Mandevians And MDI
MDI is one of India’s most premium college nestled in the heart of the country – India. I joined the institute’s PGPM programme batch of 2018-2020. Re-joining college after 2 years of work experience, made me apprehensive about me finding my place here. Will I be a misfit? Will I be able to thrive in the academic environment again? With these apprehensions, I joined the college. The first few days of the induction were intense. We were given tasks and tight deadlines. Though tiring, we grew closer together as a batch and learnt a lot. Moreover, our seniors arranged for addresses by many industry leaders and we got the opportunity to interact with them and learn about the practical aspects of the business. The person who inspired me the most was Amit Boni, the current vice president of Smartron and the ex- Managing director of Motorola. An Alum of our college, he told us about his journey after graduating from MDI. The part that most struck a chord with me was the turnaround he was able to achieve for Motorola and how his idea for online sales of mobiles revived the company. I see a similar opportunity in Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail. Though the online channel of the arm ABOF, failed to take-off as expected, I still believe that the online world has a big potential and investing in it will give huge dividends. I believe, rather than establishing a separate brand of ABOF, the online channel should work as a complement to ABG’s current fashion offerings of Pantaloons, Allen Solly and Van Heusen, under the Pantaloons brand which should be promoted and leveraged to create an online store. The previous firm I worked with has worked with Pantaloons and my colleagues told us about the distribution and SCM strength of Pantaloons, which will complement well with the online presence.
MDI has a big alumni network and all the Mandavians that came to the campus to address us talked to us about the friends and relationships that they made here and the fun times that they had. I got to experience it first hand at the director’s dinner, right after the end of the induction week. After the speeches by the Chief Guest and the Directors, the seniors performed for us and asked us to perform. I, even though I am not a good dancer, was asked to perform by my peers and I stepped up to the task. While I danced, people started joining me and soon the strict environment and the rigidity melted away, and the whole batch joined in to dance. The stress, building up for the whole week melted away and all of us grew closer together. I realised the reason why all the mandavians cherish their peers and my colleagues are the real resource of MDI and make it what it is.