Corporate Leaders meet the brightest minds at IIM Kozhikode – Part I

The Industrial Interaction Cell (IIC) at IIM Kozhikode has been helping students interact with some top corporate leaders for over a month. The leaders are from a diverse set of industries ranging from Supply Chain and Logistics to Steel to Quick Service Restaurants to Financial Services. The topics covered by the leaders were also extremely insightful: from managing supply chains to creating a high performing organization to managing oneself.

In this part of the story let’s look at some of the themes explored by the leaders:

Workshop by Mr. Ali Hasnain Ghoghai, Senior Manager at DHL Supply Chain Solutions

IIM Kozhikode hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop in Supply Chain Management on the 7th and 8th of July. The event was organized byIndustry Interaction Cell (IIC) in collaboration with OMEGA (the operations interest group) of IIMK.

The workshop was conducted over two days. Two lectures were scheduled on the 7th of July followed by the presentations of the top 5 teams who qualified for the DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge.

The first day (07.07.2012) saw a lecture-cum-interactive session on General Outline of Supply Chain Management like highlighting the key differences between SCM in theory and SCM in practice and the core skills required for SCM and basic market offered career paths for different SCM professional roles.  Mr. Ghogai also talked on the Emerging concepts in SCM in India like FTWZ (Free Trade and Warehousing Zones) and LLP (Lead Logistics Partner), GST (Goods & Services Tax) and its impact on the Supply Chain industry. A post dinner informal career counseling session followed when Mr. Ali dealt with questions on individual careers based on the individual’s past experience and skills.

The mainstay of the workshop is the “DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge”. The case was all about designing a warehousing and transportation solution for an e-commerce company. The top 5 teams were shortlisted by Mr. Ali Ghoghai himself. These teams presented on Sunday (08.07.2012) and were jointly evaluated by Mr. Ali Ghoghai and Prof Saji Gopinath – one of the revered names in the QM & OM department,IIMK. The session ended with a concluding speech by Prof. Saji Gopinath, and felicitation of Mr. Ghoghai by Prof Gopinath and declaration of results. (Below: Mr.Ghoghai)

 

Talk on Sustainable Energy Management by Mr. Amol Kotwal, the Deputy Director – Energy & Power Systems Practice, Frost & Sullivan 

For a developing economy like India, in order to maintain the high growth trajectory Energy security is the need of the hour but this requires new and innovative thinking and effectiveness through structural change. Talking about “Sustainable Energy Management”, Mr. Kotwal focused on how tapping the non-conventional energy sources, is the key for India in order to meet its rapidly rising future energy demands. He also talked about how to overcome the technological challenges which stand as one of the biggest barriers for large scale commercialization of the same.

Sustainable energy management is an emerging area of discussion and is becoming a key component in the strategic decisions of big corporates and Mr. Kotwal, in his speech, touched upon the potential risks associated with attracting investments and related government initiatives in this sector.

 

Talk by Mr. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant Food Works Ltd. (Master Franchisee for Dominos’ Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts)

As a leader in a highly competitive industry, Mr. Kaul had very interesting insights to share on the food retailing industry where Dominos’ currently tops the Organized Pizza Delivery segment with a gaint market share of 70%. He discussed the unique brand positioning of Dominos’ as a delivery based brand as opposed to the dine-in path choosen by competitors. He pointed out the specific issues that plague a time bound segment such as pizza delivery and shared the Dominos’ methods that were used to successfully overcome the same.

While throwing light on the journey of Dominos’ from “Hungry Kya” to “khushiyon ki Home Delivery” he laid emphasis on often overlooked factors such as the delivery boy who is the real face of the brand to the customer. Elaborating on the role played by the delivery boys he impressed the importance of human resource management at Dominos’ which sees even its ex-employees returning during peak days to help in delivery, thus is their bonding with the brand he said. He also shared some of the earlier ad campaigns of Dominos’ to drive home the importance of occupying consumer mind space and the communication of brand image. Mr. Kaul also shared his insights into Building a High Performance Organization from his professional experiences. Under him, Dominos has grown leaps and bounds.

Answering students’ questions, Mr.Kaul, insisted that Indian mentality towards delivered food has come a long way, but is yet to grow in leaps and bounds. The event which was an enriching experience for the students closed with some words of graditude and appreciation from, Professor Joffy Thomas, Faculty, Marketing Management, IIM Kozhikode. (Below: Mr.Ajay Kaul)

Talk on Social Entrepreneurship by Mr.Gyanesh Pandey, Founder and CEO, of Husk Power Systems

Mr. Pandey talked about his journey from a cushy, highly paid job in the US (where he had worked for five years) to the inner conflict which compelled him to come back to his hometown in West Champaran district of Bihar. He had a single aim – to uplift the living conditions of the people in his hometown, and being an electrical engineer from IT-BHU, electrification of villages was an intuitive decision. He co-founded Husk Power Systems in 2007, and today, it provides electricity to over 250 villages in Bihar.

Mr. Pandey was able to strike a chord with the audience right from the beginning, when he talked about how embarrassed he was of his identity, and how that eventually led to him coming back to India and electrifying villages in Bihar. He busted the twin myths of success and failure for an entrepreneur – he said that all our actions shouldn’t be governed by the success or failure of those actions. The single minded aim of an entrepreneur should be to solve a problem, and concentrate only on finding a solution, as opposed to making pots of money.

The session was interactive, and Mr. Pandey kept trying to provoke a response out of students. He also mentioned a life altering event where he was pushed into attending Vippassana sessions by a girlfriend, which eventually led to him making the decision to move back to India. Mr. Pandey put up a number of persuasive arguments in terms of the advantages of becoming an entrepreneur. (Below: Mr.Gyanesh Pandey)

 

Talk by Uday Chaturvedi (Former Managing Director – Corus Strip Products, UK and Former Chief Technical Officer – Tata Steel Europe)

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Which B-School To Join? – Decide For Yourself!

An investment worth about 2 million rupees in India and 3-4 times abroad, MBA is probably the most important choice that a person makes while in his 20s. Therefore, it becomes imperative to put in something more than research when choosing your preferred business school.

Related articles on the subject and most people around you will always advice you to go for the higher ranked college. However, that might just be the biggest mistake you will make with respect to ‘YOUR’ management degree. I emphasise on the word ‘your’ because one key cannot unlock every door. These rankings are mainly based on aspects such as faculty strength in research and placement records, which do little to give you an inside perspective of life at a business school.

With a professional qualification and Investment banking work experience in a client facing role, there was no real reason for me to do MBA apart from changing my routine. Like most of the engineers working in IT companies, my real answer to ‘Why MBA’ was ‘I want a break’. And that’s absolutely fine, provided you put it to good effect. Therefore, to make good use of this time, here are the things that you should ensure.

Faculty

The importance of a mentor in life is inexplicable. I believe a protégé is only as good as the master’s vision. So it’s important that the people who shape you not only have the wisdom but also the willingness to nurture and guide. The faculty through their teaching pedagogies have the ability to unlock your mind and heart. Look for schools with faculty that make you feel like you are not in just another school, you’re in a b-school! Look for teachers who are subject experts, opinionated, and ready to invest in you. After all, wouldn’t you too want to learn from a Michael Porter or Aswath Damodaran? Well, look for such names in India such as Prof. H. C. Verma or Prof. A. F. Mathews. It’s the teachers leading schools that help create students leading the world.

Location

Location is another critical factor in determining the right school. On a practical level, schools located in major cities of the country invariably have better access to job opportunities, thereby giving you more options in terms of placements. Guest lectures/seminars are essential components of MBA, and presence in Tier II/III cities can substantially limit the school’s ability to invite reputed names. Teachers cannot be expected to have a perfect grasp of the changing times, therefore you need fresh and outside perspective from a person of considerable stature. At a personal level too, location becomes critical as that’s the place, beyond the campus, where you will spend two years of your life. You would not only want places to visit, and activities to do, but also people, who you could meet to develop an understanding, of the city, state, and the nation. They might just be your target population, when you work for any company or start your own venture.

Opportunities

When I say opportunities, I mean everything except the lectures. This may be in the form of participation levels in competitions, organised by companies and other business schools. It’s affiliations with global schools for the foreign exchange program. I would strongly recommend students to opt for this as living for 3 months in a foreign country can do you a lot of good. And what better than a Harvard or Stanford for exposure! Look for schools having different interest groups, clubs and committees that help you pursue your passion and learn at the same time. Also, the scale of cultural/management festivals and other events organised by the school become crucial not only from the point of view of experience but also the pressure and responsibility of organising them as a committee member.

Matter of identity

Lastly, do note, that your school defines you more than any other thing on your resume. At least in the short term. So you are not just choosing a school, you’re choosing your identity. Gone are the times when just being an MBA was enough. What matters now is ‘From where’? So make sure you want to be referred to as the alumnus of the school you join, because it will stay with you, long after your college life.

All in all, over and above the importance of placement record, I would honestly suggest all the students reading this post to think about the above-mentioned factors when choosing their college of choice. Read, Research, Rate! Devote time to this because it’s going to account for two very important years of your life. Talk to seniors, undergraduate teachers and everyone else under the sun to get your questions answered. But remember, you need information, not opinion. Make your own choice and get ready to experience the golden phase of youth.

P.S. prospective students might also have to consider other factors such as placement reports, their own academic background, entrance exam requirements and so on. The factors mentioned here are more qualitative in nature that they should look to examine.

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Success Note Of Backwaters – The Annual Management Festival Of IIM Kozhikode

The recently concluded annual management fest of IIM Kozhikode was another testimony of its growing visibility and popularity. The flagship business fest witnessed immense participation from various technical and management colleges from across the country. The stiff competition and the valuable insights provided by distinguished academicians who judged the various events made this fest an event to remember and rejoice for all the participants. More than the monetary awards (which were quite handsome by the way), the learning from the esteemed judges and fellow participants were the major takeaways of the event.

Backwaters 2016 began with a number of management events like the Avatar, Shiksha and Bizzathlon on Day 1. The major highlights of Day 1 were the Model United Nations and the HULT competition. The MUN being hosted being hosted by the Economics and Politics Society interest group witnessed participation from many esteemed colleges from the southern part of the country and important topics like ‘Global Terrorism’ and ‘India’s Nuclear Strategy’ were discussed in the same. The HULT event invited students with innovative solutions to tackle the ‘Refugee Crisis’ issue.

Day 2 witnessed many on spot events where quick thinking and team play mattered the most. Many literary events such as ‘Just A Minute’ and ‘Spell Bee’ and also various quizzing events like the ‘Puzzathlon’ were conducted on that day. Day 3 saw events like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Shiksha’ being concluded and various other literary events like ‘Scrap It Up’, ‘Word Finder’ and ‘Flick The Link’ were also conducted on the same day. 

But if you think that Backwaters 2016 was about ‘All Work and No Fun’, then you can’t be more off the mark. The Kampus was host to the TVF team where Jeetu and Akanksha took the centre stage. The popular dialogues from Pitchers and ‘Tech Conversations’ made the audience go berserk. Vipul Goyal stole the show with his amazing comic performance which made the crowd go crazy with the dozes of laughter. The Kampus also hosted the Chennai Super Kings franchise and conducted the ‘Return of the Pride’ event.https://scontent-sit4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14955810_1365567830128275_6716846649235649915_n.jpg?oh=cb736da81ac714886ae0ba04cef37887&oe=58C32514

And as all good things, Backwaters 2016 came to an end but with the promise of returning again next year in a better and bigger form. Finally, we on behalf of the entire IIM Kozhikode community would like to sincerely thank the Backwaters Committee for putting in Herculean efforts that made the event successful.

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Hult Prize Organized By IIM Kozhikode

IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 1 Team White Collar Crew presenting their business plan to the judges

 

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 1 Team White Collar Crew presenting their business plan to the judges

 

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 1 Team White Collar Crew presenting their business plan to the judges

 

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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IIM Kozhikode is proud to have organized the world’s largest student competition for the social good at the campus level. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The agenda for this year is reawakening human potential – the refugee problem.

The event differentiated itself from the beginning. There was a grueling interview for the recruitment of the campus director and Rahul Kumar, a PGP 19 student got selected as the campus director. He buckled up for the event by appointing his core team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Isha Walian ad Vaishnavi Adapa.

And finally, when the D-day arrived for the campus finalists to present their ideas of addressing one of the largest problems of the present day, the teams came up with amazing ideas stunning the judging panel. The panel was wisely chosen by the organizing team to have different perspectives. Ms. Shamin Sebastian, the deputy collector of Kozhikode district of Kerala brought with her the expertise in dealing with migrants who come to Kerala from other parts of India. Prof. Priya Nair Rajeev, Assistant professor in OB HR area of IIM Kozhikode gave valuable insights in the human resource management and the problems that would arise in managing the ideas given by the participants. Last but not the least, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at consultants, Kochi gave the participants his ideas on the feasibility of the business plans and the potential problems in the financial success of the plan and the implementation.

On the D-day i.e., Nov 4th, the organizers got great responses from the participants when asked about their journey to the campus finals and also the hard work they have put in. In words of Nitin, a PGP19 student, “This is a huge problem. I have read about refugees before. But I was not empathizing as much I do now. There are millions of people looking for help and something has to be done”. Another participant Sushmitha from PGP20 told, “Presenting our solution for one of the biggest problems in the world in the biggest competitions gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

After all presentations and intense rounds of Q&A, the judges announced the team Elements and team Veritas as the campus winners to represent IIM Kozhikdoe at a national level. In the words of Arunangshu, one of the members of the winning team, “It is different from solving a regular case study because you have to think in more detail about how to solve problems, you haven’t fallen into with little scope for primary research. You want to solve problems for all the refugees but you cannot, as your idea should target a limited set of individuals effectively.”

The IIM K fraternity wishes them all the very best for the further rounds and put faith that IIM K’s teams would reach the finals at Boston and receive the 1 million USD to set up their venture and help the world solve one of the biggest problems today.

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Figure 1 Team White Collar Crew presenting their business plan to the judges

 

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Figure 2 Judges from left to right: Shamin Sebastian(Deputy collector Kozhikode district, Prof Priya Nair, Chairperson Placements, IIM Kozhikode, Mr. Shilen Sagunan, Chief Executive at SS consultants

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