A Batch With A Difference, PGP32 – Abhijit From IIM Lucknow
“Here comes yet another bunch of them”, thought the creatures of IIM Lucknow when they saw a new bunch of people getting into the Gates of HelL. A cursory glance at these hapless folks and one could sense the utter “as usual-ness” of these anxious yet happy faces. But every once in a while, there come the exceptions to the rule, the ones who are less “as usual” than the others. Such is the batch of PGP 2016-18. “Yeah, so claims every random facchha that enters these gates” may be one of those things that may come to the mind of a seasoned HelLite upon seeing these seemingly myopic, run-of-the mill pompous claims. So let us give this batch a closer look.
This batch comprises some of the most talented people across the country and some students from Nepal too. You have equal probabilities (literally) of bumping into a 100 percentiler in CAT or a National level basketball player. Did I tell you that one of them is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and is on her way to be a YouTube sensation? Then there’s that girl who plays basketball like a Lauren Jackson, sings like Adele and does ballet like a dream. Go to any class and you’ll find doctors, CAs, engineers, lit majors; all of them equally clueless about what’s in store for them. There is a super talented guitarist who just happens to be an ex-scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (I know, just like that!) Some super talented junta, eh?
“But aren’t all of them supposed to be special? Isn’t being special like a minimum requirement present on the readme.txt of a place as elite as IIM L?” This might also be a question which may need some answering and I could list out examples of even more impressive and more than just special or gifted people but still it may not be convincing enough. Such is this place. And I also believe having talent means nothing unless something of substance is done with it. PGP32 has arrived and is raring to go. If it can leverage all its collective energies and capabilities, it could make and be a difference. The hopeful in me hopes that a few years down the line, the creatures of IIM Lucknow will proclaim “we witnessed PGP32”. Till then, let’s work.
Abhijit Routray is an alumnus of IIIT Bhubaneswar and is currently in the 1st year of the Post Graduate Programme at IIM Lucknow. He loves playing basketball and the synthesizer and claims to be a half decent computer overclocker.