WoW! MYRA indeed did it in an incredibly stylish way. The Week of welcome (WoW) could not have been better than this. We didn’t even realize that one week passed—listening and learning from great people from industry and academia. It was a great fun going to the one day adventure programme at Pandavpura and Mahadevpura where we did adventure activities and group tasks which were very helpful to know each other and bond very well. It was like a breath of fresh air, to energise us for the hectic academic schedule ahead. To organise such a great event it takes a lot of hard work and effort. So, on behalf of all the students, I would like to congratulate for this successful event and say “thank you” to the MYRA team, especially Lakshmi, Mr. Sumant Bakshi and Dr. Shalini Urs, and everybody who were involved in WoW.

WoW started on 22nd June with Mr. Paul Abraham, a St. Stephens and IIM Ahmedabad graduate and COO of IndusInd bank. Paul is an amazing speaker and human being. Paul shared with us his 30 years of experience, his learnings, his professional journey and the humble background he comes from. He told us the value of integrity and professionalism, and suggested us to keep a journal, introspect time to time, and have fun in this process of pursuing our professional and personal goals.

Next two sessions were by Mr. Diwakar Goel (Senior Audit Manager, GE) and Mr. Rajesh Rege (Managing Director, Redhat). Diwakar told us about his journey in GE and big future trends in business. He told us that every individual is different so we need to spend more time with diversity of minds and people. He also told us the significance of risk taking, how management is shifting with the evolution of technology, and how we should lead by our hearts being authentic and honest about our opinion. Rajesh, in his talk ‘Technology, India and Me’, told about how technology is changing and being shaped by global collaborations, technologies of tomorrow. India as one of the fastest growing economies, offers plenty of opportunities in India and traits of successful people. He also told us that it is very necessary to make a work life balance and it is all about harmony.

Next three sessions were by Mr. Sumant Bakshi (advisor, MYRA),Mr. Chakravarty E S (Center head- Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore) and Dr. Wolfgang Messner (Professor of international business, MYRA). Sumant told us about do’s and don’ts w.r.t. packaging ourselves for the corporate world and how to co-ordinate with MYRA placement cell. Mr. Chakravathy, popularly known as ‘Chaks’, gave us an overview of it industry telling us about Customer priorities, technology trends in IT industry and other technological trends. Chaks talking in a very friendly and open manner guided us about what to do in MBA and how to build our brand. Dr. Messner guided us about successful business networking, growing opportunities as well as competition, what a company looks for? , what opportunities do we have?, and ‘tips and traps of a small talk’.

On Thursday 25th June, we went on an adventure trip, organized in collaboration with National Adventure Foundation. We did activities like trekking, rappelling, zip line, jummering and country rafting. We did kayaking and played adventure team building games too. The location for this outing was full of nature and we enjoyed a lot.

Next three sessions were by Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar (Associate dean & Director of Research, MYRA),combined session by Mr. Ganesh Shenoy K ( AVP-Human Resource, Sonata Software) & Mr. Sayinath A.G (Head- Solutioning & Pre-Sales, Sonata Software),and session by Mr. Ravikumar ( Founder, Maverick Edutech Private Limited). Dr. Sarkar in his session ‘Getting to Top: Talent, Opportunity, Passion, told us about how to find our strengths and weaknesses and what could be the possible steps to work on them. He also told us about what it takes to be a kind of leader one wants to be.

Mr. Ganesh and Mr. Sainath told us about realizing our strengths and working on them to achieve success. Mr. Ravikumar an IIM-A graduate and now an entrepreneur shared his journey from IIM A to creating his company Maverick Edutech. He told us that it’s not about Talent, It’s about attitude and it’s not about an idea, it’s about execution. He told us that hunger for success is the most important quality for an entrepreneur.

Next three sessions were by MYRA alumni – a combined session by Shivshankar (consultant, financial services, Infosys global consulting) and Mr. Rajesh Gaurav (Practice lead-Analytics, NxtGen Data Center). Rajesh and Shiv shared with us their experiences, and emphasised on professionalism. They also told us what corporate world expects from us.

The concluding day was the valedictory session by Mr. Thimmaiah NP (Managing Director & CEO India, Meritor Commercial Vehicle India Pvt. Ltd.) and a session by Dr. Shalini R Urs (Chairperson, MYRA). Mr. Thimmaiah also emphasized about attitude, hard work, willingness to learn, willingness to ignore, and the value of relationship management. He also guided us to handle real life conflicts in organisations and how to lead in a systematic way.

Dr. Shalini told us about ten sutras of management. She also interpreted the meaning of MYRA logo. Having Gandhiji as her idol, she told us how she heard everybody cribbing about the lack of quality education and decided to be the change she wanted to see in society by founding MYRA.

There were lifelong lessons to learn, moments to enjoy, opportunities to network, and memories to cherish. There is so much to tell that I would have written a book but I have tried to be as concise as possible. Thanks again to all the MYRA people for giving us a rocking start to our stint at MYRA. Cheers ….


Anurag Srivastava

PGDM 2015-17