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“The First of its Kind” Induction Programme @ IIM Ranchi: Welcoming Newness in a Fresh Way !

The two-week long induction program for 2015-2017 PGDM and PGDHRM batches served its purpose of ice-breaking, bonding and information sharing, all while living up to the brand value of an IIM. Unlike the expectations of the students, the learning commenced right from day 1 (day zero being reserved for registration process), yet it was ensured that the students aren’t dismayed but amused. It began on 13th June with Dean, Prof. (Dr.)  Pradip Kumar Bala addressing the entire batch with a welcome speech focusing on the mission and vision of IIM Ranchi. This was followed by the welcome speech by Director, Prof. Anindya Sen who motivated the students to work brilliantly while maintaining a personal philosophy of life. The entire induction program was meticulously designed by Prof. Gaurav Marathe.

The activities to follow required the 190 students to be divided into 8 batches, to engage them into interactions, group learnings and performances.The first activity for the groups was to prepare a 7 minutes short film on ‘Management in our lives’ within 24hrs! This, and several such assignments aimed at encouraging team work and co-ordination among students while making them aware of “deadlines are sacrosanct” mantra at IIM Ranchi. The students submitted impressive entries and lived up to  the expectations of the judges, in terms of uniqueness of storyline, direction and performances. The short film show was followed by a ‘Know your state’ session where Professor of Economics at Ranchi University, Prof. Saran enlightened the batch about the tribal community in Jharkhand. The next few days had presentations on Administration, Hostel and Mess, Library, AIS and other facilities provided by the institute, including the important Bloomberg session on being familiar to the Bloomberg terminals. They were also exposed to a few foundation classes on Excel, Case Study solving and Quantitative Techniques by the in-house faculty at IIM Ranchi.

Prof. Amita Dutt from Rabindra Bharati University delivered a lecture on Dance forms of India portraying its heritage, values and culture in a novel way, while Prof. Swapan Kumar Mullick, (Director, The Statesman Print Journalism School) gave the students an informative and enlightening lecture on film making. Prof. Deepak Dhamija  and Prof. Ghanshyam Lalsa also guided them through the art of drama making.  An outbound program was arranged in collaboration with the RMG Learning Centre,wherein the students got some time out to visit rock gardens, the 120 year old Firayalal Shopping mall, take snaps in front of Captain Dhoni’s house, among many other things in Ranchi. RMG group kept the students engaged with fun activities such as solving murder mystery and war strategy.

Besides this,  the new batch attended area presentations on Accounting and Finance, Operations, Marketing, Economics and Strategy building and HRM and Organizational Behaviour by the respective faculty members. They also were a part of International Yoga Day, observed across the country. The most interesting part was the sports events arranged by seniors. Tug of War, Dodgeball, Bricks, Pipes and Marbles,  to name a few. These games were not just fun, but were also associated with an important learning in management. The senior batch also worked very hard on introducing each and every committee, club and special interest group to the junior batch, so as to pass on the baton to them in coming times.

The  induction programme reached its culmination with the Talent show. During the entire 2 week Induction Program, each and every team, in the little time at disposal for preparation for the Talent Show, ultimately managed to pull off some stellar performances in front of the judges. Social issues, humorous acts, entertaining performances filled the CMPDI auditorium as the teams  staged some rare talents amidst an enriched diversity of engineers, geologists, architects and commerce students having varied work experience in diverse domains.

These two weeks gave the students a complete hang of how busy, occupied yet enjoyable the coming two years are going to be, leaving them totally prepared to ride the daunting B-school roller coaster as the classes begin from 29th June 2015.

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Naturally Nepal – A Place To Behold – Youth Delegation Experience – IIM Ranchi

The date is still fresh in my memory. A hard day’s work during my summer internship was followed by an e-mail, from the PGP office, inviting applications for the Youth Exchange Programme, organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. This was a golden opportunity to represent India and also visit a foreign nation. The next stage involved shortlisting of applications by the parent institute. These names were then forwarded to the Ministry, where the final screening was conducted.

9 students from IIM Ranchi were selected by the Ministry to be part of a 46-strong delegation to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The visit was scheduled from 10th – 17th March 2017. Apart from IIM Ranchi, the delegation comprised of students from premier educational institutions such as AIIMS – New Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, various NITs and volunteers from the National Service Scheme. We were excited to be a part of the first ever Indian youth delegation to visit this mountainous country. 

The 1st Day of the Indo-Nepal Youth Delegation began with us catching an early morning flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu. We landed in Kathmandu at 10:45 AM. There were officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal, to welcome us at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

The delegation began with the visit of the Swayambhunath Stupa, commonly known as the Monkey Temple among tourists. The Stupa had a 2500-year-old legacy.  It resembles the Pagoda style architecture of the Chinese civilization. According to legend, a monk planted a Lotus in the middle of a lake in the Kathmandu Valley. The flower magically started emitting light, which was considered sacred among the village-folk. The Stupa is believed to be protecting this lotus. The surroundings of the Stupa brought about a sense of wonder and peace. The sight of the Buddhist prayer wheels fondly reminded me of my visit to the Namdroling Monastery, in Coorg, a few years back.

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 Swayambhunath Stupa

The next stop was the Indian Embassy in Nepal.  Mr. Vinay Kumar, IFS, Ambassador-in-Charge of the Indian Embassy welcomed the delegation. We were briefed about the behaviour expected out of the delegation, while in Nepal, along with precautions for our safety. It was a surreal experience to be inside an embassy building – the first time in my life, one which made me feel proud to be representing my country. An interesting fact about the Indian embassy in Nepal is that it is the largest in terms of the number of employees and the second-largest (after the Indian embassy in Bhutan) in terms of area.

The end of our first day was marked by an informal dinner hosted by Shri. Mahesh Chandra Dahal, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal. The secretary commenced the event by touching upon the current scenario of Youth Affairs in Nepal. I was simply mesmerized with the rich Nepali cuisine and the exhilarating dance performances by the local artists.

It was a positive start to what would become a life-changing experience.

Day 2 began with an early morning darshan of Lord Pashupatinath. The iconic temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmathi River. Hindu devotees throng in huge numbers during the auspicious Shivarathri.

 12The iconic Pashupatinath Temple

After breakfast, we had a stimulating programme scheduled at the Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) office. The meeting was organised by the Youth Council in collaboration with the NCC.

The members of the Chamber of Commerce were from varied backgrounds such as banking, business, law and the social sector. The meeting was quite thought-provoking and informative. We had bilateral discussions on issues where India and Nepal could cooperate for mutual socio-economic development. Some of the key topics discussed included the start-up ecosystem in Nepal, state of micro-finance and cottage industries, agriculture, trade, power generation, and disaster management.

After the meeting, we had our lunch and left for Nagarkot. Upon arrival, we witnessed the sunset with the Langtang mountain range, perfectly nestled, in the background.

Day 3 would begin with a visit to the famed Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Till the 15th Century, Bhaktapur was a huge kingdom ruled by the Malla dynasty. An eventual dispute between the 3 sons of the incumbent king led to the division of Bhaktapur into 3 parts namely – Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Patan. One of the striking features of the Square was a 5 Storey temple, which was built in a record time of 7 months.

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Temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Post lunch, we boarded a plane to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. We travelled by Buddha Air and it was my first experience flying on a foreign airline. After a long and hectic day, we checked-in at a hotel and decided to take the rest of the evening off. We made merry with cultural performances, which were highly appreciated by the Nepalese dignitaries accompanying us. It was yet another memorable day.

Day 4 encompassed one of the most spiritual experiences of the tour. We had the privilege of meeting and being briefed about the historical significance of Lumbini by Mr. Basanta Bidari, an ex-staffs man of Lumbini Development Trust.  Mr. Bidari had personally briefed former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan during the latter’s visit to Nepal. Lumbini was given the status of a World Heritage Site in 1997. The entire site consists of three parts – The Sacred Garden, the Monastic Enclave and the New Lumbini Village. The Sacred Garden marks the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. A marker stone has been placed to identify the exact spot of the Lord’s birth. The monastic enclave consisted of monasteries set up by several countries.

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Building housing the marker stone – identifier of the exact spot of Gautama Buddha’s birth

There was a spiritual aura around the Garden; something which I have rarely felt in my life. It was a dream come true to have visited the birthplace of the Enlightened One.

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 The Sacred Garden

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A stupa in Lumbini

Post lunch, we left for Chitwan National Park. After a tiring bus journey, we were treated to the exquisite local Tharu dances, performed by the Terai people in the hotel.

Day 5 started out with an Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park. This was my second Elephant safari after a gap of 15 years. I have not been to many sanctuaries but the amalgamation of flora and fauna in Chitwan was truly breath-taking!

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Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park

We could spot Nilgais, wild boars, alligators and peacocks in the reserve. After an adventurous safari, we departed for Pokhara, the largest city of Nepal in terms of area.

Day 6 would mark a second interaction with the budding youth entrepreneurs of Nepal. But first, we visited Davis Falls and Fewa Lake, Pokhara’s largest and Nepal’s second largest lake.

 82Davis Falls

We went for a boat ride and visited the Barahi temple, situated in the middle of the lake.

Post lunch, we proceeded for a meeting with the Youth Entrepreneurs, organised jointly by the Pokhra Chamber of Commerce and the Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (NYEF).  Similar to our previous interaction, this meeting was very constructive. The main topics of discussion pertained to youth development. We realised that Nepal was suffering from the banes of brain drain and dearth in entrepreneurial opportunities. But, it was really great to hear that the NYEF are taking concrete measures in addressing these issues. One such step is the School Mentorship Program. Under this program, the students of Std. IX and X are introduced to the idea of entrepreneurship and are guided by mentors (members of the NYEF); in case they wished to pursue their business ideas. The meeting concluded with a Q&A session between the Indian delegates and members of the NYEF.

I was particularly interested in the e-commerce industry in Pokhara (and Nepal in general) and also had the good fortune of meeting an exuberant entrepreneur working in this sector. We spoke for about 30 minutes and discussed different ways of improving internet penetration in Nepal and in spreading awareness about e-commerce among the common man.

This was a truly memorable day – a day when I had made some Nepali friends.

Day 7 had one of the packed schedules of the delegation. We woke up at 4:30 AM to depart to Sarangkot for witnessing the heavenly sunrise.

 9The famed Sarangkot Sunrise

We had a flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon. But before that, we decided to visit the famous Mountain museum of Pokhara. The museum had very well documented the history of the different tribes of Nepal, the first conquests (along with the equipment used by the mountaineers) of the eight-thousanders and also had an educational pop quiz at the end of the tour!

91International Mountain Museum

We reached Kathmandu at 4 PM. At 6 PM, we attended a farewell dinner hosted by Mr. Daljit Shreepali, Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal. After keynote addresses by the leader of our delegation and other dignitaries, famous Indian art and dance forms were presented. The banquet was over by 9 PM. Since it was our penultimate day on the exchange programme, we set-up a campfire in the hotel courtyard and made merry.

Day 8 marked the final day of our Youth delegation. We were eagerly looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience – A glimpse of the Majestic Mount Everest and the famed Himalayan Ranges.

We got up early to catch a mountain flight from Kathmandu airport. Buddha Air was coordinating the flights for us. The mountain flight is also unique in another aspect – it is the only flight in the world where passengers are allowed to enter the cockpit. The view of Mount Everest was truly remarkable and definitely a one to remember!

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 View of Mt. Everest from the cockpit

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Himalayan Ranges

Before our departure to India, we were given a very warm and heartfelt farewell by the officials of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal. We reached the airport by 1:30 PM and boarded our flight to Delhi at 5:30 PM. We reached Delhi at around 7 PM and bade our final goodbyes.

In the end, this opportunity to represent the Indian youth overwhelmed me with a sense of pride and happiness.

About the Author:

Deepak V. is from the recently graduated PGDM 2015-17 batch of IIM Ranchi.

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The TEDxIIMRanchi Story

What does it take to independently organise a TED event?  Speakers who can compel audiences to think beyond the usual? A milieu to match the theme so carefully chosen? A keen attention for detail to ensure the essence of TED is preserved?  And to get all that in place, you need a team working dedicatedly to get every aspect, from content to venue and audience, each nitty-gritty sorted. Meet that team from TEDxIIMRanchi 2017.

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Having been a part of most events held in the institute, I can tell you this, there is something extra-special about being in the TEDx team, the feel of hosting an international event is just fabulous. Let’s go behind the scenes to check out some of the mehnat, shall we?

Speakers’ Research Team:  Read around and find a potential speaker, stalk them on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Google quicker! With every speaker converting, it’s mini victory, a step ahead, to curating their speech, helping them get their best 18 minutes on the stage.

Operations Team: Find, schedule, book, set-up, check, sound – check, set!

The sponsorship and marketing teams had it tough, abiding by the rules of TED but still managed to do the job well, and well within budget!

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The creative team : Need I say more?

The morning of February 12th, when the event finally came alive, had the teams running around ensuring nothing went wrong last minute. So it was not until the first speaker, Mr Gaur Gopal Das, ended his talk by emphasising on values over valuables and the audience broke into applause that I realised how well it had all come together.

The theme – ‘Square Pegs in Round holes’- aimed at celebrating the exemplary and extraordinary achievements of those who had dared to do something different by breaking all stereotypes and defining their own path in life.

One after another, nine speakers through their experiences, brought about different perspectives of the theme, inspiring the audience to fight the odds, and to learn from each one of them. All that in less than 18 minutes each.

Just imagine, each speaker from the event you organized, was able to inspire more than a 100 people present there, changed some of their perspectives, forced them to go beyond their conformed thoughts, and when the videos go up on the web, that impact would get multiplied many times. How often do you get to be a part of something like that?

The best part for us was when the event ended, as we got to talk to the speakers at length. Having been in contact with them for weeks before that, meeting them directly, hearing them tell us the event was brilliantly executed was kind of a fairy-tale ending.  And once the talk videos are up, it’ll be like revisiting the eventful occasion.

For TEDxIIMRanchi talks you can go to:

https://www.facebook.com/tedxiimranchi/ and https://goo.gl/jKaezE

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The Occidental Term – Boilermakers In Business – IIM Ranchi

One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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One of the reasons why I joined IIM Ranchi, was the opportunity to study at one of the excellent institutes that partner with IIM Ranchi for exchange programs. I had my heart set on Purdue University, USA. After spending a year in a batch of about 170 students at IIM Ranchi, a term at Purdue University, which hosts over 8000 students from over 100 nationalities, was the kind of exposure every MBA aspirant dreams of.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, which features in the top 50 b-schools worldwide, is situated in the small college town of West Lafayette, Indiana in the Midwestern part of USA. The sprawling countryside campus with is breathtakingly beautiful and is one with the city.

Some of the subjects that I studied at Purdue were – Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Project Management, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, and Developing a Global Business Strategy. There is a strong focus on peer learning and practical application of concepts. The course evaluation relies mostly on class participation, case studies, presentations, simulations, and individual and group projects, rather than quizzes and term exams. In fact, I had end-term exams for only two out of the eight subjects I studied there over the course of four months.

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From an academics point of view, the benefit of attending an exchange term is that while you do get to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse set of students, you also get to understand business in a different context, and from a perspective that is unlike your own. I got the opportunity to learn how management practices differ in the USA when compared to India and how businesses grow and sustain in developed economies.

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Purdue gave me a lot of opportunities to go out and explore. There are so many events happening across campus every single day that you can run out of time, but not places to go to. These events range from star gazing to dance nights, Halloween parties to tech conferences, magic shows, music concerts, frenzied football games and everything in between. The Boilermakers, as Purdue students are known, sure know how to do it all. The university boasts of excellent infrastructure and the sports facilities at the university are world class. This is underscored by the fact that Purdue students won 4 medals at the Rio Olympics. I absolutely enjoyed using the swimming pool and Jacuzzi after tiring work days.

Put up in student apartments at Purdue Village with a roommate from Taiwan, I got around the town pretty easily. Boilermakers ride free in the CityBus.  But, the wanderlust did not end in Indiana. Since academic commitments for the week ended on Thursdays, the extended weekends allowed me to travel across the country extensively. Through the term, I managed to travel to 10 states in USA, visiting Illinois, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington DC, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. I visited both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some highlights include my visit to Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam and Universal Orlando Resort.  But the best experience hands down was at the Grand Canyon. Trust me when I say no pictures do justice to its magnificence and sheer brilliance.

I learnt a lot in these exciting four months. I went to USA with a lot of expectations and came back with new experiences, life-long friends and a lot of memories. If you are still contemplating whether you should apply for that exchange term, I urge you to go ahead and not to think twice. This will probably be one of the most memorable adventures of your life.

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