IIM Shillong’s annual management fest Khlurthma – meaning “The War of Stars” in the local Khasi language and true to its theme of “Vying for Glory” tested its participants’ business acumen and aptitude to solve real life business problems in various domains of management. The inaugural ceremony of Khlurthma’18 was held in the presence of the Director, with a tree plantation drive to mark the event. The competitions challenged the inventiveness, ingenuity and business intelligence of the students. 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 students from IIM Shillong, Welingkar Institute of Management and IIM Bodh Gaya came up with a thorough analysis and innovative insights to solve real life challenges which hinder the development of 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 by weighing down and analysing several factors such as the upfront franchisee fee, training of staff, standardizing the kitchen layout, equipment used, etc. The teams were judged by esteemed panellists comprising Professor Rohit Joshi and Professor Arindum Mukhopadhyay.
“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. The students selected from the first round presented their cases in an interactive Q&A session with judges and other participants. The winners of the competition were teams from IIM Shillong and IIT Kharagpur - Vinod Gupta School of Management.
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. The forty minute invigorating action was a simulation round where teams had to use their best judgement to buy and sell stocks to increase the value of their portfolio.
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 from MICA, BIM Trichy and IIM Shillong where they pitched their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges about developing a market for health biscuits. The teams addressed 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, saw participation from colleges such as Delhi School of Management and Symbiosis Institute of International Business. The event 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 tested the participants' convincing powers and their ability to think on their feet over 2 challenging and fun filled rounds.
“Speakerazzi”, the flagship event of the Toastmasters Club 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. It was a thought provoking discussion that brought to light the multi-dimensional nature of these issues and their socio-political impact on the international politics.