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On campus interaction with alumnus, Mr. Manzil Kohli

Hi All,

Meeting an alumnus is always a fruitful experience, more so when the alumnus possesses a personality as dynamic as Mr. Manzil Kohli. One of the most active alumni of our MBA programme, Mr. Kohli is 2006 batch pass out. From being a core member of Antaragni, Techkriti and other student bodies to arranging many pan-IIT meets in US, Mr. Kohli always seems to be in thick of things. He joined IBM after completing his MBA and is currently in Indianapolis, USA working with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is influential and has very good rapport with a wide IIT Alumni base.
There was an air of excitement in the current senior and junior batch of MBA, who had gathered in the amphitheatre of new IME building. Smartly dressed, Mr. Kohli didn’t make us wait for long. The session began with each one of us introducing ourselves to him. Though he planned to interact with us through a presentation, the stitches in his mouth prevented him from doing so. Yet, he spoke about his life in and out of IIT. He spoke at length about how friends, acquaintances and social networks aid in the growth of one’s career. He wanted all the students to make an impression, be visible, grow their network and socialize. He urged all of us to actively participate in the organization of events like Antaragini and Techkriti. In addition to this, he also discussed placement related opportunities. He also shared his views on how the programme can be improved. He provided us with quite a few examples from his own life which made the session more interesting in all respects.

His take on life can be expressed in his own words:

“You must have ‘passion’ for at least one thing in your life; it could be anything, but more importantly follow that passion aggressively. That will make you different from others.”

He instilled a lot of positive energy and enlightened us about the path ahead. Mr. Kohli promised to meet us again next year, around same time of the year. After a two hour interactive and energetic session it was time to bid him farewell with the promise to meet again soon.
We wish him good luck for his future endeavours and hope that he continues to inspire people around him.

Contributed by:

Deepak Gaur
PR and Media Cell,
MBA 2013


  1. manzil sir spoke for around 2 and half hours even though he had a mouth surgery few days back. this energy and enthusiasm in him really amazes me!


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