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.



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.



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.




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.


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!


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.”


“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”


“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”


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

Coalescence 2017, The Annual Corporate Conclave of IIM Kashipur ends on a high note

Coalescence 2017, the Annual Corporate Conclave of Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, was held on 9th and 10th of September 2017. The summit witnessed the presence of eminent dignitaries from the industry who discoursed on their fields of expertise.The convention unfolded with the inauguration ceremony at 9:00 AM in the morning. The welcome address by Professor Kunal Ganguly was followed by the Lamp Lighting Ceremony.

Day one of the summit started off with the HR conclave. Mr Sujitesh Das, Senior VP HR at Microland, delivered the inaugural speech followed by the keynote speakers, Ms Michelle Suradkar, Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Lowe Lintas and UpasnaNischal, Head Talent Management at Evalueserve, who spoke on the issue of developing leadership in disruptive and changing times of today. Ms Suradkar advised students that “Even the most experienced leaders face new problems every day. The key is to keep learning the new things.” This was followed by a panel discussion on Leadership in Changing Times by Mr Pramod Shah, AVP-HR, Tata Capital, Ms UpasanaNischal, Head Talent Management, Evalueserve, Mr Mohit Sethi, Director HR, Nielson and Ms Sikha Kumar, Head OD & Talent Development, EIA, Amway.

The initial discussion was followed by another discourse on the theme “The Orange Chair, What’s Best for the Job Seeker”. The panelists, Mr. Parijat Mondal, Business Head, Oriental Aggregates; Mr. Venugopal Akireddy, Vice President – HR, HSBC; Ms. Nicola Varghese, Senior HR Business Partner, Epsilon and Mr. Bhupendra Kaushal, Group Vice President – Corporate HR, Ginni Filaments, tried to find answers to the following questions: What does an individual seek in this fiercely unforgiving competitive world? Why is an individual not competent enough to achieve what he strives for? How can an individual be the peerless successor of his Orange Chair?

The Finance Summit hosted Mr SanketMendhe & Mr Alok Chaturvedi of Reliance Capital and Mr Rajib Ranjan Borah of iRAGE Capital who discussed on “Regulations in the Time of Algorithmic Trading in Indian Stock Market.”

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Mr Alok Chaturvedi, Reliance Securities, discussing Algorithmic Trading

 Mr Gaurav Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer, Girnarsoft; Mr Shashank Dubey, Co-Founder and Head Analytics, Tredence Inc and Mr Kapil Gandhi, Head Analytics and Workforce Planning, Erricson led the discussion on “Data Present and Future” in the IT Conclave. The guests exchanged views on the importance of data in the current business environment and how it helps firms to gain a competitive advantage, necessary for sustainability of a firm in the current competitive environment.

The second leg of Coalescence 2017 started with the marketing summit. The summit was graced by the presence of Mr. Guneet Singh, Head – Marketing Solutions, Google; Mr. Siddhi Prada Bhattacharya, Director – Strategic Planning, Ideate Labs; Ms. Eiti Singhal, AGM – Marcom & Brand, Panasonic India; Ms. Poonam Vijay Thakkar, Head – Marketing & Brand, Aditya Birla Money My Universe. While speaking on “Ethical issues in influencer marketing”, Mr Guneet Singh said “as a marketeer, day in and day out, you have one job-influence choice.” Some of the questions that the guests tried to answer were: Should sponsored and paid posts be disclosed and clearly visible to the public? Where do the legal boundaries lie with this? Are these influencers being deceptive or are they just savvy entrepreneurs who are using social media as a foundation for their brand?

Mr. Guneet Singh, Head – Marketing Solutions, Google
Ms. Poonam Vijay Thakkar, Head – Marketing & Brand, Aditya Birla Money My Universe


The Marketing conclave was followed by Consulting which hosted Mr Abhinav Johri, Global Digital Risk Operation Leader, Ernst & Young; Mr Sandeep Chatterjee, Associate Director, Deloitte and Mr Alankaar Chandra, Managing Director, Wild Voyager who spoke on ‘Creating Sustainable Business: How can Indian start-ups compare with business giants with deep pockets?’. Quoting Mr Johri, – “The moment of truth for a business arrives when they start listening to their customers.” Mr Siddhi Prada Bhattacharyya encouraged students to be curious and remarked “Stupidity gets you curious, curious asks questions, questions get you answers, answers get things done”.

Mr Abhinav Johri, Global Digital Risk Operation Leader, Ernst & Young


The Operations Summit of Coalescence 2017 welcomed Mr Gurpreet Sing Gill, Regional Head-Supply and Logistics Solution of Samsung SDS; Mr Hitendra Chaturvedi, Managing Director, Reverse Logistics Corporation; Mr Vaivhav Kulkarni, Works Head, Marico and Mr Rajesh Kadam, COO, INC5 Shoes Pvt. Ltd. The theme of the summit was “Reverse Logistics: Boon or Bane”. The dignitaries discussed on the rising importance of reverse logistics and its importance in sustainability of the company as well as its impact on environment.

Mr Gurpreet Sing Gill, Mr Hitendra Chaturvedi, Mr Vaivhav Kulkarni and Mr Rajesh Kadam at Operations Summit

The dignitaries who attended the conclave were overwhelmed by the thought processes of the students’, the details that went into the arrangements and the hospitality. They were also impressed by the faculty who continually supported and guided the students. The discussions of Coalescence 2017 inspired the students to think beyond business and also focus on the social and environmental impact of any action. The enthusiasm and keenness of the students were sky-high as they got to learn from the experiences of the best industry stalwarts. The students are looking forward to Coalescence 2018 next year for yet another upgrade.



Kacofonia 2017! The battle of creativity!

September 4 & 5 saw the unfolding of an event. An event that sent the three sections of PGP1 into a frenzy. An event where the best of PGP1 battled it out amongst themselves. Kacofonia 2017!

Colors splattered around as the first event T-shirt painting started. ‘Mixing & matching colors’, the creative designers continued to be busy with the tattoo making and face painting that followed. The transformation of pretty faces into devils, skulls, trees & panthers was amazing. The wall magazines shouted out the creativity of each class.




The art events slowly gave way to stage performances that started with mimicry and stand-up comedy acts. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious performances. Next up was the Dumb Charades & Antakshari events. Many of our students proved to be encyclopedias as far as Bollywood movies and songs were concerned!

After a short break, it was time for the much awaited events of the day. Brilliant music notes floated in the air as the singing competitions started. Band performances proved that we have good instrumentalists as well.


After dinner, the event shifted to the auditorium where the dancers of the batch moved their body to the music without skipping a beat. The fantastic actors reigned the stage with the one-act plays. Finally, it was time for the Fashion Show. Pretty girls and handsome lads walked onstage to cheers & whistles.


In a nail-biting finish Section A and Section B ended up with the same points. A first in the history of Kacofonia. Section C followed close behind.


The event was only for 2 days but the preparations had started a week back. The students thoroughly enjoyed the late-night practice sessions wherein they juggled every half hour between assignments, projects and practice. The best result of Kacofonia was that it brought entire PGP1 together and closer as a batch. Talents were appreciated irrespective of the sections – which is indeed the spirit of the event.


Well done PGP1 and thank you PGP2! Waiting for Kacofonia 2018, to see the juniors battle it out.










Remember, Cherish and Progress: IIM Kashipur’s message on Independence Day

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of Independence.” With this thought in mind, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur celebrated the 71st Independence Day in their new campus. Dr Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur, hoisted the National Flag which was followed by a rendering of the Indian National Anthem by all the people present.

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The Director expressed his gratitude towards our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the independence of our motherland. He urged the audience to take a moment and contemplate if we are moving in the direction that our forefathers had envisioned. He advised the youth to lead the country forward, starting with contributing to the upliftment of masses at the grassroot level and introspecting small changes to their day to day lives in order to strengthen the commitment towards achieving the sustainable development goals. As the post-independence generation gradually fades away, it is now the responsibility of the youth to do away with the greed and come forward for the masses in need. He encouraged the students of IIM Kashipur to become job givers instead of job seekers. He concluded his speech with words of the famous French philosopher Romain Rolland, “If there is one place on the face of earth, where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India”

Post the Director’s speech, the students promoted the idea of ‘taking pride in being a responsible Indian citizen’ through various cultural performances like dance, theatre, mono-act, music and speech.

After the cultural events, a Bike rally – ‘Bikerthon’ started from the new campus and went through the city of Kashipur. The motive was to promote the message of road safety.


A NukkadNatak was also organised by the students to spread awareness regarding traffic rules and regulations and the importance of taking a responsibility to follow them. The students successfully imparted the message of road safety to the gathering. The convoy then covered rest of the city relaying the same propaganda and culminated back at the new campus.

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In the evening, we were graced by the performance of Spic Macay. It is a nationwide voluntary movement that aims to make students more aware about Indian and World heritage, and organises programmes of classical music and dance, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks etc in school and college campuses throughout the world. The performance was led by Vidushi Vidha Lal and Shri. Abhimanyu Lal, Kathak exponents from Jaipur Gharana, daughter-in-law and son of renowned Guru and Sangeet Natak Academy awardee Smt. Geetanjali Lal.


The recital mesmerised the audience and created an influx of pride for the Indian culture. It inspired the audience to hold on to the past & acknowledge and appreciate the Indian heritage while progressing responsibly towards a better future for all.


Republic day at IIM Kashipur- 2017

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur celebrated the 68th Republic Day of the country on January 26th, 2017 at its permanent campus. The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony by Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur in the amphitheatre. This was followed by the National Anthem sung by the students, faculty, staff and many others who were present for the celebrations.

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IIM Kashipur Amphitheatre

This was followed by a speech by the Director. The students then performed a stage play, followed by a flute and a solo singing performance by one of the students of the Institute.

The celebration was followed by a quizzing event- Jung-E-Hindustan conducted by Quest, the quizzing club of IIM Kashipur in the 90 seater classroom of the permanent campus.

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IIM Kashipur during Jung-E-Hindustan quiz event

Agnitraya 3.0

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur concluded Agnitraya 3.0 on 8-1-2017. This was the first Agnitraya that was held in the state of the art 200 acre new campus at Escorts Farm, Kashipur campus. The event saw participation from over 600 students from top tier institutes of the nation. Agnitraya 3.0 hosted management events, case study competitions on marketing, sponsored by O2 spa, consulting case study, sponsored by Craftkhana, finance case study, operations case study and HR case study competitions. The event saw participation from institutes close and afar. Participants included IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Shillong, IIM Rohtak, IMI Delhi and many more. More than 500 entries had been registered for the case study competition.

The cultural events started off with a band performance by the hosts. Various cultural events like group dance, nukkad natak, Mr. and Miss Agnitraya, judged by Mr. India and solo singing drew thick crowds of students to the amphitheatre.

The headlining show for the cultural event was performed by ‘The Chain Jokers.’ One half of the duo, Tanmay Sharma, is and alumnus of IIM Kashipur itself. The stand-up comedy was a hit with the students and the laughter riot was one experience not seen before at such an event.

IIM Kashipur holds the distinction of being a Sunburn campus. This year DJ Candice Redding and DJ Shiv were the guest to pump in the beat for Sunburn, IIM Kashipur.

The events that saw the thickest number of participation were the sports events. More than 300 participants had registered for various sports events like cricket, football, badminton, table tennis, chess, carom and many more. It was host institute’s women’s team that made IIM Kashipur proud by clinching most titles in the segment.

The event drew to a close with a battle of bands between IIM Kashipur’s Zephyr and Sting from Kanpur, with Sting getting the crown of being better.

The last event for Agnitraya 3.0 was the band performance of Underground Authority. For two long hours the students of IIM Kashipur jumped and moshed to the beats of the India’s Got Talent’s finalists.

Guest Lecture- Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director-HR, Emerson

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur was graced by the presence of Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director- HR, Emerson. Mr. Khekale visited IIM Kashipur to deliver a guest lecture on HR in VUCA times.

“People have taken VUCA as a reality. What began in 2008, has been continuing” said Mr. Khekale.

Mr. Khekale discussed the challenges of the HR role in the modern times when dynamics is the key. He reiterated on the essence of restructuring and reorganizing the organization from time to time to tackle problems more effectively and efficiently.

“HR should be the moral compass of an organization. Many CEOs consider themselves to be the HR leader of their respective organizations” said Mr. Khekale.

Mr. Khekale concluded the speech by sharing his own experience in the role of an HR leader and answering questions from the students.

The entire student fraternity of IIM Kashipur thanks MR. Anirudda Khekale for providing us with such an insightful session.

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Guest Lecture By Mr. Shekhar Chandra Kumar, Ex-COO, Air India Express

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur was graced by the presence of Mr. Shekhar Chandra Kumar, Ex-COO, Air India Express. Mr. Shekhar visited IIM Kashipur to deliver a guest lecture on the opportunities in the aviation industry.

Mr. Shekhar started the lecture by introducing the aviation industry to the students of IIM Kashipur from his perspective, the challenges and the vicissitude of opportunities that lay forth.

He partitioned his lecture into three phases, discussing the pre-liberalization phase, the liberalization phase and the post liberalization phase of the aviation industry.  The session was an extremely informative one and opened up new avenues of opportunity that now lies before the students of IIM Kashipur.

He also mentioned a case of excellence, a project on air travel demand in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand that was conducted by the 2014 graduates of IIM Kashipur under the guidance of Mr. Shekhar Chandra Kumar, that found its way to the table of Air India, and using which demand was speculated for Pantnagar airport.

The Operations enthusiastic fraternity of IIM Kashipur, which is nestled in one of the most densely industrialized areas in South-East Asia, made the session and extremely engaging one with students questioning about every nook and corner of opportunity for operational excellance in the aviation industry in general and Air India in particular.

The entire student fraternity of IIM Kashipur thanks Mr. Shekhar Chandra Kumar for providing us with valuable time to share such information and insight.

Kacofonia 2016

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur organized the inter-sectional wars of PGP 2016-2018 batch students on 29th of October, 2016. The coveted title of being called the sectional wars champion of Kacofonia 2016 spurred all the students of IIM Kashipur to conjure their talents and bring the best of their performance to the battle field.

After taking out preparation times from the hectic time schedule of their IIM Kashipur lives, students hustled forth to the auditorium every night to hone their battle axes and wielding skills.

The battle of the sections had already begun on Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites.

The stage was set and the warriors were ready to bring the fury upon their opponents.

Kacofonia 2016 was spread over four different talent bundles, namely, Literary, Music, Dance, Theatre and Categorically Insane.

The event was kicked off to the loud cheer of the crowds, shouting slogans and battle cries, bolstering their sections and representative’s confidence. The first event for the day was Just-A-Minute. The tongue twisting adventure saw some of the smoothest talkers of IIM Kashipur get on the stage, hammering out words after words without even stopping for air. And even then the challengers found out flaws, and in a moment’s span, took the crowd’s attention by storm.

After some literary axe wielding and fabricating interesting, and at times insane, story lines, the students of IIM Kashipur had won the heart of its audience and befuddled the judges with their skills. While the judges scribbled away and tallied the scores in secrecy, the three sections of IIM Kashipur blared out their slogans and battle cries, to establish their dominancy in the auditorium.

Filled with intense excitement, the most awaited event for the knowledge freaks was unveiled. ‘Speak Up’ was the debating competition hosted for the day to test out logic vs. logic of the sections on the topic of ‘Should Pakistani artists be banned in India?’

Dr. Nandita Roy, Professor, Communications, IIM Kashipur was the judge for the day. While the debate heated up on the stage with Section A and Section B taking the lead, it was Arjun Kartheykein of PGP 2015-2017 who stole the show on behalf of Section B. He was adjudged the best speaker, thereby garnering 8 points for his section!

All the World’s a stage- drew in impromptu acts of Hillary Clinton, Shah Rukh Khan, Mamta Banerjee, Donald Trump and many more by the students. The good impersonations got the crowd to clap and cheer and the not-so-good-one drew louder cheers as they provided the comic relief! What a relief!

The next event had got the highest number of teams participating. Antakshari at Kacofonia was the event that drew the most cheers and hoots from the crowd among all the events that were hosted in the morning session of Kacofonia 2016.

Amid songs and music, time had slipped through and the first half of the event came to a close with the Movie Quiz. Being close to the hometown of ‘King Khan’, a lot of question seemed to be based on the ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood!

While the lunch was on, Parivartan club of IIM Kashipur, hosted fun events like musical chair and ‘antakshari’ for the supporting staff of IIM Kashipur. The people who make life easy for all students here, had a share of fun at Kacofonia as the student fraternity cheered on!

With the sun setting in the west, students from all sections slipped into rockstar mode, drawing out their guitars and drums, dancing shoes, and the most exotic attires for the fashion show!

To the loud cheer of the audience, the battle of the bands began with Section B performing some of the chartbusters of 2016. But it was the Section A boys who stole the show with their rendition of ‘Dil Se’, ‘Meri Laundry Ka Ek Bill’ and ‘Maaeri’. They got the entire stage on their feet, tapping and humming to the popular beats as the Section A boys belted out the songs.

The group dance competition saw students from all the sections shake a leg and some more to the tunes of some funky beats. A performance by the senior team was an added bonus to the event.

The day came to a close by two amazing one act plays directed, scripted and enacted the students of IIM Kashipur.

At two minutes to twelve, the whole auditorium waited with bated breath as the scores were being tallied.

B or A?

Or will it be C?

To the exuberance of the students Section C was the second runners up, Section B, the first runners up, and  Section A, the Kaco Cup Champions of Kacofonia 2016.

The day drew to a close with celebrations and appraisal for one another.