“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

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IIM Udaipur organizes ‘Tribal Livelihood Workshop’

On 17th June 2015 Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur organized a workshop on ‘Tribal Livelihood’. IIMU is a member of Manthan Consortium. The consortium has researched and developed knowledge platform, e-groups, learning support, strategy advisory support through its member institutes.

The aim of the workshop was to create a learning platform where sharing of knowledge and experience is facilitated. The participants were the likes of Rajasthan Grameen Aajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP), MANTHAN partners and NGOs working on livelihood issues in Udaipur.

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The event flagged off with a welcome note from Prof. Janat Shah – Director, IIMU who presented his views for the part that educational institutes could play in the developing an eco-system of livelihood for the marginalized . He words emphasized that IIMU holds a major responsibility to give towards the research, development and strategizing the initiatives for the income generation for the tribal. He considered the workshop as an excellent platform for academicians, practitioners, govt. officials to work together in the direction.

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The event was attended by the faculties from other management institutes of the country including MDI, XIMB, XLRI, TISS, and BRLF (Bihar Rural Livelihood Foundation). These institutes are also members of the Manthan consortium.

Prof. Shambu Prasad from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujrat initiated and moderated the discussion by first briefing the audience about the Manthan (Management Academic institutes Network for Transforming Human Resources through Action and Knowledge), a three-year old consortium and its aims of strengthening the livelihoods ecosystem in India.

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Workshop was further led by the Mr. Hardeep Chopra, RGAVP representative, who work for the livelihood initiatives in various districts of Rajasthan. The initiatives have helped more than 55 lakh tribal men and women in the state. The great cause has been promoted at large-scale by creating Self-help groups and Village Organizations (VOs) for women. The initiative aims to ensure income of above 1 lakh for the families that are part of SHG or VOs. Giving testimony to the fact, women from tribal areas joined the workshop to share their experience and benefit from the RGAVP initiatives. RGAVP believes that the success stories would grow exponentially in future with more people joining hands using the platform of such workshops.

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The event acted as perfect platform for majority participants. Priyanka Singh, CEO of Seva Mandir also contributed to the discussion with her views on the issues prevalent in the tribal livelihood. She expressed her views on the income source majorly depending on the natural resources and labor. She urged various stakeholders and participants to formulate policies that are beneficial for the poor in for a long-term.

The workshop was further progressed by presentations on the livelihood models from participants. The speakers shared their learnings and experiences from the initiatives pursued and research done.

The speakers included Kalpana Pant from Chaitanya Foundation, Zulfiquar Haider, CEO form BRLF, Rama Kandrappa from ILRT and Dileep Gupta  from IGS, Abha Mishra from Aajeevika Bureau and Avanish Kumar  from MDI.

During the conclusion of the workshop, everyone appreciated the concept and the content of the workshop. They also requested to have frequent such sessions to keep the motivation high among the participants. IIMU takes pride in hosting such event which strives to make a greater impact to the society.

IIM Udaipur hosts 3rd Annual Convocation on March 21, 2015

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIM Udaipur) hosted its 3rd Annual Convocation on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The occasion witnessed a ceremony with eminent stalwarts of the industry and society drawn together in an engaging alliance. The Ceremony was held at MLSU Auditorium of Mohan Lal Sukhadia University Campus.

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This year, the Chief Guest of the event was Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Tata Sons. The convocation was declared open by Mr. C.K. Birla, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIMU. In his welcome address, Mr. C.K. Birla expressed his sincere gratitude to Mr. Gopalakrishnan for having agreed to deliver the 3rd Annual Convocation address at IIM Udaipur.

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Mr. Birla shared his vision for IIM Udaipur which aspires to be a forefront for management research, while also doing well for the community as well. In his message for the graduating young future managers, he said “It is a competitive world out there and you can take on any challenge the world throws at you. Guard your values & beliefs and everything you have.”

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The honorable Chief Guest Mr. R Gopalakrishnan in his convocation address advised the graduating students to always balance their professional life with their personal life. He told students that when you go out in the society it will be good to remind themselves about all the labors that have been put into them by their parents, teachers & mentors.

Prof. Janat Shah, Director of the Institute, delivered the concluding address. Prof. Shah told the passing out batch that the Institute has the confidence that they will make the Institute as well as the country proud through their achievements.

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During the third Convocation, 11 Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) participants and 110 Post Graduate Programme (PGP) participants received the Diploma.

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Medals for Academic Excellence were presented to the following students by the Chief Guest:

  • The IIM Udaipur Gold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme) – Mr. Angad Singh Abrol
  • The IIM Udaipur Gold Medal for Best All-Round Performance (Post Graduate Programme) – Mr. Angad Singh Abrol
  • The IIM Udaipur Gold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme for Executives) – Mr. Anuj Gupta

For more info visit: www.iimu.ac.in

The Supply Chain Summit 2015 – A Success Story

SKEIN, the Supply Chain and Operations Club of IIM Udaipur in collaboration with State Bank of India successfully conducted The Supply Chain Summit’15, second edition of the annual Supply Chain Symposium on 14th February, 2015. The clubs and committees of IIMU give ample opportunities to its students to master the tapestry of learning and holistic development while getting hands on experience in organizing events. SKIEN’s constant endeavor remains imparting the students of IIMU the latest knowledge from the World of Supply Chain. It is an initiative to bring together Supply Chain enthusiasts from academia, the local community and industry alike and provide a platform where global leaders can share their opinions and views on supply chain through engagement in panel discussions and thus provide valuable insights to the students.

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The event flagged off with an opening speech from Prof. Janat Shah Director, IIMU who presented his vision for the institute with strong emphasis on research, analysis and entrepreneurship. The umbrella theme for this Supply Chain Summit 2015 was “From Apple to Apple – Supply Chain Transformation”, aptly developed around the global Supply Chain evolving activities and the prominent opportunities in the sector in future. The theme throws light on the transformation that took place from selling of apples in grocery stores to developing and implementing innovative supply chain technologies in companies such as Apple Inc.

The run-up to the event saw numerous online and on-campus competitions being held, with teams from the best B-schools across the country joining the event for battling their knowledge out in the arena in front of the judges.

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The event saw two important panel discussions between eminent corporate leaders. The first panel discussion with the sub-theme, “Make in India: How Supply Chain can help achieve the Dream” had panelists Mr. Ajay Jhalani – Head Supply Chain (CHEP India Pvt. Ltd.) , Mr. Chandramohan Gupta – Director Supply Chain (Coca Cola – India and SW Asia),  Mr. Shyamal Chatterjee – Head India Operations (Tupperware) , and Mr. Vinal Kabra -Global Supply Manager (Apple Inc., California). The vast experience these professionals had helped in an engaging and enriching discussion with various strata of Supply Chain management touched upon like Sustainability of Make in India, Importance of Analytics in the field of Supply Chain, protecting the margins in businesses, amalgamation of frontend and backend processes, and problems pertaining to warehousing and storage of food in India. The panel mentioned that roughly 12-14% of India’s GDP goes into logistics and similarly 80% of the price of the product also comprises of supply chain. They also threw light on the importance of new managers coming into the industry and the expectation from them. The speakers discussed about plethora of issues ranging from integration with suppliers, Squeezing of working capital & its profitability, Accurate Demand aggregation, and enhancement in Cold Chain infrastructure.

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The second panel discussion revolved around the sub-theme, “E-Commerce in India: Competitive Advantage through Innovations in Supply Chain” with the panelists Mr. Hrishikesh Pore – Head Grocery Online (My247Market.com – A TATA Enterprise) , Mr. Navneet Rai – Co-founder (Tolexo) and Mr. Jayant Mahto – VP Operations (Firstcry.com). The panel discussed about how e-commerce has brought the once backend process of a business i.e supply chain to front end. They discussed the dilemma of maintaining a site that offers products both perishable and nonperishable products.  The panel discussion was mainly interaction driven with students asking questions specifically related to e-commerce industry as well as companies that the panelists are representing. The panelists also discussed the benefits of e-commerce as compared to the traditional method of shopping offline.

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The event ended with a felicitation of the speakers and a vote of thanks. The Supply Chain Summit’15 was a resounding success with speakers and participants alike, appreciating the seamless organization of the entire event and the insights they gained through the discussions.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of IIM Udaipur

The much awaited foundation stone laying ceremony of IIM Udaipur was held on 13th February, 2015 at the site of the institute’s upcoming campus at Balicha, Udaipur.

The Balicha campus, which is spread over an expanse of 253 acres, is set to be the largest IIM campus in the country. The campus will have state of the art facilities in terms of both academics and extra-curricular activities, to facilitate holistic development of its students. In accordance with IIM Udaipur’s constant endeavor to be environment-friendly, particular emphasis is being laid on ensuring that the new campus is a green campus, with over fifty percent of space being reserved for parks. The new campus will also house twenty-seven water bodies of different sizes.

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With the vision of setting new standards for sustainable and energy efficient academic institutions, construction of the new campus was initiated on barren land of 300 acres which was devoid of vegetation. With the help of xeriscaping and added area research, a green belt is being created which will be an inspiration for the native arid zone. Traditional water harvesting systems are being employed, to create a self-sustainable campus in terms of water demand, which will help neighbouring villages and surrounding zones to achieve water efficiency. In terms of green technology, the highlight of the new campus is that it will be a net zero-waste campus where all waste will be treated as a resource.

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The ceremony began with the unveiling of the foundation stone by the Chief Guest, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani – Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The event also had Smt. Vasundhara Raje – Chief Minister of Rajasthan as the Guest of Honour.

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Post the unveiling of the foundation stone, the lighting of the lamp was done by Smt. Smriti Irani and Smt. Vasundhara Raje. The welcome address was then given by Shri. C. K. Birla, Chairman – Board of Governors, IIM Udaipur. Mr. Birla spoke about the role of management institutes as a bridge between academia and industry. He also mentioned that the vision of IIM Udaipur is being committed to research and generation of new knowledge in the field of management. IIM Udaipur would be achieving this, through its mission to inculcate values that will guide the journey of its students as leaders. Mr. Birla also discussed at length about IIM Udaipur’s emphasis on development of the region and on constantly striving to be a world class institute.

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Smt. Vasundhara Raje heralded the laying of IIM Udaipur’s foundation stone, as a very prestigious event for the region. She emphasized on the need for IIM Udaipur to become a Centre of Excellence for Rajasthan.

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Smt. Smriti Irani then addressed the audience and mentioned the laying of the foundation stone as an initiative to give substance to the dreams of many aspiring students. Ms. Irani also discussed about initiatives that should be taken up at IIM Udaipur, namely world class water management research that would benefit the entire state of Rajasthan, adoption of five surrounding villages by the institute to help improve their standard of living, use of agro-based industry skill development technologies from India and abroad at the institute, and development of a centre for tourism and hospitality on the campus.

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Prof. Janat Shah, Director – IIM Udaipur then expressed his gratitude to all individuals, organizations and especially the Centre and State of Rajasthan, for their unwavering commitment and support. Some of the other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Shri Arjun Lal Meena – MP (Lok Sabha), Shri Phool Singh Meena, MLA – Udaipur Rural, Shri Kewal Nohria, Member – Board of Governors, IIM Udaipur, Shri Shailendra Kumar, Director (Management) – MHRD, Govt. of India, Shri Ashwini Bhagat, Secretary – Higher Education, Govt. of Rajasthan, Prof. I.V. Trivedi, Vice Chancellor – Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Shri Bhawani Singh Detha – Tribal Commissioner and Shri. Rajendra Pawar, Chariman – NIIT & Member – Board of Governors, IIM Udaipur.

The ceremony came to an end with the playing of the National Anthem. With the laying of the foundation stone, work on the new campus has begun in full swing. Future batches of IIM Udaipur can look forward to moving to a campus with world class amenities that is known for the competitive students it produces, as also for its constant efforts to build a sustainable campus that works with the local community to create an ecology that is beneficial to both the institute and the region.

The Leadership Summit 2014 organized at IIM Udaipur concludes on a successful note!

Indian Institute Management Udaipur hosted the third edition of its annual flagship event, The Leadership Summit 2014 on 23rd August, 2014 at the Durbar Hall, City Palace, Udaipur.

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The Leadership Summit is a student-driven initiative which is organized by the Media and Industry Cell (MiiC) of IIMU. The event serves as a platform for corporate leaders to share their opinions and views on select themes through diverse engaging panel discussions. The panelists comprise of distinguished leaders from industries and academia. The objective of the summit is to get unique insights from the leaders and get to understand the direction in which the economies, corporate policy making and businesses are heading viz-a-viz globalization and competition. The first two editions of The Leadership Summit have been immensely successful. The umbrella theme for the Leadership Summit 2014 was “RETHINK: A paradigm shift in the Leadership Trends of India“.

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The event began with a Welcome Address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. Prof. Shah laid emphasis on the initiatives on which the institute has a strong focus such as Immersion, Research, Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.

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Dr. V RaghunathanCEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation & Ex-President, ING Vysya Bank served as the Chief Guest in the event. Mr. Puneet DalmiaMD, Dalmia Group of Industries was the Keynote Speaker. Both the leaders laid emphasis on the need of a social purpose behind every leadership initiative.

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The event had three student moderated panel discussions. First Panel’s theme was “Rethink Approach: How to think, act and lead in this era of Globalization?” with participating speakers, Mr. Balaji R. Narayanswamy General Manager, Mindtree, Mr. Sukanti Ghosh Member of Global Management Committee, APCO Worldwide and Mr. Vishal Mathur VP Sales, Eicher Motors. The panelists discussed the key challenges faced in Globalization, skills and opportunities present in going Global.

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Second Panel’s topic of discussion was “Rethink Boundaries: Can we learn Leadership from boundaries beyond corporate world?” with participants Mr. Ramkumar Executive Director, ICICI Bank Limited, Mr. Praveen Mathur Major General (Retd.) & Advisor, Director General Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mr. M P Vasimalai IIMA Alumnus & Founder, DHAN Foundation and Mr. Kalyan S. Bose Senior Volunteer, SPIC MACAY. The panelists discussed the various facets of leadership development citing examples from multiple avenues.

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Third Panel saw discussions on the theme “Rethink Convention: Women in Leadership Roles – Changing the rules of the game!” with panelists Ms. Arnabi Marjit GM-HR, Lupin Pharma, Ms. Namrata Gill VP, Organizational Development and Talent Management, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ms. Neelima Khetan GM, Sustainability and CSR, Coca-Cola India. The speakers discussed in detail about the challenges faced by women in the corporate world, the possible solutions and the changing landscape in the business world.

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The event also saw a special segment on Big Ideas Session delivered by Mr. Sanjay PanigrahiCEO, Sahaj e Village Ltd. who spoke largely on the Rural India and the potential of management principles application in the sector.

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The event received a very good response and concluded with felicitation of the speakers and vote of thanks. The event is a student driven initiative of IIMU which aims to bring the business community of Udaipur, global leaders, faculty and students of IIMU on a common platform where they can exchange knowledge and insights and work towards establishing possible future sustainable partnerships.

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Vedanta Group served as the Title Sponsor of the event while Wonder Cement helped as the Associate Sponsor of the event. Along with them, many other organizations came forward to extend their help in organizing this event. The other sponsors of the event were:

Media Partner: Rajasthan Patrika

Co-Sponsor: Eve’s Corporate Channels India Private Limited

Organizational Partner: UCCI

Printing Partner: Lucky Offset Printers

Magazine Partner: City Angle Lifestyle Magazine

Supporting Sponsors: Aravali Minerals & Chemical Industries Private Limited and Shree Rajasthan Syntex Limited

Mall Partner: Lake City Mall

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur celebrates its third anniversary!

It was 27th July 2011 when Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur joined the league of the premier business schools across the country. The foundation laid by its Director – Prof. Janat Shah remains firm as the institute completes its 3 years full of enthusiasm, aspiration and accomplishments. It is an important milestone in the institute’s journey of becoming a unique establishment in all the facets of management education.

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The auspicious occasion of IIMU’s third anniversary was graced by the presence of the institute’s Director and was celebrated jointly by the students, faculties and staff members. The biggest asset of the institute, its students, organized a cake cutting ceremony in all high spirits and greeted everyone on the anniversary. The pride was visible among all the members of the IIM Udaipur Community as they described the event as – “three years of togetherness, three years of sharing & caring, three years of happiness, three years of trust and three years of transformation “ .

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The event progressed with a motivational address from Prof. Janat Shah, who congratulated the complete IIMU Community comprising students, faculty and alumni for being an integral part of the journey. His reminiscence of the institute’s achievements from the past 3 years elevated the students’ beliefs. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur enthusiastically helped in covering the ceremony.

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IIM Udaipur strives to become a globally accepted academic institution. The ideology prospers as the students and faculty members dedicate themselves to develop socially responsible and confident business leaders. A constant motivation and support of pursuing a path less travelled of entrepreneurship imbibed with a sense of social and economic value creation encourages students to grow multi-dimensionally. The all-inclusive growth value driven in the institute’s initiatives can be measured by the triumph of the recently concluded event, Inclusive India Forum 2014, which was graced by the presence of eminent corporate and social personalities across the nation. Progressing forward, the institute has lined up events such as Spandan 2014 – Second edition of its Annual HR Conclave and the institute’s flagship event The Leadership Summit 2014.

With three years of education, excellence, innovation, transformation and uniqueness, IIMU promises to grow abound with its leadership, values and uniqueness quotient and is on a fabulous journey towards becoming one of the top B-Schools of the world.

IIM Udaipur and Harvard Business School Club of India to host Inclusive India Forum 2014 at IIMU campus!

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur in association with the Harvard Business School Club of India will host the first Inclusive India Forum on 26th July, 2014 at IIM Udaipur campus.

Inclusive India Forum will be attended by stalwarts from corporate and social sectors. Confirmed delegates include 25 Harvard Business School Alumni, 25 Corporate Social Responsibility Heads from various companies and Founders & Senior Functionaries of 40 NGOs from across India. Inclusive India Forum would be the first event of its kind organized in India, where different stakeholders from corporate organizations and NGOs would gather on one platform and discuss ways in which partnerships can be created in the development management space for the larger benefit of society.

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Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur, faculty and students of IIMU will welcome all the delegates in the event. The event will flag off by a Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman & CEO, Zensar Technologies.

Indicative list of the prominent corporate personalities who will be attending the event comprises:

  • Adil Zainulbhai, Senior Advisor & former Chairman – McKinsey India
  • Padmashree Rajinder Gupta, Founder & Chairman – Trident Group
  • Vikram Mehta, Chairman – Brookings India
  • Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Head CSR – British Petroleum India
  • Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO – Max India Foundation

C-Suite Executives from some of the big firms across the country including Brookings India, Dr. Reddy Foundation, BP India, DLF, Vodafone, Piramal Foundation, Forbes Marshall, Genpact, Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc, Max India Foundation, ITC, MacArthur Foundation, NASSCOM Foundation, Secure, Shell Foundation and Harvard Business School alumni would unite together to deliberate on how the skills and resources from Corporate world can align with the Social services sector to develop synergies across various projects in the social space in the coming years.

Indicative list of prominent personalities from NGO space who would be participating in the forum comprises:

  • Ashwin A. Shah, Founder – Gram Sewa Trust
  • Rajiv Khandelwal, Founder & Chairperson – Aajeevika Bureau
  • Binoy Acharya, Founder & Director – UNNATI
  • Girish Sohoni, President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation
  • Mini Bedi, Asia Director of International Association for Community Development – Director Development Support Team (DST)
  • Pankaj Shah, Director Community Health – SEWA Rural

The forum brings together personalities and leaders from NGOs like ACCESS Development  Services, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ananya Finance, Arth, Astha Sansthan, BASIX, British Council, Cecoedecon, Centre for Science and Environment, Concern India, Drishtee, EDVANCE Group, Food Security Foundation India, IBTADA, IIMPACT, Jatan, Lok Panchayat, Marie Stopes International, Pan Himalaya Grassroot, Piramal Foundation, Secure Giving, Seva Mandir, Shaishav, Smile Foundation, Uthan, VAAGDHARA, VANI and Vidya Bhavan Society.

The first panel discussion on “The Corporate World on the Social Sector” would be moderated by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. This would be followed by second panel discussion on the theme “Development Management Sector in India: What works and what does not?” moderated by Mr. Anshul Arora, CEO – Edvance Group. The panel discussions will be followed by brainstorming sessions wherein delegates would be segregated into three focus groups and would discuss on current and possible future initiatives in Livelihood, Healthcare and Education sectors. One of the key anticipated outcomes of the forum is a roadmap which will give directions and indicators for working in a collaborative way on social projects in future, which would lead to inclusive growth in India in the long run.

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The Udaipur community has shown keen enthusiasm and interest in this event. A Press Conference was conducted on 23rd July in IIM Udaipur campus as a pre-cursor for this event in which around 30 local press and media partners came to cover the event. Zucchini Italian Cuisine Restaurant of Udaipur has associated with the forum as the Food Partner.

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IIM Udaipur through various initiatives in the past has shown a deep commitment towards developing socially responsible managers and actively contributes in societal development. This programme in collaboration with the HBS Club of India is another major step taken by the institute in the same direction.

ColloquiuM! with Mr. Romi Mahajan of Microsoft

MarClanThe Marketing Club of IIM Udaipur organized the first Guest Speaker Session for this year of its continuing series, ColloquiuM!. The talk in this session was delivered by Mr. Romi Mahajan. Mr. Mahajan is a world renowned Marketing and Creative Thought Leader. His credentials include working as a Director of Sales and Strategy for Digital Marketing Platform Group at Microsoft and Founder-President of KKM Group et al. He was accompanied by Mr. Kshitij Jain of Advaiya Solutions Pvt. Ltd..

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Mr. Mahajan spoke extensively on the topic “The Marketing Panorama – Reclaiming Marketing from ROI Zealtory“. Coined to what he called as “The ROMI TRAP”, he elaborated on how companies’ drive towards measuring and quantifying the return on marketing investment and advent of new mediums and platforms like digital and social media have been cannibalising the culture of Marketing. According to him the intuition and creativity which led to many successful and innovative marketing strategies/campaigns formulation have been compromised by the use of pseudo-science in modifying the techniques of Marketing.

The session was an interactive one and the students in attendance put in some really interesting aspects to the discussion throwing concepts backed up with examples from real world. The effects of advertisements in marketing communications as they were showcased in the traditional media in the television, their nostalgia factor and the social/digital media wave using that to encash the same effects simply took the discussions to stratum.

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The various Clubs and Committees at IIMU keep on organizing such sessions round the year to aid students in picking up the nuances of management from the industry that the speakers represent in addition to the subjects’ knowledge gained in the academic curriculum pedagogy.

Ten commitments of IIMU!

1. Commitment to Sustainability: Did you know that the infrastructure and activities at IIMU boast of total commitment to a green campus? Exemplified by the DirectorProf. Janat Shah himself, who was the first person to use a bicycle in the campus when it was founded. Today, more than 60% people on the campus including the students, faculty and staff follow that lead.

2. Commitment to Diversity: Did you know that if you want to have a debate in IIMU hostels in your favourite language then you will find a person at least 10 rooms away? The cultural diversity at the campus will amazingly enhance your people skills. And yes, you can always end up in a debate in more than 5 different languages.

3. Commitment to Rural Exposure: Did you know that 100% of the batch gets exposure to Rural India by the carefully designed Rural Immersion Programme? This will help you to be more sensitized and develop as socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

4. Commitment to Global Exposure: Did you know that 60% of the students in the batch get their visas stamped at least once during their stay at IIM Udaipur? This reflects IIMU’s commitment to make global managers of tomorrow ready to work in diverse conditions and situations, leading global teams and implementing their learnings in the real business world.

5. Commitment to Best Faculty: Did you know that in addition to 22 permanent faculties, prominent faculties from the top B-Schools of India like IIMA, IIMB, IIMC etc. visit to bolster the academic wealth of IIMU? This ensures personalized attention to the students resulting in their better learning, grooming and hence forth, transformation.

6. Commitment to Transformation: Did you know that with specially designed programmes which aim to inculcate values like integrity, honesty, respect, ownership, trust and excellence, you will transform into a better person and manager at the end of two years? With collaborative and focused programmes with agencies like Hay Group, you will develop emotional intelligence and see yourselves developing into leaders more confident of your capabilities and decision making judgment.

7. Commitment to Awareness of Cultural Roots: Did you know that at IIMU you will be celebrating festivals and participating in cultural activities you did not even know about?

8. Commitment to Team Work: Did you know that at IIMU you will be doing so many assignments, live projects and club activities in groups that you will emerge as a leader in team working skills?

9. Commitment to Entrepreneurship: Did you know that IIMU takes a plethora of initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship? You will get a lot of opportunities under the ambit of entrepreneurship which will help you to pursue your career goal of starting your own business.

10. Commitment to Sleepless Nights: Did you know that apart from the load of assignments and projects of a usual B-School, a lot of other things at IIMU like TT matches, clubs/committees activities and B-School competitions will keep you awake till wee hours every day and you will be going to enjoy it?