Bridging The Gap Of Learning And Exposure Through International Immersion Program: An Account Of Visit To Greece By IIM Raipur Student

Written By: faculty

Classroom teaching and field exposure if aligned hand in hand can create invaluable synergy in learning and developing tacit management skills.

Among the different academic programs conducted by IIM Raipur, Post Graduate Program for Working Executives (PGPWE) is specially designed for working executives in a way to fulfill the requirements and challenging demands posed by ever dynamic business needs across the world and nation by sharpening the management skills and evolving a better leader inside the executives. This is one of the most popular academic programs due to its unique concept, design and features and thereby attracts bright, enthusiastic and high-initiative professionals of various streams from different parts of the country. Apart from regular classroom teaching, it consists of international/rural emersion program as an integral part thus providing an opportunity of learning beyond classified boundaries of classes. In order to provide an understanding of macro-level dynamics and the unfamiliar economic environment in an international arena, the students of IIM Raipur are immersed for two weeks in a selected international academic institute, thereby creating a full value creation among the students from international exposure aspect. IIM Raipur has got an excellent collaboration with reputed international business schools situated across the world.

Based on the criteria set by IIM the students of academic session 2014-15 traveled to ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens Greece for two weeks. The objectives of the program were to impart all round learning, experience and overall exposure.

Typically our day at ALBA college started with a well planned schedule from morning 9.30 AM to till 5.30 PM with faculties from different discipline sharing the knowledge of the country and explained about Cultural and heritage, economics, strategy, marketing, human resource, literature and Banking. This facilitated us to understand their culture, vision and human values during formal and informal sessions. The brainstorming session which led to the comparison of overall European and Asian economic aspects was a real eye opener and some exciting conclusions were drawn which made our thought process grow richer over the international domain. As Greece is undergoing severe economic crises, the European Union is keeping a strict vigilance on the overall dynamics and along with International Monetary Fund, providing necessary financial support to overcome. In order to cope up with prevailing economic crises, the Government of Greece is thereby making strategy via policy changing, promoting reduced public spending to increase savings. With the in-depth and insightful discussion with faculties, industry persons and entrepreneurs; agriculture, tourism and shipping emerged as key industry drivers. Like India, Agriculture is one of the major players in Greece economy. Among the different cultivations, olive and its ancillary products are considered as best in quality across the world. Tourism is another robust source of earning in foreign exchange. Greece as a whole and its capital Athens are of historical importance and natural beauty pull many foreign tourists which ultimately contribute to the GDP of the nation. Greece has an advantage of being strategically located on global map whereby shipping industry has got an advantage. The sea ports are an important corridor for transportation to a European country and Greece Island, thus providing another source of revenue.

After completion of each technical session, site visits were scheduled to companies from different domains including Cement, Pharma, IT, Incubator centers etc. It was accompanied by the insightful presentation made by top officials and department heads of the companies that provided head enriching substance for learning. Further, sharing of success factors along with reasoning of doom phase of the company helped us to critically analyze the factors of success and failures.

In our program at ALBA, the exclusive interaction session with a group of 7 to 10 new entrepreneurs with startup business was a confidence building moment. To convert the dreams generated during the professional study and thereafter converting into reality and bring the business model to market was a unique outcome of the interaction. In spite of the fear of failure in business these entrepreneurs had a big spark of hope and inquisitiveness to become successful in business.

A well-planned knowledge cum fun oriented day excursion trip was organized by ALBA to acquaint us on the historical significance of monument of Athens. We visited Acropolis and its Museum, Zapeois, National Parliament situated at Syntagma Square. The concept of Amphitheater and Olympic game originated from Greece during Roman civilization. We were amazed to find a great deal of spiritual and architectural similarities between Indian and Greek ancient cultures. Also, another interesting feature of the country was the high energy driven guard of honor is performed during the time shift change in the Parliament which is always open for the tourist visit. The transportation facility of Greece is equipped with timely and frequently connected metros, trains, trams and highly sophisticated public buses. Be Punctual and to be on time was one of the greatest inherited features of their culture. We also enjoyed Indian food in a couple of Indian restaurants.

Our international immersion ended with a family lunch hosted by Dean along with faculties and staff of ALBA and after group photograph, we dispersed carrying tons of memories of our short association. Talking about the country, I’d say Greece is the cluster of beautiful and exotic islands and we were fortunate to visit this country and learn some important lessons from their culture and way of life.

This article is written by Shashank Saurabh. He is an a Post Graduate Program for Working Executives (PGPWE) student of Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Chhattisgarh.


IIM Raipur had one of the Largest Contingent in the Indian Youth Delegation to China

Written By: faculty

17 students of IIM Raipur were part of the Indian Youth Delegation to China. The delegation visited major cities, cultural and historic centres of China from 17th to 24th June, 2016. The delegation was part of the annual initiative by Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, Government of India to send 200 youths to China. The main purpose of the visit being to promote mutual understanding of values and culture among the youth and to develop better relations between India and Peoples Republic of China.

The delegation comprised of students from all over the country including from IIM Ahmedabad, Kozhikode and Trichy, with IIM Raipur having one of the largest representation among the selected delegation.

The students of IIM Raipur toured in two groups, with one group of eight visiting Beijing, the capital city of China; Xi’an, Nanjing and Shanghai. The other group of nine visited Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin and Guangzhou. The groups visited historical place like The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, The Terracotta Warrior Army and Dayan Pagoda; and educational places like Beijing Sports University, Urban planning museum and Chanba ecological district among many.

The tour focussed on showcasing the cultural as well as developmental growth of China. Through visit to various urban planning museum and ecological districts, the students were made aware about reason behind rapid infrastructural and commercial development. The students also visited universities to get a first-hand experience of the educational system and infrastructure in the country.

A special session on Belt and Road Initiative, popularly known as Silk Road initiative was also held, where it’s historical and commercial significance were explained. The presentation of traditional dance forms and cultural exchanges helped in better understanding of the Chinese culture. The students also experienced travel in Bullet train that is going to be implemented very soon in India.

Here are some of the students of IIM Raipur describing their experiences and learning from visit to China.

Aditya Pratap, PGP 2nd Year, IIM Raipur

The trip was a very informative one for me with respect to learning how a nation has reached the peak of development without a common knowledge of English. The trip was a mix of appreciating the engineering and architectural development of traditional China by visiting to historical monuments, and that of modern urban planning and infrastructure in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an, which has been developed to cater logistics need in China as an inland port city. The important lesson to draw from China is that they have focussed on developing the facilities that directly affect their manufacturing and exports based economy, which is seamless road and rail infrastructure, dedicated large financial districts and faster decision making process. Our country being an agrarian economy needs to focus, with identical vigour, in agriculture technology development, complete support in supply chain from storage of produce to their selling and seamless logistics infrastructure.

Chinese youth are very hard working and with complete support of governmental infrastructure they are committed to their goal be it in academics, sports or music, from a very young age.

I would like to thank the Government of India for giving me the opportunity to explore China and present a clear picture of it.

Lakshmi Prasanna, PGP 2nd Year, IIM Raipur

From the strangers with similar intentions to the friends with noticeable differences; from the shining early mornings to the glittering late nights; from the 6AM Breakfasts to the 6PM Banquets; from India Gate to Great Wall of China - the overall Indian Youth Delegation to China program never failed to inspire me.

In 8 days we covered 4 important cities of China – Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shanghai. Each and every city got its own beauty, advanced infrastructure and vivacious culture. The good people always bring out the good in people and may be this was the reason why I always felt good while interacting with them. The Universities (Beijing Sport University, International Law University), the Museums (Terracotta Warriors, Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall) and the Historical places (The Great Wall of China, Forbidden city, Dayan pagoda) left me with a lot of experiences and new thoughts. The overall trip enhanced my perception towards sports and urban development.

Finally, I want to say Xièxiè (thank you) to China for giving me a life time experience and thanks to IIM Raipur and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for providing me with such a great opportunity.

Isha Tayal, PGP 2nd Year, IIM Raipur

An Experience, never to be forgotten. The Indian Youth Exchange Program to China introduced me to a country which perhaps otherwise no planned trip could. The hospitality extended to the delegation by the Government of India and the Government of People's Republic of China was overwhelming.

The journey began with a send-off banquet hosted by Chinese embassy in New Delhi and a warm welcome by Indian embassy in Beijing, China. It was followed by an enriching exploration across four cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin and Guangzhou. Each city had a unique feat to offer. From the Great Wall of China in Beijing, to the amazing Karst topography across Li river in Guilin, every place left us awestruck with its beauty, be it natural or magnificently man-made. Visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that houses 80% of global giant panda population was a personal favourite. Interaction with students and professors in various universities, visits to factories and companies, innovation centre and incubators focused on multi-faceted approaches to learning and development.

The program offered an opportunity to explore the synergy between India and China which strengthens my belief on INCH TOWARDS MILES. Above all, the newly developed outlook and exposure through exchange of culture, ideas and values resulted in an overarching exchange experience and new lifelong friendships.

Shreya Agarwal, PGP 2nd Year, IIM Raipur

Youth delegate to China - an opportunity not to be missed. The purpose behind the visit to China is to understand the Chinese people, culture, tradition and art form, and strengthen friendly relationship with the neighbouring Country. This was aptly fulfilled by the delegation which comprised of young professionals, students, scholars, athletes, artists and representatives from civil society organizations and political parties. I am thankful to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and IIM Raipur for giving me this golden opportunity to represent my Nation.

The memorable 9 days trip to China started from the IGI Airport, New Delhi and spanned to Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin and Guangzhou. The lavish welcome dinner hosted by the Indian Embassy in Beijing, the stay and travel arrangements, places to visit and the helping nature of the Chinese student volunteers was highly appreciable. The main highlight of the trip was the Cruise on the Li River in Guilin which captured its magnificent beauty and picturesque view. The industrial visits ensured learning about the Startup Ecosystem in China and how we could implement those in our own Country. This short trip became an unforgettable journey with friends owing to the cuteness of Pandas, the fun in teaching Hindi phrases to Chinese volunteers, the hassles of bargaining in English on the streets of Guangzhou and learning the not so difficult Chinese Calligraphy.

This trip gave me an opportunity to observe the Chinese people and culture very closely and I can surely say that they are very similar to my Motherland.

Mohit Jethi, PGP 2nd Year, IIM Raipur

An unexpected opportunity to represent India as a delegate to China knocked my door (my mail box) when I received a mail form Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports about my selection. The “Wow” feeling was amplified upon realization that I was selected out of 1.3 billion people to represent India as a Youth delegate to China? The next big thing for me was, “It’s my first foreign trip, and it starts bang on from China and would cover 4 places there!”

The 200 membered delegation had a total of 17 representatives from IIM Raipur which accounted for 8.5%, that’s something to take a pride for the institute and its students. The visits were memorable, be it to the grand ‘Great Wall of China’, popular Panda base Chengdu, scenic Guilin –a prefecture level city or the bullet train ride from to Guangzhou covering approximately 500 km in 2 hours.

The overall experience was highly enriching and culturally stimulating as it provided deep insights about our Asian Counterpart. Also, this gave me an opportunity to build new relationship and friends.

This trip to China will be cherished throughout my life and will be very close to my heart forever. Whenever I recall this trip, I take pride in saying that’ I represented India as a Youth Delegate to China’.

IIM Raipur explores ‘Infinite Dimensions’, hosts fourth edition of TEDx

Written By: faculty

From artists and authors to record holders and ideapreneurs, speakers from diverse walks of life graced the fourth edition of TEDx IIM Raipur.Drawing on the theme of ‘Infinite dimensions’, the speakers spoke about how all around us are infinite opportunities, ideas and challenges that need to be solved and brought to realization. The attendees witnessed the prolific speakers and thinkers talk about how they reshaped their own boundaries with their wisdom and experiences.

The event kicked off with a few mesmerizing performances by the students. The first speaker of the day, celebrated photographer and speaker Mr. Arvind Chenji gave a thought-provoking talk on the things he learned from his journey as a photographer. He also spoke about the next part of his journey, where he intends to meet and celebrate the lesser known but fabulous people of India. “When someone comes up with a novel or different idea, people laugh at that person, killing his or her morale. It is those who don’t let their morale die out who create wonders“, said Mr. Chenji.

The next speaker, author and life coach Mr. Achal Rangaswamy, gave a talk on the ‘Joy of Selling’. He gave the students valuable lessons on sales from his vast experience. ‘When you want to sell, don’t sell’ was his mantra that he shared with the audience. “Everyone sells. Politicians, lawyers, doctors – all of them sell. Yet, there is an unnecessary stigma associated with a sales guy, which needs to change” said Mr. Rangaswamy

Iconic international model and artist Ms. Ninja Singh, gave a talk on ‘Life with a purpose and the ultimate secret to success’. She spoke about how women are beaten down for being who they want to be and also described her venture which aims encouraging modeling among women irrespective of their skin colour. “Women need to start dreaming to come out of stereotypes. They need to be heard. No one is self-made, it has to be a collective effort", said Ms. Singh.

Noted actor and songwriter Mr. Zeeshan Ayyub also gave a motivating talk on the topic ‘The world is yours to explore’. He spoke about how failures are stepping stones to success and how satisfaction and contentment stop people from exploring their options.

Miss World Asia Ms. Koyal Rana, spoke on the topic ‘Impress yourself’. A well-known philanthropist, her talk focused on how to achieve internal happiness. “We tie our happiness to how many compliments, likes or followers we get. There are infinite such people and we would never be able to impress each one of them. The only true way of being happy is by impressing yourself", said the beauty pageant titleholder.

Renowned producer and director, Mr. Gajendra Singh, spoke on the topic ‘Be positive, think positive, live positive’. His talk focussed on the challenges he faced while conceptualizing and implementing his TV shows Antakshari and SaReGaMaPa and how keeping a positive attitude helped him achieve success.

Founder of the paperless postcards, Ms. Bistriti Poddar, spoke about how we need to give up things to achieve success. The ideapreneur and writer said “Do not be scared of giving up because the moment you break cliché, you are hoisted to achieve success”. She gave examples of how she gave up her comfort zone, fears and possessions in order to achieve success.

The last speaker of the day, bestseller author and songwriter, Mr. Divya Prakash Dubey, spoke on the topic ‘Why should you never write a book’. He urged the students to find a strong reason before attempting to write a book and change the world.

Every speaker left an impression on every mind present in the auditorium. It definitely gave them a food for thought. Perhaps it is time for all of us to explore the infinite dimensions surrounding us and surpass the boundaries that restrict us.

Posted 17th October by iimraipur

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IIM Raipur Successfully conducts second edition of PRAYAAS

Written By: Manojit Chattopadhyay

IIM Raipur successfully organized the second edition of its flagship Marathon event Prayaas 2.0 on 19th November 2017. The event kicked off from the environs of Marine Drive, Telibandha with more than 2500 registered runners .The theme for the run this year was ‘Beti Bachao,Beti Padhao’ with the objective to create awareness regarding the importance of equal rights and opportunities for the girl child.

Bus arrangements were made to pick up participants from all points of the city to ensure the adherence to the schedule.Kits including t-shirts and caps were distributed to the registered participants.Ambulance, health check, route markers and volunteers were all in place apart from water and glucose before the start of the event and spot registrations continued smoothly at the multiple registration points.

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