Placement week at IILM
Placement week was conducted between 9 February 2015 and 13 February 2015 at Gurgaon campus aiming to prepare the students of 1st year – PGDM both for summer internship and campus placements. The week started off with an inspiring talk by Mr. Preet Kamal Sodhi from banking industry, shared his experience on how to be confident and focused in achieving the goal. Through the “Sneak Peak” series, our Alumni from various industry segments shared their experiences on summer internship, which helped students understand the journey from internship to final placement and gave them an insight on choosing the right summer internship.
TEDx videos on “interview skills” and “how to conduct oneself in a confident manner” were shown to students followed by role play on personal interviews. Students had profiling session to make them realise their passion in life and the area in which they want to pursue the internship. A resume-writing session was also done wherein the students prepared their resume in the standard format which was later reviewed and signed off by respective mentors. Since teamwork is crucial skill at work, the students also participated in team building activities which were fun learning experience.
Visit to Fortis Memorial Research Institute
On 13th February 2015, the first year undergraduate students visited Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, accompanied by Ms Shegorika Lalchandani. The objective of the visit was to introduce the students to the management environment in the medical industry. In addition to learning the various functions of a hospital, the students were given an in-depth walk through the complexities of hospital management systems, especially the operations.
Holi Celebrations at IILM Gurgaon
The festival of colour always rings with the spirit of joy at IILM. Utsav – The Cultural Club at IILM Gurgaon brought students, faculties and staff members to dance and enjoy the Festival of Holi. The lawns were sprayed with the vibrant colours that the students and staff members greeted each other with. Gujiya, cutlets and thandai added flavour to the celebration as it proved to be the perfect end to the day. It was interesting to see the International students and faculty enjoying the festival in full spirit as they blended with the Indian culture.
Sports Fun at IILM Gurgaon
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” ~ Buddha. Student Engagement has always added a different flavour to campus life at IILM Gurgaon. There are innumerable opportunities to develop current interests or to try out novel ones, during the stay at IILM Gurgaon. But a game of Volleyball or Cricket has always been considered as the most preferred activity by the students in IILM Gurgaon, which eases the stress of the entire day. Keeping this in mind, Wednesday, 11th March 2015 was dedicated towards conducting Sports activities at the campus.
Amidst the buzz of classes and assignments, students across the Undergraduate and Post-graduate programs, were excited to participate in the recently held Volleyball, Basketball and Cricket matches. While the students from the Undergraduate program won the Cricket Match, the game of Volleyball and Basketball got the scores equal between the two teams. Students and faculty members watched with excitement and cheered the teams they supported. The games continued till the evening and left the campus buzzing with a contagious zeal.
Between 9th and 13th March 2015, IILM School of Design organised its 5th Art Camp at Gurgaon. IILM played host to eminent and upcoming artists from India and across the world such as Mr. Tristram Miravalles, Mr. Gopal Samantray, Ms. Gunjan Tyagi, Ms. Nupur Kundu, Mr. Somu Desai, Mr. Sundhanshu Sutar and Mr. Tejinder Kanda. Students, faculty, alumni and parents were all invited to participate in the camp. Over the week, visitors had the opportunity to experience art while the artists worked live to create masterpieces. Mr. Somu Desai also gave a presentation on nature art to students and faculty, where in the audience was introduced to the creation of art using biodegradable material.
Report on Venture Capitalist Roundtable Series 2015
Most of the aspiring entrepreneurs have an idea that is commercially viable; unfortunately they do not have the necessary funding to take it forward. With the changing market dynamics now budding entrepreneurs have various avenues in the form of venture capitalists, banks and other funding agencies. On 13th March 2015, keeping pace with the changing environment Ignite incubation centre at IILM, in collaboration with SME JOINUP, hosted the Venture Capitalist Roundtable Series 2015, supported by Nasscom 10k Start-ups.
The VC Round Table offered an opportunity for potential entrepreneurs to present their ideas and interact with interested investors. The event had 35 entrepreneurs and 5 investor for VC Round Table. The event saw engaging sessions where speakers shared their personal experiences and offered insights into being an entrepreneur. Mr. Nitin Agarwal, an IIT alumnus and an entrepreneur, advised the participants on “How to pitch to investors?”
World Cup Fever
End of March found everyone, students and faculty alike, in the grip of world cup fever. With India unbeaten until the semis, a screening for India Vs. Australia was organised for students in the cafeteria. On the day of the match, students cheered and encouraged Team India. Despite India losing out on the berth to the Finals, students took India’s defeat in stride and made sure that sportsmanship spirit was victorious.
Guest Lecture on Digital Marketing
As part of the Digital Marketing course, Mr. Rishabh Garg, Product and Solutions Specialist with Google took a session with the undergraduate and post-graduate students on “Understanding the Digital Eco-System”. Mr. Garg discussed and explained the fundamentals of search engine optimization, search engine marketing and web analytics. Students showed an interest in pursuing a career in digital marketing, all the queries related to that were addressed by Mr. Garg. He shared his practical knowledge and experience with the students which made the session very interactive.
Visit to Mother Dairy Plant by IILM Gurgaon students
The post graduate and undergraduate students of IILM Gurgaon visited the Mother Dairy plant on 6th April, 2015 accompanied by two faculty members. The objective of the visit to Mother Dairy manufacturing plant was to make them aware about the supply chain of the company. The trainers helped them in understanding the details of the milk industry, operation flood, processes that they follow, distribution channels and how they maintain quality of the milk. Students were taken around the whole plant and the company representatives gave them a presentation on their processes followed by a Q&A round.
Guest Speakers at IILM Undergraduate Business School
Between February and April, the undergraduate students had the opportunity to learn management concepts from experts across the Industry.
As part of the entrepreneurship course, UBS students understood the challenges and must-know aspects of building your own business from Mr. Swapnil, an entrepreneur himself. Mr. Prottoy Basu from Double Tree Hilton gave an industry perspective on Customer Relationship Management to the third year students. Ms. Reimara, international faculty, advised second year students on Stress Management. She also discussed the various aspects of National Minimum Wage with stage 3 students. Ms. Stefanie Chen (Lecturer of International Marketing Management and Corporate Strategy in University of Applied Sciences, Voralberg) conducted a session on “Strategic Challenges and Leadership” for stage 3 students. Mr. Ashish Agarwal from McKinsey enlightened the students on the impact of the budget on Indian economy. Mr. Naurine Kakkar, CEO, Law Institute introduced the nuances of business law to the first year undergraduates.
Throughout the semester, multiple guest faculties were invited to give an industry view to the undergraduate students, which also complemented the in-class learning.
Family Business Conference
The Family Business Management Conference was organised at Lodhi Road Campus on 15th of April 2015 on the topic ‘The Future of Family Business in the 21st Century. The conference aimed to bring together family business entrepreneurs to share ideas and insights, foster learning and inspire young minds. During the conference, Mr. Vishesh Chandiok addressed the audience on the challenges before family in India. Industry leaders, such as Ms. Divya Suri Singh, Mr. Shashank Raizada and Mr. Rajiv Jain, discussed succession planning and significance of family generations learning from each other. The students and faculty also benefitted from the experiences shared by IILM alumni, Mr. Riju Jhunjhunwala, Ms Paliwal and Ms Kirti Chawla, who talked about their learnings from their family businesses and building new ventures. Throughout the day, speakers fielded questions from the audience, providing clarity on the different facets of family business in India.
Charity Drive by Pukar
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Keeping this in mind, Pukar, the NGO club at IILM Institute for Business & Management, organised a donation drive where in faculty and students were encouraged to donate for the poor and needy people. The drive saw everybody coming together for the cause and donating items such as came forward with items such as clothes, books and food items.
Convocation Ceremony for Class of 2015
On 20th May 2015, IILM Institute for Business & Management proudly bid adieu to the class of 2015. The graduation ceremony was presided by Mr. Chandra Shekhar Verma, Chairman – Steel Authority of India Limited. 134 students of the P.G. class of 2015 were conferred with Post Graduate Diploma in Management at IILM, Lodhi road campus in presence of chairperson – Mrs. Malvika Rai and members of board of governors (IILM), distinguished guests, proud parents and graduating students. The chief guest congratulated the winners and acknowledged the graduates with humble wishes and inspiring quotes. Honourable Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma enlightened the students by sharing the future of Indian economy and the need of bright young professionals. He concluded the address by sharing few success mantras with students, encouraging them to stay true to their goal, have a strong will and patience to learn combined with respect and integrity for all. The convocation ended on a high note with the faculty congratulating the new graduates and their parents on their achievement.