The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
– Lao Tzu.
The energy of the Indian subcontinent unified at the gates of IIT Kanpur when we started our much- awaited journey of MBA. The pre-assignments and admission process gave us a much-needed glimpse of life ahead of us. With all glittering hopes, we, the 54 minds embarked on an endeavour to achieve our dreams and here we are, introducing our remarkable 2018-2020 batch with immense pride and responsibility wearing the badge of IIT Kanpur.
For most of us, who have prior work experience, it is a back to school time and for the rest, it is an aspired path by choice, now that we are in our new home, it is time for us to build an everlasting relationship with our peers and let the world know about us. With the get-up-and-go attitude, the diversity of the 2018-2020 batch is one of a kind with students coming from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The average age of the batch being 25.5 years, gender diversity ratio of female to male stands at 1:8. Apart from this, we have a senior mentor for each batchmate, for that our seniors are coincidentally equal in number. In this much-anticipated journey, mentorship is a much needed helping hand when we have begun our first steps.
The batch is a healthy mix of freshers and experienced ones with average work experience of 17.4 months. Majority of the aspirants belong to IT sectorial background. Candidates also have valuable experience in the fields of manufacturing, education, telecom, retail, consulting and some of us chose the brave path of entrepreneurship. With diversified work cultural in companies like Accenture, Amdocs, Career Launcher, Cognizant, Cybage, Docon, Ernst & Young, ElgiEquipments, IBM, Infosys, L&T, Nokia, Orient Electric, Reliance Communications, Samarthyam Health Services, TCS, Think & Learn, Trident, Verizon, Videocon and Wipro.
Managing work and academics with other co-curricular activities is very important in life and students from our batch have mastered the art. The extra-curricular interest and expertise range from dramatics, cooking, debating, origami to singing, classical dancing and playing various musical instruments and with a budding writer amongst us with two novels in the market, the title of one of the novels metaphorically matches the beginning of our journey “Perfect Strangers”. The batch maintains a good balance between work and play, be it cricket, badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, hockey, swimming, football and volleyball and it is not a necessity to detail about the sports facilities at IIT Kanpur.
With the spark to excel and learn, we set foot on this remarkable and rewarding journey here at IIT Kanpur, to discover ourselves by unlearning and relearning in an ever-changing world. We also have the onus on us to carry the legacy of this legendary institution for generations to come and make a mark with our endeavour, choices and achievements. We march on this journey as equals, bolstering each other to find our true calling and a hope to make the flag of MBA, IIT Kanpur fly high.
With one month past at the campus, we have realized that we are here not to find answers but learn to know how to ask the right questions, as said by “Jeff Johnson”, The Best journeys answers questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask. And we are experiencing one such journey now.
Alumni Team MBA IIT Kanpur 2018-2020