Battle of the Ping Pong Pundits at IIM Shillong

December 3rd, 2014: It seemed as though PGP students of IIM Shillong were waiting for the arrival of this day with more anticipation than that of the first day of placements. After several breath-taking matches that had been held throughout the course of the tournament, we were left with two deserving finalists. These two individuals had proven themselves to be the personification of dexterity with the paddle in hand. When our beloved Hostel Committee sent out the mail for the match between Vangal Srinath and Aditya Kansal, all of us, almost simultaneously, realized two things – firstly, that this match was going to be one for the ages and secondly, that this match would give the winning batch ultimate bragging rights.

 

Rannbhoomi- TT Finals

 

The first set showed everyone why the two players deserved their spot in the limelight. Smashes back and forth coupled with intricate shots from both ends, provided the crowd with entertainment of the highest quality. Vangal and Aditya were treating it more like a chess match, rather than a ping pong game. They were going neck and neck, and before we knew it, “Deuce!” shouted the referee. Vangal eventually won the set, but Aditya gave a quick, calming glance directed towards his batch mates and we instantly knew that this was far from over.

The second set was dominated by Aditya Kansal. He managed to figure out a chink in Vangal’s armour and exploited it like a shrewd tactician. The huge crowd from the senior batch were worried to say the least. The fact that they would have to lose to their juniors was something that was simply unacceptable to them. However, despite the incessant rants of the senior batch, Kansal remained unfazed. With forehands as strong as steel, and a defense as impenetrable as iron, Aditya managed to beat Vangal by a huge margin of eleven points, thereby taking the second set.

As the euphoric juniors cheered for Aditya, silent seniors wondered if the third set would be a mere formality. However, just as the juniors were beginning to prepare for the celebrations, Vangal hit a smash that startled Aditya, as well as all of his junior batch’s brethren. Suddenly, Kansal was down 6 points to 3 and that is when things started to go downhill for him. Vangal seemed to have ice water running through his veins, and the task at hand, was becoming increasingly difficult with each of his calculated and precise shots. One last smash became the final nail in the coffin for our ‘Kansal’-ting club member and Vangal’s hand was raised in victory.

Even though Aditya sported a smile on his face, we all knew that deep down, he was really disappointed. Vangal, being the sportsman that he is, congratulated him on a hard fought battle. Aditya’s supporters were ecstatic to say the least and Vangal was the man of the moment. Hugs and handshakes throughout the recreational room, was a fitting end to an exceptional table tennis tournament organized by our Hostel Committee and saying that we are in eager anticipation of next year’s tournament, would be a gross understatement.

 

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This article is authored by Sumon Chaudhuri, a student at IIM Shillong. He is enthusiastic about marketing and has a flair for theatricality in almost everything he does. He also enjoys writing and is a proud member of IIM Shillong’s Literary Committee, Symphony

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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.

Speaker session & Bonfire night

 

#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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