The fourth edition of TEDxIIMShillong, which was organized on 13 th February 2016, witnessed speakers from across the country who came to the educational hub of Northeast India with a mission to share their ideas for change. From live performances of humanoid robots by Mr. Diwakar Vaish to the experience of scaling Mount Everest by Ms. Krushnaa Patil, the event featured the best of ideas on the theme “Confluence in Conflict”. The theme for this year’s event was strategically chosen to enhance peace-keeping in a world engaged in strife.
TEDxIIMShillong 2016 witnessed a fleet of seven speakers from a variety of fields.
The list of speakers includes:
The event was targeted to bring together ideas across domains on building confluence; while Mrs. Anamika brought about confluence in cultures and clothing, Mr. Sridhar spoke on building relationships between rural entrepreneurs and end customers. Other highlights included Chess Grandmaster Pravin Thipsay bringing about ‘The Principles of Chess in Life’, Ms. Ritumoni Das sharing her struggle on helping sex workers exercise their rights and break free to new opportunities, and Ms. Richa explaining the emotional support system that is YourDOST.com.
‘Khlur-Thma’ in the local Khasi language of Meghalaya means “War of Stars” and true to its theme of ‘vying for glory’ it features the best of B school participants battling for the top spot. Khlurthma, the annual Interschool business fest of IIM Shillong, is held in the months of October- November. The event sees a confluence of participants with a flair and aptitude to solve real life business problems, fortified with a plethora of events catering to diverse fields of management.
Events ranging from finance case study competition like ‘Vishleshan’ to an event aimed at finding an ecologically innovative solution called ‘Samuchit’, are hosted. The events hosted by the Operations and Systems club i.e. Shrinkhala and Decrypt respectively also see resounding participation and are judged by renowned academicians and esteemed faculty members. Touchstone, the marketing case study competition, Strategist, the flag ship event of the consulting club, also gives students an opportunity to engage in challenging and mind stimulating events, to develop tactics and strategy. All the events feature multiple rounds of online and on campus evaluation, with the competitions being judged by the cream of industry professionals and academicians. The event attracts strong participation and endorsement from student and sponsors fraternity alike.
KhlurThma hosts highly competitive events that challenge the inventiveness, ingenuity and business intelligence of the students and the event continues to be one of the most awaited B school fests across campuses in India.
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, under privileged students, in order 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 as 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 mathematics 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, is associated with the program, wherein classes are conducted through innovative visual aids and ingenious teaching methods. The objective of the program is to encouraging learning, help nurture creativity, amongst the students, just as Dr. Kalm 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, 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 doing.
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 ninth edition, and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The venue, Shillong Golf Course known as the ‘Gleneagles of the East’, is the only natural golf course in the whole of Asia.
The official mascot for this year’s Golf Cup is Minnie, the Hill Mynah. It has been strategically chosen to represent the state of Meghalaya since the Hill Mynah is also the official state bird.
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The event was officially launched by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Mukul Sangma on 2nd November, 2016. The annual tourney sees participation from over 100 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”. The event this year, like in the previous years will be hosted with great fanfare, with a series of pre-events like a Plenary session, “Run for Shillong” Marathon to name a few.
The Plenary session sees enthusiastic participation from the student community, wherein healthy discussion and interaction will be facilitated with the doyens of the industry. Marathon also sees the involvement of the students, faculty as well as the non-teaching staff. The run is also adorned with the presence of local runners.
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, wherein the chief guest, the Honourable Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma graces the occasion with his presence. The event features addresses from the Honourable Chief Minister and Prof. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong, along with 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.
IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season-9
The three-day event is organized in association with the Department of Meghalaya Tourism, who have been the title sponsor of this event since its inception in 2009.
Golf Cup Season 8 successfully concluded on 8th November 2015 with Dr. Mukul Sangma, Honorable Chief Minister of Meghalaya presiding over the function. Corporates, Bureaucrats and people from different realms were a part of the tournament. The efforts put in by the students were well appreciated by all the attendees and everyone looked upto the event as the right platform to engage and interact with the each other.