Getting Lucky with ModEx- Biz and Bytes

The course of MBA is a mad rush with all its assignments,quizzes,class tests, projects and exams leaving hardly a second to breathe. But the routine lets a lull of monotony creep into the hullabaloo. The various clubs in the college keep the students’ time peppered with fun and excitement fueling their studies in hindsight. ModEx- The Business and Technology club of NMIMS Bangalore came up with an interesting event, ‘Biz and Bytes’, and its unique format had the students’ talking with their attention hooked, a week before the actual event. The theme of the event was “Go Get Lucky”, and it played its part in attracting participation of over 150 students in teams of two.

The event was conducted over 3 rounds with each one being an elimination round. Round 1 consisted of participants looking for answers of a crossword puzzle in a host of letters jumbled up. The game had only gotten better when they had predict their score and steal a chance to double their points.

Eight teams advancing to round two had to play a game based on poker where each team had actual poker chips and they had to answer questions on business and tech world in their journey to wining maximum chips. Just the theme of poker and the feel of chips in their hand had the participants buzzing and raring to go.

The final round was based on the game of ludo. The club had actually prepared a giant ludo board with a huge dice for the game. Just the visual was enough to get the participants pumped as it brought out memories from childhood when ludo used to be such an important part of our fun. Like normal ludo game the teams would roll a dice but could move forward only if they answered a question correctly. The tension and excitement amongst both the participants and the audience was palpable. Who doesn’t wanna see the dice of luck roll their way? The team who reached home first,won the game. The whole event was a “diced” bundle of excitement, thrill and fun all rolled into one. This break from the books also gave a sneak peek into the thrill ride that NMIMS Bangalore provides.

~ Eeshanesh Jha (PGDM 08)

 

 

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City Lights ~ Vibhuti Bakshi

city_lights_by_zy0rg-d64jru9I scream and shout,
But there’s no one to hear me,
People pass me by,
A shadow on the pane,
A crack in the vain,
I am unable to open my eyes,
Air doesn’t seem to meet my lungs,
Dirty and ambiguous,
Images imprinted in my brain,
Every tick of the watch taunts me,
I am away from home,
The glitz and glamour washed away,
The steak reality breaks free,
I stand alone on a street,
On a path, where there is no place to breathe,
I stand alone in a crowd,
Lost.

     KNOWESIS – HALLOWEN’S DAY

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter

Somehow all the religions narrow down to one belief that the dead have an extended life after death in other world. Even Indians believe in life after death. So this triggers a primary question in my mind “Do ghosts exist?” and “Are they friend or foe?”  But the returning of the dead on a particular dead sounds too creepy and also scary. May be that’s why on this day people dress themselves as ghosts so that the dead who wander around us consider them as fellow ghosts and do not harm us.

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the middle ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt.

But what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today’s trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday—with luck, by next Halloween—be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.) Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces. Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.

Of course, whether we’re asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the good will of the very same “spirits” whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.

ModEx – Excel O Mania

Hey all you technology freaks out there!!!

Greetings from Team ModEx- The Business and Technology Club of NMIMS, Bangalore!

ModEx realises the importance of excel in the corporate world, and thus takes all endeavours to promote the use of excel amongst its students. We began at a micro level by conducting a series workshop for our members to help them learn the various tricks of excel both at basic and advanced level. (Perks of being in ModEx :p) The success of these workshops have shown in the enhanced excel skills of our members and we now plan to extend these workshops to the other students of our college too and also use our excel acumen to contribute to the administrative department of our college.

We are also geared up to test the excel skills of all b-school students via our next big event- ‘Excel O Mania’- a Pan India Excel Competition. This event would be based on excel expertise with a blend of turns and twists to add masala to the event. So watch out for more updates from us on this exciting event and till then, keep EXCELling…

For more information on ModEx, follow us on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/modex.nmims/

INTUITO – ANALYTICS DAY!!!

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Bangalore hosted the 6th edition of its flagship event, “Analytics Day” on 30th October, 2015. Continuing its legacy of having a new theme event every year, this year the theme of Analytics day was “Supply Chain Analytics”. The event was organized and coordinated by “Intuito”, the student led Analytics club of NMIMS, Bangalore. In order to increase the awareness about the domain of analytics amongst the academic circles and the corporate world, NMIMS has been conducting Analytics day every year, since 2010.

The chief guest of the event was Mr. Sudipta Sen, Vice Chairman & Board Member- India, Regional Director South East Asia at SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd and the key note speaker was Mr. Ravi Vijayaraghavan, Vice President and Head – Analytics at Flipkart.com. As a preamble to the event, Mr. Sudipta Sen in his speech talked about Internet of Things (IoT), uses of Analytics at various stages in the value chain, challenges faced in supply chain and logistics, et al. The event was also graced by the presence of Loveen Vuppala, Mr. Karthik Subbiah Mr.Rajamani Kalpathy Subramanian, Mr.Venugopal G and Mr. Anand Das from Flipkart.com, Dell, Tata Motors, Infosys and Target, respectively. These eminent dignitaries participated in an enthralling discussion and also did a detailed analysis for the topic during the Panel discussion. The proceedings were moderated by Prof. Krishna Kumar from the Rainman Consulting Company and also visiting faculty at NMIMS, Bangalore.

Later, Mr. Anand Das from Target and Mr. Karan Shah, CEO of Epoch, presented corporate case presentations titled “Demand forecasting in modern retail” and “ How Analytical solution helps in curbing Supply Chain gap?”, respectively.

A massive success that raised the bar set by its predecessor, Analytics Day caught the attention in terms of the participation by the corporates and students as well as for providing insightful discussions on how analytics in supply chain can be used to gain competitive advantage.

 

 

EQUINOX….THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB!

Equinox – the entrepreneurship cell of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore endeavors to go beyond the realms of possibilities in getting big ideas to work. The most prominent feature of this club is to associate with the start-up league where the members of the student fraternity can interact with the budding honchos.

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One of the key activities of the club includes collaborating for Live Projects with budding start-ups. The major event organized by Equinox is Start-up grind wherein eminent founders and co-founders such as Mr.Vipul Parekh, Founder of Big-Basket, Mr.Hari Nair, Founder of HolidayIQ, Ms.Pallavi Gupta, Co-Founder of Mast Kalander etc. are invited every month to share their views and experiences to help enthusiasts building great companies. The platform enabled many aspirants who want to start something of their own in the near future to get in touch with the Founder and learn from them. The most anticipated event of the year is the day-long Entrepreneurship Summit which would be conducted at a grand scale inviting around 50 Startups to share their views and experiences. The E-summit would encompass a range of events like B-plan, elevator pitch, the bidding game and panel discussion on prominent areas of entrepreneurship. As we foray into these activities the club endeavors to foster a strong network of start-up founders and enthusiasts.

ModEx…..The Business Technology Club!

ModEx, the Business Technology Club of NMIMS, Bangalore, was formed two years ago with the prime objective of providing a platform for all the upcoming managers to gain knowledge and expertise about the tool Microsoft Excel, one of the most powerful tools used in businesses across the globe. ModEx also believes in keeping students in sync with the latest updates in the world of Business and Technology.

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Aligning with the theme, ModEx organizes various events round the year to test and enhance the Business, Technological and Excel skills of the students. The first event of the club this year was Biz & Bytes, the intra-college quiz where the students had to put their business & technology knowledge to test and battle out several rounds of quizzing to emerge as the winners. The club also organizes workshops to train the students in several tools like Excel, Gretl and R. The flagship event of the club is Excel-o-Mania, which involves an Excel based Treasure Hunt followed by case study.

MUDRA…THE FINANCE CLUB!

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On 22nd August, finance club of NMIMS, Mudra organised Finance summit 2015 Converge 2.0, sponsored by Bank of Maharashtra. A pan India online quiz was held on 28th July for shortlisting the best of the teams among more than hundred registered teams. The selected teams from various colleges had to present their views on the given topics in front of the Panellists which included Mr. Chetan Deshmukh, finance controller in 3M, Mr. Vikarth Kumar, Director, Grand Thrompton India, Mr.Mrunmay Das, Director, Das Capital and Advisory, Mr. Vikram Bapat, Partner, Grand Thrompton India, Ms. Jennifer Patterson, Times Inc., and Mr. Ravi Banthia, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young. Teams were provided with topics from the current economic scenario – are interest rates too high in India, Impact of GST on India Economy and will the concept of smart cities make the Indian cities smarter.  After the presentations, there was a short discussions by the panellists on “the effect of global turmoil on world economy”.

Mudra is also organizing War of Finlyst in Nityaksh 2015. A case study was given in first round to check the business acumen of team and shortlisted teams will have on campus round in Nityaksh 2015.

KNOWESIS….THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE CLUB!

Creativity, knowledge, literature, aesthetics- these are just a few of the abstract concepts Knowesis has always been associated with. As the official magazine club of NMIMS Bangalore, we welcome the sheer amount of talent and the thirst for new experiences that come across in every entry we receive from our own students as well as other institutes. With the universe of corporate responsibility approaching, we aim at being the bright corner in the dark room; the one that will always be there for all those who wish to take a breather from all the rat race chaos and pressures.

Apart from coming up with two issues of the magazine in a year and an official Yearbook for the senior batch of the campus, our activities include a range of events that set us apart from academia; and help students dive into pools of refreshing originality and emerge rejuvenated.

Our events include:

Chalk the Walk– a fun poster making competition in association with Udyam, the CSR Committee for the annual Walkathon

Vice Versa– a stress busting event to get the innovative and exciting sides of students; the rules and format change every year

Canvass– panel discussion / debate on a topic of current affairs to get students to know more about trending issues

Sherlocked– the flagship event of the club involving combination of a popular fiction series with analytical thinking and logical reasoning

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HRIDAY….THE HR CLUB!

As the Human Resources Club of NMIMS Bangalore, our objectives range right from educating interested minds in the more intricate aspects of HR that a layman wouldn’t know about, to demystifying the most popular myths that usually surround this field. For all those who believe that HR is only for women, it comprises of nothing but recruitment, jobs here have limited or no growth prospects and are exceedingly dull; we set the record straight! We help students develop the art of networking, evolve as better professionals for the corporate world, and be the necessary support system for other business functions.

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Our primary events comprise:

Top Talent

It is an annual recruitment simulation that the junior batch of the campus goes through, to get a flavour of what it will be like during the selection processes of summer internships and final placements. The senior batch conducts group discussions and personal interviews for each student, and thereby provides them with comprehensive feedback. The top 15 scorers receive certificates.

HR Symposium

This is one of the flagship events of the campus wherein HR professionals and experts are invited from the industry, not only as guests, but also as key speakers on the theme of the event. The theme chosen is usually relevant to current trends and news in the HR scenario. The programme is followed by dinner for all the visitors and faculty.