Life at IIM Kashipur: A Perfect Balance between Work and Play

Has it ever crossed your mind what life in a top B-School of India feels like? Are you an MBA aspirant who wishes to make a decision based on the potential life that the B-School has to offer?
Well, this article will provide you with a gist of the same.
For all us Kaspians ( as we like to call ourselves), IIM Kashipur is a learning battleground, filled with hopes, aspirations, and challenges. Yes, as most would be aware, academics can be gruelling. The day begins, mostly with classes that start at 8:30 am. A few lucky ones get access to the most elusive meal of your MBA career: Breakfast.
On an average day, your classes will go on till lunch, after which you sit along with your study groups to prepare for the upcoming quiz. The word often strikes fear in the mind of an MBA student as these quizzes carry a sizeable weight in the final grade of all subjects. The reoccurring nature of these quizzes, bundled with assignments equipped with strict deadlines, mandatory case pre-readings, and sizeable marks for class participation further propagates the fact that academics at IIM Kashipur are given the utmost importance, as is expected from any college.
But wait. That’s not all. Well, maybe it is from an academic point of view, but life at IIM Kashipur is so much more than just academics. For starters, Kashipur is in the heartland of Uttarakhand. For most students who hail from metropolitan cities, Kashipur is quite literally a breath of fresh air. In this fresh air, the emphasis is put on students to participate in various sports activities that are available on the scenic campus.
Students at IIM Kashipur are not just restricted to activities on campus. With the campus located in proximity to a vast number of tourist destinations like Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Bhimtal to name a few, the students often find retreat in the pleasures of trekking and adventure activities, bringing out the wanderlust within themselves
Just like majority of other IIMs, IIM Kashipur is also a student driven campus. It has around 40 student bodies consisting of committees, academic clubs, interest based clubs, cells and teams. Students are responsible for the smooth running of daily activities of the campus.
IIM Kashipur organizes various events throughout the year such as Agnitraya- the Annual Inter College Fest of IIM Kashipur, Utthistha- the Annual Flagship Event of E-Cell in association with FIED, Coalescence- the Annual Management Conclave of IIM Kashipur. All these events witness footfalls from all the sectors of the society.
Furthermore, IIM Kashipur celebrates a vast multitude of cultural events on campus, ranging from Onam to Diwali, from Christmas to Eid, and from Dandiya nights to Matki Phod. The events are celebrated fervently by each student, in the process forging a strong and everlasting bond, surpassing the apparent ethnic and cultural disparities.
It is this bond that keeps us going when the going gets tough. It is not only the faculty but also the seniors who provide constant guidance and mentorship to their juniors so that they can learn from their mistakes and become the best version of themselves.
So, this is life at IIM Kashipur. It will give you sleepless nights, grueling academic schedules, modern corporate exposure. At the same time, it will give you many moments to rejoice, discover your self and become future leaders, all the while sitting in the lap of nature.

This article is written by Sahil Sondhi, MBA Batch 2019-21, IIM Kashipur

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