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Gaurav Kapoor – TEDx speaker at IIM K

Gaurav Kapoor

Gaurav Kapoor with a yen for cheeky talk found his way into radio, video jockeying and movies. Gaurav Kapoor is from New Delhi and his schooling years were in Mount Saint Mary’s School. He was seventeen when he landed an opportunity to work with FM. Soon after, he joined Channel [V] as a video jockey and was there for six whole years when movies beckoned. Gaurav Kapoor’s first tryst with the big screen was with Darna Mana Hai (2003) as Romi. The same year he was seen in another horror flick Ssssshhhh (2003). This was followed by Manu Rewal’s Chai Pani Etc (2004), a comedy; White Rainbow (2005) which was women oriented; the comedy Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana and as Ahmed in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, a remake of Sholay. In 2008, he was seen in Secrets of the Seven Sounds, Quick Gun Murugan, The Mole and Ugly Aur Pagli. He worked with Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah in Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday. Gaurav Kapoor played the lead in the comedy Bad Luck Govind (2009) that opened to mixed reviews. His next movie is a drama called Saluun. We look forward to his presence at IIM K.

Dr. Palash Sen – TEDx Speaker at IIM K

Dr. Palash Sen

Dr. Palash Sen is founder and front man of iconic Indian super group, Euphoria. Palash was born on the 23rd of September 1965, in a family of talented Doctors and singer. Taking the family profession ahead, he graduated as an MBBS and later specialized in Orthopedics from UCMS, Delhi. It was during this time, that he started Euphoria with his friends. Euphoria, which began as a college band, went on to become one of the most successful and best selling artists to have emerged from India. Euphoria has 4 studio albums to their credit along with a “Best of” compilation. Euphoria is hailed as the pioneers of Hindi Rock movement in India and still continues to the sub continent’s biggest and busiest live acts. Dr. Palash Sen made his debut as an actor in 2002 with Filhaal, a movie directed by Meghna Gulzar. He is set to make a comeback in March 2011 with a film titled “Mumbai Cutting”. Euphoria has also done music for the film. 2011 will also see the release of Euphoria’s much awaited 5th studio album, along with Dr. Palash Sen’s official biography, penned by Pune based writer and painter, Ashish Kate. We await his presence at IIM K.

Dr. Satinath Sarangi – TEDx Speaker at IIM K

Dr. Satinath Sarangi- A Man of Steel

Almost Twenty five years have passed since a terrible disaster loomed the city of Bhopal in the late hours of 2nd Dec, 1984. And since then Dr Satinath Sarangi, a postgraduate in Metallurgical Engineering from IT BHU, has worked as well as campaigned relentlessly for the countless victims of one of the world’s biggest environmental catastrophe. He has literally kept the tragedy unforgotten and remains the primary contact for those who are concerned about the victim.

Honored by “The Week” as the Man of the Year- 2010, Dr Sarangi is the managing trustee of the Sambhavana Clinic, which provides the survivors of the disaster with free medical and community health care. Also he has been campaigning tirelessly for more adequate compensation and for the corporate culprits behind the human catastrophe to be brought to book.

Soon after the disaster, Sarangi was involved in establishing Zahreeli Gas Kand Sangharsh Morcha – the “Poisonous Gas Episode Struggle Front”, but he soon found that officialdom could be less than forthcoming and at times downright oppressive. He was less than anxious for the full and lethal extent of the poisoning to be made public. For this, Sarangi helped to set up the Bhopal Group for Information and Action. In 1989 he went abroad for the first time, visiting the US, Netherlands, Ireland and Britain to campaign against the settlement the Indian government was negotiating with Union Carbide, without consulting any of the victims. That settlement was struck at $470 million, which was about a seventh of the $3.3 billion the government had initially claimed – for more than half a million people.

Dr Satinath Sarangi also received an honorary degree from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University in recognition of his immense contribution to social and moral justice. He also graced the occasion with a public lecture on ‘Bhopal 25 Years On – Corporate Crime and people’s Resistance’. He is definitely a man of Steel! We look forward to his presence at IIM Kozhikode.

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.