FlashBack – The IIMU Reunion: When the Pioneers visited their Alma Mater!

Alumni And Allies Association (A4) of IIM Udaipur organized the first ever alumni meet of the Class of 2013 of IIMUFlashBack. The meet was organized on 1st March, 2014 in the campus. Flashback was organized with the motive of creating a feeling of déjà vu for the pioneers and to initiate a process of building an ever growing network of IIMU graduates. The meet had been organized as a day-long event so as to enable maximum interaction among the pioneers and the students within the IIMU fraternity.

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FlashBack started with an interactive session between the alumni and Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIMU. The theme for the session was The Journey bygone & The Journey ahead. The pioneers shared their experiences after stepping out of IIMU and their takeaways from their 2 years of stay here. Emotions flowed through the voices of the pioneers reflecting their proclivity towards the institute. Later, Director Sir discussed with them the progress of IIMU in comparison to the Top 100 B-Schools across the world in the last one year. He shared with them the future plans and working model on which IIMU would thrive to become one of the best B-Schools in the world. The pioneers actively gave their suggestions and add-ons for improving the plans. Prof. Shah re-enforced the importance of enhancing the alumni network and took suggestions from the pioneers on ways of enhancing the alumni engagement.

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Post the session, Team A4 in association with LakeSidersThe Sports Committee of IIMU, organized a cricket match between IIMU Alumni and the IIMU community team formed from the participants comprising students, faculty and the hostel & institute staff. The idea behind the debut version of FlashBack Cup was to form a legacy which would go on for years to come.  The feeling of involvement with the students who had been the first to grace the campus received applauds and cheers. Moments were re-lived and a legacy was created. IIMU Alumni team lost the trophy by a close margin but won everybody’s hearts with their sheer dedication and enthusiasm.

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Curiosity amongst current students to know about the corporate life after graduation from IIM U opened the stage for the interactive session of PGP-1 and PGPX students with the alumni. Director Sir and faculty also took out their time to attend the session and felicitate the alumni with souvenirs for their successful journey. It was an ice breaking session where the alums narrated their memorable moments at IIMU, shared their experiences of the corporate world and revisited the work undertaken by them as founders of various clubs and committees.

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The evening saw an exclusive dinner for the alumni organized at Lal Baagh restaurant amidst live music and a picturesque setting. The event also witnessed release of the pioneer issue of the Alumni Magazine, “The Thump” which garnered rave reviews from the alumni. The alums were deeply engrossed in nostalgia all the while as they chatted and laughed about their good old days at IIMU.

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The dinner was followed by a DJ party for the alums. The ‘unique’ thing about the party was that this was the first moment in the history of IIMU when the alumni, PGP1s, PGP2s, PGPX1s and PGPX2s; all were seen sharing the same stage. The party ended on a high note with cheers and celebrations in the air. A4 Team put up an amazing example of conducting an event showcasing team work, the best use of limited resources and involving and paying gratitude to all the students, staff, faculty and alumni of IIMU. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the magical moments of the reunion.

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A4 Team: Deewakar Gupta | Kushal Joshi | Gaurav Singh Gehlot | Sitanshu Upadhyay | Chaitanya Kumar Sandaka | Gaurav Singh

Life @ IIMU

Nestled amongst the lush, verdant hills of the Aravallis in Rajasthan, the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur currently located in the campus of the Mohan Lal Sukhadia University possesses the perfect setting and environment for a business school.

Academic rigour has always been a part and parcel of the life of an IIM student and the experience at IIM Udaipur so far, lives up to the same. With business cases to be prepared on an almost daily basis, the study sessions with fellow group mates and the umpteen reports and presentations that have to be made and delivered before deadlines (which more often than not are at unearthly hours, so far spent either watching movies, surfing the net or partying hard) life can get stressful and sleep, a bygone luxury. And just when you’ve had a really heavy lunch topped off with some chilled lassi, does a mail pop into your inbox. Now, outside professional life, mails are usually responded to with a bored glance or a casual laugh. An IIM student learns to expect more. Mails from the PGP office between 12.30PM and 3.30PM are…the most dreaded on campus. Statistics for Management toppers have for decades struggled with their regression, correlation and heuristic analyses to comprehend the relationship between full stomachs and afternoon mails from the PGP office. Surprise quizzes, considered by many as an initiative by the Lucifer himself, serve to knock you off your dreamy siestas and full tummies to those notes that you had, in all probability, hastily scribbled over the last couple of sessions in class. However, the burden of all these activities can be alleviated by merely stepping out onto the hostel terraces for some casual banter with your “ever-ready” group mates whilst taking in the fresh mountain air that most of us have for so long missed, before resuming preparations.

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Udaipur, also called the ‘Venice of the East’ is also called the City of Lakes. Hills, lakes, gardens and palaces, the city is not short on options to recharge the soul and the mind, a welcome relief from the daily grind. The Chief Conservator of Forests in Udaipur organizes regular treks for the students, which apart from being an experience in itself, helps build bonds that could very well last a lifetime. For the foodie, the alleys of the Old Udaipur town are a godsend. Rajasthani delicacies, Mumbai vadapavs and even Keralite non-vegetarian cuisine, the city’s got enough to keep you satiated. Fast food outlets of the likes of KFC, Pizza Hut are in a close proximity to the campus and make for a welcome reprieve at the weekends.

For those who want to work on their extra-curricular activities, IIM Udaipur’s clubs and committees (currently numbering to around 20) provide ample opportunities. The Media & Industry Interaction Cell organizes the Leadership Summit, which is the flagship event of the campus. The Literary club is not just restricted to organizing quizzes. Over the last year, it has organized the Udaipur Leap Day Lit Fest where authors of the likes of Rashmi Bansal and Ashwin Sanghvi visited the campus and interacted with the students. The club also conducted the Udaipur Amazing Race which was basically a treasure hunt across the city of Udaipur, organized along the lines of the popular TV show. The football and crickets enthusiasts among the batch have a Cricket and Football League system in place, complete with an IPL-style auctioning system to add a little extra spice. There are also regular JAM sessions and film screenings that allow the entire batch to let its hair down and have fun as a group. The institute also has a music room, where the musicians of the batch can let loose post the sessions in class.

As in every Management School, due importance is given to those clubs that promote the business of Business itself at IIM Udaipur. Finomina – The Finance Club of IIM Udaipur holds sessions and competitions with the batch to illustrate and discuss various aspects of finance. The Entrepreneurship Cell – Saksham holds guest lectures with the batch, where students get to interact with budding entrepreneurs. Prayatna – The Social Responsibility club has taken up a variety of initiatives to promote a spirit of social responsibility among the students. The Cultural Committee organizes various cultural events in the campus to highlight the diversity of the batch. The recent Food Fest conducted in association with the Mess Committee is just an example of the same.

As with any other college, the real flavour of IIM Udaipur is best experienced in its hostels. Time inside the hostels doesn’t run according to the Indian Standard Time though, at any point in the day the mean number of people sleeping and those wide awake are roughly the same. The latter are either working furiously to complete some assignment or trying to derive some inspiration for doing so off of Facebook!

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Come 8:30 AM and its quite common to see mouths frantically trying to gobble down the breakfast before entering the lecture hall – hopefully before the professor. The afternoons and evenings that are privileged enough to not be spent in class are utilized for impromptu siestas, volleyball matches or Counter Strike battles. More often than not, it’s all three combined.

The nights can be rather subdued before a quiz or some similar tragedy scheduled for the next day, however one thing that manages to bring people together even in times of such hardship is the call for “Maaro Maaro Maaro Maaro” that accompanies every poor soul’s birthday celebrations. The crowd congregates, beats the person black and blue, eats all the cake, (occasionally remembers to wish said person) and then go back to their respective studies. The quizzes still lie in waiting, and they are not going to study for themselves!