IIM Shillong – The Path I Chose

I have worked in Bangalore for 2.5 years in IT sector. Being the fastest developing city in India one can surely see the signs of development there like big offices, luxury cars and malls and a fast-paced life. But that illusion of fast-paced life comes to an end as soon as one comes out on the streets and faces traffic jams.

One can easily see that the city has grown so fast that the infrastructure could not keep pace with it. There is water crisis, solid waste management problem, poor public transport, pollution and unsustainable practices carried by individual and businesses alike. These problems are not just specific to Bangalore alone, people living in any major city of India or around the world can connect with this. It can be felt even in the developed world now. Businesses and individuals all want to get maximum out of resources around them without considering the damage they are doing to our planet.

Once I cleared CAT, I wanted to join a college where not only one can get quality business management skills but also learn the ways to imbibe sustainability practices in Business.

IIM Shillong is one such college whose mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge in all aspects of Management education for sustainable development. Hence, I joined this college. And I today feel that my decision was totally right. The moment I joined this college I could acknowledge the fact that the real beauty lies in the green and natural ways and not in those big multistoried buildings of metros.

I had a one week long full-fledged course on sustainability practices in different domains like finance, marketing, operations etc. In that we learnt about green marketing, green economics and saw examples where companies were actually making more money from sustainable practices breaking the myth that profit and sustainability cannot go hand in hand or there needs to be a trade of between them. The course ended with a sustainability-related trekking activity where the whole batch visited the Mawphlang sacred forests. I don’t think any other college in India has such a trekking activity as a part of their curriculum. These forests are one of the few rainforests left untouched in the country.

I am looking forward to the 7th Annual International Sustainability Conference (SUSCON VII) from November 29 – December 1, 2018. In the developed world, people are more aware and are ready to pay a premium for green practices followed by companies. In India expecting the same from people is neither expected nor justified as the population is poor and also lack basic civic sense. So the root cause is poverty and till it is not uprooted we can’t expect from our citizens to contribute a lot towards sustainability.

Aditya Birla groups CSR engagement has the vision to build a better, sustainable way of life for the weaker sections of society and raise the country’s Human Development Index. It is also engaged in supporting so many government schemes. So, for me to work with such an organization which has an intention as well as the resources to work for the sustainability does not require a second thought.

Aditya Birla Group

I would wish to work for Aditya Birla Finance Limited as I have a work experience with an insurance client while working in IT sector. I have come across news that the company like International Finance Corporation, is interested in investing $150 million (Rs 958 crore) in Aditya Birla Finance Ltd to fund renewable energy projects through green bonds. I was really intrigued by the concepts of green investment and green finance which shows that the companies can earn money for themselves as well as investors and shareholders while earning an even bigger thing for everyone I.e. saving our planet for our future generations.

Prateek Shukla

PGP 1st Year

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong