When I literally felt at “Top of the World”

Early morning, 3rd February of 2015 all students set for Dubai Trip. Thanks to Fortune Institute of International Business for giving us the opportunity to visit Dubai for educational tour which was a blend of learning and light-hearted amusement. Very well said by St. Augustine “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” and because of this tour all of us were able to learn about various plans and procedures of industries in Dubai, their policies, manufacturing procedures, their laws, etc. In short we were able to get an insight of Dubai’s Political, economical, social, technological, environmental and legal factors (PESTEL).

In our travel chart, 3 industrial visits were arranged including big industries like Dubal, Rak Ceremic, Nestle and Travaco (Some students visited Travaco instead of Nestle) because of companies policy of restriction on number of students. Not only industrial trip but various other plans were framed like cruise party, Desert Safari and city tour including mall, Jumeirah Beach etc. Students were also given an opportunity to visit Burj Khalifa; 2 days were given to students to explore the city on their own. Students visited Atlantis, Dubai Mall and other places where they wanted to. Food arrangements were extremely good. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian savoury food  items were laid on the table for all. As said, every coin has two sides – the tour was a combination of good and bad things. The above written things were good, we were a little unluckily with the hotel facility. As said by Samuel Johnson, “All travel has its advantage, if the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve on his own and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” And Fiibians learn to enjoy and we all had a fun filled educational trip to Dubai.

To summarize Dubai trip was a milkshake with key ingredients of  Learning and fun.


The Best Management Experience…Ever!!!

Samavesh 2015 has been one of the finest experiences in short course of life. It has been one of the best management lessons. FIIB has given me a great platform in the form of Samavesh to showcase my leadership skills and learn extensively about how to work professionally. With the help of the faculty mentors, my senior cultural co-heads (Vaishali Dhawan and Janis King) and other volunteers, we were able to make Samavesh 2015 a success story.

We started the planning process with a brief meeting of organizing committee with all the club heads and the Faculty mentors of the cultural club and discussed the key takeaways from the last year’s fest. Taking leads from the senior heads of the club we listed the events/competitions that can be held along with their respective rules and regulations. An e-mail was floated announcing the preparation designs of Samavesh and invited students to be the volunteers and for support/popularize the fest. Henceforth, all the events were scheduled in the 2 day program as per the availability of the time slot with the help of the faculty mentors.

We believe in the basic rule of marketing –  ’Jo Dikhta Hai wo Bikta Hai’. Our next step after the smooth sailing of operational activities was the creating brochures and posters that can be distributed and sent to other colleges for participating. Several colleges of University of Delhi, Indraprastha University and PGDM Institutes across India were invited personally through e-mails, calls and meetings. Getting sponsorship from renowned brands such as Nirula’s, Worlds of Wonder, FrienZone was the Next Big Thing. It was a pleasure networking with the corporates since approaching, meeting and convincing them for sponsoring our event taught us several tactics to deal clients in a positive way.  Time Crunch was a major issue considering other activities, class/exam schedules at FIIB. Samavesh taught us the nitty-gritties of organizing and managing a big scale event with time management as a crucial aspect.

The two days of fest turned out to be a grand success; co-ordination of the core team members and the volunteers was perfect and everyone worked in tandem with the requirements and plans. It was a great moment to see continuous effort of 1 month paying off.

The key learning’s while organizing the fest are as follows –

1. Managing time (finishing work within deadlines)
2. Marketing (felt like a true salesman, going out in the field and showcasing Samavesh to its potential sponsors)
3. Multi-Tasking
4. Managing resources
5. Coordinating with different teams
6. Maintaining a rapport with all the colleagues and volunteers and the seniors (students, faculty and staff)
6. Leading Teams
7. Keeping clarity in all the important elements of organizing an event


A Much Awaited Trip..!!!!

3rd of February it was and we board a flight to the city of skyscrapers i.e. DUBAI. Dubai being famous for its nightlife is one of the seven emirates of UAE consisting of lot of desert and coastal areas. We went there as a part of our Business Study Tour included in the course curriculum here at FIIB. It was a much awaited trip with lots of first time experiences from boarding a flight to visiting Burj Khalifa(world’s tallest building) and many more.

We entered into the city of DUBAI, outside the airport the bus of our tour operator was waiting to take us to our hotel i.e. Rushin Hotel. The whole of the city is being constructed on the desert and is full of plenty of skyscrapers. The centre of attraction for all of us was these skyscrapers and the luxurious cars dancing on the roads of Dubai. The roads there were beautifully constructed just like the roads that I have previously seen only in a virtual game i.e. ‘Need For Speed’. Thereafter going through the streets of Dubai we reached our hotel where rooms were allotted to us in the pair of two. Room no-414 was allotted to me and as soon as I took the glimpse of my room my eyes popped out, what a beautiful room it was with very wonderful infrastructure and view. The balcony was such from where I can look the cars running on the road. I loved the view and the room.

Thereafter, while taking a rest for some time, we went for a view of the market just outside our hotel i.e. ‘Meena Bazaar’. The next day was our first industrial tour organized for us. All of us was taken to DUBAL(Dubai Aluminium) factory located at the outskirts of the city Dubai. The organization is the world’s largest producer of Aluminium and is also famous for its quality of products. After that we went again to our hotel and changed for entering into our land cruisers which were standing for taking us to the Desert Safari. After the roller coaster ride in the deserts of Dubai we went for a belly dancing show and dinner which was organised following the Arabian culture and tradition.

On the following day, another industrial visit to RAK-ceramics was conducted where we were taught about the operations conducted in making tiles in the factory and also we were briefed about the marketing strategies followed by the firm and how RAK- ceramics differentiates from its competitors. The evening was again full of enjoyment with dinner organised for us on the cruise. The evening again was full of dinner, dance and fun on the cruise. It was a very beautiful evening and the city was looking amazing from the cruise.

At the last, the tour operator organised a city tour for us where we went to the mall in DUBAI along with the visit Jumairah beach followed by the visit at the world tallest skyscraper (Burj Khalifa).The view from the burj was beautiful, everyone was feeling at the top of the world. Next day we board the flight for India. The trip was full of entertainment along with lots of learning about the culture, environment and working behavior there at Dubai.


5 Days of Global Learning…Dubai!!

The day we first heard about the trip to Dubai, one of the top class business hubs, we were filled with thrill and excitement. Finally, the D-day arrived and we all reached the IGI airport with a big smile to be seen on every face. After a flight of 3 hours we landed into the land of oil and of course great business.

The first thing we did was visiting Dubal (Dubai Aluminium Company) our first industrial visit. Dubal is one of the biggest aluminium manufacturers of Dubai which is now called as EGA (Emirates Global Aluminium). We were shown an educational video about Dubai and aluminium production in the industry. After that we were taken for an industry tour conducted by Mr. B.J. Joseph who gave us a detailed overview about the functions of the factory. Later on after having lunch in South Indian restaurant we moved in to our hotel by 5pm in the evening. Since there was not much time left, we went out to explore the famous Meena Bazar which was very close to our hotel, just 5 min. of walking distance.

The second day again started off with an industrial visit to one of our favourite chocolate brand Nestle. We were shown an informative video as well as were allowed to take a look at the factory’s chocolate preparation processes. We were even given a goodie bag full of yummy nestle chocolates. Further on we had lunch and the food was actually very bad. That day we explored Deira city centre and took a water taxi ride to Gold Souk where we could find gold jewellery in best of designs, price and purity.

The third day was fully free and the whole day was spent enjoying Dubai city. We went to Ski Dubai, in the Mall of Emirates. Ski Dubai was a great experience as we could meet Penguins there, world’s largest Penguin, McFatty. We played and enjoyed a lot in the snow. Later on that day we went out for Desert Safari, which was actually a very adventurous ride. There was camping, camel riding, biking, belly dancing and lot more.

The next day we again had an industrial visit to RAK Ceramics, one of the top ceramic ware companies in the Middle East. The went by with a round in the Dubai Mall and visit to Kites beach which was again very exciting.

The last day of our trip was spent in shopping for different stuff like mobiles, tablets, perfumes, jewellery, bags, dresses and most importantly the chocolates as everything was available at much reasonable price than in India. The other places we visited were, the Underwater Aquarium, Dolphin Show, Jumeirah beach etc. Still a lot of it was missed.

In a nutshell, I would say that the trip to Dubai had been very exciting, funfilled and no doubt very informative. We could understand and make detailed study about the business environment as well as every source of entertainment in Dubai.


Success Story – Jacob Poochakkattil (Batch 2013 -15)

Candid Interview with Jacob Poochakkattil (Placed as Junior Recruiter, Mastech Inc.)

“Grab every opportunity and work with diligence.”

Q1. How does it feel getting placed at Mastech Inc.?

A-> I’ve already bagged a good job at Mastech Inc., quite before the finals of PGDM course. Mastech Inc. is one of the most recognized IT recruitment and consulting firm. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the FIIB family for developing my skills and preparing me well for the professional world. I’m an Agriculture Engineer from AAIDU, Allahabad. Although, I’ve previously functioned as Marketing Engineer and have 15 months of work experience with a landscape irrigation company in Rajasthan (before joining FIIB), I’m overwhelmed to acknowledge the stupendous effort put forth by the institute to transform me into a true professional with the required industry skills and attributes.


Q2. Your Success Mantra

A -> Grab every opportunity and work with diligence.


Q3.     You are on the verge of stepping into the Corporate World. How did the 2 year journey at FIIB help you succeed in the interview and prepare you for the Corporate World?

A-> FIIB campus was always abuzz with activities and each day was a memorable one. Being Jaagriti Club Co- head, I undertook many social and campus drives under guidance of expert faculty. The 2 year journey at FIIB turned fruitful for me. The two year PGDM course at FIIB offered ample scope for a student to grow as a true corporate world person. The course was comprehensive with updated curriculum, technical trainings, soft skills sessions, live projects and industry sessions. The opportunities to observe and learn the widely applied techniques and practices of the corporate world were unparalleled at FIIB. Its industry network is widespread and this led me to join FIIB at the outset. I’m happy to have taken the decision and have put in quality time at FIIB. I had the scope to learn new subjects and delve deeper in my areas of interests enabling me to have a concrete knowledge base. The practical sessions, case studies, workshops were valuable sources of learning real life examples. Also, they were instrumental in building the right industry skills. I’ve been given a true direction and immense encouragement by the faculty and mentors to build a secured and highly rewarding career path.  Also, my motivation levels have been kept quite high by the CMC (Placement) team and I cleared all the interview rounds of Mastech Inc. comfortably. Special thanks to Prof. Jones Mathew who gave me valuable tips to communicate and express my ideas to the recruitment team of Mastech Inc.


Q4. Your personal and professional attributes that helped you excel?

A -> All the activities at the campus have imparted in me certain skills – negotiation, presentation, networking skills to name a few.  These have aided in excelling in academics and in the final placement. As communication skills play an important role in obtaining a good job, the grooming sessions at FIIB made me more eloquent in communication. I was always encouraged to have 360 degree thinking pattern; hence, my analytical and problem solving skills improved to a great extent. My future plan is to be a successful entrepreneur. I’m keen on taking forward and implementing the teachings and values delivered at FIIB. They are an invaluable asset to me. The industry exposure and overall student development/grooming sessions is central to a successful career roadmap for any student. Thanks to FIIB for laying down the success path for me!


Q5. Is there any moment at FIIB that has been etched in your memory forever?

A -> Every day is a learning opportunity at FIIB. The Sustainable Summit and E-Drive are two important campaigns that are close to my heart.


Success Story – Ashish Sharma (Batch 2013 -15)

Candid Interview with Ashish Sharma (Placed as Executive – Associate Analyst at Onicra)

“Be Sincere in everyday routine work and it will gradually lead to success”

Q1. How does it feel getting placed at Onicra?

A -> I’m in an upbeat mood since I’ve got placed in Onicra. It is one of the leading credit and performance rating companies in India. I always had the desire to work with a credit rating agency since the inception of PGDM. My goals were clear. I kept working towards it sincerely and regularly. When Onicra visited the campus for final placements, I was happy to apply and appear for its interview. Now, I’m ready and enthusiastic to embark the new professional world voyage.


Q2. Your Success Mantra

A -> Be sincere in everyday routine work and it will gradually lead to success. Being sincere delivers positive results since the intention behind every task involves truthfulness and dedication for qualitative work. Also, working on a project with dedication till its completion expresses sincerity.


Q3. You are on the verge of stepping into the Corporate World. How did the 2 year journey at FIIB help you succeed in the interview and prepare you for the Corporate World?

A -> The 2 year journey at FIIB had only one aim – “Focus on basics.” The journey was undoubtedly an excellent one with abundant opportunities to groom for the professional world. Faculty provided a strong support at every step and interpersonal skills enhanced far and wide. As it is said, experience is the best teacher; the Dubai Trip was a marvel experience. I was the head of the group. Everyday activities had to be planned, organized and executed perfectly. This opened up several avenues for learning and building interpersonal skills. Also, everyone on the trip witnessed a new ethos and way of working. Industry visit, conclave and club activities played a strong role in preparing for the interview and the corporate world. The interview preparatory sessions geared up for Group Discussions and Personal Interview rounds. Alumni Connect was integral to the interview preparation sessions. I received a basic understanding about the company, Onicra, and its business process from one of our Alumni. All these parameters helped me in nailing the important factors/points in the interview. Overall, the 2 year journey was an excellent one.


Q4. Your personal and professional attributes that helped you excel?

A -> Everyone has some flaws and areas of improvement. Self-awareness is one of the greatest attributes I possess. With it I could identify the areas for self-improvement. Initially I had low knowledge in Advanced Excel and some of the Finance areas required polishing. I made gradual progress and worked with sincerity in making my Finance fundamentals absolutely strong. This eased up the interview process for Onicra and I faced no major hurdle. Other personal traits that helped me excel are integrity, leadership, conflict management and team building skills.


Q5. Is there any moment at FIIB that has been etched in your memory forever?

A -> The Christmas Party celebrated in 2013 will be cherished forever. It was filled with fun and frolic and energized the campus environment.


Success Story – Vaishali Dhawan (Batch 2013-15)

Candid Interview with Vaishali Dhawan (Placed at Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd.)

“Believe in yourself, have determination and passion to work continuously towards your goals.”

Q1.How does it feel getting placed at Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd.?

A -> Zomato is my dream company. I’m thrilled to have been placed here. My dreams have come true. I’ve been following Zomato since my Engineering days and have always been fascinated about their work and association with the restaurant industry.  Being a complete foodie and always approachable to the fellow mates for suggesting a good eatery, I’ve been nicknamed as ‘Zomato’. Interview rounds were tough especially the two rounds of presenting with sales pitch. However, working on the inputs provided by the recruiters helped me perform well. I was also appreciated by the Zomato people. Believing in the statement ‘nothing is impossible’, I had put in my best efforts during the interview rounds to convince that I’m the best fit for Zomato and the company has been in my wish list for quite some time. Strong faith of the Faculty andCRC team in me along with my determination and passion for Zomato helped me clear the interview rounds smoothly. At the end, I came out with flying colours.


Q2. Your Success Mantra

A -> “Follow your Dreams incessantly and they follow you back.”


Q3.     You are on the verge of stepping into the Corporate World. How did the 2 year journey at FIIB help you succeed in the interview and prepare you for the Corporate World?

A -> The 2 year journey at FIIB was filled with numerous opportunities that gave a sense of belonging to a competitive Corporate World. Everyday activities were rigorous only for carving a smooth career ahead. Apart from classroom learning, we were given ample scope by FIIB to showcase our talents/skills via various projects and group activities. Besides, we were regularly given feedback on our areas of improvement. I worked laboriously on my weaker areas and improved myself. Faculty is the backbone of the college. The mentoring sessions by the Faculty served as a true catalyst in performing well in academics and practical rounds. Initially I faced challenges in Finance subjects since I’m from engineering background. With the extra efforts put in by the Faculty and my urge to improve in the area helped me score well overall. Marketing is my area of interest and hence, I worked towards it with great intent of building a strong foundation in the domain.

The Industry Visits, Conclaves and other Industry Sessions were of great help. Especially, the 2 month preparatory session for Zomato was exceptionally helpful and completely focused on the interview pattern of Zomato. Numerous aptitude test papers were given to us for gearing up for different analytical rounds of Zomato interview. Besides, there were mock interview sessions monitored by external panellists and FIIB alumni who helped us prepare really well for the interview. I’m happy to be a part of FIIB since it helped me undergo several challenges that transformed me entirely and implement the concepts learnt in the corporate world.


Q4. Your personal and professional attributes that helped you excel?

A -> Success doesn’t come easy. I believe in having a strong determination and passion towards my goals. Besides, one needs to work in the right direction persistently to reach his/her goals. Taking leadership in cultural activities of the college (I’m the Cultural Head of 2014 Batch) led me walk newer avenues. This undoubtedly made my interpersonal skills more polished and added a new dimension to my career path.


Q5. Is there any moment at FIIB that has been etched in your memory forever?

A -> Two years at FIIB is filled with memories. If I’ve to put one, it is surely the announcement of my selection for final placements at my dream company, ‘Zomato.’


Success Story – Mitika Nangia (Batch 2013 – 15)

Candid Interview with Mitika Nangia ( Placed as Research Associate at Stellar Search)

“Never Give Up. Failure is the stepping stone to success.”

Q1. How does it feel getting placed at Stellar Search?

A -> Stellar Search came to the campus quite early offering the job role of Research Associate. It is a leadership advisory firm specializing in senior talent acquisition in emerging markets across the globe. It was the 1st company that I applied for considering the challenging work it will provide since it caters to firms having international boundaries. I believe that the company will provide tremendous learning opportunities owing to its work structure. I’m happy that I’ve finally got placed at Stellar Search and I further seek to develop new skills for a strong grip in my career. However, at the same time, I’m unhappy that the 2 years of college life has finally come to an end quite early. I will continue missing FIIB’s culture, its values and simply the people around.


Q2. Your Success Mantra

A -> “Never Give Up. Failure is the stepping stone to success. Work strongly on your failures and weaker areas and you will gradually emerge as an overall winner.”


Q3. You are on the verge of stepping into the Corporate World. How did the 2 year journey at FIIB help you succeed in the interview and prepare you for the Corporate World?

A -> It feels nostalgic to look back in the past and recognize every mile of the 2 year journey. Throughout the 2 years, I have learnt and developed a lot of skills which has contributed to my holistic development. The journey involved many aspects. To start with, FIIB has one of the best Faculties. The curriculum is nearly perfect with good blend of practical and theoretical learning. Faculty built a sound knowledge base for us via case studies, projects, presentations and classroom discussions. The teaching methodology was of par excellence and we gained excessive insights about industry practices from Indian Business perspective. I learnt to take big challenges, collaborate with other team members and turn them as opportunities. I also learnt to have foresight and prepare for tomorrow. The 2 years have been a complete evolution phase for me. Every activity, every step and every task aimed to prepare me deeply for the corporate world. I express my sincere gratitude to the opportunities FIIB provided for my holistic development.


Q4. Your personal and professional attributes that helped you excel?

A -> Taking every challenge as an opportunity is my method of working. Although, I had stellar performance with CGPA of 8.0, my intention had always been to work at par in academics and extracurricular activities for holistic development of my skills. Diligence is the keyword to success. I’ve earned scholarship of INR 50K for my efforts in academics. The behavioral traits such as Leadership skills were well portrayed during club activities. I was the co-head of HR club and initiated several ideas for regular upliftment and skill development of fellow members. Initially the confidence level was low. But, with numerous activities in the college, my confidence level received a boost. The inhibition to express ideas vanished. Planning and organizing skills reached a new high during cultural fest and
Sustainability Summit. The holistic development of my personality helped me excel at the end.


Q5. Is there any moment at FIIB that has been etched in your memory forever?

A ->Receiving scholarship amount of INR 50K for the dedicated efforts and stellar result in academics will be etched in memory forever.


Success Story – Ankit Patwal (Batch 2013 -15)

Candid Interview Session with Ankit Patwal (Placed as Executive Trainee at Keuhne and Nagel)

Honesty is the best policy. Take challenges with the honest intention to learn and grow.

Q1. How does it feel getting placed at Keuhne and Nagel?

A -> Keuhne and Nagel is a multinational logistics company with diverse functions. I always wanted to enter the Logistics world with a good profile and in a company having strong brand value. My dream has come true with final placement at Keuhne and Nagel. The company will provide me with ample scope to work in multiple functions in the first year. This will enable me to know my strength areas and pursue career in that direction. I’m extremely satisfied with this learning and growth opportunity and look forward to take up challenges. The interview rounds were very challenging and the recruiters looked for candidates with practical solutions to questions imposed. My groundwork for honest and factual answers served the purpose and I finally got selected by the company.


Q2. Your Success Mantra

A -> “Honesty is the best policy. Keep your goals clear and take up challenges with honest intention to learn and grow.”


Q3. You are on the verge of stepping into the Corporate World. How did the 2 year journey at FIIB help you succeed in the interview and prepare you for the Corporate World?

A -> The 2 years of FIIB will always uphold a crucial role in shaping my career. I’ve been keen on entering the corporate world. But, I was doubtful, in the initial stage, of my skill sets to grow up the ladder. The 2 years of FIIB guided me well and has shown the path to analyse, build and enhance the qualities required to excel in the corporate world. The college has embedded in me the habit of reading newspapers, journals, books, etc. It provided groundwork for building ideas and thoughts. I always had the inclination to delve deep in international business subjects and FIIB helped me in this area. We had access to some of the best faculty. The competitive environment acted as a thrust to stay ahead in the competition. I spent an hour every day to search and read International Business news. This aided in building a strong knowledge base. The faculty provided unfathomable support in various projects and tasks. Prof. Deepankar Chakrabarti and Prof. Sharad Chaturvedi were always approachable and mentored me well. Faculty’s constant encouragement automatically infused confidence in me to take up any challenge. Industry Visits, Conclaves, Club Activities were also the learning media. I took part in the Operations Conclave that gave profound knowledge about the domain and industry practices. The 2 years journey at FIIB were filled with plethora of activities and opportunities to build ourselves professionally and it cannot be replicated anywhere.


Q4. Your personal and professional attributes that helped you excel?

A -> The best thing that I’ve learnt in 2 years of FIIB is careful analysis of self. To know our own weak areas is highly beneficial because they can be worked upon for betterment. With this attribute, I’ve learnt to become more patient and understanding with people and situations. Also, giving home tuitions to school children for 4-5 hours every day benefitted me. I believe in qualitative work and have the skill to motivate people to put forth their best in the tasks allotted. Hence, striving for excellence with the intention of producing original work in every activity raised the competition level amongst the fellow mates. Gradually, I became very focused and imbibed time management skills. All these traits helped me outshine at the final goalpost.


Q5.     Is there any moment at FIIB that has been etched in your memory forever?

A -> The 2 years of FIIB is filled with several cherish able memories. The best one is ought to be the final placement in the logistics industry (since my wish had been so since the beginning of PGDM.)


Faces of FIIB

From being anxious to excited, first day in college is always special and leaves us with memory which we always cherish. We take utmost pride in welcoming you and making your first day at college full of fond memories. Each and every one working at FIIB will ensure that you get access to all information and updates required for your smooth settlement.

Through this series of “Faces of FIIB”, we will take you through the few important people and departments which will be your one point of contact for coming 2 years at FIIB.

Basant Patra:  Fondly known as “Basant Bhaiya”

Mr. Basant Patra is one of the vibrant personalities of FIIB. He is associated with FIIB for last 19 years and supports us with various activities related to students. During a candid interview with Basant Bhaiya we bring to you his crucial role at FIIB.

Ques: How Basant Bhaiya will help new student at FIIB?

Ans: I am the person whom you can rely on for your coming two years at FIIB. As a college support staff, you can contact me for all your enquiries and support regarding:

Orientation Week

  • Document Verification and photocopy which is part of registration during “Orientation Week”
  • Ensuring of receiving Student Rule Book
  • Pre Term course material and Time table

I will help the faculty in organizing all the activities planned for you during the Orientation Week

Daily Routine at FIIB

  • Ensuring course handout to every student along with time table
  • Maintaining attendance
  • During examination, I will help with seating plan, attendance, paper stamping, exam hall time in and time out
  • Arranging the seating plan of our guest speakers and students during conclaves, summit and other events

Ques: Can a student approach you for a proxy attendance?

Ans: Never ever think about it!! :D

Ques: What can be the best tag line for you?

Ans: Sometimes I can be Omnipresent (handing several tasks at one time)


Basant Bhaiya won Lucky Draw during Samanvay- Annual Sports Meet

We will continue with this series and help you with other important people and departments for your help. Stay tuned!!

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