This is how our country looks like – With those beautiful mountains, picture-perfect placid lakes, young brothers and sisters and beautiful women of the country! Jammu & Kashmir, a serene place everyone wants to belong to. In the “bhag doud bhari zindagi” of Mumbai, meeting and interacting with Kashmiris once in a while is an amazing knot in the plot to be unraveled with time. Udaan, an intiative by Government of India along with National Skill Development Corporation works on the skill development component of our peer management students belonging to the industry-secluded state.
The ideology behind the program is to address the discord that the management students face in maximizing their output out of education and real life examples and case studies. CII Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence, Mumbai took the responsibility and provided three batches of 35 students each with class sessions, guest lectures, industry visits and internship projects at various MNCs. The students belonged to three different colleges in Srinagar - Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Islamic University of Science and Technology, and Sir Syed Memorial college of Engineering and Technology.
On a free Saturday, May 05, 2012, a batch of 33 students from the Udaan programme visited Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay and interacted with us (First year M.Mgmt. students). With 23 Kashmiri girls in the list, which MBA student would want to miss the golden opportunity ;). Around 15 of us who remained in the campus for our summer internships made it to the event. Prof. Anand Patwardhan set the ball rolling for the informal interactive session, while Prof. Shishir Jha and Prof. Karuna Jain spoke about new ideas in management and how the future looks like. One of the revered alumni of SJMSOM, Dr. Sanjeev Chanchodia spoke to the students on the topic “Technology Management” and stressed that we as managers need to learn to handle ambiguity, alas, that is what we are left with, most of the times.
Later, we took the students in small groups on a tour of IIT Bombay, giving a glimpse of the infrastructure that supports the ecosystem of IIT Bombay. With experiences-trading, lively interactions and notes to share, all our prejudices and misconceptions about J&K was doomed to death. They are like the normal boys and girls of any random city of India. Just like us, and one of us. With the two hours spent roaming around, I felt ashamed of the Indian media, which paints an ill picture of the people and the state. After returning back, Prof. Anand Patwardhan concluded the session with one of his ever-ready hallmark speech. We bid adieu and they were awesomely polite to host us very soon in the near future.
J&K diaries coming very soon. Watch out for this space!
Class of 2013
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay