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IIM Shillong hosted a talk on the topic “Corruption – A Growing Concern: Dimensions & Way forward” themed at eradicating corruption in view of the ongoing Vigilance Awareness Week 2018. Shri R. S. Bhatti IPS, currently the CVO, AAI accompanied by Shri D. K. Kamra, Regional Executive Director, North East Region, AAI delivered a lecture highlighting the different dimensions of corruption, black money and money laundering and why it was important to understand the laws and regulations associated with them. He emphasized the fact that there are ways for citizens of the country to lodge complaints without having to disclose their identity in order to voice their opinion against such occurrences. Participatory notes and foreign investments were discussed which were essentially topics covered as a part of management education. Shri R. S. Bhatti also responded to queries of the audience towards the end. The session turned out to be informative and beneficial to the students, staff, officers and faculty of IIM Shillong.

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IIM Shillong culminated its 11th Season of Annual Golf Cup in a glittering prize distribution ceremony at the Meghalaya State Convention Centre on 28th 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, Shri 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, Shri Rahul Bajaj, Shri 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 Shri Mithesh Jain, Shri Gopalakrishnan and Shri Vinay Gajakosh. The second day also marked the prize distribution ceremony and valedictory program which was attended by the Governor of Meghalaya, Shri Tathagata Roy as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Roy said that “First I was a teacher at Jadavpur University before taking on public work, hence, it is always a pleasure to talk to students. Management, golf and Shillong is all I wanted to talk about as we have people gathered from all across the country who have contributed to finally make the tournament a grand success.” He also thanked IIM Shillong for organizing such a tournament for eleven times successfully in an innovative manner to help connect future managers of tomorrow with corporate leaders of today.

Shri 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 Shri M T Jatani, Style Craft Shillong. The other winners included Dr. Dilip Nadkarni Bombay Presidency Club with a gross score of 79, Shri Kailash Joshi from Jaipur with a gross score of 87, Shri 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 OIL India, State Bank of India, IOCL, Atrimed, Union Bank, OYO, Uber, Qzine, SBI, CaribEX.

The Chairman of Board of Governors of IIM Shillong, Shri 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 compliment, “Conducting a tournament for 11 seasons consecutively is no mean task, and has been achieved only through sheer commitment.

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."

Simultaneously, the campus was abuzz during IIM Shillong’s annual management fest Khlurthma which tested its participants’ business acumen and aptitude to solve real life business problems in various domains of management. The inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of Director, Prof. Keya Sengupta with a tree plantation drive to mark the event. 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.

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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 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 “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.

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. 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 addressing problems ranging from target markets, pricing, distribution, competition, packaging and brand endorsements.

“JustBidIT”, a live bidding event organized by bITeSys, the systems club of IIM Shillong 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 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.

IIM Shillong pays tribute to the missile man of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam on 15th October 2018 on the occasion of his 87th birth anniversary. The planned event was preceded with a fun-filled day organized under the Nurturing Minds initiative for school children present from in and around the campus on the 13th October, followed by special screening of his documentary offered by National Geographic.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a man who dreamed, and who inspired others to dream. He was a great scientist, thinker, writer, the missile man of India, and its 11th President. But above all, he was a teacher. A teacher who, through his words, and more importantly through his actions, inspired us, the students at IIM Shillong, to start ‘Nurturing Minds’. Nurturing Minds is a unique initiative aimed at teaching and touching the lives of our beloved students to encourage learning and help foster creativity. The program envisions these young children as the forebearer of future and in this quest makes an effort to unfurl their full capabilities through honing their skills.

In honor of Dr. Kalam's birth anniversary, students of IIM Shillong conducted an event, ‘Sesame’, to celebrate the bond it has built with the kids, to provide them a platform to display their talents, and for their parents to witness the transformation in their children. It was a cultural event which witnessed some stupendous dancing, singing & story telling by young prodigies. The nestling brains festooned the Institute with all their talents and spread happiness around.

The 15th of October saw large participation of students at the campus, whom Dr. Kalam had always espoused, held within themselves the greatest potential to transform the country. The day began with students committing to a pledge in accordance with the vision, Dr. Kalam had in his mind for the students. The pledge reading, “As a leader in public life, business, education and culture, I commit personal and public integrity, honesty and transparency”, instilled in students a sense of consciousness about their roles and responsibilities in the society.

The later event of the day brought to students the screening of the episode featuring Dr. Kalam from the National Geographic’s ongoing documentary series, ‘Mega Icons’. The screening began with Director of the Institute, Prof. Keya Sengupta paying tribute to the Missile Man by reminding the audience of the special bond the Institute shares with the revered leader. Prof. Sengupta in her opening remark said “Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is no more a name, he is an institution in himself, a legend. He means different things to each one of us; there is so much to learn from his life experience, and each one of us will have different takeaways from his life journey, depending on our own age, and experiences in life, more so for those who have had the good fortune of meeting him in close encounter.” The Director thanked National Geographic for the opportunity, and asked of the students to consider themselves, “Fortunate to be able to view the screening on the life of a legendary personality who had great affinity for the Institute.” She encouraged the students to imbibe something personal from the life of this icon.

The documentary series played, narrates some of the significant events of Dr. Kalam’s life and gives a scientific breakdown of how these events turned him into a noble person we look up to. It also reveals many lesser known facts about the icon not only through intimate interviews with his closed ones, but also through the voice of Dr. Kalam himself. The film states that, if there is one takeaway from the life of Dr. Kalam, it is that adversities and hardships can serve as launch pads for ambition and success.

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The seventh batch of IIM Shillong’s Executive MBA programme, PGPEx (Managing Business in India & China was inaugurated at IIM Shillong on October 9, 2018. PGPEx- MBIC is a 14 months intensive program offered by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong designed to equip the participants with adequate knowledge and business skills for managing businesses in India and China, and also enabling them to operate at strategic levels with a global outlook by synergizing all functional areas of Management. In addition, the participants are trained in Chinese language, Chinese Culture and understanding of Chinese tradition, which is considered desirable for undertaking business in China. Chairperson of the programme, Prof. Rohit Joshi added, “The Indo-China orientation ensures that the participants get immersed in best of both the management styles in Asia and carve an outlook which spans across the Asian giants in the Global Economy. We would like students to gain an insight into China's business environment and culture and also follow case studies of businesses that are flourishing in that country along with performance of various corporate groups.”

It may be added that The PGPEx-(MBIC) program is the first ever Sino-Indian Executive Post Graduate Program and is conducted under the partnership and stewardship of two institutes of academic excellence – the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, India and the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Sumeet Chander, Country Head eValueserve (Greater China & Asia-Pacific Region), and an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad stressed on “be a student all your life,” as a key message behind his insightful address on the need to have a more holistic perspective of China, which is possible only through sheer people to people interaction, and from a more business oriented outlook, that of leader to leader interaction. What palpably went well with the student community was Mr. Chander’s clear and definitive thoughts on the course “being timely, in the right direction.”

Having spent close to ten years in Shanghai, Mr. Chander was observant of the fact that China, over the past five years has witnessed a more socially conscious consumer behavior as opposed to a comparatively earlier copious one. “Therefore, it is important for students, particularly of this programme, to closely understand the pace of change, while keeping an eye on development trends, especially the urban policies of China, which promises to deliver more often than not.” Citing personal examples, the corporate stalwart was in favour of, “connecting with people at their level” therein negating the barrier that, otherwise, language may present, as an anecdote while addressing the uncertainties that one may have while seeking to initiate business in China.

Fielding off queries on multiple topics Mr. Chander adeptly infused his personal experience citing, “making things cheaper, and creating better quality products can increase the desire for the product, and hence ease trade deficit,” while answering queries on apparent trade deficit between China & India. On comparative gender empowered work force, he pointed on fifty percent of grassroot workforce in China being women, and observed that there was ostensible empowerment and improvement even in the corporate area. While speaking on possible areas for development of business prospects and strategies with a China focus, Mr. Chander urged the students to look into elder health care, fintech, entertainment, and tourism as some areas of interest.

Bringing the inaugural session to a close, Manager (Corporate Affairs & PR), Mr. H.K. Dutta candidly thanked the Chief Guest for flying all the way from Shanghai to ensure his presence among the students of IIM Shillong.

The PGPEx-MBIC course currently has a total of participation of 57 students inclusive of the 34 fresh inductees.

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          (L) Mr. Sumeet Chander , Country Head eValueserve (Greater China & Asia-Pacific Region). (C) PGPEx Student Affairs Chairperson Prof A Dugar                presents a memento to the Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony Mr. Sumeet Chander and (R) Program Chairperson Prof Rohit Joshi administering            the oath for the new inductees

Recently, IIM Shillong's Centre for Development of Northeastern Region (CeDNER) organized a brainstorming session on the "Burgeoning traffic congestion in Shillong" at IIM Shillong campus on 5th October, 2018. The attended by key stakeholders including principals and representatives from colleges and educational institutions, retired Govt. officials, concerned citizens, representatives amongst commercial vehicle drivers, media fraternity, and the police department of Meghalaya among others is an initiative of Good World Foundation.

The session opened with the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills, Mr. Davis N.R Marak presenting some information on the current situation of traffic circulation in Shillong. Mr. Davis highlighted issues such as increase in the number of vehicles in Shillong over the past few years (especially due to easy availability of loans) and lack of planned parking spaces within the city. Some emphasis was laid on the shortage of traffic personnel required to manage the traffic.

The issues rotating around schools and universities were likewise raised. Perspectives ranging from lack of parking spot accessible for schools and universities, and furthermore insufficient space for people on foot to stroll on/cross the street, to engagement of peddling on the strolling space accessible were mooted and deliberated.

Regarding public transport, it was pointed out that all SPTS (Shillong Public Transport Service) buses take the common route which adds to the congestion problem. The police department expressed the need for a traffic engineer / consultant to come up with alternative solutions.

The session even saw participation from the local cab drivers who expressed their concerns as well. There were talks on the easy permit of license and increase in the number of taxi stands owing to growth in tourist footfall.

The police department suggested some short term and long term solutions for the mentioned issues. Short term measures included better on street parking management, pavement markings, traffic signage, increase in the number of traffic marshals, renovation of pedestrian footpaths, car pooling, rationalization of taxi stands and regulation of taxi permits.

Long term solutions discussed were improvement of intersections through circular roads so that no vehicle stops, provision of school & college buses, construction of bus bays & taxi bays, hiring traffic consultants, construction of public walking ramps and issue of E-challan which can be developed by NIC. It was prescribed that there must be exhaustive confirmation of the purchaser before buy of vehicles and to guarantee whether the purchaser has enough parking spot or not.

Heavy fines should be levied for illegal parking so that citizens are more cautious about it. To make things more manageable, the concept of community parking space should be introduced.

Inspired by the policy implemented in London, the idea of congestion pricing was also introduced wherein a person can be charged extra for driving / parking during peak hours which would reduce the number of active vehicles on the road.

To settle the licensing issue, it was suggested to introduce a booklet with all the rules and regulations that a candidate has to go through apart from basic driving test in order to get the driving license. People should also be encouraged to prefer 2-wheelers and public transport over private 4-wheeled vehicles.

Once all the suggestions and recommendations were made, a noteworthy point was made on the policy implementation and authority. With respect to authority, it was debated as to who will spearhead the plan consisting of these new initiatives. After considerabe contention, it was presumed that the ministry of transport along with the urban department can drive these proposed measures.

"Moreover, the entire implementation cannot be a success with the help of authorities alone but needs thorough cooperation from public", one of the stakeholders pointed out.

All the stakeholders brought their perspectives and ideas to the table which proved to be a huge starting step to address this issue. The session was enlightened by the presence of Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director in charge, IIM Shillong, who expressed her gratitude towards the speakers present in the conference.

It is expected that more follow up conferences will be held in the coming time to track the progress on this initiative.

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To celebrate the ‘Swachhata Week’, the students of IIM Shillong conducted various activities in the campus, aiming to reinforce the importance of a clean environment and help create a cleaner, healthier country. Our mission explicitly provides for sustainability as our core value and therefore, keeping our environs clean forms an important part of our regime. We believe it is imperative that we take care of our surroundings and maintain a clean and green campus.

To reinforce these values, the following activities were conducted by EcoBiz club from 23rd September to 30th September 2018 at IIM Shillong:
1. “Clean communities, healthy citizens”- Zero tolerance to dust and filth
2. Cleanliness of classrooms, seminar halls and laboratories.

Further, a cleanliness drive was organized on 2nd October, 2018 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti with the support of the entire fraternity of IIM Shillong.

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IIM Shillong had organized two TEQIP III training programme in the month of September. The first programme was a Five Days Professional Development Training Programme for Sr. Academic cum Administrative Executives, sponsored by National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU), MHRD, Government of India from 10th to 14th September, 2018 at the premises of IIM Shillong. The second programme was a Three Days Professional Development Training Programme for Director, Principal and Head of the Institution, sponsored by National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU), MHRD, Government of India from 26th to 28th September, 2018 at the premises of IIM Shillong.

The objective of the PDTs was to offer a pragmatic approach to the issues surrounding strategic planning in higher education, including an open recognition of some of the idiosyncrasies of the higher education. The PDTs was designed to help the participants to yield strategic thinking and move TEQIP Institutions in an innovative direction.

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The Hindi Fortnight was celebrated in the Institute from 11th to 25th September,2018 with enthusiasm. During Hindi Fortnight, the Faculty members,Officers, staffs and students participated in various competitions such as Hindi reading, handwriting, extempore, antakshari, singing,word Meaning and original write up. Winners were awarded with cash prize and certificates.

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Indian Institute of Management, Shillong hosted the first edition of its Business Leadership Summit from September 14 to 16. Themed ‘Refine, Define, and Design Business in a New India,’ the three-day conclave hosted 24 experts from six key domains to give IIM Shillong students keen insights into the industry as it is now and how it is evolving.

The summit was inaugurated by the Governor of Meghalaya, Hon'ble Shri Tathagata Roy who spoke about how leadership was a core aspect of management and motivation, the most important thing that future leaders should learn. Announcing the conclave open, Director of the Institute, Prof Keya Sengupta highlighted the close linkage between industry and academics. Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Human Resource Development Minister of India also congratulated students of IIM Shillong on its first ever business summit, emphasising on the importance of such conclaves in promoting the start-up and innovation culture in India by bringing together the energetic youth and the experienced industry veterans.

The first day witnessed finance industry stalwarts Infosys BPM CFO Nishit Shah, Kotak Mahindra AMC CIO- Equity and Sr. EVP Harsha Upadhyaya, and Value Research CEO Dhirendra Kumar deliberating on the topic ‘Are financial assets the new gold for Indian Middle Class?’ and VP Finance, BSES Suresh Agarwal and Karpe Diem Consulting executive Ninad Karpe talk about whether India could become a 10 trillion dollar economy. One key takeaway from the day was Mr. Kumar’s opinion on cryptocurrency, “People chase things which go up recently- Gold was the then-Bitcoin, but with greater realism.”

The second day of Business Leadership Summit of IIM Shillong saw eminent speakers from HR and Operations domains. Discussing how human resource management has evolved as a strategic partner from a mere supporting functional unit, Caterpillar Inc’s Head of Talent Acquisition (Asia Pacific) Mukesh Tiwari, Eastman Auto & Power’s President & Chief Human Resources Office Satyendra Mallik and Business Head (HR) of Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Service Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, Colgate Global Business Services’ Head HR (India) Ranjeev Lahkar touched a wide area of topics from diversity to increasing automation in panel moderated by Microland’s Sujitesh Das. Following this, a panel of HR experts comprising Dr. Haresh Chaturvedi from Reliance Industries, Annapurna A from Inspirage, Surinder Kohli from Jaipur Rugs, and Vivek Jain from Kotak Mahindra Bank shared their views on ‘Rebuilding India with a Billion Human Resources’, during which Mr. Kohli warned the future leaders, “Artificial Intelligence is a dangerous game and the need for being ethical is more than ever”. The operations panel that initiated a discussion on ‘Perspective on growing relevance of factoring in behaviours of suppliers, employees and customers in executive decision making’ was also graced by Rashmi Patra, Head Technical Operations – Novartis and Welspun CHRO Rajeev Yadav.

The final day of the summit started with consulting and strategy experts talking about legacy businesses being pushed by startups to reinvent themselves. The eclectic panel featured Former Zee Entertainment Enterprises CBO and Rainshine Entertainment Co-founder Mihir Modi, GATI-KWE’s Corporate Strategy and Analytics Head, Vikas Pawar along with Happily Unmarried Co-founder Rajat Tuli, who shared, “Make a list of things you won’t do. Do an outstanding job of things not on list”. The rest of the day focused on how marketing is evolving to meet the needs of India’s burgeoning youth. Students gained insights about the sharing economy and the experimentative nature of today’s market from GirnarSoft CMO Gaurav Mehta and Ogilvy’s President-North Kapil Arora. To wrap up the three-day lineup of industry veterans, Business Standard’s Sales VP Vijay Kadu and Freudenberg Filtration Technologies India’s Senior VP Anand Singh gave students their expert take on how digital marketing in India was coming of age.

The first edition of IIM Shillong’s Business Leadership Summit thus concluded with the Institute’s students learning through the combined experience of experts from a variety of fields. The young leaders of tomorrow were left with a refreshed sense of motivation to work towards a brighter and smarter India.

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(L) Discussing how human resource management has evolved as a strategic partner from a mere supporting functional unit by HR experts. (R) Strategy experts talking about legacy businesses being pushed by startups to reinvent themselves

A MDP on “Creative Problem Solving and Innovation Techniques for Organizational Excellence” for Executives of Williams Lea India Pvt Ltd was held in Chennai from 03rd-07th September 2018.

The 5 days training program was coordinated by Prof Rohit Joshi and facilitated by In house Faculty from IIM Shillong along with Prof S. Jagadish (retd) .The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by the resource faculty.

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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 11th August 2018 and 27th Aug -1st September 2018 in the Campus.

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The program was inaugurated by Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by the Inaugural address by Prof Keya Sengupta the Director in Charge and Program Coordinator, IIM Shillong.

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The 6 days training program was facilitated by in house faculty. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by resource faculty. The participants from different regions of the country and from varied back ground and functions added diversity as well as encouraged inter peer learning and interaction during the training program. Being amidst the hills of Shillong, the participants were also taken for an excursion to the greens to gain a sustainability perspective.

“Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfillment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development” -Rajiv Gandhi

Sadbhavana Diwas was celebrated at IIM Shillong on 20th August to commemorate the anniversary of erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi. This day kindles in people the feeling to make the day more meaningful by remembering and respecting the person who pushed people in achieving more and made them come ahead in the future.

Recalling the dream of the reformist to make India a powerful and developed country, IIM Shillong has always been escalating the potential of the country by equipping the younger generation with everything it takes to achieve betterment and progress. Rajiv Gandhi always envisioned the development of the younger generation as the key indicator of the growth of the entire nation.

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In perfect alignment with this, the students of IIM Shillong take up the responsibility of contributing positively in being able to transform the country. IIM Shillong follows the belief of Rajiv Gandhi in education being the most effective instrument in empowering the citizens in achieving growth and prosperity of the entire nation.

Rajiv Gandhi not only wanted to achieve self-sufficiency of the country but also dreamt of the country extending help and support to other countries. In similar lines, IIM Shillong is never confined within the campus but extends its efforts in helping the entire city by undertaking various initiatives.

A pledge was taken by the IIM Shillong fraternity to work for the emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language and resolve all differences among all Indians through dialogue and constitutional means. IIM Shillong in all aspects brings in diversity among students and creates an atmosphere of love, peace and harmony.

The IIM Shillong Golf Cup offers a one of its kind experience and blends together a golf tournament, corporate discussions, knowledge workshops and networking dinners where corporate leaders, academicians, bureaucrats and other thought leaders come together to deliberate happenings across the business world.

IIM Shillong Golf Cup is an invitation tournament and an integral aspect of the Institute’s Student Annual Fest which is essentially managed under the ambit of the Student Affairs Dept. and a special Committee formed to oversee operations. The Annual IIM Shillong Golf Cup may also be seen as a platform that provides participants of IIM S with hands on experience in running operations towards successful conduct and completion. The Institute enables active participation of the student community through leadership of the Student Council.

Every year the event hosts various dignitaries, corporate stalwarts, bureaucrats, policy makers, and students from across B-schools who come together at one of Asia’s largest natural, and wettest golf courses, the Gleneagles of the East, Shillong.

IIM Shillong is the first and only B-School to host a golf tournament with a focussed aim of bringing together leaders from various business domains to share knowledge with budding managers on the golfing greens. The belief that more alliances have been forged on the golf course than in the boardroom, gave rise to the idea of conducting a high-profile golf tournament as a common platform to associate.

More importantly, the golf cup provides an avenue for the Institute to play a facilitating role in bridging gaps that can directly and indirectly impact growth and development within the North Eastern Region of the country as a whole, by hosting talks on business opportunities between corporate influencers and key government officials.

Earlier editions have seen participation of corporate golfers from Goldman Sachs, E&Y, HP, VMWare, PWC, KPMG, McKinsey India, Apeejay Group, Goodricke Group Ltd, ONGC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Vodafone and many more.

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Indian Institute of Management, Shillong celebrated India’s 72nd Independence day with exuberance, while itself stands in its first decade of existence as a fast growing academic institute of repute in the field of management education. The event witnessed the hoisting of the National Flag and rendering of the national anthem, followed by a march past by the security officials of IIM Shillong. 

Addressing the assembled fraternity at large, IIM Shillong’s Director Prof. Keya Sengupta while reflecting on the understanding of the true meaning of existing in an era of independence also noted about how, “Each stakeholder of the Institute, from the administration staff and officers to the students and faculty, are each an important pillar of strength, for the Institute, in its stake to meet with national and international academic recognition through meaningful and dedicated contribution in respective spheres of work.” “The Independence Day should not be just a ritual anymore. In this way we will not be able to give respect to our Martyrs. Have we gained independence from poverty, illiteracy, corruption? Until we attain independence from these we haven't gained full independence,” she said.

 “I’m glad to be part of an Institute that celebrates the values of equality, diversity, and free thinking as much as our great nation,” said a student present at the gathering, while another added, “It has been an honour to be amongst this crowd of friends and faculty in celebrating our country’s Independence Day”. The celebration culminated with a refreshed sense of pride and patriotism in the students.

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The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong organised the third edition of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lecture Series 2018 on July 27th to mark the death anniversary of former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The lecture which commenced with an intriguing invocation was followed by Director Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director, IIM Shillong reminiscing on how “Dr. Kalam’s teachings, through close angles, has helped nurture and develop the personality of the young and dynamic leaders emerging out of IIM Shillong who can finally shape the future business landscape.”

Renowned physicist and Chief Guest of the event, Padma Bhushan Prof. Bikash Sinha delivered a lecture on “The Beauty and The Aesthetics in Science”, which was attended by the students of IIM Shillong, amongst a host of attendees comprising of faculty and students of colleges and schools, and dignitaries from the Indian Army, the Airforce, Paramilitary, State and Central Armed Police Forces.

Prof. Bikash Sinha is an Indian National Science Academy (INSA) honorary scientist and an expert in the fields of nuclear physics and high energy physics. He is the former director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre. He has also been the Homi Bhabha Chair Professor of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre and was a member of the scientific advisory board to the Prime Minister of India. Professor Sinha talked about the intricate relationship of beauty and science. Talking about Einstein’s field equation of gravity, he said, “Look at the beauty of the equation. It has the ability to describe and explain the entire universe.” He talked about the work of great luminaries such as Werner Karl Heisenberg, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, Majorana, Fermi and Stephen Hawking and the significance of aesthetics of their theories and equations. Addressing the students in his concluding statement, he said, “Man has used science to destroy mankind but remember that on this very day, 3 years back Dr. Kalam breathed his last while still espousing his belief that India’s growth is a collective responsibility. “ Drawing light on the true magnitude found in great personalities like Einstein and Tagore, Prof. Sinha exhorted current generations in arriving on discursive points, the respective domain of study and knowledge following notwithstanding, which can further lead to evolvement, through progress on an emerging line of thought towards better understanding of each other’s strength and weaknesses, and being more human and cherishing the true sense of humanity.

On behalf of the Institute, Prof. Basav Roy Choudhury, PGP Chairperson, IIM Shillong thanked Prof Sinha for sharing his insights and the thought-provoking lecture. Thanking everyone for their contribution in making the event a success, he said, “Dr. Kalam does not need any introduction but it is good to remind ourselves of his contribution to humanity. He could not have imagined his commemoration without the presence of children and we are honoured to have children from various schools of Shillong.”

IIM Shillong also hosted a candle lighting and floral homage on its campus, remembered by many as the place where India’s most beloved former President breathed his last, which was open to the public to pay their respect to the much-loved Missile Man of India.  

‘Creating a Liveable Planet Earth’ was the last lecture delivered by India’s Missile Man, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at IIM Shillong in 2015. The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lecture Series was started in 2016 to honour his memory, and the past editions have been graced by Dr. Manas K Mandal, Director General – Life Sciences, DRDO and Padma Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO. Inspired by the teachings and values of Dr. Kalam, students of IIM Shillong started Nurturing Minds in 2015. The objective of the program is to encourage learning and help nurture creativity, amongst socially and economically underprivileged school children of Shillong.

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Padma Bhushan Prof. Bikash Sinha speaks on The Beauty and The Aesthetics in Science

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A customized MDP on “ Finance fore Non Finance Executive” is being organized from 23rd-27th July 2018 for Executives of CPSEs and SLPEs, Department of Public Enterprises sponsored by Ministry Of Heavy Industry, GOI, in the campus of IIM Shillong. 40 participants from across the country attended the training programme.

The 5 days program was coordinated by Prof. Naliniprava Tripathy –Dean Research, New Initiatives and External Relations, and Prof. Neelam Rani from IIM Shillong and facilitated by 7 In-house Faculty/Resource person from various areas of expertise.

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. Being amidst the hills of Shillong, the participants were also taken for half day outdoor excursion whereby in the quiet and beauty of nature, the participants can work cohesively and reflect on study exercises guided by resource faculty.

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#IIMShillong celebrated 10 years of existence on the 4th July 2018, at its current campus at Mayurbhanj Palace, Shillong. Prof Keya Sengupta, Director (Incharge) spoke on the occasion and congratulated faculties, officers, staff and all key stake holders of IIM Shillong for their contribution during these 10 years of journey since 4th July 2008. The same was followed by a cake cutting ceremony by Prof Basav Roychoudhury and Khraw Kupar Pyrbot as oldest faculty member and staff of the Institute.

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