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

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Colours of Life – Holi at IIMU!

The colours of life came back to full sparkle once again at IIMU when the Holi celebrations reached to full fervor in the campus. The festival was celebrated in the campus with everyone involved in full enthusiasm in sharing the sweets, spreading gulaal and dancing to the traditional Holi songs.

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Holika Dahan was organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur on the eve of Holi. Students from the Society of Arts joined hands to decorate the campus grounds with beautiful colours. Holika Dahan symbolizes blessings and the students prayed together to bask the sanctity of the occasion. The Holi morning started on a high note with everyone playing Holi with colours and water.

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The festival proved a true testimony to the fact that togetherness lifts the mood of celebrations on festivals to a different level. All the batches of PGP and PGPX united and together played Holi for the entire day. They were joined by the foreign students who are currently on a visit to India for their entrepreneurial venture in collaboration with IIMU students. They were imbibed in the culture and joined the IIMU students in playing Holi and for the delicious lunch with thandai and sweets prepared by the Mess staff for the festive occasion.

Food Festival Week – The way of life at IIMU!

Celebrations and cheers continue to be written time and again in the cultural activities at IIM Udaipur. And the week saw a new addition in IIMU’s activities horizon with the second edition of the eagerly awaited food festival, The Food Fiesta – 2014 organized from 2nd – 6th March, 2014. Students at IIMU strive to maintain a fine balance between academics and the co-curricular activities. The essence of sharing, joy, happiness and the spirit of celebrations are revered in this five day long festival jointly organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur and MesscommThe Mess Committee of IIM Udaipur.

Day 1 : Bengali Cuisine

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The student members of each clubs as well as volunteer representatives work in collaboration to help the staff prepare sumptuous delicacies covering the cuisines of different parts of India. All the five days see a different theme and the students leading the way for a day dress up accordingly, present dance and musical numbers pertaining to the theme.

Day 2 : Rajasthani Cuisine

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The flavor of the food is enhanced by the hospitality and the culture where the PGP-1s serve the food to their seniors, PGP-2s and the PGPX students along with the faculty.

Day 3 : Gujarati and Maharashtrian Cuisine

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The sweets, dances, music, decorations and the enthusiastic involvement by the staff, students and the faculty made the festival successful.

Day 4 : South Indian Cuisine

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IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the glimpse of the festival.

Day 5 : Awadhi and Punjabi Cuisine

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Second Edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest organized at IIM Udaipur!

“Management is a science that should be taught in an artful manner”.

In keeping with its unique style and commitment to din that admonition into the state of mind of the student managers of IIMU, Potpourri – The Literary Club of IIM Udaipur presented the second edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest on 28th February, 2014. Under the theme, “Odyssey of Expressions”, the event proved to be a spellbinding consuetude where some of the best minds from the world of arts and literature came together on a common platform to enrich the ever hungry literary souls of IIMU.

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The precursor to the event started a week prior with The Udaipur Amazing Race, a one of its kind event held to explore the city of Udaipur like never before. Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces with its rich, diverse and beautiful locales provides a unique setting for this race with a back drop of a cultural milieu. The race is a treasure hunt competition and tests the students for their out of the box thinking, attitude, negotiation skills and a grasp on both the in campus and out campus locations to crack the clues.

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A total of 20 teams participated in the first elimination round where 8 teams had to be shortlisted for the next level of the race. A total of 8 clues were placed in different locations in the campus. The clues are designed to test the most basic of common sense among the participants and a way to figure out the most quirky things about the life in IIMU campus. First set of 8 teams to find out the clues ran in the actual race, the actual mania. Each team was provided a fixed budget from which they had to figure out all the day’s travelling and other expenses. The fun part is that each clue deciphered the next location and thus tested the real negotiation (read Jugaad) skills to convince the city autorickshaw owners to travel with the participants throughout the city for a day and that too on a meagre budget.

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The first clue in this race’s edition took the participants to the Royal Cemetery which is a huge structure spread across a large area. The participants had to figure out from the clue to drive towards the next location where a sumptuous portion of Daal Baati awaited them to be finished as a part of the tasks in the race. The Baati’s taste left them with the next clue, a run towards the Dai Mata Ki Baoli. The clue there landed the teams straight into the cold water for three dips in the Pichola Lake at the Ghangour Ghats. The real crazy part began here when all the completely drenched participants had to sell handicrafts to complete strangers on the street. The teams running everywhere took every onlooker to surprise and left most of them querying if a film shooting was in place there. The participants exerted physically by then had to push their stamina beyond limits. Recollecting the strength, the teams had to trek the hill to reach the Karni Mata Mandir. Some quit and some could not figure out the clues to reach. But the enchanting view from the top of the summit refreshed the complete day’s exhaustion. Then started a run to Shilpgram, The Handicrafts Village where the teams had to complete the tasks of pottery artefacts and garland making. From there began, a cycle race back to the campus. Throughout the event, picture snippets and video clipping of the various participants in various stages of races were tweeted live and trended the Social Media channels of IIMU. Raghuram and Hari Prasad from PGP-1 won the race showcasing brilliant sporting attitude, perseverance and skills. Potpourri ensures with ado to imbibe the flavour of art and culture in every task of its farrago of activities.

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The curtain raiser to the Lit Fest saw an evening filled with a dash of entertainment, drama and humor when the Society of Dramatics collaborated with Potpourri to present a satirical play, Kanjoosa Hazrat Awara adaptation of a popular French Play by Moliere. Dramatics fans from Udaipur turned up in the campus for this sumptuous comic appetizer. The visual setting, audience cheering and applauds set the right mood for the Lit Fest.

The Lit Fest day began with the lamp lighting by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU. Light is synonymous with the spreading of knowledge, wisdom and hope. And the enthusiastic students, speakers, faculty comprising prominently Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, Prof. Vandana Swami, Prof. Thomas Joseph and Prof.  N. Vishwanathan along with the audience indulged in talks to exchange experiences and thoughts to assay the notion.

For the literary minds, first panel discussion saw Mr. Nikhil Sachan, an IIT-BHU and IIMK alumnus and author of last year’s Hindi bestseller Namak Swadanusar, discussing the issues which young writers face. He also spoke in detail about the publishing industry’s intricacies, falling popularity of Hindi and other regional literature as well as the challenges faced by budding writers. Nikhil also recited some of the poems from his body of work which are close to his heart and through which he connected with young audience. He was accompanied well by the second panelist, Mr. Chetan Mahajan, author of The Bad Boys of Bokaro. Chetan touched the audience with a sensitive note of his storytelling experiences, narratives which went into shaping his book, social issues and tips for aspiring writers.

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Following the literary discussion, began an hour of Mrs. Vidya Rao, Classical Singer and Editor, speaking from the podium. She mesmerized the audience with her sweet and cherubic renditions of Thumri when her mellifluous voice filled everyone’s hearts in the auditorium. Her journey of evolving as an artist and her views on people, expression, arts, music, dance, love and life left everyone awestruck.

A photography exhibition of Prof. Mahesh Sharma’s collection depicting the various shades of life in Udaipur enthralled the audience. The speakers also distributed books and CDs of their works among the participants.

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The event culminated with a talk by celebrated Painter and Sculptor, Mr. Sidharth. He shared his experiences as an artist, the power of expression and the spirit of arts as a medium of communication and change. He also painted a portrait of Gautam Buddha in the fest and gifted it to IIMU as a token of souvenir.

Udaipur Lit Fest is the only Lit Fest conducted in an educational institute in India. And it conveys the very message of IIMU’s Uniqueness and Diversity with elan. The speakers congratulated the Potpourri team for conducting the event. The event ended on a thanking note to the audience and the sponsors viz., The Times of India, Learning Quotient, Sojatia Classes, Big 92.7 FM, Kaju’s Pizza and Lake City Mall. And the audience left with a promissory word from Potpourri to return next year bigger, better and more opulent. A week in the name of Literature, Arts, Music, Dance and Life. Cheers Potpourri!

Salsa Workshop at IIMU!

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

IIM Udaipur strives to inculcate a vibrant spirit in its students to promote cultural awareness and continue a process of unearthing and nourishing unconventional talent. A right mix of academic and cultural activities conducted by the various student clubs & committees provide ample scope to try out new ideas and polish implementation skills to develop traits like team building and leadership in an outré approach.

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Society of Dance under the umbrella of CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIMU conducted a week long salsa workshop in IIM Udaipur. Led by Kunal GulatiPGP-1, the workshop saw an enthusiastic response from the student community willing to learn this innovative dance form.

Salsa has several forms and primarily Cuban salsa was taught to the participants. This form of salsa involves significant physical flexibility and stamina. The students, novice in the art form put in a lot of hard work, esteem and patience to master this art. “Initially, one gets dizzy when the turns are taught but once you have passed that beginner’s phase, you realize how fun salsa can be!” complimented D. Sunil Kumar, Naveen Kumar, Neha Singh and Stuti Agarwal, students of PGP-1.

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The initial two days of the workshop included the basic movements in salsa to make the participants comfortable and to assess the level of competence of individuals and partners. To ease the process of learning, the partners were frequently switched while practicing a movement.

The different dance moves which were taught in the workshop were spot turn, cross body walk, cross body turn and open break. And advance steps which were covered in the workshop were Lasso, Sombrero and Bachata.

The final day of the workshop culminated with all the participants giving a dance performance with their partners. IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing some amazing moments of the workshop.

IIM Udaipur celebrates Republic Day!

The morning of 26th January, 2014 began on a different note in IIM Udaipur. The maddening rush to classes was replaced by a flavoured celebration of the 65th Republic Day by the faculty, staff and students of IIMU with gusto. The event started with the flag hoisting by Director, Prof. Janat Shah followed by the National Anthem. CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIMU sparked the celebrations with scintillating performances of a dance act and a street play captivating the audience. PGP student Shuchismita Biswas enthralled everyone with her mesmerizing recital of patriotic songs. The dash of fervor in the day was added by the Republic Day Quiz conducted by PotpourriThe Literary Club of IIMU.

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The Constitution of India came into force on this day and everyone at IIMU derive great pride that under the leadership of Prof. Janat Shah, we are working towards building an institute striving towards excellence. IIMU is one of the first institutes in India to come with a Code of Conduct and a Constitution in effect within just two years of its foundation. And to ensure that the proper strategic directives laid are properly implemented, IIMU has a student elected body, Council of Student Affairs overseeing the working procedures. IIMU’s approach of adopting latest standards like CRM will aid in effective monitoring of all the aspects of the institute’s functioning.

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The celebrations of the campus continued in an excursion to the new campus site at Balicha, Udaipur. The outing was orchestrated by PrayatnaThe Social Responsibility Club of IIMU. The students were accompanied by Mr. Joel Xavier, Manager – Student Affairs, IIMU who with his years of experience as an avid traveler, photographer, biker and a planner of such trips since his IIMA days made the day fun filled. He gave the students, tips on trekking, camping and pitching a tent as well as how to develop a keen eye for capturing great photographs.

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IIMU’s upcoming campus in Balicha spread across 253 acres of land is going to be one of the best campuses of Indian education institutions. The campus will be a symbolic landmark with its grandeur greenery and an innovative and splendid constructional design. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIMU helped in capturing the memories by clicking the pictures for the day.

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Diwali in the IIMU way!

Continuing the tradition of vesting uniqueness and social responsibility in its every event, IIM Udaipur celebrated its third Diwali, the festival of lights, in a different way.

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A group of 16 students from the IIMU family visited Jeevan Jyoti Child Home, a Govt. run boarding school for underprivileged children, to share moments of celebration and happiness on this auspicious occasion. The event was envisioned and coordinated by Prayatna – The Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur.

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The day constituted of fun-filled events, with students from IIMU teaming up with the school children and conducting various activities. The children were engaged in a theme based painting competition to bring out the best of their creative sides and to teach them the importance of team building, enthusiasm and competitive spirit. A football match was conducted, post which the children were gifted a football for all their efforts and unending enthusiasm in all the activities. The day ended with the distribution of sweets, diyas and non-polluting crackers among the children, leaving them with happy faces and smiles. The entire event was funded by the faculty and student fraternity of IIM Udaipur.

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The celebrations were then carried forward on the campus, beginning with Laxmi-Ganesh Pooja where the gods were invoked to bestow their blessings on the IIMU fraternity. IIM Udaipur being a green campus fulfilled its duty of protecting nature and promoting eco-friendly initiatives, with its students lighting 50 sky lanterns. IIM Udaipur wishes to inculcate a blend of social responsibility and uniqueness in the leadership abilities of its students and such events lead the drive to achieve that goal.

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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!