Harvard Business school Delegation visits IIMU

An academic delegation of 36 students from Harvard Business School visited IIM Udaipur campus accompanied by Prof. Shawn Coleon the 8th of January 2016. Prof. Cole is the John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School.He teaches and conducts research on financial services and social enterprise. IIM Udaipur is the only Indian B-school that the contingent visited as part of its Global Immersion Program(GIP) – a course that requires them to visit emerging economies such as India, South Africa, China etc.

The itinerary of the group includes visits to Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai. The group visited startups in Delhi such as OYO Rooms etc. and provided consultation on various problems and projects.

The group’s visit in Udaipur started with a visit to an NGO, SevaMandir where theydiscussed and advised on various areas such as policy implementation, waste management and effective regulatory approvals.The group also visited a couple of hospitals in Udaipur for a brief observation of the health facilities and medical infrastructure in this part of the world and to compare health services of private and government establishments. It was followed by a joint case study discussion with students of IIM Udaipur at the IIMU campus.

 

Harvard Delegation Visits IIMU

Harvard Delegation Visits IIMU

The session was conducted by IIM Udaipur’s director Prof. Janat Shah and Prof. Cole on a case study discussing the low cost health care model implemented in India by a leading private hospital and the possibilities of replicating the model in emerging economies of South America.

Post the session the students of HBS expressed their satisfaction regarding the fruitful discussion with the students here and also with the teaching methodology at the institute. They highlighted the fact that the pedagogy and the structure of curriculum at IIM Udaipur were similar to the ones at HBS. This exemplifies the standards set by the institute due to itsfocus  onentrepreneurship, research and contribution to society. The visiting members were extremely impressed by the numerous initiatives of the institute such as Rural Immersion, International Business Practices (IBP) and various community development initiatives.

This was indeed a proud moment for IIM Udaipur as a delegation from the most prestigious university in the world visited the institute.IIMU has been amongst the select few B-schools in India which promote such programs and the experience of interacting with the HBS students is a great learning experience for the students.

 

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Ten commitments of IIMU!

1. Commitment to Sustainability: Did you know that the infrastructure and activities at IIMU boast of total commitment to a green campus? Exemplified by the DirectorProf. Janat Shah himself, who was the first person to use a bicycle in the campus when it was founded. Today, more than 60% people on the campus including the students, faculty and staff follow that lead.

2. Commitment to Diversity: Did you know that if you want to have a debate in IIMU hostels in your favourite language then you will find a person at least 10 rooms away? The cultural diversity at the campus will amazingly enhance your people skills. And yes, you can always end up in a debate in more than 5 different languages.

3. Commitment to Rural Exposure: Did you know that 100% of the batch gets exposure to Rural India by the carefully designed Rural Immersion Programme? This will help you to be more sensitized and develop as socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

4. Commitment to Global Exposure: Did you know that 60% of the students in the batch get their visas stamped at least once during their stay at IIM Udaipur? This 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.

5. Commitment to Best Faculty: Did you know that in addition to 22 permanent faculties, prominent faculties from the top B-Schools of India like IIMA, IIMB, IIMC etc. visit to bolster the academic wealth of IIMU? This ensures personalized attention to the students resulting in their better learning, grooming and hence forth, transformation.

6. Commitment to Transformation: Did you know that with specially designed programmes which aim to inculcate values like integrity, honesty, respect, ownership, trust and excellence, you will transform into a better person and manager at the end of two years? With collaborative and focused programmes with agencies like Hay Group, you will develop emotional intelligence and see yourselves developing into leaders more confident of your capabilities and decision making judgment.

7. Commitment to Awareness of Cultural Roots: Did you know that at IIMU you will be celebrating festivals and participating in cultural activities you did not even know about?

8. Commitment to Team Work: Did you know that at IIMU you will be doing so many assignments, live projects and club activities in groups that you will emerge as a leader in team working skills?

9. Commitment to Entrepreneurship: Did you know that IIMU takes a plethora of initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship? You will get a lot of opportunities under the ambit of entrepreneurship which will help you to pursue your career goal of starting your own business.

10. Commitment to Sleepless Nights: Did you know that apart from the load of assignments and projects of a usual B-School, a lot of other things at IIMU like TT matches, clubs/committees activities and B-School competitions will keep you awake till wee hours every day and you will be going to enjoy it?

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Rural Immersion!

Immersion lies at the heart of pedagogy of teaching and delivery at IIM Udaipur. The idea behind immersion is to get students dive into real life environment and explore the learning perspectives themselves. A special feature of the first year of the PGP Programme is the course on Indian Social and Political Environment which attempts to provide insights to students about the inherent social and political issues in a developing country like India. The course strives to make students think on their feet about the role which managers need to play in the 21st century and how out of the box solutions can be derived by lessons of management education for the social problems prevalent in economies.

Rural Immersion Programme is a part of the course wherein the students have to visit the tribal villages of Southern Rajasthan in their respective study groups and stay there for a week. The motive of the programme is to provide the students insights about the nature of the challenges in the rural life of India and the efficacy of existing efforts to address them. Students collaborate with NGOs functioning in the areas from a significant period of time. During the course of the programme, students interact with inhabitants of the villages and the local administration, fill in surveys and try to understand the social life and Human Development Indices in these areas. The outcomes which the students are expected to deliver are recommendations of better solutions for realization of optimal health, education and livelihood drives.

The learning is complemented by a change in outlook towards government initiatives like NREGA with better understanding and appreciation for the bureaucratic services functions and the difficulties in design and implementation of development programmes at the grass-root level. The solutions and means of employment generated in the villages also teach about the perspectives of consumers and producers from the bottom of the pyramid. The untapped potential of the Rural Market can be well utilized by the socio-entrepreneurial ventures in which a lot of big and reputed organizations are faring into.

The programme becomes a life changing experience for the students with takeaways of socio-economic problems still prevalent in the society like illiteracy, poor healthcare infrastructure, malnutrition, unemployment, dowry, child marriages, corruption, nepotism et al. The awareness comes from living with the hamlets of families in the villages about the aspects of life like natural environment, mutual sharing of resources, agents of change serving selflessly in NGOs, compassion and power of communication.

The long term vision behind the transformational initiative is to sensitize the students and develop socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

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.

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