The an­nual busi­ness sum­mit gives stu­dents a chance to learn hands-on man­age­ment and fo­cus on so­cial work

India Today - - SCHOOL SPECIAL - By Malini Ban­er­jee

Anirudh Singh Sankhla, 24, didn’t imag­ine that sign­ing up as the co­or­di­na­tor for In­taglio, In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Cal­cutta’s ( IIM-C) old­est in­ter­na­tional busi­ness sum­mit, would mean at­tend­ing meet­ings at 2 a.m. But be­ing in the core com­mit­tee of the 173-mem­ber team that or­gan­ises the sum­mit is per­haps the big­gest value ad­di­tion when it comes to ex­pe­ri­ence out­side the class­room.

The sum­mit is held ev­ery Jan­uary and work for the next one be­gins in Fe­bru­ary. By June, calls are made to speak­ers and po­ten­tial spon­sors. But get­ting spon­sors on board is not easy. “The av­er­age ra­tio in terms of con­vert­ing an in­di­vid­ual to spon­sor is about one in five,” Sankhla says. In­taglio ’13 landed 24 spon­sors, af­ter call­ing up “roughly 100 firms”, and to­gether they contribued Rs 45 lakh. Vol­un­teers of In­taglio, now in its 26th year, are di­vided into sev­eral ver­ti­cals: Spon­sor­ship and re­ver­ber­a­tions, events, lo­gis­tics, IT and de­sign. From June till Oc­to­ber, the speak­ers’ list is fi­nalised. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins in Novem­ber.

For Sankhla, who is par­tic­i­pat­ing in In­taglio for the sec­ond time, the chal­lenges are greater. “We want to scale up our bud­get and in­vite many more in­ter­na­tional busi­ness schools,” he says.

In keep­ing with IIM-C’s tra­di­tion of em­pha­sis­ing hu­man val­ues—it had a Man­age­ment Cen­tre for Hu­man Val­ues long be­fore ethics be­came a man­age­ment rage—In­taglio in­cludes events with a fo­cus on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ( CSR). This year will see five such events, in­clud­ing a day with chil­dren of a school spon­sored by CRY; Sunehra Kal, a project to spon­sor ed­u­ca­tion of poor girls; a panel dis­cus­sion with so­cial en­trepreneurs; and a marathon to pro­mote the right to ed­u­ca­tion.

“Our Man­age­ment Cen­tre for Hu­man Val­ues fo­cuses on In­dian phi­los­o­phy and value sys­tems that can be used in man­age­ment prac­tices,” says Ashok Ban­er­jee, dean of New Ini­tia­tives and Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions. Founded in 1961, the B-school con­tin­ues to add fa­cil­i­ties for stu­dents. “In the past five years, we have added 500,000 sq ft of phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.” The new­est is a 200-seat hos­tel that will open in De­cem­ber—good news for stu­dents who want to be part of one of In­dia’s best busi­ness schools.

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