Sep
12

Behind every successful performance lies months of practice – In conversation with student performers of TEDxFIIB

The radiance of FIIB community drew to its peaks during the first TEDxFIIB in August 2018. This zestful event featured not only the 9 empowering speakers, it also showcased 3 fiery performances by FIIB’s very own remarkably talented students which is why an extra dose of excitement and entertainment was on the menu for TEDxFIIB audience. The Vibe was a musical performance in the lead voices of Arunesh Agashe, Manish Chattani, and Rajaganapathy Sethuraman with Ashutosh Swarnkar on strings and with Tanmay Saha on the bass. They put up an enthralling act of 4 upbeat and melodious songs which kept the audience tapping for more.  Jhankar was a Kathak Solo Performance by Harshit Kaur which was an act of beauty and precision. The final performance of The Old School BoysArchit Sharma and Mrinal Rawat rocked the stage with their hip-hop steps. So, what was it like standing on a dream stage and creating ripples of joy and excitement with their performances? Let us ask them and find out.

Q: What was it like performing at TEDxFIIB?

The Vibe: Two words. Dreamy and Wonderful. We were excited, nervous, yet so happy that it was happening. We were extra careful to make sure every single detail of our act comes up well on stage. It was a proud moment for all of us representing FIIB and performing in front of a world-renowned musician. We’re glad that it went smoothly, and we couldn’t ask for a better opportunity. Music, we’ve always loved but this act taught us management as well.

Jhankar:

Harshit- I have performed on many stages, but performing at a TEDx event is different than others. My focus was to put together an act that will absolutely wow the audience. As mentioned, there were celebrities sitting in the audience, it’s tough to both impress and entertains them. As I started dancing, I let all of vanish into thin air, I was enjoying myself and therefore everyone else was. I really can’t thank FIIB and Dr. Sangeeta Chopra (Faculty at FIIB, and Organizer of TEDxFIIB) enough, I feel empowered after giving my best.

Old School Boys: Oh, we have no words. Still overwhelmed from the event’s response. We loved every moment of it. All we had in my mind was that it can’t go wrong. But it was all good. We are absolutely elated.

Q: What motivated you to perform at TEDxFIIB?

V: The theme for TEDxFIIB is The Empowered ‘Self’. What is more empowering than discovering your passion and be bold enough to embrace it. The moment we heard about the event, we were excited to find more, we wanted to be a part of it and finally, we were. The biggest motivation lies in how FIIB always challenges us to do our best. One big testimony is the formation of this band. In the beginning, we teamed up for the event, but working together, we’ve decided to stay as a band.

J: I think my motivation was that I get to perform in front of Ms. Jyotsna Shourie, globally acclaimed Danseuse, Choreographer, and Dance Teacher. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity; this big a stage and this big a learning experience both lured me in.

O: We wanted to push beyond our limits, we participate in various versatile events at FIIB, but sharing the same stage with people who made impact invokes a certain sense of self-empowerment. Moreover, people came here to listen to their brilliant stories, but in the meanwhile, if we can also make them smile, laugh, and applaud, it’s an achievement for us.

Q: Can you describe your journey from auditions to performance?

V: We were all individual students who were auditioning, we all did well, but there was something missing, that’s when we thought why don’t we work together to put up a full act, we had our differences, we had our similarities and we had to practice and rehearse for long hours to get all of them right. Picking up the songs that reflect the theme and weaving a story around was another challenge. Everyone had a strong point, so we really leveraged that for the final act.  Every time we wanted the practice rooms open till late nights, or we wanted to rehearse on stage 2 days before, FIIB has always encouraged us. The continuous guidance by Dr. Sangeeta Chopra (Faculty and Organizer of TEDxFIIB) was an added advantage.

J: After 2 rounds of auditions, when I got to know I’ll get to perform, I started planning right away. I wanted to portray an empowered self through my dance performance. I made sure every detail to be perfect as my favorite quote goes – “if we chase perfection, we catch excellence” I have seen it become true and there I was in my dancing attire being praised by the best of the best.

O: It is incredible. I was very shy initially, I dance because I become someone else on that stage, forgetting inhibitions. FIIB provided that stage for me literally and figuratively. Between managing classes and rehearsals, it was a bit stressful but when I danced on that stage, it all made sense. What can I say, hard work really pays off. I am thankful because TEDx made me push my limits.

Q: Name one key take away from this experience?

All – Empowerment is within ourselves, we need to find that. If we are fearless in the pursuit of what sets our souls on fire, great things happen on the way.

Sep
11

An insider perspective of TEDxFIIB – Varying shades of empowerment

On 25th August 2018, FIIB hosted its first chapter of TEDxFIIB with the theme The Empowered ‘Self”. With bubbling anticipation and sparkling enthusiasm, students, alumni, and the rest of the FIIB community celebrated ideas worth spreading. As part of the event, 9 absolutely amazing storytellers, each with a unique story to tell, took stage and mesmerized the audience with their simple yet powerful life mantras for leading happy, contented, and wholesome lives.  As the conversations unfolded, it was clear that empowerment starts from within oneself. It is the power inside each of us that makes us shine.

Here in the words of Ms. Radhika Shrivastava, Executive Director, FIIB let’s walk through the journey that led up to this mega event.

Q: Why did you decide to organize a TEDx event at FIIB?

A: You know, this is a bit of a story as this links to the theme of The Empowered ‘Self’  and also the culture of FIIB. Last year, I used to mentor the public speaking student club of FIIB called Cue; and one afternoon, just before lunch, this student, Akash who was a co-head of the same club at that time came to my office with gushing enthusiasm saying how he recently attended a TEDx conference and how he would like to do something like that at FIIB, but doesn’t know where to get started. We talked about it a bit. His energy was really infectious (and at the same time my hunger was really mounting!). I quickly googled about TEDx license, gave him the link and said why don’t you find more and submit an application. I also connected him to a faculty member who had mentioned previously attending a TED event. Over the next 2 months, the student took a lead in drafting our application; We kept talking about it; we connected him to more people who were able to hand-hold, and soon we got our license!

 

In that sense, our approach to organizing this event was true to our promise to students -that we will challenge them to achieve their potential, as well as create opportunities for their future success, with the support of committed mentors and lifelong friends they’ll make here.  And that empowerment we keep talking about is reflected in our theme for the conference as well.

Q: Why did you select the theme of The Empowered ‘Self’?

A: Frankly, it was easy to pin down the theme as we had wanted it to be something that resonates loudly with our culture, as well is of relevance to our students.  As a Business school with 23 years of closely working with the youth, shaping their future, we noticed that sometimes feelings of mediocrity, lack of purpose, and futility of lifelong effort are the barriers which stifle them from reaching their full potential. The student, as a learner, needs confidence in self, feel the strength of one’s abilities and cultivate hunger & desire for development. In fulfilling our aim to develop success-ready leader-managers who drive growth in their communities and professions, and to build an ideology, a mindset of excellence, built on robust ‘sense of self’ after much brainstorming, we decided the apt theme would be The Empowered ‘Self’ to give FIIB community the ambition to steer away from situations that are waning their lives, the desire to overcome the negativity in life, and the power to lead them away from life’s decisions they don’t love or believe in. Through the conference, we were hoping to ignite passion in young minds to bring out their best self.  

Q: How did you select each speaker?

A: Selecting and approaching the speakers was one of the most challenging endeavours for TEDx. The thing which kept tingling at the back of mind was, this is going to be the inaugural version of the TEDxFIIB and has to make an impact which encapsulates the personality of FIIB. The other contributing factor to this conundrum was the theme ‘The Empowered Self’. The problem wasn’t the scarcity of influential people whose stories resonate in sync with the theme, rather it was their abundance.  Fortunately, for us, our speaker panel turned out to be very versatile and from all walks of life but with one unique attribute. In their darkest of time, they held their will and turned on the light from within themselves, illuminating their paths and of many others. At the end of the day we had an array of speakers which included a recognised actor from bollywood, a couple of entrepreneurs, a rockstar, an author, a social anthropologist, a reforming administrative officer, an illustrious  taekwondo teacher and a veteran dancer and choreographer who we thought would do absolute justice to the tone we are setting.

Q: Please share a favorite quote/message from each speaker.

A. I found the following messages from each speaker ‘sticky’ for me

Mohit Dubey: Great love stories are born out of courage, commitment, and a great intent. A great intent to live the life like itself. To enjoy its beauty, to enjoy the experience and not seek any short-term things.  And, so are Startups. They too have a great cause, intent, and purpose behind them. They too like love stories need courage and commitment.

Prashant Tandon: We are entering into a world where healthcare is becoming more and more personalized, preventative and predictive. There is a fundamental disruption that is taking place, which will address the large supply gap of trained doctors. By providing assistance on the diagnosis side to doctors, we could increase their productivity to almost 10 times. Thereby, deliver on the promise of technology to put consumer healthcare needs in their hands.

Subir Malik: As I worked towards building a world-class rock band, I was particular about the kind of people we were adding to the team..  Because, in our line of work, a stage is only 10% of the time; but being together is the entire time. So when I look for a guitar player, I am happy with someone who is a 40% guitar player and 90% human being.  I know I can teach him to play 90% guitar, but I cannot make him a 90% human being.

Vipul Ujjwal: My hard-earned achievements just entitled me to get into the big league, but even at that level I had to start from scratch. It’s just like playing a video game.  Moving from one level to the next. It gets harder and more challenging. And to stay on top, you have to try harder. So you have to keep asking yourself, how do I keep myself relevant.  

Jyotsna Shourie: Purists may suggest that I have strayed from the traditional path but I firmly believe that for any classical dance to become relevant in today’s fast-changing society the connoisseur, as well as the layperson, must be engulfed in its hold.

Preeti Mann: When I decided to turn my researcher lens inwards to my own family, I questioned -what is that we sought freedom from? And the answer was -we were looking to get total control over our life and its direction. We wanted just not to be free, but feel free.

Sonal Sehgal: Successful people had opportunities that successful people hadn’t had. Instead of crying for that opportunity, create that opportunity.  And emerge successfully.

Susan Vernon: In the moments where we perceive our life events as tragedies or successes, all we can do is move forward. No matter what life gives you, move forward.   

Chetan Mahajan: Definitions of success in our life have been put into our lives by society and parents and largely the definition is money, recognition and titles. But everything wears out after a while. If you find yourself connected to your work and find fulfillment in what you do, that makes you happy.  

Q: What has been the response to the event?

A: *Beaming* Oh, the response has been both overwhelming and humbling. When I experienced the radiant energy inside the auditorium where we held TEDxFIIB reminded me why this was so important. The stories each of our speakers shared were awe-inspiring and wonderful. I will be honest, there was a lot of hard work involved, at times I wondered if our team will be able to stand up to the promise TEDxFIIB made, but in the end, it was all of that and more. But most of all, when I saw students of FIIB confidently performing at the event, believing in themselves and putting up a great show, and the students walking up to our organizers saying that it was a very empowering experience, I can tell you there are no words that can match that feeling. It was a grand success, no doubt and we’re already looking forward to our next TEDx event.

Q.What would you like to say to our student performers and emcees for the day?

A. I want to say to them that I am completely, totally proud of them! My most exciting times during the conferences were when each of our students and emcees came on stage.  I was proud of how hard they had worked, as well as of the combined talent that they represented. All 11 of them put FIIB on the map for the numerous external guests we had with us that day.  I also want to tell them how inspired I was with their dedication and effort in practicing the smallest act to ensure that what the audience saw was a flawless and perfect performance!

Q.What’s next for FIIB and TED?

A. You will have to keep tuned to this space to know more about that!  We do have something in the works for December but will wait to make an official announcement.  The team needs to catch up on their sleep first after Saturday’s event! Also, we are working very hard at FIIB to create high-quality learning experiences through our annual conferences, TED and otherwise.  And I am sure that people who attend these will go away feeling as satisfied and enlightened as the TEDx audience.

Know more about the happenings at FIIB by visiting www.fiib.edu.in

Aug
27

How does one stay motivated while going through depression

In today’s world, while everyone wants to achieve their career goals, earn huge money, desire for perfect love, need fame, become successful and get acceptance from society, it’s easy to fall for traps that hinder our way to live our life which should be fulfilling and full of happiness. One such situation can be dealing with depression and anxiety.  

Depression is an illness that affects how we feel, think and act. I had to deal with depression at many stages of my life. It was losing of a loved one, failed relationship and getting unemployed. These situations had built up a lot of stress hangover, taking a toll on both my mental and physical health. I got completed disconnected with the vision and purpose of my life. I knew medication or therapy was not a permanent solution to my problem. At this difficult phase of my life, once I came across a TED video, where a Life Coach talked about Self-Motivation to overcome the tough circumstances in life and battle depression. It was a life-changing and turning point for me. I started seeing life from a different perspective, which I thought never existed.

I strongly belief Self-Motivation is a powerful force in the world that helped me deal with my life struggles with peace and patience. It taught me not to lose hope when we hit low in life and keep the show on. Self-determination and dedication to our vision at bad times is what matters the most. In order to get positive vibes, I let my negativity thoughts free away from me. I let go of toxic people from my life who never believed in my abilities and thought could not do any work that is worthy of discussion. I started socializing with people from different walks of life, who have done great in life. I soon realized that having passion and a goal is not enough. What matters most is “Do I have a sense of purpose?”. Our purpose is directly linked with “Why”. When I started understanding “Why”, I became more focused, felt more passionate, had clarity, and lived a value-based life. My life is now much more sorted, have fun in everything I do and enjoy small things in life. No matter what happens in my life now, I always remain optimistic and look for new opportunities.

In India and across the world, many people suffer from depression and find ways to deal with them but fail at an end and resort to medication and therapy which is quite ineffective. I never expected that a TED Talk can help me battle the biggest fear of my life i.e. Depression. This encouraged me to take a bold step to organize a first-ever TED event i.e. TEDxFIIB with the theme The Empowered “Self” at my alma mater Fortune Institute of International Business(FIIB) with the help of other people who shared the same mission as mine that every single people on this planet should believe in themselves and learn to deal with setbacks of life and keep moving forward in life to live an extraordinary life and leave back a legacy that every other person wants to follow. This can create a big impact and improve significantly the quality of human life at the local level if not at a global level. FIIB is a management institution that stands by its promise for all its stakeholders and empowers them to travel the road less traveled, face challenges to tap new opportunities and make a meaningful impact in this world.

                                                                                                    Akash Ranjan Patra, Alumni, 2016-18 Batch

Jul
31

Academic and Cultural events at FIIB: Carving the Way for Professional and Social Accomplishments

The world often seems like an oyster when the limitations of your academic life are confined inside the walls of any educational institute. While the world demands explorers and adventurers in business professionals, the academic structure restricted to the classroom can turn them into frogs in the well. FIIB as an institute has made sure that the students receive all-round exposure and experience with versatile events to assess their managerial skills and learn from most seasoned campaigners of the industry.   

With 13 signature events addressing various streams of management, knowledge and cultural fest and social causes, FIIB aims to be a primary contributor to the progress of businesses and society. To be an institute of academic and social relevance requires a great deal of effort to establish yourself as a brand whose work calendar strategically comprises of activities organized to make gradual development in these areas. Here is the list of events that FIIB has queued in line for the academic year 2018-19

SANKALP(28th – 30th August 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday) & 26th- 27th September 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday ))

Every year, Sankalp proves to be a one of its kind learning experience aimed at inducing interest in management grads through real-life experiences that bring out the best of their managerial abilities and strengths. Through the three-day event, MBA students interact with experienced professionals from the industry and sit through a variety of sessions and competitions to make them ‘career ready’.

This year Sankalp is being organized in two phases. Phase one will be for the students of the first year, where the students of the first year will the part of the ‘employability session’ for the first time which will take place in the month of August. In the later half of Septembe,r the second phase of Sankalp will be held for the students ofthe second year who will participate in the this exhaustive session for the second time.   

TEDxFIIB (25thAugust)

TEDx is a franchise which was started with the aim to give independent organisers to a chance to express themselves through TED like events in their community. The mission of Tedx is ‘Ideas worth spreading’ and where else can be a diamond mine worth of ideas be found except for FIIB. TEDxFIIB is being held on the 25th August, 2015 with the theme of ‘The Empowered Self’. As a Business school with 23 years of closely working with the youth, shaping their future, we noticed that the feelings of mediocrity, lack of purpose, and futility of lifelong effort are the barriers which stifle them from reaching their full potential.

Be prepared to be awestruck at TEDxFIU on August 25th, 2018 where  inspirational talks & stories of Mr. Subir Malik, Mr. Vipul Ujjwal, Ms. Susan Vernon, Mr. Kunal Kapoor, Mr. Chetan Mahajan, Ms. Jyotsna Shourie, Ms. Sonal Sehgal, Mr. Prashant Tandon, Mr. Mohit Dubey, Ms Preeti Mann will awaken your thoughts and spark up your neurons like never before. Coupled with this, enjoy the soulful performances by vibrant entertainers have vowed to be a treat to your ears and feast to your eyes.

Mark your calendar to attend TEDxFIIB 2018

National HR conclave(1st September 2018 )

Every year on a scheduled date in the month of August-September, FIIB organises National Human Resource Conclave. The conclave is attended by a wide range of professionals and speakers from various sectors of the industry. The conclave is held to discuss the rudimentary and modern practices in the field of Human Resources.  

This year the HR conclave is being held on 1st September with the theme of  ‘Tech trends in HR-opportunities and Threats’. It will be an event where the students will be able to learn from the industry experts about their views on the technical advancements and start preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.

Mark your Calendar

Katastasi:

Katástasi is a Greek word meaning ‘situation’. In the world of business , we come across situations that present us with myriad variety of dilemmas, issues and problems. Decision-making under various constraints and limitations is the prime challenge for a manager or entrepreneur. A description of such critical business or related situations in the form of gripping story is a ‘Management Case.’ Such cases, when used as a learning tool, bring out the personality of the student and build decision making and leadership skills. FIIB organises the annual case writing competition on real internships for students from all over the country who can participate in the program and win gorgeous prizes and a chance to get their case study published in a book.

Do not forget to attend the Katastasi 2018.  Mark your calendar

Ranbhoomi

At FIIB, we consider sports an integral part of the growth of an MBA student and hence every year, the Sports Committee of the college organises two major events when everyone comes out of the classroom and enjoys a weekend of sports. Ranbhoomi is the annual sports event with a variety of indoor and outdoor sports including Poker, Chess, Carom, Badminton and others for the MBA graduates to compete in. Similar events happen during the cultural fest ‘Samavesh’ but an all round tournament of indoor and outdoor sports is a different feat to attend.

Ranbhoomi 2017 was held on 22nd December and 29thDecember respectively, where a total number of seven teams participated in the exciting cricketing event. Three teams each from the junior and senior section of the Institute and a team comprising of the Faculty and Staff members were the contestants in the annual cricket championship. The Cricket Series was one good way to showcase the sporting spirit and friendly essence of the FIIB family members.

Mark your calendar to be at Ranbhoomi 2018

OPEX Conclave (30th November 2018)

FIIB Sigma (student) club which aims to provide opportunities for those interested to increase their knowledge about operations, IB and ISM function, organizes the FIIB Operational Excellence Conclave(OPEX). These sessions aim to understand the sustainable operational initiatives that companies are undertaking to keep abreast of competition.

The session generally commences with the address from keynote speaker and then followed by panel discussion and address from plenary speakers. OPEX is a conclave which is a treat to watch and a great learning experience for those who would like to understand the extent of operations in any business.

Mark your Calendar

International Conference (18th – 19th December 2018)

The international conference fosters discussions among the academicians, management practitioners, research scholars, and policy-makers across the globe on building a global economy that is driven by sustainable development and fueled by innovation. This forum also facilitates them to present their ideas and research findings related to the theme of the conference. Our past Management conferences have featured delegates from France, Singapore, USA and several other countries.

The selected conference papers are published in Conference Proceedings (Abstracts) and selected full papers in an Edited Book (ISBN) published by Bloomsbury Publications. Best Conference Paper Award is conferred to the authors of an overall best paper presented at the conference and Best Paper Awards to the three best papers are presented at the conference.

Mark your Calendar here to attend the event.

Finance Conclave

Finance is one of the most important sectors on which the economy of a country rests. To meet the requirements in this sector it is important that the changing trends in economy and finance sectors, which includes banking, investments, funds and stock exchange are efficiently accessed and regulated. The finance conclave brings an opportunity for the students at FIIB to learn more about the current trends and be wary of the life altering decisions in the field of finance.

The conclave is attended by speakers from various financial sectors who have strong industry experience and superior knowledge. The inaugural address is made by the keynote speaker followed by a panel discussion and question answer round with the audience. The conclave concludes with the summary received from the plenary speakers.  

Samavesh

Samavesh, as the literal meaning goes is a meeting which has also been constantly used in Hindi literature as the convergence of rivers into the ocean. FIIB hosts an inter-college fest every year wherein students from several B-schools, institutes and colleges across Delhi participate in over 20 competitive activities to prove their mettle. Samavesh- the college fest aims to provide a platform to the management graduates to plan and organize a large-scale event and put their management knowledge to practice.

Samavesh 2018 concluded with great pomp as more than 450 students from over 45 colleges participated in the event. The event comprised of 20 sub events which were judge by a mix of internal and 12 external judges. Do not miss the occasion to join us in Samavesh 2019. Mark your calendar in advance.  

MERAKI

As one of the leading institutes for business management, FIIB wanted to make sure that we are making a substantial contribution to the emerging powerhouse idea of entrepreneurship, to the business world and the country at large. Meraki is a platform which has been constantly giving opportunities to young entrepreneurs of India to display their abilities to create and run successful businesses, for last six years.

MERAKI (2018) received 219 Registrations, 117 Executive Summaries and 86 B Plans from over 80 colleges across 20 cities within the country, including the likes of IIT Delhi, FMS Delhi, Shri Ram college of Commerce, IIM Shillong and IIM Raipur. MERAKI’S Top 12 Finalists in 2018 included a wide array of business plans based on machine learning social media platforms , e-commerce based start ups, Food & Nutrition technology, energy saving , agriculture technology as well as several social entrepreneurship based ventures. Winner trophies were awarded to the top three teams along with the top prize of Rs 1,50,0000.

Do not miss a chance to attend Meraki 2019

Sustainability Summit

Every year on the 21st of February, FIIB celebrates its Founder’s Day in the honour of the Institute’s founder Mr. RK Shrivastava. The Summit aims to bring together the worlds of academia, social sector and corporate sector to deliberate upon certain very critical issues that affect our everyday lives. Speakers from different organisations, both for-profit & not-for-profit, reflect and debate upon various factors that could put a halt to the destruction of our planet and eventually aim to come up with few solutions that may leave it in a better shape for the future generations.

The theme of the summit this year was “The Choice of Sustainability – Is it the Game of a few ?” The theme has been referred to as ‘distinctive and relevant to today’s business and management choices’ by the speakers who addressed the conference. The Keynote speaker Mr. Ajay Relan, Founder and Ex- Managing Partner at CX Partners; shared his exemplary insights on investment logic for sustainability through his own investing experience, and captivating case studies.

Please do join us on the next version of the Summit by marking your calendar here

Jul
30

The day FIIB got its results: Satisfaction Survey

The butterflies in the belly after an exam are no surprise to anyone. Everyone who is reading this has experienced this anxiousness after they appear for any test especially if they really want the results to be in their favour. FIIB after conducting myriad tests, assignments, internship programs and exams for its students, appeared for tests of its own which was evaluated by the students of the ongoing as well as graduating batch.   

The key to driving a successful business is understanding the consumer behaviour, their necessities and feedback on the end product. FIIB, being one of the top institutes for MBA in India, tries to inculcate this activity into the yearly calendar, by conducting a student satisfaction survey among the demographic of the outgoing batch. The students with their experience of life at FIIB, made us proud and content with their positive assessment of the institute.

Mode

Students Satisfaction Survey, conducted at the end of the academic year of PGDM Program, aims to measure the level of students’ satisfaction with their one year experiences at FIIB for the students of first year as well as second year. This support strategic planning and decision-making regarding further improvement of Institute services to students. The survey forms were distributed to the students in their emails so as to make them at ease an feel comfortable to ensure maximum participation. To retrieve optimal analysis from the survey it is really important to have a large demographic participating in it.

Parameters

The parameters for survey were confined to Program, Support System, Career Management and FIIB Life. These are majorly the areas which hold the responsibility for the establishment and upliftment of the career of students. The questionnaire for Program included assessment of the course curriculum, classroom learning, methods and implementation, student mentoring and guidance from the faculty and peer group intellect. The Support System was adjudged in various categories such as technical support and maintenance, library, infrastructure, security, cafeteria, cleanliness and hygiene.

Career Management refers to services rendered in the field of placements, recruitments, internship opportunities, support with live projects and career advice. FIIB Life includes the student clubs activities at the institute, college fest Samavesh, the behavior and support from faculty and staff and grievance handling.

Analysis

A total of 174 students were sent the  Exit survey among which 134 responded to the survey, out of which 80 were male and 54 were female. Similarly, 143 students received the students satisfaction form out of which 89 responded with a gender distribution of 56 male and 33 female. While processing the amount of data input from the students during the survey, it was very important that the analysis was done with extreme precision. Student inputs to online survey were processed at Feedback Cell and analyzed using excel tools. The date was analysed using the mean method and averages were taken into consideration to show values.

Inference

The overall feedback of students has seen a peaking rise in comparison to past years. This gives us a great deal of content as we progress in the right direction to provide advantageous education, learning environment, beneficial services and ample opportunities to the students. The faith shown by the students in the all-round facilities they received at FIIB has left our hearts brimming with pride, joy and confidence. The overall satisfaction level measured was measured on a scale of 4 with the following parameters.

1-Very Dissatisfied
2-Dissatisfied
3-Satisfied
4-Very Satisfied

The exit survey yielded the following results in terms of questioned parameters and data received.

The ‘Program’ received a satisfaction of 3.20 which saw an hike of 0.65% from last year. The ‘Support System’ received an advantage of 1.35% from past year survey with a rating of 2.95. ‘Career Management’ received a staggering progression of 5.16% with a rating of 2.97. ‘FIIB Life’ was one section which received a great response of 3.15 showing an elevation in ratings by 1.15%.

The Students Satisfaction survey showed even better results which made us realise that we are implementing the results of survey to better use.

The Program received a satisfaction rating of 3.12 which checks out to be at a positive difference of 2.00% from last year. The support system demanded more improvement with a rating of 2.92 still making a positive difference of 6.15% from last year. Career management stood out with a rating of 3.02 which saw an hike of 1.05% . FIIB Life displayed gracious improvement when rated as 3.09 with an increment of  3.33% from last year.

The overall satisfaction rating received from second year students turned out to be 3.06 out of 4 while the overall satisfaction from first year students was 3.04.

Implementation

Considerable amount of changes have been made in respect to the curriculum and life at FIIB as per the feedback received from the students. Data Analytics courses have been induced into the curriculum irrespective of the specialisation of students to cope with the rising demands of industry. The student satisfaction survey is conducted in all its fairness and after the critical analysis of the received feedback the conclusion is implemented to supercede the areas we have been excellent in and improve the quality of services to our students so as to create a career driven and sincere environment for students.  

Jul
28

Mentoring Program at FIIB: Transcending students in a progressive arc

Starting out in a college can be stressful especially as PGDM is a terminal degree for many. These 2 years are considered to be the most important to set a solid step into the corporate environment. This is also the time where students feel overwhelmed with decisions regarding courses, specialization, internships, career paths, and placements. To show them the guiding light to find their way to success, FIIB focuses on the mentoring program where the relationship between the student and mentor goes beyond the classrooms. The erudite faculty at FIIB doesn’t just teach them the management concepts that the industry demands, they also hold themselves accountable for the progress of the students in their professional and personal life at and away from the institute. Moreover, it’s not just faculty who are involved in the mentorship program. It is more than that. Read on to know how.

Faculty Mentors

Right from the time they enter the campus to the time they leave us to succeed, at each turn they are mentored. The first of them being the mentoring orientation day, where the mentors and students sit together to understand each other’s expectations. Starting then, the faculty mentor is the go-to person for the student to understand complex concepts, take informed decisions, and to choose the direction their career can be led. Faculty mentors assigned to each student facilitate monthly feedback around academics as well as skill improvement. Through coaching and feedback, these mentors handhold students to enable a smooth transition to the professional space. When these freshers begin their internships, the faculty sets ground rules for them to make the most of the exposure to turn those internships to placement offers, the mentors also visit these students at the organization they’re interning with to ensure they are not facing any difficulties. Once they come back successfully finishing their internships, and till they are finally placed, every interaction with the mentors ensure that the students are groomed and polished well for the business world they’re about to step into.

Industry/Corporate Mentors

We believe that interacting with game-changers of the industry helps the students understand what the market demands from them. Regular guest lectures and industry visits allow them to experience the corporate environment by themselves. In addition, FIIB hosts View From The Top series – a collection of inspiring, informative, and interactive talks – by some of the best, biggest, and brightest minds of the century that opens the doors to the career empowering community. In the mentoring program, the students also go through 4 rounds of SANKALP – Skills And Knowledge Aligned to Lead and Perform, which is an assimilation of grooming sessions by corporate experts coaching the students at every turn of the road to their corporate entry.

SANKALP-1, SANKALP-2 are more of directing the students to set out a career path out of the specializations available and what the market demands them after PGDM while SANKALP-3 and SANKALP-4 are about preparing for an indulging corporate internship experience, and placement drives. FIIB also ensures that during the internships, the students are under the guidance of a corporate mentor to help them fulfill organizational goals through the tasks assigned to them. This gives them the taste of the world they’re entering and the market they’re going to transform.

Alumni Mentors:

Utilizing the strong alumni network as a mentor base gives our current students a chance to ask questions of someone who has been in their shoes and can relate to them more easily. FIIB brings together the students and alumni in a purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships with alumni-to-alumni mentoring programs and alumni interactive sessions which allow freshers and recent graduates to receive career advice from those with more experience in similar professions. This strengthens the bond of the students with their alumni and enhances the professional network they are building.

We do not limit mentorship as an aspect of only professional grooming, it’s beyond that. Every student who joins FIIB gets a senior buddy who will act as their coaches. They help them understand the life at and around FIIB. They help them make decisions on a wider range of topics like the cafes to hang out at, the places to visit but more importantly how to fully utilize the 2 years at FIIB.

The whole culture at FIIB revolves around the central concepts of mentoring, guiding, and helping each other that everyone who enters to learn, leaves to succeed.

Jul
28

A Visit from Mr Rishi Srivastava: The Homecoming of a Beloved Alumnus

Over the years we had the chance to meet with many of our alumni and are enthused by their desire to be connected deeply and meaningfully with each other and with the Institute. Their commitment to FIIB is unwavering, and their partnership is essential as FIIB grows its presence around the globe. Our Alumni has achieved so much in last quarter century and it’s a jolt of pride every time they return to the institute.

Mr. Rishi Srivastava, Branch Manager, Rohlig India Pvt. Ltd and eminent alumni of FIIB from the batch of 2001-03 paid a visit to us on 7th July 2018. It is always an overwhelming feeling on the homecoming of any special family member. Mr. Srivastava spoke to students of the batch if 2018-20 to impart some words of wisdom he has gained through his years at FIIB and beyond. The students interacted with Mr Srivastava with great vigor and enthusiasm asking him about his time at the institute, his career choice, and his success mantra.

After his session with the students, Mr. Rishi had a heart to heart chat with us about topics ranging from nostalgia to career advice to his juniors. Take a look at how the conversation took shape.

Q: How would you describe your journey at FIIB and beyond?

A: I came of FIIB with a different vision and i understood at the moment that this is the only institute for the International business for me. I selected my career at International Trade and that helped me out because at the moment no institute or universities were providing certifications which helped me to learn about export/import, customs of India, case studies which helped me get into a forwarding company so starting from a very junior level from a very small forwarding company, now I am heading a forwarding company now running a show of 135 people, who are working with me

Q: How does it feel coming back to your alma mater and interacting with the fresh faces of FIIB?

A: *Smiling* It feels fantastic, actually. The raw enthusiasm of the students reminded me of the time I entered this institute with hopes and dreams of setting a successful career for myself. It reminded of the journey so far and beyond. I think, we come back to our alma mater for this reason. We see ourselves reflected in them. That’s when I feel as their senior and alumnus if I can help the students sketch out their corporate journeys, I would have done my part in giving back to the institute which has given me so much.

Q: What can the students expect when they step out of college?

A: A lot of stuff has changed over the time, internet and social media has enabled us to keep tabs over global issues, research is just a click away, you can get acquainted with information from all corners of the world in a matter of seconds, at the same time the demands of the Business world have changed dramatically. Compared to just a few years ago, logistics and supply chain needs have shifted phenomenally. We expect lightning fast service; one day or one hour deliveries and the fact that it’s become a habit for most of us to even order groceries and medicines online speaks how rapidly technology disrupts several sectors. I think it puts enormous responsibility over these young managers to keep tabs on global challenges and figure out innovative solutions for the new problems that arise everyday.

Q: What is the success mantra you would like to share with your successors of FIIB?

A: I understand, MBA pursuing students slightly lack their focus. I mean to say that whatever industry you want to select, just select it this time, you focus  should be on those major and minor senioritis in the curriculum if you really want to go International trade, finance, marketing, operations, elective, study whatever that comes in front of you, when you study it, you will definitely give a benchmark. You must target your companies where you really want to go. Study about those companies and things will automatically fall in place.

Q: What is the attitude that would help a management student climb up the corporate ladders?

A: I would say, a manager should be smart, confident, and persuasive. There are often times when one needs to take quick decisions that last long. My suggestion is to be always prepared. Keep up a positive approach towards every obstacle you face. Soon, it becomes a habit. Dress smart, smile, and carry a confident aura. Trust me, there’s nothing a charming smile and a powerful handshake can’t do when it comes to management. Stick to the basics: Know your roles, take full accountability, deliver your best always. Be proactive. This attitude builds over time and I think if the students inculcate these habits early on, it would be very easy to tackle the corporate environment.

Q: What is your message to the students who are soon going to graduate from the institute?

A: For passing out batch – don’t hop too much, stay with a company for at least 3 years at the start. It is definitely going to pay. Choose your industry where you want to work whether it is banking, export-import, airline or any other vertical. A lot of things might change but hard work still remains as a biggest strength to those who know how to use it.

For the freshers – just read & study as much as you can. Definitely, theoretical knowledge plays an important role, because you are learning from the people who’ve been there and done that before you. It sets a platform for you think new, think better, and think bigger.

Lastly, I wish luck to both of them to do their best and etch their names in the booming, blazing corporate world.

It was indeed a pleasure listening to his invaluable inputs and we would like to thank Mr Rishi Srivastava for taking out a few extra minutes to talk to us. FIIB is proud of him and we wish him all the success for his future endeavours on the road to excellence.

Are you an alumnus and want to get involved with us? Write to us on alumni@fiib.edu.in

Watch how the conversation with Mr. Rishi Srivastava unfurls below.

Jun
29

The New North Orientation: Sketching the picture for Life at FIIB

The day of June 8th, 2018 marked the beginning of a new chapter for our batch of 2018-20 which shall always remain the episode which will set up their character in the book of life. It was a day of great joy and celebration as the FIIB campus was overwhelming with the combined enthusiasm of students, parents, faculty, staff, and management. The campus was lit with joy as after a long and rigorous process of group discussions and personal interviews, the institute was able to shortlist the best 180 students to complete the batch. As Dr. Nimit Gupta explained to the term ‘NEW’ to the students, the new north orientation program justified its name beyond what was comprehended.

Students were witnessing New faces, discovering a new place, and understanding a new process. NEW is a journey within of:
Novice to Expert
Experience to Evolved
Wood(pen paper) to Web.

The batch holds an unprecedented potential within itself which was very evident from their performance during the admission process. Out of the strength of 180 students, 13 students hold a work experience of fewer than 2 years while 6 others have a corporate experience of more than 2 years. A diverse group with students belonging to every part of the country, ranging from the deserts of Rajasthan to swamps of West Bengal and from the great white north of Jammu and Kashmir to backwaters of Kerala.

Mr. Saurabh Mittal was our guest of honor at the orientation program. He heads the advisory board for course curriculum at FIIB.  Mr. Mittal talked to the students about the upcoming challenges in the field of business with the frequent technological changes and advancements. He shared a few tricks from up his sleeves, about to how to tackle these challenges.  He encouraged the students to be open to the possibilities and take up every challenge that comes their way. The business world is very diverse in its approach and the opportunities offered, which requires the young business managers have a welcome attitude for multiple perspectives.

Ms. Radhika Srivastava, Executive Director, FIIB in her welcome address reminded the students of the promise of the institute to them that, this place will challenge you to achieve your potential,  and create opportunities for your future success with the support of committed mentors and lifelong friends you’ll make here. She insisted on the relevance of our message of the tagline “Enter to learn, Leave to Succeed” which symbolizes our dedication to the career growth of the students through diverse learning processes and ensuring their successful establishment into the corporate world.

Students have just begun to indulge in the frequent curricular and extracurricular activities of the institute and are picking up the pace getting acquainted, with the new culture and ecosystem. The focus still remains on getting the students more enhanced and employable, but all in good time.   

Jun
29

A New Jewel added to the Crown – First Cohort of PGP Analytics Graduate from FIIB

In this day and age where people and processes generate data every second, it’s very important to make sense of that data generated. We no longer answer the question if data is important, rather we are seeking the answer to how best we utilize the data we have to make impactful decisions. There’s no doubt that managers of today take decisions only if they’re backed by strong data. Information and statistics are the magic spells that prove points and change minds. As the old adage goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.

Being the institute that always stays a step ahead with the current trends of the industry, FIIB’s Post-Graduate Certification Program in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (PGCP BI-DA) equips students with all the necessary tools and techniques to manipulate and make informed decisions. Driven by the core value of excellence, the curriculum offered is industry focused and ensures that the graduates stay ahead of the curve. FIIB works with IBM, a global technology and innovations leader to keep its faculty and contents up-to-date. The partnership especially focuses on delivering cutting-edge analytics skills for data backed decision making.

The program was tailored towards the requirements of both full-time students as well as working professionals. The blended learning environment offers minimal disruption to the work-life balance of professionals. The tools used to handle large amounts of data are advancing more rapidly than any other technology today. With better tools, comes a better understanding of the resultant information and patterns, all of which are evolving extremely fast. To answer various business questions, data is subjected to rigorous modeling and insight extraction.

The first batch of PGCP BI-DA that successfully graduated with us learned data manipulation by IBM Cognos, tools like R, MySQL, and VBA. There’s a notion that Data Analysis is mostly quantitative which is just a myth around it. In Fact, most of the decision making requires skills like visualizing and critical thinking. That is why they studied courses like Visual storytelling and Demystifying analytics to name a few.

When asked who need to pursue this course, Mr. Prashant Verma, who teaches Analytics at FIIB replied “Everyone who makes decisions in organizations, whether at a lower level or at the higher level needs to have the understanding of Business Intelligence. We can no longer take decisions based on our gut. Let’s take a day to day example where you look at Google maps before you leave to offices, we make choices of when to start, and which routes to avoid on the basis of inarguable data, that’s how much data has changed our lives.  There’s much more emphasis on using analytics in the way we work as well compared to just a few years ago. Regardless of the profile you work for, you need to be aware of the changes that are happening around you and if you aren’t prepared for them, it’s high time you start now.”

True enough, the first cohort came from versatile profiles ranging from language experts to data entry. FIIB is proud of them and congratulates them heartily for their accomplishment.

Like every end calls for a new beginning, with the graduation of the first batch, we also welcomed the second batch for the Post-Graduate Certification Program in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. They bring with them experience, enthusiasm, and most importantly desire to learn.

Here are the companies they represent:

Jun
29

Foundation courses at FIIB: Strengthening the Bonds and Inculcating the Cultural Heritage

A step into a new life always arrives with a mix of emotions, especially if is the beginning of a new academic inning. As expected the students arrived on the orientation day with a baggage of feelings. Some were excited while many others were understandably nervous. The New North orientation program was the ace plan to regulate these feelings and make the students feel comfortable and at home.

The orientation day started with registrations of the students and their document verification. The batch seemed very enthusiastic to begin the new phase of their career.  The registration and document verification were scheduled from the morning till the mid of the day. The interactive sessions commenced at 12:30 on 8th June 2018, which began with the traditional lamp lighting and Saraswati Vandana. The Students were addressed by Dr. Digamber Parsad, who is his speech emphasized the importance of ethics and dedication during these two years for students.

On the day two of the orientation program, the students were asked to informally introduce themselves. This was a crucial step to make the students comfortable after a month of frequent group discussions and formal interviews. It also led us to know many exciting sides of our students through the extracurricular talents they possess. It was very refreshing to know that a huge bunch of them are either fitness or sports enthusiasts which clearly displays the discipline they have invoked in their lifestyles. Apart from this, the students very creatively displayed their dancing, singing, beatboxing and mimicking talents.

The cultural club at FIIB has also got the students keenly and enthusiastically involved in many activities which make them realize the power of teamwork and design thinking. Students were asked to construct paper towers, irrespective of their shapes and sizes and the team whose tower stood the tallest won the game. The learning that a strong foundation is required to reach new heights was the one thing that mattered more than the result.

There are numerous ongoing foundation activities which are ongoing. Mr. Vinayak Pant, a beloved alumnus of FIIB and Advisor, South Asia Regional and Training Assistance Center, IMF visited the students to share his experience and words of wisdom with them.  The students are also in regular conversations and session with their faculty mentors, anyone to one conversation with them will bring better clarity of thoughts to the youngsters.   

There are several visits from industry experts planned for the newbies so as bring a bulk of corporate experience to their classrooms. The students are enjoying their experience with the co-curricular and extracurricular activities. A level unlocked for the institute, by making the students feel welcome and at ease.  A journey of miles stays ahead of us, but as they say ‘Well Begun is Half Done.

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