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Sangram 2010 : IIMK – IIMB Sports Meet

Let’s rollback two years.

 Sangram2008

The competition was even at 6-6. In the final competition of the event, tennis was going on. Cries of “cheating” reverberated in the crowd. Reason: No One knows yet. IIMK was on the verge of winning (we did win eventually). However, IIMB backed out from the last event and the event stood at 6-6.

Huge chaos erupted in the God’s own campus regarding the trophy. Our beloved Director keeping up with the moral and the sportsmen spirit of our institution gave away the trophy to IIMB. Now it is time, time to reclaim the lost glory, time to bring back what is truly ours, time to win Sangram 2010 in IIMB, time to take revenge in their own home ground. Yes, we haven’t forgotten what had happened 2 years back, nor we will forget ever. Like always our sports persons will play in the best spirits of the game, but one can expect unmatched zeal and vigor. Expect the passion to convert into the performance, and performance into victory.

Adrenalin is pumping high in all the teams for various sports. 13 events spread over 2 days in the primitive campus of IIMB (of course nothing comes close to God’s Own Campus), Sangram 2010 is all set to become one of the major events in our calendar year. K-ites have been giving their best in the practice sessions and we are sure we will give more than our best in the main event. Come October 9th 2010, IIMB is in our hands. So is Sangram 2010. It is high time we avenged, reclaimed what is truly ours! May the better team win…May IIMK win 🙂

Snapshots from Hell…story of Stanfords, Harvards…and IIMs

Snapshots from Hell- the making of an MBA – this book by Peter Robinson is about the life of a student of Stanford University. He is a poet, a writer, and somone who wrote speeches for the former President Regan, and was employed in White House, before he decided to go for business studies. Peter Robinson’s Snapshots from hell is a unique insider’s account of the life at a business school, and is useful for every prospective student who is looking for the answer: what is a business school really like? When I talk about prospective students of a B-School, I mean any good business school, and it is equally enlightening for the audience of our country, and has an interestingly universal appeal. It is useful for MBA applicants, students, business professors, and anyone else with an interest in the difference between advertising and reality of the world of MBA.

During his frenetic first year at Stanford, Peter Robinson began keeping a journal of his day to day incidents which actually evolved into this book. The life is compared to life in hell, for most parts of the book, exploring the various challenges that one faces. In a gradual manner it also brings out the various positives, and goes on to explain why a couple of years spent in such a place is seen as a huge value addition in the corporate world. The way he lands himself a job, and goes on to admit that it is only because he is a student of such a college that he has managed the offer, is an important message that he conveys. The book is particularly useful for the section, which in Indian context comes from a non-engineering background, and is often under the impression that the MBA course is going to be a stiffer challenge for them to overcome. Another important part is where author reveals the value of an MBA degree from a college like Stanford. He quotes his professor who says that even if students at Stanford and other top b-schools are not grounded hard and simply asked to play golf and enjoy life for 2 years, even then companies would recruit them in abundance and at a premium price. The author does not approve or disapprove of the point per se, but manages to present an idea that the mere association with a Stanford, or say IIM, increases the brand value of a person. This somewhat explains the psyche of a large pool of MBA aspirants, for whom getting an entry into a MBA college serves as a much bigger motivational factor than the prospect of education that follows it. If the aspirants, or the present and past students think over this, they will relate to this idea.

The book also has to its credit, one of the topics for a XAT essay, in the year the book was reelased. Interestingly the topic was Stockholm Syndrome, where one falls in love with someone who has kept us captive. Similarly as a student we are bound to find the life in a B-School hell at times, but we just can’t help falling in love with it at some point of the course. The book is highly recommended to the aspirants for getting a first hand account of life in a b-school, and trust me, life at an IIM is not much different from the life at Stanford. It is equally beneficial for the present students to develop their perspective about the whole MBA education. As one of the noted reviews of the book mentions “this book is a must for anyone who is thinking of making an investment of their time or money in an MBA”.

CAT 2010 HelpLine by IIM Kozhikode students

http://www.pagalguy.com/2010/09/get-your-cat-prep-queries-answered-by-iim-kozhikode-students/

http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/cat-and-related-discussion/58575-cat-2010-helpline-iim-kozhikode.html

IIM Kozhikode students came up with another example which proves why this college’s education system is producing responsible and conscious managers. The initiative taken a few years ago has now become a legacy of IIM K and the Official CAT helpline on Pagalguy, the country’s website on MBA preparations, and is once again being managed by Kozhikode students. It is symbolic of the inherent nature of the student community here which is ever willing to make its contribution in the educational, environmental and social domain in whatever possible way it can. The Media Cell, IIM Kozhikode which is largely instrumental in coming up with this initiative, has mentioned that CAT is largely a game of confidence and temparament, and such last minute expert mentoring is aimed at helping students primarily on this front.

The aspiring students are reaping rich benefits in the thread. Many of them have been continously mentioning that the thread is serving as a major confidence booster, while many have been impressed with how any type of doubt or query has been analyzed and answered by the IIMK students. Of course the fact that the suggestions come directly from the people who have been there, done that, and made it into the dream college, is acting as a crucial inspirational factor. The thread already has over 14000 views and more than 300 posts in close to four days.

With more and more students of IIMK joining in this noble venture, and more and more aspirants discussing their issues on the thread, this step is bound to create a major impact.

Rashmi Bansal inspires IIM K potential entrepreneurs

Rashmi Bansal was invited by ECell to visit the campus on 19/09/2010. She held an informal session with students talking about her books “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” and “Connect the Dots”. She also spoke about some interesting entrepreneurs she happened to meet in Kerala. She spoke about some entrepreneurs whose stories could not be published in the book “Connect the Dots” but were interesting stories. Examples included two alumni of IIMK who are into the business of Banana chips. She also gave a very interesting example of a young entrepreneur in the incubation centre, NIT Calicut. She used this example to convey how inspirations may be there everywhere around us, we need to have the tendency to look for them. Rashmi also guided students regarding the importance of having informal interactions with faculty members because they always have stories which can be enlightening to students.

On being asked about examples of “Failure in entrepreneurship”, she told that there is nothing called a permanent failure in entrepreneurship; it is like an addiction, you would seldom feel like closing down a business and going back to job. She told she has never met any person who has felt like a failure after being an entrepreneur. If you don’t succeed it is a lesson, if you do, you fulfil your dream.  A job is a safe option…. so one can rather seek the adventures and do something new than work in a job with limited exposure. Students were lucky to get some practical advice from her when she told them that every campus has around 10 percent students who are capable of making it big if they try something different, but every student should use the time in the college to discover if he or she belongs to that 10 percent. When asked about the difficulty in getting a book published in India, she said “ one should write for himself, and his satisfaction, publications and audience will follow”.

She spoke about

  • Her experience as a book writer
  • How she ended up being a writer?
  • What the life of a writer is like?
  • Journalism as a career option
  • Challenges that one faces in starting up and maintaining a magazine

She was full praise to the architecture of the buildings on campus and the beautiful natural landscape around the campus. She commented that the campus looked very different from the other IIM’s and it is the most beautiful of all the IIM’s that she has seen. She liked the concept of Contemplation Room and Meditation Centre in the campus.

A pill in Entrepreneurship by Dr. Sunil Handa

If anyone has read the book ‘Stay hungry, Stay foolish’, one would come across a chapter titled ‘The Alchemist’. It is about the success story of Prof. Sunil Handa, an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad.According to the book, “From a hard nosed businessman to an educational entrepreneur, his is a fascinating journey.”

On 9th and 10th of September , 2010 , students of IIM Kozhikode had the unique opportunity to engage in an interaction with Prof. Sunil Handa in his flagship programme ‘Workshop on LEM ( Laboratory in Entrepreneurial Motivation)’.By the way ,the subject  ‘LEM’ is the most sought after elective course in IIM Ahmedabad .With his no-nonsense inspirational take on entrepreneurship , interspersed with witty anecdotes , Prof. Handa has managed to keep the students in the Auditorium engrossed in his words of wisdom .He urged the students to be like a ‘ Shiva linga’ .He told that whatever type of liquid one pours on it , there as no affect on the ‘ Shiva linga’ . It just stands firm. Likewise, during one’s entrepreneurial venture, if anyone is faced with any sort of criticism, one should not be undermined and be firm and should just focus on one’s goals. He went on to dwell on obstacles, stressing the fact that they are like “margasuchak”. They give right direction to oneself and that whenever someone encounters an obstacle then they should thank the obstacle. He quoted an example of him not receiving an offer from a famous FMCG company and that was the reason for him to do bigger things in life. He even went to the temple and thanked God for that incident in his life. He also quoted from Hanuman Chalisa, “Aapan Tej Samharo Aapei, Tanau Lok Hank Te Kanpei” – When you roar all the three worlds tremble and only you can control your might. This means you are the limit of yourself. He asked the students to strip the quote of its religious meaning and apply it to their managerial practices .According to Prof. Handa, “A century ago, being patriotic would have meant ‘Getting freedom from the British’. Today if you want to help your country, start some business and help the economy grow better”.

Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, the Director of IIM Kozhikode, expressed his desire that if at least twenty students out of the batch of first year students could turn up into successful entrepreneurs then the whole purpose of the workshop would be fulfilled. He was curious about the quality of the Business Plans that the students discussed with Prof. Handa and asked about them. Prof. Handa was pleased with the business ideas put forward by the students. The Director informed  Prof. Handa that the curriculum in IIM Kozhikode is under revision and feedback is taken from the students themselves on what they  exactly want .The Director revealed that if the students suggested some courses on Entrepreneurship, then the faculty would try to include more of such courses as they are trying to be very flexible in revising the curriculum.

E-Cell (The Interest Group of IIM Kozhikode which promotes entrepreneurial spirit among the students) enquired Prof. Handa about the activities that  E-Cell should involve in  to foster Entrepreneurship. His suggestion was introduction of a course with focus on one-to-one sessions and industry visits and meeting with top management of the corresponding industries.

During a one-on-one session regarding Business Plans, a student told Prof. Handa that he has 20 acres of land and asked about his desire to start a dairy farm.Prof. Handa replied, “It is a fantastic idea. I always wanted that one of my students have a dairy with 10,000 cows and buffaloes. If you ever plan to implement the idea, contact me, I will help you with the whole thing. We’ll also start a milk processing factory, use cow dung to produce bio-gas and will make organic compost of the final waste.”

Such is the charisma of Prof. Handa that he has turned many students in B – Schools over India into successful entrepreneurs. Undoubtedly, his ‘Workshop in Laboratory in Entrepreneurial Motivation’ has become immensely popular over the years.

Media Cell

IIM Kozhikode

Asking yourself the quintessential question… Why MBA?

All of us have encountered this question and have developed responses that are both impressive and inventive. These responses reflect our perception of an MBA program which more often than naught is the result of certain stereotypes. To utilize something one must first perceive it. As much publicized, the MBA program has immense potential to be tailored to suit one’s personal requirements. But like any tailored fitting its usefulness is limited by one’s ability to perceive oneself in that outfit. There are several stereotypes attached to an MBA program. The numerically inclined want to pursue a career in finance or economics, the verbally inclined want to go for marketing or HR. Although these traits are necessary, they are by no means sufficient.  The most important quality of an MBA program is its versatility. It has the ability to be much more than just a degree.  Business, as we understand it, is based on certain principles spread across measurable disciplines. But a component of business cannot be compartmentalized. Any business activity is driven by five impulses (or “senses”) – finance, marketing, operations, HR and strategy. Finance tells you which option is most profitable among a list of alternatives. But who generates the list? Similarly marketing delivers value to your business. But how valuable do you want your business to be? Operations optimizes processes. But what level of optimality do you want? HR manages people. But which people do you need to manage? Strategy builds business intelligence? But how much intelligence is sufficient? The answers to these questions may not be available in text or speech. But these answers can be deciphered by application. The knowledge of these answers is the “sixth sense” of business. This knowledge (sixth sense) is both critical and elusive. It is this skill that one needs to acquire through an MBA program.

Regards,

Media Cell

The Countdown begins to PGP14….

With the registration & orientation for the Class of 2012 just hours away, it has gotten me nostalgic about our orientation which was more of a hush-hush affair, yet something so memorable. We remember taking snaps at the amphitheatre right after the orientation. 364 days have passed since that day and every day at the God’s Own Kampus (that’s how we spell Campus in this part of the world) has been a gift (no matter how we crib). You see the anticipation and apprehension in the eyes of these folks as they silently drag their luggage down the Crossroads to the hostel wing, only halting now then looking for a soul to give them directions.

I am sure every second year student goes through this cycle of emotions when Facchas and Facchis enter their kampus and life.It is a unique sight to see so many new students that for a moment you question yourself, “Is this the same IIMK?”  Well,  the answer is a simple NO! Every batch reshapes the culture of IIMK and I am sure PGP14 will surely bring something that enriches our culture further.

PGP14 is gifted in more ways than one. PGP14 is the first batch which will be administered the oath of ethical conduct. This is the first ever orientation in the history of IIM-K that will be recorded.  The batch can store  it as cherished memory for the rest of their illustrious life. PGP14 also enter the college when we are on a high with a lot of developments on the institute front right from the increased thrust in the Executive Education Program, plans to take distance education program to Mauritius, Singapore, and the latest rankings of IIMK on Business World.With our Director Dr. Debashis Chatterjee coming up with the Leadership Clinic in Mumbai this week it will be another platform where hot-shots from companies such as HSBC, Nokia etc will come together to discuss the emerging ideas in leadership. Surely these are exciting times for the new batch to savor.

I will spare the gyaan for the umpteen number of sessions which will be held for the PGP14 going forward. I hope PGP14 has a smooth registration process, a wonderful orientation week and tons of fun while they settle down at IIMK. Trust me guys, rest for while before the storm comes to hit you 🙂 Buckle up your seats coz Kansas is going Bye-Bye 🙂

Trust me guys (and gals, how can I ignore them :D) you folks are in for a blast!  Welcome to IIM-Kozhikode!

Glass Half-full or Half-empty ?

As we conclude our most taxing term on Kampus (4 projects, 40 odd quizzes and exams, countless cases) and the first-half of our stay at IIM Kozhikode, mixed emotions cloud our thoughts. At one end we are relieved to go through some of the  subjects that sapped the living soul out of us, whereas at the other end we are excited and nervous as we are about to enter the corporate world for one express stint with our summer internships. At one end we are happy that the tough first year has gone by, but at the other end we know that there is just one more year to go on God’s own Kampus. At one end, we are sad to see our seniors leave one by one, and at the other end we know that we are going to rule this college for the next one year and try to make IIMK to rise to new heights.

As they say emotions are only ephemeral and they will pass on with time. Change is inevitable and it will prevail and it us who will have to brave all the changes that will come in our life.

Destination Kozhikode…

While people might debate over the Kozhikode (formerly Calicut) being one of the quieter towns of Kerala, it comes as no surprise when Kozhikode is voted as one of the preferred locations for settling down. A recent survey by Rediff.com rated Kozhikode as the 15th best city to live in and 5th among the non-metros. This is not a one-off instance as another survey in 2007 by Indicus Survey Research rated Kozhikode as one of the destination cities.

Rediff rated Kozhikode 3rd on purchasing power, 10th on housing options and socio-cultural political fronts. It fell on the safety front which was pretty surprising considering our hassle-free experiences so far. Touch wood! However Kozhikode ranks # 1 in medical and hospital facilities in the 37 cities in the survey.

Kozhikode, the 3rd largest city in Kerala is known for its history, a melting pot of varied cultures, Ayurveda Therapy and our very own God’s own Kampus.