From a married life to an IIM to being an ABG Scholar

An MBA after marriage! A decision to be away from your spouse and family for 2 years! Challenges were over weighing but so was the conviction. Destiny had its plans in sync with mine. A dream blended with aspiration, ambition and action landed me to the place I always wanted to be- the IIM. And Shillong added a silver lining to it.

IIM Shillong- my home away from home. It has given me more than I could have thought of- love, affection, friends, respect, prestige and I shall not forget to mention, the much coveted Aditya Birla Scholarship.

 

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The first step towards this achievement started while I was completely immersed in the hectic life characteristic of any B-school, the case studies, the surprise quizzes, the mid-sems, the brainstorming group discussions, late night submissions and what not. It was a mail from the PGP office congratulating me for getting shortlisted to make it to the top 31 out of 159 students from across the top notch B-schools of India. And there it was-“Mumbai Calling!” Thus started the preparations – travel plan, packing and countless suggestions from my crazy bunch of friends as to what dress to wear, which sandals, earrings and nail paint to complement the dress and most importantly my unending preparation for the interview.

I left for Mumbai on 19th Sept with lots of wishes, blessings and good luck by my side.  One thing was clear to me that everybody had lots of expectations and it was my time to fulfill them at any cost. I made a promise to myself at that time, come whatever, I am winning. With that promise I flew to Mumbai.

Mumbai, the city which tickled me with its drizzles and showers for 2 years, the city which reciprocated my love, the city with a fusion of most varied flavours, the city with the seashores offering instant relief , the city famous for the six sigma dabbawalas , the city with local trains as its life-line, yes, the city which has it all. I felt nostalgic as soon as I landed. Memories flashed and  tears virtually trickled down my cheeks. But soon the realization dawned that I am in the city which gave me the wings to fly and the fire to excel. With this realization I checked in at the ITC Grand Hotel in Lower Parel.

The majestic hotel depicting the British colonial architecture manifested its hospitality in form of warm gestures from the staff. The tastefully adorned interiors, the well manicured lawns, the bubbling fountains seemed to fill the hotel with a fabled grandeur.

I unpacked and got ready for the induction program. As soon as I entered the hall, I could feel the difference. Brilliant young minds of the nation from management, engineering and law streams with confidence oozing out seemed to fill the hall with a blissful positive energy. I took my seat and soon the presentation started which was to give an insight into the Aditya Birla Group and more importantly into the motive of the scholarship which is to nurture the future leaders.

The presentation was followed by dinner where everybody got a chance to interact and network. Conversations and interactions ultimately came to an end as everybody moved to their respective rooms to gear up for the interviews next day.

Finally, the day had arrived, the 21st Sept, 2013. Interviews were scheduled from 9 a.m. in the morning. I was waiting for my turn. The nervous excitement that I had been feeling for so many days was stronger than ever and I felt that the only release for the butterflies restlessly flitting around in my stomach would be to face the interviewers. And then there I was- in front of the panel. The panel had  Ms. Sunita Narain( Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)), Mr. Janmejaya Sinha( Chairman – Asia Pacific, Boston Consulting Group ) and Ms. Vineeta Rai( IAS, Member, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission). I greeted them and the interview started with a light discussion on the need to wear formals during an interview. Soon after my opinion was asked on various current issues pertaining to Shillong, telecom industry, rural healthcare in India, policy flipflops etc. The interview ended on a positive note.

The results were to be declared in the evening. The wait just seemed too long. But finally the moment arrived. The hall was fully packed with eminent personalities from the ABG group, the panel members of all the 3 streams which included the likes of Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, (Retd. Chief Justice Supreme Court) , Mr. Kiran Karnik, Ex-President, NASSCOM, Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Mr. Sri Rajan, Country Head & Managing Director, Bain & Company India Pvt. Ltd. and many more. Applauds had already begun with the selected scholar names being announced one after the other. And then suddenly I realized that the applauds were for me- yes it was Apurva Jain from IIM Shillong. And the next instant I found myself in front of Mrs Rajashree Birla, receiving the Aditya Birla Scholarship Award.

It took me a while to get reconciled to the fact that I had done it. Calls and messages followed, flooded with “Congratulations” and “Thank You”. I was content to live up to the expectations of everyone.

I reached Shillong the next day. I knew there would be celebrations. Balloons and colorful ribbons made my room lively as ever and the chocolate truffle cake (my favorite) tasted sweeter than ever.

– Apurva Jain

 

About the writer :  Apurva Jain is a first year participant at IIM Shillong. She likes reading novels and exploring places.

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Pratyay 2017 – Ideas That Inspire – IIM Shillong

An idea can change the world. Ideas shape the course of history. All achievements and earned riches have their beginning in an idea. An idea is the essence of a start-up and entrepreneurship. With this thought, i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong, named their event as “Pratyay” – Ideas that Inspire, conceptualised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Pratyay shall serve as a pre-cursor to EmergE, the Annual Flagship Entrepreneurship Festival of IIM Shillong, organised by the E-Cell.

The inaugural edition of the event consisted of the following sub-events –

Guest Speaker Session – Pratyay hosted Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder & CEO of Bamboo House India, a social enterprise with a portfolio of Bamboo Housing, Bamboo furniture, innovative scrap utilities and various others. It has clients ranging from the US Government to India’s state governments.

Mr. Prashant’s narration of his journey, struggle and success have not only captivated the audience and given them practical insight into the reality of the entrepreneurship world but truly inspired them, invoked thought and served as an emotional boost. As one student puts it, “Mr. Prashant has rekindled my dream of creating my own business.”

Case Study Competition        Model Investor Summit

Case Study Competition Sponsored by Bamboo House India for prize money of Rs. 50,000, the event saw participation from various B-Schools like IIM Lucknow, JBIMS and many premiere undergraduate colleges in the country. Mr. Prashant Lingam, Founder CEO of Bamboo House India played jury to the competition. Donning Social Entrepreneur/CEO hats, the participants suggested innovative, out of the box yet feasible solutions to the Judge. Mr. Prashant also opened a Live Project opportunity to which the batch showed great enthusiasm.

Model Investor Summit  The event comprised of multiple Ideators presenting their business ideas to a panel of Model Investors who after carefully analysing their proposals would invest Virtual Money after deliberation with their Consultation Panel. The best ideator and investor win. The event, with a prize money of Rs. 20,000, witnessed participation from various colleges nation-wide with the winners being from IIT Kharagpur. The Jury for this event was Mr. Shankar Subramoney, a Management Consultant and an adjunct faculty with IIM Bangalore, visiting faculty with IIM Shillong and Udaipur.

“In Their Shoes”It is an event of Entrepreneurship Rebuttal wherein the participants tell us what would they have done to prevent the given company from failing if they were the CXO of the company. With heated but healthy arguments and debates by strategists, the event was challenging yet fun. The Jury included Mr. Shankar Purbey and Mr. Harsh Samalia, Operations and Strategy lecturers at IIM Shillong respectively.

Bonfire Night The celebration concluded with the announcement of winners by the Jury, post which, the curious and enthusiastic students interacted informally with Mr. Prashant Lingam over Bonfire, Chai and Pakode, on the starry full-moon night. The Quadrangle of the campus was filled with great participation from the batch, and the air – with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

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#Pratyay2017 gave immense satisfaction to the organising team as it is our first step towards social and sustainable entrepreneurship and it witnessed more-than-expected participation, quality work and appreciation of the entire batch. The goal of i-Cube, The Entrepreneurship Cell, simply put, is to foster active entrepreneurship in the college and convert ideas to reality, as we at IIM Shillong aren’t just dreamers but doers!

 

 

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IIM Shillong Takes The Crown At Wipro Earthian Sustainability Program

IIM Shillong won the prestigious Wipro Earthian Sustainability Challenge 2016 which received participation from hundreds of college teams from across of the country. Being one of the top ten college teams, we received an award of 1.5 lakhs to be shared by the sustainability efforts in the college and the team. In addition to making it to the Earthian national winners list, we were also awarded The TN Khoshoo- Earthian trophy (college level) for the most practical and feasible solution presented.

Our team consisted of two second year participants Jahnvi Jethanandani and Tanmay Kasliwal who worked on the idea of creating a sustainable Solid Waste Management for Shillong. The team was mentored by Dr. Sanjeeb Kakoty, under whose guidance two IIM Shillong teams have already won the Wipro Earthian twice in the past.

Wipro outlines basic themes from which the teams can choose one or more of their choice which this year was Traffic management, waste management and water management. Mainly focusing on exploring the needs of the city, we chose to create a tailored solution in the form of a decentralised solid waste management system for Shillong.

The main objective of the separate models was to work around the complicated administrative structure of Shillong due to the enforcement of Schedule VI of the constitution entailing a 3-tier Governance system. The solution consisted of creating a profitable model to incentivize the members of the self-governing local communities – the Dorbars towards the application of better solid waste management practices that included Bokashi composting and minimising waste that reaches the landfills.

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EcoBiz Organises Blood Donation And Awareness Camp At IIM Shillong

“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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“You do not have to be a doctor to save lives. Donate Blood.”

Since the need for blood is constant, so is the need for donations. For us, it may be just a few minutes of our life, but for few others, it may be the price of their life. Carrying this idea to hearts, ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong on 11th February 2017 in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute conducted “Voluntary Blood Donation cum Awareness Programme” at IIM Shillong campus. Students and faculty members of the campus came forward wholeheartedly in large numbers in support of this noble cause and showed great enthusiasm in donating blood.  A total of 58 people volunteered, of which 36 were found fit to be donors. By organising such an event for a noble cause in a management institute, the club furnished an apt example of how the students can use the principles of management which they learn within the classroom to enhance the experience of their campus life. The EcoBiZ Club also expressed their gratitude for the support received from the Pasteur Institute.

 Despite years of scientific research and brilliant scientific advances, blood cannot really be created. It needs to be collected from wilful and kind donors. As a social being, blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that any person can make for the society. The entire process of blood donation was carried out in a very smooth manner owing to the immaculate arrangements done by the ECoBiZ Club under the guidance and support of their faculty coordinator, Professor Natalie West Kharkongor. She has expressed her deep interest in continuing with such activities in the future and working towards blending management expertise with social welfare and environment protection activities. She also congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for the fantastic response they showed for blood donation and expressed the view that the Institute could work in several other areas to provide social service and community development. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. It is very popularly said that “All that donating blood costs is just a little love.” Certainly, IIM Shillong campus was full of love this Saturday.

 

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