Swati Upadhyay
Student, PGDM 2015-17

As my cab took me closer to IMI campus, I could feel the calmness in the air. Situated in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, surrounded by lush green forests, the serenity captured my heart. Moving in, I met my hostel warden, Mr. Sant Sharma, who helped me with the hostel and mess related issues. I made friends that very day with a few of the students who were going to be a part of PGDM 2015-17 along with me.

After we were done with the registration process, we began with the Orientation Programme. My first formal meet with the Professors and of course many more friends. Our class comprised of students from different parts of India constituting a healthy mix of freshers and experienced from Engineering and Non- Engineering background like B.Com, B.B.A., etc.
The day started with lighting of lamp, group photograph, followed by encouraging speech by our Director Prof. Ramesh Behl. We were introduced to our professors who would mentor us for the next 2 years. They were excited to guide us and mould us into an individual, competent enough to face the challenges at the global corporate level. Then we had ice- breaking exercises that included handshakes, clapping, dancing, and lots of fun. This helped me knowing my batch mates.

The Orientation comprised of formal introduction of students and the informal introduction was done by us in the volleyball court and common room where we used to gather and play volleyball, carom, T.T., etc. We used to meet our professors in the evening who used to be very friendly with us. They made us feel, as if we were at a home away from home. We had interaction with the administration department and were briefed about various student driven committees like the cultural committee, the M & PR committee, the branding committee, etc. which would give us exposure and help us refine ourselves.

We got introductory sessions on various subjects by our professors that helped us grasp an outline of subjects that we were to study. We had guest lectures by corporate leaders like Mr. Dhirendra K. Roy, Mr. Abhishek Verma to name a few, who made us aware about the corporate challenges there and their experiences of how they cope up with them. They helped gain us a different perspective towards the corporate life. We had a talent hunt program where all of us showcased our talents by acts like dance, drama, songs, and poetry, followed by welcome dinner for us.

The journey has just begun and there’s a long way to go. The vibrant atmosphere and diverse work group here will help me polish upon my skills, personality and learn a lot new things both in terms of academics and extra- curriculum. I am really proud to be a part of IMI group which focuses on overall development of an individual that won’t only make us Managers, but Leaders of tomorrow.