Days of fun and management

Last Updated 29 October 2012, 17:59 IST

It was a fun filled fest for the students of Management Development Institute (MDI) where the students celebrated their annual fest, Imperium.

The annual-inter Business school management and cultural fest began with an official lamp-lighting ceremony, kicking off a 72-hour event with non-stop activities like business games and simulations based on contemporary business scenarios from disciplines of management, cultural night performances, a quiz and talks along with other events.

The strategic simulation game Biz-Czar; social initiative Beyond Karma, online game Nautica and management challenge of Phalanx were some of the events that drew substantive student interest.

In an first of its kind event, Biz-Czar was organised by one of the academic clubs of MDI. The game received immense exposure online and out of 1082 entries, six teams made it as finalists. Rohit Roy from NITIE, Mumbai, a participant, commented, “Biz-Czar was a lot of fun. You can’t prepare for these games but do need to understand business strategies and acquire trends’ knowledge of the business sector. It was a close competition and all the teams brought something new to the table.”

Nautica was the most popular online event. With the understanding that not everyone could be present at the venue, the organising committee started the online game to engage MBA students, which has now become a rage.

Vineet Gala, organiser of Nautica, stated, “Auto industry was our theme this year. We gave each team 1.5 billion units as investment from which they bought, managed capital and raised money to run their automobile companies and all this happened online. With teams from 28 business schools and 18 engineering colleges, the response this year has been overwhelming. What’s really astounding is that we have gone international this year with students from Germany and Europe participating in the online game.”

The flagship event with the maximum reward prize was Phalanx. Inspired by Greek armies which never backed out of tricky situations, Phalanx assessed holistic skills. Teams from colleges across India participated and of the 300 online entries, 10 were selected through an online quiz. The best part of the selection process was the bidding aspect where visiting contestants bid for an MDI contestant and formed a pair. For three days and three nights the pair was given tasks to test their managerial perception. This helped participants to form networks with people from different walks of life.

The 12th edition also included Beyond Karma, an event on social awareness which helping students imbibe a culture of inclusive growth. Designed by Samaritans, the social initiatives club of MDI aimed at benefiting education in rural and semi-urban India, where they presented an impressive case study on how some schools can be helped with proper management and operations.

After a hectic 48 hours of non-stop events, it was time to wind down and relax. Well directed humor ranging from college life to Delhi Traffic, left the audience asking for an encore.

Since no fest is complete without music and jazz, live performances by a metal and rock band on the last day by Fields of Shade and events like War of Bands, fashion parade and on-the-spot events made Imperium a non-stop joy ride.

(Published 29 October 2012, 17:59 IST)

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