Football Fever @IIMU!!

Keeping up with the traditions, Lakesider’s- the sports committee of IIMU organized the annual football event. The Football League of Udaipur comprises of six teams. Each team is owned by a PGP girl manager. The league is designed on the IPL format where every team faces one another in the group stage. Post the group stage the top team directly enters the finals. The second and third team in the points table, play in a playoff for sealing the second spot of the finals.

FluX1This year like every, the auctions were the precursor to the event. Although the tournament was far from its inauguration the enthusiasm was already at its peak among the team owners and their prospective players. We had six ladies who were the team owners from the PGP1 batch. Along with them were a few other students helping them devise their bidding strategy. The bidding was intense and every team spent lavishly for their marquee players. In the end all the teams were well balanced and one couldn’t really pick out a clear favorite. This meant that we were looking forward to a very competitive tournament between six well matched teams.

FLU223rd November was the super Sunday that saw the inaugural matches of FLU. There were a total of six clashes which saw some expected and some unexpected results. But at the end of the day the points table was reflected the gap in quality between the various teams which was very less. In the following weeks the group stage was played out. Between daily classes and various club activities it was a herculean task to organize the matches.

The teams had a mix of both the first and the second years. The academic schedule at IIMU is very grueling and there is always some or the other class going on. Due to this the Lakesider’s found it difficult to ensure the availability of all the players of a particular team. Hence most of the matches were played out during the weekends. This made the tournament long but also gave the teams time to be fresh both mentally and physically. And this ensured that each encounter was equally well contested.

The final match of the group stage saw ‘Soccaholics’ progress into the finals. ‘Lake Warriors’ and ‘Mad Thrashers’ being the second and third team in the group stage, played out the semi-final.

 

FLU4The grand finale saw ‘Mad Thrashers’ and ‘Soccaholics’ play an intense final. The match was like a game of see-saw with three goals scored by both teams before the final whistle. The game then proceeded into extra time which was goalless.

Since the teams were so well matched the penalties were inevitable. The shootout ended with the ‘Mad Thrashers’ winning the tie and the tournament. Sneha Mittal, PGP 1 student and the proud owner of the winning team lifted the trophy along with her players. Ejas Kunhalan, PGP 1 student won the golden boot for scoring the maximum number of goals in the tournament.

In the end the whole tournament was a great learning experience for all the students involved. It saw fierce competition among the teams which forced players to perform under pressure. The tournament saw teams coming up with different and unique strategies to beat their opponents. Managers had to take tough decisions when faced with injuries, defeat and demotivation among players and think of ways to motivate their team. All the clubs involved including Lakesider’s, Iris and Connect IT did a brilliant job to take the tournament to a new level. Connect IT kept the entire community updated with interesting post match analysis sent out to every student via e-mail.

We eagerly await the next edition of FLU next year, when the reigns will be passed on to the next upcoming batch!!

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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.

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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.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Values!

Treading the path of management career empowers one with a responsibility to create social and economic values for the society. A large part of the managers’ careers involves real time complex decision making in testing and demanding situations and the decisions affect organizations, citizens, communities and the environment.

The pedagogy at IIMU is designed keeping the ideaor in mind to develop sensitized and responsible managers instilled with values which will help them in every stage of their lives. Convened by the visionary leader, Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur, who is known for his humbleness and modesty in the academic & corporate world and the Board of Governors, the initiatives operational at IIMU foster values in all the actions and commitments of students, faculty and staff. The programmes are specially designed to hone the values of integrity, honesty, respect, ownership, trust and excellence in all the deeds of student managers. The institute administration working round the clock in running the activities of the institute surpass excellence and exemplify a culture of always being approachable, dedicated and helping. The faculty and students work in teams in a multi-cultural and academically diverse setting to develop authorship, respect, understanding, reliability and appreciation of the values of team work.

Provision of Global and Rural Immersion programmes coupled with socially oriented courses like Business Ethics in the curriculum help in the all-round development of students. IIM Udaipur is the only institute in India to have a Code of Conduct and Constitution in place within just two years of its foundation. Each and every word in the constitution has been debated in open house sessions between the students and the administration to ensure there is upright integrity in academic and non-academic pursuits of the students. A Council of Student Affairs is elected by the students, which works towards protecting the rights and duties of the students and to ensure there is openness and fairness in the access of growth opportunities and learning resources of the institute by all.

The institute has adopted practices and standards like IPRS audited placement reports, sharing of institute events’ reports with the community and timely communication of admission process which reflect transparency and accountability. The events of the institute are organized and implemented by the students and the student clubs and committees are given full autonomy to design and control their governance. A number of activities are designed in collaboration with external agencies and organizations like NGOs and government bodies wherein the students strive towards learning social responsibility, inclusiveness and the potential of collective growth.

The endeavor of the institute and its affairs remain a testimony to the sincerity, leadership, uniqueness, creativity, mutual prosperity, equality, sustainability and decorum in communication aligned with the student activities to help them stand out at the helm of their careers and achieve their goals of success with élan in the competitive business world.

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)

Colours of Life – Holi at IIMU!

The colours of life came back to full sparkle once again at IIMU when the Holi celebrations reached to full fervor in the campus. The festival was celebrated in the campus with everyone involved in full enthusiasm in sharing the sweets, spreading gulaal and dancing to the traditional Holi songs.

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Holika Dahan was organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur on the eve of Holi. Students from the Society of Arts joined hands to decorate the campus grounds with beautiful colours. Holika Dahan symbolizes blessings and the students prayed together to bask the sanctity of the occasion. The Holi morning started on a high note with everyone playing Holi with colours and water.

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The festival proved a true testimony to the fact that togetherness lifts the mood of celebrations on festivals to a different level. All the batches of PGP and PGPX united and together played Holi for the entire day. They were joined by the foreign students who are currently on a visit to India for their entrepreneurial venture in collaboration with IIMU students. They were imbibed in the culture and joined the IIMU students in playing Holi and for the delicious lunch with thandai and sweets prepared by the Mess staff for the festive occasion.

Fare–Thee–Well IIMU!

Time flies and it flies like anything. The Second Batch of IIM Udaipur, the Class of 2014 is slated to graduate this month with the convocation ceremony to be held on 31st March, 2014. The students who have been the driving force of the academics and the culture of IIMU for two years would be passing out from their Alma Mater and will be joining the leagues of brilliant managers in the corporate world. The students departing from the institute will definitely be missed and to part them on a cheering note, the Batch of 2013-15, PGP-1 students joined hands to give them a grand farewell on 12th March, 2014.

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Orchestrated by the student club, CodeRed the ceremony was organized at Hotel Valley View in Udaipur. The theme of the event was kept as Seven Sins so that the singularity engages the interest of everyone to dress and prepare for the ceremony with excitement. All the students turned up for the event which started in the evening amidst the pleasant weather, grand ambience and thumping music.

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Students from PGP-1 acted as emcees for the event and kept everyone in splits with a witty presentation of mementos for the seniors. The immensely talented faces from PGP-1 marked their presence by giving dance performances and a song recital of musical numbers which were very well enjoyed and cheered by the audience.

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After the performances, the delicious food was served and the dinner tables conversations carried to the DJ floor where everyone celebrated the farewell in full spirit and joy. In the end, a video was played which was made the students and it carried the messages from the staff, faculty and Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU who all are the real guiding force and mentors of the students of IIM Udaipur.

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The convocation ceremony of the batch is scheduled for 31st March, 2014 when the students will don the graduation robes and fly their caps in the air to celebrate the new innings of their lives. Everyone at IIM Udaipur wished the students best of luck and wishes for their journey ahead.

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FlashBack – The IIMU Reunion: When the Pioneers visited their Alma Mater!

Alumni And Allies Association (A4) of IIM Udaipur organized the first ever alumni meet of the Class of 2013 of IIMUFlashBack. The meet was organized on 1st March, 2014 in the campus. Flashback was organized with the motive of creating a feeling of déjà vu for the pioneers and to initiate a process of building an ever growing network of IIMU graduates. The meet had been organized as a day-long event so as to enable maximum interaction among the pioneers and the students within the IIMU fraternity.

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FlashBack started with an interactive session between the alumni and Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIMU. The theme for the session was The Journey bygone & The Journey ahead. The pioneers shared their experiences after stepping out of IIMU and their takeaways from their 2 years of stay here. Emotions flowed through the voices of the pioneers reflecting their proclivity towards the institute. Later, Director Sir discussed with them the progress of IIMU in comparison to the Top 100 B-Schools across the world in the last one year. He shared with them the future plans and working model on which IIMU would thrive to become one of the best B-Schools in the world. The pioneers actively gave their suggestions and add-ons for improving the plans. Prof. Shah re-enforced the importance of enhancing the alumni network and took suggestions from the pioneers on ways of enhancing the alumni engagement.

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Post the session, Team A4 in association with LakeSidersThe Sports Committee of IIMU, organized a cricket match between IIMU Alumni and the IIMU community team formed from the participants comprising students, faculty and the hostel & institute staff. The idea behind the debut version of FlashBack Cup was to form a legacy which would go on for years to come.  The feeling of involvement with the students who had been the first to grace the campus received applauds and cheers. Moments were re-lived and a legacy was created. IIMU Alumni team lost the trophy by a close margin but won everybody’s hearts with their sheer dedication and enthusiasm.

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Curiosity amongst current students to know about the corporate life after graduation from IIM U opened the stage for the interactive session of PGP-1 and PGPX students with the alumni. Director Sir and faculty also took out their time to attend the session and felicitate the alumni with souvenirs for their successful journey. It was an ice breaking session where the alums narrated their memorable moments at IIMU, shared their experiences of the corporate world and revisited the work undertaken by them as founders of various clubs and committees.

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The evening saw an exclusive dinner for the alumni organized at Lal Baagh restaurant amidst live music and a picturesque setting. The event also witnessed release of the pioneer issue of the Alumni Magazine, “The Thump” which garnered rave reviews from the alumni. The alums were deeply engrossed in nostalgia all the while as they chatted and laughed about their good old days at IIMU.

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The dinner was followed by a DJ party for the alums. The ‘unique’ thing about the party was that this was the first moment in the history of IIMU when the alumni, PGP1s, PGP2s, PGPX1s and PGPX2s; all were seen sharing the same stage. The party ended on a high note with cheers and celebrations in the air. A4 Team put up an amazing example of conducting an event showcasing team work, the best use of limited resources and involving and paying gratitude to all the students, staff, faculty and alumni of IIMU. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the magical moments of the reunion.

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A4 Team: Deewakar Gupta | Kushal Joshi | Gaurav Singh Gehlot | Sitanshu Upadhyay | Chaitanya Kumar Sandaka | Gaurav Singh

IIMU and National University Singapore partake learning insights logrolling on a common platform!

IIM Udaipur’s students singularise themselves from other B-School students by meliorating upon the unique vision of our Director, Dr. Janat Shah for the institute. Immersion programs integrating both global and rural peculiarities being one of the formative pillars of IIM Udaipur along with entrepreneurship, social responsibility and transformation, saw a prime addition in the institute’s hall of fame. A group of 18 students from College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore (NUS) visited Udaipur as part of their study tour in India to enrich and enhance their knowledge about citizenship and community engagement. The students’ contingent secerned a host of faculties like Political Science, Pharmacy, Engineering, Bio-Technology, Architecture etc.

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They were accompanied by their 3 faculty members led by Dr. Tan Lai Yong who is a distinguished faculty and a “who is who” figure of NUS. His credits boast of a 14 year tenure work done in Chinese villages involving the treatment of a lot of patients and provision of shelter to a large number of orphans. A group of 10 PGP-1 students from IIMU played host to them accompanying them for a period of 2 days so as to give them a genial socializing experience and help them gain a deeper insight into the rich Indian heritage.

On Day 1, the IIMU students accompanied the NUS students for sight-seeing and an excursion in the old parts of the City of Lakes. The group visited Jagdish Temple and City Palace Museum discussing en route a host of topics on subjects ranging from the education system of India, effects of tourism on Udaipur, the cultural diversity and differences between the two nations, and the political will in the neighbouring countries, India and China.

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Day 2 commenced with a 6 hour trek spanning over 12 Kms across the Aravalli hills in the countryside. On the way to a remote village, the discussions in the group hovered around a lot of issues like the inherent reasons for the poverty prevalent in India, government schemes and their effectiveness, the healthcare industry of India etc. A lot of bytes were also exchanged on the expected results of upcoming Lok-Sabha elections, major cities of India and their cultures, marriages and family values, the dire importance of democracy in the biggest democracy of the world, opportunity cost of leaving a job and doing MBA in India etc. Due to the varied cultures, practices and diverse backgrounds of students, both NUS and IIMU students found the discussions to be very engaging and interesting. Different points of views were shared and various possibilities were explored in the sessions. Students from NUS communicated that this activity proved to be an important milestone in their global immersion program and helped them gain a different perspective on various subjects via the tete-a-tete experiences with the IIMU students.

The 2-day zap for IIMU and NUS students ended on a note of warm gesture of greetings along with a grateful gratitude and mutual acknowledgement for promoting a healthy learning through the fruitful discussions between the two student communities. The groups departed on a promissory wish to remain connected and build future partnerships that can help students from both the communities carry forward this collaborative learning high point.

IIMU Student Representatives:

Angad Singh Abrol | Ankur Ajmera | Avinash Chandra | Gunjan Sharma | Nischal Naidu | Pratik Zanzad | R. Vivekanand | Riya Aggarwal | Sunil Sahu | Vaibhav Arora