IIM Indore Presents Ahvan '09: All Set To Imagine India
Indian Institute of Management
Indore, one of India's topmost Business schools, will be organizing its annual management summit ahvan '09, on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of November 2009.
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Indore's premiere business festival and is one of the most anticipated events among top B School participants across India. The showcase events such as Ashwamedha, Kalpavriksha, and Klueless have seen tremendous participation from
top B Schools over the years, attracting some of the best minds in the field of business and management. This year, they are expecting to host close to 500 participants from major B schools and Corporate Houses in their campus and
another 2000 students and faculty from local institutes. Their theme, inspired by the Nandan Nilekani book of the same name, is "Imagining India" with most events circling around issues that deal with making India globally
competent on multiple levels, while at the same time staying locally centric, and, above all, socially relevant.
With Ashwamedha one of their flagship events receiving over 1200 hits already & 600+ well-informed
comments on its blog, the 'Think' stage of Ashwamedha can't be called anything less than successful. The first round 'Hurdle' was an aptitude-based round that stressed on out-of-the-box thinking. 70 successful warriors crossed over
to 'Ignite' where they have chosen to present their ideas on 1 out of the 7 topics like waste management, river pollution etc. Allowing readers to comment on the presentation uploaded on the 'Ignite' blog has received huge support
& enthusiasm. The 'Act' and the 'Lead' stages will kick off tonight with the announcement of the final 30 contenders, hailing from B-schools like IIM K, A, L, I; MDI, FMS, XLRI, IIFT. The final winner shall take home
Rs.1,50,000 along with the trophy.
Another flagship event of Ahvan 2009 will be Kalpavriksha- the social Business plan competition which is all set for its final presentation round on 20th November. The final 5 teams are
from IIM A, IIM K, IIM Shillong, FMS and SIIB. These teams are currently in the mentorship phase where their plans are being looked into by a team from Ashoka Fellows and FINO. The final round will be judged by a panel of an
academician, a venture capitalist and a field expert in the area. Kalpavriksha, with an international tie-up with Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) of Foster School of Business and association with FINO as
'Knowledge Partner' and Cognizant as Sponsor, promises to be bigger and better than last year.
Gordian Knot is another such event where management students would get down from their ivory towers and be tested on their
faculties to make the best use of any situation. A thoroughly challenging event, it has received participation from more than 200 teams across colleges like IIMs, IITs, MDI, IMT, IMI, NMIMS, SPJAIN, IIFT and FMS. The first round
'Cognitive Knot' consisted of online puzzles, from where 30 teams that were shortlisted had to make a video introducing themselves in the Creative Knot. The 6 final teams from IIM Kozhikode, MICA, IIFT-Delhi, IIM Indore, SP
Jain and MDI shall now battle it out in the city of Indore for the prize money of more than Rs. 50,000.
Klueless the online game which in its 5th
year now, reached a new high with a million hits in the first 2 days itself. People from US, UK, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and even Romania have racked their brains to crack this puzzle. The Hall Of Fame has a couple from UIUC Chicago, a Lt General from the Army, a dentist from Nagpur, a Purdue University student and many such others listed on it. Its popularity can be gauged by the fact that the organizers of the event having received a number of requests to make it more frequent than the current annual format. Certainly, K5, it is popularly known has taken us all by storm.
And for the grand finale on 21st
November, there would be a live stage performance with Neeraj Shridhar of the Bombay Vikings fame gracing the LiveWire stage. Since 2005, Neeraj has been singing playback for bollywood films and has delivered hits like Bhool Bhulaiya (Bhool Bhulaiya), Love Mera Hit Hit (Billu Barber), Heyy Babyy (Heyy Babyy), Twist (Love Aaj Kal) and most recently Prem Ki Naiyya ( Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani), thus making Neeraj the flavor of the season. It surely promises to be an evening packed with energy and electricity. The promotions have already started and there are many road shows planned at various locations around the city of Indore. There shall also be many exciting contests from winning a free ticket for the concert to a dinner with the artiste himself.
Along with all the competitions, they would also be organizing various guest talks throughout the 3 days under the "Envision" series, where some of the well known personalities would be delivering lectures on the diverse
fields of business. Some of the eminent names include Mr. V. Shankar, MD & CEO, Rallis India Limited; Prof. G. Mohan Gopal, Director, National Judiciary Academy, Bhopal; Mr. N. Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election
Commissioner; K. Raghavendra Rao, MD, Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd amongst others. The co-sponsors for this ahvan '09 are State Bank of India, ONGC & SAIL; with GATI, Safexpress & Indian Oil Servo being
the Associate Sponsors. Sahara Samay MP are the TV Media Partner while BIG 92.7FM would be the event's radio partner.
- Media & Public Relations Vertical, AHVAN '09
Indian Institute of Management, Indore
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