“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 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 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

CreaZione 1.0 Branding Competition at IIM Udaipur!

MarClanThe Marketing Club of IIM Udaipur organized an intra-institute branding competition, CreaZione 1.0 at IIMU campus. The competition was designed around the process of bidding, creating brand elements of a product and selling the product with a communication programme to the audience and the judges. The concept of the event aimed at testing the marketing and brand management skills of the participating students.

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A total of 8 teams comprising of students from both the years of the PGP Programme participated in the competition. The competition had three rounds:

Round 1: Auctioning – The first round of the event was auction based. The participating teams were provided with a basket of twelve brands (mostly an existing company) and they needed to bid for buying the rights of creating a new brand mantra for the company.

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Round 2: Idea Generation / Pitching – The teams then had to bid for the brands and buy the required rights. Then, they had to dive in and use their creative talent to come up with a new brand mantra for the brand.

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Round 3: Product Release / Media Communication – The teams which proceeded for the final round had to face off in a media clash. They had to pitch in for the product release and face the media and defend their strategies.

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Prof. Subhadip RoyFaculty of Marketing Management and Brand Management at IIMU and Prof. Soorjith KarthikeyanFaculty of HRM at IIMU served as the judges for the event. Team Crime Patrol was declared the winner of the event while Team Men at Work and Team Agarbatti stood at second and third position respectively. The prizes of the event were sponsored by Raymonds, Curry N Crunch Restaurant and Shreenath Ice Cream Parlour. IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in clicking the pictures of the event.

IIM Udaipur successfully hosted the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan 2014!

Indian Institute of ManagementUdaipur successfully hosted the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan 2014 on 3rd August2014 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Udaipur.

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Carrying forward the legacy from the last year’s inception of Spandan, this year’s conclave was conceptualized around the central umbrella theme, “Rethink: Changing HR practices with Changing Times”. The event began with an opening address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. He spoke on the importance of collaboration of academia and industry on a common platform like Spandan for discussions critical for the reinvention of the HR Industry. Prof. Shah also laid stress on the IIMU’s strong focus on Research, Analytics, Immersion in the three forms of Rural, Corporate & Global Immersion and Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship in his speech. He also threw light on the student driven initiatives through different clubs and committees at IIMU citing the example of Spandan been organized entirely by dHRuvaThe HR Club of IIM Udaipur.

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Prof. Sunil MaheshwariAdjunct Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad and Ex-Advisor to the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India, served as the Keynote Speaker in the conclave. Prof. Maheshwari brought in his research statistics in his speech which showcased the changing trends in HR and the challenges posed to it in the current scenario. His mathematical study was based on a survey on leadership traits collected from a sample of MDP candidates who occupy top leadership positions in India and the persistent need-gap analysis in their skills. He concluded his speech with mentioning the importance of investment in faculty development and pedagogy modification with time in management schools.

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The event then proceeded with panel discussions on the three sub-themes for the summit:

  • Rethinking ConventionImplications & consequences of socialmobile and digital media on HR practices
  • Rethink ApproachAre the present leadership programmes creating ‘leaders’ or ‘followers’?
  • Rethinking StructuresPyramid organizational structures to job sharing and part-time/flexi-roles: Implications & Consequences

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The participating corporate leaders in the discussions were Mr. Aashish Singh VP Head HR, Sutherland Global, Ms. Padma Rajeswari Tata Senior Dr. & Head, Dr. Reddy’s, Mr. Sugato Palit Exec. Dir HR & Admin, Experion, Mr. Vinod Rai Head Corp. HR, Maruti Suzuki, Mr. Ashwani Prashara Head HR & IR, RIL, Mr. Prabhu Aggarwal Chief Learning Officer, Jindal Steel, Mr. G. Ravishankar President HR & Strategy, CRISIL, Mr. Debaprata Mahapatra Head HR Elec. & Auto IC, L&T, Ms. Sangeeta Malkhede Assoc. VP HR, CSS Corp, Mrs. Sangeeta Singh Partner, Sanguine Consultants and Mr. Vinod Behari Exec. Dir. HR, RECL.

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The key things highlighted in the discussions were usage of social media in employee engagement & networking, technology, communication, feedback and references. Traits of a leader, differentiation between a leader and a follower, main hindrances in current leadership development and initiatives and strategies in different industries taken for leadership development, were also focused in the discussions. Organizations strive towards adopting best HR practices and to align HR strategies with the organizational strategies to succeed in the long run. Hence, the emerging practices like pyramid organizational structures and change management were also brought in the discussions by the panelists.

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The interactions were enhanced by the questions put up by the students and faculties in the audience during the panel discussions. The event was very well received by the IIMU community. Kathan 2014, the second edition of the annual HR Magazine of dHRuva – The HR Club of IIM Udaipur was also released marking the success of the event. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in covering the event by capturing pictures and videos. The event concluded with the felicitation of the eminent speakers of the event and a vote of thanks.

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IIM Udaipur aims to set new benchmarks in the field of management education and research and events like this come under the channel of initiatives aiming to create a platform for discussing subjects and issues that are most relevant to the current times and future trends.

The underlying purpose of the event is to bridge the gap between the industry and academics providing students with an opportunity to understand the dynamics of HR domain and to enrich the knowledge and perception of HR practices from the interactions with the experienced corporate leaders.

IIM Udaipur presents the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan’14 – One day to go!

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Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur presents the second edition of its annual HR ConclaveSpandan 2014 to be hosted on 3rd August, 2014 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Udaipur.

IIM Udaipur aims to set new benchmarks in the field of management education and research and events like this come under the channel of initiatives aiming to create a platform for discussing subjects and issues that are most relevant to the current times and future trends. Carrying forward the legacy from the last year’s inception of Spandan, this year’s edition is conceptualized around the central theme of “Rethink: Changing HR practices with Changing Times”. The conclave will see the participation of learned practitioners on the likes of Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd and Mr. Vinod Rai, Head Corporate HR, Maruti Suzuki from the field of Human Resource Management who will share their insights and knowledge with the student managers of IIMU.

A drive towards adopting best HR Practices remains the top level strategic challenge for business organization in today’s complex corporate environments. With the aim to explore the transformation in HR practices to cater to the new business priorities of modern times, the umbrella theme will be explored by the esteemed speakers in panel discussions on three sub-themes:

  • Rethinking Convention: Implications & consequences of social, mobile and digital media on HR practices
  • Rethink Approach: Are the present leadership programmes creating ‘leaders’ or ‘followers’?
  • Rethinking Structures: Pyramid organizational structures to job sharing and part-time/flexi-roles: Implications & Consequences

Spandan’s inaugural edition, held on 20th October 2013 at The Sheraton, Udaipur focused on the theme “Transforming HR for new business practices” with distinguished participants like Dr. T. V. Rao popularly known as the Father of Indian HR, Mr. Bomi ManekshawPresident HR, Cadilla, Mr. Rajandra AmbekarGlobal HR Head, Wipro, Mr. Ganesh RamakrishnanSenior Director HR, Oracle Financial Services among others participating in the summit.

The underlying purpose of the event is to bridge the gap between the industry and academics providing students with an opportunity to understand the dynamics of HR domain and to enrich the knowledge and perception of HR practices from the interactions with the experienced corporate leaders.

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.

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?

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Global Immersion!

The world is getting smaller and the distances between the nations are reducing. The economies of the world are integrating at a faster pace and there is a critical need for managers in the industry who have an understanding of global business practices, social values, philosophies and cultures. And since the business practices are increasingly becoming “glocal” in their planning, design and implementation, there is an inherent need to increase the skills space of students to fit into the global scenario of the corporate and entrepreneurial world.

IIM Udaipur follows the pedagogy of Immersion and Global Immersion is one of the key offerings of IIMU which, with the immense potential of the associated programmes adds advantages in preparing students as better leaders who can imbibe environment and cultural sensitivity and manage businesses and people from diverse cultures.

IIMU ensures provision of international exposure to its students in multiple ways with the aim to facilitate greater student and staff mobility across different global dimensions and institutional research partnerships through collaboration with globally reputed business schools of Europe, North America and Asia. The focus is to help the students in developing a specialized set of internationally relevant skills, perspectives and experiences with a thriving zest of peer pressure. This in turn helps in fostering a spirit of global thinking and developing acumen of personal and professional growth.

The highlights of the international aspects of IIM Udaipur are:

1. Dual Degree PGP for Executives in Global Supply Chain Management: IIM Udaipur and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management have designed a dual degree programme to cater to the present global industry requirements and to equip the executives with skills to deal with complex supply chains across the world. IIMU’s students brush shoulders with students from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), Mexico and Tianjin University, China besides the students from Purdue. At the end of the program, students are offered a PGDM from IIM Udaipur and a MS from Purdue University, USA in Global Supply Chain Management. The nuances of Supply Chain Management theories and international business techniques and practices help the students to assimilate the learning experiences of studying overseas and honing their skills for the working arrangements in India & abroad.

2. Student Exchange Programme (STEP): The student exchange program at IIM Udaipur aims at giving the students a global exposure academically and culturally. The students spend a term of their course in globally acclaimed universities of Germany and France. This leap offers an adaptation to a bouquet of offerings like a broadened outlook, leadership attributes, team working, divergent mind set, keen eye for detail, communication skills, emotional maturity, healthy appetite for risk taking and decision making abilities. The breadth of STEP is one of the greatest opportunities that help the students to soak customs, traditions and pedagogy of other institutes as well as get a taste of different cultures. During this time, their counterparts from those universities come down to the IIM Udaipur campus. The globalization of businesses needs networking with people of different backgrounds. This opportunity helps students to interact with students of different nationalities and eventually build networks with people at a global level.

3. International Business Practices (IBP): IIM Udaipur offers a unique elective in the second year of its PGP Programme – IBP, where the students get a chance to work hands-on on a live project with industry experts in MNCs at their abroad locations like UAE and Bangkok. The sharing of ideas and experiences help the students to understand in depth, new markets and opportunities which can be tapped upon in the future. The holistic perspective and knowledge acquired about the nuances of global working methodologies enhance the scope of the future objectives of students.

4. International Summer Internships: The highlight of IIM Udaipur’s summer internship placements have been the international internships offered by companies located in UAE and Qatar. This is a continuation of the process where in a span of two months, students get to work in a global business environment in an economy different than the Indian environment. The cross-cultural exposure, diverse teams and the industry project covered in the internships complement the learning process. The experience gained during the period is immense and the exchange of ideas and the knowledge of global practices enhance the learning objectives and approach which the students have to follow for the rest of the three trimesters of the PGP Programme.

5. Global Business Project (GBP): GBP is a unique action-based learning course spanning across four months, February to May, wherein, under each project, 5-6 students from across geographies work on general consulting and strategic problems of clients under the faculty guidance applying their functional, cross-cultural, foreign language and virtual teamwork skills towards focused, compelling, measurable and actionable deliverables. Many companies which have provided projects are household names, such as P&G (China and Brazil), GE Health Care (Brazil), Eli Lilly (Brazil), CITIBANK (China), Google, SAP, PepsiCo and others. IIM Udaipur is a member of this prestigious consortium along with 12 global universities namely UNC-Chapel Hill, Columbia, George Washington University, Lingnan College, Miami, Maryland, Purdue, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, University of Connecticut, University of Wisconsin and UNISINOS.

6. Joint Research and Faculty Exchange: Faculty Groups working together on collaborative research projects is another channel for engagement which adds a dash of benefits in increasing the international exposure factor of those associated with the institute. The Center for Development Management (CDM) at IIMU has a MoU with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy for joint research and faculty exchange. CDM is a research center that seeks to address development challenges in India by bringing management skills and social science knowledge, together in order to enable qualitative social transformation through the Summer School Programme.

7. International Visiting Faculty: IIMU has faculties visiting from Switzerland and France to teach electives with a global perspective. This in addition to the other programmes ensures that the students and the campus benefit from the international exposure.

International Exposure Figures

IIM Udaipur leaves no stone unturned in formulating focused programmes to increase the global exposure of students. The institute within a span of just 3 years of its foundation has established collaborations with prominent international universities and the ties have been increasing in the process. Following are the current partnering universities:

i. Duke University, USA

ii. Purdue University, USA

iii. European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany

iv. Fredrich-Alexander University (FAU), Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany

v. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leipzig, Germany

vi. Ecole de Management deNormandie, France

vii. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany

77% of the students from the First Batch of IIMU had an experience of studying or working in another country in Europe, Middle-East or South-East Asia while studying at IIM Udaipur. Around 60% of the students from the Second and the Third Batch can boast of the same, and this trend is bound to rise and continue for years to come. When 60% of the students get their visas stamped at least once during their stay at IIM Udaipur, it truly 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.