Every year, come November, ‘Kampus’ starts buzzing with excitement and activity- Backwaters, the flagship management fest of IIM Kozhikode will be drawing to a close on Sunday evening after 3 days of intense competition, entertainment and some groundbreaking cultural performances.

Day one started on a high note, with a potpourri of activities offering something for everyone. The Wipro Earthian Sustainability Quiz and SBI Sustainability Challenge case study were some of the highlights, promoting sustainability in business, the theme of the festival.

Shiksha, a CSR initiative to help school students through career counselling workshops garnered much appreciation. A student from White School, Calicut said “It cleared a lot of doubts. I was asked to write down my top 5 career choices and then given a roadmap on how to best achieve each of them”.

Other highlights of the first day included Avatar- a flagship event for finding the ultimate CEO and Model United Nations which had delegates debating over crucial concerns facing the world today. The evening saw an enthralling performance of Kalaripayattu, a martial arts form originated in Kerala.

The penultimate day commenced with the final round of Chennai Super Kings Re-Launch Case Competition. According to a participant “It was a great opportunity to study the world of sports franchisee through such an iconic brand”.

A collaboration with Josh Talks brought to IIMK inspiring personalities from diverse backgrounds- including N Rajiv-the president of the first gram panchayat to offer free Wifi to the public, Jabir Karat who encouraged moving towards a waste-free India and Jijo Kuriakose-the founder of Queerala all of whom attempted to broaden the horizons of young, bright minds by their extremely moving speeches.

The festival also had an appreciable mix of activities that kept everyone on their toes like the Treasure Hunt whose plot twisting clues made people dash around the campus and a highly interactive workshop by Mad over Marketing. The second day also saw a standup act by Biswa Kalyan Rath, which had everyone falling off their seats in laughter.

Sunday evening would have performances by IIMK’s very own music club and Anand Bhaskar Collective, the rock fusion band that has everyone jamming to their tunes before the 3 day long management saga concludes.

An attendee belonging to SIBM Pune commended Backwaters’ efforts saying “My experience so far has been amazing. The organizing team has been very accommodative and I would definitely recommend coming to IIMK Backwaters to my juniors next year.”  The event saw a participation of around 22,000 (including overseas students) in over 23 events with prizes amounting to 6 lakhs.

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