February 26, 2013, Mumbai:
Prin. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (Weschool) successfully concluded 'wedvaan', a management festival with a difference at its Mumbai campus. Over a period of three days from February 22- 24, 2013,
'wedvaan' hosted management students from top B-Schools across the country and took them through an entire gamut of thought provoking experiences like Business talks, competitions and workshops that were unique in every
With competitions like Mashup and Samarth, WeSchool once again tried to do the undoable and created new avenues for management students to explore newer
learnings. Acting as a platform for ideation, 'wedvaan' has been an extraordinary learning experience for the MBA students that dream of not only kick-starting their entrepreneurial ventures but also have the desire to become the
catalysts of social change whether in public life, corporate corridors or by taking the NGO route.
It wasn't just about case studies , quizzes or competitions, 'wedvaan' was all about giving students a hands on
experience to work with real entrepreneurs to come up with practical and sustainable business models. Mashup, Mark-Eat, Game On, Healthaholics and Samarth were designed to test the managerial and entrepreneurial skills of
participants. It was an ideal opportunity for them to taste a sample of the real world and to analyse their own potential and capabilities. A notable event was 'The Senate ' conducted in a specially designed environment that
was akin to the Indian Loksabha where 'political parties ' from different Business Schools debated on the various 'Bills' that are currently being discussed or are going to be discussed in near future in Indian
parliament. The debates from the 'proposition' and 'opposition' parties tested the political awareness and social consciousness of the participants, something that they are going to ponder and think about for a long
time .The jury for the event had an eclectic mix of young, dynamic leaders from different political parties like Shaina NC, Spokesperson-BJP, Vinod Tawade ,Leader of the Opposition, Ganesh Yadav ,Leader-Yuva congress and Uday
pratap Singh, Leader of the youth wing of NCP.
While applauding the efforts made by WeSchool in putting up such an unusual, thought provoking event, Shri Vinod Tawade said that,' we do have political leaders that are highly
educated and they are working with a spirit of taking the country ahead on the path of progress. If they are given proper training, they will be able make a much bigger difference .Young MBAs like you should therefore
think of politics as a career".
WeSchool has unquestionably proven its dedication in being an educational institution determined to make a positive impact on the society and this revolutionary initiative is a step towards
the vision. Commenting on the grand finale of 'wedvaan', Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe,
Group Director, WeSchool, said, "It is a very proud moment for me as WeSchool successfully completes 'wedvaan', The Thought Leaders' Conclave. 'wedvaan' is not only about giving the MBA students a flavour of the real world and help them plan for the road ahead but also to instil in them the spirit of leadership, discipline ,innovation and entrepreneurship ,making them Game changers in true sense of the term".
Prof. Kaustubh Dhargalkar, Associate Dean-Innovation, WeSchool, while sharing his views on the current management education system said, "The world out there is tough and classroom learning alone will
not help a MBA student to face it. Today, a management graduate finds it difficult to perform the tasks given to him, not because he is incapable, but because he may lack the real-world experience to carry it out. Wedvaan is an
opportunity to realise your own potential and career goals, it's a platform to brainstorm with stalwarts who have set up business empires from a scratch, angel investors, NGO heads and develop an understanding of the ways in
which the complexities in the world work and your own role in it".
Established in 1977, Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) features among the
premier Business Schools in India. Run by charitable Trust S.P. Mandali, Pune, all across the state of Maharashtra, WeSchool is ranked 10th among the top private B-Schools, 8th in international linkages by Forbes India in their
best Business School survey in July 2011 and ranked 16th in Economic Times - India Inc's Preferred B Schools survey 2011.