Day 1: 21st June
We had to collect our induction kit by 9:15 A.M in the PGP block. Most of us ended up reaching the place at the same time. It was a long queue and I had to wait for more than 30 minutes for my turn. Class room 203 was jam packed. Frankly speaking the place was smaller for a batch size of 300.
Our director Dr. Devi Singh gave us the welcome speech. A swamiji from the Lucknow branch of Ramkrishna Mission followed him. He is not a typical spiritual leader. He is a Doctorate from some university in Canada. His speech was good and most of it related to the concept of self development. I liked one thing which I would like to write here:
- 3 Cs are important for a person’s success: Confidence, Concentration and Cooperation.
This was followed by a session taken by the PGP Chairperson. This one was scary. She made us realize that life is not going to be very easy here. We will have to work hard because the grading system is very strict and one bad performance can kick one out of the college. “Stretch out or Clear Out” is the fundae. I will have to be serious all the time.
One professor introduced us to the case method of teaching. It was good in the sense that most of us are used to the art of normal class room teaching before coming to a B-School. After these sessions we had a tour of the library and the computer centre. In the meantime a notice was being put by the Students’ Council in the mess about a health run at 6:15 and then an aptitude test at 11:30 P.M.
We had to run around the campus twice. It was 5.5 K.M in total… But I managed to be among a few guys who could complete the run. After the run, I was totally stressed out. With no energy left, I had to prepare something for the test as well. Had dinner and then tried to study something. I wanted some sleep so badly but did not have that leverage. The exam started at 11:30 and it went on. The paper was going over my head… The paper was a combination of objective and case based questions which tested us on the three functional areas: Marketing, Finance and Operations. There were GK based questions as well. Well hold on… we are not yet done for the day. After the test got over, we had a video session of around half hour duration. We had to write a 1000 words article on the video and submit the same by 8:30 morning. It was already 3:30 by the time we finished. We rushed back to the room and tried to recollect whatever we saw in the video. It was on some accounting facts which were very complex… I some how recollected something and wrote an article. I could not write more than 400 words.
Finally slept… set the alarm at 7:30 A.M. Time was 4:30 A.M.
Day 2: 22nd June
I rushed to the students’ council office and submitted the write up well before deadline. Had breakfast and had to go for the registration. It was again a long queue and my process got over at around 1 P.M. I had lunch and then there was the second class on the case discussion that we had the previous day. Oh! I forgot… We also had to prepare for the case. We did that while we waited for our turn during the registration. The discussion was good.
After this, we had a briefing by the Students’ Council. They did nothing other than scaring us. We were being told that every year around 40 people get kicked out of IIML… That was intimidating. Post this session, we had a small interaction with the institute doctors.
In the meantime we were given a CV form and allotted four mentors. We had to fill in the “too long” CV form, have it reviewed by the mentors, have their signatures and then submit the same to the students’ council office the next day.
At 9:15, we had a case discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The whole class was not going anywhere but I don’t know somehow I liked it. Probably I was rude at one girl as was being pointed out by many… But hurting someone was never my intention. I spoke bluntly because I wanted that lady to improve. She probably took me in the wrong sense but that is OK with me… My motive was not bad.
After the case discussion, we had a group discussion. We had to dress ourselves up in formals. My GD was not that good… Lack of concentration and I was fed up by then. It was a truly long day.
After all these things got over, I had to search for all my mentors one by one and then have the CV form reviewed. It was like a treasure hunt… I had to collect the room numbers from someone and the phone numbers from someone else. Finally by 4:30 A.M everything was done and I had to submit the form at 1:30 P.M (later that day).
I was off for the day.
Day 3: 23rd June
I woke up and completed the final CV form. Then we had a session by one professor. It was good. Prof. RK Srivastava has been with hel(L) for the past 17 years. He showed us some pics of Hel(L) from the good old days: The first year, the first graduating batch and then how things changed. It was nice to see the transition that has taken place over the years and how my dear hel(L) has become so beautiful and lovely now.
He gave us some nice and interesting facts. The best one is:
- Gayatri Iyer, the singer in the movie Bride and Prejudice and wife of Kunal Ganjawala is an IIML alumnus. She is a successful model and a singer now. The prof told us that she did not sit for placements. Instead she followed her dream.
Then we had an interaction with the IIML Alumni Association president. He is the global business manager at JP Morgan, London. He was friendly and nice in his approach. He spoke about his days at L and then how things have been changing with time. The best part of his presentation was the account on the traits of so many star alumni that IIML has produced. He did a nice analysis of what helped those people to be so successful in their careers. He told us about the DOs and the DON’Ts here and how a person can utilize his time so that he can gain the most from L.
The interaction with alumni was inspirational and enlightening. After this we had an interaction with the placements’ committee. It was usual gyaan.
Then we had a presentation at 6:30. Our topic was “Red pill or White Pill”. There were ten teams in our panel and the presentations went on till 10 PM. We faschas got to make presentations and the seniors made fun of us and asked questions… But it was good. We enjoyed it.
After all these, all juniors and seniors assembled in one room. The president of the students’ council said that they analyzed our batch during the last three days and our performance was “dismal”. He read out a list of names who would not be allowed to be a part of any committee during his/her stay at IIML due to bad performance. Then there was the list of students who who would not be allowed to attend classes on Monday due to so called “cheating”. Thankfully, my name featured in none.
The whole room was silent for around 2 minutes. All faschas found it hard to digest and there was a natural feeling of sadness inside everyone. Then suddenly all seniors started laughing… All at the same time. Then we realized that those lists were fake. There was a general sense of euphoria… The seniors invited us to a party that was soon to follow. I loved the last few lines spoken by the council president:
- The last three days gave you a taste of the reality at Hel(L). This is the way we welcome all new batches in IIML. Things will be similar for you for the next two years to come but with only one difference… Now onwards, you all will find us seniors on your side.
That was too good! The seniors rock! Yooooooooooo!
The party was good… People danced to the tunes of the DJ’s “cacophany”. Apparently, there seemed to be differences between rock lovers and Indi-music lovers in the party. He he… That is always there in any Indian “insti party”. People drank enough… many people touched alcohol for the first time. I was happy and contended with Miranda and Real juices.
Day 4: 24th June
We did not have too many things to do in the morning today. JJ Irani, the director of TATA sons is the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIML. We had an interaction with him in the morning. It was nice.
Nothing much today… I am in my room now. Classes start tomorrow onwards. Have an interaction with an alum from Price Waterhouse Coopers today in the evening. Then at 10 PM again we have a session with the alumni association president. It would be fun…
Winding up for the day… Ciao!!!