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IIM Shillong hosted the sixth edition of TEDx on 17 th March, 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 53 rd 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.

The list of speakers included Wendell Rodricks, a Padmi Shri awardee and leading international fashion designer, Archana Sardana, India’s first female BASE jumper and first Indian to skydive with Indian Flag in 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 film critic and author, and Rajesh Kumar, an actor, best known for his roles in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.

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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 is expected to scale equal if not greater heights.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The IIM Act 2017 having come into effect from January 31, 2018 will give widespread autonomy to all the 20 IIMs of the country therein steering essential and pragmatic overall efficiency, informed the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Shillong, Shishir Bajoria while addressing the media fraternity on Monday. “The 2017 Act is path-breaking in that it provides independent legal entity to the IIMs of the country in line with the incumbent government’s stand of less government, and more governance.”

Further, the Act declares existing Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as institutions of national importance and confers on them the power to grant degrees including PhDs.  Earlier, IIMs granted Post Graduate Diplomas.

In the new Act, the Board of Governors will be the executive body of each IIM, comprising up to 19 members.  There will be three women members from different walks of life and one of them must be a member of the Scheduled Tribe/Scheduled Caste. The Board will nominate 17 board members including eminent persons, faculty members and alumni.  The remaining two members will be nominees from the central and state governments, respectively.  The Act further empowers the Board to appoint its own Chairperson.

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The Board of Governors will appoint the Director of each IIM.  A search committee will recommend names for the post of the Director.  The Director is eligible for variable pay, to be determined by the Board.

The Academic Council of each IIM will determine the: (i) academic content; (ii) criteria and process for admission to courses; and (iii) guidelines for conduct of examinations.

Much enhanced impact of the IIMs may be felt with the Act providing an enabling environment for global extension of existing campuses.

The IIM Bill which was in active consideration and elicited a lot of debate and discussion is focussed at removing difficulties. One such aspect being the ability of students to now receive MBA degree, which stands to be accepted better globally by all the top universities across the world. This also means better placement opportunities in global companies.

An encouraging aspect of the new Act is the much needed morale booster given the promising ability to attract quality faculty given the much needed autonomy.

Speaking of the fee structure, Prof Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong said, “Every IIM is to decide their own fee structure to make themselves viable, yet enabling students of the weaker section an ambit of hope through need-based assistance scheme from money we set aside from our income. However, furnishing of correct details that he or she (student) is from a deprived background is necessary. The fixing of fees is a complex game as the market has to be kept in mind.”

Speaking about IIM Shillong, Bajoria said the Institute will be shifting to the new campus in phases but within a given time frame.

It is worth mentioning that IIM Shillong has been achieving 100% placement since inception showing that locational disadvantage, if any, can be overcome through proper use of technology, operational expertise, and overall excellence of student performance.

Indian Institute of Management, Shillong celebrated the 69th Republic Day with exuberance on a pleasant morning. The event witnessed a march past by the security officials of IIM Shillong, followed by hoisting of the national flag and a rendering of the national anthem.

Dr. Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong, in the presence of faculty members and students in attendance exhorted, "We should reflect upon our past, and with vigor work towards our future goals. We have been bestowed upon a rich legacy and we must do our best to carry it forward." The Director also discussed the IIM Bill and how it frames the future of this academic institute for the coming year. With the introduction of the Bill, Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong would soon be called Indian Institute of Management Shillong.

The patriotic celebrations were continued with fervent students participating in kite flying and bonding over the pleasant whether of Shillong.

“This day acts as a reminder of how far we have come as a nation but also that we have miles to go.”, said a student present at the ceremony. The event ended on a high note as the students left with a renewed sense of patriotism and responsibility.

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IIM Shillong Won the 4th season of TATA Steel-a-thon competition on 27th November 2017, which had India’s top 20 premier B-schools participating. The IIM Shillong team was represented by Anik Bhowmik , Akash Sangwan,Poinciana Babu and Sourabh Khot from PGP16 Batch. The grand finale of 2017 had 15 teams from 15 premier B-schools participating(after they had won their respective campus rounds in their own college) and we stood first amongst these 15 teams.

The Grand Finale of Tata Steel's Steelathon 2017 would be broadcasted on Times Now:

20th January 2018 (Saturday) @ 4.30 pm

21st January 2018 (Sunday) @ 3.30 pm (repeat)


A MDP on “ HR for Non-HR: Aligning Self, Others and the Organizational Mandate’ ” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Senior Executives of Airport Authority of India from 04th to 08th December 2017 .The participants group range from varied functions and responsibilities across different positions and regions of India.

The program was inaugurated by Prof. Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by brief of training programme by the Program Coordinator ,Prof Rohit Dwivedi from IIM Shillong. The inaugural function was also graced by Prof. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong who complimented the participant’s dedication and service and maintaining high standards while working in a highly challenging environment.

The 5 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty. The program delivered five critical learning outcome for the participants :enhanced sensitivity towards people processes, equipped participants with better understanding about people management skills, understanding that organization is a socio technical system and higher performance is a function of aligning the two together , capability to connect the basis of performance outcomes with that of the human process dynamics and understanding into process consultation to strengthen their organization skills.

The five day training program ended with a valedictory function in IIM Shillong Campus.

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IIM Shillong organized a customized MDP on General Management for Officers of Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Shillong during 28th to 30th November 2017 in the Campus.

The registration and Inauguration was held at RGIIM, Shillong wherein Prof. Santosh Kumar Prusty - Program Coordinator, welcomed the participants and gave a brief on the training programme. The 3 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty and Experts from both academia and industry. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games.


The 6th batch PGPEx- MBIC (Post Graduate Program for Executives - Managing Business in India and China) was inaugurated on 21.11.2017 in IIM Shillong Campus.

The program was inaugurated in the presence of Program Chairman –Prof Rohit Joshi who welcome all the dignitaries and guest and gave an overview of the PGPEx program, citing its conception, history and way forward. Prof Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong in his address ,emphasized the participants role in the Global economy as well as the challenges ,growth and progress of the Program .The occasion was also graced by Ms Michelle Suradkar, Group CHRO, Mullen Lowe Lintas Group , who congratulated the Institute for its Vision for the program and the participants for their courage and tenacity to embraced the Program and raising it to new heights .Ms Suradkar also shared her life experience and gave the participants key points to embraced reading and learning , communication , in-depth understanding of a problem ,in order to help them developed their skills to take up key responsibilities in the future .

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The PGPEx- MBIC (Post Graduate Program for Executives - Managing Business in India and China) is a 14 month intensive program offered by The Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (RGIIMS). The Executive Management Program aims at equipping the participants with adequate knowledge and business skills for managing businesses in India and China and Emerging economies enabling them to operate at strategic levels with a global outlook by synergizing all functional areas of Management.

The collective work experience of the 6th batch of PGPEx 17-18, which consists of 23 participants, is 138 years in a variety of domains. They have an average work experience of 6 years ranging from 4 to 12 years and International Work Experience of 28 Months. Their strength lies in the diversity of work experience from 8 different Industries and 10 different functions.

IIM Shillong has been set up with a vision of providing quality management education and research in the North Eastern region of India. Located in the green contours of North Eastern India, IIM Shillong which commenced operations in 2008, remains committed to its goal of excellence in management education and research so as to evolve into a nationally and internationally recognized educational Institution.

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IIM Shillong organized a customized MDP on Accounting Standards and Practical Aspects of GST for the third batch of Officers of Indian Air Force during 23rd to 27th October 2017 in the Campus.

The registration and Inauguration was held at RGIIM, Shillong with 20 participants from IAF across India.

Prof. Tapas. K. Giri (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by brief of training programme by Program Coordinators, Prof. Sharad Nath Bhattacharya and Prof Mousumi Bhattacharya .The 5 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty and Experts from both academia and industry. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games and are facilitated by the resource faculty bringing a lot of variation and new insights to the training program. Like the previous programs the participants were also taken for field trip among the greens of Shillong.

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A MDP on “ General Management with emphasis on Leadership Competencies” was organized by IIM Shillong for Senior Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd in two batch held from 06th to 10th November 2017 and 13th-17th November 2017 in the Campus.

The program was inaugurated by Prof. Tapas. K. Giri (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by brief of training programme by the Program Coordinator Prof Keya Sengupta ,Dean Academics IIM Shillong. Mr Amit Gupta -Chief HRD Manager IOCL Corporate Office also graced the occasion and lay special emphasis on the importance of the training program and development of leadership competencies of managers and future leaders of the organization.

The 5 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by resource faculty .Being amidst the hills of Shillong, the participants were also taken for an excursion to the greens to gain a sustainability perspective.

The participants gave positive feedback to the programme as a whole, as well as appreciated the course content for being well structured and informative.

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The Indian Institute of Management, Shillong concluded the 10th edition of its annual flagship event- The Golf Cup. The event saw about 150 golfers competing in different categories across 11 th and 12 th November. The participants included several eminent guests, from different walks, ranging from Industry stalwarts, academicians and government officials to professional golfers across the country. Golf Cup Season 10 was hosted at the “Gleneagles of the East” - the Shillong Golf Course, known to be one of the few natural golf courses in Asia.

The event, which has been organised in association with the Official Title Partner- Meghalaya Tourism, Official Banking Partner- State Bank of India and Silver Sponsors- Indian Oil and Oil India Limited was officially teed off by Shri Sabyasachi Hajara, Former CMD Shipping Corporation of India and current member of the Board of Governors of IIM Shillong in presence of the Director of the Institute, Prof. Amitabha De on November 11 th . With an aim to connect top corporate professionals with the management academia in a leisurely setting, the Golf Cup has been an annually held event seeing the amalgamation of corporate and student interactions, knowledge sharing and experiences while celebrating the spirit of Golf and Sport. Leaders from corporates such as Exide Life Insurance, Proman Infrastructure Services Pvt Ltd, SM Electronic Technologies Pvt Ltd, Vistara Tata Airlines, Puranika and Company, Johnson Controls India Pvt Ltd, Gensuite graced the lawns over the 2 days.

Expressing his pleasure while speaking of the event, Mr. Vishesh Khanna, Vice President, Sales of Vistara Tata Airlines said, “This is an excellent initiative to interact with the corporate world. I am flattered with the hospitality received here.” While crediting the smooth organizing, Mr. R. S. Raghavan, MD of Proman Infrastructure Services Pvt Ltd said, “The students have put in extraordinary effort in organizing the event. The hospitality is extremely pleasing, and I would like to invite my entrepreneur and corporate friends to the future editions of the game.” On the significance of the event, Hemango Kishore Dutta, Manager Corporate Affairs, Public Relations & Placement said, “IIM Shillong has taken a fine initiative in the form of Golf Cup which acts as a platform for the industry leaders and law makers to interact on issues of prime importance such as industrial policies. The event also serves as an opportunity for students to gather leadership skills from these stalwarts.”

IIM Shillong is the first Indian B -School to host its own Golf Invitational Tournament with the first edition convened in the year 2009. The game has been 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 along with Stableford calculations.

The institute also held the annual management fest, Khlurthma, over 10 th and 11 th November, organised in association with the official title partner- Union Bank of India. The fest brought together the brightest B-School minds of the country to compete across different disciplines in events such as quizzes, live case study challenges and debates to showcase their management prowess. A series of plenary sessions with various corporate leaders concluded the grand event with intellectual exchange of ideas.

The three-day Khlurthma and Golf Cup extravaganza concluded with a Valedictory Ceremony held at the State Convention Centre in the presence of the Chairman of IIM Shillong Shri Shishir Bajoria. The winners across the different categories were declared in the closing ceremony which was followed by a cultural program. The players were categorised on the handicap grades of 0-12 and 13-18 for gents, and separate categories for corporate representatives, ladies and juniors.

The winners from the categories were as follows: Mr. Prakash Pathaw (0-12: Gross), Mr. Daniel S. Jyrwa (0-12: Nett), Mr. Col. Jagdish Singh (0-12: Stableford), Mr. C. P. Borkar Idse (13-18: Gross), Mr. Col. Sanjay Bakshi (13-18: Net) and Mr. L. Sanghom (13-18: Stableford). Coming on the top in the category for corporate players was Mr. P N Bhatta, from the ladies’ category was Ms. Pooja Goenka, Mr. Jeevan Sharma in the Professional category and Mr. Lt Col C.Y. Meitei in the Outstation category. The Junior category (B) was won by Master Animesh , Junior category (C) By Master Mohit Subramaniam and Junior category (D) by Master Neo Bajpai

IIM Shillong Golf Cup is the annual flagship event of IIM Shillong, which is attended by corporate leaders, bureaucrats, policymakers, and some of the nation’s top academicians. It was a breezy April day in 2009, when IIM Shillong along with Shillong Golf Club hosted a golf tournament for B-schools and corporate heads and marked IIM Shillong as the first and only B-School till date to organize and host its very own golf event.

It is often remarked that more alliances have been forged on the greens than in the boardrooms. Taking this concept forward, the idea of conceptualizing a consortium that would connect corporate and academia was born. Waiting-in- the-wings managers would take on captains of commerce and industry in what is arguably one of the most beautiful and serene 'battlefields' also known as the Gleneagles of the East: The Shillong Golf Course.

The past seasons of the event have been inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya and witnessed participation from eminent personalities such as:

  • A.L. Hek, Minister of IT and Health and Family Welfare, Government of Meghalaya
  • Mr. Ashvini Bakshi, VP, Credit Suisse
  • Mr. Sukesh Choubey, ED, Ernst & Young
  • Mr. Raman Grover, VP , Deutsche Bank
  • Mr. Richard Saldanha, ED, Blackstone India
  • Air Marshal R.K. Sharma AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Air Command 
  • Mr. Amer Warsi, Director, Hewlett Packard
  • Mr. S.K. Menon, MD, BOC India
  • Mr. Amitabh Bhattacharya VP, Times of India, Eastern Region

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that we have come way forward to the 10th Season of the Tournament and established ourselves as a brand. Year on year the event sees greater participation from the corporates all over the country, fostering relationships for lifetime. The event is scheduled to be held on 11th – 12th November 2017 at the Shillong Golf Course (popularly known as the Gleneagles of the East) and is a part of the mesmerising India International Cherry Blossom Festival organised by the Government of Meghalaya.

Come, be a part of IIM Shillong Golf Cup Season 10!
After all it’s time to Tee Off, It’s time for an escapade!

As a part of the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week (Oct 30-Nov 4), Padmashri Patricia Mukhim, the editor of Shillong Times gave an illuminating talk at IIM Shillong on ''Corruption Free India: Role of Management Students."

The talk elicited several questions and responses and focussed on the ills of corruption and the way forward. Emphasising on the role of students, she said, "Voice is an agency in a democracy. Without voice, we are not full citizens of the country, and many people in our country are not a part of that voice. We can’t expect government alone to tackle corruption. We need strong civil institutions and whistleblowers to address corruption." She also talked about the roles and responsibility of the media in bringing forward the truth and the pressures associated with it.

Focussing on the North-East, Ms Mukhim made the students cognizant of the ongoing events in the state of Meghalaya and talked about the dire need for reforms and action, especially in the healthcare sector. Talking about the importance of the masses, she said, “We need to analyze contracts because huge monetary costs are involved in that. An informed electorate is important in identifying and resolving such issues.”

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The students of IIM Shillong, in the presence of Dr. Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong and Professor P. Sarvanan, Chief Vigilance officer, IIM Shillong, pledged to fight corruption and to go beyond the legal compliances and follow ethical practices to see the vision of corruption free India come true.

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Figure 1- Students Of IIM Shillong attending a session on "Corruption Free India: Role of Management Students", by Padma Sri Patricia Mukhim

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Figure 2- From left- 1)Professor P. Sarvanan, Chief Vigilance Officer, 2) Padma Sri Patricia Mukhim, Editor, The Shillong Times, 3) Dr. Keya Sen Gupta, Dean Academics, IIM Shillong