Football League at IIM Udaipur-FLU 2015

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The sports committee of IIM Udaipur, Lakesiders, organized the annual football league of IIM Udaipur (FLU) during the months of October and November of 2015. The league ,modelled on the lines of the international football leagues comprised of six teams and a total of 84 players participated in it. The team names were Balicha Tigers, Lake Warriors, SoccaHolics, Land Sharks, Udaipur Rangers and Mad Thrashers. The players were selected in the teams through an IPL style auction which had PGP 1 girls in the capacity of managers and solely responsible for the buying decisions. The tournament schedule was such that the teams had to go through a Round-Robin stage following which the top three teams qualified. The top team was a direct entrant to the final whereas the next two had to play a semifinal to qualify as the second finalist.The tournament was witness to great team game play, amazing skills and runs and intense rivalry between the teams which culminated with Balicha Tigers lifting the coveted trophy after a close but brilliant final with Mad Thrashers.

The tournament foundation and loyalty for the respective teams was laid on the day of the auction. The auction as aforementioned was modelled on the lines of the IPL. The auction process was moderated by the Lakesider members and the bidders were the PGP 1 girl students who, in continuing with the tradition of the preceding years, were the managers for the six teams. The bidders however had a consultant tagged with them to assist them through the auctioning process and advice them regarding which players to purchase. The team names were first alloted to the girl managers through a lucky draw system. Each set of manager and consultant was then provided with 100 million ( virtual) for the process in total from which they had to buy 14 players. The bidding comprised of three rounds which comprised of the team players in the first round followed by players who were extremely good followed by players who were good and those who were interested in participating. The bidding commenced and during the subsequent two and a half hours of the process , there were numerous hits and misses with many players going for exhorbitant amounts whereas several brilliant players went for significantly less amounts and proved to be amazing bargains for the managers. However, there were no surprises when the current captain of the football team, Saurabh Gupta, went for the highest amount of 27 million followed by the striker of the team, Arjun Khetarpal, who went for an amazing 23.5 million respectively.

The tournament commenced with the match between Udaipur Rangers and SoccaHolics. The match was an intense one but the quality of the Udaipur Rangers was extremely evident and ended with a 3-0 win for them. The following matches too were brilliant exponents of the most followed game and certainly helped maintain the high level of competence expected from the league. As the league progressed , the teams got to know each other’s playing style and the main players and it gradually became a battle of wits with teams deploying proper formations and resorting to tactics such as man marking to counter their opponents. The games too were played with intense rivalry and saw the referees brandishing a host of yellow and extremely seldom red cards. As the matches progressed , the win margins kept shrinking and it often used to be a moment of brilliance or a brilliant move which proved to be crucial in deciding outcomes. Though all teams gave their best, the three teams that maintained their performances throughout were Udaipur Rangers, Balicha Tigers and Mad Thrashers and subsequently qualified for the following rounds with Balicha qualifying directly for the finals. However, Lake Warriors deserve a special mention as they too were consistent performers and were ousted only in their last league game with Udaipur Rangers which was billed by everyone as the virtual semifinal. SoccaHolics and Land Sharks tried their level best and were brilliant competition for the other teams and kudos to their effort. The semi-final between Udaipur Rangers and Mad Thrashers was an extremely tight game with both teams giving their best and ended in a stalemate which was followed by an extremely nervy penalty shootout where the Mad Thrashers kept their calm and prevailed and hence qualified for the final. The final lived up to its billing with both teams playing an extremely intense and physical game. The game saw a number of heated moments with the players being egged on by the crowd. The game witnessed brilliant touches, towering headers and the players vying tirelessly for the ball. The Balicha Tigers however, maintained their brilliant run and emerged victorious by a 2-0 margin with Saurabh Gupta and Chandan Sagar (the Golden Boot winner) scoring the vital goals. The final whistle saw contrasting emotions with frenzied celebrations from the Tigers whereas the Thrashers’ players were extremely distraught. The following ceremony witnessed the conferring of various awards for brilliant individual performances such as Emerging Player to Prateek Kiran, Golden Boot to Chandan Sagar and Golden Ball to the best player of the tournament Prateek Goyal. Finally, Saurabh Gupta lifted the trophy for the Tiger’s which sparked wild celebrations and bringing the curtain down on another annual edition of the league.

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FLU 15 was certainly a great experience for all the players and lived up to the high expectations expected of the leagues. The league was witness to an abundance of talent and is certainly a brilliant testament to the strong sporting culture at IIM Udaipur. FLU 15 was another feather in the cap for the Lakesiders and the great response certainly provides brilliant motivation for the other leagues and provides impetus to have more such events. Finally, organizing and executing the event required help from both batches and it was an amazing coordinated effort which helped pull it off thereby displaying the importance the students at IIM Udaipur place on all events as great exponents of developing the amazing culture at IIMU. Hence, FLU 15 was a great success and we are certain that the incoming batch will certainly be as talented if not more so and take FLU 16 to another level altogether ._DSC2507

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Luminaries grace IIM Udaipur on The Udaipur LeapDay LitFest

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

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

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

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

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Udaipur Leapday Litfest 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Prarambh – The Start up challenge

Saksham – The Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Udaipur in association with TIE Udaipur, Quikr andMediguest organised the third edition of ‘Prarambh – The 32 Hour Startup Challenge’ from 19th to 21st of February 2016 in IIM Udaipur campus. The event saw participation from 67 students and working professionals, who were shortlisted from a pool of close to 180 applicants hailing from different parts of the country. This event is in line with Saksham’s vision of igniting a spark within the student and startup community to take up innovative ideas and bring them to fruition.

Prarambh follows a format in which a few participants pitch their ideas, from which a select few are chosen through a voting process; the winning idea pitchers ask other participants to join their teams and then start the 32 hour long marathon which spans over a period of two days at the end of which the teams are required to have brainstormed and developed a Minimum Viable Product which could be an app, a working device or just a model having enough data to explain the functioning of the pitched product.

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Prarambh at IIM Udaipur

The participants were mentored by some eminent personalities from the start up world like Mr. Anup Jalan – Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Start-up Mentor,Mr. Sumit Mehrra – CEO at the Green Umbrella Investment Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Rajan Tawate – Startup Tech/Agile Mentor, Mr. Rajiv Mukherjee – CEO at Incubate-Hub, Mr. Ravi Devulapally – CEO of Edvanta Solutions, Mr. Annkur P Agarwal – Co-founder, Clerk-2-CEO Pricebaba and Mr. Gaurav Mantri – Founder & Head of Technology at Cynapta. The mentors guided the competing teams with their expertise in technology and business. They also used their vast experience in the industry to help the teams to foresee any future challenges and hurdles that would arise when the prototypes would be launched in the markets.

The event was judged by another set of distinguished personalities who have had a diverse experience in the corporate world like Mr. Rajesh Sharma – Director BCCL & National Head of Spring Board Ventures, Mr. Tarun Agrawal – Manager-Portfolio Operations & Investments in Startup Oasis (Initiative of CIIE & RIICO) and Mr. Arun Singhal – Owner of Enrichmentors.

The event turned out to be a fruitful opportunity for both the participants and the judges & mentors to learn from and network with people with similar interests and visions.

 

Dare to be Audacious

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harvard Business school Delegation visits IIMU

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

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

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

 

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Harvard Delegation Visits IIMU

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

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

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

 

Solaris – A grand success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shake a leg – The Dance workshop at IIM Udaipur

“There are short cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them” – a very apt saying by the famous Austrian author Vicki Baum which truly encompasses dancing in its essence. Thus, breaking away from the traditional overworked schedules in a B-school, Footworx – The Special Interest Group for Dance at IIM Udaipur went about their task of imparting precisely this happiness by organizing a Bollywood Freestyle workshop for the student fraternity. The workshop helped the students learn, hone and simultaneously have a whale of a time.

The workshop was a two hour long event and witnessed a huge turnout. The dance style proposed for the workshop captured student’s interest and gave a chance to express themselves freely. A great sight was to see the exchange students from France trying to learn the much adored dance steps from famous Bollywood tracks.

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The Footworx members choreographed the dance sequence and ensured that everyone was at ease. It was an amazing sight to see the students picking the dance steps quickly even those who had never danced before. It was an amazing sight to see many students trying their utmost to learn the steps but to no avail. However, the effort from all the students for participating and motivating others to join is well appreciated.

It was surely a day to remember for everyone involved and one that all will cherish. The workshop certainly discovered many upcoming dancers in the batch. The great participation has helped develop a base and interest for further similar dance workshops. Footworx members were elated to see the interest amongst students and are confident to return with more such workshops soon. Such events help develop a strong bond between students and also nurture a pleasant culture at IIM Udaipur

A Splendid Display of Determination and ‘Shaurya’

The contingent from IIM Udaipur has made the institute proud at the Annual sports fest of IIM Ahmedabad, Shaurya, which was held recently in the hallowed environs of the esteemed college. The team participated in six sports and the performance in these events helped the institute clinch an overall top ten finish amongst the umpteen numbers of teams. This was largely due to the brilliant performances which eventually led to third place finishes in football, Table Tennis and badminton.

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Shaurya is an event eagerly awaited by the sports contingent of all B-schools because of the intense competition and also is an amazing breakaway from the hectic life of an MBA student. The same goes for the students who participated from IIMU, both PGP1 and PGP2, who despite the hectic B-school schedules trained regularly and wholeheartedly for every event. The football and table tennis teams defeated IIM Indore in their respective quarterfinals. The football match specifically was a nail-biting contest, with IIM Udaipur finally prevailing on penalties. Carrom too was an event the team excelled in with following players: Sameer, Prasad and Sanish clinching third place. The squash, snooker and badminton teams tried their utmost and the institute applauds their efforts. A special mention for one of the football players Ejas, who despite an injury played in two sports, badminton and football, exemplifying dedication and commitment to doing well at the tournament.

All in all, it was an amazing experience for the team and the students of IIM Udaipur are extremely proud of the contingent. The IIMU community is confident that more laurels are yet to come. The sportsmen of the institute aim to strive hard and improve on this years’ already amazing performance in Shaurya.

These matches were testament to the hard work and determination of the students and showed that sports is given its due importance at IIM Udaipur

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Table Tennis players of the institute:  Saleem, Saptarishi, Siddharth & Vidit.

The Football team: Anurag Gupta, Ejas, Gazzali, Jomba, Manjeet, Prateek, Rachit, Roland, Saleem, Sameer, Sarvana, Saurabh,Shankar, Vidit & Vignesh.

Carom players: Sameer, Sanish and Prasad.

Staying Ahead Of The Curve

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world; The CFA Program curriculum covers concepts and skills that could be used at any stage of a person’s career, connecting academic theory with current practice and ethical and professional standards to provide a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Employers know the CFA Program provides the skills needed in today’s global, dynamic marketplace and that earning the CFA charter demonstrates the commitment to excellence required of today’s investment professionals.

IIM Udaipur believes that training people in academics should be as much relevant to the real world as it can be. Even with a hectic curriculum that is part of MBA program at IIMU, 1 student has completed level 3 of the certification. The students believe in staying ahead of the curve – the number of students pursuing these certifications is proof to the fact.

Following are the students who have taken up the CFA certification

  1. Prateek Goyal – Cleared level 3 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  2. Siddharth Katha – Cleared level 2 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  3. Ananya Srivastava – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  4. Anchal Gupta – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  5. Hitarth Mehta – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  6. Nikhil Bhardwaj – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  7. Poorvi Parswal – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)
  8. Vipul Bindal – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2014 – 16)

There are a couple of PGP1 students as well who have shown exemplary proactive-ness in staying up-to-date with the industry requirements.

  1. Anurag Gupta – Cleared Level 2( PGP 2015 – 17)
  2. Siddharth Bhargav – Cleared Level 1 ( PGP 2015 – 17)

The institute considers excellence to be a way of life rather than something to strive for. Competitive spirit and nurturing future business leaders through such certifications is encouraged at the institute.

Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015

Potpourri – The literary and debating club of IIM Udaipur is hosting The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015, IIMU’s annual B-school literature festival in its Udaipur campus. This is the third such edition of the event, and is slated on the 28th of February this year, as every year.

The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest was conceived by the first batch of students of IIM Udaipur, simply out of its love literature, helped by the support of the IIM Udaipur culture that encouraged it to conceive and execute such a unique concept. Over the years, the ULLF has evolved into a strong name in itself, becoming Udaipur’s very own Literature Festival and a platform for the local aspirants and enthusiasts to interact with renowned as well as upcoming artists and performers from across the length and breadth of this country.

The first edition, themed ‘Indian Mythology and Fantasy through new-age fiction’, hosted authors Rashmi Bansal, Ashwin Sanghi and Rajiv Menon who gave beautiful insights on the topic and also made the panel discussions very relevant for the predominantly management crowd that had gathered. The second edition, themed ‘An Odyssey of Expressions’ , however saw increased participation from the junta of Udaipur, and also a much more variedly experienced set of guests in authors Nikhil Sachan, Chetan Mahajan, classical singer Vidya Rao and Artist painter Siddharth. While the first two speakers were of management background, the other two were much experienced in the fields of art, and hence took the entire audience through a beautiful journey of their own illustrious careers.

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The theme for this year’s event – ‘Beauty in Chaos’, looks to celebrate the charming order that takes shape in all the turbulent journey of an artist. This year, the ULLF 2015 has grown much in size as a platform for Udaipur, and in stature in terms of the participating guests as well. Participating guests include Indian classical dancer and Padma Bhushan Dr. Mallika Sarabhai; Musician, poet and actor Mr. Piyush Mishra. Apart from these guests, ULLF 2015 will also be hosting, Ladli award winner for her writing on gender sensitivity, and author of e-retail record-breaking collection of short stories ‘Neela Scarf’, Ms. Anu Singh Chaudary; Asst Professor with the Department of English at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, musician and music conductor, and author of the ‘Book of Guardians’ trilogy, Ms. Giti Chandra; Founder of online entertainment channel ‘EmotionalFullsMr. Sandeep Jha; and founder of online satire-news portal ‘Faking News’, Mr. Rahul Roushan. This year’s event has been sponsored by Sahitya Akademi and co-sponsored by Aryas Publications, Niranjan Associates, Ashoka Cinemas and Pirates Publications, education partner National Book Trust and food partner Jaisingh Garh, Raaj Bagh and Kaju’s.

As a pre-runner, Potpourri also conducted Tell-a-Tale, a story writing marathon, hosting budding and aspiring authors and writers from Udaipur, Kota and Jaipur and the IIMU community as well. The event was a huge success going by the feedback of the participants, and event video will also be showcased during the Litfest. Going forward Tell-a-Tale will grow into a much bigger platform, inviting and encouraging participants from far and wide. This year too, the participation of the external community in the ULLF is touted to increase from last year, a healthy trend towards making the ULLF truly, Udaipur’s very own literature festival.

For participation and further info, please contact-

potpourri@iimu.ac.in or www.iimu.ac.in/LeapdayLitfest

Event SPOC- Puneet Mor @ 7023002064