Sunday, 13 July 2014

Orientation of Batch 2014-16

IIM Raipur welcomes the new batch of PGP and FPM.

Like us, they received a grand orientation programme of four days with a lot of activity, guest lectures from well-known people in the industry and some exciting outbound programs. Here is what it was like.
Ritualistically, the students were hauled to learn some basics of yoga by Dr. Siddhi Sharma. It prepared them for the busy day ahead.
Mr. Kewal Handa, former Managing Director, Pfizer Ltd., and Member BoG, IIM Raipur was the chief guest for the occasion. He was the first imminent personality that the students had the opportunity of interacting with. He told them about important leadership traits like team building and blending in a diverse group.  Next, Mr. Navin Tandon, General Manager, South East Central Railway delivered the Keynote Address. Maintaining a positive work-life balance is important for all round growth of an individual was his advice to the gathering.
Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director, IIM Raipur, addressed the students next. He informed the students about the vision of the Institute and stressed upon the importance of research for a world class management institution. He encouraged the students to develop “Skill, Scale and Speed” which are the key ingredients for achieving all round development. Prof. PRS Sarma, Chairperson PGP introduced the core faculty of the Institute. Prof. Vinita Sahay, Chairperson (FPM), introduced the FPM programme and Prof. Sanjeev Parashar, Chairman Placement, proposed a vote of thanks ending the inauguration ceremony.
Next the students met Ms. Neeta Dumre, former goalkeeper of Indian Hockey Team and  Mr. Nikhil Sahni, Senior President, Yes Bank. The day concluded with an outbound programme by Praxis-EL which was filled with fun, frolic and games.

Day 2:
Mr.Abhijit Ghosh, President and Chief Business Officer, Religare Finvest Ltd. commenced the second day of the orientation programme. He emphasized on developing a culture of objectivity rather than subjectivity among teams and urged the students to stay focussed at all costs.  Mr. Ghosh’s address was followed by a session on ‘How to make India competitive and the role of management graduates’ by Mr.Anurag Goel, Member, Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Swamy Vyomapada Dasji, ISKCON, Bhilai Outbound Programme had a session with students on “Values and Ethics in Professional Life.” Following the inspiring sessions, the students were engaged in a series of outbound activities aimed at building leadership and team spirit.
Mr. Arunava Lahiri, COO, Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd addressed the students on ‘preparing and heating for industrious life’. “Try to become a transformational leader rather than a transactional manager” was the advice from Mr. Lahiri to the students.

The day started with a session by Mr. Umesh Jain, Chief Executive Officer, NSE Infotech Limited. His address was centred on holistic learning. Mr. Jain concluded his address by advising the students to find ways to contribute positively to their institute. The session was followed by a very high energy business simulation conducted by Praxis EL Training & Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The exercise focused on the merits of collaboration over competition.  The students were taken through a psychometric profiling test and given a report of their core personalities.
The outbound programme was followed by an interactive session with Mr. Amit Agarwal, Secretary, Technical Education, Government of Chhattisgarh. He stressed upon the importance of team-work and advised students to be just and fair in their decision making as managers in future.
After this session, Dr. Konidala Kumar, Head (HR), Jayaswal Neco Industries addressed the students on “Building Humane Attitude for Success in Management Career”. In an interactive session with Prof. Vinita Sahay, Chairperson-FPM, the students learnt the difference between the manager and the leader. She encouraged them to find their vision.
The day concluded with the grand finale of the outbound programme series, the new students did a “Fire Walk” and walked over a bed of burning coals to illustrate the power of our thinking.
Day 4:
The day started with a session by Prof. Sanjeev Prashar, Chairman Placement, IIM Raipur on ‘Expectations of the corporate from the budding managers.’ This session was followed by another interactive session on ‘Managing Self’ by Prof. Umesh Bamel, IIM Raipur.
The guest for the subsequent session was Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder, Mastek Limited. He congratulated the students of the new batch for becoming a part of IIM fraternity. The highlight of his address was 3 H’s namely - Heart, Head and Hands. Heart symbolizes values, head symbolizes intellect and hands tell about the ability to work. ‘We should take our decisions by effectively using these 3 H’s’, he said.
The next session was based on ‘The Contemporary Management Education’ and it was conducted by Prof. Satyasiba Das, IIM Raipur. Mr. Vimal Chawda, Chairman and MD, VNR Seeds, took a session with the students on ‘Addressing challenges in Business.’ He advised the students to make a thorough study before beginning any new venture. The valedictory address was given by Mr. K.K. Sarda, Chairman and MD, Sarda Energy and Minerals Limited. Mr. K.K. Sarda’s address was centred on quality, commitment and ethics. He said that adverse situations will come, but with our will power we can overcome them and realize our dreams. “Adversity is not a challenge, it’s an opportunity. If your soul controls your mind, your life would be better. Believe in yourself and act on your instincts. ” he said. 
With these inspiring and encouraging words, the students of batch of 2014-16 began their journey at IIM Raipur. Wishing them all the very best!

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