Sep 28, 2007

Marty Shivley, Director IP Operations, Microsoft shares his experience with IIT K MBA students

IME Department and SIDBI at IIT Kanpur organised a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on 25th September’07. The topic of the seminar was “Managing IP Portfolio in large Organizations & IP practices in US”. The seminar was presented by Marty Shivley, Director, Worldwide Intellectual Property Operations for Microsoft Corporation. Other speakers included Jim Patterson, US Patent Attorney and Mukundan Seshadari, CEO Blue-File IP Services. The whole department including professors turned up to listen to the experiences of eminent speakers.

The seminar started with an introduction to IPR and its indispensible need in the present business world. In fact according to Jim Patterson “Constant Innovation has been the key determinant for the success of an organisation. IPR then becomes an effective tool to safeguard the strategic knowledge that a company uses to reinvent itself”. He delved into various strategies like trade-secrets, patents, copyrights and trademarks used to protect intellectual property. He emphasised that “Intellectual property (IP) has become an asset just like property.”

The seminar was an interactive one with discussion on various cases. One of such was the purchase of production capabilities of Rolls-Royce Motors by Volkswagen in 1998 and the subsequent strategic purchase of Rolls-Royce trademark by BMW. The case highlighted how BMW used IP to its strategic advantage. Other cases included the tussle between Qualcomm and Nokia over IP.

Marty Shivley explained how IPR creates revenue for an organisation from which a part again goes in funding R&D for development of IP. He shared his experiences of various IP operations in Microsoft and the way in which the company tackled various IPR issues. He narrated his briefings regarding IP with Bill Gates and the seriousness with which the Microsoft chairman listened to these briefings. “He would often go in the minute details as he has a very good understanding of these issues”, Shivley added.

The seminar ended with a flurry of questions from the budding entrepreneurs and a few inquisitive ones got a chance to meet them personally and gain some deeper insights.

Sep 16, 2007

Annual Get-together.......And the Bond Continues!!!!

“Enough of presentations, case studies and the lectures........wanna break??”. “YeAh” was the call and the party delivered just that or shall I say anything more than that. The annual get-together of management department added spice to the monotonous academic life and it was a welcome change for the students as well as for the faculty. The party gave a perfect platform for our budding MBAs to showcase some of their hidden talents (yeah, they mastered the art of entertaining too!!). And believe me, they left the audience spell bound with shouts of “Once more!!!!”

The mood of the party was set by the light background music and the chit-chat of the students, faculty and their family members. So, we had a chance to see our profs in a light mood enjoying the party. The show began with a movie clip prepared by MBA first year. The sweet tunes of “Choti si asha” followed by “Aashayien..” which were coupled with some of the most memorable snaps of our life here brought the audience to a standstill. The captions running through the video were spot on and captivating. It left the audiences asking for more and they were not disappointed either. The best was yet to come.

The next program on the cards was a skit prepared by the students of MBA titled “Main bhi manager banuga..”. So, this was the story of “Chiraungilal” who never got or did what he wanted. His story started from his engineering college days when he dreamt of becoming a scientist but as most other people he too got in a software job. Then came the frustration of the job and finally like others he also takes admission in an MBA college. But, he soon realises that life here was not easy. And finally he learns how to live life and the important lesson that management first starts with oneself.

The best part of the skit was its well written script and the one-liners or dialogues which created a laugh riot among the audiences. So, be his “rata-rataya” answers in the interviews to questions (like Why MBA??) or his “tensed” interactions with the boss or girlfriend, he scores full marks in making the people enjoy his journey. So, he calls his girlfriends a ‘liability’ and even discusses of making an LP model for his happiness (but unfortunately, the constraints were too many). His life takes a complete turn when he encounters the voice of God as his inner voice. Even God talks in his language and gives an update of the P/L account maintained for him. He gets to know of the biggest constraint of his life and the show ended with an intriguing question for the audiences “Kahi aap main to Chiraungi nahi.....?”

Mesmerised by such performances the audiences now got some other flavours too. So, we had some songs lined up and it was now the time for audiences to sway to the tunes of “Yaaron,dosti badi hi haseen hai..” and “Hotel California”.

The show ended with the speech of our HOD who was elated at the performances and then came the golden words "It emboldens belief in our selection process that we have got one of the best talents in the country”. Then came a big round off applause and a general feeling among us that we would give our best to match our professors’ expectations.The occasion was graced by the presence of our special guest Prof. E. Lenver from Israel. We had a talk with him regarding the performances and to our surprise he really enjoyed them in spite of the language barrier.

It was now time for dinner. The dinner was delicious and a perfect end to a memorable evening. So, we had a sumptuous meal (and lots of ice creams too.. yummy!!!!). On the dinner table one thing was in common: The performances had made a deep impression and everyone was discussing just that. In fact it is difficult to come out from the party hangover even now. This party is sure to go in our memory lanes as one of the best moments of our lives!!!!!!!

Arpit Garg
Class of 2009
MBA IIT Kanpur.

Annual Get-Together Moments!!!!!!


The Soup for MBA souls...


Yummy Yummy Ice-cream.....


A pose with our Seniors....


Seniors with our Professor...sharing some light moments




Discussions in full swing.......




Future managers......under one roof.




Our Professor with his cute baby.....




Yaad aayage ye pal........

Aug 24, 2007

Chinese Delegates in IIT Kanpur

Hindi Chine bhai bhai”, the feelings associated with this slogan were once again revived here at IIT Kanpur, when Chinese delegates from Chinese embassy introduced themselves and greeted us with “Namaskar”. Recently, a group of three Chinese delegates visited IIT Kanpur and interacted with faculty and students of the institutes. It is considered as a forward step in strengthening the relations between two countries in technical and business areas. They had a small talk with the students and gave a presentation about the various economics policies of their country.

The comparisons between India and China in various fields were the main attraction of the talk. They also discussed in broad sense about their vision and various steps taken by their government to increase their GDP four times by 2020. The talk on the issues of inflation control, problem and challenges of the fourth largest economy of the world caught the attention of every one present in the auditorium. When it came to the cultural differences in both the countries, the auditorium filled with light environment and burst of laughter. ZEE news team was also there to cover the whole event.

At the end of the talk, a plethora of questions were asked and people were appreciated for showing a keen interest of their neighbour country. Some beautiful pictures of top Chinese universities were also shown in between. The talk concluded with the feelings that each country has its own core competency and it’s the right time to work in tandem with each other, learn from each other and cooperate each other in all the possible areas of development of both the countries. Below are some of the moments captured during the discussion.

Vikram Agrawal
Class of 2009
IIT K MBA.

Chinese Delegates in IIT Kanpur-Pics.


.....and the presentation begins.



Speaker- Dr. Wang Qiming


.........The strategy


Strategies (cont....)



Delegates and our faculty member Prof. Jayanta



Audience



Zee news Team.

Aug 19, 2007

A Salute to our ‘Seniors’

A ‘senior’ to most of us in the engineering studies was the one whom we called ‘sir’ or ‘madam’ and respected them for being the big boss (much of that came due to the training during our ragging period there). But our seniors (MBA batch 0f 2008) here at IIT K are a different lot. So, what if we call them by their names (this truly reflects a healthy culture here) and madden them with numerous questions. So be it giving us guidelines for the various committees or sharing their personal experiences or even giving lectures to clear our doubts in various courses(now that’s what a real senior is all about) the best part is that they rise to every occasion and deliver.

So, today was one such day when we were coached by our seniors. The course was accounting: A completely new domain of knowledge (especially for us coming from an engineering background) and an interesting one. Apart from the usual lectures which we get from our Prof. Phani (he being the real king of this subject), our seniors gave us the opportunity to clear our doubts. The best part was that they shared their experiences and the difficulties they faced in this subject. And then came some useful tips to overcome them and a polite submission of them being in the same state last year (surely giving us a confidence that we could overcome it as well). This was not one of the usual classes that we generally had. It was more of a discussion forum with seniors pitching in whenever we had any query. And believe me, we asked tons of questions but thanks to our seniors who patiently answered them all.

And if you think that was enough, it’s time to rethink. The session ended with the promise of coming up with more of similar events. And not only in accounting, but in other courses as well. Surely, they deserve a thunderous applause and a promise that we won’t let their efforts in vain.

Learning is an ever going process here at IIT K that holds no bars. There is a treasure of knowledge and we are right amidst it. With one of the best faculty and such co-operative seniors, we are destined to absorb most of this valuable treasure. We hope these two years would be the most valuable years of our lives.



Arpit Garg
MBA Batch of 2009
IIT Kanpur

Aug 18, 2007

Moments Called Life


Many Many happy returns of the day!!!!!



B club lecture in progress........



Aashiyana !!!!



Aashiyana !!!!



Aashiyana !!!!



Football Match in Progress



Football match winning team.



Lecture on " Stock Market"



....and the orators.......

Some Unforgetable Moments


The class of 2009, MBA batch
( Friendship day celebration )



The class of 2008, MBA Batch
( New Batch Welcome Party)



Dinner Party ( Friendship Day)



The Joy of winning ( Cricket match winning team )



Some relaxed moments of life.

My First week at IIT Kanpur

In today’s fast growing business scenario, getting an admission into a good B-school is almost everybody’s dream. The importance of that dream increases further when the MBA program happens to be the one offered by one of the most prestigious brands in the world in the educational sector.

MBA 2007-2009 batch of IIT Kanpur had one such dream and they proved that if passion and enthusiasm are the building blocks of your dream, you are destined to taste success. July 22nd was the day when the entire batch met for the first time. The moment we got our admission letters, the interaction among the members started on a social networking site. When we met, one feeling was common to all members; we all felt as if we already knew each other. Nobody was a stranger in the group which was meeting for the first time in the campus. Having only seen our batch mates on the website, the guessing game of pointing out everyone was great fun in itself. At one point of time it seemed that we all were part of IIT Kanpur and were meeting after a vacation break. That evening we all shared our experiences and life in different companies and our expectations from this college. Our feelings about the campus were also similar. Most of the people came for the first time in the campus for their GD and PI sessions and at that time there was an uncertain feeling whether they will be given a chance to be a part of this campus. We could easily identify the administrative buildings, hall of residences and canteen and we all felt pride in associating ourselves with the campus and its people. No doubt, the infrastructure spoke for itself.

The first week of the session was scheduled for counseling and registration processes and this provided us with ample opportunities and a good platform for interaction amongst us and with people from different courses and different programs. People got busy in matters of bicycle, mobile connection and laptop issues. “Bulk deal” was the buzzword all around. It fostered a strong bond in the group and many people got a chance to showcase their market knowledge. During the whole counseling session all male eyes were searching for the beauties all around and they were not disappointed!

On the third day of the registration process, we all decided to explore the world outside IIT. We went to “Rave Moti” a newly constructed shopping mall near IIT, famous Moti Jheel, J.K. temple, “Rave 3”, “Parade shopping area”. Although a little crowded, we all were fascinated with the city and its beauty in every sense. The monsoon was also in full mood. It rained heavily for two day and the beauty of the campus was rejuvenated. Many times, we picked up our cycles and camera and went outside the hostel to capture the beautiful moments of the campus.

By Saturday, all seniors came back after completing their summer internship and the same night our whole group interacted with them. The meeting coincided with the birthday celebration of four of our batch mates and the interaction started with the cake cutting ceremony. It was a kind of gesture of love and respect from our batch to our seniors for their continuous support and guidance which started even before we wrote JMET exam.

The whole week passed and we enjoyed each and every moment. The moments which were like a dream for everyone came true and will have a big contribution towards the learning we will be receiving in this campus. Our classes are scheduled to start from tomorrow and we pray to God that we perform our best and may the name of IIT Kanpur and our batch shine forever. Amen.


Vikram Agrawal
Class of 2009
IIT Kanpur MBA.

Aug 15, 2007

Report on lecture by Prof. A. K. Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad) at IIT Kanpur.

‘I’ for Innovation with an ‘eye’ for innovation

Origin of the phrase “bottom of the pyramid” -U.S. president F. D. Roosevelt in a radio address

These unhappy times call for the building of plans that rest upon the forgotten, the unorganized but the indispensable units of economic power...that build from the bottom up and not from the top down that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

On 3rd August, Friday, IIT Kanpur played host to Prof. Anil K.Gupta from IIM Ahmedabad who was here to share his experience of grassroots innovations under the title- "Inverting the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid: Building upon Grass Roots Innovations"
Dr. Gupta earned his Ph.D. degree in management from KurukshetraUniversity (India).He is currently a Professor in the Centre for Management in Agriculture. Prof. Gupta is a recipient of Padma Shri and President, SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) and Editor, Honey Bee (a newsletter on indigenous innovations).He was adjudged as one of the Star Personalities of Asia among the fifty leaders at the forefront of change by Business Week, New York, and received Asian Innovation Award Gold from Far Eastern Economic Review for coordinating SRISTI and Honey Bee Network.

We observe that there is significant convergence in the global agenda for economic reforms at macro level. A similar level of interest and sensitivity is lacking in support of local communities conserving resources or grassroots innovators solving problems without external aid at a very micro level. In this talk, the speaker shared his experience of grassroots innovations and building institutions to harness them through Honey Bee network. Prof. Gupta gave numerous examples like that of an old man who invented a cycle boat for less than Rs.3000/- which could help him cross the river. And why did he do so- just because he did not want to wait for the boat that delayed his meeting his beloved.Remya, a 16 year old girl from Kerala faced lot of trouble washing the entire family’s clothes. The process was time consuming and left her exhausted. What she did was invent a cycle run washing machine which made washing clothes a matter of few minutes and in this process she also invented an exerciser for people like us who want to get rid of that extra flab.

The IIT s and IIMs are institutes of excellence delivering path-breaking matter year after year. But to what extent have we been successful in finding, funding and maintaining the innovations of the people at the bottom of the pyramid. The innovations that these people make are raw materials for the students of the IITs and IIMs. The future is in IT, IT not as in Information Technology, but IT as in Indian Talent. We students have access to world-class infrastructure and state-of-art laboratories. Every year if some of these innovations are taken up by students for refinement and enhancement, the day is not far when we can truly call ourselves a knowledge economy built by the real IT (Indian talent). Interaction with the so-called poor innovators teaches one beyond technology, beyond class room theory. These innovators have immense respect for nature as they derive most of their products from her. They teach us the responsibility for future generations, the ethics one should maintain regarding ecosystem and the principles one should hold on to when dealing with these precious resources that nature offers.

Neha Bhardwaj
MBA 2007-2009, IIT Kanpur.

Welcome to IIT Kanpur MBA

The MBA programme at IIT Kanpur was initiated with the guiding principle that a sound technical expertise coupled with right management acumen, is the key to survival in a contemporary competitive environment. This inherent dynamism is expressed through path-breaking innovations in both its programs and its research to keep abreast with the latest.

Globally accepted as a vibrant seat of academic and professional excellence, IIT Kanpur is known for its innovative approach, participative culture and academic rigour. The special efforts to recruit talented faculty on a global basis and stringent admission procedures to select brilliant students across the country, ensures a pool of formidable intellectual capital at any given time in the campus. This helps in a healthy and dynamic exchange of ideas which incubates leaders for the corporate world. No wonder that IIT is perhaps India's most recognized brand the world over. Needless to say that the MBA students of IIT Kanpur have been exhibiting leadership qualities and passion to serve the society as responsible managers of the corporate world, true to the IIT tradition. Students of the earlier batches have carved out a niche for themselves as assets to the organizations. This fact is reinforced by enthusiastic response from the corporate world in the form of placements and unbound intraction with the corporate world with each passing day. The Vision of MBA here is to transform today's professionals in technology into tomorrow's world class leaders. The emphasis of MBA at IIT Kanpur is to nurture leaders who dare to unlearn and relearn in the dynamic world of business