An Exhilarating And Unexpected Ride – IIM Raipur

With the advent of the morning light, comes the quiet and insistent chirping of the birds and we open our eyes to the peaceful surroundings that make up IIM Raipur. Away from the noise and pollution of the city, the institute is a haven of fresh air and calm surroundings; until that calm is broken by the panic-stricken cries of the students who have to meet unimaginable deadlines on any given day.

Life at the IIM Raipur campus may be hectic, frenetic, downright hair-splittingly tiring but it is never dull. Between the many assignments, classes, positions of responsibility, committees, activity and interest clubs we are gainfully (or otherwise) employed on a regular basis. Since it is a completely residential campus, with accommodation for all the participants of the courses, it creates camaraderie and long-term friendships. The flip side of this, however, cannot be ignored. As the students live on campus, the one constant that remains is that the campus never sleeps. At the same time, participants also engage in things that normal students do such as enjoying sports.

On a typical day, the classes begin at the early hour of 9:30 AM and all are expected to be punctual since there is a price to be paid for tardiness. As a result, there is a mad scramble in the mess as well as on the way up to the academic block. Not only does one have to be on time, but also be prepared for class by having studied the readings that have been circulated in advance. The 90-minute long sessions, punctuated by 15-minute breaks occupy most of our days. However, the arrival of the evening signals the beginning of the more pleasurable activities on campus right from playing a sport of your choice to leisurely walks around campus.

Most importantly, life at IIM Raipur is an exhilarating and unexpected ride. Each and every member of the student community adds his/her own flavour and spin to this place. With so many people, the campus then becomes a unique and veritable cosmos of myriad hues.

Which ABG company would you work for and why?

I want to be a part of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL). Fashion is a unique and exciting industry to work for. It would polish my skills and develop me to flourish in this marvellous platform.


Shubham Raj is a first year student at IIM Raipur