IIM Kashipur through EX-Placecommer Lens

Two years back, I was equally excited about the WAT/PI results. Rounds of discussions were going about new IIMs & comparisons were done with very little knowledge about them.

Fortunately I received call from only one institute and that was IIM Kashipur!! With career change (Technical to Management) as a motive and faith on ‘IIM’ tag I joined IIM Kashipur. If you had asked me at that time, would I be proud alumnus of IIM Kashipur, my answer would have been NO. But today, I sat down to write this article feeling proud & happy and eager to contribute to my alma matter in whatever way I can.

Okay, coming to the substance, I was part of one of the important committee at IIM Kashipur i.e Placement Committee. On a lighter note, if you are a placecommer, you are bound to get a feel of ruling party 😉

My senior (2nd batch of IIM Kashipur) were 40 in strength and from no where, it got three folded and the strength of my batch was 127 [300% increase]. Yes, from 40 to 127. But then b-school life and arrangements by the Institute management helped us in settling down quickly.

Given my nature and eager to take up responsibilities, I joined (recruited actually) placecomm team. And what we have achieved as a team today, is like a dream come true. Internship for my batch were completed in record time and top companies started noticing us by end of 1st year.

The real challenge was target of 127 final placements. We as a team kept a monthly target and achieved it almost every time. The momentum picked up in January and continued till convocation. All this was possible because of the environment in which we were. We had the belief of achieveing the maximum always and the no. of final placement process which took place at our campus for my  batch was more than 80, yes , 80. One should back himself / herself to get placement out of these many processes.

Apart from placements, I would suggest to take a look at the faculties, electives offered, infrastructure, faculty – student ratio, Independent campus (Out of new IIMs , only ours have independent campus and in a year time, campus should be functioning permanently) and Kashipur as a place. By being in Kashipur and inspite of rigrous schedule & placecomm stuffs, I did end up covering Nainital, Rishikesh, Almora, Chopta, Shimla, Manali, Mussorie, Auli – scenice beauties all were.

I was fortunate to be associated closely with the flagship event “Leadership Conclave” of IIM Kashipur, wherein, we invited around 50 corporate senior leaders and on one occasion, I shared the dias for a discussion on “CSR”. It is these kind of moments that shape you and your career. And at IIM Kashipur, in its growth stage, the initial batches are the foundation pillars and one who decides to join will have plenty of opportunites at bay to develop themselves and also to showcase their skills and start contributing to the Institute.

In a nut shell, 18-20 months at Indian Institute of Management Kashipur will provide you an excellent education, atmosphere and facilitate your progress for a great career by end of the course.

(Senthil Kumar P, Alumnus PGP2013-15 batch, currently working as Asst, Manager –  Strategy & Planning at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Chennai.
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Guest lecture by Mr. Vikram Sampat

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur welcomed Mr. Vikram Sampat, Vice President, Reliance Industries limited. The topic of discussion was ‘Driving excellence in refining & petrochemicals and India’s energy challenges’. Mr. Sampat discussed the deamand trends over the past century and different types of petrochemicals produced by Reliance Industry and their market share. He also shared his valuable expereince from the industry.IMG_3303 IMG_3307 IMG_3320 IMG_3325 IMG_3328 IMG_3329

Agnitraya 2015

Agnitraya’15 – the annual management-sports-cultural festival of IIM Kashipur witnessed major participation from top B-schools around the country. The management events were conducted in association with major corporate houses like Eureka Forbes, Infosys Consulting, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Muktai Realities. The Parivartan club, in tandem with the project funded by the World Bank on environment Assessment Capability in South Asia, conducted a case-writing competition on environment related issues.

The management case study competitions included Consilio, Operatius and Markaholic conducted by the Consulting and strategy Club, Operations Club and Marketing Club of IIM Kashipur respectively. Apart from management events, Sports events were also conducted where teams across the country competed against each other in Cricket, Basketball, Volleyball, Futsal, Carrom and Chess. Debate Competition and Jam sessions were also conducted by the literary club, where participants challenged each other intellectually to compete for exciting prizes.

One of the most refreshing events conducted was the stage play, where the audience were thrilled to see live performances by students. It was followed by the screening of a movie by the film society of IIM Kashipur. The second day concluded with a live band performance by Fariyaad Fusion at night. The major colleges that participated in the second day of festival were IIM Bangalore, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, JBIMS Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIM Raipur and IMT.

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Manthan – The annual Finance Summit

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Kashipur- 17th January, 2015: Manthan- the annual finance summit was hosted by IIM Kashipur on 17th January, 2015. This year the themes were “High frequency trading- regulation and challenges, growth challenges in BSE, Valuation of e-retail learning and risk management for 21st century”. The bigwigs of the industry graced the campus with their presence so as to share their experiences in the market. The speakers of the occasion were

1. Ms. Rana Usman, Sr. Asst. Vice President, National Stock Exchange

2. Mr. Nayan Mehta, Chief Financial Officer, Bombay Stock Exchange

3. Mr. Anuj Jain, Associate Director, Ernst & Young

4. Mr. Alpesh Porwal, Sr. Vice President & Head- Retail SBI Capital Securities Ltd.

5. Mr. Mohit Kabra, Chief Financial Officer, MakeMyTrip

6. Mr. Satish Kottakota, Chief Financial Officer, Call Health Services Pvt. Ltd.

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The event started with the lighting of the lamp by the guests. Thereafter the event kick started with Ms. Rana Usman’s keynote speech and a presentation on ‘Use of algorithms in high frequency trading’. The second keynote speaker for the day was Mr. Nayan Mehta. His young and enthusiastic demeanor was welcomed by the students; he further elaborated the challenges in handling one of the oldest stock exchanges in the world; BSE. Thereafter there was a panel discussion involving Mr. Anuj Jain, Mr. Satish Kottakota, Mr. Alpesh Porwal with Prof. K.N. Badhani of IIM Kashipur as the moderator. The topic of the discussion was “Risk management for 21st century managers”. During the discussion, the panel discussed the growing significance of the understanding of risk profiles of various securities for managers. Finally,there was a keynote speech by Mr. Mohit Kabra (CFO, Makemytrip) who is seen as the posterboy of India’s new age entrepreneurship. He shared his enormous experience in the industry while he was working with companies like PepsiCo, Colgate and Kohler amongst many others. He talked about the sustainability of e-commerce valuation of retail learnings. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Kunal of IIM Kashipur.

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Samanvaya 2014 – HR Conclave, IIM Kashipur

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IIM Kashipur organized its annual HR conference Samanvaya ’14 at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. It was attended by reputed dignitaries from the field of Human Resource Management from all over the country.
Panel 1 theme – ‘Reskilled HR : Transforming HR professionals into skilled Business consultants’. The panel included eminent members of the industry including:
Mr D C Mishra, Head HR – J K Group
Mr. Rajiv Arora, HR Leader – Mercer
Dr. V P Singh, Executive Director, HR – RJ Corp,
Mr. Abhay Kapoor, HR Leader – Escorts,
Mr. Sunil Srivastava, CEO – Nikos Consulting
Mr. Smarjit Banerjee, Head HR – Hero MotoCorp
Panel 2 theme – ‘Talent Analytics: Need of the hour’.The panel again comprised of some prominent members from the industry including:
Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Senior Director, HR Global Lead – UST Global
Mr. Sidhartha Ganguly, VP HR – Times Group
Mr. Sunil Omanwar, L&D Head – Fortis Healthcare
Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar – Innoventive Industries

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Guest lecture by Mr. Gaurav Saxena

IIM Kashipur welcomed Mr. Gaurav Saxena, VP and Zonal Head, Birla Sun Life Insurance. The topic of discussion was ‘Distribution Dynamics’. Mr. Saxena shared his views on different distribution channels and how good distribution is directly related to successful products. He shared numerous examples of companies which have managed to succeed on the basis of a good distribution network and the challenges companies face when it comes to reaching the masses. He also discussed the distribution strategies of insurance companies in India.

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Awareness against drug abuse

IIM Kashipur organized a workshop on awareness against drug abuse. Mr. Ravi Kumar Rana, Superintendent, Narcotics Control Bureau, Dehradun enlightened the students of IIM Kashipur about the drug scenario in India. He also shared tips on how not to fall prey to drugs and how we can be a part of the control, rectification and information mechanism devised by the government.

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International Conference: Competitiveness,Competition Regulation

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Center of Excellence on Competitiveness of Indian Institute of Management Kashipur in partnership with Indian Institute of management Raipur organized an International Conference on “Competitiveness, Competition Regulation and Corporate Strategy” on 3rd December 2014 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India.

The conference was attended by dignitaries from the Justice A Pasayat – Former Judg, Supreme court of India and Vice Chairman, SIT on black money, Dr. Gautam Sinha – Director, IIM Kashipur, Dr. B S Sahay – Director, IIM Raipur, Mr. John Pecman – commissioner of competition bureau of Canada, Ms. Ania Thieman – global relations manager, OECD competition division, Mr. Devdas baliga – Legal counsel, The Coca Cola Company, Mr. Anurag Goel – competition commission of India, CCI, , Dr. Shekhar Chaudhuri – Former Director IIM Calcutta and Mr. Ramji Srinivasan – senior advocate, Supreme court of India amongst other notified corporate leaders and foreign nationals.

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Green MBA at IIM Kashipur

Dr. Yogendra Saxena, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tata Power Ltd and Dr. Aditya Batra from Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi addressed the students and answered queries on employment prospects and course contents on the Green Management courses.
Dr. Saxena shared how the word ‘green’ is being misused around the world and what are the challenges that lie ahead. This course in association with The World Bank will be offered at IIM Kashipur and will be the first of its kind to be offered among B-schools across India

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IIM Kashipur represented in Youth Exchange Program in China

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Pratik,Gaokar, II Year PGP Student represented IIM Kashipur as a delegate to China, as part of Youth Exchange Program of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, GOI, from 25th November to 3rd December. “We were in all a hundred member youth delegation, for 8 days to learn Chinese Culture, heritage, values and their economic development”, said Pratik.

This delegation, selected by the Ministry of youth affairs had youth from different diverse background such as National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), AIMS, Sports, Journalists, National Youth Awardees, IITs, NITs, and IIMs. Among the IIMs only 5 IIMs had been selected, including one in Kashipur, after IIM Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Shillong, and Udaipur.

After an orientation at the Chinese Embassy in India, the delegation visited Beijing, Shandong and Shanghai besides many culturally rich, heritage places, and those of economically and industrial importance.

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“Getting to know the Chinese civilization and its evolution, the only continuing civilization along with the Indian one, was an amazing experience. There was a language barrier with the local Chinese, but that did not stop them from helping us whenever we required”, added Pratik.