IIT Delhi DMS’ Induction, Life’s Construction

My personal diary:

21st July,

“Reached IIT Delhi today. Feeling excited to start my life in one of the most prestigious institute in India as an MBA graduate which has always been the dream. Besides, Delhi has its absolute combination of innumerable monuments and world class infrastructure. In this first week as workload wouldn’t be that high (hopefully) I want to explore the national capital of India and enjoy the very well-known street food and scenic beauty of the city.’’

22nd July, (3.00 am)

“What a shitty life! What kind of assignment submission has its deadline at 02.00 am? Are these people crazy? Wasn’t the PJA submission at midnight sufficient enough for them? This is ragging. I just want to complain about these people to human rights. Now not even in a position to write down my frustration and want to run away from this place.”

These are the two paragraphs from my personal diary as it is and that too within 30 hours of gap. What had happened in these 30 hours? What kind of activity has made this 180 degrees phase change in the thoughts? The Induction Program.

Induction program is something where seniors guide you, motivate you and introduce you to new campus. This was the preconceived notion I had in my mind when I read the mail from the Admission Committee. I was 2 minutes and 25 secs late for the first Induction session carrying forward my legacy in engineering life. We, a group of 7 people, were scolded so horribly that I thought I had stolen 2 lakhs rupees from their bank account in those 2 minutes. It was worse than my worst nightmare.

It took me 2 days to understand the sole purpose of this whole Induction Process. Physics defines induction as a process by which a magnetized or electrically charged object produces magnetism, an electric charge, or an electric voltage in another object without touching it. Our seniors were doing the same and their seniors had done the same to them in their junior year. Here we were the metal pieces to gain the charge, magnetism and energy from our seniors. The purpose was never to harass us or to demotivate us. The whole purpose of Induction was to push us beyond the limits that we have defined for ourselves, to realize the capacity that each individual has and to prepare the team of future MBAs for coming 2 years and for life after that.

I met my team during induction process, the very dazzling Risha, Ankit and Shayan with their TCS work-ex and all time excited, Stuti. We named our team Rubik’s Consultancy (RC). RC became my life for those 8 days. I remember on the 5th day of Induction our team had worked continuously for 30 straight hours including class lectures and Induction timings. I never would have believed if someone had told me in the past that Shrirang, your brain could still work if you have not slept for 30 hours and now I have a proof that my mind works even better if it’s given a push. Induction not only taught us many basic management skills such as making a good power point presentation and presenting it as well as to get over our fear of public speaking but it also helped to get out of our individual comfort zones. The advertisement task, the treasure hunt, the ping-pang-pong and the skit performance task took out the creative manager from within.

My personal diary:

30th July

“Induction ended today. Its 2.30 am already and I don’t feel like sleeping. I don’t feel like resting. How can my mind allow me to do so? I have checked my mail at least 3-4 times before taking this pen in my hand. It was Induction only which made me this active or proactive I must say. I never thought I would say this but I think I am going miss these days…”

Shrirang Halwe

DMS, IIT Delhi

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The Department of Management Studies is a result of the evolutionary process of growth of an idea floated in 1963. What was then a seed, gradually came to life and in 1974, IIT Delhi set up an internal committee to scrutinize the functioning of the management area in the institute. In 1975, an expert committee was setup to formally examine the possibility of launching this area in a more sustained fashion. The result was an M.Tech programme in "Management Systems" in the School for System Studies, (subsequently renamed School for Systems and Management Studies). The year 1978 saw the setting up of the Management Core Group and the core inputs to a full time Management Education at IIT(D) were reconfirmed by an Advisory Committee constituted by the representatives of the Academia and the industry. Since then, there has been no looking back. The School for Systems and Management Studies became the Centre for Systems and Management Studies. This was subsequently renamed as the Centre for Management Studies. In 1993 the Department was brought into existence by amendment to IIT (D) statutes. Clearly, the Department responds to a felt need of the Indian Industry and derives satisfaction from its heavy field orientation in all its curriculum activity. In response to the feedback from the students, alumni and industry, the Department of Management Studies launched MBA programmes in 1997. The department currently runs a two year full time MBA programme (General and with focus on Telecommunication Systems Management) and a three year part time MBA programme (with focus on Technology Management). MBA program in IIT Delhi is designed keeping in mind the changes in business environment and the need of the industry. Our academic program is comparable to the best that are available in the world class business schools for creating managers to face the new challenges of the ever changing market environment. The entire course aims at creating holistic managers trained by a very eminent faculty, which is also supported by the experienced professionals as external faculty from India and abroad. The students are admitted through a rigorous screening process that includes CAT score, group discussion and interview. IITD MBAs are known to do well.

Comments

9 comments

hardik gupta

A true reflection !!
and yes, the Best learning experience one can have…

Thanks MBA Batch 2016, and Thank you Shrirang for giving words to this experience..