Innovative Corporate Engagement Meet 2019

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.

TEDxIIMShillong 2018

IIM Shillong hosted the sixth edition of TEDx on 17th March 2018, where it invited speakers from across the country to the educational hub of Northeast India to share ideas which have or will have a lasting impact on people’s lives. Created with the vision of ‘ideas worth spreading’, TEDx supports independent organizers who want to curate a TED-like event in their community.

Based on the theme ‘The 53rd Card’, this year’s edition underscored the transformative power of choice. The event was held at the State Convention Center in Shillong, the capital city of the state of Meghalaya.

The list of speakers includes:

  • Wendell Rodricks, a Padma Shri awardee and leading international fashion designer
  • Archana Sardana, India’s first female BASE jumper and first Indian to skydive with Indian Flag in the USA
  • Shivam Sai Gupta, a virtual reality evangelist and game developer
  • Tanvi Bhatt, a personal branding pioneer
  • Shruti Pathak, a Filmfare Award-nominated Bollywood playback singer and lyricist
  • Baradwaj Rangan, a national award winning film critic and author
  • Rajesh Kumar, an actor, best known for his roles in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

The second edition of TEDxIIMShillong grabbed the attention of the TED community and earned the license holder a chance attend TEDGlobal in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This year’s TEDxIIMShillong invited speakers from diverse fields and scaled equal if not greater heights.

Khlurthma 2019

Khlurthma 2019, the annual management fest, came like it always does with the cherries in full blossom and the temperature falling. The temperature inside the rooms, however, kept rising on all three days with intensely fought events, and shades of pink were replaced with a shade of the competitive-red.

Day 1 started with a vibrant inauguration of the event in the presence of all the members of the IIM Shillong fraternity including the director Prof. DP Goyal, after a tree-plantation drive. The stage was then set for EcoBiz and Niveshak to organize the first competitions of the festival. One asked the competitors to present plan for a sustainable city, the other asked them to pitch one stock against another. Diversity at its best?

Day 2 carried the competitive energy forward with events organized by Conquest, Markathon and Op-Era. Core functions of management being tested on the same day. Some teams crumbled in front of the pressure applied by the learned jury members, other rode it to make podium finishes. The audience at no point could guess where the results might sway. Triumphant high-fives were exchanged all day long. Nirvana had started by now, which offered a much-needed rest from the intensity of competition!

The final day was bittersweet. Sweet memories made by teams who won in the competitions organized by bITeSys, Zeitgeist and usHR. Sweet respite from the competition, yet again, by Nirvana. Bitter because as the final results were declared and the final jury member’s constructive criticisms were heard and the final team’s winning fist-bumps were thunderously applauded by everyone in the audience, the idea that it was all over for another year sank in. The War of Stars, fought well, again; Glorious, again; Will be back, again.

Tree Plantation Drive at Khlurthma 2019.


JustBidIT winners and organizing team.

Nirvana 2019

IIM Shillong hosted its first ever intercollegiate annual cultural fest ‘Nirvana 2019’ from 22nd to 24th November. The cultural fest saw a culmination of dance, fashion, singing, acting and a plethora of other activities that lifted the spirits of the crowd to another level. With the theme of ‘With True Bliss comes Magic’, Nirvana created magic in all true senses. In its very first edition, Nirvana has enchanted the crowd and has promised to create a legacy for years to come.

The event kick-started on 22nd November celebrating the spirit, culture, vibes and ethos of the North East all at the Battle of the Bands. The second day at Nirvana saw an enthralling blend of fashion and thought-provoking themes at Glam It Up which witnessed all the glitz and the glam. Nirvana ended on the third day with a ProShow of scintillating performances by popular local bands like Megh Express and Colours.

Apart from these events, Nirvana also hosted various competitions for the students like Breakfree – The Dance Competition, Ankahi - The Monoact Competition, Antaragini - The Singing Competition, Fire and Ice -The Duet Dance Competition and Tamasha - The Street Play Competition. These competitions saw the participants bring out the best of their artistic and creative side.

The event was not just a show of the talent but also a testimony to the grit, effort and potential of the organizing team at IIM Shillong that resulted in the huge success of Nirvana in its very first year. The bar has definitely been set high and it can only get bigger and better.

Colours Band Rocking the stage with some classics. Features songs were Summer of 69, Its my life, some metallica numbers and more from the archives.

Group Dance competition

Business Leadership Summit 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.”

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated the annual Business Leadership Summit

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.

Nurturing Minds

Nurturing Minds is a unique initiative by the students of IIM Shillong; it is backed by the inspiration to carry forward Dr. Kalam’s teachings and spread his word. The initiative is an attempt to give back to the society, help the community and keep the spirit of ‘igniting minds’ alive. It aims at teaching and touching lives of young, underprivileged students, to facilitate better learning, foster self-confidence and improve academic performances. The volunteers use innovative teaching aids and developed infrastructure facilities of the college to connect with the locals and assist the young minds to think effectually and mentor them to perform better.

Through nurturing minds, we aim at not only illuminating lives but also enlightening and keeping the spark alive.

Nurturing Minds, which began with a mission to teach underprivileged school children of Shillong, has blossomed and flowered into a movement that has galvanized the entire IIM Shillong community. Through this venture, the student volunteers of IIM Shillong teach about 60 students of seven schools on every weekend. The initiative that started on October 15, 2015, the birth anniversary of late Dr Kalam, with a handful of students and three schools, has managed to facilitate learning and reach out to several children. About six schools from Shillong and one school from Puriang, are associated with the program, wherein classes are conducted through innovative visual aids and ingenious teaching methods. The objective of the program is to encourage learning and help nurture creativity amongst the students, just as Dr. Kalam had envisioned.

The program recognises that children are future thought builders of this country. Being cognizant of the same, there are programs designed to hone their communication skills and to introduce and acquaint them to the limitless possibilities of the outside world through the infinite world of mathematics. The idea is to facilitate unburdened and joyous learning. The initiative apart from teaching students has also helped school children in ideating practical and feasible science projects, and the volunteers are also working towards helping schools associated with the program better manage their day to day operations and become administratively sound.

The future goals of the program would be to extend its compass, reach out to more schools and children, help them grow more holistically, and work in tandem with the school authorities to create a conducive learning environment. The program is geared towards bringing a sustainable and enduring change, one that ensures that students of Shillong are better equipped to achieve their dreams, just as Kalam Sir intended of doing.

Manthan

Manthan, The Finance and Consulting conclave is an endeavor towards strengthening our ties with corporates from renowned firms. Through panel discussions, expert talks and paper presentations spanning a variety of contemporary issues the conclave manages to bring out the crux of what the industry is all about. Carried out by Niveshak, the finance club, and Conquest, the consulting club, jointly, the event is a celebration of the synergy between the two domains. The cross-domain panel discussions are the highlights of this event.

The first edition of the event held in September 2017 featured eminent professionals from their respective domains. Gracing us with our presence were:

  • Ms. Lakshmi Iyer, CIO, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Ltd.
  • Ms. Bekxy Kuriakose, Head, Fixed Income at Principal PNB AMC Ltd.
  • Mr. Sarat Dhal, Director, Economic Research Policy, Reserve Bank of India
  • Mr.Pramod Kasat, Country Head, IB & Advisory Services, IndusInd Bank Ltd.
  • Mr. Vikas Sarda, Chief Financial Officer, Unitus Capital & Unitus Seed Fund
  • Mr. Avinash P, Director, Risk, IFMR.
  • Mr. Milind Choudhari, Chief Financial Officer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Mr. Malcolm Athaide, Sr. President & Chief Risk Officer, Yes Bank
  • Ms. Sangeeta Sumesh, Executive Director & CFO, Dun & Bradstreet Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

The theme of Manthan 2017 was “Churning New Possibilities” with talks and discussion geared towards how disruptive innovations and out of the box thinking can solve mammoth issues like the NPAs. Watching such masters of their fields give their two cents on these issue opened us up to completely new perspectives such as were never thought before.

The conclave featured discussions on the topics of ‘Alliances & Consolidation: Pivotal to thrive in India’s competitive landscape’, ‘NPAs in the Indian Banking Sector: Road Ahead’, ‘Innovative Disruption in the Financial Sector’ among others

Kaleidoscope

Human Resource Development plays a prominent role in any organization and is considered to be one of the key drivers of competitive advantage. The idea that the people of the organization are vital for its overall success is at the core of Kaleidoscope, the annual Human Resource conclave organized by usHR, the HR club of IIM Shillong. Much like the instrument Kaleidoscope which operates on the principle of reflections, the conclave is an attempt to bring together the industry leaders of the HR domain under one roof to address and discuss the key issues of the domain.

Sometimes the slightest shift in the perspective can alter future courses of development. The HR domain today, is witnessing a paradigm shift and thus, the conclave through presentations, panel discussions tries to provide a platform to the leaders to share their experience, provide opinions and solutions to tackle the changing scenario.

Focusing on employees as the key component of an organization, the theme selected for Kaleidoscope 2017 was “Re-equipping the National Workforce”. The conclave, held in October featured the following eminent personalities as the esteemed panelists:

  • Ms. Anamika Awasthi - Former Head of Learning & Academic Program at HCL Technologies.
  • Mr. Mani M. Dan - Head HR - New Business Division at Godfrey Phillips India.
  • Ms. Kamakshi Raman, Executive Director (HRD) at Management Training Institute, Steel Authority of India Limited.
  • Mr. Rajesh Srivastava Joint Executive President and HR business partner, Ultra Tech Cement (Aditya Birla Group).
  • Dr. Naqi Abbas, Former Associate Director, HR, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.(India).
  • Mr. Winston Derosario, Director- Head of People and Culture, Grant Thornton LLP.

The interactive sessions saw discussions centered around the topics like “the impact of technology on HR practices” and “Ways to develop skills of the workforce”. The panelists provided their valuable insights on the problems at hand, the relevance of what is being taught in institutions and what is required in getting jobs and how to get the mindset right in order to be ready to work as future managers.

i-Cube : Emerge

i-Cube, the Entrepreneurship cell of IIM Shillong hosted the seventh edition of its flagship Entrepreneurship summit, ‘Emerge 2k18’, on 17 th and 18 th November 2018. The two-day summit comprised of numerous expert talks, panel discussions, and workshops. The summit centered around celebrating the Entrepreneurial spirit of the North East and exploring ways to fully exploit its potential.

The two-day event was flagged off by Director of IIM Shillong, Prof. Keya Sengupta in presence of senior faculty member Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee and other dignitaries. The event started off with an Expert Talk by Mr. Farrhad Acidwalla, Founder, Rockstah Media, where he talked about 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 to-be entrepreneurs, assuring them that passion is all it takes to be successful.

Prof Keya Sengupta speaking at the Inauguration
Expert Talk by Mr. Farrhad Acidwalla

A workshop was conducted by Ms. Piyul Mukherjee and Ms. Pia Mollback – Veribic from Quipper Research Private Limited. The workshop enlightened the participants about the importance of knowing our end consumers in any business while highlighting the role of Qualitative Research in attaining the necessary insights.

The event also featured a Panel Discussion on the emerging trends in ‘Handicrafts and Handlooms Industry’, where panelists like Mr. Dhiraj Thakuria (MD of North Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited), Mr. Dilip Barooah (Director of FabricPlus Pvt Ltd), Ms. Sakshi Talwar (Founder, Rugs and Beyond), Mr. Sandeep Sangaru (Founder, Sangaru Design Objects Pvt Ltd) and Ms. Sona Puri (Co-Founder and CEO of The Indian Craft House) discussed topics such as digitization, commoditization and branding of handicrafts and the promotion of the industry in the Northeast India. "Most important thing in handicrafts is costing because there is no factory. It is a household and therefore, we as entrepreneurs should take this responsibility," said Dhiraj Thakuria.

Workshop conducted by Team Quipper Research
Panel on Handicrafts and Handlooms Industry

The second day of the summit began with a Panel Discussion on ‘Fintech’, especially the connection between fintech and how it is an enabler to do something bigger in the financial inclusion. Mr. Anubhav Jain (Co-Founder and Head of Risk at Qbera), Mr. Durlov Baruah (Founder, Kuhipaat Payment Solutions), Mr. Nitin Mathur (Director at TAVAGA) and Mr. Visweshwaran Narasimahan (Assistant VP at FSS) as panel members 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. “Right attitude and aptitude are very important to learn anything new. Keep re-skilling and re-scaling yourself to remain relevant”, said Visweshwaran Narasimahan.

Panel Discussion on Fintech Industry
Expert Talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal

The latter half of the second day saw an Expert Talk by Mr. Amit Kumar Agarwal, Founder and CEO at NoBroker, wherein he shared snippets of his own entrepreneurial journey in a bid to inspire the participants. “Whatever inconvenience you are facing is a problem, and that is an opportunity which you are searching for.”, said Amit Kumar.

Even though the Summit was a two-day affair, the proceedings for the finale had started weeks before with online and on-campus events under the umbrella of Pre-Emerge. Social media handles of the club were filled with competitions like “Selfiesta” in association with Vivo India (uploading a selfie with your loved one and sending them a Diwali greeting) and various other competitions organized by the other clubs of the college to generate buzz for EmergE’18. This activity generated a reach of over 45,000 in i-Cube’s social media handles.