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

KPL: A grand ending to a grand finale

Its time! The show has ended but the fireworks are a proof of the entertainment it provided. Sports Committee successfully hosted another thrilling edition of Kashipur Premier league and it was the Royal Shuttlers who carved their way to the ultimate glory. The team owned by Anurag Sharma of PGP2014-16 batch, managed to win 2 out of its 3 final stages matches with a decent margin to claim the trophy. The team didn’t have any of the top seeds but still managed to come out on the top.

This is what the team owner had to say, “We always believed that we could win and everyone worked very hard and gave their 100%. It’s a great moment for all us, everyone is delighted. Hopefully we’ll come back and do the same next year”

Agarwal Tsunami finished at first runner up while The devious drunkards finished third. Hitesh Ram from the devious drunkards was announced as the player of the tournament.

Here are some pictures of the action and the winning team.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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All the best. Let the games begin!

Swachh Bharat Mission

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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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Small Big Bang: A book by Ashwin Murali

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Ashwin Murali (student of IIM Kashipur, PGP2013 batch) published his first book “Small Big Bang” with Grey Parrot publications.
Small Big Bang has been an experience of a lifetime for many. Here’s what Ashwin Murali, a key member of the SBB team, from IIM Kashipur has to say,

‘Small Big Bang’ is a dream come true for budding writers like me. I was overjoyed when I got selected for the project. The project took off and it was a whole new experience in itself – meeting the entrepreneur, chatting with him, interviewing him, the audio recordings, the videos, chronicling his story, trying to do justice to his story through my words. It was an experience that I’d cherish forever. Not just my experience, but the entrepreneur’s story was so inspiring that it gave me the courage to take risks and try out new things in life. I an indebted to Grey Parrot Publishers for this opportunity and I sincerely believe that this is a start for many more to come.’