Campus Connect 4.0 held at IIM Udaipur

Event: Campus Connect, 2014

Students: Government Sr.  Secondary School, Balicha, Udaipur

Timing: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM       Date    : 5th December 2014        Venue : IIM Udaipur

About the Event

Prayatna – The Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur with its ‘Campus Connect’ program has made a small, sincere effort to create a platform required to bring in the social change. The latest Campus connect initiative saw students of Government Senior Secondary School, Balicha, Udaipur interact with IIM Udaipur students. The mission of the program is to instill confidence and help students DREAM BIG!!! The motive was to set a platform where students could connect, interact, and be part of the mentorship program. The program is unique in itself as students are in constant touch with their mentors (Students of IIM Udaipur), who motivate, guide, and help their mentees understand their liking/disliking, share information and experience which in some way or the other guides the students to achieve their short and long term goals. These goals are not restricted to engineering or MBA, and are related to any of the future avenues which the student holds dear or is interested in. Prayatna expects this would bring in the positive change and would create sustainable and life-changing experience for the individuals involved.

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Activities Organized

The day constituted of fun-filled events. It began with an ice-breaking Creative Paper Art session where the students (20 Girls and 27 Boys) were first asked to showcase their skills with a pen and paper. The activity was enjoyed by all the students and many of them were rewarded for their beautiful art. Thereafter, students were given a chance to speak about self and their aspirations, for 2 minutes. The intention was to make them feel comfortable and to build confidence. Most of the students came up with bright aspirations; one of them wanted to become an engineer, another, doctor, a few wanted to join the Indian Army and some wanted to get into the Civil Services.

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Going ahead in the day, a quiz session was organized for the students. Questions asked were related to the monuments, lakes, forts of Udaipur. The participation was overwhelming as the moment the question appeared on the presentation-slide, all of the hands rose to answer. They were delighted to receive chocolates and goodies as rewards. The session also included sessions on Importance of Education and Life after School with the intention to educate students of their career opportunities and the assistance that our institute can provide. Motivational videos highlighting the importance of hard work and overcoming obstacle, were shared with the young minds to motivate them to think “BIG” and reach the pinnacle of success.

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Proceeding to the last event of the day, each mentor accompanied his/her assigned mentee for refreshment. The idea was to make mentee comfortable to interact with their assigned mentor, interact on a one-to-one basis, and discover things about each other. The mentors-mentees jelled well in a short span of time and exchanged their phone numbers, email ids and a schedule set for themselves to converse with each other over every weekend.

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The constant support from Student affairs Manager Joel Xavier and the Admin team enables the student community to organize such events with freedom and success.

The commitment from all the mentors towards this noble cause and sharing their valuable knowledge with the students is praiseworthy and raises the hope that contribution would bring a worthwhile impact to the lives of the young capable minds.

A special mention to the IRIS – The photography club of IIM Udaipur and last but not the least the selfless contributors to the event, Prayatna team members-

Akshat Verma, Dhamne Kunal, Ishant Saini, Kumar Vimal, Meghana, Sreeparna Das, Tushar Gogia from 1st year and Sitanshu Upadhyay and Kumar Kaushal  from 2nd Year.

The closing heartfelt remarks from the organizers of the event – Deepanshu Malhotra (1st Year) and Kodavali Lavanya (1st Year) that the “Event was Satisfying” reflects the success of the event.

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IIM Udaipur gets a taste of Ornithology

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur saw its students developing a new hobby, ‘Exploring the art of birding’ in the green hills of Udaipur, well known as the ‘Venice of the East’.  The lake city offers rewarding bird watching opportunities which the students attempted to make full use of by organizing a birding trip on a fine Sunday morning.

The day started early at 6:30 am despite the winter chill, with everyone coming in jackets and monkey caps. The bird watching trail was set in the lush green area of IIM Udaipur Campus. The guide for day was Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, an avid bird watcher.  He was a Dean at IIMA and currently is a visiting faculty at IIM Udaipur. He has been a fan of Salim Ali books, famously known as the “Birdman of India”. Books written by him were carried on the way to gain insights. Other companions were a set of binoculars and cameras.

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Students of IIM Udaipur who were passionate about nature walks and photography turned up to enjoy the bliss of bird watching. Winter is by far the best season for bird watching in Udaipur. Udaipur hosts more than 500 species of birds including the Grey Heron, Steppe Eagle, Painted Snipe and many more.

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The group saw 14-15 species including Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus), Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Asian Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradise), Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda), Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus), Indian Blue Robin (Luscinia brunnea), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) and many more.

The lush green campus also supports a pond which gave an opportunity to observe water birds. “It was great to be a part of the group. The hardest part about bird watching is to spot the birds. You’ll have birds all around you. You could hear them, you can see the trees move, but you won’t be able to spot them. You have to be patient, very patient,” said one of the students.

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Prof. Chhokar helped students understand how to make the best of bird watching by giving them tips on the science of Ornithology. Another student who was thrilled by this experience said, “Professor Jagdeep Chhokar is the best man you can go bird watching with. He knew almost all the birds. He taught us everything from how to spot the birds, what to do and what not to do while bird watching. He knows a lot about birds. His knowledge in this domain is extra ordinary.”

IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur made sure none of these rare moments were missed and captured them for those who missed this opportunity. The day ended at 9:30 am with loads of photos and memories.

Photographs of the excursion can be viewed on the Facebook page of IRIS.