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All the happenings, all the updates from God’s own Kampus

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.

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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

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.

Another Red-Letter Day….

20th March, 2010 beckoned like a Red-letter day in the lives of PGP12 ever since they watched their seniors graduate out last year. The feeling was of great pride to see another batch of  promising students  receive their PGDs from Mr. Kapil Sibal, HRD Minister who graced Graduation day 2010 at IIM-K, however the pride was quickly overshadowed by deep and serene thoughts of one’s own future and trying to decipher one’s own destiny. For me it was like seeing my sibling getting married while I stood like a bystander trying to rejoice in their happiness.

However there was a lot more than these thoughts that were built around the Graduation Day. The were moments during Term 6 that showed the first instance of the seniors realizing that not much remained of their B-school days. Every chat session in the NC was rejoiced, every birthday was celebrated with great fervor, every CS session was enjoyed that much more, every Kiran Maggi savored with so much delight. While they knew that the inevitable drew close, they had no option but to enjoy every day on the pristine Kampus, while awaiting the new life with open arms.

The funny thing about B-school life is that, as long as you are there, you confront challenges that occur with such brazen and relentless frequencies yet once you get away from Kampus, you cannot help but feel that pang of separation from your alma-mater.And after attending today’s convocation, the feeling has only become that much more intense. God save me on my graduation day!! 🙂

For most it would not be their last Kiran Maggi, it would not be their last birthday together, for a lot of us are going  to see each other at Sangam in about 2 months, but everybody knows that on this graduation day when the Board of Governors recommend conferring PGDMs their life would never be the same again….

Congratulations PGP12!  We will miss you.. GodSpeed!

Charan

Media-Cell

A Farewell to remember…

The farewell for the passing out PGP 12 batch was given at the Taj Gateway Hotel on Thursday. It was a day to let the hair down and party till someone dropped or was kicked out. For action seekers, sadly neither happened. With busloads of students descending upon the venue, the party was determined to be kick-ass stuff right from the beginning. The evening started with song performances from the junior batch and the awarding of titles ranging from “Mr.Casanova” to “IP Queen” to “The Chettas”. The polling had been done among both the batches and the winners proudly walked away with the… ahem… accolades. For some of them, it was time to descend upon the food and drink like the ancient Greek Gods did after a tiring day of Thunderbolting and Medusa-fighting. The actual kick-off started when the DJ started belting out popular dance numbers. The prettily dressed ladies and the dashing young men took to the floor and did a fairly good imitation of Apaches in a rain dance. With the feet tapping and heart thumping, the farewell was what you would ask to remember as the last best thing from Kampus.