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.
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.
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.
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