Know your Leaders – Manpreet Singh Rekhi (Student Activities Council Coordinator, IIM Indore)

3rd in our Know Your Leaders  Series is IIM Indore’s Manpreet Singh Rekhi. He shares the challenges because of rapid expansion at IIM Indore and the joy of working in a team round-the-clock!

To read other parts in this series click here : FMS Delhi , XLRI Jamshedpur

Read the full interview below:


Team InsideIIM : Tell us something about yourself

I graduated as mechanical engineer from Thapar University, Patiala in year 2009. Then I worked in HeroMoto Corp for 2 years before opting for a PGDM course form IIM Indore. An avid cricket follower and I like to spend my free time  by eating out and playing cricket.

 

Team InsideIIM : How is the appointment of the SAC done?

The appointment of SAC-C is done through election as well as selection. The applicants have to go through an elaborate pre-process consisting of various tasks to gauge the leadership qualities and other skills of the candidates required for a Students’ coordinator. The top 3 candidates are then selected for elections. They have to present their manifestos to the senior batch, current batch and the faculty and defend their candidature. Subsequently, elections are conducted and the candidate securing the highest votes is chosen as SAC-Coordinator

 

Team InsideIIM : What are the traditional responsibilities of a Student coordinator in your institute?

The student coordinator is the representative of the batch to act as the voice of the participants to the administration. He and the other SAC-EC members act as the interface between the administration and the student community. His main responsibility is to act as a mechanism by which the issues faced by the students get resolved at the earliest. There are regular meetings between SAC-C and the faculty in charge of Student affairs to ensure the smooth functioning of the institute. He also has to coordinate with Secretaries of various committees, heads of festivals like Avhan, Mridang etc to ensure that all activities on campus run smoothly. He is also responsible for the smooth induction of the incoming batch and ensuring their hassle free transition to this new environment,

 

Team InsideIIM : What is your idea of a good working relationship between the institute’s authorities and the student-run bodies?

An institute’s affairs would be well-managed only if there’s an equal say of both students and the authorities in the functioning of the system. My idea of a good working relationship is that there should be frequent interactions between the administration and the student body. At IIM-Indore, we are proud to say that such frequent interactions do take place which help in fruitful resolution of issues.

 

Team InsideIIM : What have you/do you plan to accomplish as the student coordinator in your tenure?

  • The biggest challenge for me would be to ensure that the student body is equipped to handle the queries of a large batch size of 450 students.
  • To ensure that IIM Indore retains its position as one of the premier management institutes of the country
  • Enhancing the management and cultural festival (Ahvan and Mridang) that we organise to make them premier events in the B school calendars
  • Ensuring active engagement of our ever growing Alumni network.

 

Team InsideIIM :  What are the aspects where you think your institute can do better?

I think we are facing some challenges because of the rapid expansion undertaken by the institute in the last 2 years. Having a batch size of 450 has stretched the institute especially on the infrastructure front. But with already functional new hostels, a new classroom complex, a world class sports complex we have managed to overcome majority of the hurdles. Whatever little remains is being worked upon and will soon be taken care of.

 

Team InsideIIM : How do you manage a rigorous academic schedule along with the extra-curricular activities like these?

I have always believed that it is the attitude which will determine the altitude. There are two kinds of people: one who complain that the schedule is rigorous and hence do not participate in other activities, and the second who manage to score well while participating in other activities. I have tried to be in the second category always. I believe that if one is passionate about what one is doing, then time can easily be managed.

 

Team InsideIIM : What is your message for the incoming batch?

I would like to congratulate the incoming batch for getting selected to IIM Indore. You all are special and privileged that you have made so far. But this is not a time to rest on your past laurels. Come with an open mind and experience the most wonderful two years of your life.

Also,the following message below was posted by Ninad Bhangle, the Secretary of Media & PR Committee on the Facebook group which we have formed for the 2012-14 batch; however I would like to reiterate the same message:

“In your first Marketing class, you’ll be taught 4Ps (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion).
However, here are a new set of 4Ps which would help you succeed in all your endeavours at Planet-I:
1) Pride – Be proud of the institute at all times. When you look back, you will realize how fortunate you are, to have got admission in this hallowed portal
2) Passion – Planet-I is always buzzing with events. Passion will help you have a great time in either organizing these events or participating in them.
3) Perseverance– Life at B-school will be hectic. And sometimes your efforts won’t be rewarded. It’s easy to lose hope in a B-school; harder to show patience and perseverance.
4) PR skills– In today’s world, building a network, interacting with colleagues will help you a lot. Most of the tasks you’ll do in a B-school will require you to build a good rapport with colleagues.

So remember these 4 Ps; apply that in life and your job’s done!!!!”

 

Team InsideIIM:  If you weren’t the SAC, then which committee would you have been a part of, and why?

If not the SAC-Coordinator I would have continued as a member of the cultural committee. I always enjoy organising parties and playing host and being a member of cultural committee gave me ample opportunities to try out my hand at that by organising various recreational events for the participants on the campus.

 

Team InsideIIM: What do you like best about your job?

I find my job very rewarding for a number of reasons but I think the greatest may be that I like being part of a team that is working around the clock  to solve problems faced by our fellow participants. Through the work that the student body does, I get to play a major part in building the image of IIM Indore as one of the best B school in the country.

 

Team InsideIIM: If you were forced to choose a business school apart from your own, which one would it be and why?

If not IIM Indore I would have tried for a one year program at ISB or some foreign university

 

Team InsideIIM: How do you think this experience will help you in the long run?

This experience has greatly complimented the classroom learning that I have had here at IIM Indore. It has helped me to have a different lens to see people and the world. Working with all of these amazing people and brilliant minds around me has enabled and empowered me to do great things. This is an experience which I would cherish for a lifetime.

 

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Which Are The Dream Companies On Top Business School Campuses? – InsideIIM Recruitment Survey 2016 – Part 12

We conclude our Recruitment Survey Results with the announcement of this year’s list of Dream Companies. These companies have been declared by Aspirants, Business School Students and Alumni as their Dream companies across all sectors, functions and locations. We asked all three categories of respondents to name their top 5 Dream companies. They were asked to type the names of companies and no list was provided to choose from.

(You can find the previous 11 parts in this series here which cover Marketing, Banking and General Management Lists, other important stats around expected salaries, preferred work cities, Cost of an MBA etc.)

15.1 first year and aspirants 15.2 2nd Years 01 15.3 Post MBA

 

You will not find a big difference in the list when compared to the previous year. In fact, you will see that while positions have changed within the top 10, there is hardly any change over the last 3 years. Check 2014 Data here or check 2012 results here.

Unilever has never dropped out of the top 5 for any respondent category over the last 5 years. Mckinsey & Co. and BCG have rarely dropped out of the top 5 in the last 5 years for any respondent category. TAS, Google, P&G are other names who have never dropped out of top 10.  Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Facebook are very strong names which will figure almost every year. Aditya Birla Group is generally quite strong among the graduating class – probably because of the Young Leader’s Programme. Microsoft, ITC, Mahindra, Deloitte and JPMC are other names which are have been in the top 10 multiple times even if a few of them miss out this year.

Dream companies are brands which are built slowly over the years and a lot of things need to align for this to happen. Only if there is consistently good feedback from alumni, professors, current employees etc. can such a brand positioning be sustained. This is combined with factors like good compensation, a challenging work place and a sustained employer branding outreach programme. While it is not surprising to see international companies feature so prominently in this list, it is heartening to see Indian companies like TAS, ABG and ITC make their presence felt quite strongly against the global behemoths with glamorous brands.

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Celebrating Womanhood On InsideIIM – Miti Vaidya – XLRI Alumna

Women’s day is round the corner, and Team InsideIIM interviewed some women who inspire us.

In the next few days, every day, we will bring you the story of a woman who is out there standing strong and high, carving her way in this tough world. What drives them, what are their opinions about things, and some words of wisdom.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we raise them.”

In this first article of the series, we start with someone close to home. Miti Vaidya – Miti Vaidya is an alumna of XLRI Jamshedpur (Class of 2011) and has also successfully completed Chartered Accountancy (May 2011). She joined TAS from campus and spent 5 years in various businesses and functions across India and Europe. Now, as part of the core team at InsideIIM – Konversations, she is focusing on new ways to expand offerings in education. She can be found curled up with a book after hours.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

To this day, there are some school friends who refer to me as “Topper”, “Scholar” and such other academic insults. So, it shouldn’t be hard to infer that I was quite the geek in high school. Yes, it’s true that I did well in exams, but I definitely didn’t spend all my time studying (I can picture those same friends smirking). My interests, however, even at that time, weren’t really “cool”. I was obsessed with reading and easily got through the English literature textbook well in advance of the start of the academic year. I also inherited a lot of discipline and structure from my father, but was known for being unexpectedly devilish once in a while.

I guess all of this contributes strongly to the person I am right now. Pretty sure I’m still a geek (I sometimes spend my free time on Lynda or FutureLearn; it’s ok, go on, roll your eyes, I am not offended). Definitely still obsessed with reading. My love for neatness and structure is likely considered borderline OCD by those close to me.

On a serious note, I think all my habits and traits from high school have led me to be a very reliable friend and colleague, albeit a risk-averse one.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

No-brainer question – travel and read, of course.

After a few weeks of this, I would probably get depressed without a productive goal to work towards, so I’d go and find myself a job. Education is my pet sector – I have tremendous faith in its power.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

Travel more, flirt more and quit that finance job ASAP!

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

When I entered B-School, there were no such points formally awarded to women, so I haven’t faced any backlash. However, personally, I am in favour of this concept. In India, despite all efforts to promote women involvement, I think we are still woefully behind in terms of gender equality. It is important to have more women leaders or role models and one way to do this is by admitting more women into quality higher education. However, I don’t think this is the only solution or even a sustainable one. It only treats the symptoms of the gender equality problem to some extent. The real change can only come if there is a concerted effort to bring about a change in attitude in our homes and workplaces.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

The fondest memories of my time at Narsee Monjee College are of the B.Com college festival, Umang. Much of my personality shaping happened during my late teens as part of the leadership in this college festival. When I joined the organising committee, the festival had been running annually for a few years, but had never yet had a female Chairperson or a female Vice-Chairperson 3 (which oversaw Technical, Security and Finance departments). No one said out loud that a woman couldn’t hold these posts; it had just never happened. I loved working for Umang, and progressed very quickly in the organising team, with a good chance of becoming the first female Chairperson. I eventually lost by two votes to one of my closest friends, but made up by going on to become Vice-Chairperson 3 in his team. There was scepticism initially, whether a girl would be able to manage the rough external contractors who worked with the Technical department or be able to manage the physical pressures of the Security department. Today, I am proud to say that there have been enough women in this post after me, so whether a woman can do it is no longer a discussion point.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

Quick Supporting Fact – I recently married the guy who I have been with off-and-on for over a decade, so I don’t really have too many “date” data points to rely on. Nevertheless, I am usually happy to split the bill equally; I think it’s the most hassle-free way. My boyfriend was usually happy with that too. Now that we are married, we don’t split each time. But we usually pay alternately and I think it has balanced over time. It definitely helps that neither of us think this is a big deal or something that needs discussion.

 

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

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– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

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– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

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Since the inception of InsideIIM, it has stood for Quality, Creative, and Relevant Content. In an endeavour to stay true to these pillars, every year, we invite current students at premier b-schools to be a part of InsideIIM Student Team. This enables the students to work on and contribute to a real life business whilst still studying at the b-school.

Our 2015-16 Student Team comprised of students from IIM A, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I and IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here. Our 2016-17 Student Team comprised of students from IIM C, IIM B, XLRI, IIM I, IIM K, IIM L, IIM Trichy. You can read more about them here.

Our student team keeps the content on InsideIIM relevant. They also serve as great guides and mentors to the next crop of students about to enter business schools. The InsideIIM student team is a unique proposition where students get to run an online platform while they are studying. They learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, analytics and user behaviour in the online world. Students get immediate feedback about their work based on user behaviour on InsideIIM. Unlike most projects where one gives recommendations and goes away, on InsideIIM the student team is actually involved in the execution.
Tenure of the 3rd Student Team (2nd Year Students) : 15th March 2017 to 15th December 2017.

Note: We are inviting applications for the 3rd Student Team at InsideIIM for the year 2017-18 from students who will graduate in 2018. The last date to send in your applications is 9th March.

Does this proposition excite you? Great! Fill the form below to apply for InsideIIM Student Team 3.0:

 

Who should apply?

– The person should be able to write. One of the toughest skills is to be able to articulate oneself in a structured manner. This automatically means that the person is also a good reader. We are open to hardworking and enthusiastic individuals too who may not be good at either but still contribute by virtue of sheer will power.

– Someone who is well-networked and has a high social media quotient. Are you an influencer?

– Never shies away from doing any level of work to get the desired outcome – Dignity of Labour. It does not mean you need to do anything illegal or immoral.

– Someone who has opinions about many things but uses facts, data and logic to form them.

– Extremely good communication skills.

– Loves data analysis and writing.

– He/She is proud of his/her background, university, business school etc.

If one or more things apply to you, you should definitely apply!

For any queries, please write to heer.shingala@insideiim.comand nidhi.malkan@insideiim.com

Hope to have you onboard soon!

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