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

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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…

Nagesh Kukunoor impresses IIMA community with Lakshmi

M.A.D. – The Movie Club of IIMA on Saturday conducted a special screening of celebrated filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor’s upcoming movie ‘Lakshmi‘ for the IIMA community. Mr. Kukunoor present at the screening said he believes that such screenings at educational campuses would help take such films to the youth directly. Mr. Kukunoor claims that he was experimenting with campus publicity after a long time, having tried it previously with ‘Hyderabad Blues’.

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Lakshmi’ is the story of a girl who is a very young victim of human trafficking and flesh trade and braves many odds to become an inspiration for many. There are many girls in the country who have not come of age and are being sold for prostitution, and the movie knits many such stories together to make for suitable watching that attempts to sensitize people about the torment that the girls go through. Although not a documentary, the film presents a stunningly realistic account of the flesh trade with attention to minor details.

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In his chat with the audience post the screening, Mr. Kukunoor stressed that he felt child trafficking was a subject that had not been explored by Indian cinema enough and much awareness was still needed among the society. When asked about his strategy for making such a sensitive film, he said that it was about the fine line between presenting something hard-hitting without being overtly explicit or graceless. The film manages to do just that as it achieves the balance with clinical precision. The audience were impressed by Mr. Kukunoor’s ease and openness at answering questions and urged him to continue making such excellent movies that stand out, definitely a welcome change from the usual song-and-dance routines plaguing Bollywood.

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The movie has been made for the urban population, especially the youth, and the international population as well. ‘Lakshmi’ hits theatres on January 17th.

IIM-A launches Heritage Club

Ahmedabad, with its rich and diverse history, has always been a favorite destination for visitors looking to soak in the cultural milieu. It’s no wonder then, that heritage walks and history trails have found great resonance with the students of the institute, with many a weekend trails to parts of the old city and surroundings. Students and staff of IIM Ahmedabad recently launched the IIMA Heritage club in order to provide a formal platform for organizing more of such heritage trips and enable the sharing of knowledge on the topic.


The IIMA Heritage Group started with the idea to promote local heritage, culture, food and art forms. While the younger generation definitely prefers visits to malls and restaurants, the organizers thought that it is just as important to imbibe a sense of pride and knowledge among them about the rich heritage of the city. Besides organizing heritage walks, the club also seeks to promote local art & handicrafts by organizing performances and events in the campus, arrange picnics to nearby sanctuaries, picnic spots, heritage sites, local fairs etc.

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The club recently launched a monthly publication which covers the festivals of the month, our monthly activities, food of festivals and shopping destinations. In October, the team organized a day trip to Lothal and Sarkehj Roza. The ruins at Lothal, dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, are one of the most well-preserved historical sites in the state. The beautifully carved mosques at Sarkhej, on the other hand, stand as a testament to the refined architectural expertise of yesteryear.

Girls top the war of the dorms

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In keeping with the unique dorm culture and bonding at IIMA, Finesse- The Fine Arts Club held “War of Dorms 2.0”. The competition was held as an opportunity for the dorms to show everyone else what their dorms stood for. Dorms were required to come up with a mascot that they thought represented their dorm best. The competition got intense as the dorms got their creative juices flowing.

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Dorms were evaluated in two stages that captured both expert opinion and public approval. Professor V Venkata Rao, a brilliant artist himself and faculty coordinator of Finesse judged the entries in the first stage. The top 3 entries from this stage qualified for stage 2, the online round. Dorms were required to publicize their posts and garner the most number of likes. Dorms united in their quest to win the poker set at stake and were seen publicizing their dorm mascot posters right up till the last minute in what was a nail biting finish between Dorm 1 (Oneder Galz) who chose the name Wonder Women and Dorm 2 (Two to Tango) who chose the name Dunking Damsels. Based on the scores of both the rounds, Dorm 1 and Dorm 2 whose scores only differed by a decimal point were declared joint winners of “War of Dorms 2.0”

Please visit Finesse Facebook Page and Website for other club activities.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FinesseFineArtsClubOfIimAhmedabad
Website – http://finesseiima.weebly.com/

Confluence 2013 launched!

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Confluence – the Annual Business Summit of IIM Ahmedabad – is running into its 16th year and last weekend saw the official launch of Confluence on the campus. The summit comes at a time when not only the country but the globe as a whole is going through a tremendous turmoil. Befittingly, the theme of Confluence 2013 – “Traversing turbulent times: Obstacles to Opportunities” will try to address this very topic. The agenda of Confluence this year will entail national debates, speaker series, business events and lecture series.

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Confluence is scheduled to be held for three days, during 29 November – 1 December 2013. The team plans to take Confluence to a whole new level as it launches the event globally. The step to take the summit international reinforces the idea that we are not alone in these economic uncertainties and must come together to overcome them. Last year, Confluence saw an overwhelming response from participants, management professionals and entrepreneurs. This year, Confluence plans to make the giant leap towards becoming Asia-Pacific’s truly largest and grandest business school summit.  According to Rizwan Ali, the Event Secretary for Confluence 2013, “This year is a milestone for Confluence. We plan to take on very serious matters and plan to deal with them at deeper professional level.”

The summit has lined up various events lined up in 5 different sectors – Finance, Marketing, Policy and Strategy. In addition to this there are flagship events which offer bigger challenges (with greater returns, of course!)

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With so much to offer, Confluence 2013 looks to be alluring to both students and business professional alike. Come this season and we will get to see the most influential minds taking their place in participating in the most coveted battle of wits.

For more details, visit the event website here

Shaurya 2013 roundup: Ahoy victory!

Shaurya, the annual inter-college sports fest hosted by IIM Ahmedabad, saw contingents from more than 10 institutes battle it out across 16 different sports. The event – for the first time in its history – witnessed participation from outside the state of Gujarat, with teams from other IIMs (Indore and Udaipur), SCMHRD and SIIB from Pune contributing to an unprecedented footfall of over 400 players. Yet another milestone was the addition of four new sports to the tournament  – Snooker, Squash, Women’s tennis and Women’s volleyball. Much to the participants’ relief, professional referees were roped in to arbitrate the 130+ matches held over 3 days.

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With 11 gold medals and 3 silvers, hosts IIM Ahmedabad yet again walked away as dominant winners. However, retaining that top spot from last year was much harder that what the points tally reflected. Some matches were much closer than anticipated, and a couple from cricket and football proved to be a real treat for the burgeoning crowd watching from the sidelines. Action was witnessed on the sidelines too – the stakes in the cricket final were raised by the on-campus restaurant Bizarre who promised to treat the IIM-A cricket team if they managed to win. And triumph they did, by 3 runs, in a nail-biting finish! The football semi-final saw IIM-A, trailing by a goal, equalise in the final two minutes of normal time. In the subsequent penalty shootout, Daniel Warmuth, on exchange from Austria, missed his kick but made up in style through 3 consecutive saves to send the team through.

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The enthusiastic response from participating colleges contributed to a three-fold increase in the size of the fest. But the Sports Committee, ably supported by the admin and staff, were more than up for the job. Sports Secretary Piyush Malviya was all upbeat “Plans are in place to make Shaurya even bigger next year with a separate team dedicated to organising it!”

(With inputs from the Sports Committee, IIM Ahmedabad)

Premier Leagues in a Premier Institute!

You might step into any dorm TV room on a typical Sunday evening and think “I’ll bet there’s some engrossing discussion transpiring”. And, guess what? You’d be absolutely right! This is the time that the most logical, cogent, rational thinkers ruminate on why David Moyes has chosen to play Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck again when Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez are there for the taking. Or indeed, why Manuel Pellegrini has Edin Dzeko in the squad if he’s always going to be on the bench! Or what Arsenal’s latest hot catch Özil has lined up for our revelry.

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This is IIM Ahmedabad! And it might be surprising to hear off the bat, but the football fanaticism here is as high as maybe anywhere in the country. Each week, scores of WIMWI-ans fill up dozens of dorm TV rooms to see their favourite teams go head to head and to celebrate in their triumphs and mourn in their defeats. The club with maximum backing is (unsurprisingly!) the defending Champions and this author’s favourite club- The Red Devils of Manchester United. Not far behind, though, are the ardent (and often overtly vocal) supporters of Chelsea and the elegant, loyal, “we’ll win it next year” chaps of Arsenal. Manchester City, much like everywhere else, finds itself devoid of any true support- but ends up getting plenty from everyone who hates Manchester United!

And let’s not forget our beloved exponents of “The Beautiful Game”- the fans of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Heated debates about the relative prowess of Barca with Neymar and Real with Bale and Isco often ensue- and unsurprisingly end in a cross between “How many Champions Leagues have you won?” and “Who won the Liga BBVA last year?” The seemingly eternal quarrel between fans of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo re-surfaces time and again, and it’s almost always the Messi fans who walk away triumphant- 4 consecutive Ballon d’ors will do that!

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Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munchen have found ardent support in the wake of last season’s Champions League Final. Reus, Lewandowski, Gotze, Muller, Robben and Ribery are more household than segmentation, balance sheets or critical path methods. With Napoli spending big and Juventus going all out with signings like Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, Italian football enthusiasts are not to be left behind. Paris Saint Germain with Lucas Moura and Zlatan complement a fierce Falcao-spearheaded Monaco side that has created a very niche French football fan base too on campus. All of this makes for a rather delicious melee for Champions League football matches in dormitories.

Champions League games are the perfect antidote to the malaise that plagues the average WIMWIan in the middle of a week filled to the brim with case assignments, projects, placement preparation and all the rest of the joys that accompany the lives of first year students. For second years, well it’s another way to pass the time.

All I can say as a proud WIMWIan and Manchester United fan is more power to all of them! Football is THE game in IIM A and I am thrilled to be there to experience that atmosphere every week. It reminds me of the happier things in life, and God knows we need that sometimes!

Abhishek Raj is an ardent Manchester United fan and a member of the Media Cell at IIM Ahmedabad. When he is not busy attending classes and cheering for his favorite club, he finds time to write for the IIM Ahmedabad blog.

Moonstruck at IIM Ahmedabad!

Stargazers – the Astronomy Club of IIM Ahmedabad organized a moongazing session on September 19th on account of the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox.

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Astro enthusiasts on campus made full use of the opportunity to observe the features of our celestial neighbour in all its splendour. More than 125 eager participants ranging from all sections of the IIMA community (faculty and family, PGPX, PGP and exchange students) converged at LKP lawns where the organisers had set up camp. “It’s heartening that students have taken time off to be a part of this event,” quipped Veeranna, Coordinator of Stargazers.

IIMA’s very own 6 inch Newtonian reflector telescope, equipped with two levels of magnification, offered views of the surface in spectacular detail. The session that started late in the evening extended well past midnight, with each person allotted roughly three minutes on the hotseat to feast their eyes on the Tycho Crater, the Sea of Tranquility, and a variety of other features. “Naturally, the kids are among the most enthusiastic and always full of questions,” Veeranna added. Handouts were distributed beforehand to familiarise participants with facts and figures and supplement their knowledge.

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Stargazers has more exciting events lined up for the rest of the year. A science fiction writing contest is currently underway. ISON, the ‘comet of the century’, is expected to brush with the sun on November 28th, and the team hopes that it stays intact for all to see. A public viewing, last organised in 2009, is on the cards. While the PGP2s away on exchange missed this session, another similar one has been planned early next year along with a Jupiter-gazing event as well.

Find out more about the Stargazers SIG and their work on their official Facebook page.