Friday, November 5, 2010

Rohit Jindal and Amardeep Singh win at “The Power of Ideas”

Two students of SIBM Bangalore, Rohit Jindal and Amardeep Singh, have been selected by The Economic Times for their Power of Ideas initiative. Their business plan made it to the top 20 plans of the prestigious competition. The Power of Ideas is a platform provided by The Economic Times to groom and nurture entrepreneurs by connecting them with relevant mentors and investors.
Rohit and Amardeep’s venture ( made the cut out of a whopping 16000+ entries from all over India, in the competition organized by IIM, Ahmedabad. As prize money, they would be getting Rs. 2Lacs as a Seed Funding; plus, an opportunity to be mentored by Infosys Technologies Founder Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy himself. They will be felicitated in New Delhi on the 30th October, by none other than the President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil and Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy for their amazing feat.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Agnitio 2010

Being a primate has been one great experience for me. It has opened a whole set of opportunities for me. Mainly, a free access to bananas. One of the most important tasks we, the PRMAIT Committee, did this semester was conducting the Media Summit - 'Agnitio' in the premises of our very own SIBM-B. Not only did we learn the way you get to reach to the likes of Kumbles, Kiran Bedis and their other nationally important cousins, but we also learnt the art of persuasion.
And yes we made mistakes here and there. But the end product was worth it. And the admiration we got - well, even better. I can't comment about any other place, because we all do MBA once, usually. But here at SIBM-B, one thing that shines out is the lack of locks. And still we have the keys for the whatif reasons of lock (made of strong metals) coming from some South East Asian country: it shouldn't make sense; but something that should, are the learnings. Probably, it applies to Sweden, Barcelona, Southall, and all these different places too; but, if you want to learn here in SIBM-B, I assure you, there's plenty an options to do so.
I am speaking a lot of things at the same time, but the important parts you must retain: I have been beaten with electronic rods for what I write; I know people who have ripped off hair from their heads; thrown away stones at glass ceilings; kissed people sitting next to them irrespective of their sexes; and it's all because of what I write.
By the way, the post was about our media summit. Agnitio was awesome.
The event comprised of two panel discussions on the topics – “Media: The Fourth Pillar of Democracy?” and “Social Media vs. Traditional Media: Shall the Twain Meet?” Both the panels were moderated by Mr Krishna B. Mariyanka (VP, National Executive & Director, Governing Council – Public Relations Council of India).
In the first panel (Media: The Fourth Pillar of Democracy), Mr. D.B. Chandre Gowda (Lok Sabha MP, Bangalore North), citing his personal experiences, commented on the evolution of media over the years since independence. He said that the role of media, with the introduction of new technologies, has not only diversified but has increased considerably. He also stressed that not only media but the other three pillars of democracy should also be honest in what they are supposed to do. Mr Yeshvanth Kumar (Owner, Apex Media) commented that sadly media today has become eighty percent business and twenty percent journalism. He suggested that the common man should now take the charge and question the credibility of media. He said that media’s responsibility in current global environment is doubly important as it is the window to the outside world; and, it plays a very important role in building the faith in the system.
Mr K. Giriprakash (Chief of Bureau, The Hindu Business Line), answering an audience question, opposed the concept of having a media watchdog. He said that the job of media is to be a watchdog itself; and it’s time that people stop being cynical about what is printed. Ms Praveena Sharma (Assistant Editor, DNA Money) cited her past experiences where the entire media fraternity was held responsible for one news agency’s wrong reports.
The second panel discussed on the topic - Social Media vs. Traditional Media: Shall the Twain Meet? Mr Kiruba Shankar (CEO, Business Blogging Pvt Ltd), a well known name in the internet space, said that though social media is a great platform for communicating an individual opinion, professional journalism will remain irreplaceable; that traditional media and social media can coexist. Mr Vigyan Verma (AVP & Client Services Director, JWT), agreeing to Mr Shankar’s views, stated that although traditional media would never get replaced by the social media, there can be a convergence of the traditional media with new-age technology. Mr Aditya Anand (Editor, Mid-Day) recognized the fear that exists in the media houses, but rejected the claim that traditional media can ever lose its shine. Mr K.R. Sreenivas (Editor, Bangalore Mirror) reiterated the panel’s view that social media can never be as credible as traditional media because trusts are formed over a period of time and also social media like blogs, Facebook updates etc are not moderated by a single reliable source. He suggested the students to regularly read The Economist to understand the art of writing. Ms Dhanya Rajendran (Bureau Chief, South India, Times Now) appreciated the fact that social media has provided a platform for everyone to voice their opinions but this must be done within the boundaries. According to her, in India, in spite of all its vices, traditional media has not been rejected, and that social media taking over traditional media is still a long way off.
As I said, Agnitio was awesome!

By Jitesh Sharma, 10-12

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Utopia 2010

On 21st of August, our very own SIBM-B had turned into an international airport. For the very day, we had become the melting point of diverse cultures: a mini America, to an extent. Or maybe mini olympics. Or maybe an atlas with living people inside it. Or maybe a documentary showcasing garments from different nations. Or maybe an international online travel portal. Or maybe something else that subscribes to the internationality I want to convey.

There was love. And there was war. Teams from various nations across our blue-green planet showcased their cultures through various acts, and also competed against each other. Students from Japan (who didn't perform; but then they've already done enough: thank you toyota and all your electronic cousins; also thank you for being brave enough to forget and forgive the Americans) were there. So were the Chinese. Charlie's chinangles performed an incomprehensible Chinese pop number. But if nothing else, they did raise the temperature (they helped us believe that maybe the Chinese do not consider us to be their "biggest" enemy, contrary to a popular online poll). There were students from ASEAN nations Indonesia and Thailand. Then the ones with vuvuzelas weren't behind either: the South Africans. Our dear neighbours Bhutan also had a team (they didn't perform either; but again, it doesn't matter: they were the only ones who supported us in UN assembly once upon a time in recent history). But the top three teams were the musical Sri Lankans, the hot (for women only) Afghans and the sweet Nepalis. In the end, it was the Afghan team that won the top prize for their fashion show.

Overall, it was amazing getting to interact with all these students from different nationalities. And it was heartening to know the respect they have for our country.

By Jitesh Sharma, 10-12