‘Welcome to Jaisalmer, Babbar Shero’ – Anurag Singh, IIM Udaipur

The day I decided that IIMU is where I wanted to be, like any other student who was leaving his home for the first time, I was in parts apprehensive and excited. The apprehensions were mainly about the added responsibilities that come with living alone, while the excitement had to do with all the friends I would make and all the fun I could have. The weeks leading up to D-Day were spent wondering what the hostel would be like, in packing, unpacking and repacking (I guess learning what to pack and what not to is a science in itself and should be taught).

Soon it was D-Day! When I reached the Balicha Campus, I was asked to register and head to what they called ‘Cluster 11’. When I reached the cluster, a huge banner with a ferocious lion, titled ‘Jaisalmer, the house of the brave’ greeted me. I still remember the sense of thrill I felt when I saw that banner. The name and the banner were as cool as they come. I dragged my luggage into the cluster and started heading towards my room on the second floor. Immediately two students stopped me and asked me if I was a junior. When I answered in the affirmative, they picked up my luggage and helped me haul it up the stairs. That was when I learnt and understood the first value of Jaisalmer, to always help each other.

That night, all juniors were called for a ‘cluster meet’ and were introduced to the seniors. The meeting started with these words ‘Welcome to Jaisalmer, Babbar Shero’. In this meeting, we were introduced to the values of Jaisalmer, being helpful, integrity, and mutual respect. Over the next few days, while I found it easy to adjust to the hectic schedule of the college, a lot of my fellow juniors had teething problems. However, each one of them soon adjusted, all thanks to the efforts of every senior of Jaisalmer. The seniors followed an open-door policy; all a junior had to do was knock if he needed any help. The seniors also stressed the institute’s core values and followed them faithfully, and in the process made us understand the importance of these values.

The best thing about the house of Jaisalmer was that it was one big, helpful, accepting, fun-loving and studious (:P) family. Jaisalmer had the best performers, the craziest ‘life-of-the-party’ guys, gym freaks, sports enthusiasts, musicians; you name it, and we had it. Living in Jaisalmer was a unique experience that made life at IIMU so much easier and so much fun!

And then, in a flash, the first year was done, and it was time for the seniors to leave. To us, juniors, it was tough to say goodbye to those seniors who had been like family. Before going, we were told never to forget the values that made Jaisalmer so unique and how we were the ones who had to pass on those values to the future batch.

Fast forward to June 2019. We, the seniors of Jaisalmer, have called for a cluster meet. The legacy of this house is now ours to carry forward. The responsibility of ensuring that the values of this house continue is now ours. We start off with those very words, ’Welcome to Jaisalmer, Babbar Shero’.

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IIM Udaipur Placement Committee

IIM Udaipur, established in 2011, focuses on three pillars of academic excellence, research and career growth for its students so as to provide a transformational journey. Email: placecomm@iimu.ac.in