Aug 27, 2013

"Glory of techno-management: Success, challenges and road map for future": First ever Industry-Alumni meet-cum-symposium at IIT Kanpur

    
The spark to organize the first ever Industry-alumni meet-cum-symposium in Industrial Management Engineering (IME) department, IIT Kanpur “Glory of techno-management: Success, challenges and road map for future” on 6th and 7th April, 2013 stemmed from the idea of strengthening the IME alumni network. The event was a grand success with alumni reliving their fond memories and they were enthused with the zeal to fortify the relationship between the alumni community and the institute.



  
       “Glory of techno-management: Success, challenges and road map for future” provided a platform to all of us for interacting with our alumni. The program started at 10 A.M on 6th April 2013 with the welcome address by our honourable Head of the department Dr. Jayanta Chatterjee. This occasion also marked the opportunity to felicitate the oldest serving professors of our institute. Our respectable professors Dr. N.K. Sharma & Dr. A.K. Mittal were felicitated for their distinguished services to the department. It was a rare occasion and perhaps the first time in the history of the IME department where the alumni, students and all the professors had gathered together for a common cause under the same roof. It was truly an overwhelming experience for all of us present there.

       The following two days were complete with events ranging from healthy discussions, curious insights, thoughtful suggestions and heated debates. During the symposium numerous topics were discussed, beginning with the insights in to the up and coming Analytics industry and tips to survive and blossom in this industry.




         Alumni were also keen to understand the growth of the department and how it has progressed over the years of their absence since their departure from the institute.  It was not just a nostalgic moment for the alumni to re-live their college memories but also an opportunity share their experiences and obstacles they faced in the industry. The students listened in reverence and rapt attention as it was a great experience in itself to listen to the real life experience shared by a few of our alumnus.The students of IME department also gave the glimpse of current scenario of the IME department through presentations.

      Numerous thoughtful suggestions were discussed during the fruitful meetings with the alumni. Alumni were involved in a heated but a healthy discussion with the professors post lunch. The discussions with the professors were predominantly centredon improving the corporate relations with the department including improving placement prospects for the department. The evening culminated with a beautiful dinner party including a birthday celebration of an alumna organized by the cultural committee.




      The following morning, 7th April began with the faculty alumni interaction that continued from the previous day. The discussion was aborted the previous day due to time constraints. Once the discussion was complete, it was time for the closing ceremony and vote of thanks. Like all good things even this event had to come to an end. The event ended leaving us wanting for more such events in the future.

     The interest, enthusiasm and energy shown by the students of IME department always encourage us to keep planning and organizing such activities. We received numerous suggestions on how we would interface the alumni and current batches in a streamline fashion, We also got an understanding on how to plan such activities organize events that helps us become better organizers of ourselves and the organization we will be working for. On behalf of the Alumni Relations Team, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this event such a memorable event, one that would be etched in our memory for years to come.


Arpan Rani
MBA (2012-2014)

Alumni Relations Team

Aug 25, 2013

My First Week Experience of IIT Kanpur MBA: Varun Sharma



Desire is the key to motivation, but it is the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”  – Mario Andretti

I had a desire to be a part of one of the nation’s top institutes. I failed in my first attempt when it was for getting admission into B.Tech. even though it wasn’t a serious one. But as they say “better late than never”, by God’s grace and my hard work, eventually I got the chance to fulfill my desire at the dream destination called IIT Kanpur.





My IIT Kanpur MBA experience

To begin with, I had different feelings right from the time this story started to unfold. First it was disbelief on becoming a part of the brand called IIT, followed by the euphoria of success & then there were a lot of apprehensions about my campus life at IIT Kanpur MBA. Needless to mention, I never had any sort of doubt about the intellect of my to-be-batch mates, but it was the feeling of whether I’ll be able to get along well with them or not which was worrying me, but to my surprise all those feelings never surfaced again after I landed here and interacted with my peers as I found them very friendly and fun loving.

As soon as I came here, I was left awestruck by the serenity of this lush green campus, not to talk about its huge size. The unmatchable beauty of this campus every morning especially after it rains. I also found the staff members very polite which, to be truthful, is rarely found esp. in a government institution. I ‘hats off’ to them for maintaining the same level of politeness throughout the day despite endless queries from hundreds of students. Probably they also believe in maintaining the legacy of this institution just like me and my peers.
In the 1st week, there was a welcome address by the dignitaries of IIT Kanpur. But the most amazing feeling was reserved for later. The moment that made me feel proud and gave me the real feel of being an ‘IITian’. It was the moment when I got my IIT Kanpur MBA ID card.

This article won’t be complete if I miss out on the world class never-before-seen sports facilities which are on offer here. The beautiful hall of residence (here hostels are called halls of residence), and the amazinghome-like food in mess (yes, that’s true) have all exceeded my expectations. Any facility that you can probably ever think of, be it for academics or sports (badminton, basketball, swimming etc.), you are sure to find it here. Interaction with the learned faculty members during meeting presided over by Veena ma’am was very enlightening and gave us a glimpse of what is expected from all of us in next 2 yrs. “It is not a sprint, but a marathon”, this statement made by one of the faculty members really charged me up and I think it would have inspired my peers as well.
Even the seniors are very friendly and supportive. The first 3 interactions with them have seen us preparing 2 presentations. They have been really kind to prepare us for what lies ahead for all of us by making us get out of our comfort zones.
For all these good reasons, definitely, IIT Kanpur is the place to be in!
As said by Mae West,
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
 I am here to live my dream for once and ever, to achieve for my family & for all those who have faith in me, to create cherish-able memories and I am sure I and my peers are going to take this legacy forward.
 Cheers !!