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)

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Food Festival Week – The way of life at IIMU!

Celebrations and cheers continue to be written time and again in the cultural activities at IIM Udaipur. And the week saw a new addition in IIMU’s activities horizon with the second edition of the eagerly awaited food festival, The Food Fiesta – 2014 organized from 2nd – 6th March, 2014. Students at IIMU strive to maintain a fine balance between academics and the co-curricular activities. The essence of sharing, joy, happiness and the spirit of celebrations are revered in this five day long festival jointly organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur and MesscommThe Mess Committee of IIM Udaipur.

Day 1 : Bengali Cuisine

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The student members of each clubs as well as volunteer representatives work in collaboration to help the staff prepare sumptuous delicacies covering the cuisines of different parts of India. All the five days see a different theme and the students leading the way for a day dress up accordingly, present dance and musical numbers pertaining to the theme.

Day 2 : Rajasthani Cuisine

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The flavor of the food is enhanced by the hospitality and the culture where the PGP-1s serve the food to their seniors, PGP-2s and the PGPX students along with the faculty.

Day 3 : Gujarati and Maharashtrian Cuisine

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The sweets, dances, music, decorations and the enthusiastic involvement by the staff, students and the faculty made the festival successful.

Day 4 : South Indian Cuisine

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IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the glimpse of the festival.

Day 5 : Awadhi and Punjabi Cuisine

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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

Second Edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest organized at IIM Udaipur!

“Management is a science that should be taught in an artful manner”.

In keeping with its unique style and commitment to din that admonition into the state of mind of the student managers of IIMU, Potpourri – The Literary Club of IIM Udaipur presented the second edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest on 28th February, 2014. Under the theme, “Odyssey of Expressions”, the event proved to be a spellbinding consuetude where some of the best minds from the world of arts and literature came together on a common platform to enrich the ever hungry literary souls of IIMU.

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The precursor to the event started a week prior with The Udaipur Amazing Race, a one of its kind event held to explore the city of Udaipur like never before. Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces with its rich, diverse and beautiful locales provides a unique setting for this race with a back drop of a cultural milieu. The race is a treasure hunt competition and tests the students for their out of the box thinking, attitude, negotiation skills and a grasp on both the in campus and out campus locations to crack the clues.

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A total of 20 teams participated in the first elimination round where 8 teams had to be shortlisted for the next level of the race. A total of 8 clues were placed in different locations in the campus. The clues are designed to test the most basic of common sense among the participants and a way to figure out the most quirky things about the life in IIMU campus. First set of 8 teams to find out the clues ran in the actual race, the actual mania. Each team was provided a fixed budget from which they had to figure out all the day’s travelling and other expenses. The fun part is that each clue deciphered the next location and thus tested the real negotiation (read Jugaad) skills to convince the city autorickshaw owners to travel with the participants throughout the city for a day and that too on a meagre budget.

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The first clue in this race’s edition took the participants to the Royal Cemetery which is a huge structure spread across a large area. The participants had to figure out from the clue to drive towards the next location where a sumptuous portion of Daal Baati awaited them to be finished as a part of the tasks in the race. The Baati’s taste left them with the next clue, a run towards the Dai Mata Ki Baoli. The clue there landed the teams straight into the cold water for three dips in the Pichola Lake at the Ghangour Ghats. The real crazy part began here when all the completely drenched participants had to sell handicrafts to complete strangers on the street. The teams running everywhere took every onlooker to surprise and left most of them querying if a film shooting was in place there. The participants exerted physically by then had to push their stamina beyond limits. Recollecting the strength, the teams had to trek the hill to reach the Karni Mata Mandir. Some quit and some could not figure out the clues to reach. But the enchanting view from the top of the summit refreshed the complete day’s exhaustion. Then started a run to Shilpgram, The Handicrafts Village where the teams had to complete the tasks of pottery artefacts and garland making. From there began, a cycle race back to the campus. Throughout the event, picture snippets and video clipping of the various participants in various stages of races were tweeted live and trended the Social Media channels of IIMU. Raghuram and Hari Prasad from PGP-1 won the race showcasing brilliant sporting attitude, perseverance and skills. Potpourri ensures with ado to imbibe the flavour of art and culture in every task of its farrago of activities.

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The curtain raiser to the Lit Fest saw an evening filled with a dash of entertainment, drama and humor when the Society of Dramatics collaborated with Potpourri to present a satirical play, Kanjoosa Hazrat Awara adaptation of a popular French Play by Moliere. Dramatics fans from Udaipur turned up in the campus for this sumptuous comic appetizer. The visual setting, audience cheering and applauds set the right mood for the Lit Fest.

The Lit Fest day began with the lamp lighting by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU. Light is synonymous with the spreading of knowledge, wisdom and hope. And the enthusiastic students, speakers, faculty comprising prominently Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, Prof. Vandana Swami, Prof. Thomas Joseph and Prof.  N. Vishwanathan along with the audience indulged in talks to exchange experiences and thoughts to assay the notion.

For the literary minds, first panel discussion saw Mr. Nikhil Sachan, an IIT-BHU and IIMK alumnus and author of last year’s Hindi bestseller Namak Swadanusar, discussing the issues which young writers face. He also spoke in detail about the publishing industry’s intricacies, falling popularity of Hindi and other regional literature as well as the challenges faced by budding writers. Nikhil also recited some of the poems from his body of work which are close to his heart and through which he connected with young audience. He was accompanied well by the second panelist, Mr. Chetan Mahajan, author of The Bad Boys of Bokaro. Chetan touched the audience with a sensitive note of his storytelling experiences, narratives which went into shaping his book, social issues and tips for aspiring writers.

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Following the literary discussion, began an hour of Mrs. Vidya Rao, Classical Singer and Editor, speaking from the podium. She mesmerized the audience with her sweet and cherubic renditions of Thumri when her mellifluous voice filled everyone’s hearts in the auditorium. Her journey of evolving as an artist and her views on people, expression, arts, music, dance, love and life left everyone awestruck.

A photography exhibition of Prof. Mahesh Sharma’s collection depicting the various shades of life in Udaipur enthralled the audience. The speakers also distributed books and CDs of their works among the participants.

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The event culminated with a talk by celebrated Painter and Sculptor, Mr. Sidharth. He shared his experiences as an artist, the power of expression and the spirit of arts as a medium of communication and change. He also painted a portrait of Gautam Buddha in the fest and gifted it to IIMU as a token of souvenir.

Udaipur Lit Fest is the only Lit Fest conducted in an educational institute in India. And it conveys the very message of IIMU’s Uniqueness and Diversity with elan. The speakers congratulated the Potpourri team for conducting the event. The event ended on a thanking note to the audience and the sponsors viz., The Times of India, Learning Quotient, Sojatia Classes, Big 92.7 FM, Kaju’s Pizza and Lake City Mall. And the audience left with a promissory word from Potpourri to return next year bigger, better and more opulent. A week in the name of Literature, Arts, Music, Dance and Life. Cheers Potpourri!

Salsa Workshop at IIMU!

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

IIM Udaipur strives to inculcate a vibrant spirit in its students to promote cultural awareness and continue a process of unearthing and nourishing unconventional talent. A right mix of academic and cultural activities conducted by the various student clubs & committees provide ample scope to try out new ideas and polish implementation skills to develop traits like team building and leadership in an outré approach.

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Society of Dance under the umbrella of CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIMU conducted a week long salsa workshop in IIM Udaipur. Led by Kunal GulatiPGP-1, the workshop saw an enthusiastic response from the student community willing to learn this innovative dance form.

Salsa has several forms and primarily Cuban salsa was taught to the participants. This form of salsa involves significant physical flexibility and stamina. The students, novice in the art form put in a lot of hard work, esteem and patience to master this art. “Initially, one gets dizzy when the turns are taught but once you have passed that beginner’s phase, you realize how fun salsa can be!” complimented D. Sunil Kumar, Naveen Kumar, Neha Singh and Stuti Agarwal, students of PGP-1.

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The initial two days of the workshop included the basic movements in salsa to make the participants comfortable and to assess the level of competence of individuals and partners. To ease the process of learning, the partners were frequently switched while practicing a movement.

The different dance moves which were taught in the workshop were spot turn, cross body walk, cross body turn and open break. And advance steps which were covered in the workshop were Lasso, Sombrero and Bachata.

The final day of the workshop culminated with all the participants giving a dance performance with their partners. IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing some amazing moments of the workshop.