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

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A Relief for Physically Challenged – Jaipur Foot Camp 2015

Prayatna, the social responsibility club of IIM Udaipur, in collaboration with Shree Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Udaipur is organizing JAIPUR FOOT CAMP (JFC) on 25th February 2015 from 10 AM onwards.

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The camp will be set up in IIM Udaipur premises where students will extended their services to support the noble cause. The event is a one-stop facility where the physically challenged patients are measured, and their custom-made limb/caliper is/are fabricated and fitted. A team of doctors will provide disability certificates and recommendations for helping aids to the disabled. There would also be free distribution of medical aids and appliances of disability to differently able people.

Last year, a total of 82 differently able people benefited from the camp which includes 29 students from different parts of Udaipur district. The benefits included 10 hand-pedaled tricycles, 24 hearing aids, 3 Jaipur Foot’s prosthetic legs, 4 calipers, 1 pair of crutches, 38 certificates of disability, 29 railway transport passes, 37 roadways transport passes and 6 student scholarships.

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The event is open to all the people who need aid for physical impairment. Following documents along with photocopies need to be carried for the on the spot registration.

Documents:

  1. 2 passport photograph
  2. Caste Certificate
  3. Income Certificate
  4. Disability certificate

Venue: Rajeev Gandhi Tribal Hostel (ST Hostel), IIM Udaipur, MLSU Campus

Date:  25 Feb, 2014 (Wednesday)

Time: 10 AM to 2 PM

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The event hopes to make significant value addition to the society by creating awareness among the differently able people about the opportunities ahead and a new support for life with Jaipur Foot Camp.

Green Initiatives at IIM Udaipur

IIM Udaipur has always been an institute that believes strongly in social responsibility. In this regard a number of initiatives have been undertaken by the IIMU community as regards waste management and recycling.

IMG_9686The newest addition to IIMU’s list of green initiatives is a gazebo that has been constructed near the academic block of the institute. The entire structure has been built from waste glass bottles collected from around the city, as also from broken bamboo sticks that cannot be used for other purposes and has a roof that has been thatched with paper. The gazebo is a welcome reprieve from the sun on hot summer days, and provides a quaint little seating place for students and faculty alike to sit and sip their tea during breaks.

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Another innovative implementation of a green idea, are the curtain blinds used in the new extension of the academic block. Unlike normal blinds which are made of plastic or metal, these blinds are made by pasting a magazine paper collage on a thin base layer. Having been made from biodegradable materials, the blinds are very different from the conventionally used ones. At the same time these blinds add a splash of colour and an element of interest to the classrooms.

In a bid to make IIM Udaipur’s new campus self-sustainable, pilot projects have been undertaken on the current campus to check how to optimize water utilization and manage waste that is being generated on campus. Currently a water treatment plant has been set up, that purifies the waste water generated from the mess, which is then used for gardening and other purposes at the academic block. Also multiple compost pits have been created to manage wet waste that is generated daily.

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Prayatna-the social responsibilityclub of IIMU had undertaken a clean-up drive to support the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan project of our Prime Minister. To make sure this initiative was carried forward; different waste bins to dispose plastic, metal and wet waste have been set up at the academic block.

Prayatna is currently also carrying out a project to identify the total paper waste generated on campus and will soon be purchasing a paper recycling machine to help recycle the paper waste generated. A record of daily food wastage at the mess is also being maintained on a white board so that students feel more responsible against wasting, and also to identify consumption patterns so that a plan that ensure minimum wastage can be implemented.

These and a host of other initiatives taken up by the institute, help make IIM Udaipur a truly green campus, that sets an example for other residents of Udaipur- in sustainability and effective resource utilization.

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.

IIM Udaipur and Harvard Business School Club of India to host Inclusive India Forum 2014 at IIMU campus!

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur in association with the Harvard Business School Club of India will host the first Inclusive India Forum on 26th July, 2014 at IIM Udaipur campus.

Inclusive India Forum will be attended by stalwarts from corporate and social sectors. Confirmed delegates include 25 Harvard Business School Alumni, 25 Corporate Social Responsibility Heads from various companies and Founders & Senior Functionaries of 40 NGOs from across India. Inclusive India Forum would be the first event of its kind organized in India, where different stakeholders from corporate organizations and NGOs would gather on one platform and discuss ways in which partnerships can be created in the development management space for the larger benefit of society.

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Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur, faculty and students of IIMU will welcome all the delegates in the event. The event will flag off by a Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman & CEO, Zensar Technologies.

Indicative list of the prominent corporate personalities who will be attending the event comprises:

  • Adil Zainulbhai, Senior Advisor & former Chairman – McKinsey India
  • Padmashree Rajinder Gupta, Founder & Chairman – Trident Group
  • Vikram Mehta, Chairman – Brookings India
  • Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Head CSR – British Petroleum India
  • Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO – Max India Foundation

C-Suite Executives from some of the big firms across the country including Brookings India, Dr. Reddy Foundation, BP India, DLF, Vodafone, Piramal Foundation, Forbes Marshall, Genpact, Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc, Max India Foundation, ITC, MacArthur Foundation, NASSCOM Foundation, Secure, Shell Foundation and Harvard Business School alumni would unite together to deliberate on how the skills and resources from Corporate world can align with the Social services sector to develop synergies across various projects in the social space in the coming years.

Indicative list of prominent personalities from NGO space who would be participating in the forum comprises:

  • Ashwin A. Shah, Founder – Gram Sewa Trust
  • Rajiv Khandelwal, Founder & Chairperson – Aajeevika Bureau
  • Binoy Acharya, Founder & Director – UNNATI
  • Girish Sohoni, President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation
  • Mini Bedi, Asia Director of International Association for Community Development – Director Development Support Team (DST)
  • Pankaj Shah, Director Community Health – SEWA Rural

The forum brings together personalities and leaders from NGOs like ACCESS Development  Services, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ananya Finance, Arth, Astha Sansthan, BASIX, British Council, Cecoedecon, Centre for Science and Environment, Concern India, Drishtee, EDVANCE Group, Food Security Foundation India, IBTADA, IIMPACT, Jatan, Lok Panchayat, Marie Stopes International, Pan Himalaya Grassroot, Piramal Foundation, Secure Giving, Seva Mandir, Shaishav, Smile Foundation, Uthan, VAAGDHARA, VANI and Vidya Bhavan Society.

The first panel discussion on “The Corporate World on the Social Sector” would be moderated by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. This would be followed by second panel discussion on the theme “Development Management Sector in India: What works and what does not?” moderated by Mr. Anshul Arora, CEO – Edvance Group. The panel discussions will be followed by brainstorming sessions wherein delegates would be segregated into three focus groups and would discuss on current and possible future initiatives in Livelihood, Healthcare and Education sectors. One of the key anticipated outcomes of the forum is a roadmap which will give directions and indicators for working in a collaborative way on social projects in future, which would lead to inclusive growth in India in the long run.

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The Udaipur community has shown keen enthusiasm and interest in this event. A Press Conference was conducted on 23rd July in IIM Udaipur campus as a pre-cursor for this event in which around 30 local press and media partners came to cover the event. Zucchini Italian Cuisine Restaurant of Udaipur has associated with the forum as the Food Partner.

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IIM Udaipur through various initiatives in the past has shown a deep commitment towards developing socially responsible managers and actively contributes in societal development. This programme in collaboration with the HBS Club of India is another major step taken by the institute in the same direction.

IIMU join hands with Datri foundation to organize Stem Cell Donation Registry Camp!

PrayatnaThe Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur organized a Stem Cell Donation Registry Camp in collaboration with Datri Foundation. Datri is a non-for profit organization working for patients suffering from various blood disorders including blood cancer. The event started with an awareness session in which the students were briefed about the need and process of Stem Cell donation. The session was taken by Mr. Rajat, a BITS Pilani Alumnus working full time with Datri Foundation. Around 60 donors registered in the application process of Stem Cell donation. Apart from the students and faculty of IIMU, the event also had around 10 donors from the local Udaipur community.

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The process of stem cell donation starts with a registry camp where the prospective donors are first made aware about the process, benefits and commitment required as a donor. Post the process, an information / consent form recording the details of the donor is filled by the applicant donor. A sample of squab is taken from the donor and the entry is done in the database maintained by Datri with each donor identified by a registration number carried on his / her registration card.

The main motive behind maintaining a database is to increase the chances of finding a suitable donor whose sample matches with a patient suffering from a critical disease like Leukaemia. Stem Cell match depends on a lot of factors like genes, race, ethnicity etc., and hence the probability of fining a match is 1:10,000. Datri has a donor base of 50,000 people in India and has successfully accomplished 51 transplants till date.

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IIMU is committed towards building a student force who is dedicated towards the social causes in the society. And Prayatna works tirelessly towards spreading the awareness and by setting example in the successful achievement in its feat of efforts towards the welfare of the society. One of the feathers in its cap was proven when an uneducated driver from the local city joined the event to register for donation. He communicated that the awareness due to the advertisements in the local newspapers by Prayatna prompted him to join this initiative. Thus, establishing the fact that all the barriers can be crossed by dedicated efforts.

The fact that there are close to 1400 patients in India who are actively looking for Stem Cell donors showcases the criticality of the issue. The process of Stem Cell Donation Registration actually takes only 10 minutes and is administered by a painless procedure. And since little success has been achieved in finding a match for the blood disorder patients till date, the need for increasing the donor base and spreading the awareness about the cause becomes increasingly important. In such a scenario, camps like these organized by the foundation and its association with an institute like IIMU sends a strong message to the ever growing, young and dynamic student community as well as the society at large for awareness and need of active volunteers to come forward and contribute in the noble cause of saving lives.

Jaipur Foot Camp organized at IIM Udaipur

PrayatnaThe Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur organized a camp on 16th Feb, 2014 for free distribution of aids, appliances and certificates of disability to differently abled people. The camp was organized in collaboration with Shree Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS) Udaipur, City Administration and Mahavir International Organization, Udaipur.

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The camp was set up in IIM Udaipur premises where students extended their services to support the noble cause. A team of doctors provided disability certificates and recommendations for helping aids to the disabled. Some of the key persons from various organizations including Government bodies, clubs and hospitals, who joined hands in this initiative by lending their services and infrastructure are Satellite Hospital’s medical team including Dr. Rajiv Saxena, Dr. Mukesh Jain and Dr. Tonk, Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU, Mr. Yatindra Vir Singh from Roadways Department, Social Welfare Department of Rajasthan, Mr. Raj Lodha, Mr. Vardhman Mehta, Mr. J.S. Sameer, Mr. Rajendra Sen, Mr. Arjun Soni, Mr. Ganesh Dagaliya, Mr. Arun Kothari, Dr. K.L Kothari, Mr. R. K Chatur, Mr. Deepak Mehta, Mr. N. S Saxena and Mr. Bhandari.

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A total of 82 differently abled people benefitted from the camp which includes 29 students from different parts of Udaipur district. The benefits include 10 hand-peddled tricycles, 24 hearing aids, 3 Jaipur Foot’s prosthetic legs, 4 calipers, 1 pair of crutches, 38 certificates of disability, 29 railway transport passes, 37 roadways transport passes and 6 student scholarships.

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Social Responsibility is one of the key pillars of IIMU. And our Director Prof. Janat Shah’s persistent efforts lie in awareness of the budding managers of IIMU towards the critical issues in society. Prayatna appends his vision of developing a sensitized student force by giving them ample opportunities to serve the under-privileged. The camp proved to be one of the initiatives where the students spent a day well, spreading moments of happiness and joy sharing lunch with the people and got a chance to do a significant value addition to the society by creating awareness among the differently abled people about the opportunities ahead and a new life with Jaipur Foot.

IRIS – The Photography Club of IIMU helped in coverage of the memorable day by clicking pictures.

Diwali in the IIMU way!

Continuing the tradition of vesting uniqueness and social responsibility in its every event, IIM Udaipur celebrated its third Diwali, the festival of lights, in a different way.

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A group of 16 students from the IIMU family visited Jeevan Jyoti Child Home, a Govt. run boarding school for underprivileged children, to share moments of celebration and happiness on this auspicious occasion. The event was envisioned and coordinated by Prayatna – The Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur.

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The day constituted of fun-filled events, with students from IIMU teaming up with the school children and conducting various activities. The children were engaged in a theme based painting competition to bring out the best of their creative sides and to teach them the importance of team building, enthusiasm and competitive spirit. A football match was conducted, post which the children were gifted a football for all their efforts and unending enthusiasm in all the activities. The day ended with the distribution of sweets, diyas and non-polluting crackers among the children, leaving them with happy faces and smiles. The entire event was funded by the faculty and student fraternity of IIM Udaipur.

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The celebrations were then carried forward on the campus, beginning with Laxmi-Ganesh Pooja where the gods were invoked to bestow their blessings on the IIMU fraternity. IIM Udaipur being a green campus fulfilled its duty of protecting nature and promoting eco-friendly initiatives, with its students lighting 50 sky lanterns. IIM Udaipur wishes to inculcate a blend of social responsibility and uniqueness in the leadership abilities of its students and such events lead the drive to achieve that goal.

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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!