As part of IFMR GSB’s flagship cultural event ‘Abhyudaya’, the External and Alumni Relations Committee organised ‘KREA TALKS’, featuring speakers from different backgrounds and career paths. Three separate sessions curated exclusively for participating students, the speakers shared insights from their respective domains, elaborating on their successes, failures and motivations. The speakers were Yogesh Chabria (Founder of ‘The Happionaire Way’), Durjoy Datta (Author and screenwriter), and Captain Yashika Tyagi (Kargil War veteran and the first lady officer posted at a high altitude and extreme cold climate.
|‘Inside Marketing 2021′ featured some illustrious marketing professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders from various industries, imparting their wisdom on some of the recent trends in the marketing world. One of the power-packed sessions scheduled exclusively for the students of Krea University was delivered by Mr Chetan Gore — Vice President and Business Head of the FMCG vertical at Reliance Retail. Titled ’10 Commandments: As You Step Into Your First Job’, the power talk included an interaction with students and their understanding of work-life in the context of completing one’s MBA degree. Finding the session insightful, the students had a range of questions for Mr Chetan, right from discussing the ways to find an ideal job, to expanding one’s network and building confidence with seniors and peers at the workplace.|
In an interactive session with the students and poetry lovers of Krea University, Prof Irfanullah Farooqi (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University – New Delhi) explored the deep connections between the poetic and the political through select compositions of two iconic poets of 20th century South Asia — Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-1984). The session particularly looked at how Iqbal and Faiz had been subjected to a certain kind of religion-ness as witnessed in some of their compositions.
In a highly engaging session with the students of Krea University, Ravi Chellam, who has been involved with wildlife research, education, outreach and conservation since the early 1980s, shared in great detail about rhe National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being — one of the nine national missions that have been approved by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. From elaborating the key features of this unique 10-year programme to sharing the interdisciplinary nature of the programmes and its structures, the information session was packed with insights, giving students an overview of the biodiversity and sustainable use in India.
Dr Pulapre Balakrishnan — Professor of Economics at IIM Kozhikode and Ashoka University, as well as a distinguished economist well known for his scholarly work on the Indian economy and active participation in public discourse through popular writings — interacted with the students of Krea University, sharing his knowledge on the economy that was and the economy that continues to be. Through an evidence-based approach, Dr Balakrishnan provided an account of the impact Jawaharlal Nehru and Narendra Modi have had on the economy. Packed with insights, the session focused on highlighting the economic consequences of the governance of these two significant Indian leaders.
In a highly engaging session with the students of Krea University, Navroz K. Dubash – Professor at the Centre for Policy Research and Editor of ‘India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change & Development’ – shared in great detail about climate change and the role India plays in the current global ecological scenario. In the Indian imagination, climate change has long been constructed primarily as a problem of north-south equity. The insightful session examined how climate change now is more than a diplomatic challenge – it is also a development challenge and potentially even an opening for envisioning alternative futures.
|In today’s world, networking is viewed as an art form, especially with structures and communicative channels evolving day by day. While the mediums may have shifted, its importance, however, remains unchanged. Packed with insights, Vijay Sivaram – CEO of IT Staffing and Search & Recruitment, overseeing both India and Asia Pacific operations at Quess Corp – shared his knowledge on effective networking, where he went on to highlight the importance of improving one’s communication skills from a recruiter’s perspective. The session also touched upon areas relevant to young individuals joining the workforce.|
In an insightful interaction with the students of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea University, Naveen Chandramohan- CEO & Founder of Itus Capital & Co-founder of Fintuple Technologies, shared his perspectives on building one’s career and the innovative ways to go about it. Highlighting the key aspects of an effective leader, Mr Chandramohan shared a few stories from his life and stressed on living every day as though it were your last. A seasoned practitioner, he encouraged students to strive to do better and communicate well – relevant to both the professional and personal aspects of life.
Markaholic, IFMR GSB’s student-led marketing committee along with the Graduate School of Business’ notable alumni, hosted their second session as part of their marketing workshop series Prayatna. Packed with rich insights, the webinar, titled ‘Campus to Corporate – How to grow on LinkedIn’, featured Deepak Pandey – Area Sales Manager at Siemens and an alumnus of IFMR GSB, imparting his knowledge on the importance of networking and what it takes to build a strong LinkedIn profile. With around 60 students in attendance, the session also featured IndianMaze Advisory founder and CEO Dinesh Jain participating, interacting and engaging with the students.
Vikram Janakiraman, who has been a part of Boston Consulting Group for nearly 10 years, shared powerful insights from his vast journey as a senior practitioner in the management consulting field. From explaining in detail about how management consulting businesses keep up with the times to addressing all the strategic challenges faced by businesses of today, Vikram Janakiraman – Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (India) – engaged the students at Krea in a hearty interaction. Given his experience working with automotive and mobility clients in India, he narrated his experience on how one can not only address a problem but also re-think solutions and re-imagine the manner in which they deliver them, while also sharing what the future holds.