Jan 23, 2008

I cease to live when I cease to think….

This is a story about me, JMET, MBA, Rankings, IIT Kanpur and our life thereafter. It all began with my team lead (the software guys will know who this creature is) asking me to stop using my creativity and start working according to the standards (alias best practices) of the industry. Now that’s something that said “The end is important and not the means”. And how true. All of us, yes all of us, spend our lives trying to achieve a good END but what about the means; the process; the journey one undergoes to achieve that end. And that’s when I decided I need to get into a place where I am taught to think, to have a mind of my own and to live my life with my MEANS.

MBA, masters in business administration… the most coveted degree। The translation of which has become M-Money… B- Bucks… A- Almighty Dollars… Yeah, the only thing that can get you a life and a wife (and for the girls… the best credential on your resume to help you become a wife).

Exams, followed results, application process, GD/ PIs, Calls…। A hurricane came and left me with choices which apparently could make my life (and according to some waste it too). I had final converts from IIT Kanpur and four other colleges. And of these four, three were ‘ranked’ higher than Kanpur…. ….and to the wonder of many mortals who surround me “I chose IITK!!!!!” … Yeah append that with a hundred more exclamations and you will be a little close to what expression I saw on their face when I told them this. So who cares for the rankings? Anyone who has studied management subjects during bachelors or does serious reading for getting into a b-school would know what kind of ‘research’ goes into these rankings. The sample is too small or too skewed, too opinionated or too biased. And I make this statement not only for B-School rankings but in general for all rankings that happen on and off. What one fails to realize is that one has to put in her/his own research into deciding the place one wants to spend the most crucial two years of her/his life. Can a few questions, some biases, some parameters decide where and how ‘you’ will be happy, where and how ‘you’ will learn, where and how you will ‘think’.

It’s been over 22-23 years people thought for us and decided। My parents decided my school, my teachers decided my marks, my friends decided my congeniality, my seniors decided my rating. When do I think and decide for myself. I think and decide here, each and every day of my life… in IIT Kanpur.

My faculty are not teachers… they are partners, motivators, peers, mentors, propellers; into the phenomenon called learning and learning on my own। I feel privileged to be in a place where independence, merit, smart work and initiative are given respect… and whoever said I made a wrong decision… you can take a ride! (We all have beautiful bicycles here at IIT K and I will be glad to offer you mine for it)

So no gyaan, no bakwaas… like sprite I keep it enough to quench your pyaas…decide on the college you want to go to on your own. Let no rankings, no experts, no pundits decide what you do for the best 2 years of your life. IIT Kanpur gave me a blank canvas to paint my thoughts (am reminded of Ishaan Awasthi, TZP), and, I am sure it will, to all who are related to this institute.
My story is to continue for another year and half and I will be delighted to share one of the best moments of my journey called ‘life’.

Neha Bhardwaj
Class of 2009
IIT K MBA.

Jan 18, 2008

Quantitative Finance Workshop

“Those who have knowledge don’t predict and those who predict don’t have knowledge”


A group of Professors from Lally Business School, New York was in the campus for ‘Quantitative Finance Workshop’ and for students it was an experience of its own kind. Prof. John Teall from New York University, Prof. Iftekhar Hasan form LBS, Prof Gupta were the distinguished speakers in the workshop. The Interaction was highly informative and as expected ‘Sub-Prime’ was the hot issue of the program. Prof. John, being a former member of American Stock Exchange guided all budging investors and discussed the pertinent issues of the world economy.


During the course of the interaction, interest was shown by both the institutes for students exchange program in the near future and a draft was prepared to make it feasible in the short term. It will certainly help in enhancing the exposure of both the countries. ‘Finance’ being a buzz word in these days, the program was a big success especially in this era where the debate between ‘Globalization’ and ‘De-Coupling’ is in full swing.


More programs of such kind should be conducted in the near future so that the interaction between all the major Business school get stronger with the each passing day.

Quantitative Finance Workshop


Prof.John Teall from LBS.


Prof. Hasan, Prof. Gupta and Prof. Teall Addressing the students.


The Team from RPI, LBS,New York.

‘IT Mahatma’ Mr Narayana Murthy at IITK

This was one of those moments that no-one could afford to miss. As the time for Mr N R Narayana Murthy arrival at IITK drew near, everyone here was anxious to meet one of the most charismatic personalities that India has ever witnessed. So, despite the tight schedule of Mr. N R Narayana Murthy he took time to address the students and we made the fullest use of this wonderful opportunity.

As our chief guest arrived, he received a thunderous applause from the jam-packed auditorium. He was accompanied with Member of Parliament Mr Arun Shourie who initiated the address to the students. He urged students to excel in their fields and even ‘outdo people like Narayana Murthy’. He also laid stress for creating a lobby of excellence in India. He advised students to take up at least one social issue in the future and strive hard to make a meaningful contribution to the society.

Now it was the time for the ‘IT Mahatma’ Mr N R Narayana Murthy to deliver his precious ‘gyan’ . He begun his speech on an optimistic note “ We live in extra-ordinary times. Never before in last 300 years did an Indian get such recognition in the world as in present times. Never before an Indian could look up to be one of the richest persons in the world.....” But this is severely contrasted by the other side of the picture “It is an irony that still 250 million people in India do not have access to safe drinking water. 50% of the schools in rural India have only one teacher for every 2 classes...”. So in spite of all the hustle and bustle of the Indian economy on a rapid growth trajectory, the ground realities need to be looked at. He urged students from prestigious institutes like IITs to come forward to innovate and help India to develop in a ‘true’ sense.

He told about his experiences at IITK when he was a student here,” When I was on the other side of this podium, where you all are right now, I got the opportunity to hear to Dr C.V. Raman ,one of the greatest scientists of India. He demostrated how technology could make a difference to the future of India and that had motivated me a lot” It was now time to instil strong motivation in us “Each one of you could make a difference to the society. I believe that you would make India one of the most developed nations in the world in the coming future. I am sure that you would be there and you would be proud to say... ‘Yes, we made it happen!!!’ ... You would bring back the glory of the ‘golden bird’ and give India its rightful position”

While answering the queries he told us the ‘matras’ that help to realise the potential of one’s ideas “When you get an idea, think if you can translate it into a simple one. If you could visualise it and have a clear objective, you could do it for sure” To a query he told us the vision which guided his company to scale unparallel heights “We had a lot of discussion regarding what our vision should be and then we decided to make Infosys the most respected company”

These words would reverberate in our minds and would trigger some 'ignited minds' to conquer the unthinkable.




"IT Mahatma" Delivering "Gyan" on 'Leadership'


The Two Powers on the same Platform


Mr. Arun Shourie, Addressing students.



" Together we can make it possible" - Mr. Murthy Mentor Infosys.

Jan 4, 2008

School of Management at IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur will soon have a world class business management school with financial assistance from an alumni couple. This gives a huge boost to the MBA program currently offered by IME department. The program , which started in 2001, has itself generated great interest and has achieved unparallel growth in a very short time. Perhaps it’s the testimony to the success of the program which has attracted the attention of IITK alumni.


Raj Singh and his wife Neera Singh (US based alumni) have given Rs. 9 crore for setting up the business school. “We want that IIT-K should have a world class school of business management so that students passing from this institute can compete with others,” Mr. Singh told news agencies during their visit at IIT Kanpur.


The School of management would definitely bring some welcome changes enhancing the value of MBA program. The number of seats will definitely increase with due course of time and this would be a good news for the MBA aspirants at IITK. The timings for the SOM is excellent. Already the MBA program by IIT K has been proved a success and the demand for MBAs is increasing with each passing day. The whole world looks for MBAs from Indian top notch institutes and now the latest School Of Management in IIT Kanpur will put this program on an elevated platform that will be highly acclaimed by Global MNCs.


IIT K has a track record of giving one of the best placements among the top institutes and the growth rate in the quality of placements are self evident ( this year also the whole batch has been placed with record placements in just a few hours). The effect of Kanpur city being a non Metro has also been nullified with the starting of regular flights between Kanpur and Delhi and is being highly acclaimed by corporate people.


Recognising the tremendous growth potential, this move is sure to register as a milestone for making the management education at IIT Kanpur comparable to the best in the world. The institute has already been synonymous with the epitome of technical education. Now, it is taking quantum leaps in the field of management education.