Its officially the eighth week of my stint out here at a B school. And one thing that could pretty much sum up my time out here is " THE EXPERIENCE". Everything out here has been so new, so exhiliriating, so different, so challenging.. One thing is for sure - I don't know what learning of the course would i be applying to the real life situations, but ya, the learning in terms of a person i am sure would stay with me for life, constructively.
First the induction, giving us the initial jitters, and ensuring that we get enough scared that the weak hearted actually leave the campus!! The whole of two years was pretty much summed up in those three hellish days. We thought that all the pain was done with after that, but little did we know, that its gonna be like that for the coming two years( more precisely 20 months)
One thing that i really admire in the IIM system is completely straight, very transparent and very strict. Simple rules of the game. 2 fakkas( f grades) and you are asked to repeat the year. and some more combos of dakkhha'a and fakkas to be able to repeat the year. The grading is a little mysterious, with the relative grading in vogue. U may get 38 and still fail, while a 35 in some subjects may pass u. Similarly with the upper grades.
Had our first mid terms last week. And one hell of a week it was. slept like around 25 hrs in the entire week. Not that i studies all week. It was like one of the most chilled out weeks out here. no presentations, no projects, no submissions.. just simple plain exams!! The marks are not yet out, and that is the reason of my chillness regarding the issue. The marks got here would determine, how many movies i see during the end term exams.
We pretty well completed the weekend by getting totally drunk and doped sat afternoon, so much that i could not even take full advantage of the insti party later in the night. Just had to do away with real juice most of the time. Now that is what i call lack of patience. free liquor on the house with a live disc, and we rather spend money and booze in the afternoon.
Now to plan for the section party. One thing i have noticed about the IIM system is the parties out here. No party is complete without booze in the extreme form, and no conversation is complete without a smoke. All the college canteen talks, the rumours, even the stock market discussions take place only at gupta's - the smoke joint out here.
one thing very valuable out here is your PGP id, or your room number. Everything is post paid. Just lift anything and flaunt your ID. Its been such a long time that i have actually moved around with a wallet on my rear. now you know why i don't resemble ayesha takia any more.
After the mid sems, we thought the first week would be chill, as happens in an engineering college( there the party continues till one week before the next set of exams) I could not be more wrong. The plethora of workload begins again. And to top it, we had our final presentations for the various committees.I had INDEX, PRISM and STEX, in my kitty. With IIC, ALCOM and BHAVISHYA left out due to lack of time.
DISHA is one new initiative out here, implemented from this year. Our preparation for the summers. We have regular classes, tests, CV preparation workshops, all happening in the better part of the 24 hrs day - the night!!
August 15th, the country all over enjoys a holiday on that day. We enjoy it doing assignments. Now i understand the reason for brain drain all these years. Obviously, how the hell will the student know th importance of the country if the independence day itself is not kept free??
Even sunday was totally filled with lectures comprising The functional induction program, with alumni from various fields coming in to explain us the careers in various verticals. It was quite infromative.
I realise that the post is very haphazard without any structure, and that was because i intended to sum up the maximum possible events happening out here. this is just a comprehensive list of the ones i was active in. There was also a international conference on agri business and scores of guest lectures, most of which i spent in deep slumber on my cozy bed.