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.
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.