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HR Continuum 2016 At Shailesh J. Mehta School Of Management, IIT Bombay

Continuum, the rolling seminar series, is the flagship event of the annual industry interaction sessions at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. The Continuums are held across the various domains of management like Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Systems. This event aims to cover the latest trends in management by inviting eminent speakers from the industry and academia. Every seminar focuses on the issues and challenges faced by a management function, and aims at drawing insights from the knowledge and experience of the speaker.

Human Resources Continuum was the first continuum of the year with a theme reflecting the current trends and challenges faced by the HR managers. The Human Resources Continuum 2016 saw a series of lectures centered on the theme: “Enabling Evolution of HR practices with the changing corporate scenario in India” and the following subtopics like “HR trends in the fast emerging start-up culture”, “HR challenges in manufacturing sector” with initiatives like ‘Make in India’, “How is the introduction of Big Data changing the HRM scenario?”, “Building talent pools to transform organizations with human resources as the business driver”. The speakers for the event were:

1) Mr. Vineet Kaul, Advisor, Group Human Resources Aditya Birla Group

2) Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd.

3) Ms. Rakhee L.Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India

4) Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – HR Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd.

5) Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves

6) Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services

7) Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare

8)  Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India

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       Mr. Vineet Kaul started the continuum by stating “Change is a part of life”. Mr. Kaul explained what is productivity mindset. i.e., getting better and getting more. Also about squeezing a dried towel. i.e., best productivity comes out often when one is tired. He also focused on skill shortage and challenges in attracting talent.

Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd., explained that in India the variation in fuel prices does not affect the manpower planning as we are not a producer of oil, rather we are a consumer of oil. He next described the process followed by Essar Oil to align individual and organization strategies and allocating the duties to each department and trickle down of responsibilities or cascading of responsibilities till last man.

Ms. Rakhee L. Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India gave various examples from her own life and that of other renowned persons to aid her in explanation on how an individual can achieve the greater heights they aspire for.

Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – Human Resource Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd. commenced her talks with a brief mention of the challenges faced by the VUCA world followed by the change in global talent pool and population dynamics of India in 2020 and beyond. She pointed out that Managerial Coaching and Change Management are one of the basic needs of the hour.

Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves started the session addressing the audience with his past experiences in the civil services, which included brief stints with the Railways, Customs & Excise. He then talked about his transition from public services to corporates, with Dr.Reddy’s being his first employer, followed by Tata Motors, only to end up with Crompton Greaves, where he has been for a while now.

Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services began with sharing his ideas over the evolution of the industry from front-room consulting to jobs concerning data analytics. The discussion then proceeded to the varying present-day brand progression strategies, drawing an analogy from Starbucks. He laid emphasis on the relevance of data and its varied definitions, and the extent of its usage in sense making of contemporary markets, thereby also pointing out the traditional inability of HR professionals in comprehending quantitative information.

Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare talked about how the technology has driven the digital revolution in healthcare through remote monitoring, real time analytics etc. He also talked about software industries where the requirement is agile.

Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India, started the discussion by explaining the reinvented role of human resource professional on the context of changing corporate scenario. He also explained how the role of HR had became boundary less. In the future, “everyone will be the HR”.

The session came to an end with the focus that “HR is no longer HR’s problem. It is everybody’s problem.”

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Technology Continuum, 2017 at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

It is mindboggling to see the pace at which technology has advanced in the recent years. As budding future managers, it is essential that we keep pace with it and know the business angle associated with new trends in technology. Keeping in line with the same, SJMSOM IIT Bombay organizes Technology Continuum every year to invite industry experts from different domains to interact with the students on the latest advancements in technology and let them know how it shapes the way business is done in the modern era. SJMSOM, IIT Bombay continuously strives to attain the latest and most industry-relevant business acumen.  Technology is a powerful growth driver but it poses equally potential challenges to business. These challenges when not mitigated properly could lead to heavy losses. To fully comprehend the use of this double-edged sword, the theme for the Technology Continuum, 2017 was

 “Digital Advancements & Security setbacks: State of play, Lessons learned and future prospects”.

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Lighting the Lamp by Prof. Rajendra Sonar, Associate Prof., SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 

Technology Continuum is a platform at SJMSOM wherein the students get a chance to leverage upon their strong technical background and facilitate the transfer of technical expertise into innovations that impact the competitive marketplace. We believe that at SJMSOM, we are shaping future business managers and so these industry interaction sessions help the students in the same. SJMSOM, IIT Bombay organizes this day-long event for a 360-degree learning platform and sharing of knowledge by the industry experts with the students. The conference was successful and gave the students a different perspective on the way technology affects business and how industry experts deal with the ever-changing scenario and disruptions in technology. SJMSOM, IIT Bombay holds this Technology Continuum as a part of rolling seminar series to bridge the gap between classroom learning and actual industrial experience.

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Launch of the magazine – Tech Bytes

The first speaker for the day was Mr. Guruprasad Kuppu Rao, Director of Technology & Operations at Imaginarium India Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Rao spoke about the importance of 3D printing by stating the recent disruptions that the 3D printing technology has made in various fields. He mentioned its applications in driverless cars, banking, phones, delivery, bookings, etc. and pointed out how the Aerospace industry is one of the greatest beneficiaries of 3D printing. Sir, also gave few examples of extraordinarily beautiful 3D prints in the world.

The second speaker for the day was Mr. Kunal Aman, Country Marketing Manager at SAS. Mr. Kunal informed us about some of the digital trends of 2017. He spoke about data monetization, how data is defining itself as the new digital currency and reshaping the economy. He concluded his presentation with a message – Let the dataset change your mindset.

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Post tea break, it was Mr. Sumir Nagar, CEO & Global Delivery Head at Agile Financial Technologies who shared his experiences. Mr. Sumir informed us about analytics and explained the factors it is dependent on such as history, future prospects, guess works, triggers, availability, and methods & techniques. He kept us engaged and concluded the session by answering queries such as how to make investment predictions during disruptions, etc.

Our fourth speaker for the day was Mr. Amit Kumar Gupta, CTO at Transerv(Udio). He talked about various verticals that are present in Udio like QR payment, recharges and bill payments, split bills, send/request money. After this, he discussed the recent security trends like PCI-DSS compliance, implementation of EMV, 3D secure, geolocation tracking, biometric features and real-time analytics that are needed to combat the rise in fraudulent transactions.

Post lunch break, the next speaker was Mr. Anil Mathur, Director of Enterprise Partner & Industry Solution Sales, Mr. Anil informed us about the value system at Microsoft by quoting “At Microsoft, we never take your trust for granted” and elaborated on how Microsoft has collaborated with industry and government to build trust in the cloud ecosystem. He then explained that the trusted cloud principles based on four pillars namely Security, Privacy and Control, Compliance, and Transparency. He explained that security is a responsibility on part of both the customer and the provider.

Our sixth speaker for the day was Mr. Ramakrishna Rama, Director of Software Engineering at Dell. Mr. Ramakrishna informed us about the trends in future like Digital Mesh: 3D printing materials, ambient user experience, device mesh & Smart Machines: information of everything, advanced machine learning, autonomous agents &New IT Reality: Adaptive security architecture, Advanced system architecture, Mesh App & Service. Our last speaker for the day was Mr. Mrinal Chatterjee, Director of Technology, Amazon. Mr.Mrinal spoke about the key digital payment challenges like access to use payment machines, locations to use the machines and how trust is a key component in the system. He then discussed few key statistics related to the payment industry in India. Mr.Mrinal also pointed out that though the usage of cards for payments is high in our country, the payment success rate is only 75% which is vey low in comparison to 99.6% success rate in USA.

Our last speaker for the day was Mr. Mrinal Chatterjee, Director of Technology, Amazon. Mr.Mrinal spoke about the key digital payment challenges like access to use payment machines, locations to use the machines and how trust is a key component in the system. He then discussed few key statistics related to the payment industry in India. Mr.Mrinal also pointed out that though the usage of cards for payments is high in our country, the payment success rate is only 75% which is very low in comparison to 99.6% success rate in USA.

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Vaishakh Balan Nambiar is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. Vaishakh holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering with a keen interest in writing and poetry. At SJMSOM, he is a member of the Technology Club and an avid volleyball player. 

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“Alumnus Connect SJMSOM” – Interaction With Mr Nilay Kumar, Johnson & Johnson

Alumnus Connect SJMSOM aims to understand the intricacies of Management life, the choice of B-school and memorable experiences at SOM through candid interactions with our esteemed alums. The inaugural interaction presents Mr Nilay Kumar, from the Class of 2016 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. Currently, he is working in the Supply Chain domain with Johnson & Johnson.

 

Why did you choose SJMSOM to do your M.Mgt.?

SJMSOM seemed like a perfect fit considering my expectations out of an MBA program. I had a major interest in operations but I also wanted to pursue other aspects of a management degree, so the General Management course at SJMSOM was exactly what I was looking for. Apart from that, the small batch size & lower fees compared to other B-schools, one of the highest Student to Faculty ratios across B-schools, its emphasis on industry interaction, the Brand IIT & its amazing infrastructure, as well as its good placements were more than enough for me to choose this college.

 

What was the impact of SJMSOM on your career?

SJMSOM has made a massive impact on my career and it’s something I would always be thankful for. It has helped me deal with problems and situations from different perspectives and has also enabled me to structure & articulate my actions depending on what is demanded of me. Through SOM’s close association with IITB, every student of our batch got multiple POR’s and we had a plethora of opportunities for extracurricular interests. Then we had corporate & B-school competitions which I believe is a key element towards preparing yourselves for the tough corporate life ahead. I was also fortunate enough to head our Marketing Club – Marktrix. Shouldering that responsibility taught me few valuable lessons in team building & leadership that I would definitely take forward in my corporate path ahead. Besides these, the curriculum that SOM provides, not only helps us develop our core competencies (like Supply Chain/Operations in my case) but it also gives us a choice of exploring other functional areas such as Finance, Marketing, Strategy, etc. which is crucial to developing a holistic understanding of business.

 

Please throw some light on quality of infrastructure, professors, and industry interaction that SJMSOM offers

Having stayed 2 years in the beautiful lakeside campus of IIT Bombay, I can boast that we have got one of the best infrastructures amongst B-schools in our country. It is almost a township in itself – World class swimming pools, exceptional sports facilities, Incubators for start-ups, hostel facilities with super fast internet, hospital, post office, banks, central library, theatrical clubs, linguistic clubs, photography clubs, mountaineering or cycling clubs, etc. Any extra-curricular activity you can think of, there’s gonna be a club for it. SJMSOM boasts some very distinguished faculties in different fields of management & their emphasis on case-based pedagogy really benefits the students in terms of practical understanding & improving their problem-solving skills.

Now talking about the industry interaction, SJMSOM hosts various sessions such as ‘Continuum’ and ‘Diksha’ where students invite industry stalwarts to the campus and they interact with students about domain specific topics & current trends in the management world. I believe these sessions are really beneficial towards keeping the students in-line with the current trends and the fast disruptions which are shaping the landscape of industry.

 

What are your career plans for future?

I feel fortunate to be working in a Supply Chain/Operations role with my current organisation & I’m really happy being here. I want to work here for as long as possible. In the near future, I’d like to work across functions & sectors so as to become more agile, gain an end-to-end understanding of the business & use this knowledge to further the growth of the organisation. And towards the latter part of my career, I’d like to pursue a more General Management role if I’m given the right opportunity.

 

Your message for the forthcoming batch

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. So make the most of these 2 years, give your 100% and even more in everything that you pursue and success will definitely follow you sooner or later. Do cherish the amazing time you’re going to spend with your batchmates in the campus.

 

About the Alumni:

Nilay Kumar

Nilay completed his B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. Before joining SJMSOM, he has a prior work experience with Atkins. At SJMSOM, he was a summer intern with Johnson & Johnson, led the activities of Marktrix, the Marketing club of SJMSOM and was a passionate soccer player.

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“Take The Veil Off”- Ankita Kamble, SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

______________________

About the Author:

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

______________________

About the Author:

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

______________________

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

______________________

About the Author:

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

______________________

About the Author:

1403514_668289086536576_523460844_o

 

Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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