Creating big and small differences to the society…

IIM-Kozhikode is known to be different from other B-schools, in its approach towards management education. It tries to inculcate a sense of social responsibility, in the minds of its diverse student pool. Students are given various opportunities to participate in programs that attempt to produce managers and entrepreneurs, who are sensitive to the society. One such platform is the ‘Mess workers Evening Classes’, where the students teach the mess workers. The students get an opportunity to showcase their social sensitivity which provides them with great satisfaction, apart from providing the mess workers an opportunity to get educated by some of the brightest minds of the country.

This is a part of the welfare projects for the staff at IIM Kozhikode and has been organized by the Social Service Group, of IIM-Kozhikode. Under this program, evening classes are held for the mess workers. The response received from PGP volunteers as teachers has been remarkable and their commitment to the cause has been unwavering. This has facilitated classes to be held thrice a week in four shifts to accommodate the timings of the Night Canteen and mess workers. The mess workers have been responding positively to the initiative, which can be credited to both, their enthusiasm, and the efforts of PGP students. Although the present syllabus includes only spoken and written English, it will be expanded to include Mathematics as the classes’ progress. IIM Kozhikode student community continues to look for such opportunities to create big and small differences to the society around them.

Kreate Talk creates great enthusiasm among K students

25 October:

Kreate, a student initiative for bringing about social change, was started by a bunch of students from IIM-K is now a growing community with over 30 members in campus and several chapters in different cities across the nation. It is also a registered partnership firm  which strives to bring about social transformation through the power of Social Media Campaigns. As such having identified the way an idea attracts people, Kreate offers its services for developing a complete portfolio of marketing ideas by way of Short movies, Music Videos, Blogs, Merchandising and Integrated Marketing.

Kreate is different from regular media agencies because it relies on a novel way of thinking and generating ideas. We rely on our sensitivity towards social issues that grapple the society and our fresh enthusiasm to work with single-minded dedication.

With the purpose of introducing the organisation to the entire IIM community and clarifying some common myths about it, “Kreate Talk” was recently organised in campus. The talk received a tremendous response from the students where several opportunities were highlighted for students to take up initiatives in the organisation as volunteers with different interests and how they can contribute to the team using their skill sets. The talk was also attended by a few faculty members who showed their support for activities undertaken by Kreate. Three of the short movies produced under the Kreate banner were screened for the audience to illustrate one of the tools for social campaigning used by the organisation. Alongside, our future plans and campaigns were also discussed. All in all, the Kreate talk helped initiate the necessary debate over several issues and gave students a platform to join hands with this growing community of people working towards bringing a positive change in the society.

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

Backwaters v2.10 – Discover the Difference

The backwaters are no longer calm and still, Backwaters v2.10 is here to stir up emotions. The Annual Business School meet of Indian Institute of management Kozhikode is back. The meet aims to put into action the institute’s vision of propelling the Business School from the path of exclusive elitism to inclusive excellence. The meet will span three days, 19th to 21st November. The theme of the fest this year is to “discover the difference” –where the intention is to revive, redeem and reaffirm the unique facets of India Inc. A perfect platform to showcase one’s talent and nurture it too, Backwaters has come up with a new set of events that do all of this and more. The top 70 business schools fight it out to emerge the best biz big wigs. The number of events has been increased this year to include more creative and thought intensive challenges.

Curiosity has its own reasons for existing and Backwaters v2.10 is glad to add to the repertoire of reasons. Backwater’s flagship event, White Knight, has already been launched on a scale larger than ever and has a funding of a whooping Rs. 3 crore which makes it the largest such competition in India. The corporate quiz, Bizzathalon conducted by the nationally renowned quizmaster Avinash Mudaliar is expected to be one of the highlights this year. Another key event this year is Horizons, the Annual Management Conclave conducted in association with the Industry Interaction Cell of IIMK inviting industry leaders, academicians and policy makers to inspire budding leaders.

Backwaters v2.10 has promised to be a meet that will push budding CEOs and entrepreneurs to the limit of testing their logical construct and get the best out of them. Backwaters v2.10 also has some events this year that are open for the corporate and the undergraduate student population.  Backwaters 2010 held earlier in the year had close to 100 students invited to compete for the final rounds at IIMK. More than 12 lakh hits were registered on the official Backwaters website across 26 countries in a period of just 1 month. This awe-inspiring success has the potential of reaching even greater heights. Here is an opportunity to revel in the spirit of competition and the culture of management expertise. Backwaters v2.10 is striving to create a balance between the crusader and complacency, to find the courage to drive the engine of positive change while maintaining social development always in sight and in thought

Visit www.iimkbackwaters.com for more details and to experience India like never before!

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.

 Sangram2008

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 🙂

Snapshots from Hell…story of Stanfords, Harvards…and IIMs

Snapshots from Hell- the making of an MBA – this book by Peter Robinson is about the life of a student of Stanford University. He is a poet, a writer, and somone who wrote speeches for the former President Regan, and was employed in White House, before he decided to go for business studies. Peter Robinson’s Snapshots from hell is a unique insider’s account of the life at a business school, and is useful for every prospective student who is looking for the answer: what is a business school really like? When I talk about prospective students of a B-School, I mean any good business school, and it is equally enlightening for the audience of our country, and has an interestingly universal appeal. It is useful for MBA applicants, students, business professors, and anyone else with an interest in the difference between advertising and reality of the world of MBA.

During his frenetic first year at Stanford, Peter Robinson began keeping a journal of his day to day incidents which actually evolved into this book. The life is compared to life in hell, for most parts of the book, exploring the various challenges that one faces. In a gradual manner it also brings out the various positives, and goes on to explain why a couple of years spent in such a place is seen as a huge value addition in the corporate world. The way he lands himself a job, and goes on to admit that it is only because he is a student of such a college that he has managed the offer, is an important message that he conveys. The book is particularly useful for the section, which in Indian context comes from a non-engineering background, and is often under the impression that the MBA course is going to be a stiffer challenge for them to overcome. Another important part is where author reveals the value of an MBA degree from a college like Stanford. He quotes his professor who says that even if students at Stanford and other top b-schools are not grounded hard and simply asked to play golf and enjoy life for 2 years, even then companies would recruit them in abundance and at a premium price. The author does not approve or disapprove of the point per se, but manages to present an idea that the mere association with a Stanford, or say IIM, increases the brand value of a person. This somewhat explains the psyche of a large pool of MBA aspirants, for whom getting an entry into a MBA college serves as a much bigger motivational factor than the prospect of education that follows it. If the aspirants, or the present and past students think over this, they will relate to this idea.

The book also has to its credit, one of the topics for a XAT essay, in the year the book was reelased. Interestingly the topic was Stockholm Syndrome, where one falls in love with someone who has kept us captive. Similarly as a student we are bound to find the life in a B-School hell at times, but we just can’t help falling in love with it at some point of the course. The book is highly recommended to the aspirants for getting a first hand account of life in a b-school, and trust me, life at an IIM is not much different from the life at Stanford. It is equally beneficial for the present students to develop their perspective about the whole MBA education. As one of the noted reviews of the book mentions “this book is a must for anyone who is thinking of making an investment of their time or money in an MBA”.

CAT 2010 HelpLine by IIM Kozhikode students

http://www.pagalguy.com/2010/09/get-your-cat-prep-queries-answered-by-iim-kozhikode-students/

http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/cat-and-related-discussion/58575-cat-2010-helpline-iim-kozhikode.html

IIM Kozhikode students came up with another example which proves why this college’s education system is producing responsible and conscious managers. The initiative taken a few years ago has now become a legacy of IIM K and the Official CAT helpline on Pagalguy, the country’s website on MBA preparations, and is once again being managed by Kozhikode students. It is symbolic of the inherent nature of the student community here which is ever willing to make its contribution in the educational, environmental and social domain in whatever possible way it can. The Media Cell, IIM Kozhikode which is largely instrumental in coming up with this initiative, has mentioned that CAT is largely a game of confidence and temparament, and such last minute expert mentoring is aimed at helping students primarily on this front.

The aspiring students are reaping rich benefits in the thread. Many of them have been continously mentioning that the thread is serving as a major confidence booster, while many have been impressed with how any type of doubt or query has been analyzed and answered by the IIMK students. Of course the fact that the suggestions come directly from the people who have been there, done that, and made it into the dream college, is acting as a crucial inspirational factor. The thread already has over 14000 views and more than 300 posts in close to four days.

With more and more students of IIMK joining in this noble venture, and more and more aspirants discussing their issues on the thread, this step is bound to create a major impact.