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IIM Shillong announces the postponement of the 11th Convocation, owing to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and the advisories by the UGC, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the World Health Organization to avoid large gathering. This decision has been taken based on the inputs from all the stakeholders and subsequent deliberations, keeping in mind the safety of the participants and their families. Based on the situation, the next course of action will be decided and the respective offices will get in touch with all the participants.

E-Cell, the entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong, conducted Emerge, the annual flagship entrepreneurship summit of IIM Shillong. Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of the managers of tomorrow, the eighth edition of Emerge was conducted on the 22nd and 23rd of February. Professor D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, addressed the gathering in the opening ceremony and rekindled the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the participants. “As a B-School we realize that it is not enough to only develop managers, but entrepreneurs and job providers who are ready to innovate, to grasp the opportunities and remain ready to face the challenges. Entrepreneurship is a mindset,” he remarked.
The inauguration was followed by panel discussions with eminent entrepreneurs from across the country centering around the themes of “Hospitality landscape in North East” and “The Young Entrepreneurs” which gave the participants a perspective on how to counter impediments, failures and challenges and look for opportunity in their entrepreneurship journey. Speakers included Prashant Rao Aroor, CEO, IintelliStay Hotels, Larsing Ming Sawyan, MD, The Centre Point Group, Soumya Dutta, Founder Hatke Stays, Girish Ahirwar, Serial Entrepreneur, Amit Gautam, CEO & Founder Pasito Industries, Gursakhi Lugani, CEO Nakhrewali, Vandeep Singh, CFO & Strategic Advisor GBFK Fashion, and Ridhinil Roy, CEO NE8X.
A workshop by Gunajit Brahma, a national award-winning serial entrepreneur, on ‘Essentials for Business Success,” who talked about the vital elements that are indispensable in one’s quiver to carve a successful business career was also conducted. The event was also participated by students of colleges from Shillong.
On the second day of the event, the coveted “Best Manager” competition was organized. The competition, through three phases of grueling case analysis, presentation and interview, checked the mettle of the participants.
The two day event may be said concluded with the whole of IIM Shillong experiencing the spirits of entrepreneurship, innovation and aspiration.


The Indian Institute of Management Shillong and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), New Delhi have agreed to create synergy between the university education and professional education to enhance visibility of the profession of company secretaries among the academia.
Through the agreement signed on 21 February, 2020 the ICSI has agreed to introduce a Gold Medal to be awarded to the student declared as IIM, Shillong Topper of the 2 years PGP flagship program and would be termed as the ICSI Signature Award carrying with it a certificate to be distributed annually. ICSI will provide the same through its North Eastern Chapter EIRO for distribution during the annually held Convocation conducted by IIM Shillong.
IIM Shillong is expected to send a report to the ICSI through its North Eastern Chapter giving full details viz. name of the student, marks obtained by the student, copies of mark sheets, pass certificate etc. The arrangement comes into force with immediate effect.

MDP on General Management 2020

IIM Shillong's Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CeDNER) held a consultative committee meeting on 10th February, 2020 at IIM Shillong. The agenda of the meeting was on the theme of Gaps in Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the North East and Strategies that may be adopted. The session witnessed participation by intellectuals, namely, Indian academician and former Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission of India Prof. David Syiemlieh, former Indian Ambassador Shri. Rudy Warjri, retired Director of Horticulture, Govt. of Meghalaya Dr. Carl Rangad, Editor of The Shillong Times Smt. Patricia Mukhim, Dr. Albert Chiang, Dr. Pardeep K. Bhardwaj, Shri. Ricky Renthlei amongst others.

MDP on General Management 2020

IIM SHILLONG is currently conducting an MDP for Reserve Bank of India. Altogether 19 Officers registered for the training scheduled between 10th to 12th of February, 2020. The participants represent different functions and are from across India spanning Patna, Bhubaneshwar , Gangtok, Guwahati, Ranchi, Kolkata ,Agartala, Aizawl.

The MDP on General Management with special focus on organisational behavior and soft skills is coordinated by Program Director(s) Prof. Pradeep H. Sadarangani and Prof Natalie W. Kharkongor.

MDP on General Management 2020

Then Study Abroad Programme at IIM Shillong saw more than 30 students visit the IESEG campus in Paris for a 90 hour course spanning two weeks. The course included interesting subjects like Luxury Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, Negotiations and a few practical knowledge learning sessions where the class was subjected to a visit to big European brand outlets to learn from the best. The culture in France and what the daily etiquettes that required attention along with how Business is conducted in Europe was inbred to the students in the short span that they were there. The students also got to venture and explore Europe in their free time. Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Netherlands, Poland, are some of the many countries that were visited by the IIM Shillong students.

A few football enthusiasts got the chance to be a part of the 6-1 drubbing of St. Etienne by PSG in Le Parc de Princes.
Course Duration : 14 days
Courses : 6
Class Strength : 35 Students
3 Business Visits
Innovative Teaching Methods : Mock Negotiation; Strategic Simulations Game; Mock Strategy Discussions; Various Business Visit for understanding Luxury Marketing


IIM Shillong established one more milestone in its history by celebrating the 71st Republic Day at its permanent campus located at Umsawli. After unfurling the majestic tricolor followed by the rendition of the National Anthem, Director IIM Shillong, Prof. DP Goyal addressed the gathering, paying tributes to all the brave-hearts because of whom we enjoy our freedom, and encouraged particularly the students to work towards the betterment of the country and living up to the spirit of the country’s Preamble. Stressing upon the fact that nation building requires commitment, Prof. Goyal remarked, “To every problem, there is a solution, and we are here to realize the dream of a great Nation together.”

The Institute witnessed cultural performances by students, ranging from classical dance, group singing, flute instrumental, street play and more, which in totality commemorated the quintessential spirit of unity that indeed differentiates India from rest of the world.

The Republic Day commemoration at IIM Shillong has undoubtedly marked a new commencement for the Institute, further adding another feather in its cap while already boasting a plethora of achievements signifying its status as an Institute of National Importance.

IIM Shillong inaugurated the Post Graduate Program for Executives with a focus on Managing Business in Emerging Economies (PGPEx-MBEE) on 22nd January, 2020. The eighth edition of Post Graduate Program for Executives started with an Invocation by Prof. A Mukhopadhyay and a program overview by the Chairperson of PGPEx-MBEE, Prof. Rohit Joshi. The current batch has an average work experience of 6.5 years and a rich academic and gender diversity.

The focus of the program is on the emerging economies of the world primarily China, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The mission of the MBEE program is to enable the students to have an edge in managing transnational business in emerging economies with superior education and enriching cross culture experience.

Highlighting the funnel approach introduced in the course that starts with a bird’s eye view and converges into a worm’s eye view, ensuring holistic development of the participants, Prof Joshi added that the core courses focus is on analytics, data design and operations research while the advanced courses pan on value chain management, growth strategy, innovation and business leadership. The elective courses will ensure the application of the knowledge acquired in the core and advanced courses to precision.

Prof. D. P. Goyal, Director of IIM Shillong while welcoming the new batch emphasized, “There is the need to transform you, the already experienced managers into value based and responsible leaders through a learner centric and diversified pedagogy, and your transitioning journey commences from here on.”

The Chief Guest for the event, Shri. Jayajyoti Sengupta, Head APJ, India & Middle East, Board Member of Cognizant Asia Pacific Geographies, Singapore, started with a quote by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, ‘Dream is not what you see in your sleep, dream is something which doesn’t let you sleep’. He delivered a well-received speech on hyper individualization of businesses, increasing advent of hybridization of skills and the impact of technology and digitization in today’s world. “The world has changed and what has changed is also driven by the full advent of new form of business,” he remarked while also touching upon the sea change that companies and platforms such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, NetFlix and Google, otherwise known as the FAANG Network have brought to human lives. Talking about how businesses are transforming and sustainable development is fast becoming a board room topic, Shri Sengupta encouraged the new participants for the journey ahead on returning to the next course of formal education, while remaining sensitive to the subject of sustainability in all spheres. “It is only when we put all the three things together, that is learning, technology and sustainability, will we be able to make the limited human being limitless.” he concluded.

The event concluded with oath taking by the 27 new entrants and presentation of memento by Prof. D. P. Goyal to the Chief Guest.

PGPEx- Management Program in Emerging Economies Inauguration”

While on one side, the leadership summit was being concluded, parallelly organized was the Innovative Corporate Engagement meet at the Assam Rifles Golf course which saw the participation of avid golfers including players from the corporate world, armed forces, professional golfers from across the region and country and students of the institute, showing their sporting spirits and mastery of golf skills. The innovative meet really lived to its name where the students who are generally going through the rigorous process of the management school got to meet with eminent corporate personalities and top-notch officials and fathom their view on various pivotal issues which are shaping the world, we are living in.

Both the events finally concluded in the State Convention Centre in the presence of Chief Guest A L Hek, Meghalaya Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Atul Kulkarni, member of the board of governors, senior officials of the armed forces and other dignitaries. Delivering the valedictory address, Shri Hek remarked, “Meghalaya is a land of beauty and great opportunities. I invite you, the corporate leaders, to seriously look at investment opportunities here. We remain grateful to the innovative methods employed by IIM Shillong, to bring in corporate leaders under one spectacular meet.”

Prof D Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, felicitated the winners of the Innovative Corporate Meet and talked about how both the programmes have helped the institute give its students a practical and pragmatic look towards the society and have helped them shape opinion based on informed vies and advice.

Innovative Corporate Engagement Meet 2019”

The institute concluded 2019 on a celebratory note with its flagship events - Business Leadership Summit and Innovative Corporate Engagement spanning between December 6 and December 8, 2019, carving out one more chapter in the history of the college.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated the annual Business Leadership Summit of IIM, Shillong. The summit sees top business and corporate leaders discussing ideas that are transforming the regime they work in. Delivering the inaugural address Mr Sangma focused on how the institute is assisting the State in ameliorating its horizons and at the same time is being benefited by the unique essence of the region itself.

Himself a business graduate from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he stressed on using business and entrepreneurship to help the State grow leaps and bounds. He said, “My administration welcomes collaborative studies and research by institutes and students that will facilitate the government in formulating its plan and policies to best develop the State of Meghalaya.”

The event concluded with Prof DP Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, extending his gratitude to the Chief Minister on behalf of the IIM fraternity and for kickstarting the Business Leadership Summit.

The second edition of the Business Leadership Summit witnessed the presence of eminent speakers and corporate stalwarts from around the country who participated in discussions on various management topics which are germane to the business world. The discussions, which were focused primarily on Indian economy and its path ahead towards becoming a 5 trillion-dollar economy, saw various learned personalities sharing their views in the light of different domains of management studies such as operations, finance, marketing, analytics and so on.

Business Leadership Summit 2.0

MDP on “Aesthetics of Motivation: The Art of Managing People” was organized by IIM Shillong for POWERGRID from 18th-22nd November, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 26 Senior Officers from across the country attended the training program.

The Program Director(s) of the MDP is Prof. Rohit Dwivedi and Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty from IIM Shillong

During the inauguration, the Program Director(s) expanded the broad concept of the training stating that the traditional managerial tasks of planning, implementation and control of the performance have focused on the technical and functional operations alone. Human aspects remain ununderstood and thereby uncaptured. These basic operations needs to be extended towards the realms of the emotional and aesthetic processes and management needs to create a suitable “feeling and aesthetic climate” that is conductive for productive processes. Keeping this in mind, the program is designed to help participants engaged with themselves to broaden their horizon and reflect on how they may be responding to the immediate and long-term employee problems.

The 5 day training is facilitated by In house Faculty, Guest Resource Person- Ms Kena Shree from NTPC and Artist and Musician Mr Benedict Hynniewta. The concept permeated throughout the training whereby the participants were immersed in different contexts and facilitated to pull out learnings from their immersion through Class Room Discussions and Engagements ,Live performances of accomplished artists and how that relates to Managerial experiences and an outbound learning immersion into Lawkyntang –The Sacred Forest in Mawphlang.

It is to be lauded that during the Valedictory, the participants, Faculty , Officers and Staff of IIM Shillong were treated to a wonderful musical piece by participant Mr Sukumar Mishra who with the help of a Violin, not only surprised us but also captured the essence and “Aesthetics “ of the program.

MDP on “Aesthetics of Motivation: The Art of Managing People”

The IIM Shillong family is proud and excited to welcome its first batch of participants for the Doctoral Programme for Working Professionals. Director, Prof. D. P. Goyal, Dean Academics, Prof. Keya Sengupta, Chair Doctoral Programme, Prof. Mousumi Bhattacharya and the faculty members were present at the inauguration ceremony held on 21.11.2019 to administer the pledge and formally make the participants a part of the #IIMShillong community.

The unique programme has been designed keeping in mind the needs of the professionals wishing to enter the field of research, and the benefits that the field can derive from their extensive work experiences.

IIM Shillong welcome its first batch for the Doctoral Programme for Working Professionals

MDP on “General Management” was organized by IIM Shillong for Officers of Reserve Bank of India from 18th-20thNovember, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 20 participants from across the country attended the training program.

The program is coordinated by Program Director, Prof.Neelam Rani (Area Chair –Finance ,IIM Shillong )

The 3 days training program was facilitated by faculty from IIM Shillong .

MDP on “General Management” for Officers of Reserve Bank of India.

An MDP on “Academic Leadership” under TEQIP III sponsored by Assam Science and Technology University, was organized by IIM Shillong from 22nd-24th October, 2019 in NEDFi Convention Center, Guwahati.

The program is inaugurated in the presence of Vice Chancellor Dr Dhiraj Bora -Chairman and Director of Higher Education, Govt of Assam, Mr Mukul Chandra Bora from SPIU, Prof Baruwa -Academic Consultant ASTU, dignitaries from ASTU and faculty from IIM Shillong

The program is coordinated by Program Director(s) Prof.Nalini Prava Tripathy – Dean Research, New Initiatives and External Affairs and Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chair MDP ).The 3 day training program is facilitated by Faculty from IIM Shillong

Altogether 33 faculty attended the training program from various Institutes and affiliations like Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology, Bineswar Brahma Engineering College, Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology Guwahati, Golaghat Engineering College , GIMT Tezpur, Assam Engineering College and Assam Science and Technology University.

MDP on “Academic Leadership” under TEQIP III

MDP on “General Management with emphasis on Leadership Competencies” was organized by IIM Shillong for Senior Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd from 14th-19th October, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 26 participants attended the training program.

The program is coordinated by Program Director(s) Prof. Keya Sengupta- Dean Academics and Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia .

The 6 days training program was facilitated by faculty from IIM Shillong

MDP on “General Management with special emphasis on Leadership Competencies” for Executives of IOCL.

To commemorate the legacy of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, as well as World Student’s day which scripts a beautiful gossamer of relationship between the missile man of India and IIM Shillong, the Institute hosted the 4th Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam lecture series delivered by Padma Bhushan Dr K. Radhakrishnan former Chairman of ISRO as the Chief Guest; and Dr.PLN Raju, Director, NESAC; Shri D. Prakash, IG, CRPF and Ms. Patricia Mukhim, Editor, The Shillong Times as honorable guests.

The event kickstarted with an inaugural address by Prof. Keya Sengupta, Dean (Academics) at IIM Shillong followed by an introduction of the keynote speaker by Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee. Later, the honorable Chief Guest, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan took the stage and commenced his lecture on “India and the New Space Age”. Dr. Radhakrishnan started by reminiscing about his own tryst with Dr. Kalam and talked about how Dr. Kalam motivated everyone to work towards perfection and achieve more than they could envisage. Moving ahead, he talked extensively about the management principles applied in ISRO, and how ISRO, despite being faced with a galore of problems continues to excel because of its state-of-the-art management principles and backed his talk with management lessons incorporated, ranging from operationalization of Aryabhatta, India’s first satellite to Chandrayaan-2, while also taking up prospects of Gaganyaan mission. Later, he took part in a constructive discussion with the participants and answered their questions from areas related to space laws and regulations and new ventures in the area.

Dr. Radhakrishnan’s speech was followed by the release of the first official newsletter of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Center for Policy Research and Analysis at IIM Shillong. Formed as part of a tripartite agreement between Ministry of DoNER, North Eastern Council and IIM Shillong, the center works towards formulating policies for the north eastern states of India in handloom, handicraft, horticulture, tourism, logistics and BPO sectors.


Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO; Secretary, Department of Defence R & D; Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency visited IIM Shillong and addressed the IIM Fraternity. The Programme started with a welcome address by Prof D P Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong. Dr. Satheesh mentioned his experiences with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and expressed that he is privileged to take the same podium where Dr Kalam last spoke. A nostalgic Dr. Reddy talked about how Dr. Kalam was a visionary like none other. Recounting his days as a young scientist working under the supervision of Dr. Kalam, he talked about his experience of coming through various challenges and hindrances to make India’s one of the most successful missile systems in the world. Going further, he threw light on his work as the DRDO Chairman and how the organisation manoeuvres various indispensable projects. The lecture was attended by Maj Gen PK Saini, Chief of Staff, Army HQ 101, Shillong and have also spoken on his experiences to the young minds of the country and talked about the great onus on our burdens to make sure that the nation progresses even faster. Talking about his expectations from the future leaders of tomorrow, Major General Saini inspired the students to live a life dedicated to the betterment of the country.

The event concluded with Prof. Kiya Sengupta, Dean - Academics, IIM Shillong, expressing her gratitude to the noted guests on behalf of the institute for sparing their crucial time to enlighten the next generation leaders of tomorrow.

Hindi Pakhwada
Hindi Pakhwada

A MDP on “Change Management” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Officers of POWERGRID from 23rd to 27th September 2019. Altogether 28 participants attended the training program. The program was coordinated by Program Directors Prof. Rohit Dwivedi and Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty from IIM Shillong.

The MDP was inaugurated in the presence of Shri B.Pal.Choudhury –Senior General Manager, A.K. Borthakur-General Manager HR and Ms Geetanjali Hijam HR POWERGRID along with Faculty and Officers from IIM Shillong.

The Objective of the MDP is to orient the participants towards changing Political Economy of Global Business and Development, to help them understand and appreciate some of the critical analysis of the memetic models of growth and its consequence, to understand factors like technology which is changing the nature of work and production, facilitate the participants to act as Change Consultants to their own Company and objectively engaged in self-reported assessment and analysis to reflect on their own change management capabilities.

The entire module is subdivided into two highlights( a) Content of Organisational Change and (b)Process of Managing Change and delivered through lectures and Mini Managerial Clinics which has enable the participants to interactively engaged and gain some insights into some of the diagnostic and intervention tools for Change.

The 5 days programme was facilitated by In House faculty. The insights and shared experience of Kuladhar Saikia- DG Police Assam ,initiator and Nodal Officer of Assam Police community empowerment and change initiative “Project Prahari ‘’ and Policy Research Group called “Assam Prakalpa” present during one of the sessions had a profound effect on the participants and greatly encouraged them to be “thinkers for change “ and “ positive contributors “not only for their company but also for the community at large.


On the occasion of Hindi Fortnight various competitions like Hindi Handwriting, Word Meaning, Hindi Reading and Antakshari were organized for Faculty members/ Staff. Creative writing, Extempore, poetry recitation and singing were organized for the students. Winners of various competitions were awarded cash prizes by the Director on 23 September 2019.

Hindi Pakhwada
Hindi Pakhwada

MDP on “Cost Optimization” was organized by IIM Shillong for Executives of CPSEs, sponsored by Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India from 16th-20th September, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 32 participants attended the training program.

The Program Director(s) of the MDP are Prof. Nalini Prava Tripathy- Dean Research and External Affairs along with Prof.Mousami Bhattacharya from IIM Shillong.

Various topics covered in the training session included Measuring Financial Performance of Companies for cost optimization, Managing Cost for Nurturing Productivity, Cost Control and Variance Analysis, Managing Cash and Inventory for Efficiency Management, Strategic Cost Optimization Methodology: Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy for Cost Optimization, Enhanced Customer Satisfaction for Improving Cost Optimization, Block Chain etc


MDP on “General Management with emphasis on Leadership Competencies” was organized by IIM Shillong for Senior Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd from 26th-31st August, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 37 participants attended the training program.

The program was inaugurated by the Program Director(s) Prof. Keya Sengupta- Dean Academics and Prof Sharad Nath Bhattacharya from IIM Shillong who welcomed the participants to the Institute and brief them on the module and topics of training.

The 6 days training program was facilitated by in house faculty. The participants from different regions of the country and from varied back ground and functions brought about different and unique perspective to the topics discussed. As part of the sessions, the participants were also taken for an excursion to the greens to gain a sustainability perspective.

During the feedback, the participants have shared that the sessions on negotiation skills, emotional intelligence, ethics and values in leadership, inner engineering of self are good takeaways from the training program.


On the occasion of the National Sports Day, Students of IIM Shillong organised a ‘Fitness walk’ at 07:30am on 29th August’19 to beat the morning blues where the students had a stretching session and covered 3.5 kms in a morning run. IIM Shillong fraternity witnessed the Live telecast from Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi during the nation-wide ‘Fit India Movement’ Launch Campaign. The National Sports Day is also the birth anniversary of renowned hockey player Major Dhyan Chand. The Sports committee of IIM Shillong prepared the Institute’s Fitness Plan that includes, sports, exercise and physical activities for the whole year. The plan also includes to adhere with 10000 steps by all and should make it in his/her daily routine.

The live telecast of the event screened from the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, was brought to IIM Shillong by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Department of Sports. The screening had an enthusiastic participation from the Director Prof. D.P. Goyal, faculty members, supporting staff and the students. The screening covered a colorful presentation of Indian martial arts, indigenous sports like kho-kho, stapu, kabbadi, among others, and classical dance forms, all of which require, and help maintain a great level of fitness. In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on the importance of physical activity in the technologically driven world.

IIM Shillong has always focused on sports and physical activities as a part of holistic development of the student life. The ‘Fit India Movement’ and the events organized in line have further bolstered the initiative towards a fit and salubrious life for the students.

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MDP on “General Management and Leadership” was organized by IIM Shillong for members of Vidarbha Management Association, Nagpur from 07th-09th August, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 21 participants attended the training program.

The program was inaugurated by Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty (Chairman(I/C ) MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by brief about the program by Program Director(s) of the MDP Prof. Rohit Joshi along with Prof. Sanjita Jaipuria

The 3 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 are from various organization, company, some of them are entrepreneurs and from such varied back ground and diverse domain and business that it provided a rich space for inter peer learning and interaction during the training program.

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MDP on “General Management with emphasis on Leadership Competencies” was organized by IIM Shillong for Senior Executives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd from 22nd-27th July, 2019 in the Campus. Altogether 30 participants attended the training program.

The program was inaugurated by Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by address by Prof. Keya Sengupta- Dean Academics .The Program Director(s) of the MDP is Prof Keya Sengupta along with Prof Basav Roychoudhury from IIM Shillong.

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.

On the 27th July 2019 being the Death Anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam , the Institute had organized a Candle Light Homage which is open to the Public. The participants also took part in this solemn occasion by lighting candles and paid their respect and tribute to Dr Kalam.

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American professor of business and the Executive Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, also known as the visionary leader of the Smart Village Movement and for developing "smart village frameworks" for rural villages with support of state and local governments in India and UC Berkeley, Prof. Solomon Darwin recently graced IIM Shillong in a visit for an interaction with Director Prof. D.P. Goyal, faculty members and students.

Accompanied by a group of students under his leadership with the aim towards achieving the Smart Village Movement in Meghalaya and other northeastern states of India, Prof. Darwin addressed the students of IIM Shillong through an explicit and engaging presentation on “Innovation & The Smart Village Movement.”

“Global problems call for a human response. These problems demand solutions to stimulate human creativity, to create opportunities thereby expanding markets, for which collaboration is required. Here is where open innovation can help build ecosystems,” remarked Prof. Darwin. Introducing the audience to the current global problems, Prof. Darwin stressed on Poverty, Inequality, Urbanization and disparities in opportunities of rural communities or villages as the key concerns.

According to him, “A smart village is a community empowered by digital technologies and open innovation platforms to access global markets which can help build a sense of community building through creation of an ecosystem, where helping foster the idea of branding and business modeling is made possible through such platforms.” He further stressed, “There are two types of Leadership that can make things happen. Executors with implementation capabilities and Transformers with dynamic capabilities.”

Prof. Darwin ended his address with an appealing video on Mori Village of Andhra Pradesh, acknowledged as India’s first ever smart village brought to shape through Berkeley’s direct intervention under his leadership.

Congratulating Prof Darwin on his valuable initiative and thanking UC, Berkeley and the Govt. of Meghalaya for showing keen interest in collaborating with IIM Shillong, Director of IIM Shillong Prof D.P. Goyal expressed his desire to further the engagement through a comprehensive memorandum of understanding/association. “I am sure that many of our talent pool present here are not only excited, but will forge a keen desire to associate, learn and implement the innovative idea for the benefit of those on the ground that need such an intervention and assistance,” he said.

It may be mentioned that Shri. Sampath Kumar, IAS and Commissioner & Secretary to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya who was also present during the event, similarly encouraged the participants of IIM Shillong to join the internship opportunity under the state’s smart village movement initiative and be an active resource pool in bringing about much desired transformation.

Prof DP Goyal Director IIM Shillong addresses the audience in presence of Prof Solomon Darwin
Prof Solomon Darwin while delivering his presentation on Innovation and Smart Village Movement

IIM Shillong held its 12th inauguration ceremony to welcome the new batch who will hold the baton for the upcoming two years. The ceremony was graced by two big names in the corporate world, Mr. DD Purkayastha, CEO and MD, ABP Group as Chief Guest and Mr. Ajeya Bandyopadhyay, Partner, KPMG Advisory Services as Guest of Honour.

The ceremony began with an invocation by Prof Rohit Joshi and the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries.

Admissions Chair Prof. Sharad Nath Bhattacharya and PGP Chairperson, Prof. Basav Roychoudhury congratulated the new batch for their latest achievement in being admitted as participants, and shed some light on how the Institute will be instrumental in shaping their future. Special focus was given on the sustainability program offered by the Institute. "Go through the foundation program which is focused on sustainability, and after the program culminates, you will be able to frame your own definition of what sustainability means to you", said Prof. Roychoudhury.

Prof. DP Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong, commented “We need to shape all these raw diamonds into polished diamonds which will shine and become global managers. Focus of the future managers is not just on pay packages but the value that they will be able to provide to their employers. The goal is not to just become global managers, but to serve the society. You will also need to take time out and experience the life in Northeast and all that it has to offer in terms of learning.” He emphasised the need for the Study Abroad Program as a way to shape the students into global managers while maintaining Indian values and ethos.

Mr Ajeya Bandyopadhyay while addressing the students said that the consulting world has evolved and the big firms feel the need to partner with the smaller boutique firms to avail their specialised skillset to serve the clients. The focus has shifted from just advisory to implementation. He remarked, “The key facets to succeed in an advisory role are: Agility, being flexible, curious, having the ability to upskill or reskill.”

The Chief Guest of the occasion Mr. DD Purkayastha, graced the occasion by giving his insights into the media industry and how ABP news has over the years become one of the best published news portals. The students had much to gain from his two decades of experience of working in the corporate media industry. Taking questions from students ranging from ethical news reporting to innovative business ideation by the fourth pillar of democracy, Mr. Purkayastha provided the new inductees with food for thought with élan. The interest generated amidst applause during Mr. Purkayastha’s talk revolved around internal business standards set by ABP ranging from innovation to collaboration, and strategic manoeuvring of trust, confidence and conviction in purpose to achieve respective goals from time to time.

The new batch of students will commence their foundation course on sustainable development considered as IIM Shillong’s innovative academic approach in the coming week on their quest to become holistic, environment focused managers of the 21st century.

PGP Inugration
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In line with the institute’s continued commitment towards Sustainability, the faculty and participants of IIM Shillong organised a tree plantation drive at the institute’s new campus today.

In collaboration with the Ecobiz Club of the institute, Director Prof. D.P. Goyal, the faculty that included Prof. Basav Roychoudhury, Prof. Rohit Joshi, Prof. Neelam Rani, Prof. Mousumi Bhattacharya and Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee along with students and staff actively came forward to plant saplings. The drive is a small initiative to make the planet more liveable, not only for the present, but for future generations as well.

The plantation drive is one among the many initiatives to make the planet more liveable focusing on aspects related to environment as well as human life.

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On the occasion of the 5th International Yoga Day, IIM Shillong is organizing a 3-day workshop titled “Yoga for All” from 21st – 23rd June, 2019. The Instructor for this workshop, Sagarika Dutta Roy, was trained at Patanjali Yogagram, under Patanjali Yog Samiti, Haridwar.

Prof. D. P. Goyal, Director, IIM Shillong felicitated the Instructor, and actively participated in the inaugural Yoga learning session at 5.30 am in the Institute which involved students, faculty and staff. Prof. Sanjita Jaipuria and Prof. Atul Mehta, the faculty members of the institute coordinated the workshop.

Sagarika Dutta Roy, during the inaugural session emphasized on the importance of Yoga in day-to-day life and urged every participant to remain in practice beyond the workshop to derive full benefits in the long run.

IIM Shillong has, over the years, disseminated the practice of yoga to the attendees through its workshops. Each year, it ensures to make yoga more enjoyable and entertaining while keeping its essence intact.

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IIM Shillong is currently conducting TEQIP III a three-day Professional Development Training program for senior academic cum administrative executives. The Program is sponsored by National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU) of MHRD Govt. of India. The Program commencing on 19th June, 2019 will conclude on 21st June, 2019.


Anti-Terrorism Day, on 21st of May 2019, is being organized to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Anti-terrorism pledge is being taken at IIM Shillong campus to spread the message of global peace and non-violence.

The Pledge : "We the people of India, having abiding faith in our country's tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strengths, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understand among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values"

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A MDP on “Change Management” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Officers of POWERGRID from 06th to 08th May 2019. Altogether 32 participants attended the training program. The program was coordinated by Prof. Rohit Dwivedi and Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty.

The MDP was inaugurated in the presence of Prof. D .P. Goyal, Director IIM Shillong, Shri B. Anantha Sarma -Executive Director NERTS Shillong, Ms Geetanjali Hijam HR POWERGRID along with Faculty and Officers from IIM Shillong.

The 3 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty where by the participants were immersed in an intensive change clinic setting with topics of discussion on Understanding the need for Change ,Mental Models and Organizational Change ,Change Leaders in Indian History, Indian Philosophy and Change , Attentive Learning for Creative Change Management etc . Other sessions were highly interactive with participants engaging in group exercise and activities bringing out a sense of cohesiveness to anticipate change, embrace it and motivation to be positive change agents themselves for the benefit of their team, departments and their organization.

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The Tenth Annual Convocation of IIM Shillong successfully concluded on 6Th April 2019. This year 177 students graduated for the Post Graduate Programme of IIM Shillong. For the first time IIM Shillong, conferred MBA degrees to the Post Graduate students. 23 Post Graduate Executive Students are being conferred Post Graduate Diplomas for Executives. Industry leader Dr Vivek Lall Vice President, Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin Corporation graced the occasion as Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation address. Hon’ble Chief Guest Dr Vivek Lall, while delivering the Convocation Address, mentioned that world expects Indians to be erudite, creative and innovative. He further mentioned that people will expect you to be ethical, responsive, humane and inclusive. The new generation is facing expectations for a change that make this earth more livable and mentioned that late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam known here in IIM Shillong as “Kalam Sir” while teaching used to ignite young minds to dream for an India that would not only occupy a prime place in the world of nations but also take care of the people living at the bottom of the pyramid. He mentioned that, IIM Shillong is different with reference to the development models and the policy related issues, while are key for the economic growth of a nation in particular and world in general, but also taught that the developments should be sustainable in the long run.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shri Shishir Kumar Bajoria, welcomed new Director Prof D P Goyal and also expressed his thanks to Prof Keya Sengupta for officiating as Director for about 10 months. Shri Bajoria while congratulating the students mentioned that foremost is our Nation and we have to imbibe things that make our Nation proud and should have same feelings during the time of national anthem being sung for the gold medal winner in Olympics. He expressed his congratulations and mentioned that all of you have been very fortunate not only to have graduated from a World renowned Institute, the IIM, but also under care and supervision of members of IIMS family.

On behalf of IIM Shillong, Director of the Institute, Prof D P Goyal extended a warm welcome to members of the Board of Governors of IIM, Shillong, dignitaries, parents of the students, members of press and media, faculty members, officers, staff and graduating students. He expressed his gratitude and congratulated faculty members, officers and staff for all efforts towards IIM Shillong’s growth and achievements. He also mentioned that students have made significant contribution in national and international competitions and brought laurels to the institute.

Shri Arjun V was awarded Chairman's Gold Medal for securing highest CGPA and Shri Parag Sharna was awarded the Institute Silver medal for the second highest CGPA. Director's Gold Medal for Best All-Rounder and Institute's medal for positive contribution to campus life was awarded to Shri Subhabrata Mukherjee. Shri Thota Varun Kumar was awarded Institute Medal for Positive Contribution to Campus life. Rathindra Nath Dutta Gold Medal was awarded to Shri Arjun V. The Prof Ashoke K Dutta Gold Medal for best All Rounder was awarded to Shri Subhabrata Mukherjee. Shri Yammanuru Dharma Teja Reddy won the MathFinance AG Gold Medal for securing the highest marks in quantitative finance courses.

For the PGPEx Program the Kumari Poulami Mitra was awarded the Chairman's Gold Medal for securing highest CGPA and Shri Ankur Nahar was awarded Gold Medal for best all-rounder for the class of 2018.

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It may also be mentioned that IIM Shillong has fortified its position as a premier B-School with the successful completion of the placement season for the batch of 2017-19 earlier during the year. Its flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) witnessed the completion of final placement for its largest batch size till date. With its consistent performance this season, the Institute recorded average CTC of 16.79 LPA witnessing a significant increase of 8.3% over the last year. The highest domestic CTC stood at 28 LPA. The recruitment drive saw participations from 62 recruiters

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A MDP on “ Change Management ” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Executives and Officers of POWERGRID from 05th to 09th March 2019. Altogether 22 participants attended the training program. The program was coordinated by Prof. Sonia Nongmaithem and Prof. Rohit Dwivedi.

The 5 days programme was facilitated by in house faculty. The program is designed to facilitate development of capability through reflection and learning from each other and delivered critical learning points on change in behavioral aspects, values and ethics, technology and future of work, strategy and achieving operational excellence at work.

The participants also celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019 at the Campus along with other Faculty and Officers.

The five day MDP ended with the valedictory function graced by Prof Keya Sengupta, Director-In Charge IIM Shillong, Prof. Harsh Vardhan Samalia –Chairman MDP & Consultancy, Shri B. Anantha Sarma -Executive Director NERTS, Shri Borthakur-GM HR, POWERGRID along with Faculty and Officers from IIM Shillong.

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MDP on “General Management with emphasis on Behavioral Science & Fintech” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Executives and staff of Standard Chartered Bank from 21st February to 23rd February 2019. Altogether 30 participants from various branch and office locations across India attended the training programme. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Sonia Nonmaithem and Prof Nitin from IIM Shillong.

The programme was inauguration by Prof. Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy), along with Mr Hemant Khar- Director and Regional Head ,Commercial Clients SCB and Ms. Sowmya Thanthri Director & Team Head Commercial Banking ,SCB.

The 3 days programme was facilitated by In House faculty from IIM Shillong and through various pedagogy during the training programme lay emphasis on self-awareness to further understand the similarities and differences of other people leading to improved relationships, a happier workplace and greater success, by means of management games to help them develop Innovative and creative problem solving skills and techniques for organizational excellence, with the help of questionnaires and guidance from resource faculty to gain insights into the concept of Emotional Intelligence and to understand its importance in real life , by facilitating group exercises to understand the various concepts of Leadership , its significance and applications at work , interactive two way learning sessions to highlight adapting to change and formulating strategies for the fast changing business environment. The sessions on Bitcoin emphasized on understanding the system architecture, opportunities and challenges and the comprehensive review of Block Chain and its application and relevance to the banking sector was well received by participants.

The three day training ended with a Reward and Recognition program and valedictory function at the IIM Shillong Campus

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IIM Shillong recently celebrated the Matribhasha Diwas (Mother Tongue Day), which has been observed by UNESCO as International Mother Language Day every year on 21st of February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.

Prof. Keya Sengupta, Director in charge of the Institute addressed the faculty and staff present at the session by saying that, “We should not forget our roots and hold the utmost respect for our mother tongue, which is essential for preserving one’s history, culture and traditions”. She further encouraged everyone present at the event for the greater use of their mother tongues and spread awareness about the same.

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Late Kaustubh Bhagwan Tarmale, a PGP Student of 2017-19 batch has been posthumously honoured with the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India on 26th January 2019. The Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak is a civilian lifesaving award presented by the Government of India. It was established on 30 September 1961 and it was originally called the Jeevan Raksha Padak, Class I. Kaustubh had earlier on 12th May 2018 sacrificed his life courageously trying to save three of his cousins from drowning in the Bhatsa river.

The Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are conferred for the meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person. It is awarded for "courage and promptitude in saving life under circumstances of grave bodily injury to the rescuer”. They are given under three categories: Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak. People of all walks of life are eligible for these awards. Kaustubh was one among the 8 who were awarded this Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak. The students of IIM Shillong had actively supported in filing the nominations for the award. IIM Shillong fraternity is touched by this brave act of Kaustubh and takes pride and honour for the award conferred to him.

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Celebrating the country’s 70th Republic Day, IIM Shillong witnessed exuberant participation of its fraternity at its current Mayurbhanj Palace campus. Prof Keya Sengupta, Director in charge of the Institute hoisted the National Flag at 08:30am in presence of Students, Faculties, Officers, Staffs and the security personnel. Prof Sengupta while addressing the gathering said, “This is an occasion for celebrating but at the same time it is an occasion for contemplation. As we say in management, working on the action plan for the future.” Prof Sengupta went on to highlight the achievements of faculties and students, saying, “Through each passing year we strive towards making the Institute even better than before.” The event, which commenced with hoisting of the National Flag, came to a beautiful end with two students rendering self-composed poems named, “An ode to the Constitution” and “Padchinh”, which talked about the last moments of a martyr. The event ended on a high note leaving the students with a renewed sense of responsibility towards the Institute and the country. The celebration of the day continued with students taking advantage of a bright day and participating in kite flying amongst other activities.

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Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong’s Centre for Development of Northeastern Region (CeDNER) along with organised a follow-up session for the brainstorming session held in October 2018 to discuss plans proposed and draft a blueprint to ease the traffic congestion currently hindering transportation in the city. The session is an initiation by Good World Foundation.

The session commenced with discussing the previous set of deliberations and difficulties in implementation. The session was chaired by Mr. W. R. Marbaniang, Retired IPS Officer, who ideated that the most important aspect of easing traffic congestion is the discipline among drivers. Therefore, it is necessary to have a driving handbook which instructs all drivers about Dos and Don’ts that must be followed. Moreover, Driving Schools should be set up to train people before they obtain a license.

One of the key aspects discussed was the coordination required between Police, Government Officials and Banks to monitor the traffic situation and ensure that the number of vehicles on the road is restricted while long-term measures are being charted out as there is currently a discrepancy between the number of taxis that are plying on the road and the number of taxi licenses issued. One of the proposed measures, as mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act, is that a purchaser must have a parking space before purchasing a car as that would reduce illegal parking significantly.

Discussing the problem of having a high number of taxis, it was observed that the taxis currently function as stage carriages, i.e. making stops like a bus even though the law provides for contract carriage. Moreover, taxi fares should be revised and regulated as the current fare leads people to take cabs even for small distances, and instead walking should be promoted using well paved pathways.

More importantly, it was discussed that proactiveness towards the issue should be shown by all stakeholders including adding parking space to existing government buildings from the government, strict enforcement by police and disciplined behavior by the citizens. Specific Pick and Drop points should be made available for schools as it will reduce congestion on the road during peak school hours.

The Public Works Department intends to have expert suggestions by consultants on how roads can be transformed to accommodate more vehicles and possibility of the bypass ring road to ensure that passing traffic does not need to go through Shillong.

One of the ideas proposed included having a purchase permit issued to consumers intending to purchase cars, to ensure they have proper parking space, license, and other conditions before they go and purchase a car. Moreover, taxis should be provided with a sticker if they have adequate documentation and taxis and vehicles not following rules should be impounded instead of charging a minor fine.

The Traffic Police highlighted how there is a need for more manpower to ensure enforcement. To ease this manpower burden, they have set up CCTVs in 30 locations and 30 more are to be set-up in the next phase. Using these CCTVs and advanced technology, the police can automatically identify owners of law violating vehicles and send E-challans. Moreover, bottlenecks will be identified, and public cooperation will be sought. One of the stakeholders pointed out, “Currently a lot of regulation is in place but what we need is a defined traffic policy and discipline and cooperation from all stakeholders as a congestion-free Shillong is in the interest of all.”

Lastly, the importance of discipline was discussed by everyone and how traffic discipline must be included in education and values from childhood to ensure that traffic congestion does not become a recurring problem. The meeting encompassed improvement over already ideated suggestions and incorporated new suggestions such as the construction of foot over bridges, and making the streets pedestrian friendly. The committee will be drafting the blueprint and submitting it to the government for early implementation, making a demarcation between short-term plans which can provide immediate results and long-term infrastructural and cultural ideas which will provide greater benefit but will need time for implementation.

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A MDP on “General Management and Leadership ” was organized by IIM Shillong in the Campus for Executives and Staff of Karnataka Bank in collaboration with PNB Metlife from 07th to 08th December 2018 . 45 participants from various branch and offices across India attended the training programme. The programme is coordinated by Prof H.V.Samalia and Prof Rohit Joshi from IIM Shillong.

The inauguration is hosted by Prof. Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy), Mr Pranta Dutta –Head of Training , PNBML , Mr Raja B.S -DGM and Mr Madhava V.P -AGM Karnataka Bank .

The 2 days highly interactive programme delivered critical learning points on understanding the strategic imperative, equipped participants with better understanding about people management skills, Inner engineering for Self-Leadership, customer perception of service, developing Innovative and creative problem solving skills and techniques for organizational excellence.

The two day training ended with a Reward and Recognition program and valedictory function which is graced by Prof Keya Sengupta, Director IIM Shillong, Shri Mahabaleshwara M S, Managing Director & CEO Karnataka Bank and Mr Sameer Bansal, Director, PNB MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd along with other Officers and Executives from PNBML , Karnataka Bank and Faculty and Officers from IIM Shillong.


IIM Shillong organized a customized MDP on “Financial Management and e-Procurement” for Officers of Indian Air Force during 03rd to 07th December 2018 in the Campus.

The registration and Inauguration was held at IIM Shillong with 20 participants from IAF across India. Prof.Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) welcomed the participants and expressed his gratitude and appreciativeness for the IAF continuous relationship and faith in IIM Shillong .Group Captain J. Bahuguna , Commands Account Officer ,Eastern Air Command, IAF present during the inauguration, conveyed the necessity of the training programme and its significance on the task and role performed by the Officers on a daily basis

The program is coordinated by Prof. Neelam Rani from the Area of Finance .The 5 days intensive programme was facilitated by in house faculty and expert from Industry Mr P.P. Singh (CA ) .


The 7th edition of SUSCON, the annual conference on sustainability got underway at IIM Shillong on November 29, 2018. SUSCON 7, supported by North Eastern Council (NEC) is weaved around the theme: ‘Community, Conservation and Cooperation’. The conference provides a global platform for dialogues and deliberations on various aspects of sustainability from all stakeholders including academicians, business leaders, NGOs, social activists and policymakers.

The Chief Guest of SUSCON 7, Shri. R. Bandyopadhyay, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India delivered the inaugural address. He was greatly impressed with the efforts taken by the institute and elaborated on the theme as he recounted his involvement in the formation of law relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “Competitiveness, Sustainability and Inclusiveness are the key components of the Triple Bottom Line approach”, quoted Mr. Bandyopadhyay as he emphasized the necessity of management education that encompasses components to improve economic profit, save the planet and provide sustainable growth opportunities to the people.

Prof. Keya Sengupta, the Director of the Institute, spoke about the sustainability initiatives taken by IIM Shillong. She quoted, “No doubt we train the students to be good managers. More importantly, we also train them to be good human beings”. She highlighted the constitution of Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) which is involved in organizing both short-term and long-term programmes relevant to the local community and society of the state and the region.


The Conference Chairman, Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee introduced the conference and talked about the success of the previous 6 editions. “SUSCON is not just an annual conference but also a continuation of a journey”, said Mr. Mukherjee as he described the need for such a conference citing examples of the literary masterpieces of Martin Heidegger and Bob Dylan towards a sustainable planet.

Mr. Vijay Padaki, one of the founding faculty members of IIM Bangalore presented a custom designed gold pocket watch made for Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to the Director of IIM Shillong. The watch was made by Shri MS Zahed, who previously worked as the Chairman and Managing Director of HMT Limited, and also happens to be one of the students of Mr. Padaki in the 1974-1976 batch at IIM Bangalore.

The plenary and technical sessions span over the next two days. SUSCON 7 promises to address the environmental issues and come up with solutions for concerns related to biodiversity, soil and water.

IIM Shillong organized Emerge’18, the 7th Entrepreneurship summit on 17th & 18th of November hosting entrepreneurs across the country. Director of the Institute Prof. Keya Sengupta inaugurated the 2 day event in presence of senior faculty member Prof. Sanjoy Mukherhjee and other dignitaries. The idea of EmergE “emanated from a strong desire to foster entrepreneurial acumen in the own academic products of the Institute, and futher, to celebrate the true spirit of entrepreneurship and provide a platform for sharing ideas among Industry, Academia and Entrepreneurs,” remarked Prof Sengupta while speaking during the inauguration. The theme for EmergE 2018 is “Embracing Northeast” that resonates with the modern-day startup ideas and intends to mine the opportunities that lie untapped within the serenading lands of Northeast India. “Don’t try to be employed; try to be the employer” highlighted Prof. Keya Sengupta while emphasizing the Institute’s initiatives towards nurturing budding entrepreneurs. “IIM Shillong also has APJ Abdul Kalam Research Centre for Policy Research & Analysis which is constantly working in figuring out ways that would ensure more businesses emanating through facilitation of the Institute,” she added.

Mr. Farrhad Acidwalla, Founder of Rockstah Media delivered an expert talk walking through his journey from an aeromodelling enthusiast to a technology aficionado. “Don’t invest on too many variables. Keep it simple. Don’t talk; just do” was his advice to the the to-be entrepreneurs assuring them that passion is all it takes to be successful.

A workshop was conducted by Ms. Piyul Mukherjee and Ms. Pia Mollback- Verbic from Quipper Research Private Limited. This workshop enlightened the participants about the importance of knowing our end customers in any business and also highlighted the role of “Qualitative Research” in attaining the necessary insights. This session garnered great interaction from the students in reviewing the various business aspects of a brand that they had chosen.

The panel discussion on the emerging trends on Handicrafts brought to the table multiple facets of the handicraft industry and its evolution over the past few decades. Mr. Sandeep Sangaru, Founder of Sangaru Design Objects Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Sona Puri, Co-founder and CEO of The India Craft House, Mr. Dhiraj Thakuria, Managing Director of NEHHDC, Mr. Dilip Barooah, Director of Fabric plus Pvt. Ltd and Ms. Sakshi Talwar, Co-Founder of Rugs and Beyond discussed topics such as digitalisation, commoditization and branding of handicrafts steering the conversation towards the promotion of the industry in North east India.


The second day of the summit, which was sponsored by Lakme, VIVO, RedBull, Bank of India, et al, began with a panel discussion on Fintech, essentially the connection between fintech and how it is an enabler to do something bigger in financial inclusion. Mr Durlov Baruah, Founder at Kuhipaat (Payment Solution_NorthEast), Mr. Nitin Mathur, Director at TAVAGA, Mr. Anubhav Jain, Co-founder and Head of Risk at Qbera and Mr. Visweshwaran Narasimhan, Assistant VP at FSS touched on a prevalent problem of reluctance of people to adopt apps and services based on financial assistance and then went on to discuss effectiveness of various banking transaction technologies.

The latter half of day 2 saw an expert talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal, Founder and CEO at, wherein he shared snippets from his entrepreneurial journey.

A MDP on “Building Leadership Capabilities” is being organized by IIM Shillong for Officers of Meghalaya State Rural Livelihoods Society “during 14th-16th November 2018, in the Campus.

The program was inaugurated by Prof Harsh Vardhan Samalia (Chairman-MDP and Consultancy) who welcomed the participants and other dignitaries followed by a brief of the training program and ice breaking session by the Program Coordinators ,Prof. Natalie W. Kharkongor and Prof Sonia Nongmaithem.

The 3 days training program was facilitated by in house faculty from IIM Shillong. During the training, the participants from different districts of the State of Meghalaya were actively involved in the discussions and lectures in the classroom and were guided to look inward to self and self-development thus providing intrinsic insights into challenges faced by them as individuals/managers as well as the many challenges and opportunities of their organization to bring about a workforce that can work more coherently efficiently and effectively.


A MDP on “Finance for Non Finance Professionals” is organized by IIM Shillong from 14th to 16th November 2018 in the Campus. The participants attending the training program are from Chilli Breeze Solutions Pvt Ltd and Airtel . The Program is coordinated by Prof .NaliniPrava Tripathy who is a Professor of Finance and and also Dean Research ,New Initiatives and External Relations in IIM Shillong.

The 3 days training program is being facilitated by in house faculty. The methodology includes Case studies, Classroom Lectures and Management Games facilitated by resource faculty. The participants from varied back ground and functions added diversity as well as encouraged inter peer learning and interaction during the training program.


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.


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.

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.


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.

          (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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


(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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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