Aug 29, 2011

Alumni Interaction @IITK - Visit by Shamim Akhtar (MBA 2007)

It was a dull, humid Sunday evening and despite the dullness in air, there was a buzz of excitement among the students of MBA2013 and 2012, who had gathered in front of canteen of Hall 8. We were all very eager to meet Mr. Shamim Akhtar, an alumnus of MBA, batch of 2007, from IIT Kanpur. He has worked in SBI Caps for 3 years after his MBA and is currently working in Arab National Bank in Saudi Arabia.

After a wait of around 15 minutes, Mr. Shamim – a very young looking, smartly dressed person - reached the canteen. He was quickly introduced to us by a student from our senior batch after which we all settled in a circle in the open air and the much awaited informal session with him began. After a self intro, he was bombarded with questions from everybody who had gathered. He patiently explained to us the career path he chose and how he had crafted it through the MBA course and means of various certifications. He discussed with us the importance of various certifications highlighting mainly the Finance related certifications. He also enlightened us about the kind of job and works that MBA graduates are offered in banks. He explained this to us through means of various examples quoted from his own job experience in the 2 banks that he had worked with. We also cleared our doubts about the impact of down rating the US on India and how this would impact our job opportunity, especially in Finance sector.

His focus then shifted to the existing course structure offered in MBA at IIT Kanpur and discussed pros and cons of it with us. During our conversation, he reminisced his days in our campus. He vividly remembers all faculties who had taught him and every detail of his college days.

He instilled in us a lot of positive energy and enlightened us about the path ahead. Shamim had set an exemplary behavior before us by showing an active involvement with his Alma-mater ever since he passed out in 2007. After one and a half hours of a very fruitful interactive session, it was finally time to bid him ‘goodbye’.

Contributed by :

Nimisha Raveendran
Lead - Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations, PR & Media Cell
MBA 1st Year, IIT Kanpur

Aug 27, 2011

Rocking Freshers Nite '11

After a month long storm of unending cases, presentations and surprise quizzes, MBA freshers got their first opportunity to party at IIT Kanpur. The much awaited fresher’s party was thrown by seniors on 20th August at the old Students Activity Centre of IIT-K. The welcome party was marked by mile wide grins and high spirits with Rubal and Arpita being the comperes of the night.

Each of the juniors had to take the stage one by one but the catch was to ‘Strictly come Dancing’. Everyone got to see the widest range of dance forms at a single place ranging from salsa, bhangra to someone barely shaking a leg.


The seniors pitched in to break the ice and convince even the most resolute. Then, everyone had to introduce themselves, where juniors were asked about their relationship status, interests etc. People came up with amusing responses for status ranging from “Complicated” to “Confused”. Each of the junior was given interesting tasks to perform and showcase his/her talent as a means to judge for Mr. And Miss Fresher 2011. The juniors got to see the other side of the seniors as there was healthy ribbing and teasing as proposals flew to some of the ‘eligible’ bachelors and bachelorettes of the senior batch.
This was followed by two brilliant performances presented by the junior batch. One of them was ‘Choreography’ that weaved a story through silent acting and songs, which really fascinated the audience.


Another performance was a skit which had mimes of Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachan, DevAnand etc. Finally, ten people were shortlisted for Mr. Fresher and Miss Fresher title. The next round began with Question & Answer which tested impromptu response and novelty of ideas. Finally, Himanshu and Vijayta bagged the crown. Also, Vivek, truly deserving, walked away with the title of the best entertainer of the night.

Music at DJ enticed all to shake their legs and what not. The MBA batch let their hair down and raised the temperature.


Along with it, people headed for the delightful food. The party manifested exuberance and zeal at its full flow. It marked the beginning of both celebrations & hard work that students would be encountering for the coming crucial two years at IIT Kanpur. The medley of song, dance, light hearted banter and feverish dancing highlighted the true spirit of MBA@IITK where everyone dances to the music but on his own tune, where the world comes to a standstill as you take the stage and show your hidden talent. The junior batch discovered many a hidden talent as well as a deeper connection to the senior batch through Fresher’s Nite 2011.





Contributed by:
Alok Jain
PR and Media Cell
MBA, IME, IIT Kanpur