Young Guns started firing on 19th with the much awaited event getting off to a flying start. It targets at identifying the creative management brain, which is sharp, smooth and sure. Young Guns is brought to you by Blackberry menswear and NDTV profit along with Backwaters, IIM Kozhikode. Three day management fest of IIM Kozhikode, backwaters, also saw its opening yesterday. Young guns is one of the major attractions for the fest.
The audience was kept updated with regular updates pouring in since the morning itself. The preparation of event, the arrival of participants and their discussion with Ashutosh Sinha of NDTV, the host for the show, was all being shared with the world with status messages being updated and pictures being uploaded. The participants had come from various corners of the country, with people coming from as far as FMS Delhi, IIM Ahmadabad and IIM Calcutta. There were three participants from IIM Kozhikode. The search for young gun had sole female participant as Tanushree Pathak from Nitie, Mumbai. All the participants received business suits from Blackberrys. Aparajita, from Blackberrys described the costume as symbolic of transitions in life, and the suits presented to the participants symbolized the professional transitions that most of them are about to make. Many of the participants seemed anxious while there were some who managed to see the light side of the things. Bafpalbir Singh said that the main problem that he faces is that the suit given to him is black whereas his turban is blue, and they won’t go matching with each other!
Mr. Ashutosh Sinha briefed them regarding the first round and how it would go. The suspense about subsequent rounds continued for some more time. Meanwhile Mr. Ashutosh Sinha had a small discussion with the campus correspondent Sajal, which saw significant bonding developing between the two of them who also share the same hometown Ranchi. Ashutosh said that he has been to many campuses across the country but nothing comes close to this campus- “not only is this the best, it is by far the best”. He talked about the importance of diversity in management education, at length, and he explained how people from different backgrounds have different things to learn from each other. Talking about the concept of young Guns, he said a young gun is someone who can make the right decisions today which will help him or her in the years to come. The presence of Ashutosh gave a whole new dimension to the event.
The first round of young guns involved the presentations made by the participants about a case related to media and entertainment industry. The honorable judges were Mr. Keyoor Purani and Mr. Atanu Adhikari, two of the distinguished faculty members of IIMK. For the case presentation, most of the young guns fired on the same target while suggesting similar strategies. Also with most of them doing pretty well, it is unlikely that this round will give someone a clear edge. In any case it was not an elimination round and we will have to wait and see what difference do the points carried forward from this round make in the future. The presentations were followed by a small round of questions and answers where judges asked for certain explanations and clarifications from a few participants.
The event gets heated up on its second day when the young guns also start firing at the fellow participants. The next round is a debate round with the topic that has been decided upon being- India vs Bharat. Don’t miss the action.
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