Luminaries grace IIM Udaipur on The Udaipur LeapDay LitFest

IIM Udaipur under the banner of Potpourri – The literary and debating club successfully hosted The Udaipur Leap-day LitFest 2016 (ULLF), IIMU’s annual literature festival at the institute. This is the fourth such edition of the event, held on 28th of February, 2016.

ULLF is an event which aims at promoting love for reading and writing amongst IIMU students and the Udaipur Community. Started in 2013, ULLF is an annual event that aims to bring together connoisseurs of literature and arts to share their views, and provide an opportunity to students and residents of Udaipur to interact with eminent personalities. This annual event is organized on every February 28, with a special two-day festival during leap years.

The event aimed at celebrating the charming order that takes shape in the turbulent journey of an artist. Apart from prominent authors, this year’s festival featured artists, directors, poets, dancers and journalists who shared their perspectives the many facets of art as a way of expressing the unspoken.

The event began with the director of the institute, Prof. Janat Shah, inviting the speakers for the lamp lighting ceremony followed by a brief video about Udaipur. The first speaker to grace the stage was world renowned Bharatnatyam and Yoga virtuoso Mr. Navtej Johar. Mr. Johar gave an illuminating speech on the perception of classical dance in modern times and how the intertwining of various ideologies has helped redefine modern Yoga. He spoke on concepts of Sankhya and gave strong arguments to dispel the whim that concepts such as materialism, rationalism etc. are alien to Indians. He was critical of the present scenario of dance and described it as show and tell and hence in a shambolic state. His insights regarding the significance of our religious scriptures to help shape the dance of today was certainly an eye opener and a significant learning for the audience.

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Udaipur Leapday Litfest 2016

The next speaker to grace the dais was eminent director Bejoy Nambiar, famous for critical and commercial successes such as Wazir and Shaitaan. His was a freewheeling speech regarding the changing cinema landscape of the country and how movies based on biopics etc. are receiving recognition. He gave a detailed account of his journey through theatre and to mainstream cinema. A very heart-warming moment was when he acknowledged the role of his mother, who was present in the audience, as his inspiration and pillar of support throughout his journey. His speech was interspersed with various clips from celebrated movies from around the world based on which he provided insights into the psyche of directors during those clips. He also conveyed an extremely important message by requesting the audience to support content driven cinema to develop a culture of similar movies in the industry.

Prominent journalist, Mr. Hridayesh Joshi was the next speaker and his account of the several problems plaguing people in conflict areas of the country such as North East, Bastar etc. made the audience hang onto every word of his speech and was certainly an eye opener for everyone. He stressed on the importance of the role of the media and was a strong exponent of how reporters should target news related to important issues. He delivered a profound message for the students present that conflict management is an important area of study for today’s business managers and that each of us had a duty to be aware of such events.

Ms. Margie Sastry, one of the authors of the famous Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle series, explained the rationale behind Amar Chitra Katha and how it proved to be a significant medium for educating Indian children regarding Indian mythology. She not only explained how mythology like Mahabharata and historical figures like Nehru make for excellent comic props but also spoke regarding the general misconception surrounding comics. She also spoke about her illustrations of people from all walks of life, starting from scientists of the early 1900s to Kalpana Chawla.

Ms Shefali Bhushan is a painter, director and writer who made her directorial debut with the musical Jugni. She has also worked relentlessly to promote folk music in India in association with the website Beats of India. She spoke about how it is difficult to find folk musicians in this day and age when everything is capital intensive. The same went for budding directors who wanted to make a movie with an alternative idea with lesser known actors. She spoke of the principles of the film industry where a movie starring a famous actor would be funded much more easily. Ms. Bhushan also showed the audience scenes from her movie which really instilled a sense of intrigue in them. The movie presents an alternative idea of a mother-son relationship which shows a sense of competition between them.

The final speaker of the day was Divya Prakash Dubey who is an eminent Hindi author and has written screenplays for various short movies. Mr. Dubey is a young Indian author who has to his credit the books “Terms and Conditions apply” and “Masala Chay”. He harbours a passion for both Hindi and English Literature and writes poems, stories to go on air, and also screenplays for short films. He spoke about his life and how different instances in his life led him to eventually pursue his passion of writing. Mr. Dubey’s chat ended with a candid discussion on reasons why Hindi literature has still not gained popularity in India.

The event ended with the vote of thanks to the guests and audiences. Udaipur’s LeapDay LitFest was a grand success and was applauded by the speakers and audience alike with everyone in attendance eagerly looking forward to the next edition.

Dare to be Audacious

The annual cultural fest of IIM Udaipur is back with a bang –Audacity,sponsored by Bank of Baroda will be hosted at the MLSU campus on the 30thand 31st of January, 2016. The event is a microcosm of fun and frolic, with 60 action packed events spread over one weekend. This year’s theme ‘Let’s Retro’,is a tribute to the styles and fashions of the yesteryears.

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In the previous edition of the event, Olympian Vijender Singh kicked off MTV roadies from the campus and the Indian rock band Parikrama blazed the stage with their performance. This year too we have performances by the band Euphoria, led by Dr. Palash Sen, an array of amazing group and solo dances, and a musical battle in the War of Bands among other things.  Another highlight of the event is a beauty pageant show – Campus Princess – which will be judged by Koyal Rana, winner of the 2014 edition of Femina Miss India, in association with the Miss India organization. The event is the west-zone auditions for the Femina Miss India 2016.

The purpose of the event is to promote a culture where varied art forms are encouraged. It aims to bring people together to demonstrate and celebrate this culture. In accordance with this objective, the event will be hosting a night of classical Indian tunes which would be played by SPIC MACAY artists Pt. Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas on the 30th of January.

The Indian Institute of Management Udaipur aims to make a meaningful difference in whatever activities it does. A strong sense of social responsibility is imbibed in all of IIM Udaipur’s activities. The institute is committed to giving back to society, playing a role in local development and being in the vanguard of applying principles of ecological sustainability. Events like Street Play would be hosted to develop awareness regarding socially important topics. The institute has planned a tree plantation drive to flag off the eventthis year. Prayatna – the social responsibility club in association with Silvertongues – the public speaking club of IIMU have organized a debate competition for students of schools in Udaipur city on burning issues facing the city and the country.

Staying true to its roots in spreading fun and frolic, Audacity has some unique competitions like Anjaana-Anjaani – a blind dating competition, Insomnia night – an all night long video-gaming competition, Masquerade ball, a life-sized ‘Angry Birds’, human foosball and The Yellow Chilli Udaipur presents Chef-ế-Udaipur – a Masterchef-styled cooking event.

The stage is set for a fantastic weekend with support from Miraj as the gift partner and Bisleri as the beverage partner. For more information log on to http://audacityiimu.com

Harvard Business school Delegation visits IIMU

An academic delegation of 36 students from Harvard Business School visited IIM Udaipur campus accompanied by Prof. Shawn Coleon the 8th of January 2016. Prof. Cole is the John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School.He teaches and conducts research on financial services and social enterprise. IIM Udaipur is the only Indian B-school that the contingent visited as part of its Global Immersion Program(GIP) – a course that requires them to visit emerging economies such as India, South Africa, China etc.

The itinerary of the group includes visits to Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai. The group visited startups in Delhi such as OYO Rooms etc. and provided consultation on various problems and projects.

The group’s visit in Udaipur started with a visit to an NGO, SevaMandir where theydiscussed and advised on various areas such as policy implementation, waste management and effective regulatory approvals.The group also visited a couple of hospitals in Udaipur for a brief observation of the health facilities and medical infrastructure in this part of the world and to compare health services of private and government establishments. It was followed by a joint case study discussion with students of IIM Udaipur at the IIMU campus.

 

Harvard Delegation Visits IIMU

Harvard Delegation Visits IIMU

The session was conducted by IIM Udaipur’s director Prof. Janat Shah and Prof. Cole on a case study discussing the low cost health care model implemented in India by a leading private hospital and the possibilities of replicating the model in emerging economies of South America.

Post the session the students of HBS expressed their satisfaction regarding the fruitful discussion with the students here and also with the teaching methodology at the institute. They highlighted the fact that the pedagogy and the structure of curriculum at IIM Udaipur were similar to the ones at HBS. This exemplifies the standards set by the institute due to itsfocus  onentrepreneurship, research and contribution to society. The visiting members were extremely impressed by the numerous initiatives of the institute such as Rural Immersion, International Business Practices (IBP) and various community development initiatives.

This was indeed a proud moment for IIM Udaipur as a delegation from the most prestigious university in the world visited the institute.IIMU has been amongst the select few B-schools in India which promote such programs and the experience of interacting with the HBS students is a great learning experience for the students.

 

Solaris – A grand success

The inaugural management fest of IIM Udaipur, Solaris, was a two day extravaganza held on the 7th and 8th of November. The fest was entirely conceptualized and executed by the student body and earmarked the exponential growth the college has seen since its inception. The fest encompassed a wide array of activities from summits, workshops to umpteen competitions. The summits and workshops covered all domains of management and were graced by industry veterans and provided huge impetus for learning. The competitions too provided an interesting mix ranging from testing participants on core domains such as finance, marketing to a short film making competition and the high competence level helped bring out the best in the students.

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The first day started with an address from the director of IIM Udaipur, Prof. Janat Shah. He outlined the key focus areas of the institute’s growth and how the concept of Solaris was directly in sync with the college’s focus on holistic growth. He emphasized on research, transformation and contributing to society as the key pillars of growth of the institute. Prof. Shah’s address was followed by an enriching talk from industry behemoth and keynote speaker, Mr. Subir Gokarn( recently appointed executive director of the IMF). He helped provide a comprehensive view of India’s growth potential and the means to eradicate the present frailities to exploit this potential.

The keynote address was followed by the first summit, The Leadership Summit. This is the flagship event of the Media and Industry Interaction Cell of the institute and as in the preceding three editions, this time too, the summit had industry veterans such as Mr. Unnikrishnan(CEO, Thermax), Mr. Sandeep Budhiraja( Country Head, MMR Research Worldwide),Mr. Ajay Gupta( COO, Decimal Point Analytics) and Mr. Manish Rastogi( Head, Metro Cash and Carry) attending. Their speeches helped provide detailed perspectives on specific industries and the macroeconomic situation. They helped provide unique interplays on the central theme “Evolve” by helping elucidate as to how companies consistently break through existing norms and bring about innovation in all spheres to cope with the present times.

Samvaah , the marketing conclave organized by the marketing club Marclan, was the other summit held on the first day. The theme for the event was “The Future of Marketing”  and had a keen focus on the advent of new marketing techniques in view of the tried and tested concepts becoming obsolete in the present scenario. The conclave had industry marketing wizards such as Mr. Ramamoorthi (Managing partner at Ogilvy and Mather), Mr. Abhishek Joshi (Director- Digital Marketing and Customer Acquisition at Redbus), Mr. Atindriya Bose (Country Head of Sony entertainment) and Ms. Gayatri Ojha (Brand Communications & Insights Head – M-Pesa at Vodafone India).They emphasized on the dynamic nature of the marketing field and the practices needed to remain abreast with this dynamism. The speeches covered a wide array of topics such as digital marketing, new age advertising and also marketing techniques to popularize novel initiatives such as M-Pesa.

The second day commenced with Arth-Samvaad, the Finance Summit which was organized by Finomina, the finance committee of the college. The presence of industry stalwarts such as The Chief Economist at YES BANK– Dr. Shubhada Rao, Associate Director at NVS Brokerage- Mr. Kamlesh Mehta and Executive Director of IDBI Bank Ltd.– Mr. N.S. Venkatesh helped provide the ideal platform for future financial managers to interact with them and help understand the intricacies of the financial world. The panel discussion was on the topic “Currency Chaos: Where will it lead to?” where the industry experts helped decipher the intricacies and position of the Indian Rupee along with the market swings brought in by the Chinese Renminbi. The panel discussion was followed by Mr. Deepak Mohanty(Executive Director of the RBI) addressing the audience on the objectives of the central bank and how the RBI has coped with global financial pressures in the past. Mr. Mohanty helped enrich the audience regarding the key financial indicators and how performance on these indicators is a sign of growth. The summit concluded with the dignitaries unveiling the finance magazine-Arthaarth and hence concluding another successful edition of the summit.

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The final summit of the fest was Technovate, the IT-Entreprenuership Summit which focused on the booming world of startups and how technology was the key enabler for this boom. The industry leaders in attendance were Mr. Manoj Sharma the Chief Technical Officer of Quikr, Mr. Vishal Verma the Operations and Logistics Manager of Uber, Mr. Anil Joshi of Unicorn India Ventures, Ms. Aditee Rele, the Lead in Technical Evangelism at Microsoft, Mr. Piyush Poddar, the Director of Professional Services at Axelerant and Ms. Lalitha Yanamandra, the General Manager of Enterprise Services & Delivery at MartJack and they spoke on the topic “Evolution of entrepreneurs in IT”. The summit was an extremely engaging medium as the panel discussions helped shed light on various facets associated with startups i.e. investment , target market, evolving technology etc. Mr. Anil Joshi, founder of early stage investment provider, Unicorn India Ventures, too provided inputs on the investment cycle. The summit helped educate budding entreprenuers of the essential parameters to start a successful enterprise and was a huge success.

The various competitions and workshops were held across the two days and provided ample opportunities for learning and testing one’s competencies. The various competitions included events that tested core concepts such as Vitt-Sangram, the finance case study competition and marketing events such as Juxtapose, the ad-making event to events such as the short film making competition which was judged by eminent director Mr. Vibhu Puri. The competition was extremely intense as a number of teams were from other top B-schools such as IIM Ahmedabad, Symbiosis, IIM Amritsar etc. The students of IIMU too gave their best and bagged laurels in several events. A number of workshops were held too such as the Dabbawala workshop, the Consultimg workshop etc which were attended in great numbers as students had the chance for close interaction with industry veterans. The Dabbawala workshop in particular was a huge hit as Mr. Vijay Aggarwal provided an in depth study of the world famous supply chain system of the Dabbawalas.

The two day inaugural fest was thus organized on a very grand scale even though the college is in its nascent stage. The various summits and workshops proved to be ideal grounds for learning and understanding of the various facets of the corporate world. The competitions tested competencies to the hilt and hence proved to be ideal for the best minds of the country. The smooth conduction of the event in itself provided umpteen challenges but the coordinated efforts of the student body and everyone associated with the institute helped the IIM Udaipur fraternity pull it off. Hence, Solaris was a huge success and it certainly set the benchmark for other top B-schools to emulate.

Solaris – A historic moment

solarisA college which sets trends for its contemporaries to follow has come up with a new benchmark for others. IIM Udaipur is ready to host its Maiden management fest – Solaris which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November.

‘Solaris’, a name coined in sync with the famously sunny disposition of Rajasthan skies is set to touch a cherished milestone envisioned ever since the inception of IIM Udaipur. A two-day long extravaganza full of events to keep some of India’s most brilliant minds engaged, Solaris is entirely conceptualized and managed by students of the institute.

The event is planned to present an enthralling keynote address from distinguished luminaries like Dr. Subir Gokarnthe youngest ever Deputy Governor of RBI . He shall be flagging off the management fest with tales of his work and impart wisdom in the young minds present in the audience and also to some of the other revered personalities present there.

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The event commences the flagship event of ‘Solaris’- The Leadership Summit. The event is one of four summits taking place in this business extravaganza which has been brought to life by the Media and Industry Interaction Cell (MiiC) of IIM Udaipur.

The Leadership Summit will be followed by the annual marketing conclave named Samvaah organized completely by the marketing club- Marclan. The club which tries to instill a zeal for marketing in the college as well as beyond believes that the world of marketing is changing from the tried and tested concepts of the old. Marclan put in untiring effort and diligence into finding the perfect panel for a discussion on “The future of marketing”.

The second day commences with the finance summit- Arth-Samvaad, the flagship event of the finance club- Finomina. The summit provides a platform for future financial managers to interact with industry stalwarts and discuss the changing trends in the world of finance and economics.

The final summit will bring the era of tech-startups to light. The world of IT has spread across all domains and infiltrated every walk of life. The summit – Technovate will be organized by Saksham – the E-cell at IIMU.

Competitions and workshops

The fest continues with a stimulating line up of events and competitions conducted by the marketing club- Marclan, a business quiz conducted by the Literary and Quizzing society- Potpourri along with individual events by the entrepreneurship cell- Saksham and the finance club- Finomina. A workshop in analytics will be conducted by the IT cell of the college connect-IT.

The maiden fest of IIM Udaipur is destined to be a great success and put the event as amongst the top ranking business extravaganzas of the country. As the torchbearers light the proverbial inaugural lamp IIM Udaipur opens its doors for the world to see the rising sun that is ‘Solaris’. Ignite. Illuminate. Inspire.

“Best teachers are those who excite you about life, push you beyond” – A Candid Interview with Prof. Janat Shah

Interviewer: Rajashree

Student Representative, Media and industry interaction Cell (MiiC), IIMU

Photographer: Zeeshan

Student Representative, Media and industry interaction Cell (MiiC), IIMU

This week to garner the occasion of Teachers’ Day, we bring to you some reflections and heartfelt words from our Director and one of our most loved teachers, Professor Janat Shah.

We enter the cabin after a short wait, and a little time bargain with a fellow visitor. The humble Professor greets us with a kind smile and offers us a seat. Zeeshan is ready with his camera and in one glorious opportunity, out comes my smartphone. I hit record, and our conversation begins, interspersed with his contagious laughter.

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MiiC : Sir, please share with us a little about your time as a student, maybe something memorable from your school or college years.

Prof. Shah : It has been so long, schooldays were so many years back ! You know what happens, when you look back on life sometimes, you tend to forget. I kept changing schools as my father moved to various places in the city. Then I did my engineering from IIT Bombay, then worked for five years and then did my Fellow Programme at IIM Ahmedabad.

MiiC : How was your stint as a fellow programme student ?

He responds with surprising candor and a frank laughter.

Prof. Shah : Initially, I didn’t know why I was doing a PhD. I just wanted to switch from Corporate and here was a programme where they were also offering a stipend and so I joined. But I decided to cross the bridge and do it more seriously than I had studied in my undergraduate years.

MiiC: Sir, you are an inspiration to so many of us. Could you tell us about a teacher who has left a lasting impression in your life?

Prof. Shah: Yes, I have had some outstanding teachers.  For instance, Professor Jahar Saha, he is also a visiting faculty with us. In IIM, I would say, we had teachers who were outstanding in terms of not just what they taught about business in class but about life as a whole. We had Professor Balakrishnan who taught Management Accounting which for lot of people can be very mechanical, but I would say I learnt business from him. I believe the best teachers are those who excite you about life, push you beyond. In engineering back then, we used punch cards for computer programming where you got the result for your codes only the next day. So a single error can ruin it completely.  We had great teachers on this subject as well. Then we had a professor who invited us to dinner at his place. Also we had an out-of-the-box warden who would never visit hostel and would blindly sign any letter or certificate, be it for extension for fees payment or anything at all. So I think people who trust you make a huge difference.  I believe therefore I had a range of teachers who not just taught me business but about a broader way of looking at life.

MiiC : Sir, you have been leading IIMU last five years. Would you tell us about some of the challenges you faced, assembling the team and so on and so forth.

Prof. Shah: I would say the challenges we faced in the first four months were immense. When I took over, I had nobody but I had some ideas. I wanted to give the students here the same facilities that our students at IIM Bangalore had. We had a few things in mind that we put down as a necessity, like great classrooms. CR-1 that you see was done in less than a month. Similarly arranging for fast Wifi, high quality IT infrastructure and then bringing in outstanding faculty were some of the things we aimed at. Being able to deliver these starting from scratch was much fun.

MiiC : Sir, as a teacher how do you deal with students having different vibes and aspirations ? Some may work well under pressure while some may underperform.

Prof. Shah:  I think this a challenge where I have sometimes, though not always, been successful. Say there were two courses I remember two courses very well from my teaching life. In one, I had systematically planned my course. I knew my entire student profile, and I had planned something for every group. So you see, you need to recognize but you shouldn’t target any one particular group. But this requires fair amount of effort but when that effort is put in, it is highly rewarding. The second course that I highly enjoyed teaching was one which I had designed very differently, deciding it would just have my own cases. We met once a week in a two hour class. Every Sunday, they were given a case and the analysis that the students did was amazing. So everywhere I find that as a teacher if you are excited about the course, then students always reciprocate.

MiiC : Sir, as a teacher who has also worked in the corporate what would you say are the challenges and rewards in migrating to the teaching profession?

Prof. Shah : I think firstly you should enjoy working with young people, secondly a lot of patience and thirdly a lot of empathy. For instance, if someone comes and says I could not submit an assignment, you could say I don’t care or you could choose to understand why. Or you could be very strict inside the classroom and once out, understand why and how certain things happen. So, if you have these qualities you would have a fun time, especially when somebody gets back after years and tells you how you made a difference to their lives. Say, just two days ago I had a one hour long conversation with a student who has graduated some fifteen years ago about his experiences then on. I would say in every batch there are always a few students with who I have developed a strong relationship which continued over years.

MiiC: Do you have a personal hero? A real or fictitious character that inspires you?

Prof Shah: I am great admirer of Gandhi’s philosophy. Other than that I enjoy literature, writings of various authors. On one side I read Harry Potter and on another I like Dostoevsky’s characters.

MiiC: Tell us your take on balancing work and life? You being a busy person, how do you manage it?

Prof Shah: I think valuing relationships is the first thing, and then recognizing you need to invest in them. Once you recognize this fact, it will happen. Several of us make this mistake of taking people close to us for granted, and believe they will always understand. You think you will spend time with them at later stage in your lives. But it does not happen. You need to invest time in them.

MiiC:  Sir, your cycling is legendary now! Any other hobby we do not know of?

Prof Shah: Cycling is more of a practical thing! As you know legends are just mythology. I used to go for trekking amid nature once in a while though have not done it much off late, not for lack of time though.  I did one major trek as part of club during engineering, then some in Maharashtra and one in Himalayas.

MiiC : Sir, a question just popped up. Is there any book you read again and again?

Prof Shah: Quite a few, like J.D.Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Lewis Carol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Some other authors whose works I like are Franz Kafka and Lee Carr.

MiiC: If you had to give us a one line message Sir, what would it be?

Prof Shah: I would ask you to be curious. To me that is the key element. If you are curious in life, you will discover a lot in life, in the smallest of things.

We conclude the interview and talk a while more. The heartwarming encouragement remains with us as we walk out with a lot of thoughts and a treasury of pictures. Zeeshan has not been idle all this time.

The interview gave us an opportunity to bring to you some of the savored moments and invaluable advice from life of an inspirational teacher. We bid adieu to return with many such engaging conversations.

Signing Off!

Rajashree & Zeeshan

Dhandha- Chase your Dream !!

Entrepreneurship as such is a dream. Even one who has no skills and no wit, dreams of it. Yet, the feeling is one that escapes many. To be able to run a brand new business, especially one that you have envisioned and developed isn’t something everyone gets a chance to do. However everyone should give it at least one shot.

IIM Udaipur since its inception has given special incentives and support to those who wish to venture on their own and create businesses. Keeping up with the tradition, Saksham- The E-Cell of IIM Udaipur created the concept of Dhandha. The event was conducted on 11/07/2015.

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Dhandha was a fun filled event created with the intention of promoting entrepreneurship on campus. Its main ploy was to let people chase dreams or small scale ideas that could be scaled up later in an advent of getting the feel of what running a business venture feels like. 50 students participated and were fragmented into six teams. Each was then given Rs.400 and a few hours to do what they wanted to. Where some made and sold fruit ice creams, others went to the extent of ironing clothes. Some even decided to trade in consumables and in the spirit of the game it was allowed.

The teams were then judged on the basis of not only the profit made but also the scalability of the idea, innovation and the sustainability of the model. It was pleasant to know that nearly all, even those who had just barely done the logistics had an idea of how to scale up and what would be required to do so. The event also brought the members of the teams closer to each other and in all was a success. Finally the team that won was “Dhandhaneurs”.

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The main reasons the judges chose them were their innovation and relevance to the concept and the situation, rather the context. Second the marketing gimmicks as well as the ‘on the spot’ learnings displayed from customer feedbacks were also taken into picture by them. These qualities, the judges found were crucial to running a business. Apart from this the ‘Most Creative award’ was given to ‘The Lalas’.

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All in all, the participants enjoyed a lot during the event and got a glimpse of the criticalities involved in running even a small business. We admire the enthusiasm of all PGP1’s and hope the spirit of entrepreneurship keeps growing.

 

Tell-a-Tale- An epic 12 hour marathon story telling competition.

Tell-a-Tale was recently conducted by Potpourri- The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. Tell-a-Tale is a 12 hour marathon event where budding authors from the local community of Udaipur participated to write 5 different stories. All 15 participants were grouped into 5 teams of 3 writers each. Each team was provided with a beginning paragraph and told to write 12 chapters based on the initial paragraph. All the teams were provided with the same beginning and asked to dish out their own stories.

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The stage was set and participants assigned their teams. Out of the 15 participants, nine were from IIM Udaipur while the other 6 were local budding authors from Udaipur. At 8:30 pm on Saturday evening the event got going. Teams had arranged themselves in the order in which they were going to write the chapters. Once the order was decided, the first member of each group started writing the story while the other two left the room. The other two members had been given a read only access so that could see how the story was shaping up. The first round lasted for three hours in which every member wrote a chapter each for one hour. At the end of first round participants were given a 10 minute breather where they could refresh their minds. At the beginning of the second round participants were asked to give a title to their story and also specify the genre of their tale. The same process lasted for four rounds.

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The event was a great opportunity for local budding authors to show their writing skill. The 5 stories are going to be forwarded to a group of publishers who will judge the best story and declare them a winner. The winning team will get their stories published by the publisher. The opportunity of getting their first story meant a great way to start of their journey as a professional writer.

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The event was an unusual experience for the IIMU students where they could for once distance themselves from the business of business and revel in the joy of writing. The participants from the local community of Udaipur were mostly students pursuing their graduation. Vineet Sharma has recently given his 12th standard board exams and is preparing for his JEE entrance exams. But he says he is passionate about writing and like writing scripts. He wishes to one day write and direct his own movie. For him Tell-a-Tale was a great avenue to meet other budding authors like him and share ideas and learn from each other.
Gauri Pandya writes poems and stories in our national language HINDI. She is currently looking to publish her first book. “This is a very good platform for young writers like me to showcase my writing skills. But I also feel that this competition should be conducted in English as well as Hindi to promote Hindi language writers as well”.

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Arushi Vyas is currently pursuing B.A.L.L.B. from MLSU and and works for ‘City Angle’ a local lifestyle magazine. Arushi was first introduced to IIM Udaipur 2 years back. This was when Potpourri organized its very first leap day lit fest. “Attending the lit fest was a great experience for me. The event in itself was first of its kind in Udaipur. It had a great line up of authors including Ashwin Singhvi. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Since then I have been a regular attendee of various events that are conducted at IIM Udaipur. I recently attended Audacity (IIMU’s cultural fest) and now it’s very exciting to be a part of Tell-a-Tale. I am also eagerly looking forward to the latest edition of the Leap Day Litfest”. The Udaipur Leap day Lit fest is the annual literature festival of IIM Udaipur conducted by Potpourri-The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. The event has a great lineup of authors including Mallika Sarabhai and Bollywood lyricist and actor Piyush Mishra. ULLF 2015 will be conducted on the 28th of February 2015 at IIMU campus.

AUDACITY 2015 IIMU’s first cultural extravaganza !!

In the life and development of every college are many phases and achievements that define its culture. As IIM Udaipur enters its 4th year the institute is all set to enter a new phase by organizing its first cultural extravaganza, ‘AUDACITY 2015’. Why is it a new phase? Well a cultural fest is more than just an excuse for the students to get together and celebrate. It is more than just a reason to get away from the daily hustle bustle of the demanding academic life of an IIM. A cultural fest serves a much profound purpose in an MBA institute. It adds to the overall learning of a student. It is an opportunity to bring together students from all over the country on a common platform. This enables sharing of innovative ideas, knowledge and varied experiences. Students come to know about different fields of study through the various events such as quizzes, seminars, music and dance concerts.

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Yes Bank’s Audacity 2015, a two day event organized by the student community to be held on 17-18 Jan, 2015. The two days of the Audacity 2015 will attract 2000+ participants from various B-schools and undergraduate colleges across the country with prizes worth 3 lacs to be won during the events.
The 48-hour insomnia will feature stage performances, street plays, photography and online competitions, on the spot events, all-night gaming events and much more.
The annual cultural fest, Audacity 2015 to be held at the IIM Udaipur campus features pro nite performances from the famous band Parikrama. The event aims to attract industrialists at one common platform through live sarod performances by the maestros Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan Ali Khan, sons of the very famous Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan.

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Audacity 2015 will begin with events like bike show “Nitro Carnival”, street play competitions at “Rangmanch”, group dance performances by “Footworx” and solo as well as duet singing performances at “Octaves”. The most awaited event of Audacity 2015, the fashion show “Rampage” will feature teams from colleges across India and showcase the beautiful fashionistas around the country.

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The fun-filled fest has something in store for everyone with fun activities running on both days of the event. One can enjoy a game of paintball with a group of friends, explore the city of Udaipur with “de-mysteryfy Udaipur” treasure hunt or choose to find out their “Sapno-ka-Rajkumar” or “Sapno-ki-rajkumari” at Anjaana Anjaani!!
Yes Bank’s Audacity will also showcase sumo mornings, RJ Hunt, WWF wrestling fun at “Angry Chicks”, photography contests and fun-filled stalls and activities for all those who simply want to let loose and enjoy the day.

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The artists will get a chance to display their creativity through face painting and graffiti. The nights will be dominated by a bonfire for the winters and games like poker and Counter Strike. Day 2 at Audacity 2015 will witness stage plays, mimes, solos and doubles dance performances, folk music competition, pub quiz for Bollywood movie lovers and much more!! The event will conclude by sarod performances by Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan Ali Khan and pro-nite with Parikrama.

Audacity is a pioneering endeavor of the Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur – Culcomm. The preparations for the mega event are running on top gear and the buzz is all round the social media. Audacity can be followed on following channels-

Website- http://www.audacityiimu.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/audacityiimu

Twitter – https://twitter.com/culcomm_iimu

Football Fever @IIMU!!

Keeping up with the traditions, Lakesider’s- the sports committee of IIMU organized the annual football event. The Football League of Udaipur comprises of six teams. Each team is owned by a PGP girl manager. The league is designed on the IPL format where every team faces one another in the group stage. Post the group stage the top team directly enters the finals. The second and third team in the points table, play in a playoff for sealing the second spot of the finals.

FluX1This year like every, the auctions were the precursor to the event. Although the tournament was far from its inauguration the enthusiasm was already at its peak among the team owners and their prospective players. We had six ladies who were the team owners from the PGP1 batch. Along with them were a few other students helping them devise their bidding strategy. The bidding was intense and every team spent lavishly for their marquee players. In the end all the teams were well balanced and one couldn’t really pick out a clear favorite. This meant that we were looking forward to a very competitive tournament between six well matched teams.

FLU223rd November was the super Sunday that saw the inaugural matches of FLU. There were a total of six clashes which saw some expected and some unexpected results. But at the end of the day the points table was reflected the gap in quality between the various teams which was very less. In the following weeks the group stage was played out. Between daily classes and various club activities it was a herculean task to organize the matches.

The teams had a mix of both the first and the second years. The academic schedule at IIMU is very grueling and there is always some or the other class going on. Due to this the Lakesider’s found it difficult to ensure the availability of all the players of a particular team. Hence most of the matches were played out during the weekends. This made the tournament long but also gave the teams time to be fresh both mentally and physically. And this ensured that each encounter was equally well contested.

The final match of the group stage saw ‘Soccaholics’ progress into the finals. ‘Lake Warriors’ and ‘Mad Thrashers’ being the second and third team in the group stage, played out the semi-final.

 

FLU4The grand finale saw ‘Mad Thrashers’ and ‘Soccaholics’ play an intense final. The match was like a game of see-saw with three goals scored by both teams before the final whistle. The game then proceeded into extra time which was goalless.

Since the teams were so well matched the penalties were inevitable. The shootout ended with the ‘Mad Thrashers’ winning the tie and the tournament. Sneha Mittal, PGP 1 student and the proud owner of the winning team lifted the trophy along with her players. Ejas Kunhalan, PGP 1 student won the golden boot for scoring the maximum number of goals in the tournament.

In the end the whole tournament was a great learning experience for all the students involved. It saw fierce competition among the teams which forced players to perform under pressure. The tournament saw teams coming up with different and unique strategies to beat their opponents. Managers had to take tough decisions when faced with injuries, defeat and demotivation among players and think of ways to motivate their team. All the clubs involved including Lakesider’s, Iris and Connect IT did a brilliant job to take the tournament to a new level. Connect IT kept the entire community updated with interesting post match analysis sent out to every student via e-mail.

We eagerly await the next edition of FLU next year, when the reigns will be passed on to the next upcoming batch!!