I wanted to study in the best B-school

India Today - - SCHOOL SPECIAL - Sau­mar­jit Konwar Konwar, 26, worked for two years with IOL. He will grad­u­ate from IIM-K in 2014.

Igraduated in me­chan­i­cal engineering from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Dur­ga­pur, and then worked as an Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer with In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited for two years be­fore de­cid­ing to hang up my boots and pur­sue my post­grad­u­a­tion in man­age­ment at IIM-Kozhikode. What fol­lowed my de­ci­sion was the long, and at times tax­ing, process of pre­par­ing for the CAT and then the GDs and PIs. But the en­tire jour­ney seemed mean­ing­ful soon af­ter I was ad­mit­ted to IIM-K. I still hold in my mind a vivid pic­ture of my first glimpse of the IIM-K cam­pus. What awed me was not just the size but also the nat­u­ral beauty all around.

The chal­lenges I felt at the be­gin­ning in­cluded get­ting used to the rigour of be­ing in one of In­dia’s pre­mier B-schools, where one needs to be the best to com­pete with the best, and mak­ing the tran­si­tion from an of­fice space to a class­room. It seemed a bit dif­fi­cult at the start, but I grad­u­ally im­mersed my­self in the role of a stu­dent again. Soon, I was en­joy­ing the ec­stasy of learn­ing and the joys of stu­dent life all over again. Slowly, I got ac­cus­tomed to the way of life here, which grooms an in­di­vid­ual not just for the present but also for the dis­tant fu­ture, and makes him able to stand up as an in­di­vid­ual with the skill set re­quired to sur­vive in a com­pet­i­tive world. My jour­ney at

IIM-K has been a fruit­ful one to say the least. With the ex­tent of peer learn­ing that is un­par­al­leled, and an ex­cel­lent fac­ulty to guide, the amount of learn­ing that one ab­sorbs here is in­com­pa­ra­ble. You have to live it to know what it is all about.

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