Kozhikode, September 9, 2014:
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), one of the country's premium institutes celebrated Onam, Kerala's rice harvest festival, which marks the homecoming of the mythical king, Mahabali. The Onam Mela was inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp by students dressed in traditional Kerala attire and as King Mahabali.
Students of IIMK dressed in golden bordered Kerala sarees and mundus to bring in the festive mood on Sunday, September 7. The beauty of the celebration lay in its secular outlay where students from different parts of the
country, including foreign exchange students, united to rejoice with the same enthusiasm and verve.
The celebrations started post-midnight on September 6 with the inter-section pookalam war. Pookalam (poov: flower and kalam:
colour) is an intricate and colourful arrangement of flowers laid out on the floor, a ritual in Onam.
Creativity, technique, dedication and team-work culminated in carving out masterpieces on popular Onam themes like
Mahabali, snake boat race and Kathakali faces.
Some of the events organized during the Onam Mela were Onamalsaram or the relay race, the Hog Ster monster or the eating competition and finally Vadamvali or the tug-of-war,
saw enthusiastic participation by two Postgraduate Programme batches. There was also a performance of the traditional Thiruvathira dance around the Nilavilakku (auspicious lamp).
Such diverse celebration remain an integral
part of the institute and gives the students a chance to rejoice in every festivity irrespective of their religion or native states and builds up a home, nestled in the hills of Western Ghats, a home away from home.
About Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
Started in 1997 with its Postgraduate Programme (PGP), the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) is on a high growth trajectory today, offering widest range of
academic programmes in the field of management education. PGP student's intake for 2009 was 309 students i.e. 5 times in 7 years thus making it the fastest growing management school in the country to reach that landmark. This was
done keeping the quality of the programme high, as the Institute continued to maintain its sound placement record, ranking among the top 5 institutes in the country.
IIMK pioneered Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) for
working executives in India. The Institute is today a leader in Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) and is the major QIP (Quality Improvement Programme) Centre of the All Indian Council of Technical Education, in the field of
management education. A significant step was taken for incubation of a Centre of Excellence jointly with Government of Kerala, which is one of its kinds in India, to help the Scheduled Castes/tribes students overcome their
deficiencies in communication, personality, etc. Spread over about 100 acres of land, the Institute is situated on two hillocks in Kunnamangalam area of ancient city of Calicut in Kerala, is one of the most picturesque oxy-rich
campuses in the country. A strong fleet of highly experienced and dedicated faculty coupled with the state-of-art knowledge resources and cutting edge computing & communication infrastructure enables IIMK offer a life time
experience to the student as well as the research community. The Institute has recently opened the Indian Business Museum, the first of its kind in the country, which aims at promoting entrepreneurship among the youngsters as well
as acknowledging the profound contributions of the business houses and other visionaries. IIMK, today, is synonymous with a thought leader globalizing Indian thought systems and driving its application to the current corporate
IIMK has now set up a Satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, dedicated to Executive Education.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. M.G. Sreekumar
Head, Media Relations, IIMK
Ms. Meghana Bangalore
Adfactors PR, Kochi
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
IIM K Campus P.O., CALICUT 673 570, Kerala