B-School Tag Game/ Blog Tree (Level 0)

Welcome to the B-School Tag Game/ B-School Blog Tree. The complete details are available at http://inferno.aimk.org/bschool-blogtree.html. Let me start the game. It is going to be very nostalgic and fun. I have so much to write, let me start with the first point.

5 things I miss about college

  1. The sleep (both in classroom and in hostel room).
  2. Burning roomy’s undies to kill ants.
  3. The clean, tidy hostel rooms (ha ha ask my roomies). We had all our chairs full of clothes, everything so professionally unorganized.
  4. GP ke parathe, we use to have it at 3 am or 5 am in the morning, breaking the fast before going for sleep.
  5. The Batch, friends and all people. I really really miss the group.

Five things that I do not miss (optional)

  1. The mess food.
  2. The frog music (during the monsoon season).
  3. Surprise exams by Prof Arnab Laha.
  4. Rammstein and the desi 70s music.
  5. Warden Maam’s message.

5 favorite Professors

  1. Arnab Laha (Statistics, data compression, data encryption and digital signal processing).
  2. Debashis Jana – ( OOPs through C++ , Artificial Intelligence) – He is an amazing prolog programmer.
  3. Probal Sengupta – I did my summer project under him (and Mr Annirudha Dasgupta) in alumnus.
  4. Pinaki Mitra (Crytography & Data Security)
  5. AK Halder (Marketing – He motivated me to learn marketing, now with globsyn).

Passing the ball to

  1. Rajesh Rana (MBA-8, AIMK)
  2. Sandhya-Krishnan (XLRI)
  3. Aditya Sanyal (Symbiosis Institute of International Business)
  4. Shailesh Gopale (JBIMS)
  5. Subhash Veeravalli (Jaypee Institute Of Information technolgoy university)
  6. Ravi Mevcha International Institute of Information Technology
  7. Shiju Thomas (IIMB)
  8. Narendra (MBA-9, AIMK)
  9. Rohit Nair (UVCE, Bangalore)

There is a list of other bloggers from various colleges.

Inferno 2006-2007

My involvement with Inferno (B-School Fest by AIMK) holds a record. I am the only alumni (or student) who have attended almost all the Infernos (Did I miss any at all?). From being a member of reception crew to a participant to a Judge, it was a journey full of experience (Good or Bad experience? If I can use the experience then Good else as useless as Bad).

I attended the first inferno being a member of reception crew (I was a first year student and was in support team). I helped the team with Book Stalls as well. Also I played the Stock Exchange Game (the only competition where I participated).

Second year, where I was in managing committee the Inferno. During this phase we had already started our small company (or Group) called Idealog , so we designed a full ad campaign for Idealog and its first big product. “Bulls and Bears“, done in VB and MSaccess, Lan based program with run time stock prices and graph, worked really hard for almost one month (thanks to the silent Programming lab, where I spent almost a month with Dinesh and Joshi. Dinesh was also busy with another project for “Aries Logistics, Netherland”, some good old days). If I am not wrong we started asking Rs 20,000 for “Bulls & Bears” product. After the event some of the colleges wanted a demo. All the participants were impressed with the Product. The product was termed a success where we lost few thousand takas (no Bulls all Bears) and learned some good lessons worth millions.

Inferno 2, conducted in 2002, had more of me that just “Bulls and Bears”. We had complete advertisement done in Flash for coming events (thanks to Vinny, MCA-3 for the 100% help). Being a member of the committee I am sure I was involved in many more things. We also participated in “Software Engineering Event” and ended with second prize (some Rs 1500 prize). We were happy to get 1500 as prize but spent almost close to that in celebration (I think that was the fun of student budgeting) at AquaJava (that’s not a tech product, it was a happy zone restaurant specially made for NIMCians).

Next Inferno, when I was in third year (also working for Grmtech). By this time we had lost some of the code for “Bulls and Bears” (Learned the importance of code management and subversions). Those were 2 nights and one day where I worked with three other NIMcians to make an alternative plan. One of the programmers was Prabhat Kumar whom we hired recently and still has the same passion to work through out night. I was biased towards him when I recommended him (may be because I had experience of working with him without a break). At last we came up with a better product, “Dallal Street”. It was fun, we introduced Dallals as well and it was a complete market. I also participated in Ad-Mad (made a mad ad on women contraceptive, we had 2 great Sardars in our team, we discussed more about contraceptive and its working than the ad, was really fun), Logo Design, Website designing (We came 2nd) and may be some more events.

Last Inferno, I was called as a Judge for website designing. I gave away some free tips without even charging the customary 2 cents. Was fun altogether!

Finally I am back with Inferno as a Consultant, where I with the team (Best AIM team I ever worked with, certainly after my batch, I am biased here) will make it a success. I did pray for it and working really hard. Our team has already done a great work. Some of the features,

  • We are doing a lot of documentation using Google Docs. Want to see the doc, contact Narendra.
  • Inferno site is based on a very special Wiki.
  • We will be blogging about all the activities.
  • We will be using Youtube and other video application.
  • We are planning to extend our reach with making few events online or using postal services.

A lot of talk about Inferno but time to call it a day, 00:30 IST. Wishing Inferno team a big success and praying to God for the required help. Your participation will motivate us. You will not get a better team than this to make Inferno a bigger success.

What is my incentive?
I get free Dinners at GP after every meeting. We had one today. I had “two capathis” and “anda thadka”. You can feel J :).

AIMk Among top 4

Top” is the word I always stressed on and here is a perfect sentence with the word “Top“, “AIMK among top 4 in eastern region“.

There is a high power josh among AIMk alumni and students to make it to top of the world as a B-school. AIMMA is working out plans to make it a formal non-profitable organization. At this stage such achievements gives extra power to reach the extra mile. I congrats the winners, Mr. Rahul Pachauri and Sumit Naik. Also wishing best of luck for the next phase of the competition. Keep going AIM.

“Nothing Succeeds Like Success”

Complete story by our special AIM reporter Narendra at aimk.blogspot.com

Nostalgia 2006 – Old memories and new dreams

Nostalgia 2006, the alumni meet for our Institute Army Institute of Management (formerly known as National Institute of Management, Calcutta) was scheduled for Aug 26th after few changes. The college crowd (current batches MBA-9, MBA-10) was very much involved to make it special in all possible ways. It all started few months back when I started getting emails and calls for the student reps. I was happy and was expecting to see few batchies, who ones use to depend on GP (Gill palace, a road side dhaba, open for 24 hrs) for energy.

The day came when the NIMC countdown clock was about to reach the 0th count. I slept late the other night, as I had to do the usual last day preparation for the AIMAA presentation (AIM alumni association, a new venture to network the alumni). Got up somewhere at 9:00 in the morning (which is late as per professional schedule and early from NIMC point of view) and collected my new personal visiting card with the blog address in it and reached the venue at 10:45 IST.
aimaa presentation
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With few alumni and the current batches the event started when Dr K.K.Chaudhuri (Director) addressed the congregation. He stressed on the point that the success for any institute is measured by the success of its alumni. He requested all the alumni to be a loyal brand ambassador for the Institute at all possible venues. Thereafter the registrar TR Nial shared his viewpoint. I was then given a chance to speak about the upcoming AIMAA activities. One of my tasks was to motivate the existing batches for brand building. Keeping the participation in mind I made it as interactive as possible. I tried my part and ended it silently offering a challenge. But on request I did make it loud by asking, “Howz the Josh” in nimc istyle. It was followed with Q&A session. After the presentation I expect at least 50 mails in our mailboxes, future will only be able to calculate the right variance for my expectation.

Thereafter different Alumni, representing different companies and ex batches shared their experiences. It varied from marketing to HR, IT to finance. Some introduction sessions with the fresh batches were also arranged, the same NIMC istyle introduction (you know what I mean). At around 1 noon we had tea and then I had a special meeting with the website crew (Narendra Kumar Singh,Abhishek Malik & Avinash Dubey). It was attended by few more MBA systems and alumni. Thereafter we had special AIM/NIMC lunch in the very famous mess (where all the curvy sofas were replaced with straight wooden chairs, we did unsuccessfully tried to figure out the reason for the replacement). Meal constituted of Plain rice (pure white in color), Roti (without oil), dal (green one), chana (small black type), bundis, Karela surprisingly without Aloo and another sabji with an optimal mix of everything (Aloo included). According to former Mess secretary Umesh (MCA-2), “This (the last one mentioned) is a special NIMC sabji, which is creatively innovated to hide the privacy of all vegetables included)”. I am sure you must be missing it; join the crowd who are missing it.

In the second half, the website crew presented the newly designed website. Narendra and his crew did a really nice job and hopefully we all can witness it online soon. I added some tips at the end like offering space for all the alumni, free advertising option for all good companies. Then Syndicate bank, the official sponsors of the Alumni meet 2006 introduced their loan programs for students within allotted 30 mins. The session continued till 5:00 where we had introductions and other small programs.
Alumni meet 2006
At 5:30 the cultural programs started, some songs, great dances and amazing skits. In one sentence, “Ha ha ha, Bada Maja aya”. After the cultural programs I saw the real alumni crowd (due to month end the local alumni could only make it after their office hours). The dance party started which might have continued only till 9:30 pm due to curfew imposed by our new registrar. I left at around 8. Before leaving I had talks with Abey of MBA-2, Sachin Narang of MBA-2, Piyu Dutta of MBA-2 , Indradeep of MCA-1, Pramod Mishra of MCA-1, Umesh of MCA-2 and many more about the upcoming AIMAA activities. Saket Prabhakar of MBA-4, attending his 3 alumni meet, most regular alumni was the man of the day without any doubt (awarded for his josh and the pune event).
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I must say that Anusree did a good job, when I say Anusree I mean the whole team represented by her. Keep up the good work; I will put my suggestions through alumni mail group.

Some more pics

Some known faces, a sardar, a HR with god
Official photographer from Delhi via Pune
talented new batches
The talented crew and future alumni

I will upload more pics later some time.


It was year 2003 when we penned down the idea of SOCH, an awareness program for Army families. Since I was studying management in an Army institute, I thought of sharing some of things with the real core of army, their families. The real purpose was not to teach them computers but to show them various uses of the magic box.

We worked for almost two weeks to make it happen. NIMC’s Aakar club (club for creation) headed by Afroz Alam (founder member) did the road shows to attract more army families. They went with normal aluminum plates (instead of a drum) and few printouts. They did a fabulous job and as a result, a multitude of around 200 people rushed in for the show. NIMC authorities were more than happy to allow us access to the computer labs where we showed them computer games, Internet, chatting e.t.c. The happiest lot was that of kids, they thoroughly enjoyed the games and at the end few were reluctant to leave the campus.

Our juniors prepared various presentations. And one Flash presentation by Manoj Badola on Kargil brought tears in everyone’s eyes. Our Director also awarded the people associated with the presentations. (It really felt good to receive the cash award, when we needed it the most) I also liked the presentation on “Army warfare”, which was presented to the Army officers. The poems and various other activities were all highly appreciated by the army families.

It continued for another 2 years but then this year was the END of SOCH. I wish it carried on. Is there anyone else who can recall those good days?

Updated: Thanks to Sid of MCA-5 for making a report on SOCH, here is it http://www.idealwebtools.com/img/blog/soch-main-report.doc