Alumnus Turned Recruiter for FIIB: A Bond That Pronounces ‘Constant’

An educational institute gets considerable reasons to be proud of its current student batch and of its alumni. It sometimes gets to see students who were never enthusiastic to attend classes on time becoming the top-notch domain experts of their respective specializations in the corporate register. The students who were frequently scolded by their professors are now redefining the worldview in their workplace through their professional expertise. Time does fly and brings in numerous favourable changes in an individual. These are such changes that are always noted with appreciation both by the institute as well as by the parents.

FIIB has been fortunate enough to behold the progressive transformation of students from being talented individuals to being supremely successful corporate personalities. There is another aspect for which FIIB feels both fortunate and supported in its mission of 100% placement is because of the alumni. Yes, that is correct. Somewhere in between running to the Career Management Center for placements and coming back to the campus as recruiters for providing placements to the students, FIIBians have progressed far along their professional path.

One prime example of an alumnus cum recruiter is Mr. Santosh Kumarfrom Nalsoft. He is an alumnus of 2009 batch. He has been a great student and was noticeably serious about his studies since the beginning of time. He took up International Business as his specialization and made sure to meet all deadlines for assignments and presentations. Eventually with the flow of time, he started working with Nalsoft. There, the then Nalsoft recruiter was hiring B.Tech students to meet the organizational requirements to reach the ultimate business goals. Unfortunately, those students did not match up to the organizational expectations. This glaring fact made Mr. Santosh Kumar realize that MBA students can better shoulder the challenging and volatile responsibilities of Nalsoft.

Now, let us have a slice of the conversation with Mr.Santosh Kumar and know more about what happened next…..

So, Mr.Santosh, what steps did you take to reconnect back with your B-school? Well, there were no specific steps that I had to take to reconnect with my very own B-school. It was my campus. I simply walked in there one day and reached the FIIB placement cell and expressed about my current organizational scenario to the respective individuals. Eventually, I found students who were interested in the job role that I was providing them in Nalsoft.

Did you choose other B-schools other than FIIB to meet your organizational purpose?

Yes, I did scan other B-schools other than FIIB. But, that does not cancel out the reality that FIIB was on the top of my list. To favour the reality and the requirement of the organization, I actually saw potential in some FIIB students who were befitting the requirements of Nalsoft.

How excited are you to come back to the campus to hire students in the future as well?

I am looking forward to hire FIIBians. I have discussed the areas of improvements with the CMC in order to jet set into the future Nalsoft endeavour with the FIIBians without any hiccups.

Any suggestions or areas of improvement for students?

Be it for the FIIBians or for the students from other B-schools, I notice one thing that is common in all. They ‘generally’ try to reflect on what they studied inside the four walls of the classroom in the corporate landscape. This might cause some difficulties. This is because the corporate world is volatile, harsh and requires several stronger, practical and logical versions of the student’s current intelligence level to stand up taller to the expectations of the organization. Hence I took the decision to guide the FIIB students so that their skills and potential could shine better.


The Pursuit of Study Overseas – How I went beyond the curriculum to fulfill My Dream?

Studying abroad is something that I aspired to fulfil since my school time. Throughout my ‘turning into an adult’ stretch, I used to quest for study abroad adventure stories that would fire up my wanderlust of travelling overseas. Yes, you got me right here! The whole idea was to fulfil my desire to travel overseas without giving up on my studies,” says Saurav Barman, 2021 student of MBA-Operation, FIIB.

Basic things first

What should anyone who has a dream to study overseas do to make it happen? Study hard, appear in IELTS, hope for good test scores, and it’s done! Right? No, not always. In my case, it was a bit different. I knew from the beginning that there would have to be a cut-through to the road of my dream. So to accomplish my dream, I quickly started preparing a list of top B-Schools in Delhi that had strong international connections. At that time, my main focus was to get myself enrolled in a college that followed an industry-relevant and global curriculum. 

While giving direction to my future study plan, I got to know that FIIB has good connections with some of the prominent business colleges around the globe. So I made up my mind to pursue MBA from here and grab the opportunity to study abroad for a semester through the Student Exchange Program. 

Don’t pretend you’re enjoying the ride if you are frightened

I still remember that day when I was feeling so clueless about how to balance my on-going MBA classroom assignments with my exchange program studies. I almost decided to let someone else have this opportunity. But as destiny would have it, I had to visit my faculty mentor on that very day, and while discussing what challenges I’m facing in the second semester, I shared my dilemma with him. 

My mentor asked me whether I ever got a chance to enjoy a roller coaster ride to which I said “yes, many times!”. He then said, “think of the time when you are on a roller coaster ride pretending to your friends that you’re having great fun. But in reality, the ride has literally scared the living daylights out of you!”

Pro tip? This whole ‘making it fake’ attitude is something that you have to get rid off if you really want to fulfil your study abroad dream. 

My wanderlust ride has taken its full speed right from that moment and there’s been no looking back after that. Honestly, that small little change in my perspective, of considering the whole balancing puzzle of a roller coaster ride and staying honest with what I’m feeling, actually helped me conquer my ‘a semester abroad’ dream.

A right action plan leads you to your desired goals

I often wonder how some people achieve their desired goals within a set timeline while others find it hard to even figure out where to start? One day while attending a training session, I asked Dr. Sangeeta Chopra, our Student Exchange Program Coordinator at FIIB, precisely this question and she introduced me to the concept of creating an action plan to unleash the desired success. Following a set routine has never been my cup of tea, but anyhow I prepared a time table to ensure that nothing gets out of my control. 

From attending MBA lectures, participating in college events, working with fellow mates on a group project, to refining my communication skills, seeking guidance from my student exchange program coordinator, to give my best shot for the IELTS – everything was listed in my action plan. Luckily, I prefer to value smart work over hard work and that literally kept me enthusiastic and motivated to achieve my desired results. 

Pro tip? Setting big goals is easy but following those goals to turn them into a reality is a bit difficult. So, try to list smart goals rather than hard goals. 

Tasting the result of dedication

I started off by applying for the semester exchange program at SAM Walton Business School in August 2019, got my IELTS cleared, went through the exchange program procedure and now I’m here, finally attending classes at Sam Walton (University of Arkansas). I’m grateful to FIIB for providing me such a wonderful platform where I can have global exposure to both academics and different cultures, and above all for helping me to achieve my dream of studying abroad.


Shift Your Focus To Practical Learning

Please tell us why you chose Logistics and Supply Chain Management as your career? Walk us through your FIIB journey.

“When I joined MBA I wanted to map my career around Marketing as it requires generating fresh and unique ideas for competition survival. I knew that I am a creative go-getter and will come up with praiseworthy ideas to shape the market better. But, eventually, when I studied Operations, my thoughts regarding the ‘What-s, Why-s, When-s, How-s, Where-s and To Whom-s’ of Logistics & Supply Chain took over me. With every class/session that I attended, my curiosity became noticeable and there was no turning back from there. This was despite the fact that Marketing provides multiple career options, but I just wanted to get into something that required immediate presence of mind to avoid industry losses.

I scored better in Operations in every semester. To add to this, I was blessed to have an amazing mentor having Operations as his background. His vision for Operations was matchless. Till date, I am grateful to have met him. We used to have discussions about Supply Chain and Operations which contributed to my broader understanding and limitless zeal to get into Operations & Supply Chain Management. I ended up getting a Gold Medal in Operations during my FIIB journey in fact. I simply wanted to implement all that I read about Operations in my real life. I was aware that there will be challenges and several unpredictable situations but that did not mellow my fire. My perception about production, manufacturing, logistics became clear and I am at complete bliss with my choice of career.”

“…my thoughts regarding the ‘What-s, Why-s, When-s, How-s, Where-s and To Whom-s’ of Logistics & Supply Chain took over me”

What fond memories did FIIB bring back when you entered the campus after so long?

“The basic structure of the college is just the same. Just because the professors who taught me are no more in the campus, the connection was a little lesser. I just missed the faculty of my time. Rest, the memories were there for sure to warm my heart in this Delhi cold. Sharad sir was serendipity actually and this made my day.”

“Sharad sir was serendipity actually and this made my day.”

Any suggestions for the FIIB students who want to take up Operations?

“Logistics & Supply Chain Management are not monotonous. If they are, then they are not what you think you have put yourself into. Individuals who can handle challenging situations with sheer confidence are the superheroes here. Please note that there will be challenges which will definitely make you question your potential frequently. But these challenges will hone your skills and will provide you with countless opportunities to step out of your comfort zone. Follow your curriculum like your Bible. At times try your best and shift your focus more on practical learning. This will always keep you a few steps ahead of the crowd. Last but not the least, be ready to roll up your sleeves to get the work done!”

“Please note that there will be challenges which will definitely make you question your potential frequently. But these challenges will hone your skills and will provide you with countless opportunities to step out of your comfort zone.”


India will emerge powerful globally—Say the Experts from Indian Financial-Services Sector

Key Takeaways from Finance Conclave 2020 @FIIB

For years, risk management has been an exercise undertaken in fear, as a means to address compliance-driven activities. Perceived in the past as an act to protect the organization, the viewpoint has shifted to that as an opportunity to create value and drive organizational performance. Risk management is a performance enabler and a powerful tool to derive utility across various spheres of functioning and services, ranging from product cross-selling, financial crime management and regulatory compliance management.

Over the years, various economic positions, changing international relations, trade competition and war, and changing government policies and compliance frameworks globally have made India prone to risk across various sectors of businesses, particularly in its financial services sector. While the Indian banking and financial services sectors play a crucial role in boosting the consumption, saving and investment, the ability of doing a tradeoff between risk and return plays a major role in retaining the profitability and customer satisfaction—making the risk management a performance enabler.

While the Finance Conclave 2020 on the theme of “Risk Management Practices in Financial Services Sector” held at Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB), New Delhi, on 11th January 2020, deliberated the existing challenges in the Indian financial-services sector, and contemporary risk management practices, it provided on the sidelines a great networking opportunity too, to all the stakeholders that included industry experts, academics and students. Using the financial game, DARTFIN, students were able to express their financial acumen.

Across the board, the industry experts agreed that India with its sheer demographic dividend will emerge a major global power very soon, in the next decade to be precise. Already, the introduction of structural changes like demonetization and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, has strengthened the financial sector of the country. Moreover, due to the controlled fiscal deficit, low inflation and stable political situation, the fundamentals of Indian economy would remain robust and strong, felt the industry experts and academics alike. The representatives of Indian financial services sector further suggested that the asset-liability mismatch of the banks might be further improved by rapidly developing the bonds market. Investors who could hedge their positions through derivatives instruments, should not worry otherwise, since the external risks such as geopolitical situations are generally short-lived and, therefore, these wouldn’t come in the way of the country’s growth, said the leaders from the Indian financial services sector. All the present experts were of the view that the dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy is in fact a short-term goal for India and India has all the factors to go much beyond that dream.

Plenary Session of the Conclave that discussed the issues involving the risk management practices in the Indian financial services sector, was addressed by two financial-services securities experts, Chief Guest Dr. Naresh C. Maheshwari (Chairman, Farsight Group), and Keynote Speaker Mr. Sanjiv Bhasin (Director, India Infoline Securities Ltd., IIFL). Panel Discussion that followed the Plenary Session explored the veracity of our country’s dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy vis-à-vis the contribution of Indian financial services sector, with the help of four industry experts who joined the discussion, namely, Mr. Salman Ali Khan (Client Portfolio Manager, BOX PFA), Mr. Anuj Shyam (Associate Director—Business Head, North, JM Financial Services), Mr. Gopal Sharma (Co-Founder, FinAdvantage Consulting Private Limited, Gurgaon), and Mr. Kunal Kaushesh (Deputy Vice-President, Aviva Life Insurance).

Apart from sharing their insight with the stakeholders, the corporate speakers were able to gather enriching feedback from the academics present on the occasion and they further appreciated the FIIB for the knowledge and understanding of its students, who made an introductory but comprehensive presentation from the academic perspectives on the theme.

The occasion further proved to be an excellent opportunity for building and strengthening networks among the present stakeholders. While the academics were able to update on themselves on the existing industry practices in risk management, the students particularly benefitted in every way from discussion by the corporate speakers, which eventually would help them in refining their long-term goals.


The 7Ps of Upscaling Business Internationally

India is continually doing great things to stand its presence online, but the country still has to uncheck many toolkits to catch the speed of digitalization in which many technologically-strong countries have already been travelling.” –Dr. Justin Paul, Senior Associate Editor-University of Puerto Rico, USA

Dr. Justin Paul during FIIB’s 5th International Management Conference

It has now become crucial for India than ever before to extend its sight beyond a circle and bring the 7-P framework of international marketing or, we can say Internationalization into action. 

While talking about the extent to which other countries are evolving, Dr. Paul emphasised that most of the organizations today seek help from the basic 4-P framework of marketing or 7-P framework of service marketing, when it comes to reviewing the marketing strategies. On the contrary, what they actually need to focus on is a solid foundation that guides them to grow globally. 

Dr. Justin Paul who works as a Senior Associate Editor in the University of Puerto Rico, USA, presented his published paper on “7 P Framework for International Marketing” at FIIB’s 5th International Management Conference. “These 7Ps of marketing mix work as a guiding framework for all kinds of companies operating in different sectors to use this as a benchmark framework while preparing for the feasibility of entering into a foreign market and trying to strengthen their businesses globally,” he said. The 7Ps of marketing mix that help any business grow internationally consist of potential, path, pace, process, pattern, problems, and performance

On performing better in the era of globalization 

Performance of any business is equal to the functional output of the first 6Ps of this framework. While explaining these 6Ps, he suggested the following questions that businesses should ask themselves constantly to obtain an optimum functional output:

  • Potential: What kind of market potential do you have in different countries?
  • Path: What strategy does your company follow to grow in the market?
  • Process: What type of process does your company follow to cover a targeted area?
  • Pace: What action plan do you choose to speed-up your company’s operations?
  • Pattern: Does your company entertains the product diversification? Does your company follow a different approach on the basis of location pattern, product pattern and trend pattern?
  • Problems: Is your company anticipating problems timely? 

Listen to this video where Dr. Justin Paul explaining the 7 P framework for International Marketing.

On practising better performance even after going global

There has been a rapid increase in international transactions and, therefore, firms have to rethink their global strategy. In order to give a more substantial marketing edge to the companies operating in the developing countries, Dr. paul shared some of his key learnings from his research. One crucial step that he thinks every company operating in an emerging country should take to extend core business functionalities globally is to carry out an analysis based on the first 6Ps of International Marketing framework. 

On China mushroomed as the fastest growing economy in the world

The secret behind the success of Japanese companies is nothing but internationalization. What Japan did in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Korea did the same in 1980s and 1990s, and its status has changed completely since then – from a developing to the developed country. And, what both the countries – Japan and Korea – possessing great technological expertise did since the 1960s, China has been doing for the last 20 years with the active support of its government.


How Can Design Thinking Help Your Business Strategy?

How many times a week do we attend meetings that discuss organizational challenges and ways to solve them? How many times did we actually think that we found solutions to these messy problems only to see them crawl back at our office desks? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? These problems range from improving customer experience to decreasing cart abandons to enhancing employee engagement to improve reporting formats – pick your poison.

Sadly, many approaches to problem-solving overlook various important factors. Problem-solving is at the core of any business, your products solve problems of your consumers, your processes solve your organizational problems. Both need timely innovation to create sustainable competitive advantage for your business. In this process, you’ll encounter certain challenges that are complicated in nature as they involve a diverse set of people, processes, and perspectives. Design Thinking is that rock-solid methodology that helps you get there.

Design Thinking circles back to the most important aspect of any organization – humans. Organizations are made of people, and they aim to solve the problems of people, hence Design Thinking teaches you to learn and apply human-centred techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way. Instead of focusing on parts of the problem, Design Thinking challenges you to think about what a solution would look like for the whole problem while focusing on the people who the problem affects. Keeping Design Thinking at the core of your strategy allows you to create a culture of being user-centric. And yes, it works for big or small organizations.

Here are some ways Design Thinking  enables your employees

  • Encourage asking more questions
  • Help identify problems better
  • Train to look at various perspectives of a challenge
  • Train to find the root cause(s) of the problem
  • Develop customer-centric thinking
  • Match outcomes and objectives
  • Enhance innovation and creativity
  • Encourage practical testing of prototypes
  • Implement an iterative problem-solving model

One of the key elements of Design Thinking is to think and ideate – it allows critical thinking, lets you organize information and ideas from a user’s perspective. Companies like Google reserve 20% of their employees time as thinking time. Even for smaller organizations, innovation has now become essential to grow, but Design Thinking is not a wonder-machine that can solve problems in a day. Design Thinking is an iterative process, and it takes time for your employees to start using it at work daily. That is why we recommend a Bootcamp that helps them understand the importance of Design Thinking, the essentials of the process, and how to inculcate design thinking as a way of life.

Since Design Thinking streamlines the way you innovate and problem-solve, soon it becomes a core strength to your company, slowly transforming into your sustainable competitive advantage. Such competencies are hard for your competitors to imitate, thereby building you a market share that sustains longer! So, what’s stopping you from implementing Design Thinking at work? Write to us at ceeinfo@fiib.edu.in to know more about how you can start.


20 Speakers and a thriving Management ecosystem: Major key takeaways for Researchers, Academicians and Business World

With the core belief that research evokes thoughts leading to some of the finest business practices, we at FIIB decided to showcase some of the latest advances in management thought led by research, technology and innovation. The meetup of academicians, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders was a part of FIIB’s 5th International Management Conference held at the institute campus on 17th and 18th December 2019.

Around 20+ speakers from Australia, France, India, Kuwait, Nepal, New Zealand, Portugal, UK and USA, 70+ students of Uniglobe College, Nepal and more than 100 management graduates overall attended the two-day long IMC 2019. This time it wasn’t just the number of attendees that was impressive; the learnings each resource person shared and the research presentations showcased by students also contributed well to our vision.

Deciphering the framework of International Marketing

Speaking on the advent of online subscription-based services to technology-led convenience-based shopping for the consumers, Dr. Justin Paul, Senior Associate Editor-University of Puerto Rico, USA managed to spark a sense of comradeship amongst the audience by addressing many strategic requirements of International business. 

The key learnings from the address of Dr. Justin Paul were:

  • Become aware of the importance of Mobile Apps for payments as the future is digital.
  • Technology is not less than a torchbearer for shoppers; it is leading almost everything: consumer behaviour, choices, and right decisions. 
  • Grasp the 7-p framework of International Marketing sooner to stay aside from defeats later. 

Analytical approach in Integrated Marketing Communications

Be it a small business or huge enterprise, almost everyone in the business world is hustling hard to brand and coordinate their communication efforts. To outlay what importance integrated marketing approach plays in a brand image, Dr. Cornelia Caseauis, Associate Professor-Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France decided to be vocal about the inside-out approach to the Integrated Marketing Communication. 

The major takeaways from her keynote speech were::

  • An analytical approach is key to create brand awareness among customers at a minimal cost.
  • More integrated, fewer conflicts: With a handy marketing approach like this, organizations can effectively communicate a similar message to potential and existing end-users.

Globalization mushrooming in business, relations and what not!

Where it has been in the outlook of every businessman that globalization is the root cause of increased competition, Communication Expert from Australia Angela Yu, thinks it as an exquisite way to unlearn new culture and unleash unseen goals in life. To further describe how globalization impacts a common man’s life, she took a slice from her personal life and delivered a happy gift of globalization to the audience. 

The motivating learnings from her talk were:

  • Even two people from different linguistic backgrounds experience globalization, but they can turn sufferings/conflicts into happiness & success by embracing diverse cultures. 
  • Globalization brings more learnings and experiences in one’s life. 
  • What’s the harm in embracing something like globalization when all it offers to your business is the spread of products, investment, and technology. 

Entrepreneurship is on the rise

The most interesting phase of the IMC Day-2 panel discussion on the topic “Leveraging Entrepreneurship Development through Emergent Technologies and Disruptive Innovation” was when Dr Aneesh Zutshi, Assistant Professor-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal shed light on the Indian startup ecosystem and its essentials. 

The conversations flowed from building disruptive digital technologies, how technology impacts society, what information asymmetry digital platforms are facing, startup challenges, the Indian startup development, utmost need for collaboration and harnessing network effects, and big data too. 

Some of the key takeaways from his address were:

  • It is important for entrepreneurs to understand the role of technology in startup development before initiating the show.
  • India needs to leverage its digital presence, better its collaboration strategies and dive deep into big data to stand strong in the world of innovations and entrepreneurship.

We feel proud to share that this year’s International Marketing Conference has successfully brought together diverse themes, contributed to both theory and practice, and strengthen the interaction of Research, Innovation and Technology with Economy and Society. To know more about FIIB’s 5th International Management Conference, visit http://imc.fiib.edu.in


Deepening Bonds to Drive Growth: A Message From Radhika Shrivastava, FIIB’s Executive Director

“We opened 2019 with a commitment to deeply listen to, engage with and bring happiness to the lives that we touch – students, alumni, employees, corporate partners. As the year comes to an end now, it’s time to look back and reflect on our efforts to deliver what we had promised.”

Radhika Shrivastava, FIIB’s Executive Director

This year was spent deeply listening to and engaging our key stakeholders with a sole purpose of striving for each one’s success, while keeping FIIB’s mission of advancing the practice of management at the forefront. 

New technology changes have led to the emergence of newer job roles and skills. To bridge this gap, and to help our recruiter partners find perfect fits, we aligned today’s job roles to our career tracks and also created live projects and internships that were a win-win.  We’ve held full-house faculty development programs and focused on research outcomes addressing the most contemporary management challenges. We organized a bigger-than-before second edition of TEDx at FIIB which brought some of the most engaging storytellers to the campus. Further our 5th International Management Conference brought world-renowned scholars on one stage. 

For our students, we took initiatives to spread happiness, provide opportunities, and inspire excellence. We listened to our students and started off refreshments-on-the-go to boost their mornings, music stations to up the energy levels, on-campus Saddle Gym to raise physical and mental fitness and a dedicated 24X7 counselling platform for emotional wellbeing. 

Our alumni, who are spread across the world, continued to stay connected with us through providing mentoring, guidance and career opportunities to FIIB students. We intend to ramp up our engagement with them more and hope that 2020 brings many more avenues of mutually beneficial engagements. 

For our staff, our initiatives included remodelling of the workspaces to allow maximum creativity and collaboration and create a culture that supports excellence and promotes work-life balance through workshops, stress buster activities, and investing in the right training programs.

To every person who is a part of FIIB community, we achieved these milestones with you! Please know that as an institution we are invested in your success as much as you are.

As we enter a new year with hope and bigger goals to understand, act, and engage deeply with our communities, a heartfelt thank you for being a part of FIIB’s upwards and onwards journey. 

Warmest wishes for a wonderful 2020!


Your Passion Takes You To Your Ultimate Goal

Why did you choose a career in Shipping and Logistics? Describe your journey

“One of my family members was a sailor, the first time when he came back in a ship, I got curious and got to learn how people work in a ship. I was fascinated and from then began my interest in shipping. But my career in shipping didn’t begin right away. I started my journey from Samsung as a Sales trainee, and then joined BRAMER, after working there for 10 years, I got the opportunity to work with Norvic Shipping International Ltd. and I thoroughly enjoy being the manager – team lead here. Sometimes you don’t get to the role you really want immediately, but if you’ve got a passion for what you want, you’ll reach there soon enough”.

What were your expectations from your career, did they differ from reality?

“Yes, they did, very much so, I got to see the ground reality of working in the corporate. I have 12 years of a career that went up as much as it went down.  In my first job I was assigned to sell TVs and ACs in UP west in a village where electricity was scarce, it was tough, and it taught me the art of persuasion. See, the jobs I took put things in perspective. To achieve success in life, you need to do have the right equation of hard work and passion. I was working hard but my passion was for Shipping. While doing my job, I never stopped working towards my goal; I never stopped learning. Ultimately, that paid off. I started working for my dream role. What I learnt from my experience and what I hope anyone else can learn from it is that if you’re interested in a particular industry, you need to stick to it – at least stick to your goal of getting into it. Networking with people will help you tremendously. Train for the job you want, people will notice and soon you’ll be where you want to  “

“…if you’re interested in a particular industry, you need to stick to it – at least stick to your goal of getting into it. Networking with people will help you tremendously”

What fond memories did your visit to FIIB awaken?

“Interestingly, our batch was in the second year, when FIIB shifted from its old campus to new campus, so we got to do our first year in the old one and the second in the new one. I have got memories from both the places. This visit invokes so many beautiful memories from that time. I remember Prof. Mirza Saida who taught us organizational behaviour and Captain Deepak who taught us Shipping. It is because of them that I learned a lot both in terms of work and life. What I learnt here is that you never know when a challenge is around the corner, so the best way is to be always prepared.”

“… What I learnt here is that you never know when a challenge is around the corner, so the best way is to be always prepared.”

What advice would you offer to students who take #NoHypeMBA at FIIB?

“In the beginning, be open to all the opportunities you get. Sometimes you don’t get what you want, it’s life and such things happen. Don’t be disheartened if your career doesn’t seem like what you expected, take a step back and evaluate your options and choose the best one that lets you follow your passion. If you have a goal, stay on the path to it. Pursue it continuously and relentlessly, no one can stop you from attaining it. And then, once you achieve it, set yourself a newer and bigger goal. That’s the way to your success. Wish you luck!”


What Christmas Plans are Dishing in FIIB Racers Mind?

Now is the time of the year where FIIB students are about to bid farewell to heavy semester books and navigate themselves towards the execution of much-awaited Christmas break plans. After all, it’s a time of choosing favourite cakes, the hanging of advent wreaths, and sharing the messages of love & brotherhood with the beloved ones.

We asked FIIB Racers their Christmas plans whether they’re – heading to home or planning to call it Campus-stay; looking forward to cherishing longstanding family traditions or thinking of starting new ones; going to fulfil their cravings with classic foods or gift themselves some self-made recipes. Let’s have a look at all the happy-Christmas-plans we were able to collect. And, we literally don’t mind in case you steal one or two from the list. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Bhavya Kalra

Christmas is an occasion which surfaces feelings of positivity and happiness in and around us! That’s why Bhavya’s Christmas plan revolves around doing things which would bring joy. “I plan to do some activities full of fun and frolic- starting with visiting a Christmas themed decorated eating place to dancing to the beats of jingle bells,” Bhavya said.

Aakash Mathews

Christmas is more like sharing happiness, cherishing family traditions, and enjoying lots of tasty food with beloved ones. Every year, on Christmas, Aakash visit the church with his family to attend the early morning worship. Afterwards, there’s a huge family get-together lunch where he gets to meet all my relatives and childhood friends. “Christmas evenings are usually for my friends that we spend by sharing some laughs and pies,” he said.  

Amit Ghadai

For Amit, Christmas is to take some time off from his busy schedule and cook healthy food that fits well with his diet plans (Chuckles). “Yes, that’s true!, I never miss my diet chart even if it’s 25th of December,” Amit said.   

Shreya Rai

Christmas is all about collecting as many gifts and chocolates as I could from my relatives, friends, and family (obviously). We don’t celebrate it in our family but yes, I visit the church with my friends and sing “One Horse Open Sleigh” Christmas song with all. 

Shirley Rex

If you think Christmas lunch tables are not that crowded, ask Shreya about hers. Shreya’s family invites everyone they know for Christmas celebration, and typically that means 50 to 100 people show up. “The best part is that every single person gets to meet with each other and share their joy without getting bored,” Shirley said. What’s better to have on a Christmas than that, huh? 

Pratyusha Prattipati

To me, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. It reminds me to be thankful for what I have and be kind to everyone. I count my blessings on Christmas, spend time visiting my friends and family, gift my loved ones, and end it with retrospection of this year. As it marks the end of the year, I also make new goals – personal and professional for my next year. 

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