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.