International Immersion@INSEAD: An exceptional blend of academic, business, and life learnings

Learnings I’m taking away from the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) International Immersion at INSEAD Business School. After a rigorous year filled with learning, unlearning and practising, our class was scheduled for international immersion at the world-renowned business school INSEAD in Fontainebleau. As we left campus and headed back home, I was excited to… Continue reading International Immersion@INSEAD: An exceptional blend of academic, business, and life learnings

International Immersion at INSEAD, Paris: A holistic learning experience

Getting into SPJIMR was one of my most cherished dreams. Having lived this dream with Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) for one and a half year now it was time to fly high. We all knew that SPJIMR’s affiliation with INSEAD for our International Immersion module was going to add immense value to our… Continue reading International Immersion at INSEAD, Paris: A holistic learning experience

Eating for the Earth: A sustainable approach to food choices

In our collective effort to safeguard the well-being of our planet, we often focus on energy conservation and waste reduction. However, one aspect that deserves closer scrutiny is the impact of our daily dietary choices. Surprisingly, the quantity and type of food we consume play a pivotal role in shaping the health of our environment.… Continue reading Eating for the Earth: A sustainable approach to food choices

Drowning in imports: Can India find a way out of its edible oil deficit?

India, one of the largest producers of oilseeds in the world, faces the very counter-intuitive problem of being unable to meet the domestic consumption requirement for edible oils within the country. Rising incomes, urbanisation, westernisation of diets, and shifting health perceptions in the 2000s caused a three-fold increase in per capita consumption of edible oils.1… Continue reading Drowning in imports: Can India find a way out of its edible oil deficit?

#AbhyudayaKatha: “Experiential learning gained from the Abhyudaya programme has been invaluable.”

I wanted to establish a friendship beyond the mentorship dynamic, and I am happy that my Mentee Aaron affectionately calls me “Yash”. Initially, I harboured much anxiety about my role as a mentor to Abhyudaya’s Sitara, Aaron Anton D’Souza. I worried about how involved I could be in his life and what knowledge I could… Continue reading #AbhyudayaKatha: “Experiential learning gained from the Abhyudaya programme has been invaluable.”

#AbhyudayaKatha: “Their resilience and positive attitude have inspired me”

“My sitara, Shagun Singh, is a bright and enthusiastic seventh-grade student. I was first impressed by her energy and passion when I saw her speak about Abhyudaya on stage at Hastantaran 2023. This motivated me to put in my best efforts while mentoring her. She is quick to warm up to new people. She was… Continue reading #AbhyudayaKatha: “Their resilience and positive attitude have inspired me”

#AbhyudayaKatha: “I’m not just shaping my Sitara’s future; she is shaping mine too.”

“Mentoring the Abhyudaya Sitara has been an emotional journey. She calls me ‘Didi’, and that gives me a sense of mentoring my own sister. Despite her humble background, she aspires to start a baking business, and I’m committed to helping her achieve it. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together,… Continue reading #AbhyudayaKatha: “I’m not just shaping my Sitara’s future; she is shaping mine too.”

#AbhyudayaKatha: “It has allowed me to recognise the significant influence I can have on someone’s life”

“Being a mentor has been a profoundly impactful experience for me, as it has allowed me to recognise the significant influence I can have on someone’s life. My mentee, Prajakta, affectionately calls me “didi.” During our initial meeting, I introduced her to the art of sketching, which happened to coincide with Friendship Day. This creative… Continue reading #AbhyudayaKatha: “It has allowed me to recognise the significant influence I can have on someone’s life”

From Abhyudaya’s Sitara to Deputy Manager at ICICI

“ A country where education is valued not as a formality but as a pride of the country is never poor. ~ Nitin Namdeo Education empowers individuals to overcome challenges and drive societal progress. The learning journey has long been the gateway to surpassing one’s limitations. Children are inherently curious and full of potential. The… Continue reading From Abhyudaya’s Sitara to Deputy Manager at ICICI

Healthy tomorrow, sustainable healthcare today

In the existing VUCA world fraught with challenges, “Sustainability" has caught the attention of different industries globally, be it automobile, agriculture, chemical, construction, etc. Healthcare is one such industry that requires our immediate attention. There are a couple of reasons for it. Firstly, healthcare and medical sciences are not well-discussed in the context of sustainable… Continue reading Healthy tomorrow, sustainable healthcare today

Miyawaki Forests – The Answer to India’s Urban Environment Crises?

The world has long grappled with the problems of pollution, declining biodiversity, and the effects of climate change, prominently in urban areas due to the uninhibited exponential development. The source of these problems is the decimation of forest cover, and it is known that restoring forests, the natural carbon sinks and sustenance source of ecosystems,… Continue reading Miyawaki Forests – The Answer to India’s Urban Environment Crises?

Italian experience with SPJIMR’s Post Graduate Programme in Family Managed Business (PGPFMB)

So here I am again, sitting in front of a blank Word document, writing about my past experiences. This time, it’s Milan, Italy’s fashion and commercial capital. Having been there once before as a teen, I vaguely remember the Duomo and the Galleria. But this time, I had a purpose: to know more about Italian… Continue reading Italian experience with SPJIMR’s Post Graduate Programme in Family Managed Business (PGPFMB)

Dark data and green computing

In today’s world, we all are creatures of convenience leveraging technology for the tiniest of things, no matter how small it is – ranging from storing the most mundane data on the cloud, to searching for the minutest of things on Google. Although these habits have made our lives much easier, the convenience comes at… Continue reading Dark data and green computing

Sustainable Futures: India’s development journey, coupled with sustainability

Understanding the dynamics of economic growth and sustainability India has risen from 13th to the 5th largest economy globally, showcasing remarkable economic growth, and thus has set ambitious goals for sustainable development.1 As a country grows, it consumes more resources, leading to a rise in energy levels, resource consumption, wastage, and habitat destruction. There is… Continue reading Sustainable Futures: India’s development journey, coupled with sustainability

My International MBA in the US got me a job at Altria!

I come from a family of engineers, and I saw the kind of work my father, uncles, and even my cousins did which inspired me. I knew I was born to do the same. So, I applied to several engineering colleges having no inclination toward any one specific specialisation, however, I knew I wanted to… Continue reading My International MBA in the US got me a job at Altria!

Hastantaran: The beginning of transformative experiential learning at SPJIMR

In the midst of my academic pursuits at SPJIMR, the top B-school in Mumbai, India, I had an astonishing experience at an event called Hastantaran that illuminated my life. This event, which is a part of the Abhyudaya programme, spoke to my enthusiasm for community involvement and transformative learning. I will take you through my… Continue reading Hastantaran: The beginning of transformative experiential learning at SPJIMR

Unmasking The Reality: My Pandemic-Stricken International MBA Journey

People considered me a wizkid. Science and Mathematics were subjects that always intrigued me. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to pursue engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication seemed like the ideal course for me since it would give me an opportunity to grow my skill set in computers too. I did my undergrad… Continue reading Unmasking The Reality: My Pandemic-Stricken International MBA Journey

A True Sitara – The Story Of Grit And Resilience

What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. ~Dorothy Day In a world of disparities, there are limited opportunities for many underprivileged children. This stands as a stark reminder of the urgent need for collective action. These… Continue reading A True Sitara – The Story Of Grit And Resilience

Going Global – From Kanpur’s Industrial Hub to a Consulting Career with EY in Germany!

My Source Of Motivation I was born and brought up in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. When I was in the 11th standard, I developed an interest in computers and technology. That’s when I decided that I would become a computer engineer. I pursued my B. Tech from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, got placed at Accenture as a… Continue reading Going Global – From Kanpur’s Industrial Hub to a Consulting Career with EY in Germany!

Babson Experience

Well, where do I start? When we were first told that we had the option to not just visit Babson for our GIP but also share the classroom with students from all over the world for their summer programme, ‘thrilled’ is an understatement to describe my feeling at that time. We did have our fair… Continue reading Babson Experience

From The Humidity Of Mumbai To -3 In Germany | International Immersion

Why I Chose What I Chose. While researching programmes and schools for my further studies I was looking for two things primarily in B-schools – credibility and international exposure. That’s when I stumbled upon the Global MBA programme by SPJIMR, one of the top B-schools in Mumbai, India. It offered a semester in India, conducted… Continue reading From The Humidity Of Mumbai To -3 In Germany | International Immersion

I Saw My Chance, And I Took It.

School friends hold a special place in our hearts, for they were there during our formative years. These friends understand us like no other, celebrating our triumphs and supporting us through challenges. When my tribe, who I hung out with every single day, went overseas to pursue their degrees and dreams, I felt something that… Continue reading I Saw My Chance, And I Took It.

A fan or a dongle – What would you prioritise?

Engaging With The Sitaras I was on my way to my Sitara, Rinky’s place, and my mind was full of thoughts and ideas. I wondered how her family was doing, if I could mentor her effectively, and how challenging it must be to live in those settlements. As a former tutor, I was confident in… Continue reading A fan or a dongle – What would you prioritise?

The Indian perspective – An emerging nation’s take on carbon neutrality

Introduction The boat of humankind hasn’t been sailing on smooth waters. Ever since Homo sapiens arrived on the planet nearly 300,000 years ago, we had to fight evolutionary competition and natural calamities to overcome challenges. However, the precarious situation of climatic change and deterioration is one like never before. In the second half of 20th… Continue reading The Indian perspective – An emerging nation’s take on carbon neutrality

Go beyond chasing business profits. Explore social businesses.

Development of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC) is a novel initiative pioneered by SPJIMR more than 30 years ago, rooted in the belief that ‘Civil society is a learning mechanism’. DoCC offers participants immersive social internships across India and South Asia to engage with grassroots communities and organisations. SPJIMR participants undergoing their immersion programme at the Yunus… Continue reading Go beyond chasing business profits. Explore social businesses.

Innovative ways in which India is tackling plastic pollution!

I believe that everything comes from the earth and goes back to the earth and no one will definitely want it to go as a landfill, right? If we have to live and grow sustainably, then the only way forward is through collaboration and supporting a lifestyle in perfect harmony with the universe. Experts agree… Continue reading Innovative ways in which India is tackling plastic pollution!

Feeding India sustainably: Overcoming the next set of challenges in agriculture

India had a mounting hunger crisis immediately after gaining independence and struggled to produce enough food for the citizens. A string of droughts made things worse, causing devastating famines. So, the government stepped in to modernise farming to increase food supply, in what came to be known as “Green Revolution”. Soon we went from having… Continue reading Feeding India sustainably: Overcoming the next set of challenges in agriculture

Forest fires disrupting ecosystems

Standing at the edge of my balcony, I still remember the strong smell of the smoke and the bright flames that lighted up the sky during one of my visits to my relative in the summer vacation. As a young kid, it was difficult to decipher what was happening. The crackling noise of burning trees… Continue reading Forest fires disrupting ecosystems

COP and its saga of ambitious goals

The Conference of Parties, also referred to as COP, is the body that is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change1. It is a consortium of 197 countries and territories. Ever since its inception, the COP has convened annually – barring once in 2020 due to… Continue reading COP and its saga of ambitious goals

Decoding sustainable financing

Sustainability and sustainable financing are buzzwords now. However, the intricacies of these financing deals and their frameworks are largely a mystery to the public. During my stint in the Treasury team of a leading Indian NBFC, I was grateful to have the opportunity to work on multiple sustainable financing deals with foreign banks and multilateral… Continue reading Decoding sustainable financing

The inspirational story of mangrove conservation

When was the last time you watered a plant or planted a sapling, or put that plastic bottle lying on the road into the dustbin? Are we doing enough for our planet? Do you remember the phrase ‘Think globally, act locally’? We read the headlines about the effects of climate change and the global efforts… Continue reading The inspirational story of mangrove conservation

Are electric vehicles really green?

Lately, vehicles whizzing past us on the streets without a sound has been a common sight. They look futuristic and have instant acceleration. Without the engines and fuel slots, the engine compartments make empty spaces for the capacity of carrying luggage. For a child, it might look magical and wonder how the car is running.… Continue reading Are electric vehicles really green?

The ‘Bad Taste’ of good food

Have you ever thrown a bad apple in the dustbin just because it had spots on it? Have you ever been to a fruit vendor and picked up fruits and veggies that looked good aesthetically? Have you ever wondered why in spite of eating enough fruits, you have to take vitamin supplements? Your answer will… Continue reading The ‘Bad Taste’ of good food

DLF: India’s attempt at green real-estate

DLF Limited symbolises the force of a desire, goal, and enthusiasm for developing environments that promote healthy living, and well-being. It is a real estate firm that has been a trailblazer in several residential and commercial projects, capitalising on its industry expertise, its vast resources, and the ability to forecast its customer’s needs. Today, the… Continue reading DLF: India’s attempt at green real-estate

Biodiesel is the future fuel for automobiles!

We live in a world with scarce resources, one of which is fossil fuel. If there is one thing that everyone has come to understand over the past several years is that we need to make amends to give a chance to our environment that we have severely damaged a chance to recover. Nearly all… Continue reading Biodiesel is the future fuel for automobiles!

Green supply chains: Accelerating decarbonization through data & digital tech

Theme- The Supply Chain Reinvention: Embracing Digitalization and Decarbonization Article Submission for Catena Aurea, NMIMS Mumbai. Supply chains are the nervous system of the business world, responding to stimuli and generating relevant responses to keep the cogs of organizations running. But in doing so, they generate some unwanted results which are wasteful for all stakeholders… Continue reading Green supply chains: Accelerating decarbonization through data & digital tech

The Abhyudaya Chronicles

SPJIMR PGDM 2022-24 participants were asked to pen their personal insights about the unique Immersive Experience Abhyudaya. The cohort of 10 had to write individual articles for Abhyudaya Chronicles, share them with one another, edit, and then publish them. Elaborating on the Abhyudaya Chronicles, SPJIMR Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi, the faculty lead for this exercise, said… Continue reading The Abhyudaya Chronicles

Juggling dreams and deadlines: My B- School circus adventure

I have a tale to tell, a story of adventure and bravery, of leaving a near-perfect job for the wild world of B-school. It all started in June 2021, when I decided to turn down a CAD 20,000 scholarship and a full tuition waiver for a master’s programme abroad, and instead, join the circus of… Continue reading Juggling dreams and deadlines: My B- School circus adventure

MBA, the SPJIMR style

A WhatsApp forward years back made me laugh then but incidently enough it when I recently encountered it again as an MBA student, it made me think. It said – MBA in Gujrati is “Mane Badhu Aavde che” (translates to I know everything). As bizarre as it sounds, our curriculum is proof that those words… Continue reading MBA, the SPJIMR style

India’s energy policy: Balancing the energy mix in India

In the year 2020, as a part of the COVID-19 stimulus package, the Prime Minister’s announcement to focus on coal mining and infrastructural development for transportation of coal, no one saw it coming. The landscape shifting to greener and cleaner sources of energy to meet the demand and consumption boosts the target of Coal India… Continue reading India’s energy policy: Balancing the energy mix in India

Happiness through Sustainability

Though myriad of definitions and interpretations of happiness exists out there in the world, today we will look at the happiness through the lens of sustainability. ‘Sustainability’ is the buzzword used in the world currently. It is a common narrative with all the big companies and countries today along with effective actions to become more… Continue reading Happiness through Sustainability

Community-led problem solving: A solution to the Maharashtra water crisis

Imagine a farmer Sakharam Shinde growing your favourite fruit, mango, in one of the 36 districts of Maharashtra. Currently, he owns 202 mango trees, and one morning he gets up and destroys 110 of those mango trees. But why? Why will a farmer destroy his livelihood? Simply put, he is in debt and cannot afford… Continue reading Community-led problem solving: A solution to the Maharashtra water crisis

Living with FOMO

Anyone who is or has been a part of the MBA world must have come across the word FOMO. And for those who haven’t, let me start by expanding the acronym. The acronym stands for the ‘Fear of Missing Out’. When I started my MBA journey at SPJIMR, I wondered why this term would be… Continue reading Living with FOMO

Keeping up with the Clock

A perfect question to ask over supper is ‘What is Time?’ Now, one would argue, how is this supposed to be a dinner table conversion? Well, because the answer to this question lies on the table itself. Time is like salt. Even the most exquisite of meals would probably be inedible without salt. Just like… Continue reading Keeping up with the Clock

Where the heart is

Home is where the heart is, and I have yearned for it ever since business school started. I was always surrounded by a loving family, so when I got the admission offer from SPJIMR, a part of me felt excited and also a bit scared of the new environment. It was a completely new city… Continue reading Where the heart is

PG Lab- An Unforgettable Experience

It was 27th July 2022, we were all sitting in a huge hall at a luxury hotel in Lonavala, surrounded by 60 odd people with whom we had had the least amount of acquaintance with, ready to learn about our own selves and others. Yes, I am talking about the Personal Growth (PG) lab at… Continue reading PG Lab- An Unforgettable Experience

Checking with Mr Nice Guy

It was the second lecture of the day. “… so… what is cos2x?” asked the professor, engrossed in a problem, addressing the whole class. Trigonometry… the old acquaintance has not been in touch with most of the students of this MBA batch. Obviously, they have dealt with a lot more in the last few years,… Continue reading Checking with Mr Nice Guy

My ACAD group experience

It was the first time during the orientation that I came across this term ‘ACAD group.’ I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the fact that, unlike my engineering days, these ACAD groups are assigned, and not for us to choose. The first few interactions with my first term ACAD group were just regular conversations. Things started… Continue reading My ACAD group experience

The most ignored aspect of MBA life is…

If I were to ask you the most sought-after phenomenon for an MBA student, I’m sure most of you would respond by saying – “getting a CV point”. Most activities beyond those that we are mandated to do are in the quest for CV points – be it case competitions or PORs. (On a personal… Continue reading The most ignored aspect of MBA life is…

Spotlight

Time; or rather the concept of time, feels like something of an enigma in itself. It is part of the collective human experience to sometimes feel that time is stretching, where even a single quantum of it bears down upon, crushing you under its unassailable weight; like when you have to sit through a boring… Continue reading Spotlight

A (failed) interview that changed my life!

It was a pleasant early February morning. I hopped on a train from Surat to Mumbai, all geared up to appear for my best interview call in that admissions cycle – SPJIMR. Being in my final year of Mechanical Engineering, I was absolutely surprised to get a call for the Operations and Supply Chain Management… Continue reading A (failed) interview that changed my life!

How (not) to ace the 2.30 PM quizzes

It’s the last day of the Diwali vacation. Surprisingly, we’ve had the opportunity to keep our laptops aside, at least for a few days. It would be a while before we get a chance to rejuvenate again, and while I’d be lying if I said that I’m thrilled for the coming Monday, I’m indeed optimistic… Continue reading How (not) to ace the 2.30 PM quizzes

A Horizon of Possibilities

“Congratulations! You did it! Your months of preparation for the entrance exams and interviews, has paid off. We are excited to welcome you to S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Class of 2023” The message flashed without a buffer on the screen that it almost felt anticlimactic. The feeling of settling down after months… Continue reading A Horizon of Possibilities

Weekend With A Starboy

The problem with cynicism is that once you adopt such an attitude, the universe often presents itself in such a way that you end up holding on to such limiting mindsets; an offshoot of the Law of Positive Attraction if you will. I thought that getting into SPJIMR would have been the start of a… Continue reading Weekend With A Starboy

The Breakout room saga!

Term 1 has gone past in a flash. Sticking to the attributes I gained in engineering (not saying that I’m proud of them), I haven’t retained all the academic learning from Term 1. But I still recall a few Breakout room sessions that were nothing short of being absolutely transformative learning experiences. Oh wait! Before… Continue reading The Breakout room saga!

The Big Question

As I took a sigh of relief post the completion of the first term exams, I received a call from a junior who was planning to attempt the CAT this year and wanted to join SPJIMR in the Marketing specialization. He wanted to know a little about life here before he made that call. As… Continue reading The Big Question

Demystifying MBA – The 5 myths about the B-school journey

Out of all the advice you get on pursuing a One-Year MBA course, you have to learn to use the ones most fruitful. I took up the journey heads-on and discovered the many myths I have listed here in the article. Diapers, fashion, Un-goals: Are these words you would think of when you think of a… Continue reading Demystifying MBA – The 5 myths about the B-school journey

I Had A Dream…

What follows is a fictionalized narration of someone who dares to dream of being back on campus. The author has taken the creative liberty to imagine the scenes without the requisite protocols and guidelines that might follow an actual B2C (Back to Campus). It was the last class of the day. The final minute before… Continue reading I Had A Dream…

What I learnt from my TA-ship?

Would I be able to complete my Teaching Assistantship (TA-ship) successfully? How much time would I need to dedicate to it, considering I already have responsibilities as a research scholar? When I began my Teaching Assistantship (TA-ship) with Prof. Sushmita Srivastava as part of the Fellow Programme, the Doctoral Programme in Management at SPJIMR in… Continue reading What I learnt from my TA-ship?

Baptism by Fire

The Beginning  On November 7th, 2020, we had our online induction for the PGPM Class of 2021. Everybody seemed excited; after all, we were all sitting in the classroom of one of the best management institutes in India. We were so excited that we scheduled a batch meet the previous night just to discuss the… Continue reading Baptism by Fire

The Path to New Knowledge Creation

One of the special things that I find about the SPJIMR’s FPM – a full-time doctoral programme in management – are the seminar-based courses which are offered by the specialists in the fields/specific area. In the seminar courses, participants end up going through research work by Nobel laureates and trying to understand the contribution by… Continue reading The Path to New Knowledge Creation

An intangible transition

It was September 24th, 2020. I was binge-watching Netflix after my dinner. At 11:50 pm, I heard the sound of the Gmail notification on my phone, and a floating notification appeared, with a Capital ’S’ in a purple background. I opened it, and for a moment I was in a state of shock. The subject… Continue reading An intangible transition

Invictus

On Friday, 13th March 2020, we finished our first general management phase. On Saturday, 14th March 2020, the lockdown was announced, and the school asked us to stay back where we were. A day later, on the 15th of March, we got the institute’s message – “We are going virtual in the next 2 days”.… Continue reading Invictus

NGOs: Shield of the marginalized during COVID

It was an exhilarating four-day experience amongst the chaos of virtual classes, assignments, case studies and placement pressure. But it reminded us of what it means to be grounded as it connected us with the social sector; a sector that requires empathy and human connectedness. This is exactly what the DOCC experience taught us, the… Continue reading NGOs: Shield of the marginalized during COVID

Online Life and Tribe

I again sighed while looking at my schedule. I was slumped with work. And this was without taking into consideration the pre-reads and assignments. If you would have told me 4 months ago that I will be spending my days in MBA surviving on 4 hours of sleep, doing 6 hours of club and committee work,… Continue reading Online Life and Tribe

The Journey – As it has been!

At the age of 40, with a couple of academic degrees next to my name, with two decades of work experience in two different industry and half of this coming in international settings, having lead teams and projects, I consider myself a confident individual cognizant of my ability to be self-sufficient in any challenging situation… Continue reading The Journey – As it has been!

Value Based Learnings at SPJIMR

A few months back, I was attending my classes on campus, when I got a call from Sachin. Sachin is a friend. He is a junior employee, who rose from the grade of a technician to an assistant manager in his company. He comes from an economically challenged family and faced many hurdles on the way. Sachin was treated disrespectfully… Continue reading Value Based Learnings at SPJIMR

SPJIMR Admissions

During my MBA entrance exam preparation days, I was hoping to crack a top B-school given that I was consistently scoring above average in my mock tests. Fast forward to CAT 2018, I messed up the DI-LR section and ended up scoring 98.89 percentile which wasn’t sufficient for B-schools which considered only academic scores as… Continue reading SPJIMR Admissions

Warmth

Meteorological data confirms that October 2020 was the coldest in Delhi in 58 years. Psychological estimates predict that it shall get painstakingly difficult to attend 9:00 am lectures in the coming months. However, there is hope. There is hope because it is incredibly easy to reflect on the burgeoning theme that runs through this place. Warmth.… Continue reading Warmth

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