4th Annual Convocation of IIM Udaipur

IIM Udaipur, 21 March 2016 – The Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU) held its 4th annual convocation on Monday, 21 March, 2016 at the MLSU auditorium, Sukhadia University Campus, Udaipur.


Dr. Pankaj R Patel, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Institute, and Chairman of  Zydus Cadila delivered the welcome address. He stated that this batch of students have made the institute proud through their various activities and initiatives in the international arena. He mentioned that this is indeed a special occasion as this is the last convocation ceremony being held at MLSU campus which is a temporary campus and that the next events will be at the new 300 acre campus.


Mr. Rajan Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises, was the Chief Guest and delivered the convocation address. He congratulated the students on this joyous occasion and urged the passing batch to be sensitive to the society at large. He spoke about the challenges that he had to face during the license raj era and how liberalization has eased up many of those challenges. But he also mentioned that current generation faces a different set of challenges all together. The current fast paced environment requires managers to think differently and cited examples of a few global startups which did things that were unimaginable a couple of decades ago. He appreciated the college for its unique vision and encouraged the students to be quite involved with the society at large.



Prof. Janat Shah, Director of the Institute, delivered the concluding address. He congratulated everyone on the convocation of yet another batch and mentioned that the transformation in students over the last couple of years is very encouraging.Prof. Shah told how being a manager can give an opportunity to impact many lives and in turn the nation as well and urged the passing batch of students to be on the forefront of this journey.

The occasion was graced by the members of the Board of Governors of the Institute and other dignitaries from Udaipur. A total of 120 graduating students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme and 10 students of IIMU’s Post Graduate Programme for Executives received diploma at this year’s convocation.


The students who received the Gold Medals are as follows –

IIMU Award for Scholastic Performance

PGPX – GautamShirishHardikar

PGP  – Hitarth Bhadresh Mehta

Hitarth Gold medalist
Hitarth Gold medalist

IIMU Award for Best PGP All-Rounder


Audacity’16, the cultural festival of IIM Udaipur begins on 30th Jan

Bank of Baroda presents Audacity’16, the cultural festival of IIM Udaipur on 30-31 January 2016 at MLSU campus.


The two day long cultural extravaganza will feature 50 events including competitions in categories: fashion showdance, musicdramatics, arts, photography, lan gaming, chess, poker, carom, quizzes, debate and more. All these categories are open for all to participate and compete against the best. Login to audacityiimu.com, to register yourself today.


Audacity’16 will also feature Live in concert show by Euphoria Band’s (Dr. Palash Sen’s band and Maeri-Maeri song fame) who will mesmerize the crowd with its electrifying performance on PRONITE (31st Jan, 6 PM Onwards). It also showcases a classical evening in association with SPIC MACAY which will feature Pt. Shubhendra Rao (sitar) and Saskia De Haas Rao (cello) from 5 PM onwards on 30th. Also, Audacity is continuing its tradition of death defying bike stunt show in Nitro Carnival event on 31st Jan (5 PM Onwards).



For the first time, Udaipur will have Miss India’s West Zone auditions as Campus Princess Competition at Audacity’16. The beauties of Udaipur will descend on the Audacity’s stage to showcase their talent and will be judged by Miss India 2014 Koyal Rana on 30th Jan 2015. The winner will get 3months grooming school training and direct entry to Mumbai auditions.


This year Audacity’16 is introducing Chef-E-Udaipur competition in association with The Yellow Chilli (Sanjeev Kapoor’s chain of restaurants opened recently in Udaipur). It will pit the most innovative part-time cookers against seasoned chef’s to cook unique dishes from the given ingredients in the stipulated time to win the hearts of the Top Chef coming from The Yellow Chilli.

The participants of Audacity’16 which will come from different colleges all over Udaipur and other cities will have a chance to win prizes worth up to 3 Lacs. This time participants will have a chance for a free workshop on arts and music as well.

Audacity’16 as part of IIM Udaipur is conscious about its responsibility towards the society and hence is doing a Tree Plantation Drive on 26th Jan in collaboration with PUKAAR Group at MLSU campus at 9 AM in the morning. This will embark Audacity on a path of social causes which it will promote every year through different means.

Through this year’s theme ‘Lets Retro’, Audacity will go back in time through its unique rules of using retro theme songs, dance moves, art style, dresses and more. The ambience of the IIM Udaipur will showcase multiple retro styled interiors and vintage stuff.

Solaris by IIM Udaipur

Solaris 2015

A college which sets the benchmark for its contemporaries to follow has come up with a new benchmark for others. IIM Udaipur and Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society in association with Vedanta Resources is ready to host its maiden management fest- Solaris which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November in the MLSU campus in Udaipur.

‘Solaris’, a name coined in sync with the famously sunny disposition of Rajasthan skies is set to touch a cherished milestone envisioned ever since the inception of IIM Udaipur. A two-day long extravaganza full of events to keep some of India’s most brilliant minds engaged, Solaris is entirely conceptualized and managed by students of the institute with help from generous sponsors who supported them throughout the process. Solaris has associated with giants of their respective fields with Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa as hospitality partner, The Times of India as media partner, LIC and TOPSIM-Tata Interactive Systems as event partners and NS publicity as advertising partner.

Keynote Address- Dr. Subir Gokarn

The event is planned to present an enthralling keynote address from distinguished luminaries like Dr. Subir Gokarn– the current Director-Research, Brookings India and also the youngest ever Deputy Governor of RBI . He shall be flagging off the management fest with tales of his work and impart wisdom in the young minds present in the audience and also to some of the other revered personalities present there.

Leadership Summit

The first keynote address is followed by an address from another behemoth of the business world, Mr. M.S. Unnikrishnan, managing director and CEO of Thermax Limited. A recipient of the ‘Asia Innovator Award’ and a passionate advocate of a sustaining ecosystem of innovation and technology for national resurgence, is also involved in making initiatives in improving the system of technical education. Also as a member of prestigious organizations including the National Committee for Capital Goods of FICCI will share his valuable knowledge which will resonate through the ears of the aspiring leaders of tomorrow.

The address commences the flagship event of ‘Solaris’- The Leadership Summit. The event is one of four summits taking place in this business extravaganza which has been brought to life by the Media and Industry Interaction Cell (MiiC) of IIM Udaipur. The summit will be adorned by luminaries from all walks of life speaking primarily on the topic “Evolve- Innovate.Reflect.Reinvent”. With Evolve being the central theme, the Leadership Summit wishes to elucidate how companies need to constantly break through existing norms, show resilience in the face of adversity and create synergies to merge the best of both work cultures. The stage will be graced by business dignitaries such as Mr. Sandeep Budhiraja (Country Head, MMR Research Worldwide), Mr. Ajay Gupta (Director – Chief Operations Officer at Decimal Point Analytics) and Mr. Manish Rastogi (Head – Strategy at Metro Cash & Carry India Private Limited). They will all be delivering speeches on their respective fields educating the eager audience with their valuable wisdom along with an interactive session with the students.


Samvaah- The Annual Marketing Conclave of IIM Udaipur

The Leadership Summit will be followed by the marketing conclave -Samvaah organized completely by the marketing club- Marclan. The club which tries to instill a zeal for marketing in the college as well as beyond believes that the world of marketing is changing from the tried and tested concepts of the old. Marclan put in untiring effort and diligence into finding the perfect industry experts to interact with the students on the topic of “The future of marketing”. The experts include: Mr. Abhishek Joshi (Director – Digital Marketing & Customer Acquisition at Redbus.in), Mr. Ram Moorthi (Managing Partner at Oglivy & Mather), Mr. Atindriya Bose (Country Head of Sony entertainment) and Ms. Gayatri Ojha (Brand Communications & Insights Head – M-Pesa at Vodafone India). The industry leaders will share their perception of consumer behavior and viral marketing through an interactive session with the attendees. The interactive session will be followed by workshops organized to provide budding leaders with a unique opportunity to learn from the rich experience and expertise of industry stalwarts.

The fest continues with a stimulating line up of events and competitions conducted by the marketing club- Marclan, a business quiz conducted by the Literary and Quizzing society- Potpourri along with individual events by the entrepreneurship cell- Saksham and the finance club- Finomina. A workshop in analytics will be conducted by Mr. Kunal Jain, Founder and CEO of Analytics Vidhya organized by the IT cell of the college connect-IT.

Arth-Samvaad- The Finance Summit

The day commences with the finance summit- Arth-Samvaad, the flagship event of the finance club- Finomina. The summit provides a platform for future financial managers to interact with industry stalwarts and discuss the changing trends in the world of finance and economics. The panel discussion will be on the topic “Currency Chaos: Where will it lead to?” where the industry experts will help decipher the intricacies and position of the Indian Rupee along with the market swings brought in by the Chinese Renminbi. The speakers to grace the stage at this event include The Chief Economist at YES BANK– Dr. Shubhada Rao, Associate Director at NVS Brokerage- Mr. Kamlesh Mehta and Executive Director of IDBI Bank Ltd.– Mr. N.S. Venkatesh. The panel discussion is followed by a “Face-off” which is an hour long event which will witness the Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India, Mr. Deepak Mohanty, providing an insightful discourse on a topic addressing the current macro-economic environment of our country and the various challenges and risks that ensue.

Technovate- Summit for Tech-Entrepreneurs

The final summit will bring the era of tech-startups to light. The world of IT has spread across all domains and infiltrated every walk of life. With 800+ startups popping up annually and venture capitalists investing by the millions, the startup world environment is as radioactive as ever. The summit going by the name of ‘Technovate’ is a joint venture put forward by the entrepreneurship cell (Saksham) and the IT club (Connect-IT) who have invited industry giants like Mr. Manoj Sharma the Chief Technical Officer of Quikr, Mr. Vishal Verma the Operations and Logistics Manager of Uber, Mr. Anil Joshi of Unicorn India Ventures , Ms. Aditee Rele the Lead in Technical Evangelism at Microsoft, Mr. Piyush Poddar the Director of Professional Services at Axelerant and Ms. Lalitha Yanamandra the General Manager of  Enterprise Services & Delivery at MartJack to speak on the topic “Evolution of entrepreneurs in IT”.

Competitions and Workshops

The day is bejeweled with competitions from all fields in business including marketing, finance, economics, operations and quizzes. A staggering amount of prize money is on offer through the course of 23 events scattered across 2 days. The competitions boast of total prize money of upwards of Rs 4 lakhs, a staggering amount for competitions primarily testing the students’ proficiency in their managerial studies.

The event will also see participation from various colleges on a pan-India basis with teams registering from every nook and cranny of the country in the online rounds. The Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SolarisIIMU/?fref=ts ) is decked with dubsmash videos from colleges far and wide expressing their enthusiasm and interest in the fests competitions. Some of them who will reach the final round have been invited to the campus for a chance to win the grand prizes of those events.

As the day draws to a close a master of operations makes his entry. Skein- The operations club has been able to entice Dr. Pawan Agrawal a man with a PHD. on the Mumbai Dabbawallas to speak about the efficient and practically zero error workings of such a complex organization.

Final Word

The maiden fest of IIM Udaipur is destined to be a great success and put the event as amongst the top ranking business extravaganzas of the country. As the torchbearers light the proverbial inaugural lamp IIM Udaipur opens its doors for the world to see the rising sun that is ‘Solaris’. Ignite. Illuminate. Inspire.


For more information about the event visit:

Website: http://solaris.iimu.ac.in/

Udaipur get set for Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015

Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015

Potpourri – The literary and debating club of IIM Udaipur is hosting The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015, IIMU’s annual B-school literature festival in its Udaipur campus. This is the third such edition of the event, and is slated on the 28th of February this year, as every year.


The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest was conceived by the first batch of students of IIM Udaipur, simply out of its love literature, helped by the support of the IIM Udaipur culture that encouraged it to conceive and execute such a unique concept. Over the years, the ULLF has evolved into a strong name in itself, becoming Udaipur’s very own Literature Festival and a platform for the local aspirants and enthusiasts to interact with renowned as well as upcoming artists and performers from across the length and breadth of this country.

The first edition, themed ‘Indian Mythology and Fantasy through new-age fiction’, hosted authors Rashmi Bansal, Ashwin Sanghi and Rajiv Menon who gave beautiful insights on the topic and also made the panel discussions very relevant for the predominantly management crowd that had gathered. The second edition, themed ‘An Odyssey of Expressions’ , however saw increased participation from the junta of Udaipur, and also a much more variedly experienced set of guests in authors Nikhil Sachan, Chetan Mahajan, classical singer Vidya Rao and Artist painter Siddharth. While the first two speakers were of management background, the other two were much experienced in the fields of art, and hence took the entire audience through a beautiful journey of their own illustrious careers.

The theme for this year’s event – ‘Beauty in Chaos’, looks to celebrate the charming order that takes shape in all the turbulent journey of an artist. This year, the ULLF 2015 has grown much in size as a platform for Udaipur, and in stature in terms of the participating guests as well. Participating guests include Indian classical dancer and Padma Bhushan Dr. Mallika Sarabhai; Musician, poet and actor Mr. Piyush Mishra. Apart from these guests, ULLF 2015 will also be hosting, Ladli award winner for her writing on gender sensitivity, and author of e-retail record-breaking collection of short stories ‘Neela Scarf’, Ms. Anu Singh Chaudary; Asst Professor with the Department of English at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, musician and music conductor, and author of the ‘Book of Guardians’ trilogy, Ms. Giti Chandra; Founder of online entertainment channel ‘EmotionalFulls’ Mr. Sandeep Jha; and founder of online satire-news portal ‘Faking News’, Mr. Rahul Raushan. This year’s event has been sponsored by Sahitya Akademi and education partner is Aryas Publication. The other partners are Niranjan Associates, Ashoka Cinemas and Pirates Publications, book partner – National Book Trust and food partner Innovating Hospitality, Raaj Bagh and Kaju’s.

As a pre-runner, Potpourri also conducted Tell-a-Tale, a story writing marathon, hosting budding and aspiring authors and writers from Udaipur, Kota and Jaipur and the IIMU community as well. The event was a huge success going by the feedback of the participants, and event video will also be showcased during the Litfest. Going forward Tell-a-Tale will grow into a much bigger platform, inviting and encouraging participants from far and wide. This year too, the participation of the external community in the ULLF is touted to increase from last year, a healthy trend towards making the ULLF truly, Udaipur’s very own literature festival.

For participation and further info, please drop a mail to potpourri@iimu.ac.in or www.iimu.ac.in/LeapdayLitfest or call Puneet Mor @ 7023002064.

Tell-a-Tale- An epic 12 hour marathon story telling competition


Tell-a-Tale was recently conducted by Potpourri- The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. Tell-a-Tale is a 12 hour marathon event where budding authors from the local community of Udaipur participated to write 5 different stories. All 15 participants were grouped into 5 teams of 3 writers each. Each team was provided with a beginning paragraph and told to write 12 chapters based on the initial paragraph. All the teams were provided with the same beginning and asked to dish out their own stories.


The stage was set and participants assigned their teams. Out of the 15 participants, nine were from IIM Udaipur while the other 6 were local budding authors from Udaipur. At 8:30 pm on Saturday evening the event got going. Teams had arranged themselves in the order in which they were going to write the chapters. Once the order was decided, the first member of each group started writing the story while the other two left the room. The other two members had been given a read only access so that could see how the story was shaping up. The first round lasted for three hours in which every member wrote a chapter each for one hour.  At the end of first round participants were given a 10 minute breather where they could refresh their minds. At the beginning of the second round participants were asked to give a title to their story and also specify the genre of their tale.  The same process lasted for four rounds.

The event was a great opportunity for local budding authors to show their writing skill. The 5 stories are going to be forwarded to a group of publishers who will judge the best story and declare them a winner. The winning team will get their stories published by the publisher. The opportunity of getting their first story meant a great way to start of their journey as a professional writer.


The event was an unusual experience for the IIMU students where they could for once distance themselves from the business of business and revel in the joy of writing.  The participants from the local community of Udaipur were mostly students pursuing their graduation. Vineet Sharma has recently given his 12th standard board exams and is preparing for his JEE entrance exams. But he says he is passionate about writing and like writing scripts. He wishes to one day write and direct his own movie. For him Tell-a-Tale was a great avenue to meet other budding authors like him and share ideas and learn from each other.

Gauri Pandya writes poems and stories in our national language HINDI. She is currently looking to publish her first book. “This is a very good platform for young writers like me to showcase my writing skills. But I also feel that this competition should be conducted in English as well as Hindi to promote Hindi language writers as well”.


Arushi Vyas is currently pursuing B.A.L.L.B. from MLSU and and works for ‘City Angle’ a local lifestyle magazine. Arushi was first introduced to IIM Udaipur 2 years back. This was when Potpourri organized its very first leap day lit fest. “Attending the lit fest was a great experience for me. The event in itself was first of its kind in Udaipur. It had a great line up of authors including Ashwin Singhvi. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Since then I have been a regular attendee of various events that are conducted at IIM Udaipur. I recently attended Audacity (IIMU’s cultural fest) and now it’s very exciting to be a part of Tell-a-Tale. I am also eagerly looking forward to the latest edition of the Leap Day Litfest”. The Udaipur Leap day Lit fest is the annual literature festival of IIM Udaipur conducted by Potpourri-The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. The event has a great lineup of authors including Mallika Sarabhai and Bollywood lyricist and actor Piyush Mishra. ILLF 2015 will be conducted on the 28th of February 2015.