Planning and Development delivered the welcoming speech. Welcome speech was followed by a speech by Prof Kunal Ganguly, Chair Placements, IIM Kashipur. An interaction session between the alumni and current students was held which was both fun and informative. Every alumnus shared their past experiences filled with nostalgia with their juniors.

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SUNBURN returned to the campus with a brilliant performance. The Sunburn Campus was hosted by Teri Miko, a DJ of international repute. The dance, music and enjoyment summed up day two of the three-day Agnitraya 4.0.DSC_0272

The sports event conducted by IIM Kashipur under Agnitraya turned out to be a huge success. Various B-Schools from across the country turned for the event with huge contingents taking part in the list of thirteen events conducted by the institute. There were also competitions organised just for the girls to encourage an active women participation in various sporting activities. The events kickstarted on the 3rd of November, with certain competitions being played in the campus itself and remaining being conducted in the Kashipur Sports Stadium, with transport facility being provided in regular intervals between the campus and the stadium. The summary of the results are as follows:

Event Winner Runners Up Player of the Tournament
Futsal IIM Kashipur MDI Shourya Rathore
VolleyBall IIM Kashipur DIT Upendra Rawat
Table Tennis (M) IIM Kashipur A IIM Kashipur B Sagar Madha
Table Tennis (W) IIM Kashipur A IIM Kashipur B Preeti Sharma
Badminton(M) KIET MDI Piyush
Badminton(W) KIET IIM Kashipur Ria Gupta
Chess KIET IIM Kashipur Akshat Raghuvanshi
Carrom IIM Kashipur KIET Piyush Kumar
Cricket NIT Jalandhar MDI Akash Yadav
Basketball St.Xaviers Jaipur IIM Kashipur Bhanu
Ultimate-Frisbee IIM Kashipur A IIM Kashipur B Rithvik Y

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The final event of Agnitraya 4.0 was Battle of Bands, where bands from across the nation competed for supremacy over one other. Some of the notable participating band were Neptune, Unknown Artist-The Band and Knight Shades. The event was judged and headlined by Parikrama, the first rock band of India.

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IIM Kashipur witnessed some of the best talents and their creativity in this three-day fest. Students are now gearing up for the next big event of IIM Kashipur, TedX IIM Kashipur which is scheduled in January 2018.

Agnitraya 4.0 : Day 1

Splendid – would be the apt word to describe the first day of Agnitraya4.0. As various teams faced off each other in a variety of arts and sports events; the ambience in the campus was electric. In an auspicious start to the 3-day event, the inaugural lamp was lighted in the presence of a 300 plus audience including Chief Guest, Mr. Amit Verma, IFS and Director of Jim Corbett National Park, Guest of Honour Mr. Ashish Gupta, MD of Ashish Builders and Developers, faculty, students of IIM Kashipur, contestants from other institutes and school children from various schools in Kashipur who were in for a tour of the campus as part of Agnitraya 4.0.

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Glitz and glamour ruled cultural events as talents reached their fore with Dance performances and Fashion Show. SRCC, Delhi emerged the winners in both the Solo Dance and Dance off contests. BITS Ghaziabad was crowned the fashionistas of the evening.

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A fusion of fiery passion and sportsman spirit guided the teams in various sports events. A slightly proud host won the qualifiers of Carrom, Chess, Frisbee and Volleyball second match. St Xaviers’, Jaipur and IIM Kashipur won the qualifiers of Basketball and Volleyball first match.

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A train of comedy by the “Chain Jokers” winded up the major events and was the highlight of the day. The best part is that it is a 24*7 live campus and there are several interesting games going on till Day 2 events start.

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And last but not the least, it was a homecoming day for several alumni who proudly seeked their roots and returned to their alma mater for a three-day visit.

 

Kashipurwali Diwali !!!

Diwali! The festival of lights. A festival where every house and street and the sky get lit up by lights, diyas and lanterns. That precisely was the ambience at IIM Kashipur for Diwali 2017 – Lit up and Alive!

The preparations had started a week before. The students vied with each other to make their hostels a visual treat. The red brick walls were adorned by bright lights of a myriad of hues. Lanterns sprung up on the windows and diyas on the corridors.

 

The air was abuzz with excitement and cheer as the grand day finally dawned. The celebrations started with students exchanging sweets and delicacies. Everyone was decked in their traditional best as they gathered for the Pooja and celebrations in the late evening. There were games and dance and the students had lots of fun. The best part of the evening was when the sky lanterns were lit up. Light orange lanterns adorning the night sky was a splendid sight. It was a Diwali that would be etched in the heart of everyone for all the days to come. Some memories are so beautiful that they never fade. A lit up and alive Kashipur campus is definitely one of them!

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Some of the experiences as shared by some students are as follows:

“For many of us, it was the first Diwali away from home but not once it felt that I was away from home. This place and people here are so compassionate that they have become family. My flat mates and I did the Rangoli in our block, also, pooja just as we used to do back at our homes. I guess these are the times when you accept the unfamiliar places you move to as your home and the people as your family. The sentiments shared on such occasions bring that out in us.”

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“I had thought I might miss home because yes, amongst many others it was my first Diwali away from home but I had the best time here with my friends. Dancing along, clicking pictures, it was a wonderful night”

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“One thing, one perception that has changed after this Diwali here and also after four months here is that I had a fear that the rigorous routine here might make our minds mechanical and maybe lower our emotional quotient but today when I think of it, it is a beautiful journey where I have so much to learn, where there are so many people who had come with the same thought and now have found each other. I am getting a family here, I am growing here, and I am happy here”

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IIM Kashipur wishes everyone a very Happy Diwali !!!!