Solaris – A historic moment

solarisA college which sets trends for its contemporaries to follow has come up with a new benchmark for others. IIM Udaipur is ready to host its Maiden management fest – Solaris which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November.

‘Solaris’, a name coined in sync with the famously sunny disposition of Rajasthan skies is set to touch a cherished milestone envisioned ever since the inception of IIM Udaipur. A two-day long extravaganza full of events to keep some of India’s most brilliant minds engaged, Solaris is entirely conceptualized and managed by students of the institute.

The event is planned to present an enthralling keynote address from distinguished luminaries like Dr. Subir Gokarnthe youngest ever Deputy Governor of RBI . He shall be flagging off the management fest with tales of his work and impart wisdom in the young minds present in the audience and also to some of the other revered personalities present there.

Summits

The event commences the flagship event of ‘Solaris’- The Leadership Summit. The event is one of four summits taking place in this business extravaganza which has been brought to life by the Media and Industry Interaction Cell (MiiC) of IIM Udaipur.

The Leadership Summit will be followed by the annual marketing conclave named Samvaah organized completely by the marketing club- Marclan. The club which tries to instill a zeal for marketing in the college as well as beyond believes that the world of marketing is changing from the tried and tested concepts of the old. Marclan put in untiring effort and diligence into finding the perfect panel for a discussion on “The future of marketing”.

The second day commences with the finance summit- Arth-Samvaad, the flagship event of the finance club- Finomina. The summit provides a platform for future financial managers to interact with industry stalwarts and discuss the changing trends in the world of finance and economics.

The final summit will bring the era of tech-startups to light. The world of IT has spread across all domains and infiltrated every walk of life. The summit – Technovate will be organized by Saksham – the E-cell at IIMU.

Competitions and workshops

The fest continues with a stimulating line up of events and competitions conducted by the marketing club- Marclan, a business quiz conducted by the Literary and Quizzing society- Potpourri along with individual events by the entrepreneurship cell- Saksham and the finance club- Finomina. A workshop in analytics will be conducted by the IT cell of the college connect-IT.

The maiden fest of IIM Udaipur is destined to be a great success and put the event as amongst the top ranking business extravaganzas of the country. As the torchbearers light the proverbial inaugural lamp IIM Udaipur opens its doors for the world to see the rising sun that is ‘Solaris’. Ignite. Illuminate. Inspire.

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Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Live Projects!

IIM Udaipur follows the pedagogy of learning by doing. And the approach of inculcating of live industry projects into the curriculum provides a right mix of practical exposure to the students. Orchestrated by Consult-UThe Consulting Club of IIMU at the helm and coordinated by other clubs, SakshamThe Entrepreneurship Club of IIMUFinominaThe Finance Club of IIMU and MarClanThe Marketing Club of IIMU, the projects are sought from industries. The projects are then awarded to the students and the entire process is managed by students to ensure that the opportunities are accessed by all.

Project teams comprise of students from both the years and faculties are involved to mentor the projects execution. The projects help in establishing mutually beneficial relationships between the industries seeking young and innovative people with fresh perspective on management, and students who get to hone their classroom learnings and insights by blending them with real life business challenges. IIMU’s commitment to excellence and quality is assured in the projects deliveries through a carefully planned process comprising of initial briefing, mid-term review, periodic checks and final conclusion with the focus on advantages sought from the projects.

The diversity of the projects portfolio makes sure that students get hands-on experience on all the management verticals, company domains and business functions viz., finance, marketing, research, consulting, human resources, operations, IT, analytics and systems and even in drives like energy saving. Students of IIMU have been associated with and done projects with organizations primarily operational in healthcare, mining, food, hospitality, manufacturing, e-commerce among other sectors and with NGOs. The projects aid students to take up initiatives and learn the concepts by application helping in their sound development.

Second Annual Convocation of IIM Udaipur – Memoirs of the Batches!

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur held its 2nd Annual Convocation on Monday, 31st March, 2014 at the MLSU auditorium, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University Campus, Udaipur.

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Prof. Jahar Saha, Former Director of IIM Ahmedabad felicitated the ceremony as the Chief Guest. He delivered the convocation address in which he congratulated the students on this joyous occasion and emphasized the passing out batch to be sensitive towards the differences in cross-cultural working environments. He encouraged the students to practise co-operation rather than competition in their careers.

Dr. V.S. Vyas, Acting ChairpersonBoard of Governors, IIMU delivered the welcome address. He stated that this batch of students have made the institute proud through their various pursuits and initiatives in both national and international arenas.

Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur delivered the concluding address. Prof. Shah spoke about how he and his generation envy the current younger generation which is going to play a key role in building the future of India and urged the passing out batch of students to be on the forefront of this journey.

The occasion was graced by the members of the Board of Governors of IIMU and many other dignitaries from Udaipur.

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A total of 97 graduating students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme and 16 graduating students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme for Executives received diplomas in this year’s convocation. Out of these students, the below mentioned students received Gold Medals for their exceptional performances in the institute.

Ms. Anusha GanneGold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme)

Mr. Ravindran DamodranGold Medal for Scholastic Performance (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)

Mr. Parikshit KapilaGold Medal for Best All-Round Performance (Post Graduate Programme)

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The passing out batches brought many laurels to the institute in various pursuits during their stay at IIM Udaipur. While significantly enhancing the student activities started by the Pioneer Batch, the Class of 2013, a host of student clubs were started by this passing out class which include dHRuva – The HR Club of IIMUIRIS – The Photography Club of IIMUMarClan – The Marketing Club of IIMUMERC – The Merchandising Committee of IIMUPiE The Economics Club of IIMU, Saksham – The Entrepreneurship Club of IIMUSilvertongues – The Toastmasters Club of IIMUSKEIN – The Operations Club of IIMU and Pwnd – The Gaming Club of IIMU.

These two classes also helped in laying the values in the foundation of IIM Udaipur’s functioning by adopting the Constitution and Code of Conduct and electing the first Academic Council and the Council of Student Affairs to exercise the students’ rights and duties as well as to check the academic governance of the institute.

The Flagships events of IIMU were conducted on a larger and grander scale with perfection due to the executional experience brought in by the batches. The values which IIMU inculcates in its every student manager made a lot of noise in the media with various social responsibility activities conducted in campus orchestrated by the people of these batches helping directly and indirectly a lot of people in the Udaipur community.

The students also won accolades in the International Universities where they went for Student Exchange Programmes (STEP) and International Companies where the students interned and did projects in International Business Practices Programmes (IBP).

The classes also did exceptionally well in Live Projects with various industrial organizations helping them with their management acumen and also in the Summer Internships in which many companies even offered Pre-Placement Offers (PPO) to the students. Special achievements were achieved in their feat at various students competitions in India and abroad by students viz., Prateek Shukla, Vivek Batra, Anusha Ganne, S. Prashant and Rahul Agrawal in Bloomberg Aptitude Tests (BAT) and Arpit Mehra, Biswarup Das, Rahul Dsouza and Rahul Pandey in IndoUS Global Operations Conference2013.

Many students have started their professional journeys with their own entrepreneurial ventures and the rest have begun their careers with taking up the job offers extended to them by reputed corporations of India and abroad.

The students were joined by their proud parents and the faculty who mentored them in achieving this feat in this important moment of their lives. The students were wished all the best by the faculty, staff, guests and director of the institute for starting a new chapter in their careers and their lives ahead. With the caps flown into the air, the students added yet another feather in their caps, of being an IIMU Graduate. And they remain the true Pride and the real Insignia of IIM Udaipur.

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And the students and faculties shared their memoirs and wishes with their testimonials, some of them delineated below.

The ride was full of fun, laughter, excitement, parties, late-night studies, life-long friendships, hour-long enmities, never-ending assignments and inhumane study schedules. Those brief yet memorable moments that made the journey worthwhile. Now, that the roller coaster is coming to an end, it’s time to say #‎thankyouIIMU (Rahul Agrawal, PGP Class of 2014)

Endless sessions, amazing Profs, trekking, guest lectures, early morning outings, late night parties, Table Tennis at 2 am, night canteen, Leadership Summit, Poha at shashtri circle, dinner at Upre, coffee at Fatehsagar, SFM, CLU auctions, U-Mart, HBR Case Studies, project submissions, turn it in, 11:59:59 pm deadlines, getting WACed and so much more…This journey has been so amazing and awesome, will miss every part of it…but will miss all those awesome people who made these 2 years unforgettable. Love u PGP 2012-14 batch & thank you IIM U.#‎thankyouIIMU (Parikshit Kapila, PGP Class of 2014)

#‎thankyouIIMU I am obliged to IIMU for giving me an opportunity to not only learn business management but also become a better person. (Vaibhav Narain, PGPX Class of 2014)

There are a lot of things am thankful for at Indian Institute Of Management Udaipur – IIMU.. starting with this monstrous download speed! .. #‎ThankyouIIMU (Ishan Raj Bhardwaj, PGP Class of 2014)

Its all started with a 5X5 room shared with a guy from Banaras
in a hostel named after a famous mathematician Ramanujam
inhabited by 29 similar chaps with a questions in mind
“kya humne sahi kiya”

None of us felt suffocated when such a room is stuffed by all 29
Whether its an exam night or making a fun of our plight
Over the years, I hope batches will give our analogy
But I still wonder “Isn’t RHKL an ideology”

A change from RHKL guy to an MDS boy was equally exciting
A place with love and little fighting

The limits have been broken here with the help of you all
whether its roaming freely late night for Poha or walking on the ramp
I have been able to realize my true potential at IIMU
And will attribute my transformation to a selected few

Someone says “I think a lot on trivial matters”
It’s good as thinking is a function of mind which will fade away with time
But not the moments which I have spent from the start
Not with the application of mind but of heart

Memories will be erased as each of us will get busy in our life
But not the experiences which will stay till eternity
and that what the life is
A journey and not the end (Aadish Jain, PGP Class of 2014)

A journey that started two years ago with a simple FB status msg sayin “Finally IIM”…. now ends……Thank You IIM Udaipur (Aasif Ali Khan, PGP Class of 2014)

Your emotional updates are infectious for sure! I revisited the note that i had penned down on my way back exactly one year back and somehow the feelings seems to have stuck on…

Happy Convocating !! (Gudakesh Kumar, PGP Class of 2013)

Bombardment of emotions…IIM Udaipur…never knew it would be soo hurting to leave you for the last time..   :’)   ;/ (Swati Chauhan, PGP Class of 2014)

A DREAM CAME TRUE !

Finally years of hard work and determination paid off. It’s been a wonderful journey to say the least and the concluding ceremony became even more blissful by the presence of my parents. All in all, feeling a sense of pride and emotions for having achieved this feat and seeing the happiness in the eyes of my parents. (Rahul Verma, PGP Class of 2014)

#‎thankyouIIMU Exciting time passed by so soon….BONDED FOR LIFE!!! (Ravindran Damodaran, PGPX Class of 2014)

While the four years of MIT life thought me “What life is”, two years of IIMU life is teaching me “Who I am and what I am capable of”, my greatest learning yet; My journey here started with the lots of negative feeling; But “The Biggest learning experience in life always starts with the negative feeling”: I learned it theoretically as well as practically here. #‎thankyouIIMU (Jagadeesh Jana, PGP Class of 2014)

Was all set to leave for Delhi. Got my confirmation mail from IIM Udaipur one night before… decide to chuck everything else.. And what a wonderful decision that is turning out to be… All set for 2 months of internship with GE India…#‎thankyouIIMU (Edwin James, PGP Class of 2015)

The happy graduating batch of my students @iimudpr on eve of convocation! (Srinivasan Tatachari, Permanent Faculty IIM Udaipur)

Life @ IIMU

Nestled amongst the lush, verdant hills of the Aravallis in Rajasthan, the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur currently located in the campus of the Mohan Lal Sukhadia University possesses the perfect setting and environment for a business school.

Academic rigour has always been a part and parcel of the life of an IIM student and the experience at IIM Udaipur so far, lives up to the same. With business cases to be prepared on an almost daily basis, the study sessions with fellow group mates and the umpteen reports and presentations that have to be made and delivered before deadlines (which more often than not are at unearthly hours, so far spent either watching movies, surfing the net or partying hard) life can get stressful and sleep, a bygone luxury. And just when you’ve had a really heavy lunch topped off with some chilled lassi, does a mail pop into your inbox. Now, outside professional life, mails are usually responded to with a bored glance or a casual laugh. An IIM student learns to expect more. Mails from the PGP office between 12.30PM and 3.30PM are…the most dreaded on campus. Statistics for Management toppers have for decades struggled with their regression, correlation and heuristic analyses to comprehend the relationship between full stomachs and afternoon mails from the PGP office. Surprise quizzes, considered by many as an initiative by the Lucifer himself, serve to knock you off your dreamy siestas and full tummies to those notes that you had, in all probability, hastily scribbled over the last couple of sessions in class. However, the burden of all these activities can be alleviated by merely stepping out onto the hostel terraces for some casual banter with your “ever-ready” group mates whilst taking in the fresh mountain air that most of us have for so long missed, before resuming preparations.

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Udaipur, also called the ‘Venice of the East’ is also called the City of Lakes. Hills, lakes, gardens and palaces, the city is not short on options to recharge the soul and the mind, a welcome relief from the daily grind. The Chief Conservator of Forests in Udaipur organizes regular treks for the students, which apart from being an experience in itself, helps build bonds that could very well last a lifetime. For the foodie, the alleys of the Old Udaipur town are a godsend. Rajasthani delicacies, Mumbai vadapavs and even Keralite non-vegetarian cuisine, the city’s got enough to keep you satiated. Fast food outlets of the likes of KFC, Pizza Hut are in a close proximity to the campus and make for a welcome reprieve at the weekends.

For those who want to work on their extra-curricular activities, IIM Udaipur’s clubs and committees (currently numbering to around 20) provide ample opportunities. The Media & Industry Interaction Cell organizes the Leadership Summit, which is the flagship event of the campus. The Literary club is not just restricted to organizing quizzes. Over the last year, it has organized the Udaipur Leap Day Lit Fest where authors of the likes of Rashmi Bansal and Ashwin Sanghvi visited the campus and interacted with the students. The club also conducted the Udaipur Amazing Race which was basically a treasure hunt across the city of Udaipur, organized along the lines of the popular TV show. The football and crickets enthusiasts among the batch have a Cricket and Football League system in place, complete with an IPL-style auctioning system to add a little extra spice. There are also regular JAM sessions and film screenings that allow the entire batch to let its hair down and have fun as a group. The institute also has a music room, where the musicians of the batch can let loose post the sessions in class.

As in every Management School, due importance is given to those clubs that promote the business of Business itself at IIM Udaipur. Finomina – The Finance Club of IIM Udaipur holds sessions and competitions with the batch to illustrate and discuss various aspects of finance. The Entrepreneurship Cell – Saksham holds guest lectures with the batch, where students get to interact with budding entrepreneurs. Prayatna – The Social Responsibility club has taken up a variety of initiatives to promote a spirit of social responsibility among the students. The Cultural Committee organizes various cultural events in the campus to highlight the diversity of the batch. The recent Food Fest conducted in association with the Mess Committee is just an example of the same.

As with any other college, the real flavour of IIM Udaipur is best experienced in its hostels. Time inside the hostels doesn’t run according to the Indian Standard Time though, at any point in the day the mean number of people sleeping and those wide awake are roughly the same. The latter are either working furiously to complete some assignment or trying to derive some inspiration for doing so off of Facebook!

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Come 8:30 AM and its quite common to see mouths frantically trying to gobble down the breakfast before entering the lecture hall – hopefully before the professor. The afternoons and evenings that are privileged enough to not be spent in class are utilized for impromptu siestas, volleyball matches or Counter Strike battles. More often than not, it’s all three combined.

The nights can be rather subdued before a quiz or some similar tragedy scheduled for the next day, however one thing that manages to bring people together even in times of such hardship is the call for “Maaro Maaro Maaro Maaro” that accompanies every poor soul’s birthday celebrations. The crowd congregates, beats the person black and blue, eats all the cake, (occasionally remembers to wish said person) and then go back to their respective studies. The quizzes still lie in waiting, and they are not going to study for themselves!