Every year in July, Jaipuria Institute of Management welcomes new batches with enthusiasm, zeal and warmth that ensure a smooth beginning. This is the time for new students to get acclimatised with Jaipuria culture. The orientations this year were a huge success, meeting all their intended objectives.
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow welcomed 300 new students with a two-week orientation programme. An energising mix of classroom activities and Talash-a collection of post-classroom activities, made the 2012 orientation a perfect beginning to the academic year.
Jaipuria Lucknow had invited several eminent professionals from various sectors of management to interact with the students during the orientation. There were panel discussions and talks that helped students understand industrial trends, employability criteria and discipline in working life. The speakers included Ankit Khandelwal, Ex Chairman, Bank of Baroda; V. K. Srivastava, Deputy General Manger, Punjab National Bank; P. N. Sharma, Deputy General Manger, Allahabad Bank, Staff College, Lucknow; Hon’ble Justice Bhanwar Singh; Anshumal Dikshit, Head- HR, IGate; Akhilesh Sharma, State Head, Hero Moto Corp; and Sanjeev Jha, AVP, Magma Finance Corporation.
The students were thrilled to have their queries regarding working life addressed by these industry stalwarts. “I really appreciated the orientation programme conducted by the institution. It gave me an opportunity to glean a lot of knowledge from various industry leaders,” said Lalit Saxena, a 2012 batch student.
The orientation was, however, not only about industry sync but also included a series of fun and sports activities. These helped the senior and junior students to get acquainted and develop an appreciation for each other’s talents in the area of extra-curricular activities and sports. Rahul Jaiswal, another fresher, appreciated the initiative, “Talash as the name suggests, was ‘KHOJ’. The institute has been successful in exploring new talent among freshers in dance, sports and various extra-curricular activities.”
Several events were held under the banner of Talash during the two-week orientation and preparatory programmes, featuring both extra-curricular and co-curricular activities like creative writing, HR games, marketing games, debates, JAM competition, business quiz and finance games. Fashion Fiesta was favourite among the students. “I was on cloud nine when I was announced the best female model during Fashion Fiesta!”, gushes Divyata Singh. There were prizes for the competitions and Sajal Chaturvedi bagged the first prize in solo singing while Ajay Wadhwa bagged the solo dance prize for his extraordinary and versatile classical dance performance.
The orientation ended on a high note with students raring to learn and begin the course.
Jaipuria Noida welcomed its batch of 2012-14 of 240 students amidst a lot of learning and fun-filled activities. A week-long orientation programme that began on the 27th of June, 2012, included industry interaction, familiarisation with the system and ice-breaking sessions.
Dr. Anup Singh, Director- Jaipuria Noida, opened the inaugural session. Welcoming the students into the adult professional world, Dr. Singh spoke to them about their future as well-placed managers in the world of business.
The Chief Guest for the inaugural session was Professor Abad Ahmed, Chairman, Aga Khan Foundation. Professor Ahmed shared his own journey through the corporate world to inspire new students.
Other speakers, who shared the industry insight during the orientation programme were Asim Talukdar, Ex. Senior VP HR, Global NIIT; Shivesh Kumar Singh, Regional Head HR, ING Vysya Bank; Kamal Gairola, Regional HR Manager, Mahindra Financial Services; Gyanendra Singh, Director, Mancer Consulting, Hari Sharma, Head-Talent Acquisitions, Neuerth Group; Gautam Pandey, Associate VP, Deloitte Consulting; Sonal Chadha, Process Trainer, Copal Partners, R.K. Mediretta, GM Finance, FCI.
Faculty introduction was part of the orientation and it made quite an impression on the newcomers. As Rahul Prakash, a new student, said, “I feel that the faculty here is like a river of knowledge; what you fill depends upon the size of the bucket that you are carrying within yourself!”
The students were also familiarised with attendance requirements, Moodle – their Learning Management System, examinations and the grading system.
During the week-long induction-cum-orientation, the batch was divided into groups of six students, who were required to work together on a variety of assigned tasks. “It was a very different experience compared to all the sessions that had taken place till then. It made us feel more comfortable with our batch-mates,” feels Komal Behl, student of 2012-14 batch. Apart from it experiential learning was facilitated through activities like extempore. “As on-camera extempore was organised. A year later we will have the video recording to compare our improvement,” explained Kirti, another fresher.
During the last leg of the orientation programme, the new students were introduced to the facilities available at Jaipuria Noida. A talent hunt was also organized for the new students and was a great hit with new and old students alike.
Orientation at Jaipuria Jaipur, for the 2012-14 batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) began on the 1st of July with an address by the Director, Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur, who welcomed students and parents. All of them were then taken for a trip around the campus and the students were made comfortable in the hostel.
The second day, which was the actual initiation for the newcomers, began with a “hawan and puja”. The Chief Guest for the orientation programme that followed was Sudipto Chowdhury, CEO – Mobile Services Hexacom, Rajasthan. He inspired the students with his energetic address, which was followed by an interaction with Dr. Swati Soni, programme chairperson, and all the faculty and staff members. The students were then familiarised with club activities, initiatives, events, rules & regulations and SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth).
Some of the highlights of the orientation programme were
Yoga and meditation being an integral part of the curriculum at Jaipuria Jaipur. An introductory session was held for the students during orientation.
Filmmaker Ramesh Menon conducted a workshop where he encouraged freethinking, and organised a series of games and activities to facilitate comfortable interaction, free flow of ideas and energy and dealing with insecurities.
Spirituality of business
R. K. Poddar, CMD, Mayur Leathers, conducted this session to drive home the message of ‘work is worship’.
Outbound orientation programme
Conducted by the Excelsior Group, the session involved activities like treasure hunt, puzzles & games and was extremely popular with the new students.
KHOJ (Talent Hunt)
New students showcased their talents and were recognised and appreciated.
According to a tradition at Jaipuria Jaipur, the first-year students were taken around the city to help them understand local culture and traditions, and enjoy the great city of Jaipur. The Jaipur Darshan included a visit to the Kagazi factory and outlet, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Pink City Mall where the group shopped and the Birla temple.
The students were familiarised with academic areas like labs and the library and were run through basic software applications like Microsoft office. There was a session on business education, economics and diagnostics- language. Introduction to Prayaas, the entrepreneurship cell or E-Cell, was an important part of the orientation, along with several other interactions with industry stalwarts like Robin Dubey, entrepreneur and professor; Subbaiah, COO, Mahindra World City, and Nehal Jain, head, Times Of India, Jaipur. The entertaining and informative twelve day orientation came to an end with a media club activity.
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore welcomed 112 students to the PGDM programme this year. Director Dr. J.P. Upadhyay, Dr. Prabhat Pankaj and Prof. Kanak Gupta opened the inaugural session. Dr. Prabhat Pankaj, talked to the students about the importance of learning. “Education is worthless if learning is not happening,” he said.
During the orientation programme the students were introduced to the study group process and were given familiarisation classes by all concerned faculty members. Post-lunch sessions included lectures by various eminent speakers. Together, they dealt with the various aspects and essentials for a future in management.
Following the rigorous orientation day schedule, Prof. Kanak Gupta conducted a session on managerial and team-building skills. The students were pleasantly surprised with the innovative activities; as one of them said, “I never knew B-school learning could happen from cutting onions & potatoes, managing a ping pong ball and passing it on to others in a team!”. A part of the orientation was an Indian classical music performance by Maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, who was accompanied by Ullas Ji. The students were awed, especially those for whom it was a first brush with Indian classical music.
The other guest speakers were Madur Naneria, who spoke of the digital world we live in today, and the needs of an entrepreneur. Through his life experiences, he shared the essence of being an entrepreneur, the challenges one faces and suggested that five years down the line each student, who believes in his or her own abilities should try to develop his entrepreneurial ability.
Abhishek Sanghvi, Vice Chairman – iLeads Group threw light on the career opportunities in research and consultancy and introduced students to various dimensions of finance. While Mukesh Vyas, GM – HR, Piramal Health Care Limited, busted the myth that HR is not that important a part of an organisation. Dr. Niva Bhandari , Faculty, Jaipuria Noida, gave students tips on how to develop & improve soft skills and focus on communication and presentation skills.
The portion of the orientation programme enjoyed most by the participants, was theatre and role-plays session by Prof. Kanak Gupta. This session introduced them to the dynamics of theatre and created an opportunity to network.
The students’ feedback on the orientation was, “The first experience of being a part of the Jaipuria family was enriching, thought-provoking and had its fair share of fun.”