Why not entrepreneurship?  

Passion, People, Perseverance, Positivity – these are the 4 P’s one must have to be a social entrepreneur according to Ankit Kumar. One might have several doubts and questions in mind about starting one’s own venture. Ankit Kumar tried to address some of these worries through the story of his entrepreneurial venture, when he delivered a session on campus recently. Here is his story and some of the tips he shared with us.

Story

Ankit Kumar had a passion for bringing change in the lives of underprivileged by being a part of the system through a for profit model. Free time during his college days gave him the opportunity to get himself acquainted with several policies and schemes of the government in agriculture, public policy and rural development. The National Biofuel Policy of 2008 got his attention and he wanted to do something by utilise the policy to pursue his dream. When the government announced the introduction of MGNREGA scheme, Ankit got the idea of having plantations of Pongamia, a biofuel plant, through the labour force of MGNREGA and build a business model by bringing it under the biofuel policy. Through his journey of the establishing his venture by working with the government, Ankit shared his experiences of difficulties he faced – a missing coma in a policy, the red-tapism of bureaucracy and the policy gaps like politicians and bureaucracy being unaware of policies, no revision of price of biofuels, inhibition of direct engagement for dealership with The Railways.

Tips

  1. Start your venture as early as possible – you will have lesser problems when you are young
  2. Use your MBA knowledge to become an entrepreneur – analyse your idea for your course projects
  3. Build Network Quotient – nothing helps in forming your venture better than a good network
  4. Burn the Bridges – take risk and make that big leap forward and start it

Agribusiness Opportunities

  • Social Forestry
  • Integrated livelihood: Social fishery, poultry & plantation
  • Identify the needs of people: Government, CSR, Community
  • Community Resource Centres
  • 2nd generation biofuels: Cellulosic ethanol and Bio-Oil
The event was organized by the Agri-Business Club of IIMA. (http://stdwww.iimahd.ernet.in/abc/)

Inviting Applications for A Day @ IIMA – Joy of Giving Week

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Like every year, IIM Ahmedabad would be celebrating Joy of Giving week this year from October 6 to 12. Prayaas, the NGO on campus, will be conducting this week. IIMA has a strong legacy of celebrating the Joy of Giving week with events such as Wish Tree, Clothes collection drive and A Day @IIMA. A Day @IIMA has been one of the most looked forward to events during the week.

A Day @ IIMA

In this event, people from outside the IIM Ahmedabad community will get a chance to spend a day at the campus and soak in the lifestyle of the campus of the most cherished B-School in the country. This event is scheduled to be held on Sunday  – October 12, 2014. In this event, a new batch of up to 90 students can spend a day in the campus and live it up with classes, case studies, quizzes, club interactions and campus tours. They will get the opportunity to interact with the students and the professors.

We take this opportunity to invite applications for participating in A Day @IIMA and urge them to send in their applications well within the timeline.

Procedure for Selection of A Day @ IIMA

The aspirants for the event have to fulfill the following criteria:

• Submit their thoughts on one of the following topics. The writeup should be

limited to 500 words.

o Primary Education

o Sanitation

o Healthcare

• Fill in basic details in this Google form

Submission to be made to email id: joyofgiving@iimahd.ernet.in

Submission format: JOGW_Name.doc

Any queries to be directed to the above mail id

Important Dates:

Launch of event participation: 20th September 2014

Submission Deadline: 25th September, 23:59:59

Result Announcement: 26th September, 23:59:59

Confirmation from participants: 27th September, 19:59:59

Waitlist movement and final list: 28th September, 23:59:59

Business Etiquette and Client Interaction Workshop

The Business Etiquette and Client Interaction workshop was held on 12th Feb with an impressive attendance of around 60-70 people comprising of PGP1s, PGP2s, PGPX and AFP. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Rama Moondra who is an IIM C alumnus and a listed Premium Educator with Harvard Business Publishing.

The workshop was divided into two sections; the first half of the workshop was devoted to role-plays where participants from the crowd had to enact a typical business situation in each of the sectors mentioned below:

  1. Consulting – Brainstorming session between a partner and his junior
  2. Investment Banking – A banker pitching for services of a potential client
  3. Healthcare – A committee meeting for tackling new diseases
  4. FMCG – Sales Review meeting for territory expansion
  5. Ecommerce – IT head and Sales head meeting to improve customer experience
  6. Media (entertainment media) – Promoting B2B advertising in entertainment media
  7. Startups – A new company pitching to a venture capitalist

After the 7 role-plays, the 2nd half of the session was devoted to feedback on the role-plays. The feedback included an introduction to the sector, how to deal with clients in a particular sector and relevant tips for working in the sector.

Apart from these role-plays the feedback session also touched on body language, content delivery and the right attitude to be followed in an organisation. It was a highly interactive session, one that completely did justice to its theme.

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The session was also video-recorded so that the participants to volunteered for roleplay, could have the feedback on their performance and the accompanying guidance on record. Overall, the workshop was a huge success with large attendance from students of all progams at IIM A and enthusiastic participation in the interactive session.

 

Music to WIMWI ears

The Indian Navy Band performed at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad on the 21st of February. The concert was organized by the ninth batch of the Armed Forces Programme 2013-14 and was the first of its kind at IIMA. The band had come all the way from Mumbai and has performed at numerous concerts across the globe.

The concert was a musical feast set against the (backdrop of the) amber hued Louis Kahn Plaza. The Band performed different forms and genres of music, producing a rich tapestry and embodying India’s abiding characteristic of ‘Unity in Diversity’. They left the audience awe struck by their magical performance. Their rendition of ‘Cornfield Rock’, ‘Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara’, ‘Rock and Roll Medley’, ‘Havana’ and ‘Sare Jahan Se Achcha’ were some of the highlights of their performance.

The turnout was overwhelming with the entire LKP filled with people who at times hummed to the tune of famous numbers like ‘Tum hi ho’, ‘Monica, Oh my Darling’ and at times were spell bound at the immaculate execution of tracks like ‘Toss the Feathers’, ‘The Final Countdown’.

The Director of IIMA Prof. Ashish Nanda praised and marvelled at the performance by the band and presented them with a token of appreciation. The concert ended with the Band playing the Indian National Anthem.

The concert was a true testimony to the glory of the Indian Navy Band and to the fact that the men in white know how to have their share of fun.

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The Milky Way

The Agri-Business Club of IIM-A organized a visit to the Amul plant and a nearby village recently. Here’s what someone who was lucky enough to be a part of the trip had to say about it.

The Sunday started like any other with most of the students making the most of the late morning and waking up by 11. But post that, a long day lay ahead, entailing a visit to the Amul Factory in Anand. A big bus filled with students from IIM-A, with a higher proportion of PGP 1 students as compared to PGP 2s, reached the Amul factory by 2:30 pm. The visit started with a short session conducted by the PR Officer of the Amul plant. Within a small time span of 30 minutes, he covered the entire Amul story. Right from its origin, to the story behind the Amul butter girl and the operations of the factory at Anand. Many students asked questions associated with the operations, organization and marketing of the products, and most of the answers talked about implementation of the knowledge gained in class.

Post this session, we were taken on a visit of the plant. It started off with us observing a huge display of all Amul products, and most of us were surprised to see that the product range was more diverse than we had ever anticipated. Awestruck, we went around the plant to see the assembly line where milk powder and butter were manufactured. For a lot of us, it was the first time that we got to see an assembly line in action, which we have studied about in detail in our Operations Management class. For 15 minutes, the entire group kept peering in through the glass panes at the butter getting cut into cubes, and getting packaged at unbelievable speeds. For almost 2 hours we observed the operations of the plant and then proceeded to Bedwa village, only after we binged on the Amul products to our heart’s content.

After Anand, the group proceeded to Bedwa village, to observe the milk collection process. Being in a village was a unique experience for most of us. The process of milk collection was highly efficient and standardized. The fat content in the milk being brought was measured within seconds during the collection process, and payment was made to the villagers on the spot. The village was relatively more developed than what we had in mind, with all basic amenities such as electricity, continuous water etc. available, and also a bank branch and an ATM. Most of us believe that the contributions of Amul had a major role to play in that.

The entire trip was an amazing experience for all the students, and not one that we would forget in the near future. After all, the Amul girl has been around us since as long as we can remember, and we are pretty sure that she is here to stay eternally.

Qawalli at WIMWI!

Qawwali concert, an event organised by the Heritage club of IIMA, left the crowd completely mesmerized. Rafiq Warsi, a veteran in Qawwali, took the crowd to raptures by presenting a diminishing art form rarely seen today in such a pure form. Rafiqbhai is from ‘Agra Gharana’ and has been performing qawwali for the past 20 years. His expertise lies in Sufi qawwali and he sings composures of the legendary sufi saint ‘Amir Khusro Dehelvi’, who is credited with being the founder of qawwali. Rafiqbhai firmly believes in communal harmony and togetherness and promotes it through his performances. Tonite’s performance included well-known songs like ‘ali maula ali ali’, ‘duma dum mast kalandar’, ‘tum to thehre pardesi’, ‘hum ek hai’, among many others. This event adds to the growing fame of the Heritage Club of IIMA, formed with the objective of promoting Indian cultural art forms by giving an opportunity to the lesser known and struggling artists. And it promises to up-the ante next time. 

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IIMA’s Armed Forces Programme holds its first ‘Convergence’

For the first time, a conclave – “Convergence” – was organized by ninth batch of IIMA’s Armed Forces Programme. The event took place on 15th February 2014 at the KLMDC Conference Hall. Themed around “Nation Building through Ethics and Enterprise”, eminent speakers from the government and industry shared their perspectives with the audience in the one day-long event. Faculty members and students of the institution along with 64 participants of Armed Forces Program (AFP) attended the conclave.

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The event was inaugurated by Prof Arvind Sahay , Dean, Alumni and External relations. He said that he hoped that this first edition would set precedence for the coming AFP batches.  Mrs Rita Teaotia, IAS, Additional Secretary, DoT felicitated the discussion which revolved around the need to codify “Ethics” and how legality will strengthen the ethical stand of organizations.

The conclave, held over a day, had two panel discussions. The first session, ‘Bridging the Gap through Technology and Innovation’ had Mr. MV Kotwal, Member-Board, L&T and President, Heavy Engineering, L&T, Lt Gen(Retd) AK Chandele, Ex DGEME, Indian Army, Mr. JS Kochar, Executive Director, (n)Code Solutions and Prof Anil Gupta, Founder, Honeybee Network as panelists.  Prof Arvind Sahay while delivering the inaugural address hoped that the conclave will set a precedence for the coming AFP batches to follow and looked forward to insightful and interesting discussions. Mrs Rita Teaotia mentioned the need to codify ethics. She said legality will strengthen the ethical stand of organisations and citizens. Mr MV Kotwal found the topic relevant but difficult to put in words. He started of with examples like Aadhar and geospatial communications and their many applications. He elaborated on how indigenous technology and innovation resulted in marvels in the strategic sectors of nuclear, defence and aerospace and gave examples of innovation at work in L&T. He also hoped that the public-private equipment sourcing equilibrium tilts from existing 70-30  to 30-70. Lt Gen AKS Chandele, starting on a lighter note, said, he was told very early on in his military career ” Anything moving, salute it and anything standing, paint it.”Speaking on “Bridging the gap through technology and innovation”, he spoke on how the Indian Army’s Technology Centres were fostering innovation at a divisional level.He also addressed the need for modernisation of the equipment of Indian Army. Prof Anil Gupta conducted the panel discussion flawlessly and was able to successfully steer the course to an extremely insightful and educational discourse.

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The second panel discussion saw a mélange of speakers starting with Mr Ravi Saxena, IAS (Retd), Ex Addl Secy, Gujarat Government, Mr. KV Viswanathan, Additional Solicitor General, Govt of India, Mr. RS Sodhi, MD, GCMMF and Mr. Nayan Parikh, CEO, Nayan Parikh & Consultants, sharing their views on ‘Ethics in Governance’.  The second panel discussion saw a melange of speakers, starting with MrRS Sodhi who spoke on the value systems at AMUL, set in place by Dr.Verghese Kurien and how he selected employees based on their integrity. He said AMUL was born because of the social unrest caused by unethical practices of Polson dairy.Mr KV Viswanthan gave an insight into corporate governance and about how many clauses in the companies act 2013 were codification of ethical practices. He asked a pertinent question ” Is ethics doing what is right or doing what is right for you”. Mr Ravi Saxena elaborated on corruption, its types and its causes. He gave some amazing statistics about the extent of corruption in the modern world. He also brought out references from Upanishads, the Holy Bible and Kautilya’s Arthashastra which talk about governance and its role in a prosperous and peaceful society. Summing it up, Mr Nayan Parikh, the moderator said that ethics is for each individual to decipher and act upon and every individual irrespective of the legality does know right from wrong. He also said that governance should create a framework where the practice of ethics is encouraged and it gradually the ethical way becomes the only way to live your life.

The discussion was enlightening and witnessed exemplary speakers who shared their opinions and experiences. It covered a wide canvas of topics that included empowerment through technology and innovation, self-reliance, institutional reforms to improve transparency in corporate governance and nation building through public-private partnerships.

Kudos to the AFP team for a successful event!

Every Child in School- IIM A students to help deserving students claim Right to Education

Students at the RTE Resource Centre (RRC) at IIM Ahmedabad are looking for strong support from the general public to help in the Right to Education campaign in Ahmedabad this year. The RRC at IIMA is a student initiative being run in collaboration with students from MICA, NID and GNLU. The objective of the center is to generate awareness about Right ToEducation Act (RTE Act) and facilitate better information sharing among the different stakeholders (Govt., schools and parents) to resolve issues faced in the implementation of Section 12 of RTE.

The Section 12 of the RTE Act provides for reservation of 25% of seats in private schools starting from Class 1 for children from the disadvantagedand economically weaker sections. The RRC wishes to help parents of deserving students from these sections of society apply for admissions. Of the 2,000 seats reserved in Ahmedabad last year, just 32* were filled, mostly due to lack of awareness and an inability to obtain the necessary supporting documents from government authorities. The deadlines for this year are fast approaching – February 15th for collection of application forms and February 20th is last date of submission, and we need to spread word about this important provision to ensure its objective of “inclusive” education is fulfilled.

Why should I know this?

Every parent and every responsible citizen must know who can benefit from this provision of the RTE and how to help those eligible for this provision. Households  belowthe poverty line, persons from SC/ST/OBC categories with income less than Rs. 2 lakh/annum (Rs. 1 lakh for other categories) and children with special needs or disabilities are all eligible for admission to Class 1 under Section 12 of the RTE. If a citizen or an NGO knows someone from these eligible sections or can inform someone of the same the RRC has three channels to provide complete information and guidance on the eligibility criteria, admission process, necessary documents and application guidelines.

What to do if you want to apply/ help someone apply?

  • 079 3091 8111
  • Secondly, RRC’s website at www.rterc.in gives details of the complete admission process to anyone who wishes to apply for the same or who wishes to inform those eligible for the provision.
  • via the Facebook page at :  facebook.com/IIMA.RTERC

 

Important Details

Website: www.rterc.in/join-us.html                    IVRS No.: 079 3091 8111

Facebook: facebook.com/IIMA.RTERC

Win-wians!

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The victorious contingent of Wimwians, as students of IIM A are called, landed safely back on home soil today with the spoils of Sangharsh – the inter IIM A, B, C, L sports meet, firmly in their grasp. It was a sensational display of sporting prowess and the best possible way to begin the New Year.

The annual championship, held in IIM B this year, saw the best sportsmen across all institutes compete in a plethora of sporting events ranging from track and field to football to basketball to table tennis and was a veritable sporting feast for all concerned.

Creating the biggest stir in this sporting pot was IIM A – with gold medals in basketball, football, tennis, table tennis, throwball, chess and swimming, supplemented by silvers in women’s swimming, women’s basketball, men’s pool and men’s volleyball. It was an all-round display of dominance from the entire contingent, firmly establishing this batch of Wimwians as the most accomplished sportsmen and women in the IIMs today.

Tennis, swimming and football deserve special mentions. The IIM A men’s tennis contingent including R Krishna Karthik, Anshul Bansal and Krishna Dheeraj were simply relentless, thrashing opponent after opponent. The destruction culminated in straight sets victories in both the Singles and Doubles Finals. Swimmer Shriraj Thatte left records in his wake with an incredible 9 medals (including 4 gold medals), propelling IIM A to probably the simplest win in swimming in the history of this Championship. A brilliant volley from striker Ganesh S. paved way for footballing success in the finals, which ended in a thrilling penalty shootout.

This victory comes shortly after the new Director of the Institute Dr. Ashish Nanda instituted a task force to examine the participation of students in sports and to promote interest and engagement in sports in the entire IIM A Community. The task force comprising faculty members and student body representatives (including the Sports Secretary and the General Secretary) has successfully inculcated an interest in sport and the results are now apparent for everyone to see.

The mood on campus was ecstatic as many held grand welcomes for Institute heroes in dormitories and public areas. After an extremely successful Shaurya (inter-college sporting festival held in IIM A earlier this year), this has culminated a fantastic sporting year for WIMWI.

IIM A’s pedagogy is widely recognized for perhaps the most rigorous academic curriculum for management education in the world. But, this has not meant that other aspects of student development have been left behind. The sporting fever on campus is higher than ever today and many say it’s only going to get better after this. The institute’s focus on all-round student development is bearing fruit.

The celebrations continue even as the heroes strive for some respite before getting back to the academic grind. It’s a time of great joy for everyone associated with sport and IIM A and one can only hope that the torch is passed on – from one class of sportsmen to the next. All hail the Win-wians!

Understanding India – an exchange perspective

(Daniel Warmuth is an exchange student at IIM Ahmedabad. He is currently studying Strategy, Innovation & Management Control at the WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business. Born in Vienna, Austria, he can be found mingling with his local and exchange friends at the sports complex, tennis courts, one of the restaurants and occasionally in the institute library. When you can’t find him on campus. he’s either exploring Ahmedabad, watching a movie or travelling across India)

Hey guys! My name is Daniel and I am from Vienna, Austria. Having studied abroad already in the United States during my Bachelor studies, I decided that the time had come for me to explore a new culture and a new continent. I thus chose IIM Ahmedabad to be the place for my second semester abroad. My time on campus is coming to an end and that’s why I sat down, trying to find out whether I can answer the question now: “Do I understand India?”

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My cousin’s daughter loves to go to the zoo in Vienna and, as a good uncle, I often go there with her. She loves to see elephants, monkeys, horses, camels, cows and penguins. I haven’t found a penguin in Ahmedabad yet, but it doesn’t take a lot of effort to find all the other animals on campus or on the streets right in front of our school. Without buying an entrance ticket you get to see nature at first hand mingled with the people and rickshaws in the streets. Riding a rickshaw and seeing animals in the street, trash piled up here and there and tons of people everywhere has become some form of daily routine after three months and this opens up your eyes to see new things and taken an even closer look.

Most of the foreign exchange students had to go through a registration process with the local authorities. After several unsuccessful tries from my side I had already given up on registering, until all of a sudden luck and randomness got me into contact with a particularly high level official. He told me he would take care of everything, and indeed, just by mentioning his name all doors opened all of a sudden. The entire process was over even faster than it was supposed to be and I could understand what it meant for people to only work under the supervision of their boss. Ironically, I’ve seen the students at IIM-A also sometimes work only under grades pressure and on the very last second! The Indians have somehow managed to cover this with the fancy term jugaad, now an export hit as a new management philosophy!

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Ok, Daniel – You saw some cows on the streets and bureaucracy doesn’t work as efficiently as in Europe. Is that it?

Well, those are probably the most obvious and most striking things you have to overcome at first. Once you accomplish this you can fully start enjoying the wonderful and positive sides of India.

This country is the home to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. There are people you have only met a few minutes ago, who would be willing to put their head on the block for you. But the best thing is the friendships you make along the way of studying abroad here. Even though getting your friends to send you powerpoint slides for a presentation in time for class might occasionally feel like talking to a white wall, they are there within a second when you need their help outside of school. I feel like even though it’s just been three months, my friends on campus would pretty much do everything I asked them to. They are there for me and would go with me through thick and thin and that is something very special.

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They also showed me around the city and travelled with me to ensure I would see some of the Indian culture. Indian festivals will stay in my mind forever, because of the power, joy and enthusiasm of the people. I have seen so many wonderful colors here, that Europe must look like a black and white movie compared to it. I have also seen people dancing with unprecedented energy, doing moves that would send me directly to an OR.

I have also travelled the country, trying to see as much as possible and understand as good as possible. I explored a fort in Jodhpur, rode a camel through the desert in Jaisalmer, strolled around Jaipur, visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, ate delicious food in Delhi, rolled a mountain bike down the highest road of the world in Leh, partied in the Aer Lounge in Mumbai, cruised on a pink scooter around Diu, enjoyed the beaches of Goa, watched a Formula 1 race in Delhi and celebrated Diwali in Udaipur. All of this I did with my wonderful friends and my wonderful girlfriend.

I came closer to understand this wonderful, exciting, beautiful and different country and I am a happy and thankful person for experiencing and learning so much. But it is a challenge of a lifetime to actually be able to say “I understand India”, I guess. Probably even for the Indians themselves…