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TEDxIIMShillong 2018

IIM Shillong hosted the sixth edition of TEDx on 17th March 2018, where it invited speakers from across the country to the educational hub of Northeast India to share ideas which have or will have a lasting impact on people’s lives. Created with the vision of ‘ideas worth spreading’, TEDx supports independent organizers who want to curate a TED-like event in their community.

Based on the theme ‘The 53rd Card’, this year’s edition underscored the transformative power of choice. The event was held at the State Convention Center in Shillong, the capital city of the state of Meghalaya.

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The list of speakers includes:

  • Wendell Rodricks, a Padma Shri awardee and leading international fashion designer
  • Archana Sardana, India’s first female BASE jumper and first Indian to skydive with Indian Flag in the USA
  • Shivam Sai Gupta, a virtual reality evangelist and game developer
  • Tanvi Bhatt, a personal branding pioneer
  • Shruti Pathak, a Filmfare Award-nominated Bollywood playback singer and lyricist
  • Baradwaj Rangan, a national award winning film critic and author
  • Rajesh Kumar, an actor, best known for his roles in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

The second edition of TEDxIIMShillong grabbed the attention of the TED community and earned the license holder a chance attend TEDGlobal in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This year’s TEDxIIMShillong invited speakers from diverse fields and scaled equal if not greater heights.

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Khlurthma 

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IIM Shillong’s annual management fest Khlurthma – meaning “The War of Stars”  in the local Khasi language and true to its theme of “Vying for Glory” tested its participants’ business acumen and aptitude to solve real life business problems in various domains of management. The inaugural ceremony of Khlurthma’18 was held in the presence of the Director, with a tree plantation drive to mark the event. The competitions challenged the inventiveness, ingenuity and business intelligence of the students. Over the two days, competitions were organised in the fields of Consulting, Marketing, Finance, HR, Operations, Debating and Public Speaking. The event witnessed 200+ college entries and extensive participation from top IIM’s.

The ECoBiZ club organized “Supernova – Let the brightest minds collide” and presented a chance to the future leaders to use their MBA skills to make a difference in the lives of people. This year’s case study – Improving Foundational Outcomes – invited students to analyse and provide solutions to improve the current state of education in India. The students from IIM Shillong, Welingkar Institute of Management and IIM Bodh Gaya came up with a thorough analysis and innovative insights to solve real life challenges which hinder the development of India.

The Operations club Op-Era, saw eight teams from five colleges igniting their grey matter to come up with ideas for optimising operations in a highly competitive ecosystem through their flagship event “Shrinkhala. The case required them to assist NutriMeal Food Solutions to go pan India by weighing down and analysing several factors such as the upfront franchisee fee, training of staff, standardizing the kitchen layout, equipment used, etc. The teams were judged by esteemed panellists comprising Professor Rohit Joshi and Professor Arindum Mukhopadhyay.

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“Corona”, the event organised by Conquest – the consulting club, was about understanding and analyzing the integration and impact of Aadhaar Card in the Indian economy through a case study. The students selected from the first round presented their cases in an interactive Q&A session with judges and other participants. The winners of the competition were teams from IIM Shillong and IIT Kharagpur - Vinod Gupta School of Management.

Adhering to the meaning of Niveshak (Investor), the finance club of IIM Shillong organised “DelFINus”, the mock stock event where young investing enthusiasts participated in an exhilarating stock trading round in an attempt to maximise the value of their portfolios. The forty minute invigorating action was a simulation round where teams had to use their best judgement to buy and sell stocks to increase the value of their portfolio.

usHR, the HR club’s competition “entHRal” saw teams presenting their solutions to a case study based on the recent #MeToo movements. The solutions ranged from strengthening the workplace policies and introduction of self-defence apps.

“Touchstone”, organised by Markathon, the marketing club witnessed teams from MICA, BIM Trichy and IIM Shillong where they pitched their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges about developing a market for health biscuits. The teams addressed problems ranging from target markets, pricing, distribution, competition, packaging and brand endorsements.

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“JustBidIT”, a live bidding event organized by bITeSys, the systems club of IIM Shillong, saw participation from colleges such as Delhi School of Management and Symbiosis Institute of International Business. The event was about devising a strategy in bidding for the weapons and coming up with a game plan to attack the opponents. Nail biting bids and quirky tactics summed up the competition.

Zeitgeist, the Quizzing, Literary, and Activities Club of IIM Shillong organised “Coup-De- Grâce – The Great Indian Debate” which tested the participants' convincing powers and their ability to think on their feet over 2 challenging and fun filled rounds.

“Speakerazzi”, the flagship event of the Toastmasters Club saw five teams battling it out in a round table conference modelled on the lines of United Nations. The teams represented different countries and put their stance on two of the most critical issues of our generation – climate change and refugee crisis. It was a thought provoking discussion that brought to light the multi-dimensional nature of these issues and their socio-political impact on the international politics.

Nurturing Minds 

Nurturing Minds is a unique initiative by the students of IIM Shillong; it is backed by the inspiration to carry forward Dr. Kalam’s teachings and spread his word. The initiative is an attempt to give back to the society, help the community and keep the spirit of ‘igniting minds’ alive. It aims at teaching and touching lives of young, underprivileged students, to facilitate better learning, foster self-confidence and improve academic performances. The volunteers use innovative teaching aids and developed infrastructure facilities of the college to connect with the locals and assist the young minds to think effectually and mentor them to perform better.  

Through nurturing minds, we aim at not only illuminating lives but also enlightening and keeping the spark alive.

Nurturing Minds, which began with a mission to teach underprivileged school children of Shillong, has blossomed and flowered into a movement that has galvanized the entire IIM Shillong community. Through this venture, the student volunteers of IIM Shillong teach about 60 students of seven schools on every weekend. The initiative that started on October 15, 2015, the birth anniversary of late Dr Kalam, with a handful of students and three schools, has managed to facilitate learning and reach out to several children. About six schools from Shillong and one school from Puriang, are associated with the program, wherein classes are conducted through innovative visual aids and ingenious teaching methods. The objective of the program is to encourage learning and help nurture creativity amongst the students, just as Dr. Kalam had envisioned.

The program recognises that children are future thought builders of this country. Being cognizant of the same, there are programs designed to hone their communication skills and to introduce and acquaint them to the limitless possibilities of the outside world through the infinite world of mathematics. The idea is to facilitate unburdened and joyous learning. The initiative apart from teaching students has also helped school children in ideating practical and feasible science projects, and the volunteers are also working towards helping schools associated with the program better manage their day to day operations and become administratively sound.  

The future goals of the program would be to extend its compass, reach out to more schools and children, help them grow more holistically, and work in tandem with the school authorities to create a conducive learning environment. The program is geared towards bringing a sustainable and enduring change, one that ensures that students of Shillong are better equipped to achieve their dreams, just as Kalam Sir intended of doing.

Golf Cup 

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In 2009, IIM Shillong collaborated with the Shillong Golf Club to host a golf tournament for corporate heads, budding golfers and students alike. Since then, every year, IIM Shillong hosts its flagship event, the Golf Cup at the Shillong Golf course. The annual golfing event of the college is currently in its tenth edition. The venue, Shillong Golf Course known as the ‘Gleneagles of the East’, is the only natural golf course in the whole of Asia.

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The annual tourney sees participation from over 150 pioneering golfers, cutting across government, industry and academia. The tournament, first of its kind for any business school in India, is a unique and well-woven event that facilitates industry- academia participation and encourages professionals to “Look East”. It is held with an aim to connect top corporate professionals with the management academia in a leisurely setting while celebrating the spirit of Golf and Sport.

The Golf Cup, sees keen involvement from state government ministers from across the North East, with the first day of the tournament dedicated to the local golfers and government officials. The second day sees the leading figures of the industry competing against each other and displaying exemplary sportsmanship. The event concludes with a gala ceremony concluding in the prize- distribution ceremony. The event is also embellished with a cultural show, with ethnic dance performances from across the north east, showcasing national multiculturalism and pluralism.

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IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season-11

IIM Shillong hosted the Golf Cup Season 11 on the 27 th and 28 th of October 2018. This season witnessed a huge participation of about 200+ golfers who were competing against each other under different categories. This 2-day event was preceded with a Day-0 that witnessed the participants of IIM Shillong playing for the student category. This season marks the beginning of the inclusion of a student category in the game.

Both the days were scheduled to accommodate teams from all over the country including professional golfers, corporates, the army officers and the air force officers. This brought in tremendous diversity and helped the students in interacting the best with them. The day 1 began with the teeing off at 6 in the morning by the army officers and witnessed the official inauguration at 9 by the Health Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. A L Hek. The Director of IIM Shillong also graced the ceremony with her august presence.

The first day hosted participants who included the professional golfers and the juniors. The professional golf players included people from the Shillong Golf club and the outstation players who were spread across the country. This category of players included the Golf captain of the club, Mr. Rahul Bajaj, Mr. Batkupar Synrem and some of the players like R C Saxena IGP (Retd) BSF, Col N N Singh and many others. These rounds were a qualifier to select the best of players for the next round of the game on Day2. Apart from these players, the game was also extended to the Junior category attracting budding talent from golf clubs all over the country.

The day 2 also had the morning tee off at 6 from four different tee boxes of the course. This day involved the active participation of golfers from the corporate world. This helped gather participation from places like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The corporates included Mr. Mithesh Jain, Mr. Gopalakrishnan and Mr. Vinay Gajakosh. The second day was brought to closure with the prize distribution ceremony organized at the State Convention Centre in the evening. It was presided by the Governor of the state, Mr. Tathagata Roy.

Mr. Hector Marwein with a cumulative 2-day score of 151 emerged as the Overall Winner of the tournament and was presented with the Green Jacket sponsored by Mr. M T Jatani, Style Craft Shillong. The other winners included Dr. Dilip Nadkarni Bombay Presidency Club with a gross score of 79, Mr. Kailash Joshi from Jaipur with a gross score of 87, Mr. Ashish Chemburkar with a net score of 73 and Vikram Sahgal from Bangalore with a net score of 73 again. The sponsors for the tournament extended from Union Bank, OYO, Uber, Qzine, SBI, CaribEX.

The Chairman of Board of Governers of IIM Shillong, Mr. Shishir Bajoria appreciated the efforts of the students and said that the students are the future movers and shakers of the country. He went on to praise that conducting a tournament for 11 seasons consecutively is no joke.

Thanking the golfers and business leaders, Director Keya Sengupta said, "By participating in the tournament, you have become part of the extended IIM Shillong family. Golf adds value in terms of academics and enhancing interaction with the corporates, which is very important for an IIM"

Manthan

Manthan, The Finance and Consulting conclave is an endeavor towards strengthening our ties with corporates from renowned firms. Through panel discussions, expert talks and paper presentations spanning a variety of contemporary issues the conclave manages to bring out the crux of what the industry is all about. Carried out by Niveshak, the finance club, and Conquest, the consulting club, jointly, the event is a celebration of the synergy between the two domains. The cross-domain panel discussions are the highlights of this event.

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The first edition of the event held in September 2017 featured eminent professionals from their respective domains. Gracing us with our presence were:

  • Ms. Lakshmi Iyer, CIO, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Ltd,
  • Ms. Bekxy Kuriakose, Head, Fixed Income at Principal PNB AMC Ltd.
  • Mr. Sarat Dhal, Director, Economic Research Policy, Reserve Bank of India
  • Mr. Pramod Kasat, Country Head, IB & Advisory Services, IndusInd Bank Ltd.
  • Mr. Vikas Sarda, Chief Financial Officer, Unitus Capital & Unitus Seed Fund
  • Mr. Avinash P, Director, Risk, IFMR
  • Mr. Milind Choudhari, Chief Financial Officer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Mr. Malcolm Athaide, Sr. President & Chief Risk Officer, Yes Bank
  • Ms. Sangeeta Sumesh, Executive Director & CFO, Dun & Bradstreet Technologies Pvt. Ltd

The theme of Manthan 2017 was “Churning New Possibilities” with talks and discussion geared towards how disruptive innovations and out of the box thinking can solve mammoth issues like the NPAs. Watching such masters of their fields give their two cents on these issue opened us up to completely new perspectives such as were never thought before.

The conclave featured discussions on the topics of ‘Alliances & Consolidation: Pivotal to thrive in India’s competitive landscape’, ‘NPAs in the Indian Banking Sector: Road Ahead’, ‘Innovative Disruption in the Financial Sector’ among others.

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Kaleidoscope

Human Resource Development plays a prominent role in any organization and is considered to be one of the key drivers of competitive advantage. The idea that the people of the organization are vital for its overall success is at the core of Kaleidoscope, the annual Human Resource conclave organized by usHR, the HR club of IIM Shillong. Much like the instrument Kaleidoscope which operates on the principle of reflections, the conclave is an attempt to bring together the industry leaders of the HR domain under one roof to address and discuss the key issues of the domain.

Sometimes the slightest shift in the perspective can alter future courses of development. The HR domain today, is witnessing a paradigm shift and thus, the conclave through presentations, panel discussions tries to provide a platform to the leaders to share their experience, provide opinions and solutions to tackle the changing scenario.

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Focusing on employees as the key component of an organization, the theme selected for Kaleidoscope 2017 was “Re-equipping the National Workforce”. The conclave, held in October featured the following eminent personalities as the esteemed panelists:

  • Ms. Anamika Awasthi - Former Head of Learning & Academic Program at HCL Technologies
  • Mr. Mani M. Dan - Head HR - New Business Division at Godfrey Phillips India
  • Ms. Kamakshi Raman, Executive Director (HRD) at Management Training Institute, Steel Authority of India Limited
  • Mr. Rajesh Srivastava Joint Executive President and HR business partner, Ultra Tech Cement (Aditya Birla Group)
  • Dr. Naqi Abbas, Former Associate Director, HR, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.(India)
  • Mr. Winston Derosario, Director- Head of People and Culture, Grant Thornton LLP

The interactive sessions saw discussions centered around the topics like “the impact of technology on HR practices” and “Ways to develop skills of the workforce”. The panelists provided their valuable insights on the problems at hand, the relevance of what is being taught in institutions and what is required in getting jobs and how to get the mindset right in order to be ready to work as future managers.

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Emerge

i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong hosted the seventh edition of its flagship Entrepreneurship summit, ‘Emerge 2k18’, on 17 th and 18 th November 2018. The two-day summit comprised of numerous expert talks, panel discussions, and workshops. The summit centered around celebrating the Entrepreneurial spirit of the North East and exploring ways to fully exploit its potential.

The two-day event was flagged off by Director of IIM Shillong, Prof. Keya Sengupta in presence of senior faculty member Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee and other dignitaries. The event started off with an Expert Talk by Mr. Farrhad Acidwalla, Founder, Rockstah Media, where he talked about his journey from an aeromodelling enthusiast to a technology aficionado. “Don’t invest on too many variables. Keep it simple. Don’t talk, just do.”, was his advice to the to-be entrepreneurs, assuring them that passion is all it takes to be successful.

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Prof Keya Sengupta Director i/c, IIM Shillong addressing the audience at the Inauguration Ceremony

A workshop was conducted by Ms. Piyul Mukherjee and Ms. Pia Mollback – Veribic from Quipper Research Private Limited. The workshop enlightened the participants about the importance of knowing our end consumers in any business while highlighting the role of Qualitative Research in attaining the necessary insights.

The event also featured a Panel Discussion on the emerging trends in ‘Handicrafts and Handlooms Industry’, where panelists like Mr. Dhiraj Thakuria (MD of North Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited), Mr. Dilip Barooah (Director of FabricPlus Pvt Ltd), Ms. Sakshi Talwar (Founder, Rugs and Beyond), Mr. Sandeep Sangaru (Founder, Sangaru Design Objects Pvt Ltd) and Ms. Sona Puri (Co-Founder and CEO of The Indian Craft House) discussed topics such as digitization, commoditization and branding of handicrafts and the promotion of the industry in the Northeast India. "Most important thing in handicrafts is costing because there is no factory. It is a household and therefore, we as entrepreneurs should take this responsibility," said Dhiraj Thakuria.

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Expert Talk by Mr. Farrhad Acidwalla

Workshop being conducted by the team from Quipper Research

Workshop being conducted by the team from Quipper Research

The second day of the summit began with a Panel Discussion on ‘Fintech’, especially the connection between fintech and how it is an enabler to do something bigger in the financial inclusion. Mr. Anubhav Jain (Co-Founder and Head of Risk at Qbera), Mr. Durlov Baruah (Founder, Kuhipaat Payment Solutions), Mr. Nitin Mathur (Director at TAVAGA) and Mr. Visweshwaran Narasimahan (Assistant VP at FSS) as panel members touched on a prevalent problem of reluctance of people to adopt apps and services based on financial assistance and then went on to discuss effectiveness of various banking transaction technologies. “Right attitude and aptitude are very important to learn anything new. Keep re-skilling and re-scaling yourself to remain relevant”, said Visweshwaran Narasimahan.

 Panel Discussion on Handicrafts and Handlooms Industry

Panel Discussion on Handicrafts and Handlooms Industry

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Panel Discussion on Fintech Industry

The latter half of the second day saw an Expert Talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal, Founder and CEO at NoBroker, wherein he shared snippets of his own entrepreneurial journey in a bid to inspire the participants. “Whatever inconvenience you are facing is a problem, and that is an opportunity which you are searching for.”, said Amit Kumar.

 Expert Talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal

Expert Talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal

Even though the Summit was a two-day affair, the proceedings for the finale had started weeks before with online and on-campus events under the umbrella of Pre-Emerge. Social media handles of the club were filled with competitions like “Selfiesta” in association with Vivo India (uploading a selfie with your loved one and sending them a Diwali greeting) and various other competitions organized by the other clubs of the college to generate buzz for EmergE’18. This activity generated a reach of over 45,000 in i-Cube’s social media handles.