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IIM K advances ideas in collaboration with TED

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, one of country’s premier B-schools has always aspired to strengthen the capabilities of integrating concepts with applications and values. It has always believed in exploring different paths to spread knowledge and learning. With this mission, IIM Kozhikode is the first IIM to advance ideas in collaboration with TED by organising an independent TEDx event on July 9th at IIM Kozhikode campus.

TED is a 25 years old non-profit organization devoted to ‘Ideas worth Spreading’. It has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. In the past annual TED Conference, the list of speakers include Bill Gates, Al Gore, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Pranav Mistry, Shashi Tharoor, Harsha Bhogle, Shekhar Kapur, Late Prof. C.K. Prahalad, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown amongst many other eminent personalities. TEDx offers individuals or groups, a way to organize independent, TED-like events; helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TEDx IIM Kozhikode is an independently organized TEDx event under TED. Its mission is to spread ideas, inspire people by providing a platform of inspiring talks by entrepreneurs, innovators, change makers, leaders & scientists etc. It will host renowned speakers from different walks of life like Dr. Kiran Bedi, Dr. Palash Sen, Harsh Manglik, Satinath Sarangi, Gaurav Kapoor and many more.

This one day event would comprise a series of inspirational and cogitative talks by twelve speakers including a scintillating performance by the celebrated rock band in the country, Euphoria. Being a unique event it will witness a wide coverage in print, electronic media and participation from corporates, academicians, students and alumni. This event is supported by Microsoft, Pagalguy and Doattend.

For registration and event details please visit TEDx IIM Kozhikode website

International Women’s Day at IIM Kozhikode

IIM Kozhikode takes yet another leap of celebrating the rich diversity. On the occasion of auspicious day celebrated for women world-wide,  IIM Kozhikode, known for its rich culture and highly diversified batch commemorated this day for women.

International Women’s Day marked on the 8th of March every year, is a day of global celebration of women. To continue the legacy and celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, the Social Service Group, Student Council,  Media Cell and all students at IIM K have decided to take up the task of mentorship of female students in Kozhikode. This task would be divided into two phases:

In phase one, IIM Kozhikode proposes to have all the Women Students of PGP14 take a pledge to play a vital role in the empowerment of girl students in Kozhikode. These students will then be divided into groups and allotted schools in and around Kunnamangalam for the career counseling phase.

In phase two, the Social Service Group would take up Career Counseling Sessions as part of their activities each year. The groups allotted in Phase One will be provided with materials which will be used for the sessions by the Social Service Group to assist them in counseling the students. Students from 8th & 9th standard shall be targeted for this initiative as these students decide their career paths at this point in time.

The evening today was marked by the presence of professors and students taking oath on this propitious day.

“I, today on International Women’s day, would take upon this oath of always adding meaning to the existence in every role of a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a wife.

I will keep my dreams big, aspirations high and strive for a bigger and brighter tomorrow. I commit to mentor at least one woman who is less privileged than I am in order that she succeeds in fulfilling her potential as a human being.

I will respect, assist and appreciate fellow women counterparts and strive for women’s economic political and social achievements.”          ~IIM Kozhikode, International Women’s Day, March 08, 2011

Prof. Rani Ladha, faculty MBA Finance at IIM Kozhikode graced the occasion by speaking the equality of men and women in today’s era and that both are mutually involved in strengthening the bond of men-&-women.

IIM Kozhikode certainly hopes to make the task of mentorship a grand success in the near future such that women in this country proudly respect not only their independence but their very existence. The quote by Diane Mariechild aptly fits in today’s celebration of women liberalization.

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

Federal Bank Calicut Mini Marathon 2011 – Transforming Lives

The Federal Bank Calicut Mini Marathon 2011 organized by the Social Service Group of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in association with District Sports Council and Usha School of Athletics, took place on Sunday, 6th February, at the Calicut Beach. The theme of this year’s marathon was ‘Transforming Lives’. The aim of the marathon was to create awareness about the importance of education of the differently abled children in our society. Some of the dignitiaries attending the event included Dr P.B.Salim, the District Collector of Kozhikode, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIM Kozhikode, Shri. K J Mathai, President of the District Sports Council, Shyam Sreenivasan, MD and CEO of Fed Bank, Mr. R. Madhusanker, President of the Calicut Press Club among several other noted personalities. Popular film actress Ann Augustine also attended the event. Representatives from Prashanti School, an institution working in the field of education for the differently abled, which was being supported by the Calicut Mini-Marathon this year, were also present at the event.

The marathon brought together over 5000 people in and around Calicut, of who about 3000 participated in the 10km and 3km versions. The 10 km race saw runners aged from 6 to 60, with about 500 men and 50 women vying for the top honors. The milling crowds at the registration desks on the Calicut beach bore testimony to the enthusiasm exhibited by the city’s youth and the young at heart. The men’s mini marathon was flagged off by the Collector from the start line near the Corporation Office at about 7:15 am. Following it, the women’s mini marathon was flagged off by popular film actress Ann Augustine.

Along with the 10km Mini Marathon, a 3km Dream Run was also organized where the dignitaries walked shoulder to shoulder with students and members from various organizations in the city. The aim of this run was to exhibit the solidarity of the different groups with the issue at hand. Students from colleges across Calicut had visited special schools prior to the marathon, had spent time with the differently abled children there and had come up with very thought provoking campaigns through banners, posters, slogans and even skits in the 3 km run. Students from NIT Calicut, Farooq College, Holy Cross College and KMCT Polytechnic participated in this unique event termed ‘Catalysts of Tranformation’.

The Men’s 10 km mini marathon was won by Soji Mathew from Railways. The 2nd and 3rd prizes went to Irappa D. Akki from MRC Sports Club and Chahar Y. S. from Navy (Ernakulam) respectively. The women’s mini marathon was won by Priyanka Singh Patel. The 2nd and 3rd prizes went to Sushama Devi from Haryana and Rmaeshwari from Palakkad respectively. The winners took home a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the runners up got Rs. 50000 and the second runners up, Rs. 25000. The prizes were distributed by the Federal Bank team to the winners in men’s category and by Mr. Mathai, Preident of the District Sports Council and Professor Debashis Chatterjee to the women. The other runners in the top 20 were awarded consolation prizes of Rs. 2000 each for their efforts. The Trophy for the college with the most enthusiastic participation in terms of creativity, dynamism and strength went to NIT Calicut.

The title sponsor for this year’s event was Federal Bank, the numero uno bank in Calicut. The associate sponsor is Hilite Builders. Mathrubhumi is the official print media partner, Red FM is the radio partner and Asianet CV is the channel partner. MIMS Hospital is the medical partner. Rotary Club of Calicut Midtown, National Service Scheme and Focus Mall are also event partners.

An amount of Rs 1Lakh, collected from the marathon, was donated to Prashanti School for children with special needs run by the Navajyothi Trust. The school has twice received the award for the best school in Kerala catering to children with disabilities.


Kaleidoscope, The Photography Exhibition of IIMK, showcasing the photography talent of the students of IIMK  was conducted by Tripod, the Photography Club of IIMK during Backwaters.

The work impressed one and all. Some were simply amazed at the quality of the work. As the Tripod members put it,  IIMK being the most picturesque campus would definitely inspire one to indulge in photography.

Take a look …

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International Day celebrated at IIM-K …

IIM Kozhikode experienced a synergy of cultures on 30th October 2010, with the conduct of the eagerly awaited International Day. The day began with the current batch’s foreign exchange students from Norway, France and Italy showcasing their respective countries at stalls. The stalls presented a wide variety of photographs, videos and brochures of the respective countries.

 Later during the day, the campus was in for a special treat, when students & faculty were treated to snacks prepared by the foreign exchange students themselves. A wide variety of items ranging from soup to pasta to dessert were prepared. The sumptuous food was widely appreciated by one and all.

The atmosphere of excitement built up by these delicacies spilled over into the Cultural Night in the evening. Students were treated to glorious visuals of each country and a humorous insight into the differences between India & Europe. The foreign exchange students put up a lively hilarious performance which had the audience falling off the edge of their seats. There were a whole range of events from quiz to dumb charades, which ended with a perfect climax- a bollywood dance performance by the exchange students themselves.

Prof. Sanal Kumar Velayudhan, Dean, Development expressed admiration and thanked the students for their hard work in putting up a wonderful show. On the whole, it was an amazing performance and one that cant be forgotten so easily!!  




The much awaited ‘Tadka’, coming out soon- By Edit Board

Firstly, we apologize for the delayed edition of Tadka. We hope that the spice in this edition makes up for the delay. So presenting before you …from the Rasoi of Edit board ….spicy Tadka on the menu “items” of campus!!

Filled with the hoch-poch of PGP14, glam-sham of PGP girls, and the “aah se aaha tak” of PGP guys Tadka is coming out soon! Thanks to the gender ratio of PGP14 our campus is one the most happening campuses to be. More colorful personalities with lots of masala are right on spot for you.

So the confused PGP14 and the chilled out PGP13 HURRYYYYYY and grab a copy of TADKA!!!

We hope that we haven’t crossed the line anywhere and in case we did……. well the damage has already been done so no point in apologizing. Stop cribbing and be a sport.

Tadka- The cover page

Dandiya Night at IIM-K

IIM K celebrated Navratra by organizing Dandiya Night as per the Gujarati tradition. Young budding managers came together, to have a very special celebration in a highly vibrant and festive atmosphere. Culcom, the cultural committee had organized the Dandiya Nite, which also witnessed many other enthusiastic volunteers coming forward in organizing the event. Few of the Gujaratis, like Rutvij and Pooja, worked towards training their batch mates on the dance steps of Garba and Dandiya over the few days prior to the event.

The evening began with the Puja and offering of the Aarti. The hard working MBA students, who are also highly regarded for their even harder partying skills, were soon in a party mode. It started with people dancing to the tunes of various dandiya songs. They knew little about the technicalities of the dance, but the interest levels and the enthusiasm was worth watching. Even before the event had begun, the eagerness and anticipation of it had already indicated how successful it will be.

Dj Mahtaab then came up with a full range of Bollywood party songs to give a whole new dimension to the celebrations. The way people were dancing to these songs with Dandiya sticks in their hands, trying to mix traditional dance steps with the funky moves, apparently brought out the best of the cultural mix. Of course it was awesome fun as well. The playlist ranged from some of the “khakhor” songs of the 90s to the latest “tadak-bhadak’ ones. The party often switched gears with folk Gujarati numbers and doing Garba dance on some Bollywood numbers.

Culcom was very pleased with the way things went. The satisfaction and happiness of all those who became a part of the memorable evening was also visible in a variety of facebook status messages which were on full display after the event. IIM Kozhikode celebrated the Dandiya Night with full fervor.

IIMB dominates Sangram 2010

Things didn’t start the right way. 3 tyre bursts, 1 hour spent at the checkpost convincing the inspector-in-charge regarding the validity of the bus documents and finally travelling by local buses to reach our destination IIM Bangalore, the scheduled venue for the Sangram-2010. These were in some ways signs of things to come, and in a small way also responsible for them.

Sangram 2010 never went as per our expectations. There was a buzz around that IIMB was seeing Sangram as a practice ahead of some events they considered more major ones. Upset by these rumours we wanted to prove them wrong by displaying our might, but then a result of 11-3 in favour of IIMB does cut out a sorry face of IIMK in this particular event. Except for Basketball, Chess and Pool where IIMK emerged victorious on account of some stunning displays of skills and expertise, other events are not worth boasting about. The scoreline though does not indicate that it was a close competition for most parts of it.  Badminton, throwball, carrom, football and swimming saw close games which could have gone either way. K-ites succumbed not because of lack of talent but because of lack of practice, which ensured that IIMB edged ahead in these events. Of course they had the advantage of playing in familiar conditions . On the other hand some of  our tired souls, on account of the journey we had, playing in new conditions could not match upto the performance of IIMB players. The chess team did an intelligent thing when they requested their game to be held on the next day, though it was sheduled a few hours after we reached there. This master stroke was followed by several master strokes which saw the team coming out with flying colours. There were few positives, but we need to focus on reasons why we failed to live up to our own expectations. The sports was a true winner when most of the games were played in a great spirit. The event highlights the all round development that happens in IIMs, truly getting reflected in fine overall performances in such events.

We congratulate IIMB on their spectacular success, but we also respect the never say die attitude that our college mates displayed. As Sportscom member Arjun Rao aptly put ” come Sangram 2011, and the things will be different”. Till then it is time to keep playing and keep improving, and above all keep having fun. Sangram 2010 was a grand success, and IIMB will agree it will remain one of the very best events to have been held in their campus. Cheers to the two of the best colleges of the country for making it possible.

Sangram 2010 : IIMK – IIMB Sports Meet

Let’s rollback two years.


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 🙂

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