The Past One Month…..

Posted: February 7, 2009 in CulCom, Elections, End terms, National Youth Conference, NGO, SBM internship, SP Jain Sports Meet, Term Break

Though I keep promising myself that I’ll write more often on this blog, the posts end up becoming more and more spaced out in time. This time, it’s been 6 weeks, and it’s felt like ages. 

Since the last time I wrote, which was on December 24th, the major happenings at IIM Indore and in my life for that matter, have been End Term exams, Holidays back at home in Udaipur (which included a brief internship with an NGO, Seva Mandir), the National Youth Conference in January, the recent SP Jain Sports Meet (of which I was not a part), I-club elections, Celebrations and Movie Nights organized by CulCom in addition to the usual day to day activities…

End terms did save my face to some extent, but the damage had been done and I’m sure my CGP will fall in Term 2. But I guess there’s no point crying over spilt milk. (Sometimes I hate cliches like that). I’m looking towards Term 3 now, hoping it’ll be a bit more generous towards my grade sheet. My interest in Finance has been waning day by day, and now I truly know, I was meant to be a Marketing lad. πŸ™‚

Holidays after a rigorous term are always a delight, and when you add “HOME” to that equation, it becomes Heaven. This term break of 11 days were truly a treat. Spent some quality time with my family and friends (though many of them weren’t in town). Udaipur was awesome as always! The extended term break (yes, normally it’s just 6-7 days), was because of an internship which we had to undergo as a part of our curriculum in SBM(Society, Business and Management). I visited some of the most far-fetched villages in Udaipur district, while I was interning with an NGO known as Seva Mandir.
Due to the recent Satyam Fiasco, our institute plans to add more courses which will sensitize the participants at IIM Indore to social and ethical aspects of business. I guess our juniors will benefit from such courses in the coming years. πŸ™‚ I remember the words of Prof. Pradip Khandwala (Ex-Director, IIM Ahmedabad) from yesterday’s seminar. He had ended his talk with this line – “In Modern World Business, Goodness Pays!”. He emphasized on the fact that CSR would help companies increase returns and reduce risk, thus increasing share value. I totally agree; companies will have to be socially responsible in the future, whether they like it or not!

To commemorate the 146th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, IIM Indore organized a National Youth Conference from January 12-14 2009. Our new Director, Prof. Ravichandran is of the view that IIM Indore should be different in terms of the things we do and the way we do them. This Conference was his brain-child. The goal was to sensitise the young men and women of India to issues of national concern and to identify the role that the youth must play to take India forward in its march towards being counted among the best. Designed as a series of guest lectures and panel discussions, the Conference addressed areas such as Economic Reforms, Micro Finance, Spirituality, Science & Technology, Rural Health and Agriculture. The conference was attended by around 15 eminent guest speakers and over 300 participants from 40 colleges across India.
Among the guest speakers were Mr. Shekhar Gupta, Editor in Chief of Indian Express, Mr. D R Karthikeyan, former Director of the CBI, Dr. A D Dharma, the Deputy Director at ISRO Bangalore and many others.

Though life is pretty hectic on this hillock, the Cultural Committee (another student body under SAC) ensures that we pay our regards to the ultimate manager above us, I mean “GOD”. The committee brings together the entire IIM Indore family during occasions such as Lodhi, Sarasvati Pooja, etc. We even had our own Santa Clause’s distributing gifts during Christmas. During special occasions, Movies are screened for the entire batch in the auditorium, and sometimes under the stars, in front of a bonfire. We come to enjoy even classics like “Gunda” (there’s no sarcasm in that statement). Great work Guys….

Though we might not have the best sports facilities yet (there are plans for a Sports Complex in the pipe-line, and may take some time to be fully functional), we have some pretty good athletes at Planet I. SportsCom is one damn active committee out here. They’ve been conducting regular events over the past month and there have been great competitions to watch. In addition to that, our team secured fourth place (there were 12 colleges in all) at the recent sports meet at SP Jain, Mumbai. Congrats to all the guys and girls who took part in the meet…. πŸ™‚

It was election time again on campus during the first week of February. This time round, they were for members of I-clubs (Interest clubs). However, there wasn’t much campaign-fever this time. One of my friends, Abhi was elected as Secy for Currenc-I, which is the Economics & IB club of IIM Indore, and a few of us got to take a party from him. That was one good thing, in addition to of course many other friends (Surya aka Mummy, OD, Shashi, Arijit Das,, Dogra, Goli, Avadhoot, and a few others) who were also elected. Good luck guys….

Its 1.53 AM, and I just had to take a bath, because of one idiot “Raina”, who showered everyone with cold drink a while back… Let me rewind a bit… It was actually Karl’s birthday, and we all cut a cake and plastered a bit on his face. That was when the sprinklers started, first on Karl, and then Raina sprayed everyone else. Of course, we got back at him, tore his shirt and had a slipper fight. It didn’t end there…. Gunjan went mad with the liquid soap after we tried taking a picture of him in the Men’s room. Oh, we MBAs know how to enjoy and get wild sometimes. I wish I had Raina’s pics. I’d post them here….

Anyways, I’ll end this huge post now. I’m tired and have some work to get back to. See you again soon.. Adios…. πŸ™‚

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