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IIM Shillong's winners of Wipro Earthian contest 2016

With a view to connecting doyens of the industry with the management academia in a leisurely setting, IIM Shillong hosted the 9 th season of its flagship event- Golf Cup 2016, which concluded this Sunday on the 27 th of November. With 6000 yards to play across, the picturesque Shillong Golf Course holds the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia and is often referred to as “Gleneagles of the East”, boasting of a par 70; 18- hole course . As a build up to the event, the institute organised a 6 km marathon – ‘Run for Shillong’ at the dawn of 25 th of November, flagged off by Miss Wansuk Myrthong, the first woman from Meghalaya to scale Mt. Everest.  

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Golf Cup 2016 was officially teed off by Mr. A.L. Hek, M.L.A., Meghalaya and Chairman M.I.D.C, in presence of the Director of the Institute, Prof. Amitabha De on November 26 th , 2016. Sponsored by Meghalaya Tourism and co-sponsored by The Union Bank of India, Indian Oil Corporation- Bongaigaon Refinery, Mahindra Rise and hospitality partner CPGE, this year’s event was dedicated to celebrating the spirit of sportsmanship. students.

The event saw about 130 golfers from the country, including esteemed guests from various government ministries, armed forces and corporates from leading Industry majors like Goldman Sachs, VMware, Titan Company Ltd., Wipro, Red Hat India and Axis Bank to name a few. 

The 2 day extravaganza concluded with a Valedictory Ceremony in the presence of Shri Zenith M. Sangma, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of the State of Meghalaya. Winners of Golf Cup Season 9 were Mr Somprabh Singh of Titan Company Ltd. in the corporate golfer’s Category and Mr Gaurav Bajaj of the Shillong Golf Club in the local golfer’s category.

Golf at IIM Shillong is viewed not just as a sport but a way of life that budding managers need to adopt. “Sports is one field wherein there are no divisions based on caste, creed and colour and hence we must encourage it”- says Mr Sangma. With this aim and even more efforts, Golf Cup-IIM Shillong will continue to get grander with every successive year.

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YES BANK Transformation Series, in its fifth edition this year, provided a gruelling test to India’s future business leaders to think beyond the usual. After proving their worth in real life business cases in financial technology space, the finale took them to uncharted territories as they racked their brains to come up with disruptive innovations, which would drive the usage of solar energy in the country. 

 A platform for nurturing innovation in India

After stiff competition among the Top 15 finalist teams, Team North East Royals from IIM-Shillong were named winners of the YES BANK Transformation Series. Team Plutus from Indian School of Business Hyderabad and Team Heisenberg from IIFT-Kolkata emerged the first and second runners-up, respectively.

How does HR fit in today’s high flying and fast changing corporate environment? – This was one of the many deliberations that took centre stage as IIM Shillong brought together diverse perspectives in the field of Human Resources and analyzed the varied nuances associated with it as part of its Annual HR Conclave Kaleidoscope 2016. The panel consisted of pre-eminent personalities from the field of HR including Aparna Sharma – Independent Director at T.S. Alloys Ltd; Mahipal Nair – Chief HR Officer, South Asia at Nielson; Amit Vaish - Director and Head HR, Barclays Technology and Kaushik Chakraborty, Director – HR at Jones Lang LaSalle. The formal launch was presided by the Director of the Institute Prof Amitabha De in the presence of all the panellists and the student community at the Institute as he underlined the importance of delving into the nitty gritty of HR and analyze it further to make it ideal for the changing world.

The conclave saw the launch of the book “Reality Bytes - The role of HR in today's world” authored by Ms. Aparna Sharma where she speaks how for any organization the single-most competitive edge is its “people.” The discussion then moved on to the problem of managing people across high context business environments even as the panellists provided an overview of the approaches adopted by the industry to organize cross-cultural teams into a unified and shared purpose. What also came to the fore were the challenges faced in the same, as Mr. Vaish highlighted the need to think beyond the local mind-set to foster diversity in organizations.

Exclusive launch of book Reality Bytes
The Panellists at Kaleidoscope 2016

To drive the discussion further, the panel of Industry Representatives emphasized on the need to strategize well and think globally in this highly integrated world. As the deliberations moved forward, a slew of questions were addressed to put HR in perspective. 

As the conclave drew to a close, the resourcefulness of every Human element in an organization found its due place in the minds of the audience and significance of HR in making an organization successful and global in the real sense.

We are pleased to announce that the following candidates have made it to the top 50 All India rankholders in the  FLIP National Challenge Season 7.

The Flip National Challenge 2016

Finance & Banking Fundamentals

  • Akshay Kaushal (PGP16) – Rank 14
  • Nirmalya Ghosh (PGP16) – Rank 24
  • Indradip Laha (PGP16) –  Rank 33

Wealth Advisory

  • Girraj Goyal (PGP16) – Rank 39

We would like to congratulate all the participants for their efforts.

IIM Shillong welcomed the fifth batch of its Post Graduate Programme for Executives - Managing Business in India and China (PGPEx-MBIC) with speakers making a plea for both India and China to learn from and collaborate with each other for combined progress of both countries and help resolve problems which confront both the countries like those of the urban slums.

The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Rohit Dwivedi, Chairperson of PGPEx –MBIC, who elaborated on the importance of PGPExecutive MBIC and its differentiation from other International business programs. He also said that "Education needs to focus not only on business studies, but should also be sensitive towards the cultural and moral aspects of the host nations. Prof. Santosh Prusty from IIM Shillong started the inauguration ceremony with an invocation by chanting a Mantra on Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, a philosophy that inculcates an understanding that the whole world is one family. 

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The Guest of Honor for the inauguration ceremony were Prof. Ni Shixiong, Professor of International Relations, Fudan University and Prof. Lou also from Fudan University. Prof. Shixiong, an expert on America-China relations spoke on the importance of having such programs that focus on the economic, cultural, and business relations between two of the greatest economies and the power center of Asia to the rest of the world. He also gave his insights to the batch on learning, urged them to always have a positive outlook in life and that one’s efforts to work harder than before at any age should be the goal.

Prof. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong, welcoming the new batch of 31 participants and the Chief Guest, Speaking on the occasion emphasized that the participants are the brand ambassadors of the Institute and the Country. He also talked on the importance of peace and harmony for the development and healthy relations between the two Nations. Speaking on subsequent rounds of discussions with the new batch of PGPExecutive 2016-17, Dr. Aravind Yelery, Assistant Director & Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), explained how economies can capitalize on historical approaches and extract relevant historical facts that enable a nation to progress ahead. 

The 14-month PGPExecuive on Managing Business in India and China (MBIC) is a General Management Program that has been designed by IIM Shillong and partnered with the Ocean University China (OUC), Qingdao. It is a fully residential programme spread across IIM Shillong and OUC campus.The fifth batch of the programme has participants from varied range of industry such as IT, Healthcare, Power, Energy and Infrastructure, Aviation etc. The structure of the programme primarily aims at providing individuals an opportunity to learn time-tested general management principles as well as current best practices relevant for conducting trans-national business with focus on practical learning through internships and industry visits in both the countries.

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Prof Shixiong addressing the participants

Saturday, the 15th of October marked the 85th Birth Anniversary of our former president and persona par excellence, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. On this momentous occasion, the IIM Shillong family came together in a celebration of the great personality in its own special way as the Institute hosted Dr Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri V Shanmuganathan, His Excellency, Governor of Meghalaya, Shri Naveen Verma, Secretary, DoNER, Shri Ram Muivah, Secretary, North Eastern Council amongst other dignitaries. The duo presided over the signing of tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council for the setting up Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at IIM Shillong as approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). 

The build up to the event saw students from different B Schools share on social media, how Dr Kalam affected their lives and rekindle ‘the Kalam’ in each one of them. An abstract art event was also organized for all the participants at the institute as a part of the celebration. 

Shri V Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya at IIM Shillong
Governor & Chief Minister release balloons to commemorate Dr. Kalam's birthday

The day started with a brain-storming session involving the dignitaries, students and faculty of the Institute. The agenda of the session was to formulate solutions for the myriad problems faced by Horticulture in the North-East and how the new Centre for Policy Research and Analysis can contribute towards the resolution of the same.

As the Chief Minister addressed the gathering, he highlighted the need for a platform that can function as an aggregator for ideas. The message was reiterated by Shri Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya as he expressed his desire to rapidly develop the North- East and fully harness its tremendous potential and creativity. 

The day also marked the first anniversary of “Nurturing Minds”, the unique initiative of the institute that began on Oct 15, 2015, in memory of Dr Kalam to spread his lessons and promote his learnings. The program widely supported by the IIM Shillong community, and recognized across Shillong, currently reaches out to 60 children from seven schools in Shillong. To celebrate the occasion, a number of fun filled activities were lined up for the students including games and a short movie on Dr Kalam to rekindle the spirit of free thinking amongst the kids. An eye check-up camp was also organized in association with Bansara Eye Care Centre to bring in health awareness among the students. 

As the event drew to a close with the release of 85 balloons into the blue and white sky along with quotes by the great teacher, the IIM Shillong family once again renewed its endearing relationship with our beloved Kalam Sir and reveled in all that Dr Kalam has contributed towards the growth of youth and IIM Shillong in particular.

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A five days training programme on “Corporate Governance” was organized by IIM Shillong on 03 rd -07th October, 2016. This Programme was sponsored by Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India during the financial year 2016-17 under DPE’s Research Development and Consultancies (RDC) Scheme. This is the third programme that IIM Shillong had organized for DPE and it was focused on equipping the participants with the basis of Corporate Governance, Leadership and Managerial skills needed in order to function effectively. It also looked into Management issues faced at individual, group and organizational level that the Executives need to have an understanding of in order to run their respective Public Enterprises successfully.

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The five days programme which was held at ICSSR-NERC, NEHU was facilitated by 8 Faculty Resource with varied expertise and experience which included Prof. Amitabha De Director, IIM Shillong, Prof. Keya Sengupta Dean Academics, Prof. Naliniprava Tripathi Dean Research New Initiatives and External Relations, Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri Chairperson MDP and Consultancy, Prof. P. Saravanan, Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee, Prof. Maram Srikanth and Guest Faculty, Mr. Sutanu Sinha, Director- Vision One India Consulting Services Private Limited, New Delhi.

The participants were not only given special training on Corporate Governance and all its aspects but they were also given a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of North East India when after their class hours, they were taken to visit the Don Bosco Museum / Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures in Shillong. The participants were also taken on a field visit to various sites in Shillong, Meghalaya in order for them to learn and understand more about the way of life of the North East and in Shillong. These extracurricular activities not only enchanted them but added to their knowledge of the diversity in culture that NE and Meghalaya possess. 

The Programme was a successful one wherein most of the participants gave positive feedback regarding the programme as well as the course content. The facilitators were praised for their hard work and dedication in taking their time to help the participants with ideas and inspirational words throughout the programme. The programme was appreciated as a whole for being well structured and informative.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

The Institute is pleased to announce the following team as national winners of Aviva's "The Next Big Idea".

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The team members have also been shortlisted for Summer PPIs with Aviva Life Insurance.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

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The Union HRD Minister held an interactive session with the students before the IIM Chairpersons and Directors meet held at IIM Shillong on the 20 th of September. While highlighting the diversity prevalent in the batch, he emphasised on how learnings in such institutes of national excellence occur not just in the class but also outside through peer learning. 

The minister spoke at length about the importance of teaching as a profession and stressed upon the need for good quality teachers required to enrich 270 million students throughout the country with quality education. Appreciating the “Nurturing Minds” initiative of the students of IIM Shillong to teach primary school students every weekend as a tribute to the Late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Mr. Javadekar encouraged the students to look at taking up teaching as a career option and give back to their alma maters.

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HRD Minister posing with IIM Team

Mr Javadekar also highlighted the lack of top quality research which is often considered a key reason why IIMs have lagged behind in international rankings. In his opinion IIMs need to pay due attention to carrying out serious research and innovation in order to upgrade their status and create substantial learnings. 

He paid homage to Dr Kalam as one of the greatest teachers. Mr Javadekar ended the session with a call to action to all the students, “India’s young population can offer a demographic dividend only if we can skill and educate them well enough; India’s transformation can happen only when passionate teachers can lead us from the front. This transformation will be the greatest tribute to Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam”.

EmergE 2016, the fifth edition of the two-day flagship entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong, was held on 17-18th September 2016 under the theme of ‘Emerging North East’. It aimed to galvanize the current crop of students into working towards becoming thought leaders of tomorrow. The summit hosted Shri P.W. Ingty, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Meghalaya as its Chief Guest.   

The build up to EmergE came to a head with the Investor's Conclave featuring venture capitalists Mr. Vikram Duggal (Investor, Strategy Mentor & Consultant at Unitus Seed Fund and also Director of Founder Institute of Kolkata Chapter) and Mr. Rakesh Mishra (Founder, Excubator and Global Co- Chair of IIT Mentors) as its marquee speakers. They set the tone for the discourse by highlighting key parameters that current generation entrepreneurs ought to consider before contemplating financing for their operations. Aadhar, the much anticipated Business Plan competition, brought to stage some intriguing business models with Team Knodues, a start-up, bagging the 1st position and Team ICHOR of IIM Shillong being declared the runners-up. The Voonik Case study competition also drew participation from a number of premier management institutes of the country was won by Team Invicto from IIM Shillong.

The final day saw IIM Shillong’s first ever Innovation Conclave which was graced by eminent personalities like Mr. Sunit Saraswat (COO, Zopnow.com), Mr. Faisal Ahmad (CEO & Founder, BIS Research) and Mr. Eshwar K Vikas (CEO and Founder, Mukunda Foods) as its marquee speakers. The Entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong also launched its initiative to felicitate budding entrepreneurs all over the North East under the aegis of Udyamita. 

Also in store on the two days was the Expert’s Talk sessions. Mr. Shriyans Bhandari (Founder & CEO, Greensole India) spoke of bucking the trend which was followed by a Comic Creation workshop by Mr. Aniruddho Chakraborty (Co-founder, Chariot Comics). From the world famous Mumbai Dabbawalas were Mr. Subhash and Mr. Arvind Talekar who inspired one and all in the reach for excellence. 

The day drew to a close with an enthralling Entertainment Conclave, which saw participation from the prominent Indian film and theatre personality Piyush Mishra, in addition to Ms. Meena Longjam (Documentary Filmmaker, Airameen Media), Ms Rebecca Changkija (Fashion Designer) and Mr. Wajid Ali among others. The event also featured a live performance by Mr Piyush Mishra, who captivated the audience with his songs and couplets.

The two-day summit, in essence, served as the ideal platform to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in the North East and underscored the need for an imminent call to action in this regard.

About Emerge: EmergE, the annual entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong is rooted in the concept—Envision. Engage. Evolve. —and aims to stimulate an entrepreneurial drive in the participants of management education. 

About IIM Shillong: Indian Institute of Management Shillong, has grown at a rapid pace and is one of the premier institutes of management education in the country. Established in 2008, the Institute has focused on grooming its participants into managers who work for the betterment of society and the North-east region.

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The Programme was held at Moreau Institute of Integral Training (MIIT), Shillong from the 23 rd -24 th of August, 2016 with twenty five (25) dealers taking part in the programme. The team of dedicated facilitators with varied expertise and experience which included Prof. Amitabha De , Director of IIM Shillong ,Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri Chairman MDP & , the two Programme coordinators, Prof. Pradip Sadarangani and Prof. Santosh Kumar Prusty ,and Prof. P. Saravanan, Prof. Bidyut Jyoti Gogoi and Prof. Rohit Dwivedi, made the programme a grand success with their insights accompanied with a lot of motivation and inspiration. 

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This is the 3rd MDP for IOCL Dealers this year and like the previous two programmes, it was packed with various facets related to General Management in relation to Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance, Leadership Skills and Organizational Behavior which the Managers, Proprietors and Owners of the Retail Outlets under IOCL can make use in order to function well and run their outlets effectively. 

The programme had a positive impact on the participants who shared their experience in the presence of their Chief Manager Retail Sales, Mr. M Chaudhary who also praised the faculty members of IIM Shillong for their expertise and dedication to the training program.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

Team Liang Ri from IIM Shillong was declared as the Regional Winner of Deloitte Maverick-War of Bands.

Winners are Nayna Jain, Peie Ete, Praveen Kumar, Sharan Subrahmanyam, Siddharth Sagar and Spandan Patnaik.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

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A one day work shop was conducted on Stress Management at IIM Shillong on 23 rd of August, 2016 with Sixty two (62) Police Officers, including Police Officers from Bangladesh, taking part in the programme. The workshop was facilitated by Prof Rohit Dwivedi along with varied expertise and experience faculty from IIM which included Prof. Amitabha De , Director of IIM Shillong and Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty . 

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The work shop was conducted in a Behavioral Lab like condition with various activities and discussion related to Stress Management right from the fundamentals of Stress and Work to Work –Life Imbalance, impact of stress on health of individual and the concept of importance of stress in everyday life .

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

A one day work shop was conducted on Time and Stress Management at IIM Shillong on 20 th of August, 2016 with thirty one (31) Judicial Officers taking part in the programme. The workshop was facilitated by Prof Rohit Dwivedi along with varied expertise and experience faculty from IIM which included Prof. Amitabha De , Director of IIM Shillong.

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The work shop was packed with various facets related to Time and Stress Management right from the fundamentals of stress and work to management of stress at work, at home, in context to personal and professional relations and health of the individual. 

The programme had a positive impact on the participants who were kept engaged at the sessions through discussions, questionnaires, introspection, and various activities.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER), IIM Shillong had successfully organized a training program on Re- shaping and Strengthening Family Business at the premises of IIM Shillong from 22 nd to 26 th August, 2016. The program kick-started with an Inaugural Function in the presence of the Director, Prof. Amitabha De. 

Family Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

The program was designed to help the Family Business Owners and Entrepreneurs who are in or entering family business to understand the synergy of the conventional family business with modern practices, and to help the family business grow harmoniously and professionally. 

The Resource Persons of the two training programs were from a diverse background: academic and industry. The program was sponsored by RGIIM Shillong and came to a close on 26 th August 2016.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

We are pleased to announce that the following teams have secured positions in Vivaan, 2016 the management fest of IIFT Kolkata.

  • Competition : Swapn - The case study competition in Leadership & HR Summit 
  • Team Name : Two Good Men (Piyush Patel & Varun Pradhan) 
  • Result : First Position
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  • Competition : Enigmatics - The case study competition in Analytics Summit 
  • Team Name : Eastern Knights (Aman Jain & Varun Pradhan)
  • Result : Third Position

We congratulate them for the same.

In sync with the upbeat mood dawning upon the country on the occasion of its 70 th year of independence, IIM Shillong extended its commemoration by organizing a Lecture on the Freedom Movement to rekindle the spirit of the freedom struggle and look back at the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters to reach the stage where we are today. The lecture was delivered by Shri Abhijit Choudhury, ex-lecturer of history at St Edmunds College in Shillong. He has also contributed articles and essays to a number of books and publications like “Little known fighters Against the Raj” and “Nationalism, Regionalism and Philosophy of National Integration. The event was also presided over by the Director of the Institute, Dr Amitabha De and other faculty members and students. 

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Shri Abhijit Choudhury, while speaking of all the different dimensions of the country’s freedom underscored the struggle ranging from the contribution of the North East to the active role played by women in the freedom struggle. He also drew the attention of the audience towards some of the unsung heroes of the Pan-Indian freedom movement, calling upon the youth to ensure that their expectations for India’s future are realised.

The Director also added to the spirit of the freedom struggle by saying, “In order to commemorate the great contributions of the many freedom fighters, we need to ensure that the freedom of the human spirit can be preserved and taken forward.” 

This was followed by a mass recitation of the National anthem by more than 300 students and members of the college in line with the Human Resource Ministry’s initiative in schools as part of the 70 years of Independence celebrations. 

As the event drew to a close, the students were left with the realisation that freedom comes only after a lot of hurdles and we must not forget all that had to be sacrificed to get here. 

About IIM Shillong:

Indian Institute of Management Shillong, has grown at a rapid pace and is one of the premier institutes of management education in the country. Established in 2008, the Institute has focused on grooming its participants into managers who work for the betterment of society and the North-east region.

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Announcing the success of IIM Shillong’s Sports Contingent at the XLRI, Valhalla 2016. We would like to applaud all the participants for their efforts, and the faculty and administration for their continued support.

The following are achievements of the IIM S Contingent. We congratulate the teams for their achievements in the respective sports events:-

  • Badminton Men's - Silver - Bhaskar Maheshwari, Ritvik Dinesh, Roshan Bhatt and Vishrut Dinesh
  • TT Men's - Bronze - Abhinav Bhatia, Bhaskar Maheshwari, Girish Pai and Harshit Pandey
  • TT Women's - Bronze - Anisha Khurana and Shweta Arya
  • Basketball Men's - Bronze - Anirudh Jain, Jatin Bedi, Kanishq Rawat, Kshitij Arora, Piyush Jain, Siddharth Krishnakumar and Umesh Chander
  • Carrom Men's - Bronze - Bhaskar Maheshwari, Chinglen Kshetrimayum, Girish Pai and Roshan Bhatt
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Sincerest gratitude goes to the rest of the contingent team who kept their spirits high throughout the tournament. Ansh Gill, Arjun Bhargava, Harsh Aggarwal, Nihal John, Peie Ete,Pramod Sai A., Praveen Kumar and Sayantan Sarkar.

We wish them all the best for their future endeavors and expect a healthy participation from both the batches in the events to come.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will forever be remembered as one of the most beloved presidents of India. Dr. Kalam’s love for teaching was no secret and he was a guest lecturer at IIM Shillong for three years before his unfortunate demise at IIM Shillong, doing what he loved.

One year hence, IIM Shillong has started a new initiative - the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Lecture Series, in his fond memory.The day commenced with a remembrance meet at the IIM Shillong auditorium where the entire IIM Shillong fraternity lit candles in fond memory of Dr. Kalam. The first lecture in the series was held at the Meghalaya State Convention Center in the presence of distinguished guests from across the country. The first lecture was delivered, by Dr. Manas K. Mandal, distinguished Scientist & Director General - Life Sciences, Defence Research & Development Organization, on the topic “To lead change and the changed way of leading”, which revolved around the non-traditional forms of leadership. He mentioned how Dr. Kalam had inspired him and the nation as a whole. He spoke about how Dr. Kalam had a different approach towards leadership and how he subtly changed the thought process of each one of us. He said “A leader can integrate context, content and intent.”

Students prepared a video to pay homage to the Missile Man and also talked about the various initiatives taken by them. Nurturing Minds is a program started to spread Dr. Kalam’s teachings and propagate his ideas, wherein students of IIM Shillong teach underprivileged children from schools across Shillong. Among the other initiatives taken were Prakriti, the tree plantation drive and a canvas painting event which was organized on his birth anniversary.

Dr. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong, also addressed the gathering. He announced that various initiatives would be undertaken by IIM Shillong, in remembrance of Dr. Kalam. The permanent campus will house a 2000 sq. metre., 800 student-strong auditorium named after him, with a bust of “Kalam Sir” outside the auditorium. Also, a center will be opened in his name, as the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre for Public Policy.

Shri Falguni Rajkumar, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Shillong gave the closing address in which he said “Dr. Kalam was a bureaucrat and a scientist and had the rare quality of humanity, which distinguished him from the rest.”

Dr. Kalam will always remain an integral part of IIM Shillong and its students will always try and take forward his legacy.

“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended” - Dr. Kalam

The Batch of 2016-18 comprising of 185 students, is twenty more than the latest previous batch. The Institute, which started operations in 2008 with a batch of 68 students, today has grown to nearly three times that size. Alongside PGDM, the Institute also inaugurated welcomed the fifth batch of its Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM), the doctoral programme of the IIM.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the event, Mr. Ambarish Dasgupta, Partner and Head, Management Consulting, KPMG India exhorted, “Chase excellence and knowledge, money and career will follow. Dive deep into the subjects you wish to study and question yourself at every step whether you are heading in the right direction.”

The inauguration function was also attended by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shri. Falguni Rajkumar who during his address to the new batch stated, “This part of the country denotes immense potentiality for the country. The management students are the ambassadors of this part of the world providing insights into their culture and ethos.” Present amongst others were also the Chairman PGP, Prof Basav Roychoudhury and Prof Pradip Sadarangini, Chairman FPM.

During the welcome address, Prof Amitabha De, Director of the Institute encouraged the students, “to become part of the system, adapt, and further usher in positive development of self and the Institute as a whole.” The inauguration culminated with the students pledging to maintain integrity, strive for excellence and contribute to collaborative learning followed by the vote of thanks delivered by Mr. H.K. Dutta, Chief Administrative Officer (In-charge) of the Institute.

Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER), IIM Shillong successfully organized two training programs on General Management Program and on Tourism and Hospitality Management held at the premises of IIM Shillong during May to June 2016.

The first program was designed to help unemployed educated youth to build a business-wide perspective to prepare them to venture into entrepreneurship and start their own business and for the self-employed was to help them to understand and analyze the present business opportunities in North-East. The second program was designed to help those who seek their career in the Tourism and Hospitality sector in developing the management and entrepreneurial skills necessary to work in establishments related to the tourism factor and also to give the knowledge and ability to develop marketing strategies based on a practical business plan.

The Resource Persons of the two training programs were from a diverse background: academic, government, and industry. Shri. R. G. Lyngdoh, Vice-Chancellor, MLCU and Prof. Amitabha De, Director of RGIIM Shillong, were present during the Valedictory Function of the training program on Tourism and Hospitality Management that was held on the 10th June 2016 at IIM Shillong.

In a memorable address to the outgoing participants of Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Post Graduate Program for Executives at Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM-S), Chief Guest of the 7th Annual Convocation, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development congratulated the students and said, “You have crossed the stage of your life till when you could blame others, now you are equally a part of the system. As a member of the society, it is your responsibility to bring about change. The nation needs holistic leaders not just business leaders.”

The Convocation Ceremony was declared open by Shri Falguni Rajkumar, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute, who praised the participants for emerging out successfully through one of the toughest management programs and urged them to be thought-leaders in the development of the country. The significant achievements of IIM Shillong were highlighted by Dr. Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong, as he read out the Director’s Report for the year 2015-16 and emphasized on the growing success of the institute and the major goals that the Institute wishes to achieve in the years to come.

The graduating batch comprised of 138 students of the flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), and 7 participants of the Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEx). The students donned their black robes to receive the convocation certificates in the Institute’s campus, amidst their proud parents, invited guests and distinguished members of the academia.

Among the PGP students, Soumya Guha received the Gold Medal for scholastic performance in academics while Pratik Chakrabarti received the Silver Medal. Raghav Bhatnagar was conferred the Gold Medal for the best performance in quantitative finance courses. The Gold Medal for the best all-round performance in terms of general proficiency including character, conduct, and excellence in academic performance, extra-curricular activities and social service was awarded to Soumya Guha. The Institute’s Medal for Positive Contribution to Campus Life was awarded to Pratik Chakrabarti. In the PGPEx batch, Supratim Dutta secured the award for the highest CGPA and Kalpesh Brahmankar bagged the medal for all-round performance.

IIM Shillong is pleased to announce that the following students from IIM Shillong have been declared winners of the CRISIL Young Thought Leader Competition 2015:

  • Paras Parekh - PGP14 -  Topic:  What does Chinese slowdown mean for India?
  • Nishiggandha Kerure - PGP15  Topic:  Is Cultural Diversity synergistic for a Global Corporation?

IIM Shillong has also won the R. Ravimohan Award for maximum number of dissertations submitted and for maximum number of winners across topics. This is the first time the institute has received this award.

Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIMS), in spirit of its endeavour to promote global learning and to facilitate a better learning process for the participants of its Flagship Program of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), strategically partnered with Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore for its first Study Abroad Program. The IIM Shillong community believes that it is essential for its participants to gain both a worldwide perspective and a global point of view, and therefore in its effort to offer a multi-faceted business training to its students, the Institute signed an MOU with Nanyang Business School (NBS) on November 16, 2015.

A group of 31 students of the Institute’s Flagship Program spent two weeks in Singapore, from January 4 to January 16, 2016. The participants attended courses in the key domains of Business Negotiation, Corporate Financial Risk Management and Business Strategy in Digital Era. These subjects were chosen in a bid to study specialised and niche courses aimed at gaining global exposure. The course on Business Strategy in Digital Era was taught by one of the most renowned faculty of NTU, Professor Vijay Sethi.

The program enriched the students on the various subjects through classroom teaching supplemented by industrial visits which augmented the students’ understanding of different spheres through ground level exposure in a comprehensive setting. Peer to peer learning and the rigour of studying in the IIM Shillong system, helped them excel at NTU. The initiative also helped students to understand subjects from an array of different cultural viewpoints thereby refining their perspective and giving them an opportunity to interact with students from different nationalities.

Tushar Singh Verma, one of the participants of the program described his experience as, “An enthralling experience, where I got a chance to interact with individuals from different realms of academia, experience engrossing discussions and visit the picturesque architecture of Singapore city.” Another participant, Abhishek Jaiswal stated, “The experience was truly global as Singapore is an international cosmopolitan comprised of various ethnicities and corporations from all over the world. This helped us to understand how the world will look like in future.”

The participants believe that the program propelled an exchange of fresh ideas and helped to showcase their learnings on the global stage. It gave an opportunity to the students to develop cross cultural skills and contribute to global deliberations, by being responsible ambassadors of the Institute and the country. The participants, fortified with strong encouragement of the Institute, feel enriched by their scholastic experience.

The much awaited Indo-Sino Conclave in partnership with Institute of Chinese Studies flagged of at IIM Shillong on December 10. Prof. Amitabha De, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong gave the welcome address of the first of its kind Indo-Sino Conclave and mentioned that China has made huge change in last three decades and it’s clearly evident by looking at Chinese model that power comes from economy. He mentioned this conclave as an important step in the journey of PGPEx- Managing business in India and China program.

The key note presentation was kicked off by the most experienced of all the speakers Ex Ambassador and former diplomat Kishan S. Rana who shared his real life experiences about his cultural conventions in different countries. He mentioned his visit as delightful and shared the experiences of his visits to China almost 4 decades back. He highlighted how China has changed from tightly restricted country in 1960s to an open country post-independence. He also advised about how it is important to understand the cultures and socio-economic aspects of a country and especially one like China. The trauma which China faced due to different wars during 1950s-70s is the reason for Chinese being disciplined and organized as perceived by Indians. Ex Ambassador Rana also mentioned various markers ranging from power distance, gratification, contexts to principles of negotiations in China. He mentioned that it’s very important to understand language and cultural interpretation as factors for any country. He stressed that language carries the cultural context within itself and simply translating one language to another will not work and if done so, can have huge negative impact. As per him, “Guanxi” which means relationships in Chinese is the most important part of any businesses done in China. The same is true in Indian context where people utilize the networking capabilities available to them. He also mentioned that offering concessions and courtesies is important in Chinese culture. Another important cultural factor which came out of the discussion was the importance of “face” in China. It’s the social status of the person which matters while doing the business deals.

Professor Alka Acharya, Director of Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi started her dialogue with a very important aspect of how industries and businesses are affected in China because of being state owned in nature. She also mentioned about the commonalities between Indians and Chinese in terms of family values and upbringing. She addressed the problem of mass labor migration in China due to which another problem of children who gets left behind is emerging in China. Continuing with what she had to say about state owned businesses, she also informed the participants on how Chinese have been enabled in such a way that now 60% of their GDP is constituted by the services sector majorly owned by private players. She also focused on two factors which transformed the lives of people in China, first, by opening up to the outside world and second, the revolution in IT and telecom – penetration of internet.

Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty and Prof. Rohit Dwivedi who are faculty at IIM Shillong and also were discussants raised questions on the impact of changing ecology of China on other countries, how is India trying to connect culturally with China and how do we design reporting relationships with them. It was well deduced from the discussion that it’s very important to know oneself first before knowing the other country like China.

The dialogue among the dignitaries was informative and intense which led to question our own notions about Chinese culture and the nature of businesses in China.

It has been a busy, but exciting weekend for the students of the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong hosting eminent guests from various domains of corporate industry, government, and sport, on the lush green carpets of the Shillong Golf Course over two days, 7th and 8th November. This year’s tournament, the eighth edition of The Golf Cup was inaugurated by Dr. Mukul Sangma, the Honourable Chief Minister of the state of Meghalaya on October 29, 2015. The event was kicked off by a fun run organized by the students which started at IIM Shillong and finished at Ward’s Lake on the morning of Friday, 6 November, 2015. Sponsored by Meghalaya Tourism and co-sponsored by The Indian Oil Corporation, State Bank of India and the Royal Wahingdoh Football Club, this year’s event was dedicated to celebrating the spirit of sport.

The inaugural tee off to commence the game was done on Saturday morning by Shri C. D. Kynjing, IAS (Retd.), the Chief Information Commissioner of Meghalaya, at 6 AM. The two days saw about 120 golfers cover the course over the two days. Representatives from leading corporate houses were Mr. Raman Grover, Vice President at Deutsche Bank, Ms. Era Singh, Director at Oracle, Mr. Prashant M.S., Divisional Vice President at United Spirits, Mr. Amer Warsi, Country Manager at Hewlett Packard India and Mr. Sukesh Choubey from Ernst & Young amongst others. Players from various government ministries and armed forces included Shri. Tony Curtis Lyngdoh of the Indian National Congress, Maj. Geeta Mishra, and Maj. (Retd.) Dr. K. I. Singh.

With a view to connect top corporate professionals, esteemed government officials, local figureheads, and professional golf players with the management academia in a leisurely setting, IIM Shillong hosts its flagship event on the scenic Shillong Golf Course, known to be one of the few natural golf courses in Asia. IIM Shillong is the first and only Indian B -School to host its own Golf Invitational Tournament with the first edition convened in the year 2009. The game is organized on a stroke play format with players ranked on the basis of finishing the 18-hole course in the least number of strokes played. The players are distinguished on three handicap grades of 0-12, 13-18 and 19-24 for gents, and separate categories for corporate representatives and ladies. Prizes are organized in each of these categories along with separate prizes for the Nearest to Pin, Longest Drive and Straightest Drive.

The winners from the categories above are Mr. Jonathan Lawphniaw (6) (Gross), Mr. B. Malakar (11) (Nett) (0-12), Mr. Jobeth D. Chyne (14) (Gross), Shri Rajesh Singh IA& AS AG (18) (Nett) (13-18) and Mr. Shri L. Hangsing IA& AS AG (22) (Gross), Shri U. J. Shanpru (24) (Nett) (19-24). The winner in the category for corporate players was Mr. Randhir Mishra (18) and the winner in the ladies category was Ms. D. Shullai (15). Further, the awards for Nearest to Pin, Longest Drive and Straightest Drive was bagged by Maj (Retd.) Dr. K. I Singh, Mr. Batkupar Synrem, Mr. Rocky Hek respectively

The event concluded with big smiles from the players who had a great experience competing and interacting with each other over the scenic setting. Mr. Sukesh Choubey from Ernst & Young stated “It has been a wonderful and invigorating experience. Great job by the students.” Prof. Basav Roychoudhury of IIM Shillong said “It’s a proud feeling to see that The Golf Cup has now become a legacy entering into its eighth edition. We are leveraging on our advantage of having the unique setting of the natural golf course and this has allowed great interaction between education and industry.” Abhishek Jaiswal, a member of the Student Council of IIM Shillong stated “It was my first experience in organizing an event of this magnitude. The positive response we have received has given me a sense that all the hard work has paid off.”

IIM Shillong launched a series of initiatives to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, on the 15th October at the IIM Shillong campus. One of the initiatives, ‘Nurturing Minds’, a teaching program aimed at coaching students by adopting unconventional teaching , kicked off on Saturday, 17 October. The objective of the initiative is to connect with the local community, give back to the society and carry forward Dr. Kalam’s love for teaching. The classes started off with a pool of 30 students from three schools, namely H.Elias, Presbyterian and Dinet Manik School, wherein the students were taught mathematics.

Before the classes began, the students and volunteers were addressed by the PGP chairman, Dr Basav Roychoudhury. Dr Basav expressed that the initiative should focus upon getting rid of the fear associated with Mathematics among the enrolled students. The official address was followed by an ice-breaking session during which the volunteers and students interacted with each other. The Chairman of Board of Directors, Shri Falguni Rajkumar who was also present during the session emphasised on the need to become a good human being and develop holistically.

The students were split into two groups, and each group was managed by 3-4 volunteers. The topics chosen for the day were Mensuration and Algebra. The volunteers used innovative teaching aids and utilised the infrastructural facilities available in the classroom to make the session fun and informative. After the two hour session, the students were served snacks and escorted by the volunteers for a campus tour.

Based on the response of the initial phase the student volunteers plan to scale up the program, by including other subjects in the course pedagogy.

IIM Shillong commemorated the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, on 15th of October at the IIM Shillong campus. A Scientific Seminar on ‘Science and Humanism for National Development’ was organised, in keeping with his contribution to science and his objective of social development. The event commenced with a welcome address by the Director Dr. Amitabh De, followed by an introduction to the seminar by Shri Falguni Rajkumar, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIM Shillong.

The seminar saw eminent speakers such as Dr. W Selvamurthy, Former Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller, DRDO, Swami Atmapriyanandaji Maharaj, Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Vivekananda University, Belur , Dr. Tapan Misra, Director, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad and Dr. R A Mashelkar, National Research Professor and CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory, who graced the stage and offered valuable insights into the aspirations, achievements, and ideals of Dr. Kalam.

While remembering the various times that Dr. Kalam had visited the institute and given a lecture to the students, Prof De presented an overview regarding the initiatives to be undertaken by the institute and the students. A 2000 sq. ft. auditorium with the capacity to seat 200 students is to be established by the institute in the name of Dr. Kalam. A bust of Dr. Kalam shall be established in front of the auditorium. A ‘Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam centre for Policy Research’ is to be founded in keeping with his objective of societal development. An initiative ‘Nurturing Minds’, beginning on the 17th October is to be undertaken by the students, to teach Mathematics to school students starting from class VIII. In the initial phase, classes of two-hour duration are to be conducted every Saturday for selected students nominated by local schools. An annual function is to be organized every year to honour Dr. Kalam, who delivered his last lecture in IIM Shillong, hours before his sudden demise.

The seminar progressed with the speakers giving individual insights into Dr. Kalam’s contribution to the country and his ideas and opinions. Dr. Kalam believed that teaching is a step and not an end. His greatest contribution was seen as the fusion of humanism and science, in keeping with his ideals that love of humanity is humility and that without humanity the world is incomplete. Dr. Kalam was described as a president, a scientist, a teacher, a leader, the father of missile technology of the country, an epitome of excellence and a fusion of science and spirituality. It was mentioned how UNO has declared 15th October as ‘World Students’ Day’ to commemorate him. Details regarding certain landmarks in technology innovation in the country were mentioned. Dr. Kalam’s intiative PURA ( Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) was discussed, along with his contribution to missile technology. It was said that Dr. Kalam was a person who built many extraordinary organisations with ordinary people, through his inspirational leadership. He believed that all technology is useless if it is not simple and does not help to solve a man’s real life problems. His extraordinary leadership skills were attributed to his humility, purity of heart and his ability to connect with every individual at every level.

Finally, the IIM Shillong student fraternity undertook an initiative in which the students and faculty were involved in spray painting a large canvas, to reveal a sketch of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam underneath. This activity was conducted to salute the 'Missile Man' who inspired a nation till his last breath. This is to be followed by the release of a video tribute on social media platforms.

In harmony with the upcoming trends where the world is looking towards India and China as drivers of global growth, Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM-S), India and Ocean University China(OUC), Qingdao have joined hands to design the first ever Post Graduate Program for Executives - Managing Business in India and China (PGPEx-MBIC). After the successful international emersion of the previous batches currently in government, private industries and as entrepreneurs both in India and China, the Institute proudly inaugurated its fourth batch on Wednesday October 14, 2015 comprising of 16 participants from a varied range of industry such as IT, Mining, and Petroleum.

The inauguration session began with introductory remarks by the Chairperson, PGPEx, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi followed by a welcome address by the Director, IIM-S, Dr. Amitabha De who pointed out that despite the recent slowdown in the Chinese economy, the country is still making steady progress. He also highlighted an education policy in China according to which all PhD students have to return to mainland China irrespective of which part of the world they pursue their studies. He stressed on the need for such policies in India.

The Guest of Honour for the session was Mr. Sunil Kharbanda, Vice President SAP Indian Subcontinent who pointed out that China and India are considered major forces in the global economy and this course would serve the purpose of creating business leaders who have cross-cultural and multi-national managerial competencies to manage businesses across India and China. He also highlighted the value of human capital and the emerging business trend of keeping the customer in focus, with technology being an enabler and facilitator.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Dr. Alka Acharya spoke of how she was pleasantly surprised to know of IIM Shillong’s vision to create business leaders with the capacity and knowledge base of both the Chinese as well as Indian methods of doing business. She felt that the uniqueness of the program should be followed by other Higher Education institutes across the country. Stressing on “What is China, China and India in Competition, and China and India in Partnership, Dr. Acharya remarked that “stability is the key element to achieve holistic and sustainable business development. Both India and China should learn and collaborate with each other for combined progress of the region. Clashes would only pull down the growth.” While modernisation and development are challenges that both India and China face, it is important to understand the collaborative potential of both countries. She further urged the participants to understand the Chinese minds while getting themselves engaged in learning, more so during their stint of internship while in China.

The 14 month PGPEx program on Managing Business in India and China is a fully residential program spread across IIM Shillong and OUC campus. The structure of the program primarily aims at providing individuals ample opportunity to learn time-tested general management principles as well as current best practices relevant for conducting trans-national business with focus on practical learning through internships and industry visits in both the countries.

EmergE 2015, the annual entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong was held on 19th-20th September 2015. This summit was organized by i-Cube - the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong which is rooted in the concept—Envision. Engage. Evolve. —and aims to stimulate an entrepreneurial drive in the participants of management education. The summit was inaugurated by the chief guest, Shri M. Rajeshwar Rao, Chief General Manager at the Reserve Bank of India, who discussed the role of micro-financing in helping the underprivileged gain access to cheaper sources of finance and the way forward for banking in India.

The two day summit kick started with the felicitation of the Vasundhara awardees for 2015, an initiative by the SSM, Guwahati to recognize women entrepreneurs of the North East. The awardees were invited to IIM Shillong to share their journey in front of aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country, who were there to present their own business ideas and plans of turning them into reality.

The summit started with the Investors’ Conclave, an interactive session with leading venture capitalists—Mr. Rajendra Kalur (Founder Director & Chief Executive Officer, TrustPlutus Wealth Managers (India) Pvt Ltd), Dr. Anju Gupta (President and Co-Founder, IvyCamp) and Mr. Sumit Mehrra (Chief Executive Officer, The Green Umbrella Investment Advisory Pvt Ltd). The conclave delivered insights about the growing entrepreneurial environment in India and a rise in venture capital funding for the same. The Logistics Conclave, which involved discussion with experts—Mr. Sreenivas Saba (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, eCourierz.com), Mr. Sudhakar Vintha (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ReturnTrucks) and Mr. Nataraja Subramanian (Business Head, Miebach Consulting)—facilitated exchange of diverse ideas on the growth and penetration of the e-commerce industry. The final event, Mobile Space Conclave, hosted eminent entrepreneurs—Mr. Damandeep Singh Soni (Head - India Business, Line Messenger), Mr. Karan Sarin (Head of Marketing, OnePlus) and Mr. Sudhanshu Gupta (Associate Vice-President Business, Paytm). The conclave’s discussion centred around the growth of the smart phone business and innovative transformation within the industry.

This year, the summit was host to ‘Expert’s Talk’ where eminent speakers like Mr. Vishal Kaul, Category Head for Smartphones and Tablets, Samsung India Electronics Ltd. and Mr. Karan Gambhir, Industry Head for Technology at Google India imparted insights relating to the industry and how to go about an entrepreneurial venture.

EmergE 2015 witnessed enthusiastic participation from students across B–Schools in R€vo£u$N, the B-Plan Competition. The winner of the B-Plan Competition was ‘Akhil & Sumon’ from IIM Shillong. ‘Kings of Good Times’ from IIM Shillong won Reveal – the Case Study Competition which was organised in association with the Royal Wahingdoh Football Club. The runners-up were ‘Duopoly’ and second runners-up were ‘#Hashtag YS’.

Finally, the students of IIM Shillong organized a cultural evening where one of the most popular band from Shillong, “Colours” mesmerized the crowd and marked the end of EmergE-2015. State Bank of India were the Title Sponsors of the event while Associate Sponsors were Royal Wahingdoh Football Club, Shillong. Additionally , the event merchandise was sponsored by the Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. Poptales.

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