Recent Events and Programmes
IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season 6 off to a great start
Golf Cup season 6, the flagship event of Indian Institute of Management Shillong, got off to a spectacular start at the Shillong Golf Course on Saturday morning. Shri A.L. Hek, honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Department of IT, Government of Meghalaya, declared the tournament open with the ceremonial tee off at 6:30 am. Day 1 saw an active participation by officials of government, army personnel and local golf enthusiasts in Shillong.
Meghalaya tourism is the title sponsor for the event. With Meghalaya Tourism being the title sponsor for the event, IIM Shillong looks forward to strengthen its relationship with Meghalaya tourism by organizing events to provide visibility to Shillong for the growth and development of the tourism industry. Mahindra Rise, Budweiser, State Bank of India, Star Cement, Golf Lounge and Ballantine were the event sponsors among others. The event is widely covered by its media partners DY365 and Golf Plus Magazine.
The day also saw the presence of Secretary, Ministry of HRD, honorable Shri Ashok Thakur enjoying a day of golf at IIM Shillong Golf Cup. The tournament follows “Stableford” format in the 18 hole Shillong Golf Course, which is one of the oldest golf courses in the world apart from being the largest in Asia. For evaluation of the players, the tournament uses Peoria scoring system. The tournament, now, awaits its second day which would see the presence of top corporates across the industry.
Khlur-Thma: Annual Management Fest of IIM Shillong
Khlur-thma, the annual management fest of IIM Shillong, commenced on the first day of the IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season 6. This time Khlur-Thma was fortified with a series of events. There were four on-campus events namely, Professional Golf –The India story- a case study, VainQueur, Touchstone, and Vishleshan. In addition to it there were two video conferencing events named, Shrinkhala, De-Crypt and online events DecipHR, Samuchit, Envisage and Adriane’s Thread respectively.
Vainquer, ‘From battleground to the boardroom’ is the annual consulting event that saw tremendous participation from premier B-schools like, ISB Mohali, MDI Gurgaon, IIM Shillong and VGSOM, IIT Kharagpur. Presenters came up with extremely ebullient ideas that held tremendous business potential. The event was sponsored by ONGC and supported by the online knowledge partner, MBA Skool. The second event that simultaneously shot off with Vainqueur was “Touchstone” the annual marketing event that saw extremely competitive participation from premier B-schools like IIM Indore, IIM Shillong and SIBM Bangalore. Shillong Lajong FC supported the event by sponsoring it. To follow suit was “Vishleshan” the annual finance event that gives an individual the opportunity to step into the shoes of a banker. The event was sponsored by NTPC and saw voluminous participation from institutes like SPJIMR, ISB Mohali, VGSOM, IIM Shillong and Goa Institute of Management. The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), the controlling body for professional golf in India, sponsored the ‘Professional Golf - The India Story’ an engaging case study competition for the best brains in the country to compete for. This marked participation from B schools namely, ISB, MDI Gurgaon, IIM Ranchi and IIM Shillong.Shrinkhala, a supply chain case challenge, presented an apt platform for all operations enthusiasts to showcase their skills. This event was carried off in association with SC Next. In addition to this, De-Crypt brought out the technical expertise from amongst all technical enthusiasts.
Ariadne’s Thread, a 24-hour online quiz, instigated the knowledge quotient of all quizzing enthusiasts through a plethora of challenging questions spread across all domains. Samuchit, one of its kind green business plan event, provided a scope to differentiate an individual from the rest by providing innovative solutions to convert a real-time problem into a business opportunity via a path of righteousness. DecipHR, an HR case study competition, demanded individuals to don the mask of an HR manager and address pertinent yet challenging dilemma’s thrown at them.
Overall Khlur-Thma presented a series of tantalizing and yet challenging events that brought in an array of diversity and excellence into the event.
Later in the evening, a business summit was organized which comprised of two conclaves: the Finance Conclave and the North East Conclave. The topic for the Finance Conclave was ‘Financial Markets: Issues, Developments and Regulatory Aspects’ while the topic for the North East Conclave was ‘Balanced development of North East: Issues and Reforms’. The panels gave insights into the root of the problems and suggested solutions for the same.
The second day of the sixth season of Golf Cup, flagship event of Indian Institute of Management Shillong, started with light drizzle and overcast skies but it did not deter the golf enthusiasts. On an early Sunday morning, the Shillong Golf course was abuzz with activity. The day saw voluminous participation from corporates and military personnels. Industry stalwarts from multinationals like DBS Bank, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Deutsche Bank, Avon Cycles, and Yen Capital Advisors among others were seen enjoying a day of golf.
The first day had ended with the Business Summit which comprised of two conclaves: the Finance Conclave and the North East Conclave. Panel members for the Finance Conclave were Mr. G. Mahalingam, Principal Chief General Manager, Finance Market Department, Reserve Bank of India and Mr. Sunil Shirole, Managing Director, Yen Capital Advisors. The North East Conclave witnessed the presence of Mr. Larsing Ming, Owner, Shillong Lajong Footbal Club, Mr. Rajiv Gerela, Vice President, Deutsche Bank and Mr. Chandra Nataraja, Managing Director, IAV Automotive.
The closing ceremony saw the presence of dignitaries like Honorable Chief Minister of State of Meghalaya, Shri Mukul Sangma, Honorable Minister of IT and Health and Family Welfare, State of Meghalaya, Shri A. L. Hek, Chairman, Board of Governors, Shri Phalguni Rajkumar, Owner of Shillong Lajong Football Cup Shri Larsing Ming and Professor Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong.
The closing ceremony commenced with a performance by dance troupe sponsored by Ministry of Art & Culture, State of Meghalaya, showcasing the culture and tradition of the region. This was followed by a spell binding musical performance by the students of IIM Shillong. Professor Amitabha De, then presented the Director’s address wherein he emphasized the importance of interactive learning beyond the confines of the classroom. He thanked the honorable Chief Minister Dr. Sangma and the Department of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya for their continued support. He also commended the organizing committee for putting up an excellent show. Next to address the audience was Shri Phalguni Rajkumar who again commended the organizing committee for their commitment despite obstacles. He thanked the corporates and the B-school participants for having graced the occasion with their active participation.
This was followed by honorable Chief Minister’s address. Shri Mukul Sangma stressed blending education and corporate interactions through the game. He congratulated IIM Shillong for evolving rapidly from a humble beginning to a magnificent display of organization and commitment over the six editions of Golf Cup. He thanked the guests who had travelled from farther lands to the beautiful city of Shillong. He closed on an optimistic note of making the Golf Cup bigger and better with every passing year and assured full support from the Government of Meghalaya in the same.
The game of golf was played in the following categories: 0-10 handicap, 11-18 handicap, 19-24 handicap, corporate, longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and women’s category. Mr. Michael Hek won the prize in the 0-10 handicap category. Mr. Amit Shukla Baidya bagged the prize in the 11-18 handicap category. The winner for 19-24 handicap category was Mr. R. K. Thakur, IG BSF retired. The winner of the corporate category was Mr. Sanjay Goenka, Verity Ventures. The women’s category was won by Dr. Suzie Syiene. The prizes were given away by the esteemed dignitaries present.
Winners of on-campus case study presentations in Khlur-Thma, the annual management fest of IIM Shillong, were also felicitated during the closing ceremony. Vishleshan, the finance case study competition sponsored by NTPC, was won by team from ISB, Hyderabad followed by team from IIM Shillong. Winners of VainQueur, the consulting case study competition sponsored by ONGC, was team from IIM Shillong and runner up team was from MDI Gurgaon. Touchstone, the marketing case study competition sponsored by Shillong Lajong Football Club, was won by team by IIM Shillong followed by team from SIBM, Bangalore. Winners of Professional Golf-the India Story, sponsored by PGTI, was won by the team from IIM Ranchi and the runner up team was from IIM Shillong.
The event ended with a promise to be back the next year, with IIM Shillong Golf Cup season 7, committed to be of a greater magnitude and ensuring higher levels of participation from the corporates and B-schools.
Spic Macay Media Release
IIM Shillong hosted SPIC MACAY program of the Meghalaya Chapter of SPIC MACAY on 27th September 2013. The program comprised of a soulful performance by Dr. Alankar Singh who specializes in Hindustani Classical (Vocal) and Gurmat Sangeet. He was assisted artistically by Dr. Rajvinder Singh and Dr. Balwinder Singh in his rendition of Gurmat Sangeet. Dr. Alankar Singh is the first and only recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for Gurbani Kirtan and presently works as Assistant Professorof Music (Vocal) in the Department of Music, Punjabi University, Patiala. Besides being an expert in notation and as a music composer and music arranger, Dr. Alankar Singh is an approved artist of All India and Doordarshan for Classical Music, Shabad Gyan, Bhajan and Geet. A pioneer in his field, Dr. Singh had the audience in raptures as he led his team through the alleys of the spiritual music. SPIC MACAY has been conceptualized to promote classical music and culture amongst the youth and is a movement with chapter in 200 towns and cities all over the world. It seeks to foster the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India. IIM Shillong being the center of educational excellence in the North East India, promotes activities that are instrumental in keeping the rich cultural heritage of India alive. Prof. Keya Sengupta, Faculty Member at IIM Shillong and the present Chairperson of the Meghalaya Chapter of SPIC MACAY asserted that the institute would continue to host SPIC MACAY programs and other such initiatives in years to come. The program ended with a musical note and an audience enthusiastic for more such programs that keep alive the rich musical culture of the nation.
RGIIM Shillong Hindi Divas/Pakhwada Celebration
On the occasion of Hindi Divas,Hindi Pakhwada (Fortnight) was celebrated in Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong from 14th to 28th September 2013. At the inaugural programme the Director RGIIM highlighted the significance of Hindi as the national language, and its role in day to day life.
Various competitions such as dictation, handwriting, reading, singing and antakshari to mark the commemoration was organized for the employees of the Institute. The competitions witnessed an overwhelming participation, which at the same time showcased the abundance of talent amongst its employees.
The Closing ceremony was held on 27th September 2013 where participants were honoured with prizes by the Director RGIIM and encouraged to further strengthen the knowledge of Hindi as a tool in day to day functioning.
EmergE 2013 – Envision, Engage, Evolve with the Entrepreneurial Summit of IIM Shillong
EmergE 2013, the Annual Entrepreneurship Summit of IIM Shillong commenced on 14th September, 2013. The event was inaugurated by the honourable Director – IIM Shillong, Dr. Amitabha De whose motivational words focused on the importance of grooming an individual to be a job creator rather than being content as a job seeker. Dr. Keya Sengupta, Professor of Economics, and Faculty coordinator, EmergE congratulated the students on the excellent execution of an event of such magnitude. She brought to the attention of the audience that such an event was ideal to serve as an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas.
The session meandered into the intricacies of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ marked by a conclave, which was moderated by Dr. Sanjeeb Kakoty, Assistant Professor – IIM Shillong, who has significant experience in the field of documentary making and writing. The esteemed speakers of the conclave were Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder-Environmentalist Foundation of India, Mr. Parag Mankeekar, Founder-Director Neeti Solutions and Mr A. Muruganantham, Founder-Jayashree Industries; all ace entrepreneurs in their respective domains.
The event that commenced with the launch of the inaugural edition of INCUBATOR, the annual entrepreneurship magazine of IIM Shillong was followed by the conclave discussion. The panelists raised concerns about the inability of the people in understanding the environment, thereby stressing the necessity of entrepreneurs who can garner public interest and contribute towards the improvement of the environment. Due importance was given to proactive entrepreneurship, with special focus on choosing the right team to work with and the significance of smooth team dynamics. The panel also discussed the importance of a complete business model and its role in attracting investors for any startup business. The speakers motivated the audience to learn the art of ‘achieving’ rather than ‘surviving’. They urged the audience to stop seeking financial benefits and to implement their problem solving acumen for the larger benefit of the society.
"You've got to learn to dream while you're awake, those are the dreams that will come true", with this inspiring quote, Dr. Parag Mankeekar asked the audience to shed its inhibitions and follow dreams.
REVEAL, the inter B-school Case Study Competition, conducted in association with POLARIS as part of EmergE 2013 saw Team Khublei from IIM Shillong emerging as the winners while Team Core Bankers from NMIMS securing the runners up position. The winners took home a plum prize of Rs. 40,000 while the runners up won Rs. 20,000.
The event was followed by the e-commerce Conclave, which took place on the evening of 14th September 2013. It witnessed the participation of three experts in e-commerce: Mr. Anaggh Desai - Advisor, Retailers’ Association of India, Ms. Rubia Braun – CIO, Metro Brava and Mr. Parikshit Borkotoky - Founder, Kraftinn. Prof. Tara Shankar Shaw, Assistant Professor – IIM Shillong, moderated the discussion.
The discussion analyzed various logistics problems in e-commerce and possible ways to deal with them. The participants of the discussion gained valuable insights into the operational problems in e-commerce in India and the benefits that the removal of the obstacles would give to the Indian consumers. Also, the discussion explored consumer behavior and the role of the government with respect to e-commerce in India.
The panel unanimously decided that e-commerce is the way forward but it must brace the present hurdles and come up with innovative solutions in order to grow and tap the huge market potential in India.
The second day of Emerge 2013 commenced with an expert talk by Ms. Rubia Braun – CIO, Metro Brava who spoke on “30 things to learn before you are 30” – some serious food for thought for all future entrepreneurs. The engaging, motivational and insightful discussion revolved around revamping oneself as an individual such that it readies him or her for taking up future entrepreneurial initiatives.
"There are no fairytales unless you make them yourself. Be the exception, and know that you're probably not the exception!” said Ms. Braun, encouraging the audience to stand out from the crowd and to follow one’s dreams despite the many hurdles the world might stow in one’s way.
The next expert talk by Dr. Parag Mankeekar focused on how a certain incident or event changes the course of one’s life. He shared his life experiences at various disaster sites and spoke about the importance of disaster management in a country like India with a huge population.
The final event of Emerge 2013 was the Investors’ Conclave. The speakers who graced the podium were Mr. Abhijit Ray, CEO - Unitus Capital, Mr. Prajakt Raut, VP - India Angel Network, Mr. Shyam Menon, Investment Director - Infuse Ventures and Mr. Kunal Upadhyay, CEO - CIIE, Ahmedabad.
Important and crucial decisions relating to fund-raising for setting up an entrepreneurial venture were focused upon. The insightful session concluded on the notes of innovation, commitment, decisiveness, awareness and creativity, the five major facets that can drive any business plan to obtain adequate funding and encouragement from the investors.
EmergE 2013 came a close with a series of entertaining performances by the students, bringing the perfect finish to the action packed weekend. State Bank of India was the Title Sponsor and the summit was co-sponsored by Central Bank of India and The Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. and POLARIS was the Event Sponsor for REVEAL, the case study competition
The Podium 2013 Inauguration Ceremony
Dr. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong, inaugurated the second edition of the Podium, the Annual Corporate Interaction Series of IIM Shillong on 3rd August 2013. The ceremony witnessed the presence of corporate stalwarts Mr. Satya Poddar, Partner at Ernst & Young and Mr. V.K Sharma, Assistant Vice President, Alkem Labs, who engaged the students in interactive sessions after the ceremony. Dr. Amitabha De felicitated the corporates with the Podium 2013 mementos and hoped for a symbiotic relationship between the institute and the corporate world.
The Podium, which was conceptualized last year by the students of the institute promises to be more insightful and enriching by building upon the success of the first season. The Director, IIM Shillong in his address to the students described the Podium Series as a platform bringing together students and the corporates. He stressed on the significance of mutual benefit with students getting to know the intricacies of the corporate world and the experts getting an opportunity to interact with the bright minds of the country.
He urged the students to make the most of this opportunity as they are at the juncture where they have to make important decisions of life and learning from experiences shared by industry facilitate the decision-making process. To conclude the ceremony, he congratulated the team of students for their efforts in organizing the Podium 2013 in a smooth manner and hoped that this endeavor will continue to grow over the coming years.
IIM Shillong Faculty Presents Jyrngam Benefits at Oxford University
World economies have grown and been developed in terms of and in relation to their GDP. Many countries developed during these 20 years but questions have remained unanswered: What kind of development have we had? What has really happened in past 20 years? Developed countries became wealthier but not happier: undeveloped countries haven't become either wealthier or healthier. The gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have – nots’ has increased. The state of nature, natural resources, the quality of water and the air are on a downward spiral and have reached a peak of peril. To bring back the economies to a state of balance, the Green Economics Institute, UK was instituted. The Institute organized its 8th Annual Conference at Oxford University and Oxford Union on The Economics of Resilience, Survivability and Sustainability, Rethinking and Reforming Economics and Fixing Global Finance during 17th to 20th July 2013.
Dr. Natalie West Kharkongor, a faculty of IIM Shillong attended the Conference and presented a paper on "Sustainability Reporting" as a sine qua non for balancing global economy in the present day. During the presentation Dr. Natalie coined the word ‘Sustain – Ability’ from the word Sustainability and has defined ‘Sustain – Ability’ as "to sustain the ability to cater to the needs of the present as well as the future generations". She opined that this is feasible as long as we meet the need and not the greed of mankind.
Dr. Natalie during the course of presentation at Worcester College, Oxford University emphasized that a green activity adds value to the ecosystem and hence carries remuneration. Accordingly, Dr. Natalie styled the incentive as "Jyrngam Benefits". Jyrngam is a Khasi word which means green. It also means sustainability, hope, life, and future. Jyrngam Benefits refers to incentives in cash or in kind provided by the Government or any Institution to public sector, private sector, households and civil society for a green activity or for any contribution towards enriching biodiversity or maintaining ecological balance. The benefits can be fixed after assigning a specific value to a green activity, she added. The four identified areas are environment, economic, social, and governance. The fixation of "Jyrngam Benefits" will vary from place to place, from sector to sector and from activity to activity. Dr Natalie concluded her presentation by saying that the mentioned benefits will motivate every stakeholder to contribute to making this world a green, balancing, and healthy place to live in.
Inauguration of PGDM & FPM IIM Shillong Students
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong has inducted 119 students in the sixth batch of students for its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme. During the inauguration ceremony, the Director of IIM Shillong, Prof. Amitabha De focused on the overall development of the participants citing that it was essential to develop oneself as a manager in today’s world. In the new batch, there are at least 10 students from Northeast India.
Mr Aseem Shrivastava, the Chief Guest for the ceremony spoke about the steps taken by IIM Shillong towards sustainable development. He stressed on the fact that unless measures are taken, the world could soon be witness to calamities like those that happened in Uttarakhand. Aseem Shrivastava wrote his doctoral thesis in environmental economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Aseem Shrivastava has taught economics for many years in India and the US. Most recently, he taught philosophy at Nordic College, Norway. He has written extensively on issues associated with globalization.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam lecturing IIM Shillong Students
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India is delivering a Lecture on the subject "Societal Transformation Through Technology & its Applications" for the PGP and PGPEx Students of IIM Shillong from June 23, 2013 to June 25, 2013.
Visit of Union HRD Minister Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju to IIMS
The visit of Union HRD Minister Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju to Shillong marked to be auspicious for IIM Shillong. The Institute witnessed the first ever visit, though informal, of a Minister holding the HRD portfolio since its inception. Dr. Raju was accompanied by Dr. R.C. Laloo, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya, and officials of NCERT.
To mark his visit the Minister had a brief interaction with IIM S Director, Prof Keya Sengupta who apprised him of the developments, achievements, and future course of action of the Institute. The meeting was followed by a brief interaction between the Minister and participants of the second batch of the One Year Executive MBA program being offered by IIM Shillong titled PGPEx Program on Managing Business in India and China.
It may be highlighted that the PGPEx program being offered by IIM Shillong is seen across the country as one of the most innovative modules for education in the area of business management, with a concentration on Chinese methodology of doing business and its trends of success. IIM Shillong in collaboration with Ocean University China, Qingdao began with the first PGPEx Program which commenced on 15th June 212 with 35 participants successfully completing the course on 30th April 2013. The executive Program aims at equipping the participants with adequate knowledge and business skills for managing business in India and China, and also enabling them to operate at strategic levels with a global outlook by synergizing all functional areas of management, besides offering internship opportunities with various Chinese corporate houses.
In brief, the objectives of the PGPEX program centers around facilitating understanding of cross cultural, multi-functional business operations and progress across India and China, nurturing a holistic approach towards global responsible leadership, equipping participants with necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for decision making in a complex environment and integrating sustainability (which is IIM Shillong’s core area of focus as an Institute) as a driving force in management practices.
Dr. Raju while interacting with the participants mentioned, "I am happy to meet all of you, and I believe the results have been good from this IIM. You are in such a lovely environment that you can focus and utilize the facilities of the campus to the best of your capabilities. It is an attractive campus to invite faculty, retain faculty, invite visiting professors, invite distinguishes guest lecturers. I donot want to profess any words of wisdom except that you are privileged to be in this generation, exposed to so much, in the process knowing so much where all the tools are at your disposal to shape your individual careers, and to think collectively on what you can do, not only in terms of enterprise but in terms of taking this nation forward. The theme of the Director’s Conference in Goa recently was that the Institutes of higher learning like the IIMs and IITs, apart from exceling in academics, also be able to make a larger contribution in terms of getting involved with real issues affecting the overall quality of life in their respective areas of operations. You must become the objective repository that is needed by the Government and planners by directing towards viable solutions. That is how we are encouraging our Institutions to get involved with real issues. There are also meaningful collaborations, especially with international universities which we can find. I think it is also very important to build a strong linkage with Industry, where students and Faculty can work towards building an effective interface with the industry."
He further remarked, “As business students it is important to tune oneself to a particular environment and assess the potential. In Shillong the first thought that strikes me is that Shillong is an ideal place for institutions driven towards capacity building. As brilliant young minds you must come up with ideas and see what is viable.”
While commenting on the course during her brief interaction with Dr. Raju, Prof Keya Sengupta, Director IIM Shillong emphasized, "The program includes understanding of emerging economies with a focus on India and China due to the emergence of these two countries as giant economies in the world today. Their continued growth is likely to dominate the course of the world economy in the coming several decades. The growth potential in these economies has not only opened up new business opportunities but also new challenges."
Answering a query on his thoughts about this PGPEx program initiative of IIM Shillong, Dr. Raju ramarked, "Sustainability is definitely a global concern. As nations, as growing economies, the focus on sustainability and how it affects the environment is a must for understanding. Moving towards international relations, I think that the course on offer is a very relevant subject, wherein we can learn from our neighbours as well as try to innovatively leverage upon our own traditional strengths also."
The Sino-Indo Reciprocal Advanced Management Program earlier launched and pioneered by IIM Shillong and OUC, China has been emulated by newer IIMs.
Dr. Raju completed his visit of IIM Shillong by planting a sapling at the campus premises in respect to the Institute’s thrust and drive towards overall sustainable development.
Training for Transformation of Assam PSUs by IIM Shillong
IIM Shillong the premiere management Institute located in Northeast India recently concluded a Five Day Management Development Program on "Transformational Leadership & Enterprise Resource Planning," for senior manager level employees of various Public Sector Enterprises of the Government of Assam at its Mayurbhanj Palace campus. The program was aimed at exposing participants to topics like Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, ERP implementation and selection strategies, appraisal of Global business environment and performing sustainable business activities by ways of interactive sessions and group exercises.
The program was inaugurated by the Shri Nityananda Borkakoty, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Public Enterprises Department (PED) and Shri T.C. Saharia, Adviser, Public Enterprises Department, Govt. of Assam.
It may be mentioned that the Government of Assam sponsored 20 participants through the Department of Public Enterprises from the different Public Sector organizations to attend this unique program. The program participation level comprised of Chairman, Director, Managing Directors and General Managers from various PSUs of the Government of Assam like Assam Petrochemicals Limited, Assam Industrial Development Corporation, Assam State Ware Housing Corporation, Assam Mineral Development Corporation, Assam State Film ( F & D ) Corporation, Assam Urban Water Supply & Sewerage Board to name a few.
The program was conducted by an experienced team of faculty members of IIM Shillong namely Prof. Harsh V. Samalia, prof. Rohit Dwivedi, Prof Basav Roychoudhury, Prof. Rohit Joshi, Prof. Sanjib Kakoty, Prof T.S. Shaw and Prof P. Saravanan.
The valedictory function was held in the presence of Prof Keya Sengupta, Director IIM Shillong, Shri Nityananda Borkakoty, and Shri P.K.Das, Advisory Finance, PED, Govt. of Assam. The function also witnessed sharing of learning experiences from the participants further suggesting similar programs for the middle management employee of the Public Sector Enterprises.
4th Annual Convocation
Welcome Address By Falguni Rajkumar,Chairman Board of Governors, RGIIM Shillong
"It is indeed my privilege to warmly welcome Shri. Sudhir Jalan
our honourable Chief Guest of today’s Convocation. I also welcome
all the distinguished dignitaries, respected parents, academics, wellwishers
and students. I am grateful to each of you for being present
on this very important and momentous day."
I take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Human
Resource Development, Government of India and the Government
of Meghalaya for their unstinted support in our endeavours. I like
to thank the Director, each and every faculty member and the entire
support staff for their unstinted hard work, diligence and sincerity
of purpose both individually and collectively. It is also with a sense
of gratitude that I acknowledge the understanding, support and
cooperation of people of Shillong especially those residing in and
around this institute.
Today standing on this dais I feel proud to be part of this
momentous day because unlike many of my distinguished colleagues
who made this institution a reality I am privileged to be here to be part
of this important celebration. It is indeed a moment of personal joy
and happiness for me also because having been involved in different
capacities ever since the idea of this institution was conceptualised
an occasion like this makes the association worth the while....
...Today as you leave the portals of this institute we feel proud
that we could help and facilitate each one of you to discover yourself;
your potentialities and abilities. If you have been inspired, learnt how
to go about it, our efforts have been worthwhile-because success and
achievement is not merely moving ahead, but also how one achieves
it. For this you have to believe and have faith in yourself first and
foremost, believe in what you can do-because out of this conviction
will grow determination and out of determination success is the
natural corrollary. I say this because convincing others may be easy
for people of your calibre and intelligence, but convincing yourself,
and discovering your own hidden ability can often be not so easy. In
our assessment you already have made an impressive beginning in
...Road to success is not only trying to be, or competing with
the best but often it pays to be different. It may mean a little extra
investment of your time and costs but be assured that it can often
be the way to discover one’s core competencies. In life you have to
be prepared to expect the unexpected because success is not always
trudging through the beaten path that others have already tread.
In the end and in the final consideration, always remember
that the institute does not wish to be the star, for us you are our starswe
only made you realise that each one of you are one. We wish each
one of you to prove us right.
Once again on behalf of the Members of the Board, my
personal behalf, all your teachers and staff I extend my best wishes
for success in all you do. We know you will make a difference and
hope you will remain connected to your alma mater here in Shillong.
Convocation Speech by Professor Keya Sengupta
Director, IIM Shillong
It is my privilege on behalf of the Institute to welcome The Honorable
Chief Guest of the Programme Shri Sudhir Jalan. An MBA from
IIMC, Sudhir Jalan has served as President in various distinguished
organizations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FICCI), The International Chamber of Commerce,
All India Management Association.
Currently, he is the Chairman of Meenakshi Tea Company, Neo
Foods PvtLtd, Bells Softtech Ltd, Sublime Agro Ltd.
Shri Jalan is also the Hony. Consul General of Greece in Kolkata and
is Board member of several other companies of repute.He is also involved with quite a good number of charitable Institutions.
It is also my privilege to welcome Shri Falguni Raj Kumar, Chairman
of the Board of Governors of IIM Shillong to the Fourth Convocation.
Shri Raj Kumar has been associated with the Institute right from
its inception and has helped us in building the Institute by his
constructive suggestions. He has been a great source of support in all
our endeavors in running of the Institute and making it a Centre of
I also extend my warmest welcome to all the members of the Board of
Governors and Society members of IIM Shillong, invited dignitaries,
parents of our students,members of our Press and Media and my
dear Graduating students.
First of all, let me congratulate the graduating students of the PGP
2011-13 batch. During the course of your stay with us over the past
two years,we have tried to provide you with the experience of and in
depth learning of holistic sustainable development. I am sure that you
have fully utilized this opportunity to excel in your academics and
future career. However, please remember that you must not forget
the values that we have always strived to inculcate in you, right from
the day you have joined the Institute. Your Career for which you have
been working so hard can only be sustained in a meaningful way,
only when you strengthen the values of integrity and honesty.Do not
aim at short term gains or compromise with values to achieve your
goals. Have patience, and you will be rewarded.
On behalf of the Institute, I want to share with you some of the
significant strides which we have made over the last one year. The
Academic Report of the Institute which is distributed for your ready
perusal may kindly be taken as read, and therefore I am not reading
it out due to time constraint.
One of the most significant events of the Institute has been the visit
of the former president of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam very recently,
to inaugurate the International Conference on Sustainability which
the Institute has been regularly organizing. I am also proud to inform
you that Dr. Kalam will be teaching our PGP students from next term
as a Visiting Faculty.
Another milestone in the journey of five years of the Institute was the
first Alumni Meet at Mumbai in February, 2013.The meet witnessed
the gathering of five batches of IIM Shillong students at one place.
It provided the most needed common platform for the students to
exchange their ideas on the emerging trends of the corporate world
Another significant and unique Programme of the Institute has been
the launching of the Sino Indian Programme the PGP Ex, from
June 2012, which IIM Shillong is organizing jointly with Ocean
University, Qingdao, China. The Chinese Module of the Programme
has been successfully completed in December 2012. The Certificate
Distribution Programme held at China witnessed persons like the
Director General of Department of International Cooperation and
Exchange, Ministry of Education, China and also the Counselor of
the Embassy of India.....
...IIM, Shillong is taking equal interest in entrepreneurship
development both for our students and the local community. The
first ever entrepreneurship Conclave “Emerge” a totally student
driven effort, was organized last year. Renowned venture capitalists
of the country discussed the ways and means of developing
entrepreneurship in the country and North East in particular.The
Conclave was inaugurated by the then MoS for Rural Development
Ms Agatha Sangma. Our efforts at developing entrepreneurship
was further evident with organizing two six months course on
‘Developing Managerial Skills for Entrepreneurs”.The courses which
were fundedby the Ministry of DONER New Delhi, culminated in
August last year.
The Institute also organized two six months Course on “Tourism and
Hospitality” funded by the North Eastern Council...
..We have also created a significant mark in the area of sports. Apart
from the annual Golf Tournament which the Institute has been
organizing right from its inception, as an interface between corporate
and the academia, IIM Shillong for the first time has constituted
the “IIM Shillong Amateur Golf Club” for our students. The club
develops the golf acumen of our students and the interactions with
the Corporate sector. The club is now providing a platform where our
students can learn and play golf at the Shillong Golf Course...
...We believe that we can become a Centre of Excellence not only with
the help of our students and faculty members, but the administrative
support for this is equally important. The Institute has therefore
not been lagging behind in terms of HR Management. We have
been regularly sending our officers and staff to various parts of
the country for training. We are also holding two days foundation
training programme at the Institute itself for all our staff and officers
on “Government Rules and Office Procedures,”so that all our staff
develop professionalism and efficiency in their work, and they can be
identified as one of the best in the country.
Therefore, my dear students as you leave this Institute today, please
remember, however proud we are of all your achievements, but do
not be uprooted from the ground reality when you join as corporate
managers tomorrow. Do not forget your responsibility towards the
common man and the society, and their contribution in making you
the bright corporate managers of today.
Therefore, my dear students as you leave this Institute today, please
remember, however proud we are of all your achievements, but do
not be uprooted from the ground reality when you join as corporate
managers tomorrow. Do not forget your responsibility towards the
common man and the society, and their contribution in making you
the bright corporate managers of today.
My good and parting wishes to each one of you.
Student Medal Winners
- Chairman Gold Medal for Securing Highest CGPA In PGP (2011-2013) to Deepika Sinha
- Chairman Gold Medal for Securing Highest CGPA In PGP (2011-2013) to Tarun Gupta
- Director Gold Medal for Best All-Rounder In PGP (2011-2013) to Harshali K Damle
- The Institute Gold Medal for Positive Contribution to Campus Life (2011-2013) to Ajay R
- Math Finance Ag Gold Medal for Securing Highest CGPA In Quantitive Finance Course of PGP (2011-2013) to Nilkesh Patra
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Inaugurates Third Suscon Meet at IIMS
Students enthralled over Dr. Kalam’s assurance to serve as Visiting Faculty
The third annual international sustainability conference of IIM Shillong, SUSCON, was inaugurated today in the gracious presence of former President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam along with Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director of IIM Shillong, Mr. Peter Pruzan, Professor Emeritus Copenhagen Business School. The inauguration witnessed a packed house with the audience eager to listen to Dr. Kalam’s take on Sustainability. The event was initiated by offering a prayer to the almighty followed by the lighting of the inaugural lamp by Dr. Kalam and the other dignitaries. Prof. Keya Sengupta then extended a warm welcome to the former President and Bharat Ratna Awardee and thanked him for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the institute’s endeavor towards sustainable development. She further proceeded to explain the institute’s efforts towards developing a sustainable future starting with the two-week long foundation program to integrate the necessity of sustainability within the young and dynamic minds of the participants. She also applauded the EcoBiz Club of IIM Shillong, which, under the mentorship of the faculty has initiated many projects that integrate business in a sustainable manner, collaborating with the local community.
Prof. Sengupta, then announced the remarkable news that Dr. Kalam has consented to facilitate the students of IIM Shillong as a visiting faculty on the subject of Societal Transformation with Technology and its Application. The news was received with a sense of thrill and a wave of frenzied excitement went through the assembled students. The feeling that a person of Dr. Kalam’s stature would be mentoring students was hard to sink in but it definitely has given the students an experience to look forward to.
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, then graced the podium and presented his thoughts and ideas on what he believes to be sustainable development integrating every strata of the society. He focused his talks on PURA ( Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), a sustainable development system to empower three billion. He talked of India aiming to bring sustainable development through rural and urban infrastructure, quality education, healthcare, environmental upgradation, bringing vibrancy in the public institutions for better and enhanced delivery of essential public services on time, reforming the financial system for better global integration and a proactive regulatory system. Dr. Kalam stressed " that India’s core competencies majorly lie in the sectors of Agriculture and food processing, Education and Healthcare, Information and communication Technology, Reliable and Quality Electric power, Surface transport and Infrastructure for all parts of the country and Self-reliance in critical technologies and if these five areas progress in a coordinated way, will lead to food, economic and national security and help in achieving energy independence."
Dr Kalam further explained the functioning of the PURAs and the anecdote as to how they can successfully be used to bring about sustainable development. The PURAs, he explained, require four levels of connectivity which have to be customized according to local competencies and needs. The connectivity are physical connectivity via good roads and railway networks, electronic connectivity by providing latest information through teachers and researchers on their pursuits like agriculture, fishery, horticulture and food processing and finally, knowledge connectivity. He spoke about three of his dreams which have taken shape as vision, mission and realization - Space programme of ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organization), AGNI Programme of DRDO ( Defence Research and Development Organization) and PURA.
The entire event was webcasted live, and witnessed throughout the world at real time so that it was not restricted within the walls of the auditorium of the insititute. The inaugural event ended on a high note with the audience looking forward to interactive sessions with speakers, where stalwarts like Professor Peter Pruzan, Mr. Allen Sequeira, Advisor-Group HR, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature would be deliberating over topics like : The future in our hands: Conceptual, economic, Ecological and Spiritual, Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystems: Futility of the traditional conceptual framework for development to name a few.
The three day event is expected to witness such interesting discussions which would provide burning thoughts to contemplate upon. IIM Shillong, as an institute hopes to achieve its aim of spreading development in the local and global front in a sustainable manner.
It may be mentioned that various PSUs, State Government agency and like minded corporate houses like NEEPCO, Department of Forest, Govt. of Meghalaya, UCO Bank, State Bank of India, Max Cement, BSNL, Meghalaya Cooperative Bank have joined hands with the Institute to ensure the successful conduct of the conference.
ET NOW National Education Leadership Awards
Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director IIMS won the Education Leadership Award. during the ET NOW National Education Leadership Awards which was scheduled on 16th February, 2013 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai from 7.00 pm onwards.
The following were also being awarded during the Award ceremony :
- Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong with the Outstanding B-School (East).
- Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong with B-School with Industry related Curriculum in Information Technology.
IIM Shillong Alumni Meet 2013 - Mumbai
IIM Shillong added yet another milestone in its journey on February 16th, 2013 by successfully hosting its first Alumni Meet at Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel in Mumbai.
The Meet was a grand success, witnessing participation from all the batches of IIM Shillong that have graduated since its inception in 2008. It was a momentous occasion with five generations of IIM Shillong gathered at one place, the current two batches being present there to facilitate the meet. It was organized by the Alumni Association of IIM Shillong and marked a significant step in the institute's march towards excellence.
The event provided a platform for the students who have graduated from the institute to be able to strengthen ties with their Alma Mater. It also enabled the Alumni to keep in touch with the current batches and know about the ongoing activities in the college.
The Director, Prof. Keya Sengupta, graced the meet with her esteemed presence and apprised the Alumni of the current achievements of the Institute, urging them to come forward and contribute to the institute building process. The meet also saw participation from other administrative officials with whom the Alumni connected instantly. There were also discussions and deliberation on various topics revolving around how to take their Alma Mater from strength to strength.
Taking this as the first step forward, the institute will be carrying out more such programs with the aim of firming the bond with the alumni. There will be continuous effort to facilitate this dialogue for partnership and association on a continued basis.
Mr. Falguni Rajkumar, Chairman, BOG, IIM Shillong congratulated the IIM Shillong fraternity for successfully organizing the Meet, inviting young managers to come forward and jointly strive to make IIM Shillong one of the top Management Institutes in the country.
IIM Shillong triumphs again- Wipro earthian Sustainability Program 2012
Continuing on the path of garnering accolades, students of IIM Shillong added another feather to their hats by emerging among the ten winners of the “Wipro earthian Sustainability Program for Schools and Colleges”, competing against the renowned talent throughout the world. The vision of this program was based on the challenging task that humanity faces of finding solutions to several sustainability issues such as climate change, water scarcity, rapid urbanization and biodiversity loss, to name just a few. The fact that these issues need to be addressed to ensure balanced and inclusive economic growth need leadership of the highest caliber and students from schools and colleges are expected to become such future leaders. The competition required the participants along with faculty to address one such environmental issue and present their ideas about the same. IIM Shillong’s idea about “Water in Shillong- A critique on the current situation” helped them sail past other competitors securing them a spot among the top ten along with the like of University of Houston, IIM Kozhikode, IIT Delhi to name a few. Mr. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited handed over the award to the winners. The concept of sustainability that is endorsed enthusiastically by IIM Shillong as well was well projected in Wipro earthian Sustainability Program and students plan to carry forward the idea to emerge as true winners as responsible members of the community at large.
IIM Shillong arranges for voluntary blood donation camp
The EcoBiz Club of IIM Shillong organized the 3rd Voluntary Blood Donation Program on 10th February in association with Pasteur Institute and Lions Club. Like the previous years, this year too, saw enthusiastic participation from the participants. The students, staff and faculty came forward to be a part of the event as an attempt to contribute back to the society. The belief that ‘donate blood to save three lives’ was ingrained in the minds of the donors and they came forward without fear or inhibition to donate their blood in order to save someone else’s life. The process was a thoroughly scientific one, with doctors being present to approve the health of the donors and to ensure high quality of donated blood. The students claimed to experience a sense of satisfaction after the drive and expressed willingness to do the same the next time. EcoBiz Club of IIM Shillong undertakes numerous such social activities and the blood donation drive is one of them. After the stupendous success, the students here are waiting in eager anticipation to be a part of many more social activities.
Focused Group Discussion (FGD) held for PGPEx students
First batch of PGPEx of Indian Institute of Management Shillong hosted a Focused group Discussion (FGD) on its learning from China. The participants of the batch returned back to Shillong after 5 months of rigorous business education in China after strengthening their understanding of diverse business practices & cultures prevailing including 2 months internship in various Chinese multinationals like Haier and Hisense etc. IIM Shillong had signed a MOU with Ocean University of China for 1 year full-time PGPEx program for executives having significant work experience in various sectors.
Three distinguished guests from the industry Dr. AK Chattopadhyay (Managing Director- TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd), Mr. Benoit Valdelievre (Senior Technical Director- Kerneos India) and Mr. Pravin Kumar (Director- Magus Marketing Pvt Ltd, Kerneos Aluminate Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Kyanite Mining India Pvt. Ltd) were invited to participate and share their experiences with the batch. The guests had done significant amount of business in China over the past decades. Topics like China’s role in world economy, doing business in China and Sino-Indo synergies were discussed by the panel comprising of the guests and four students of the PGPEx batch. The discussion was also attended by the PGP participants who wanted to learn from the panel’s experiences.
The program was very well coordinated by the participants and drew accolades from the faculty and the guests.
Closing Ceremony of Sino-Indian Executive Postgraduate Program (PGPEx) at Ocean University of China
The closing ceremony of the Chinese Module of the first ever Sino-India global post graduate program of management for executives (PGPEx), an endeavor the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIMS), India and the Ocean University China(OUC), Qingdao have joined hands for, held on 18th December 2012 at OUC, Qingdao, China.
The Closing Ceremony was graced by Honorable Shri Liu Baoli, Director-General of Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education of China, Mr. Li Yuanzheng, Division of Asian and African Affairs, Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education of China. Mr. Arun Kumar Sahu, Counsellor, Embassy of India, Beijing, Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director, IIM Shillong, India, Prof. Rohit Joshi, PGPEx Chairman, IIM Shillong, Prof. Li Huajun, Vice-President of OUC, Mr. Dai Hua, Director of International Office, Ms. Ning Aihua, Director of International Education Centre, Mr. Gao Jintian, Head of Department of International Economics and Trade, Mr. He Yiming, Professor from College of Economics and the 35 Executive participants of Executive Postgraduate Program.
The closing ceremony started with a welcome addresses by Prof. Li Huajun (Vice-President of OUC). Prof. Huajun in his welcome address stated that this is the new beginning for IIM Shillong and OUC, China. He stated that with this successful completion of the PGPEx (China module) IIM Shillong and OUC marks a new beginning for a long-term relationship of camaraderie and trust between the two institutions. Further he thanked Prof. Keya and participants for their active support to the program.
The chief guest of the occasion, Honorable Shri Liu Baoli, Director-General of Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education of China, underscored the point that the successful completion of PGPEx course marks a new beginning not only for the two institutions but also among the two countries. He said that the course entails to develop international business leaders and hoped that the candidate will take forward the hospitability of the two nations into the paradigm of new business ventures. He congratulated OUC to have collaboration with one of the premier institutions of the world.
Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director, IIM Shillong in her address emphasized that the participants have successfully understood the Chinese way of life and business culture and thus enabled them to be the ambassador of Sino-India way of living into the Global business community. She further mentioned that this is a history creating moment for the two institutions and for the two countries associated with the PGPEx programs. She congratulated the students to be the part of this history creating moment.
Mr. Arun Kumar Sahu, Counsellor, Embassy of India, Beijing expressed his gratitude towards OUC and IIM Shillong organizers to invite him for this gracious moment. He showed his happiness that the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, one of the flagship management institutes of India has collaborated with Ocean University of China to provide their executives the much needed cross cultural management experiences. He wished that, this engagement will serve as a model for other educational institutions in India and China to adopt new collaborations for exchanges in the field of education.
At last on behalf of the participants, Ms. Kanchan Phogat, Class Representative of the PGPEx participants showed her gratitude towards OUC, China, professors, and industry people for their support and guidance during participants’ stay in China. The part of her speech she spoke in the Chinese language.
The program came to an end by issuing certificates to the participants and a Group Photo followed by the farewell lunch.
Workshop on Leadership and Management in 21st Century at IIM Shillong
Adding significance to the remarkable day of 12-12-12, IIM Shillong organised a workshop on ‘Leadership and Management in 21st Century: Insights from Swami Vivekananda’. The workshop opened the doors by looking at the management education from the perspective of Indian Ethos. The speakers of the workshop include Swamy NIkhileswarananda - Secretary Ramakrishna Mission, Vadodara, Swamy Sumanasunanda – Secretary ,Ramakrishna Mission-Cherrapunji, Swamy Achyutesananda- Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Shillong. India is a land of Vedic wisdom, applying this Vedic knowledge to the contemporary management scenario would add value to the domain of management. ‘Indianisation of global management’ would be the apt solution for challenges of the present business world. Business ethics and value - based management is required for sustenance of any business establishment. The workshop concluded with a positive note of “Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavantu”. An individual can attain the pinnacle of happiness by being a source of happiness for his fellow beings. Drawing an analogy with the business establishment, a successful business is one which caters, cares and imbibes the need of the society as a whole.
Video Conferencing with Mr.Dharmendra Satapathy, Vice President and Head of Marketing – Tata Asset Management
Continuing with its tradition of being in constant touch with the corporate world, IIM Shillong student fraternity had a video conferencing session with Mr.Dharmendra Satapathy, Vice President and Head of Management - Tata Asset Management. Mr.Satapathy emphasized the importance of adaptability in business management in the current scenario where change is a prime driver. The process of learning and unlearning is indispensable for any business.
In order to facilitate efficient dexterity for the business, the proper use of technology would streamline the process of information flow and add significant knowledge value to the existing business processes thus benefiting the business establishment. The pace of change in technology domain is happening at an immense pace. Identification and implementation of technology as a business driver requires focus and commitment of strategic decision makers. Mr.Satapathy stressed upon the significance of leadership, a quality which should be practiced from the very beginning of individual’s career. Leadership is about building collaborative relationship with people, and humanity added with humility is mandatory for successful leadership.
The students had an interactive and insightful session with Mr.Satapathy. The necessity of FDI for Indian economy, the aptness and versatility of marketing domain for a financial firm like Tata Asset Management and the strategies adopted by Tata Asset Management to reach out to the rural and urban India went a long way in expanding the horizon of students’ knowledge space.
IIM Shillong hosts Mr. Harsh Shrivastava, Consultant, Planning Commission of India
IIM Shillong hosted Mr. Harsh Srivastava, Consultant to the Planning Commission of India for a special lecture on “The making of India’s 12th five year plan and how Meghalaya can benefit from the Plan”. Esteemed dignitaries such as Mr. R N Mishra, Director General, Meghalaya Institute of Governance (MIG), Mr. Vijay Kumar, Deputy Director, MIG and Padmashree Ms. Patricia Mukhim, Editor of Shillong Times attended the lecture.
Mr. Srivastava, currently the Independent Director at Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship and a Consultant for the Planning Commission of India since July 2010 is currently managing the process of making India’s 12th Five-Year Plan. He shared interesting insights about India’s 12th Five-Year Plan and stressed the need to increase productivity as the major objective of the Five-Year plan. He shared his learning from the 11th Five-Year Plan and laid stress on the fact that better governance at all levels is the key to success. He also laid emphasis on the fact that India’s 1.25 billion citizens have higher expectations about their future today than ever. The 12th Five Year Plan outlines faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth as its objectives. He identified renewable energy, nutrition, banking, healthcare and other social sectors as the areas for which the Planning Commission would increase spending by as high as 2.25 times compared to the 11th Five-Year plan. He also believed that with the government’s support of FDI, spending on infrastructure by the private sector would increase.
He appreciated the Government of Meghalaya on the recent growth measures and maintained that the biggest challenge for Meghalaya is to increase the net per capita income, attract private investors for building infrastructure and to curb the growing traffic jams in Shillong. He also shared the view that the Government of Meghalaya has to work closely with people in order to overcome the challenges.
The Programme was jointly organized by IIM Shillong and MIG and it was coordinated by Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor.
GodSellers 2.0, one of the most awaited intra - college events at IIM Shillong organized by the Marketing Club, was recently concluded with active participation and unprecedented enthusiasm from IIM Shillong student community. The four -hour event with participants in teams putting up stalls in the Institute campus managed to earn a whopping half a lakh of rupees as revenue. The event started with a truly professional touch with teams playing their stake in a bidding process to book their stalls. With a total of ten stalls, the event saw huge footfall from IIM Shillong and its neighboring institutes like NIFT and North Eastern Hill University to name a few. The guests gorged on the delicacies offered by different food stalls on offer to their heart’s content and tried their luck at the variety of games that were organized by the teams. The event on a whole was a tremendous success that left the teams and the guests in eager anticipation for the same in the coming year.
IIM Shillong Amateur Golf Club
IIM Shillong has taken the initiative to start a Golf Club, the first of its kind in any IIM .The Golf Cup is the flagship event of the institute and is a huge draw for both corporates and students. Taking forward the association with Golf, the Institute has decided to form IIM Shillong Amateur Golf Club (IIMSAGC), which will be responsible for developing the Golf acumen and corporate interactions of the students on the greens.
The 5th season of IIM Shillong Golf Cup which was organized during the first week of October was a huge success which not only saw corporates participating in large numbers but also the first and second year students who got the rare opportunity to interact with corporates on the Golf Course. Being in a management program which seeks to merge academia and corporate, it is natural that the students will be inclined towards learning the nuances of Golf. It was during the tournament that most of the participants developed an interest and showed enthusiasm to learn the game. Under the able guidance of Ms. Keya Sengupta, Director - IIM Shillong and Col D. Nagarajan, Campus Development Advisor, the IIM Shillong Amateur Golf Club was instituted to specifically tailor to the interest of the aspiring Golfers.
The Shillong Golf Course where the club activities will be conducted is one of the largest golf courses in Asia and enjoys the distinction of being among the few natural courses in the world. It provides a unique opportunity to the students of IIM Shillong in terms of availability of infrastructure to learn and practice the sport that would help them in their corporate life since Golf is considered as a networking tool by the corporates.
IIMSAGC plans to provide a platform where members can learn and play Golf at the Shillong Golf course. The club will be responsible for all the golf activities and events that take place in the institute, and will be responsible to promote corporate interaction of the students. The Honorable Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, at the time of Golf Cup had spoken about the benefit of the game and his vision to increase the visibility of Shillong as a tourism destination by organizing Golf tournaments. With the encouraging support from Shillong Golf Club, IIMSAGC will strive to take the Golfing activities at IIM Shillong to a new level.
A Sufi Evening in IIM Shillong
On a chilly evening of November 27th, IIM Shillong in collaboration with SPIC-MACAY witnessed the first ever performance of the famous Bharti Bandhu in North-East India. The famous and renowned Bharti Bandhu mesmerized one and all with their soulful music and ferried everyone into the intriguing world of Sufism and shayari.
The famous troupe from Chhatisgarh is known for their Kabir Gayaki and has represented their state and the nation in over 5500 programs. They have been awarded with various awards like The Lata Mangeshkar Puruskar and The Lokmanya Puruskar and have also represented India in International Sufi Festival, Lucknow.
The event that observed enchanting performances was attended by dignitaries like the Director, IIM Shillong Professor Keya Sengupta, the Campus Administrative Officer Mr. R C Saxena, faculty and students of IIM Shillong. The Bharti Bandhu gave all their songs and shayaris a managerial twist to engage the management students and compelled everyone to ask for more and more. The evening ended with the singers chanting famous Sufi masterpieces like dama dam mast kalandar and mera piya ghar aaya oo lalani that left everyone spell-bound.
IIM Shillong conducts Media & Entertainment Industry Workshop
IIM Shillong conducted a workshop on ‘Digitisation of the Media & Entertainment Industry,” on 25th November, 2012. Ms. Sujata Dev, Jt.MD, Third Generation Mobile Pvt Ltd, Co-Chairperson, ASSOCHAM (M & E), VP, IPTV Forum India and Mr. Raman Kalra, Director & Partner, M&E, Industry Leader, IBM graced the occasion as the speakers of the workshop
The speakers spoke on the relevance of media and entertainment in the present business world. Any business establishment of today has a component of media associated with it. The current scenario of the business demands the implementation of consumer centric strategies for developing the sustainable solutions for customer acquisition and retention. The importance of social media and the digital media in the current business world and the impact of viral marketing on the consumers mind. The success of the “Gangnam” video across the world stands as the living example for gauging the impact of social media and the viral marketing. Although the roots of internet have spread wide across the world, the print media i.e. the newspaper is still an important medium of information transfer across some of the countries in the world .On the other hand, online transactions have become the norm of the present day, internet is the platform which offers plethora of solutions for consumer convenience. With the advent of smartphones and the 3G technologies’ the consumer has been given the boon of convenience for exploring various dimensions of internet.
The workshop talked of the changing trends in the digital media and the means by which management students can be a part of it. The digitization in all spheres of life is having an impact on the overall lifestyle of the people across the world. Digitisation of data could offer a feasible solution to the problem of information scarcity in the rural areas and the success of such a solution could turn around the growth story of countries like India.
Driving the point home the workshop left the audience with prominent note that the media and entertainment industry which were content based have now transformed to a business space which treats the end user i.e. consumer as the King who can make or break the success story of any business establishment.
On the sidelines of the workshop, the Director had a fruitful discussion with both invitees on matters related to future course of action, and tie ups for various forthcoming initiatives
IIM Shillong pays homage to Shri Shanmugam Manjunath
IIM Shillong was awarded Best Business School With Best Academic Input (Syllabus) in Finance at the 20th Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta Business School Award held on 24th November, 2012 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.
Mahindra War Room: From the other side
Mahindra War Room, 2012 was launched with much fanfare by a group which personifies unity in diversity. Since it was launched at IIM Shillong for the first time in its history of 5 glorious years, the enthusiasm was contagious. Being one of the most prestigious B-school competitions in the country Mahindra War Room was one more opportunity for the institute to prove it as one of the best educational institutes in India.
As the deadline for submission approached, there was a frenzy all participants put up their best show. The campus presentations invited practical questions from the esteemed panel from Mahindra Group. By discussing aspects of implementation and feasibility on the ground level the questions aimed to improve the solutions presented by the students. The campus winner was the team "The Winnovators", with their sector being Mahindra Logistics.
The pass to the big event arrived with detailed instructions. The Mahindra group was hospitable, but the competition was heating up. 21 top B-School campuses were competing for the top 7 spots. The stakes were high, presenting your suggestions to the Group Executive Board of Mahindra chaired by Mr. Anand Mahindra himself. The glory of a War Room winner is unmatchable and so are the efforts which go in to being one. The competition was intense, 4 teams fought out in the sector of our choice. For the team representing the institute, as IIM Shillong participants their moment had arrived.They made a good impression with their presentation, viewpoints. The confidence gained from answering the questions of industry experts who had implemented similar ideas and invested their hard- earned money further fuelled their confidence about the results. In a closely fought round, they made it straight to the final rounds, in their debut appearance stunning many fancied Institutes.
The adrenaline rush on the day of the final was immense. Mr. Mahindra, a leader who cuts across generations helped the participants calm down by interacting with all the participants. A knowledge session has never been so insightful and fun at the same time. In the presence of the esteemed Director of IIM Shillong as a guest, the team went on to the stage with a desire to be the champions of the War Room-2012.
The first team on stage they finished well within the stipulated time. The questions thoroughly tested the belief they had in their solutions simultaneously testing their hold on the subject matter, with a strong focus on implementation. The other teams did equally well and some even performed better.
At the end of the day we saw FMS, Delhi winning the trophy but we became richer. Richer in knowledge, learning and in believing in the conviction of being a warrior for life. As correctly put by Mr. Mahindra himself ‘Defeating defeat’ is the biggest take- away from this experience of a life time at the Mahindra War Room of 2012.
IIM Shillong pays homage to Shri Shanmugam Manjunath
The faculty and the students of IIM Shillong paid their respects to Mr Shanmugam Manjunath on his seventh death anniversary by conducting a candle light march. Mr Manjunath, an alumnus of IIM Lucknow, was working to curb oil malpractices. During his fight against corruption and dishonesty, he was murdered on 19th November 2005 by a petrol pump owner and seven accomplices. Every year, on this very day, students across all IIMs and other B-schools participate in this endeavour of awakening nation-wide consciousness, through a candle light march. This memorial is conducted in collaboration with the Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST), an international corporate community initiative; which works to improve governance in Indian public life.
This year too, IIM Shillong students showed their solidarity towards the cause. Over 100 participants assembled well before the scheduled time of 6:30 pm with resonating silence and sincerity, depicting their heart felt veneration for this great person. The march started from the campus of IIM Shillong and culminated at the church in Nongthymmai.
After the march, a short address about Mr. Manjunath and the trust was given. Then, a pledge of commitment towards not succumbing to corruption and upholding integrity at any cost was taken by all students. This was followed by the National Anthem that instilled among each one present, a sense of true national pride. The tribute concluded in the church, with all the candles placed around a large photo of Mr Manjunath followed by a minute of silence, paying homage to him.
Mr. Manjunath is a symbol of courage and values to every single citizen of India, more so, to the students of the IIMs. Through this endeavour, students of IIM Shillong, took a vow to honour integrity and fight corruption.
IIM Shillong bags first place in V-Guard Big Idea Business Plan Contest 2012
IIM Shillong bagged the first place at the prestigious V-Guard Big Idea Business Plan Contest 2012. V-Guard's Big Idea Business Plan contest 2012 (Season 2) prods students from B-schools across India to get creative and come up with new business avenues for V-Guard.
The business plan contest witnessed an active participation from 110 teams Pan India. The contest comprised of different phases. The top 20 teams out of 110 teams were shortlisted after the comprehensive evaluation of their executive summary. These top 20 teams advanced to the contest's finals. As a part of the final round, the top 20 teams had to submit a written report of their business plan and present their idea on the Grand Finale at Kochi.
The Business Plan Contest Finals were held on November 9th and 10th 2012 at Kochi. The judging panel included Mr Mithun Chittilappilly, Managing Director of V-Guard Industries Ltd and the top management of V-Guard Industries Ltd. The evaluation was based on the feasibility, quality of analysis and the oral presentation of the business plan. Staying ahead of the stiff competition, the team comprising of Karthik Venkateswaran, Nandha Kumar R, and Rajan Chakravarthy A.P from IIM Shillong were declared the winners of the V Guard business plan contest 2012. The winning team was awarded a cash prize of INR one lakh and the Winners trophy.
IIM S Golf Cup brought to a grand finale
The final day of the 5th season of the IIM Shillong Golf cup saw enthusiastic participation from the corporates and the defense personnel. The tournament started off early in the morning with top shots of the corporate world coming up to test their golfing skills. The students mixed freely with the players, gaining valuable insights about the business world over the highly regarded game of golf. The day was packed with a flurry of activities with organizers working with utmost efficiency to keep the things running smoothly. Social interaction amongst one and all present took a new dimension and magnitude over breakfast and lunch on the course itself.
Closing Ceremony:The 5th season of the IIM Shillong Golf Cup ended on a high note amongst the presence of dignitaries of the stature of the Honorable Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mr. Bindo.M.Lanong, Minister of IT and Water Resource Mr.A.L.Hek, DG Assam Rifles Mr. Ranbir Singh, Mr. Larsing Ming Sawian, owner of the Shillong-Lajong Football Club and the Director of IIM Shillong, Professor Keya Sengupta.
The closing ceremony started with Professor Sengupta heartily congratulating and thanking the participants and invitees for their graceful presence. She then went on to elucidate how the Golf Cup, the flagship event of the IIM S has become a unique platform for the amalgamation of sports, academia and the corporate world. She stressed on the event as an occasion to gather, deliberate and sketch out a road map for the future. She congratulated the organizing committee on successfully organizing the event that promised to be ‘sharing wisdom on the greens”. She thanked the Government of Meghalaya, in particular the Department of Tourism, for their unwavering support in the entire tournament and ascertained future collaborations with the government for the development of the Northeast and designing a sustainable business and economic environment.
Dr. Mukul Sangma also spoke of how the event managed to bring the budding entrepreneurs and managers on the same platform as the corporates. He appreciated the efforts of IIM Shillong in the field to initiate strong corporate interactions among the government and the corporate players. He stressed on the need for the industrial and tourism development of the Northeast and expected to see his wishes come true through future alliances with the institute and the corporates.
The event closed with the participants being awarded for their skills in golf in categories like 0-12 handicap, 13-18 handicap, 19-24 handicap, longest drive, straightest drive , closest to pin and the women’s category. The winners of Khlur Thma, the B-school case study competition were also felicitated in the event. Teams from IIM Shillong and ISB Hyderabad were declared joint winners in the same.
The event ended with a promise to be back next year with IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season 6 of a greater magnitude and higher levels of participation from the corporate world as well as the management students.
International Symposium – "Global Initiative for Sustainability and Human Development: Envisioning the Planetary Future"
Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty attended a three day International symposium entitled ‘Global Initiative for Sustainability and Human Development: Envisioning the Planetary Future’ held from the 1st to 3rd October 2012, at Guwahati. The symposium was organized by: North East Centre for Research and Development (NECRD), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) New Delhi In Collaboration with a number of other institutions like the Tata Institute of Social Science, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Indian Council of World Affairs and the University of Berkeley California.
The Inaugural saw the participation of a number of distinguished speakers which included Shri Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister of Power, Government of Assam, Shir P.P. Srivastava, Member , NEC, Prof Gautam Baruah, Director of IIT Guwahati, Prof Om Prakash Mishra, Prof V. Xaxa, Director of TISS, Guawhati, Shri Dipak Chakravarty, CMD of Numaligarh Refinery , Noted Gandhian Shri Natwar Thakkar, Prof Martin Sanchez of UC, Berkeley and others.
Prof Kakoty presented a paper on “Sustainabilityand Governance: Public Policy and Democratic Justice”, in a session that was chaired by Shri B.P.Muktieh, CMD of NEDFI.
Prof Kakoty also chaired a session entitled “ Sustainabilityand North East India: Balancing Trium of Environment , Society and Economy” in which papers were presented by Mr A.K.Johari, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest, Dr Sanjoy Barbora, Associate Professor , TISS, Dr Smita Talukdar, Project Manager, Govt. of Assam and Dr Partha J.Das of Aranyak.
Celebration of Hindi Divas/Pakhwada
On the occasion of Hindi Divas, first ever Hindi Pakhwada was organized under the chairmanship of Director, RGIIM Shillong from 14-28 September 2012 in the institute. During Hindi Pakhwada various competitions such as; Hindi Dictation, Reading and Application Writing were organized, in which several enthusiast staffs participated and the winners were awarded with cash prizes as incentives by the chairperson.
PT Expo 2012, Beijing, China
"Posts and Telecom EXPO COMM China 2012" is sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China.The Expo was attended by Sai Chandan D and Brahmaiah P, PGPEx Batch of 2013, IIM Shillong.
It is held in Beijing on September 18 to 22. As per the data provided by them, from January to July of 2012, the total revenue of ICT (Information & Communications Technology) industry reached 745.86 billion RMB; the total telephone users increased to 1.345 billion, about 9.925 million of them are new telephone users including 10.048 million new mobile phone users. The total revenue of mobile phone business is 446.03 billion RMB, which increased by 11.3% compared to last year’s numbers of same period.
According to them, the market situation will continue to improve, infrastructure construction will progress steadily, and internet application develops speedily. In their words, the largest and influential ICT and electronics science and technology exhibitions in Asia, PT/EXPO COMM CHINA 2012, focused on the industrial theme of great development, great convergence and great innovation to present the fruitful achievements of industrial integration, including: construction of "Broadband China", cross-industry ICT application, three-networks convergence, and the application software; to introduce cutting-edge technology development including: LTE, mobile internet, cloud computing; to showcase the successful transformation of telecom operators and telecom equipment providers, the boom development of small-medium enterprises; the new trend in renovation and transition of the energy conservation and environmental protection concept and application.
There are a total of 8 exhibition halls of approximately 500 exhibitors coming from about 16 countries. Apart from the exhibitions, events like contests, seminars, forums were also organized. Companies vied to attract attention with their stall designs and innovative approaches in delivering content. Of the biggies present, Huawei took the limelight with majority buzz inside its stall.
Other companies like Lenovo, ZTE, Alcatel, Tencent, Ericsson, Nokia, UT Starcom and HiSense were present. Though most of the demos are in Chinese, all of the stall owners know English and they readily translated everything to English.
We also found one stall by Beijing University of Post and Telecom who were marketing their Executive MBA degree program. There is a possibility of opening one such stall in future where we can market our degree while marketing the batch profile for internships and placements. We enquired about the cost which is around USD 525 per square meter.
Companies arranged display of their products and demonstrations through projectors on their future technologies. They used to give out handouts and business cards to whoever visits their stalls. They have also arranged their personnel to get a glimpse on their technologies. We have visited many companies irrespective of their business size.
Most of the companies are very well aware of BSNL-MTNL from which Brahma hails from. We understood that they have a lot of respect for Indian telecom companies which are the major clients for their products. They asked for our business cards to maintain contact. We used this opportunity to let them know about our program and institute. We made them aware that every year a batch of 35 Indian executives will be in China during this period to do internship. They promised to help by forwarding our email to the concerned department. One company also showed interest in organizing a product demonstration in OUC campus.
We are grateful to Professor Rohit Joshi for letting us participate in this event. We also hope the next batches utilize this expo to become aware of the trending technologies in Telecom sector while building contacts in the rapidly growing industry.
IIM Shillong successfully concludes EmergE – The first of its kind Entrepreneurship Summit
The closing ceremony of the two-day Entrepreneurship Summit at IIM Shillong culminated with words of wisdom by the Director of IIM Shillong, Professor Keya Sengupta and the eminent panel of guests. The guests included Mark Kahn, Venture Partner at Omnivore Capital and Executive Vice President at Godrej Agrovet; Emily Harrison, Executive Director & Founder at Innovaid Advisory Services; Bhavna Toor, Investment Manager, Design for Social Change; Prajakt Raut, co-founder, The Hatch for Startups and Angel Investors Consortium; and Anil Joshi, President of Mumbai Angels.
The ceremony started with an Investor Conclave wherein the guests, who are country’s leading venture capitalists and angel investors, engaged in an insightful and an interactive session with the participants. The guests mentioned that an ideal entrepreneurship venture would consist of two or three partners who have the passion and commitment to turn a good idea into a successful business. Another highlight of the conclave was the discussion on upcoming Clean Technology ventures in India.
In her address to the participants, the Director emphasised the responsibility of IIM students towards the society as future entrepreneurs. She stressed upon the challenges faced by the North -East community and the constructive role to be played by IIM Shillong students in the inclusive growth of the remote corners of North-East. She called upon the students to nurture their entrepreneur ideas into feasible businesses, and become job providers rather than job seekers.
Mark Kahn, the mentor of EmergE challenged the conventional thinking of Indian management students by asking them to travel the path of entrepreneurship and become the Captain of one’s own ship. He was optimistic about the scope of capital procurement for the budding ventures of the students. He believed in the latent potential of the North - East region and urged the students to capitalise on the increasing state and private investments.
The winning team – Team SoAp of the EmergE Reveal Case Study competition (in association with ZEE Learn) comprised of IIM Shillong students, Arpit Tripathi and Sowmya Ramanathan. The runner-up team was Team Revealedfrom Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. The winning team of the EmergE Business Plan competition was Team WeInnovators from Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research and the runner-up team was Team HC from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
The participants of EmergE were enthralled by a scintillating performance organised by the Cultural Committee of IIM Shillong. The huge success of first entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong sets the tone for budding entrepreneurship ventures of tomorrow.
Inauguration of Emerge, IIM Shillong’s first annual entrepreneurship conclave at IIM Shillong
Emerge, the first annual entrepreneurship conclave of IIM Shillong, was inaugurated by Ms. Agatha Sangma, Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Rural Development and Professor Keya Sengupta, Director of IIM Shillong. Other diginitaries like Ms.Emily Harrison , Executive director and Founder at Innovaid Advisory Services, Padmashree Patricia Mukhim, Editor of Shillong Times, Ms. Bhavna Toor, Director of NSEF and Mr. Anil Joshi, President of Angel Investors, Mumbai also graced the event with their presence. The occasion, the first of its kind in IIM Shillong, started off with the guests being welcomed followed by the lighting of the inaugural lamp by Ms. Sangma and Prof. Sengupta.
Prof. Sengupta then addressed the audience, bringing to notice the iconic fact that the Ms. Sangma, being the youngest Member of Parliament was present at the inauguration of an event that stood for youth development and entrepreneurship. She stressed, as always, on the need for youth involvement in sustainable economic development which would focus more on entrepreneurship creating employment opportunities in the North East rather than depending on the government for providing jobs. She congratulated the students for successfully organizing such an event that provides a platform to young enthusiasts to prove their mettle in being a successful entrepreneur.
Ms. Sangma, on her part, expressed her happiness at being able to attend the unique event. She too held the view that the North East is in need of budding entrepreneurs who would utilize untapped resources, so abundant in the region. The young MP stressed on the need for a balanced economy contrary to the presently prevalent economy that is characterized by concentration of wealth in the hands of a fortunate few. She urged the participants to strive to change the present skewed economic and social development in India to a more micro level development. These words of wisdom inculcated within all present, a sense of responsibility to contribute towards the society. The event ended with a high tea leaving the participants excitedly speculating about the happenings in Emerge over the coming two eventful days.
Future of ICT in Meghalaya and the Role of IIM Shillong
Prof Keya Sengupta delivered a talk on "Future of ICT in Meghalaya and the Role of IIM Shillong" at the One day Conclave of Meghabyte-NICT 2012 at the Yojanan Bhawan,Meghalaya Secretariat.The conclave was organized by the Telegraph Group on 14th September,2012 in collaboration with the govt of Meghalaya
IIMS successfully concludes its Second Edition of Entrepreneurship Course
Right from its inception Indian Institute of Management, Shillong has been actively involved in organizing both short term and long term programmes for the upliftment of the local community and society of the state and the North East region. The Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) was constituted with the objective to respond to the local needs and make the facilities of the Institute available for the training of the local talented youths of the region. Developing Managerial Skills for Entrepreneurship (DMSE), funded by the Ministry of DoNER is a programme organized by CEDNER for budding entrepreneurs in the North East. It enhances the capability of the youth of the region encouraging them to lean away from the dependence on government jobs.
A colourful ceremony marked the successful completion of the second edition of the DMSE programme in the esteemed presence of the Chief Guest, Padma Shri Manas Chowdhury, owner of Shillong Times and Professor Keya Sengupta, Director, IIM Shillong. The ecstatic participants shared their experiences about the course and expressed their gratitude to the institute and the faculty for instilling in them the spirit and zeal of an entrepreneur. Toni, a student from Manipur, on behalf of all the participants thanked the institute for giving them the confidence to create jobs rather than to seek jobs in the North East and contribute to the development of the region that is abundant in resources. Another student, Mitali Agarwal expressed how the programme has brought in them a complete transformation that inspires them to be a part of the system that concentrates not only on making profit but also in sustainable growth. Students were of the opinion that the course has equipped them with better knowledge and stronger base on which they could develop their existing or new ventures.
The Director, Professor Keya Sengupta congratulated the participants on their successful completion of the course and encouraged them to be independent, and contribute to the development of self, region and country. Addressing the participants, the Director said, “North East cannot develop without the contribution of people like you (young participants) and you should not rely solely on government initiatives“. The Director expressed her wish to continue the association with the participants and extended unconditional support from the institute in all their endeavours.
The Chief Guest, Padma Shri Manas Chowdhury, who himself is a great inspiration for many, expressed his profound happiness to be amidst the young, bright and bubbling spirit of North East. He stressed on the fact that in order to prosper the people of North East need to aspire for more and take care of their own destinies. He encouraged people to rise above their egos and imbibe themselves a sense of humility. With his own experience as to how he converted Shillong Times from a weekly to a daily newspaper, he shared with the gathering the importance of ‘commitment to a cause’ and to ‘stand by one’s values’. He concluded his speech by motivating everyone to dream big and lead a life driven by a sense of purpose. The ceremony ended amidst loud applauds as the participants, kindled with a spark to rise and make a difference, collected their certificates and headed for an informal interaction session over high tea.
Review of the Sino-India Executive Post Graduate Program in International Business
Prof. Keya Sengupta, the Director, RGIIM Shillong visited Ocean University China, Qingdao, during 16-18th of August, 2012, to have a firsthand review of the Sino-India Executive Post Graduate Program in International Business, an endeavor the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM Shillong), India and the Ocean University China(OUC), China have joined hands for. Prof. Rohit Joshi (Chairman, PGPEx) and Prof. Debasis Chanda (Chairman PGPEx placement) accompanied her.
Prof. Sengupta and the team members met with the PGPEx participants and discussed and addressed their concerns related to the improvement of the ongoing courses, corporate lectures and business excursions of the China Module.
On 17th August 2012 the Director had a meeting with Prof. Dai Hua, Director, International Office, OUC Qingdao, China, on the current status of ongoing course. Others members present in the meeting were Prof. Aihua (Iris) NING, Professor, International Education center, OUC China, Prof. He Yiming, Director, Sino-US dual Degree programs and In-charge international MBA program, OUC China, Prof. Gao Jin Tian, Head of Economics and trade department, OUC China, Prof. Su Meng, Economics and Business Department, Mr. Jesse Chen, Coordinator, International Program, Prof. Rohit Joshi, Chairman, PGPEx, IIM Shillong, India, Prof. Debasis Chanda, Chairman, Placement (PGPEx), IIM Shillong, India.
Both the directors marked this program as a new beginning for a long-term relationship of camaraderie and trust between the two Institutions. Prof. Hua ensured to develop international business leaders and hoped that the candidate will take forward the hospitality of the two nations into the paradigm of new business ventures. He further emphasized that the participants will understand the Chinese way of life and business culture and thus enabling them to be the ambassador of Sino-India way of living into the Global business community. Prof. Dai and Prof. Yiming praised the PGPEx students on their sincerity, handwork, punctuality, attendance and self behaved manners.
Prof. Sengupta praised the efforts that OUC professors are putting to make this program successful. She put forward the concerns of PGPEx students for OUC professors’ perusal. Prof. Dai and the team took those suggestions in very positive note and promised the Director, IIMS for necessary improvements. Prof. Yiming, briefed about the Internship details for which the duration is 10 weeks. Prof. Yiming is still working on it and shall coordinate with the PGPEx Students’ placement committee.
Prof. Sengupta stated that RGIIM Shillong shall start working on the next year’s MOU and by September, a draft of the MOU would be sent to Prof. Dai and the OUC professor for necessary comments. The meeting ended with a very positive and affirmative note. Prof. Dai Hua hosted the dinner to honor Prof. Sengupta, Director IIM Shillong and the other IIM Shillong team members.
IIM Shillong celebrates Independence Day
15th August, the day that marked the 66th Independence of the nation, was celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm by the entire IIM Shillong fraternity. It was an occasion when the campus came alive with the spirit of the day, soaked in patriotism. From the decorations to the dresses donned, everything reflected the mood of the day, the atmosphere was charged up with a feeling of pride. The event was attended by the participants with much enthusiasm who battled the pangs of morning sleep, usual for a holiday, to pay their respects to the tricolor and the nation. The security guards, by performing a march past demonstrating excellent sync and perfection, offered their salutations to the tricolor. Every person present there - participants, faculty, their families and the administrative staff experienced a feeling of immense pride and a zeal to give back to the nation in their own way.
The tricolor was hoisted by senior faculty member Professor P. Saravanan and the CAO of IIM Shillong campus Mr. R.C. Saxena amidst the hymns of the National Anthem.
Prof. Saravanan then addressed the gathering by wishing everyone a very happy Independence Day. He shared with everyone his concern, how the young bright brains of the country are all running behind just corporate jobs. He inspired the gathering to contribute back to the society by preparing for the Civil Services Examination and the likes of it. He motivated one and all to be a part of the governing system and contribute to the progress of the nation.
The ceremony ended with refreshments being served over informal interactions and left each and every one charged up with a sense of patriotism.
The Green initiative organized by the ECoBiZ Club, IIMS & SBI
It is said that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now." Taking forward the vision of sustainability, IIM Shillong students came out with a tree plantation drive named ‘Prakriti’, which saw a huge participation from the students and the faculty. As part of this initiative, more than 80 saplings of fruit bearing trees like oranges and guavas were planted in the campus. This green initiative was planned and organized by the ECoBiZ Club, IIM Shillong in collaboration with SBI, which were the chief sponsors. Anderson Biotech Pvt. Ltd. too supported the cause by providing biodegradable manure.
The Chief Guest of the event, Mrs. Rose, AGM of SBI expressed her happiness in being part of an initiative which would enrich the ecosystem. She added that it was not only important to plant trees but also to take care of them and to ensure that they grow into healthy trees. Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director IIM Shillong applauded the initiative and the well thought choice of fruit trees which besides giving fruits will also attract birds and thus enrich the ecosystem.
Also present on the occasion, Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty and Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri guided the students with the right way of planting saplings and also apprised them of the various precautions to be taken.
Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor, the faculty advisor of the ECoBiZ Club, provided all her guidance to the team. She has been a great source of inspiration for the students to carry out various activities ranging from teaching initiatives to blood donation and planting trees. The zeal of the students of PGP11 and PGP12 in planting and adopting a tree each was appreciated by the guests and the faculty.
7th Annual Green Economics Conference
Manan Jain, a second year PGP participant, presented a paper on "Gifting: A new approach to Economy" in the "7th Annual Green Economics Conference" organized by the Green Economics Institute (GEI), UK on the 19th,20th and 21st July 2012, at Oxford University. Invited as a speaker, one amongst the two selected from India, he delivered the presentation over skype on the 1st day of conference. He deliberated about the present economic system, its effects on the environment and society and how the concept of Gift Economy can be applied to address these socio-economic problems. His views were well received by the audience which included academicians and policy makers from around the world. Based on the feedback from the imminent personalities present, he would like to take this further and start a non-profit organization based on the ideas presented.
Inauguration of the PGPEX Program in Ocean University China, Qingdao
The Chinese Module of the first ever Sino-India global post graduate program of management for executives (PGPEx) was inaugurated on 15th of July 2012 at OUC, China. The group of 35 participants of PGPEx program reached Qingdao, China on the previous night and the mood among the participants was one of elation for the forthcoming venture into the Chinese module. The inauguration program was attended by the faculty member of the Economics department of OUC, China and by the two member delegation of IIM Shillong faculty members including Prof. Basav Roychoudhury and Prof. Tara Shankar Shaw and the PGPEx participants. The inauguration included welcome addresses by Prof. He Yiming (Director Sino-USA Management program), Prof. Dai Hua (Director International Office, OUC) from OUC, Prof.Basav Roychoudhury from IIM Shillong and Ms. Kanchan Phogat , Class Representative of the PGPEx participants. The inauguration function was also attended by Prof. Ning Aihua, Director International Education Center, OUC; Prof. Gao JinTian, Director , Department of International Economics and Trade, OUC. Following the welcome address there was a formal introduction by the students and the evening ended with traditional Chinese dinner hosted by OUC. Prof. Dai. GuiLin, Dean College of Economics, OUC joined during the dinner.
Prof. Yiming in his welcome address stated that this is the new beginning for IIM Shillong and OUC, China. He stated that after the three short-term Advanced Management Programs between IIM Shillong and OUC, China the PGPEx marks a new beginning for a long-term relationship of camaraderie and trust between the two institutions. Prof. Hua underscored the point that PGPEx course marks a new beginning not only for the two institutions but also among the two countries. He said that the course entails to develop international business leaders and hoped that the candidate will take forward the hospitability of the two nations into the paradigm of new business ventures. He emphasized that the participants will understand the Chinese way of life and business culture and thus enabling them to be the ambassador of Sino-India way of living into the Global business community.
Prof. Roychoudhury stated that it is a history creating moment for the two institutions and for the two countries associated with the PGPEx programs. He welcomed the students and said that they should be proud of themselves to be the part of this history creating moment. He said that the group of the thirty five students is selected through tough competition. Out of one thousand candidates who applied for the course five hundred were selected for the interview and out of these five hundred only thirty five were selected into the course. In the end he thanked OUC in behalf of IIM Shillong and he mentioned that his visit to Qingdao is always being like home coming due to their hospitability. M. Kanchan Phogat showed her gratitude towards IIM Shillong and OUC, China and showed the enthusiasm, on behalf of the student, to learn about the business practices of two large growing economies of the World.
IIM Shillong’s First Global Executive MBA Inaugurated advisor To PM lauds IIM S Innovation
Having been recognized as a constant innovator in terms of program designing, IIM Shillong today formally launched its first Executive Post Graduate Program (PGPEx) on International Business with a special reference to China already dubbed as the first ever, and one of its kind in the area of Business studies. The program as such is an outcome of visionary leadership paving the way for a fruitful collaboration with the Ocean University of China located at Qingdao.
While speaking at the inaugural session, Prof AK Dutta, the main architect behind the successful launch remarked, "This is a strategic move, and we have chose deliberately to tie up with OUC’s Economics department rather than its business school. We are of the opinion that this will help enhance synergies, and derive better insights into the Chinese economy, and business culture. Our believe is to never duplicate resources but in fact synergize to get the best out of collaborative efforts in terms of expertise and use of resources."
While addressing the first batch of 35 students undertaking the PGPEx, Prof Dutta’s words of encouragement was," We expect you to be morally upright, intellectually competent, socially committed, and spiritually inspired, all the while taking advantage of being a member of the IIM S community."
Mr. TKA Nair, Advisor to Prime Minister, while lauding the innovative approaches of IIM Shillong in terms of its use of technology, and more so its programs said, "These are remarkable changes for the better, and the remarkable progress achieved at large goes to the credit of Prof Ashoke Dutta and his committed faculty colleagues, who have served the Institute in the last four years with exemplary commitment and vision. It is quite evident that Prof Dutta has put in a very significant effort bringing in programs, which very longstanding institutions have not been able to achieve."
While commenting on the improved relationships with neighboring China, Nair observed that in a changing global economy in the context of changing relationships with China, the avenues for carrying business opportunities with it must be grasped to ensure a sense of wellbeing for the general populace of both countries.
"China’s role and global economy is bound to grow in the days to come, and we have to learn to live, and compete as a friendly neighbor." Nair reminded the gathering about the Prime Minister’s constant reminder to interlocutors that India cannot choose its neigbours but instead take advantage of current developing scenarios where economy, and trade & commerce shall serve as a determinant towards growth in positive relationship.
The Advisor to the Prime Minister portrayed that the program being launched by IIM Shillong is "extremely timely, will benefit institutions and the country at large."
Inspiring the students, Nair categorically stated that the 35 founding participants would be the torch bearers in terms of strengthening relationships between the two countries, and serve as ambassadors of the country in true spirit.
Earlier, Shri TKA Nair had visited IIM Shillong's permanent campus site located at Umsawli and planted a sapling keeping in tune with IIM Shillong's thrust on sustainable development, and also serving the purpose of marking in the Institute's history the visit of the Advisor to Prime Minister to its upcoming campus.
The program also witnessed a short film on the recent efforts of The World Business School Council of Sustainable Business (WBSCSB) at the Rio 50+20 Conference where IIM Shillong helped in formulating the ideas for sustainable management education for the world as a founding member. Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty shared the experiences of the Rio 50+20 summit wherein IIM Shillong represented India as the only academic institute from the country. Following this a shawl of honour presented to IIM Shillong during the recently concluded summit at Rio was presented by Shri TKA Nair to the Director IIM Shillong. Interestingly, the shawl has been made out of recycled plastic waste.
Prof S. Shajahan, Chairman of the newly launched PGPEx presented the gathering with an overview of the program, before the founding batch of students were administered a pledge.
The closing remarks and vote of thanks was delivered by Prof HS Chhabbra, Dean Academic of IIM Shillong.
IIM Shillong signs MoU with SAP India Pvt. Ltd.
RGIIMS and SAP have decided that it would be in the furtherance of their respective objectives to collaborate and cooperate with each other and undertake certain activities jointly in the area of facilitating the CSR projects of SAP relating to the e-enabling of few local village administrations in the Shillong area on a cloud based model.
Bringing this into effect, an exchange of the duly signed MoU was undertaken on July 4th 2012 at the RGIIMS Board Room between Mr. Deepak Kumar, Director – Government Relations representing SAP India Pvt. Ltd. and Prof AK Dutta, Director IIM Shillong in the presence of Shri DP Wahlang, Commissioner & Secretary, IT Department, Govt. of Meghalaya, senior faculty members including the Dean (Academic), Dean (Research) & Chairperson FPM, Head - CEDNER and the Officer (Corporate and Public Relations) – IIM S.
The project is expected to roll out in the next coming days.
IIM Shillong Felicitated at the ABP News B School Awards
Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, has been honoured with award of B-School with Industry Related Curriculum in Operations Management from ABP NEWS in their National B-school Awards. The glittering awards ceremony held at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai on June 30th, 2012 was attended by Shri Merlvin Jude Mukhim, Officer - Corporate & Public Relations and Nilkesh Patra, Member of the Student Council (2011-2013). The ABP News National B-School Awards recognises institutions that are innovative, modern and industry related in their curriculum.
Also present was Shri Ashok Venkatramani, CEO of MCCS India Pvt. Ltd.
NSE and IIM Shillong join hands to offer first PG programme in financial markets at IIM Shillong
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (IIMS) have partnered with the intention of starting the first two-year full-time post-graduate programme in financial markets (PGP-FM), offered by an IIM.
The government has been focusing on developing infrastructure and creating job opportunities in the North East. Since education and skill development is one of the focus areas, this tie-up with IIM Shillong is a move to contribute towards the development of this region.
NSE MD & CEO Ravi Narain said in a statement: "We hope that this post graduate programme will help in honing the trading and investment skills of students and working professionals and make them more eligible for the job market.''
"The collaboration will go a long way towards capacity building and creat-ing expertise in areas in which the demand exceeds supply. This will help accelerate the development of the financial sector and the growth of our economy," said IIM Shillong director Ashoke K Dutta.
In addition to the two year PG programme, NSE and IIM Shillong will also offer a number of advanced level certifications and Management Development Programmes in financial markets.
The PGP-FM course will be a combination of general management subjects and highly specialised subjects in financial markets such as financial valuation and modeling, equity research, technical analysis, derivatives trading strategies and financial engineering.
The PGP students will be able to get a global perspective as the programme will include a visit to international markets. The students will be able to simulate market conditions and develop trading, investment and portfolio management skills through simulated market software, specially designed by NSE.
Standalone management development programmes and certification courses, to be offered jointly by NSE and IIM Shillong in financial engineering, risk management, capital markets, and derivatives will help professionals to sharpen their skills. Students from other streams who are interested in taking up certificate courses will also benefit from the certification courses.
Professor Sanjeeb Kakoty attended the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The conference saw the formal presentation of the much awaited report regarding the transformation of management education world over. Known as the 50+20 Agenda: Management Education for the World – a summary vision document and short film, was shared with attendees of the 3rd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, including more than 300 Deans, Directors and representatives from Business Schools and companies attending the United Nations Global Compact RIO+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. The vision and film was simultaneously launched online at www.50plus20.org
It may be mentioned that The 50+20 Agenda was developed over the course of 18 months through a series of consultative workshops, retreats and meetings across 5 continents with contributions from more than 100 thought leaders and academics, with many more participating in online stakeholder surveys. Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty was part of the teams engaged both in preparation of the report as well the film.
Providing management education for the world, according to the 50+20 Agenda, involves three fundamental roles:
- Educating and developing globally responsible leaders
- Enabling business organizations to serve the common good and
- Engaging in the transformation of business and the economy
50+20 is a collaborative initiative between three organizations: the World Business School Council of Sustainable Business (WBSCSB), the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and the Principles of Responsible Management Education (U.N. backed PRME).
The following institutions generously provided financial assistance and are recognized as official co-authors of the 50+20 Agenda: Business School Lausanne (CH), CENTRUM Católica, (PE), Concordia University (CA), Copenhagen Business School (DK), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, ESADE (ES), ESSEC (FR), ICN Business School Nancy-Metz (FR), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (DE), Queensland University of Technology (AU), Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (IN), Swinburne University of Technology (AU), University of Pretoria (ZA), University of St Gallen (CH), Vienna University of Economics and Business (AU), Zermatt Summit (CH/FR).
IIM Shillong – Rendezvous for major IT Conference with NER focus
IIM Shillong, Academic Partner and host of the E18 – CNN IBN program titled NORTH EAST E-GOVERNANCE SUMMIT 2012 witnessed key Government and Corporate leaders apart from Network 18 leadership attending the event being held at its picturesque campus setting. Union Minister of DONER – Government of India, Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar, Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister Government of Meghalaya, Shri A L Hek, Minister for IT Government of Meghalaya, Bhudeb Chakravarti – Senior General Manager & Region Head – National Institute for Smart Government, Mr. Ravindra Maurya, Chief Technology Strategist, Redhat, and Mr. Karma Paljor, Editor – Business and Specials, CNN IBN, Shri UK Sangma, Secretary North Eastern Council, and Shri DP Wahlang, Commissioner & secretary IT, Government of Meghalaya were the few amongst the diverse and prominent attendees and Speakers during the course of the summit.
Network 18 Media and Investments Limited, in association with the Ministry of Communications and IT, Govt of India through its news channel CNN IBN brought into action the strategic meet to not only highlight the achievements of the Government, but also to deliberate on key issues and challenges that the Federal and State Governments face in the day to day execution of the e-Governance initiative in the North East Region (NER).
The event provides a platform for an interface between the senior leadership of the North East Region and to create awareness on some of the e-Governance projects that have been implemented successfully in other Indian states. This Mega Colloquium is seeing participation of key stakeholders from the Industry, ensuring knowledge sharing in terms of newer technologies and processes which can be deployed to overcome the hurdles that are faced by the State Governments in the NER.
Academic expertise and inputs from IIM Shillong were provided by Dr. Basav Roychoudhury on ICT for Quality Education and Human Resource Development and Prof. Natalie Kharkongor on Livelihood Promotion: Leveraging ICT and Internet Technology respectively.
Prof Ashoke K. Dutta, Director IIM Shillong delivered the opening remarks and Valedictory address while bringing the Summit to its conclusion.
This is perhaps a landmark event not only for IIM Shillong, but NER as a whole and the state of Meghalaya in particular.
Workshop for Educators on Open Source Technology for Education
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong conducted a one day workshop on May 29, 2012 titled “Workshop for Educators on Open Source Technology in Education”. With the educational institutions slowly ensuring Internet connectivity to their students, and with the plan of MHRD to ensure that every student has an access device like the “Aakash” tablet, the question that arises is how to use these available technologies. The workshop focused on getting the best out of technology by integrating aspects of its utility into the pedagogy of various courses. Also, in view of reducing cost of owning such technologies, the focus of the workshop was on Open Source systems which can be freely downloaded from the Internet without any licensing cost.
IIM Shillong, known in the country as one of the most tech savvy campuses has been experimenting on use of various technologies to enhance pedagogy, and the same has been appreciated by the students. This workshop was an initiative to share these experiences with faculty/administrators of other educational institutions of the region, under the Institute’s efforts to make a difference to the location in which it is located so that the benefit can reach a larger number of stakeholders. The workshop was attended by faculty of colleges, universities and other teaching institutions of repute from the region. The workshop allowed the participants to work hands-on on the open source technologies discussed during the day. These included the use of learning management systems, web conferencing, social bookmarking, and other related technologies.
Speaking about the workshop, the Dr Basav Roychoudhury, Program Director commented, “The pedagogy currently used by most of the educational institutions has not changed much over decades. The only perceptible change in many cases is the introduction of Powerpoint Presentation to augment blackboard. However, the students have moved ahead from memorizing texts to living on Facebook. The age old pedagogy fails to appeal to this group of students. Moreover, technology can aptly be used to make the pedagogy interactive and two-way, where the teacher becomes a facilitator and the student takes up the responsibility of learning. Thus, pedagogy tailored for the ‘Facebook generation’ need to be put in place at the earliest. This needs a change in the attitude and expectation of the teachers and also a re-evaluation of what type of education will prepare the current generation of students for their future.”
Management Development Program on Contemporary Project Management
Under Prof. Ashoke K Dutta's guidance, Prof. Santosh K. Prusty, Prof. Shankar Purbey and Prof. Rohit Joshi successfully conducted a Six Days Management Development Program on Contemporary Project Management and Execution for Senior Executives of Oil India Limited, Guwahati, during 30th April 2012 to 5th May 2012.
Prof. S.K.Majumdar (MDP Chairman) inaugurated the program and Prof. D.K Agarwal (Officiating Director) presided over the Valedictory program. RGIIM Shillong faculty members were also invited to deliver lectures on their expertise domain. This course was specially designed for the Senior Executives of Oil India Limited, Guwahati to provide understanding of concepts and contents of contemporary project management. The participants were exposed with all the four (Financial, Technical, Personal and Organizational) dimensions and three phases (formulation, financing and execution) of project life cycle that includes the journey that starts from project planning till project executions. This comprehensive training program was consisted of three modules. Proven industry-leading technology specified for design, materials and construction to support safe, reliable and cost-effective operations were discussed in detail. Each module intended to acquaint the participants with the latest tools and techniques of project management. The group was also taken to the new campus site and the details of the project were discussed by Col. Nagarajan and Mr. Sunshine Marbaniang. All participants appreciated the program and promised to send the next group for the same program soon.
German Student Exchange Programme 2012
Like the previous year, this year too IIM Shillong was host to students from the Hamburg Media School, Germany, for a Students’ Exchange Program. An eighteen member team consisting of both regular and executive MBA students, lead by the Mr Nils Grannemann, Head of the International Office of the Hamburg Media School, arrived in Shillong on 21.4.2012, for a week long intensive course on Indian Media Markets. It is a credit course and student performance is assessed jointly by IIM Shillong and HMS, Germany.
Apart from internal faculty of the IIM, a number of experts, which included Dr Subir Bhaumik, former East Asia Correspondent of the BBC and currently Editor of the Seven Sisters Post, Padmashree Patricia Mukhim, Editor of the Shillong Times, Mr Asish Batnagar, Deputy Director of the AIR, and Shakil Ahammed, IAS, Secretary IPR, of the Government of Meghalaya, took part in the programme. It was inaugurated by Mr James Sangma, MLA, who also has a Post Graduate Degree in Media from London.
The Students were divided into six teams and each team was assigned with a project that was presented at the end of the course. Apart from classroom learning, the students were also taken on field visits in and around Shillong to be followed up by visits to media houses in Kolkata and Mumbai.
The Programme was co-ordinated by Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty, who was previously appointed as the International Consultant of Indian Media Markets to the Hamburg Media School and also Faculty Mentor to guide their students. In the meantime, three students of the earlier batch have successfully completed their Master Thesis under his guidance.
MDP on Finance for Medical Professionals
RGIIM Shillong commenced its five day Management Development Programme on Finance for Medical Professionals on 16th April 2012. The programme is daily scheduled for five days from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The programme was inaugurated by Prof.Ashoke Kumar Dutta, Director, RGIIM Shillong highlighting the contribution of RGIIM Shillong towards the local community in various segments. In spite of the location lacuna, he mentioned that RGIIM Shillong is organising programmes for various professional people.
The participants of the programme include eminent doctors and administrators of reputed government and private hospitals of Shillong.
The programme directors were Prof.P.Saravanan and Prof.N.Sivasankaran, faculty members of the Institute specializing in the areas of Accounting and Finance respectively.
IIM Shillong Third Convocation
Lessons from the Infosys marathon
A lecture delivered by Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chief Guest, IIM Shillong Third Convocation
The Chairman, Members of the Governing Council, the Director, faculty, staff, guests, students, parents of the graduating students, and, most importantly, the graduating students, it is a pleasure to be here with the future managers and business leaders of our country. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to be with you on this joyous occasion. Congratulations to the passing out students. Every one of you has the potential to lead world-class companies and contribute to India’s competitiveness. Today, I will talk to you about the Infosys journey. There may be some generic lessons for you, the future business leaders.
Infosys was founded in 1981 by a team of seven. The founding team had a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive set of skills, expertise and experience. There were people, who, in addition to their expertise in software, had some experience in human resources, finance, strategy, technology, sales and marketing. This is one of our success factors. At that time, there were no venture capitalists to connect us with prospective key employees. Hence, we had to start with such a complementary founding team. The common attributes of the team were aspiration, hard work, meritocracy, integrity, honesty, confidence, commitment, passion, hope and enthusiasm.
We realized that our dream had to be based on a lofty vision, something larger than ourselves. Our aspiration derived strength from Leo Burnett’s words: When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. We wanted to create India’s first company of the professional, by the professional and for the professional. We also wanted to create high disposable income jobs for young men and women in India. Above all, we wanted to demonstrate that wealth could be created legally and ethically. We longed to disprove the stereotyped view that all businessmen were crooks. Therefore, we chose respect from every stakeholder as our corporate objective.
Building a business is all about great aspirations and about deferred gratification. My colleagues had to trust the leader’s words and sacrifice upfront with the hope for a better tomorrow. I found out pretty early that the best way to obtain the trust of younger colleagues was to lead by example. This is particularly true in an environment where educated people observe, collect data, analyze it, and come to conclusions. My inspiration for leading by example came from Mahatma Gandhi’s words that one must be the change that one wishes to see in one’s followers.
The odds were against us. We had very little money, just US$ 250. In fact, we borrowed the initial capital from our generous and trusting wives. It was difficult to attract good people. We had neither a decent infrastructure nor a brand name. The market for customized software did not exist in India. The Indian rules and regulations in the 1980s were far too bureaucratic. India had an inward-looking economic policy. The bureaucrats just did not trust the private sector. Businesses faced difficulties in obtaining even basic infrastructure like phones and data communication lines. We believed that our aspirations were our possibilities.
We worked hard and built the organization, step by step. Infosys grew from US $ 0.13 million in revenues and 12 employees in 1982 to just US $ 3.89 million and 300 employees by 1992. The economic reforms of 1991 reduced the friction for conducting business in India, and improved the velocity of decision-making in organizations. We used this opportunity to grow. We recognized the need to adapt to change and acted according to the words of Charles Darwin that it was not the strongest of the species that survived, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. We took the opportunity afforded by these reforms to globalize our operations. We focused on exports, conceptualized and implemented the Global Delivery Model (GDM), built world-class infrastructure, and became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ.
Infosys has grown its revenues consistently for the last 75 quarters in a row since we went public in India in 1993. By March 2012, we estimate that our annual revenues will cross US$ seven billion. Today, we have over 130,000 employees, around 90 overseas offices, and more than 700 active and satisfied clients.
Let me now discuss some of our core beliefs and principles of Infosys. I believe that these are useful for every young business leader.
The goal of a corporation is to maximize shareholder value ethically, legally and on a sustainable basis while being fair to its stakeholders – customers, employees, investors, vendor-partners, government of the land, and the society-at-large. The clause sustainable basis is important. Sustained growth requires the company to have a strong value system – a protocol for behavior that enhances the trust, confidence, commitment and enthusiasm of the team members in each other. The value system of a company builds its character and ensures longevity. At Infosys, our value system can be summed up by our belief that the softest pillow is a clear conscience.
Simple rules are easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to communicate. Above all, you cannot cheat with simple rules. Hence, companies should concentrate on simple business rules. If you want to implement complex rules, you should first understand them and translate them into a set of simple rules that your stakeholders can understand.
A company has to be fair to every stakeholder. I do not know of a single corporation that has a stakeholder-short-changing policy and survived in the long term. Such focus on global stakeholders requires that we follow the highest degree of transparency and the best principles of corporate governance. It is best to bring bad news to the investors early and on a proactive basis. That is why we, at Infosys, believe that it is best that the bad news takes the elevator while the good news can take the steps. Investors respect organizations that disclose their mistakes, and make sincere efforts to improve. At Infosys, we have consistently adopted world-class transparency and disclosure standards, even before it was mandated by law. For instance, in 1995, Infosys suffered losses in the secondary market. Under the then prevailing rules, we were not required to make this information public. Nevertheless, we published it in our annual report. Our philosophy towards transparency is based on the adage: When in doubt, disclose.
In order to attract and retain the best, you have to uphold the respect and dignity of your employees. There must be merit, fairness and transparency in all decisions. Every decision must be based on data and facts to eliminate biases. That is why we believe in the adage: In God we trust, everybody else brings data to the table.
Respect your employees. Provide them with challenging work. Create good career prospects for them. Share wealth with them. Empower them with world-class infrastructure and technology. This will enhance their performance, and also help you attract and retain the best talent. We have shared about 35% of equity of the company with our employees.
Peter Drucker says, “The most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that there are no results inside its walls. The result of a business is a satisfied customer”. I add that there is only one entity that pays a corporation month after month. That is the customer. Therefore, a corporation’s survival depends on satisfying and exceeding the expectations of its customers. Unless we live up to the best examples of customer focus and customer fairness, we cannot enhance / maintain our market share. My role model in customer orientation is Sam Walton who says, “The customer is the only boss. He can fire everybody including the chairman simply by spending his money somewhere else”. Historically, revenues from existing clients account for 90% of our revenues at Infosys. We take care to deliver on time and within budget while meeting the highest quality standards.
In these days of complex problems, every company has to collaborate with the best in the world to solve these problems. If you want trustworthy partners, you have to live up to your partner’s expectations in honesty, fairness, transparency and accountability.
The government of India has shown faith in us by implementing favorable policies for our growth. It is our duty to justify this faith. Pay your taxes and win the trust and confidence of the government of the land. Do not violate any laws.
Society contributes customers, employees, investors and bureaucrats. Society elects politicians. Therefore, society is an important stakeholder for the success of a corporation. A core value of Infosys is a strong sense of societal responsibility. Infosys Foundation addresses the basic needs of the poorest of the poor.
I am reminded of Harry Fosdick’s words that the world is moving so fast that the man who says something cannot be done is interrupted by someone doing it. Peter Drucker’s words that innovation and selling that innovation must be remembered as time-invariant and context-invariant by every one of you. Another set of such attributes for the enduring success of a corporation are openness to new ideas, meritocracy, speed, imagination and excellence in execution. In fact, speed in imagination is the most critical success factor.
The challenge of Indian companies is to create powerful international brands that are recognized globally. To do this, we have enhanced our investments in sales and marketing even in an uncertain economic environment.
Benchmarking on a global scale is the only way to compete internationally. To do so, companies need an export orientation. At Infosys, we benchmark with the global best in every dimension.
Risk recognition and mitigation are important functions for a corporation. Our PSPD model – predictability, sustainability, profitability, and de-risking – helps us achieve this. We de-risk our business by taking action to reduce risks identified through our weekly, monthly and quarterly analysis.
To operate in a globalized world, Indian companies have to learn to leverage the power of multicultural teams operating seamlessly across nations and bringing diverse expertise. This is especially important since the stakeholders of the company – clients, partners, suppliers, employees and investors are global for today’s corporations. At Infosys, we have leveraged the strengths of professionals of various races, genders, religious beliefs, and nationalities.
You have a rare opportunity to be passing out at a time when India’s confidence is at an all-time high, when we have a reasonable chance of realizing the dreams of our founding fathers and when the world expects India to lead. Therefore, aim high, embrace good values, and make India a better country and this world a better place to live.
Speech by Rathindra Nath Datta
Chairman, Board of Governors, RGIIM Shillong
May I, on behalf of the Institute and on my personal behalf extend a warm welcome to our honourable Chief Guest who has taken out from his busy schedule to grace this occasion – and to all the honourable dignitaries, parents, academics, well wishers and students who have assembled here today.. I am deeply grateful to all of you.
My mind harks back to 2007 when I first came to this frontier saddled with the task of building this Institution. I was told that this institution would not be incubated by any existing IIM. So we had to start from scratch reinventing the wheel – and we did it in record time. And today, as I stand in our 3rd Convocation - and see that within 5 years of inception this Institute is being counted among the best - let me to express my deep gratitude to all who made this possible -the MHRD and the State Government for their unstinted enabling support – to the founder director, faculty and staff for their pioneering efforts – and most importantly to you, the students who chose these beautiful hills in preference to large cities with superior facilities - and proved your brilliance (Ashwamedha’11 et all).
To those passing out, let me tell how proud I feel seeing you in your ceremonial gowns. I congratulate all of you on your success.
But do remember - success is a journey, not a destination. You are privileged to be passing out in the threshold of an era which has the potential of seeing this country catapulting to great heights – and you will be participating in making this happen. Jawaharlal Nehru once famously said that "the hand that is dealt (to) you is determinism: how you play it is free will. It is in this context that I wish to remind you that privileges come with obligations and Article 51A of our Constitution enjoins on you a Fundamental Duty, inter alia, "to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity, so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement."
Have you wondered what will make you, your parents, your alma mater and your nation, proud? Three things –
- Work with Integrity. Succeed with Integrity. Do what is Right - not what is convenient.
- Use the candles which you have lit here and are taking out of these portals, not just to glow in isolation, but also to light other candles. That is the best candle which lights the most number of candles.
- Get inspired by the great purpose of building the nation. 2500 years ago Maharishi Patanljali said
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamt yourself to be."
Speech by Prof Ashoke K Dutta
Director, IIM Shillong
We are privileged to have with us as Chief Guest Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy. While Mr. Murthy needs no introduction, but as is the convention I will briefly introduce you Sir to the audience.
Mr. Murthy served as the CEO of Infosys for 21 years wherein he articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He held the position of Executive Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2006, and then became the "non-executive" Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor. In August 2011, he retired completely from the company and took the title Chairman Emeritus.
Amongst the many recognition and accolades he has received, the most recent ones include CNBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, NDTV Indian of the Year's - Icon of India and India’s privileged Civilian Awards namely Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri. Shri Murthy is also the author of A Better India, A Better World, published in 2009. He has also guided the destiny of IIM Ahmedabad as its Board Chairman from 2003 – 2007. Thank you, Sir, for sparing your valuable time to be with us on this memorable occasion.
I would also like to welcome our very respectful Chairman, Shri R N Datta who through his untiring efforts, guidance and support has made it possible for IIM Shillong to start up in such a short span of time. A world renowned taxation expert he has been the Chairman of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
I extend a warm welcome to the Members of the Board of Governors, distinguished Guests, parents and relatives of our dear students, Members of the Press, students of the graduating class, ladies and gentlemen.
Customarily, the academic report along with some of the major events of the year is presented at the Convocation. However, in view of the time constraint I shall only highlight some landmark events in our journey to establish ourselves as one of the most important centres of management education in this part of the world. Please allow me to consider the academic report as read, a copy of which is placed.
Before going straight into my report highlighting some of the achievements that the Institute has made over the past one year, I would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2012. I am of the belief that you shall utilize the enabling culture provided to learn and grow fearlessly and continue to aim for excellence. The institute has taken steps to inculcate in you, values of personal integrity and concern for others, the foundation for egalitarian values which helps society build and manage ecologically responsible organizations. It is with some concern dear students that I wish to advise you that you must also learn not to place too much importance and measure success based on income and financial rewards but instead be open minded to opportunities. Money is important, but more relevant is the social outcome of your professional engagements to the Society. One must keep the good of the Society in mind and always remember that the Nation is Supreme and that the Nation must always stand tall.
Besides the usual flagship program we have had some innovative and new offerings and I would like to just mention briefly a few of those.
A landmark journey was accomplished through the MoU signed with Ocean University of China at Qingdao, China following which a number of new programs has been initiated such a the first of its kind one year Executive MBA in International Business with a China focus, and a series of Advanced Management Programs with a focus on understanding and doing Business in and with China through our collaborative efforts with OUC. The first one was conducted for Academic Leader, followed by another for senior bureaucrats.
We hope to strengthen this relationship in the coming days with similar programs for educating different segments of our society into understanding the Chinese systems which have led them to an unprecedented growth and development. This, I would like to emphasize is IIM Shillong’s contribution in the year 2012, operationalizing the Government of India and Government of China declaring the year as Indo-China Friendship year.
The other significant contribution has been strengthening CSR activities with the first of its kind agreements signed between IIM Shillong and HCL which is the result of the successful conduct of a Roundtable discussion to address the low rate of employability of youths of the North East.
The MoU signed in the presence of the Hon’ble Union Minister of DONER Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar, you will be happy to know, saw representation from HCL including its President & COO, Vice President and Chief of Corporate Relations. This was achieved post their visit and evaluation of the campus and its activities wherein HCL appreciated that the Centre for Development of NER under IIM Shillong is the proper vehicle for their CSR activities. This is a remarkable recognition of our efforts to make ourselves relevant to the community, the foundation for which was laid and accentuated during the first stages of inception itself. The first program organized as a result of this MoU, saw over 70 Principals of school gather in Don Bosco at Dibrugarh for orientation into using digital materials for increasing learning outcome.
To add further to the firm commitment to work towards the upliftment of the youth of Northeast, CEDNER has successfully conducted the six month Certificate Course for Developing Managerial Skills of Entrepreneurs and Tourism and Hospitality Management inaugurated by Shri BK Handique the then Minister of DONER, and current Minister of DONER Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar respectively. A repeat of the program is currently on.
In addition to our usual activities of the Annual IIM Shillong Golf Cup, and MDPs, the Institute has also successfully conducted the International Conference on Sustainability which witnessed the participation of eminent personalities which include the Chief Guest Shri Sanjib K Bezbaroa, Vice President, Corporate Environment Health and Safety of ITC Limited and Shri Hasit Joshipura, Vice President and Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
We as an Institute are equally proud of the acknowledgment received from various ranking agencies placing us in the top 10 within three years of existence.
IIM Shillong in its stride as a Centre for Quality Management Education has won itself numerous awards and accolades at the National and Asia Pacific Level.
From the perspective of Faculty Development, a “Faculty Workshop on Case Method” was held in IIM Shillong to develop participants’ understanding of the Case Method as a pedagogical tool facilitating students’ learning rather than teaching by the faculty members, and to delineate the academic, administrative and infrastructure requirements for case writing and provide support to the participants in case writing. We are extremely thankful to Professors Jahar Saha, Abhinandan Jain and Mukund Dixit from IIM Ahmedabad for facilitating the workshop. Also Sri Aurobindo Foundation of Integral Management (SAFIM) conducted a workshop on creating awareness of faculty members on Management by Consciousness.
In what has already been looked at as a new dimension in Higher Education, IIM Shillong and the National University of Juridical Science, West Bengal had formally signed a historic MoU to start a Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Business Management and Law with the philosophy centered around preparing participants to earn a professional qualification in Business Management and Law by virtue of gaining in depth understanding of various concepts in these areas, thereby fulfilling a need felt by Corporate, practitioners and the Judicial systems in the country.
I am pleased to inform you that IIM Shillong is set to become one of the few elite Management Institutes in the country to establish a financial Simulation Laboratory at its campus by virtue of collaboration with the National Stock Exchange India Limited, the MoU for which was signed during the year.
You will be happy to know that our efforts to work after the welfare of the outsourced employees was lauded by none other than the Principal Accountant General (Audit) Shri Andrew Langstieh who termed the initiatives of providing mid-day meals, Christmas presents, medical facilities, computer literacy programs, and ensuring better service conditions, and creating a corpus for health benefits as an exemplary innovation in HR management.
Apart from structured education, IIM Shillong has always strived at creating world class management professionals who are aware about their responsibilities towards the environment and society. In line with this, I am proud to state that our students have kept up with this spirit in organizing socially meaningful, and brand building activities ranging from Club, Committees to individual initiatives and achievements which overwhelmingly adds up to innovative student driven activities, further helping in positioning the Institute as a sought after Centre for Management Education by the youths of the country.
This being my last Convocation as Director of the Institute I feel nostalgic that it seems just the other day when we went about setting up this Institute and I recall the support of the entire student community when we did not have the required infrastructure and necessary support staff, and laying the foundation, building brick by brick the edifice on which IIM Shillong stands today. Since the early days, IIM Shillong has always taken into account the role of Information and Communication Technologies and aimed at identifying essential aspects that must be pursued by the stakeholders (entrepreneurs, government, universities, press and others) involved in promoting the institutional incubation time. We have never been afraid to innovate and bring into play new thoughts, the foundation course on Sustainability being one of them, and this has been well recognized through the Innovation Leadership Award, Award for Innovation In Building Academic & Industry Interface received very recently under the aegis of Asia’s Best B-School Award ceremony Singapore, and also the Asia’s Visionary Leader award received on my behalf by a former pupil in Dubai.
Leadership being built around the spirit of Innovation and Service, our core belief, is what distinguishes the success of IIM Shillong. The IIM Shillong Golf Cup is building bridges between all stakeholders in the business world and is a key differentiating factor.
What we are today is only because of the intense dedication and desire of our faculty members, staff and students who roughed it out in very trying conditions to ensure that we were able to meet the deadline positioned by the Government in a few months to set up and operationalise a Centre of National Importance. It is here that the students helped to play a leading role in organizing themselves into sub groups looking after areas like maintenance, Library, Secretarial services and general organizational management. I am also grateful to my wife for her unstinted support, chipping in at a crucial time of need by taking care, and mentoring the girl students of the Institute. I would be failing if I did not mention the support, mentorship and guidance given by our Chairman Shri Rathindra Nath Datta and the full faith and confidence members of the Board of Governors had in me to deliver.
I have always shared a point that if your integrity is intact, never be afraid of taking decisions and that, though you may be faulted in procedure, the results remain achieved. Energies have gone into tackling unforeseen problems, but our steady resolve to make a difference has kept us on course. I can only wish that the Institute remains to be consistently recognized as a trendsetter rather than a follower.
I must mention the earnest contribution during the initial days put in by Biswajit Nandi, Shri Velanand, Col KP Ghosh, Dr. Chattopadhyay, Shri R. Thangkhiew, Shri KM Deb and Faculty Members Manoj Bayon, Suvendu Bose and Padmashree Prof. Helen Giri. I would also like to put on record my deepest appreciation to Prof Pramod Tandon, Prof D T Kathing, and Prof Gautam Barua for providing me with valuable counsel.
It was a pleasure mentoring the Rangers Security Service Organization and P. Kharshiing caterers headed by Shri T. Pathaw and Ms. Phirikerlin, and ensuring their contribution in the start up and fulfilling the commitment made to the then Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. Donkupar Roy and then Chief Secretary Shri Ranjan Chatterjee that the Institute would strive to build local entrepreneurship, and whose guidance and support acted as a catalyst.
I sincerely thank each one of you who have been part of my journey in leading the Institute towards a decisive vision, desired goal, and competitive edge with the faith that each one of you, irrespective of position, will continue to reinforce the foundations on which this invaluable Institute was built in the coming days and years for the overall benefit of quality higher education for the youth of this country and the development of the Region.
Before I conclude, I would once again like to congratulate the graduating students of the batch of 2012 and wish you constant success in the days to come.
8th National Student Management Quiz 2012
The All India Management Association, apex body of professional management with active support of the Government of India recently, on 18 Feb, 2012 conducted the Eastern Regional Round of 8th National Student Management Quiz 2012. The event was hosted by IIM Shillong amidst it’s lush green milieu. Renowned national Quiz Master Adittya Nath Mubayi was impressed with the overall conduct and logistic arrangements, going further to state, “I would love to visit IIM Shillong in the near future. The ambience and settings for the Quiz has been nothing short of remarkable.” Adittya was Content Editor for the popular television shows Kaun Banega Crorepati, Kamzor Kadi Kaun, and Mastermind India, with regular appearances in Star and Zee TV.
Amongst contestants from renowned B-Schools, Universities and Colleges of North East India, IIM Shillong backed all six finale seats on stage defeating others. The two top teams will be representing IIM Shillong at the AIMA NSMQ National Finals on March 24, 2012.
Winners include Jitesh Patel & Somjeet Behera (Batch 2010-12) , and First Runners- Up Shashank Singh & N Krishna Chaitanya (Batch 2011-13).
The prize distribution was held in the presence of Ms. Sherry Lalthangzo, Director (Manpower Development & Employment) of North Eastern Council, Prof DK Agrawal, Officiating Director and Prof HS Chhabra, Dean Academics. While speaking during the occasion, Ms. Lalthangzo expressed her happiness over the overall turnout of contestants, and wished IIM Shillong the very best in its future endeavours. “ IIM Shillong since inception has pioneered in creating meaningful avenues for the students and general population of NER , harnessing their inert talents,” were her words during the address.
Chief Coordinators of the event include Mr. Mantosh Singh, Manager CMD – AIMA and Mr. Merlvin Jude Mukhim, Officer (Corporate & Public Relations) – IIM Shillong.
Workshop on ‘Modernization of Education’ by IIM Shillong and HCL Infosystems Ltd. in Dibrugarh
A workshop on ‘Modernization of Education’ for the Principals and Heads of schools was jointly organized by CEDNER, IIM Shillong and HCL Infosystems Ltd. on the 13th February 2012 at Don Bosco H. S. School, Dibrugarh. The workshop was attended by the Honourable Minister of DONER, Shri. Pawan Singh Ghatowar, the Director of IIM Shillong, Prof. Ashoke K. Dutta, the Deputy Commissioner, Smti. Aruna Rajourie, the Inspector of School, Dibrugarh District, Shri. P. Doley, 65 Principals and Heads of schools, and 21 schools representatives. The main objective of the workshop was to equip the teachers with technical skills to making classroom learning effective, interactive, and interesting.
Prof. Ashoke K. Dutta delivered the welcome address. In his speech he highlighted on the activities and the projects undertaken under the auspices of CEDNER, IIM Shillong in developing North Eastern Region. He also thanked the Principal of Don Bosco School, Fr. Jose for hosting the workshop in his school. After the welcome speech, Fr. Jose felicitated the Director of IIM Shillong, DC of Dibrugarh, and Inspector of School of Dibrugarh District with a bouquet and Phulam Gamaso, a tradition practiced in Assam. The felicitation was followed by an inspiring talk from Smti. Aruna Rajourie. She urged the 86 participants to take the workshop seriously and to gain from the resource persons’ delivery. In her address she also emphasized on acquiring more skills by having the desire to learn.
Mr. B. Gopala Krishnan, the GM of HCL learning made the technical presentation. He elaborately explained the significance of technology in making learning effective. At the end of his talk, a demonstration of the Smart Board was made where the participants could see the various applications of the tools in imparting education in the different functional areas of study.
The DONER Minister, Shri. Pawan Singh Ghatowar addressed the gathering and urged the participants to avail of the necessary training for the purpose of better teaching and improving the quality of teaching. He lamented that most of the teachers are not interested in acquiring a higher qualification like B.Ed., which is an area of concern he said.
Special thanks goes to Mr. D. K. Das, Chief-Corporate Relations & Placement Officer, IIM Shillong and Shri. Hemant Subramanian, Regional Manager, HCL Learning for their relentless efforts to make the event a grand success.
Azim Premji Foundation Outreach Events in Northeast India in Collaboration with IIM Shillong
With the initiative taken up by the Director, Prof. A K. Dutta, the Azim Premji Foundation (APF) team visited the Indian Institute of Management Shillong on the 6th of February 2012. The team also made a visit to the two colleges, K.C. Das Commerce College and Pandu College in Guwahati, on the 8th February 2012. The team members were the three resource persons from the Azim Premji University, Chandan Gowda, Vikas Kumar and Malini Bhattacharjee; and Bijoy Das, the Field Institute, Rajasthan, (APF)
The APF visit to the IIM Shillong and the two colleges in Guwahati was made as part of APF mission to reach the North Eastern Region. Two events in IIM Shillong and two events in K. C. Das and Pandu College resectively were organized in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Northeastern Region (CEDNER), IIM Shillong under the directorship of Prof A K. Dutta. Professor Natalie West Kharkongor, the Chairperson of CEDNER coordinated and organized the events in Shillong and Guwahati.
The objectives of the visit were to intellectually engage with the educational institutions of Northeast India; to create an awareness about the Azim Premji Foundation and the Azim Premji University amongst faculty members, students and other members of civil society in the Northeast; and to discuss about the details of admission procedure, courses and scholarship opportunities of the Azim Premji University with students who may be interested.
On 6th Feb, 2012, the first session began with a welcome speech by the CAO, IIM Shillong, Mr. C Saxena. The session was attended by some faculty members of IIM Shillong along with faculty members of colleges in the Shillong city. About ten students from B.Ed and MSW courses also attended this session. Vikas Kumar, from Azim Premji University gave a talk on the topic: Winning Censuses: The Political Economy of Nagaland’s Demographic Somersault in which he examined demographic, political geographic, and political economic explanations of Nagaland’s recent decline in population, as revealed by the 2011 census. The lecture was followed by a talk from Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor. In her talk, Dr. Natalie focused on the challenges to development in the Northeastern region, with specific regard to Meghalaya. She also spoke about the role of teachers and educators in catalyzing social change through conducting research. Following this, Malini Bhattacharjee from Azim Premji University provided an overview of the Azim Premji Foundation’s work in the last ten years and the genesis of the Azim Premji University. She also outlined the courses being offered at APU, scholarships and assistantships available to students of under privileged backgrounds, process of application, criteria for selection and admission etc. At the end, Bijoy Das from the Foundation’s Field Institute, Rajasthan, spoke about the relevance of the Foundation’s work in the context of the Northeastern region and how the educational institutes and civil society agencies could network with the former to catalyze social change in the region.
The evening session at IIM Shillong was attended by the CAO, Mr. R C. Saxena, the Dean, Academics, IIM Shillong Prof. H S. Chhabra, Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor and about 70 students of the Institute. The session began with introductory remarks by the CAO and the Dean of IIM Shillong. This was followed by a brief introduction of the Foundation and APU by Malini Bhattacharjee. Vikas Kumar then made a presentation on Cartels in Kautilya's Arthasastra in which he examined the legal-economic dimension of collusive manipulation of prices from the perspective of Kautilya's Arthashastra. Chandan Gowda then presented a paper titled “Birmingham in Mysore”: The Cultural Logic of a Developmental State in which he demonstrated how cultural mechanisms play an important role in state-led development, though a detailed analysis of the Bhadravati Iron Works, an ambitious industrial project in the state of Mysore in colonial India.
On 8th Feb, two sessions were held in two different colleges in Guwahati. The first session was held in K.C. Das Commerce College and was attended by the Principal, faculty and about 50 students from the college. A large part of the event consisted of an interactive discussion, initiated by Vikas Kumar and Chandan Gowda, with the students on what development meant to them, what they felt were the challenges to development in Northeast India and the reasons for the same. The students participated enthusiastically and their responses were then used to re-examine the uniform, traditional and top- down understanding of development. This was followed by a brief presentation of the Foundation and the Azim Premji University, given by Malini. The presentation consisted of the work of the Foundation in the past ten years, reasons for a change in its strategy and the genesis of the University. Details about university courses, scholarships and assistantships available to students of under privileged backgrounds, process of application, criteria for selection and admission etc. were also touched upon.
The second session was held in Pandu College and it was attended by about ten faculty members and few students of the college. The session began with an introduction by Chandan about the broad debates around development. This was followed by a verbal presentation by Malini about the Foundation and the Azim Premji University.
The students and faculty in all the four events responded positively and enthusiastically. They displayed curiosity and stated that they wished to engage with the Foundation/ University through joint research projects, participation in workshops, internship projects and by inviting the members of the Foundation for their internal events as resource persons. One thing that was unanimously suggested by all the four audiences was that the Foundation should consider opening a Field Institute in Guwahati/ Shillong, given that the educational and developmental challenges in this region are huge and in many ways different from other parts of the country.
IIM Shillong Student Wins Flagship event at Symbiosis
Akhil Tandon, a first year student of IIM Shillong brought accolades to the institute by being declared the ‘Last Man Standing’, at the flagship event of SIBM Pune. The formidable event puts every contestant through a series of rigour, judging their potential in every single aspect, to ensure that the winner is indeed the perfect student manager.
Akhil was one among the 510 candidates who cleared the initial screening rounds of quiz, video making and the likes to make it to the campus round. The Day 1 of the campus round began at a rooster-crowing 5:30 am. There were several events lined up such as group based activities, elevator pitch, technical interviews, treasure hunt etc. which lasted till 3:30 am of Day 2. With hardly 2 hours of sleep, the contestants were to face the challenges of Day 2 which saw a social case study, a b-plan preparation, stress interviews, company valuation and product sales in the streets of Pune etc. At the end of Day 2, on consolidated point’s basis, Akhil topped the list.
The final Day was to test the top 8 who were judged based on the performance of the first two Days. This again had a series of events which concluded with a quiz. Here, the top two qualified for the final round, an on-stage interview, where they had to tackle the questions fired by the jury. This was to test the mental acumen of the contestants after three Days of deprived sleep and brain-whacking activities. The questions in the final round were based on CV of the finalists, general knowledge and Logic & reasoning. Mr. Akhil, who is known for his poise and humour tackled the round with aplomb and emerged as the winner.
Besides being a recipient of Rs 1.5 Lakh, Akhil Tandon brought back laurels to IIM Shillong by enduring hassles with optimism, grit and fortitude and in winning The Last Man Standing.
Doctors of Garo Hills examine their own hospitals and evaluated health infrastructure under IIM Shillong’s guidance
NRHM and State Govt. have taken the advice of IIM Shillong for designing and delivering hospital care system more patients friendly and also socially responsible. IIM Shillong has trained the second batch of 14 doctors (Garo Hills) under 15 credit IIM certificate programme –Sustainable Healthcare Management System. During this process doctors learned how to lead from the front during crisis, motivate their staff under stress, read financial statements and preparing zero based budgets and making financial planning for their units/hospitals by utilizing NRHM schemes, WHO norms, MCI guidelines, Government regulations. They also realised the potential of their own health infrastructure for grooming a disease free healthy population in Meghalaya during 2020.
The participants underwent self analysis on their personality, professional growth/exposure, SWOT analysis of their capabilities for building a new patient friendly healthcare system in Garo Hills during their stay in IIM Shillong. Now all of them will undergo for a post training evaluation under Prof. Shajahan for assessing the impact of training in their working environment. The Training for next batch of Doctors will commence in June 2012 for a period of 30 days.
The invited audience during the valedictory function included Chief Guest Shri PBO Warjri Additional Chief secretary to Govt of Meghalaya, Guests of Honour Shri KW Marbaniang Additional Secretary Health & FW, and Dr. Shobha Varthaman ( President AOWWF(R) , and other officials from NRHM and Govt. Of Meghalaya.
Press Conference of IIM Shillong
IIM Shillong led by its Director Prof AK Dutta conducted a Press Conference on January 24, 2012 for National Media Houses in Guwahati to highlight the achievements of IIM Shillong and also to share salient features of the recently conducted Indo Sino Global Reciprocal Advance Management Program at China, and the upcoming Executive Post Graduate Programme in International Business to be conducted jointly with Ocean University at Qingdao, China this year.
09/01/12 to 15/01/12
Sino Indian Global Reciprocal Advanced Management Program
IIM Shillong Leads The Way
Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management- Shillong successfully conducted the first of its kind Advanced Management Program Series at Qingdao, China viz., the Sino-Indian Global Reciprocal Advanced Management Program in collaboration with the Ocean University, Qingdao, China on "Understanding China: Business and Culture", during the 9th to the 15th January, 2012. Participation included heads of institutes of international and national repute, businessmen, bureaucrats and other Govt. Officials. Prof. Ashoke K Dutta the program Director of this program series remarked, "This is only the beginning. We are positioned to conduct the second program of this series during 17th to 21st February, 2012, given the popularity and demand for the program."
Prof. Dai Hua, Director of International Office, OUC, China and Prof. Ashoke K Dutta from RGIIM Shillong inaugurated the program. Prof. Dai during the inauguration mentioned, "This is a beginning of a long term relationship between OUC and RGIIM," adding further "OUC China offers MBA and PhD programs for Indian students at subsidized rates." Prof. Hua stated that India is a talent office and China has abundant facilities, and if we collaborate we can ensure competitive advantage over the West. Prof. Ashoke K Dutta suggested OUC to start the exchange program of PGP students for 15 days to understand the business and cultural dimensions of the two countries. The Chinese professors were very much impressed about the IT facilities RGIIM Shillong has in terms of video conferencing, virtual classrooms etc. Further Prof Dutta extended an invitation to the OUC China professors to visit RGIIM Shillong and experience firsthand a technologically advanced college in India.
The program was a mix of an effective forenoon classroom lecture series followed by afternoon learning through business excursions to one organisation every day. The program focused on refining participants’ knowledge and managerial skills by providing a better understanding of China’s way of managing its business and addressing the challenges of poverty mitigation and equitable wealth distribution. The participants comprehended the social and economic development and enterprise culture of contemporary China as it opens up its market for additional products and services. One whole day of the program was dedicated for the cultural discovery of China.
The various lecture series included Lessons Learnt by CEOs about Doing Business in China, China and India: Comparison of Economic Strategies and Future Cooperation, The Role of Government in Chinese Business Affairs – Tips on How to Successfully Navigate the Chinese Government/Bureaucratic System, FDI in China, Chinese Innovative Culture, etc. The business excursions included companies like Haier Group, Tsingdao Beer Co. Ltd., and KAISA Pvt. Ltd, a medium sized company.
The experiences and lessons gained by the two countries are worth expanding and assimilating. Even for the much talked about ‘Look East’ policy, China is going to be an important factor to take into account. The policy makers face certain challenges in the North East towards optimal implementation of the policy. This program was viewed as potentially capable of dealing with problems that decision makers are facing in this region.