The annual culture of bringing together business students of India continued this year at IFMR GSB. The School switched the spotlight on ‘Abhyudaya 2021’ — its annual fest, marked with signatory speakers and over 2,500 participants from Business Schools across the country including the many IIMS, XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Symbiosis Institute of Management (SIBM) Pune, MDI Gurgaon, NMIMS, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Great Lakes Institute of Management, TA Pai Management Institute, et al.
The fest was inaugurated by Mike Murali, Chief Fun Officer and Director- Marketing at Capgemini. As a two-time TEDx speaker and Guinness Record Holder, in addition to being a regular stage and TV presenter, Mike Murali had a wealth of stories to share, peppered with his signature wit and words of encouragement for the students.
Relating to the fest’s theme for this year – ‘Escape Escapades’ – he spoke about how we don’t have to wait until we have stopped our professional journey to start doing what we love. He encouraged students to continue the spirit of curiosity and learning even after Business School. He walked them through the 10 commandments to live a happy life, and make way for ‘fun’ along with work.
In line with the theme, participants were encouraged to come up with solutions for unique puzzles, devise different strategic approaches and test their decision-making skills to crack the task of the hour. Divided into various rounds spread out in a number of activities, the event also included ‘Krea Talks’ featuring an excellent line-up of speakers from various career paths; a stand-up show by well-known comedian Sorabh Pant; and a short film screening with participants from other countries.
With a range of activities spread out in three days in two weeks, the annual fest ended with over 120 students winning various prizes and collectively walking away with cash prizes worth INR 2.5 lakhs.