From The Editor's Desk

I am pleased to present before you the combined (January-March and April-June) 2023 issue of Connexions - our quarterly newsletter. This issue contains short reports on our Alumni Reunions. You will be pleased to learn that during the last academic year IIMC organized as many as six PGP Alumni Reunions along with the Homecoming Event of MBAEx. We really appreciate our alumni's desire to visit their Alma Mater and maintain a continuing connect with it. That is why, we went out of our way to accommodate as many alumni events as we could do, especially in the aftermath of disruptive Covid 19. You will recall some of our alumni batches had missed the usual Alumni Events like Reminiscence and Golden Jubilee Reunion during the pandemic. Also, we are going to organize a big commemorative event on 25 June 2023 on our campus to facilitate off-line interaction between members of those graduating batches (who had to remain content with online convocation) and the IIMC community. We look forward to welcoming them along with their parents to the Campus. You will be happy to see as to how many of our alumni are making us proud through their professional achievements. Please feel free to write to us about your and your friends' stellar accomplishments so that we can share them as inspirational stories for our students. Over the years, our engagements with our alumni have grown manifold. They serve as members of the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta. Some of them contribute to our teaching programmes as Guest/Visiting Faculty. Some of them also participate in our short and long-duration training programmes. Then, they are very often our honoured guests at various Institute's functions and events. We invite them regularly for leadership talks at various academic programmes. In fact, one of our MBAEx courses - Being a CEO - is largely anchored by our alumni. The issue also highlights our expression of goodwill and warmth to the graduating batches of 2020 and 2021 who had to make do with virtual convocation owing to Covid-19 Pandemic. As a compensatory gesture, we organized a special commemorative ceremony for them on campus on 25 June 2023 where our alumni, their family members and the larger IIMC fraternity could informally interact over lunch and go down the memory lane.

I will particularly urge you to go through the interviews of two of our illustrious senior alumni - Arvind Sankaran, and Prabhat Bezbaruah. Arvind gives us a peep into the founding of our own and much loved JBS. In a way, JBS and other such vibrant cultural institutions on Joka campus are testimony to our having nurtured multifaceted talents over the decades rather than having produced one-dimensional managers. You can see this multi-faceted talent in the life and work of Shri G. M. Kapur whose name has come to stand for INTACH in Kolkata. I am happy to share with you the good news that Shri Kapur is helping us develop an Archives in his role as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Institute's Archives. He was also our Chief Guest for the Commemorative Function for the 2021 batch on 25 June 2023.

You will be reassured to know that IIM Calcutta is living up to its glorious legacy of a preeminent institution of management education in the country. It has maintained its unflinching commitment to relevance and rigour in the field of management education and research. And, it is very well on its path of striking a judicious balance between global imperatives and national expectations in the context of New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Professor Manish K Thakur

Dean (New Initiatives & External Relations)

lead stories

IIM Calcutta celebrates 58th Annual Convocation 2023

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta conducted its 58th Annual Convocation 2023 on a traditional mode - offline on April 8, 2023. The flagship event was graced by Mr. Tarun Rai, Executive Director, APAC, Wunderman Thomson as the Chief Guest. He delivered the 58th Convocation Address. The Board of Governors Chairperson, Shri Shrikrishna Kulkarni, and the Director of IIM Calcutta, Professor Uttam K Sarkar also graced the occasion.

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IIM Calcutta conducts commemoration ceremony for the graduating students of 2020 and 2021

IIM Calcutta has organized a commemoration ceremony for the graduating batches of 2020 and 2021 at a specially organized event on June 25, 2023, at the Joka campus of the Institute. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IIM Calcutta did not conduct the annual convocation in in-person mode in 2020 and 2021. Keeping the interest of the students in mind that the physical mode of the convocation is a red-letter day event for them, IIM Calcutta organized a commemoration ceremony for the graduating batches of 2020 and 2021 on June 25, 2023, at their Joka campus.

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G20 University Connect Engaging Young Minds series at IIM Calcutta

IIM Calcutta conducted the first lecture of the G20 University Connect Engaging Young Minds series on January 30. The event was organized in association with Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries. The lecture was delivered by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, chief coordinator of G20.

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alum speaks

During the 58th Convocation Institute conferred Awards and Medals to the rank holders. We present here how they express their heartfelt delight on this momentous occasion:

Sambit Brata Rath

Satish K Sehgal Doctoral Student Award, Nirmal Chandra Memorial Doctoral Student Award, jointly won the Best Publication Doctoral Student Award

IIM Calcutta has been a transformative force in my academic and personal life. I have come across some of the brightest minds in the field of management, who not only inspired me to push my academic boundaries and succeed but also taught me to do so by staying grounded always. The professors here have always shown me the path like a guru whenever I sought guidance from them. The environment here sparked my inner curiosity and inquisitiveness and kept me hungry for more knowledge. I will forever be indebted to IIM Calcutta for allowing me to learn, grow, and contribute to the world of management. My five years in Joka were both challenging as well as rewarding. The memories and friendships I made at IIM Calcutta will always be cherished, and I will carry them with me for a lifetime. IIM Calcutta community will always hold a special place in my heart.

Saikat Das

Jointly won the Best Publication Doctoral Student Award

Pursuing a Ph.D. at IIM Calcutta has been the most enriching experience in my life. The past few years have been challenging but also immensely fulfilling. I have gained a deep understanding of my field of study, which would not have been possible without the excellent faculty and resources at the institute. In addition to the invaluable support, guidance, and education I have received, I will always cherish the great environment and comradeship experienced on the Joka campus. I have gained immense confidence and connections during my stay that will be valuable throughout my life. The professors have consistently gone above and beyond to impart their knowledge and skills, and I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from them. I am particularly thankful to my thesis advisor Prof. Uttam Kumar Sarkar, and other committee members, Prof. Saibal Chattopadhyay and Prof. Indranil Bose, who taught me not just the aspects of academics and high-quality research but the importance of balancing professional and personal life. The support staff at the institute has been accommodating throughout my journey, always ready to assist me with any challenges or queries I had. Finally, I must acknowledge the network of seniors, juniors, and peers behind the incredible collaborative culture and priceless memories that made my stay at Joka joyful and memorable. I am grateful for the numerous academic and extra-curricular opportunities the institute provided for my development. I am proud to be an alumnus of this prestigious institution.

Dev Daga

MBA 58th Batch, 1st Rank holder

The people are what make Joka. And I consider myself fortunate to have been surrounded by such amazing people over the last 2 years. People who have given me their unwavering support and with whom I have shared the most memorable moments of my life. I have so much to thank Joka for. The encouraging environment of IIM Calcutta has played a crucial role in my personal growth, helping me evolve into a more well-rounded and mature individual. I will always be proud to call Joka my home!

Nishant Sudhakar Katkar

1st Rank holder - PGPEX VLM

My journey through the PGPEx-VLM program at IIM Calcutta has been transformative. The program exposed me to a diverse array of management concepts, theories, and practices that have broadened my perspective and honed my skills as a future leader in the manufacturing and operations sector. Collaborating with talented peers and learning from esteemed faculty members challenged me to think critically and strategically. The emphasis on experiential learning fostered a deeper understanding of the complexities of the business landscape. The program taught me the importance of adaptability and resilience in the face of change. As the global economy continues to evolve, I am confident that the skills and insights gained from my time at IIM Calcutta will enable me to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. In conclusion, my experience at IIM Calcutta has been an invaluable stepping stone in my professional journey, equipping me with the tools and confidence to make a meaningful impact in the world of management.


PGP 22nd batch; Class of 1987's half-a-day reunion

The 22nd batch of IIM Calcutta visited the campus on November 5, 2022. Around thirty-six members of the batch were present during the half-day event. They met with Shri Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Chairperson BoG, Professor Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Director, IIM Calcutta and the Deans Professor Bhaskar Chakrabarti (Academic) and Professor Manish Thakur (NI&ER) during an interactive session at the institute Amphitheatre. They addressed and answered questions from alumni and shared their futuristic vision for IIMC. A campus walk and a student sports complex visit followed this event.

PGP 30th batch reunion (class of 1993-1995)

On the morning of December 3rd,2022 the alumni from the 30th batch of the PGP program arrived at IIM Calcutta. They had an entire day lined up with different activities. They started with their felicitation of Mohan Da and Kotler Da, a place of fond memories. The next day again, they participated in various events, ranging from sports to treasure hunts to Gala Dinners, but the most happening of them was Nostalgia Quiz. In this quiz, they rejoiced about their time here at IIM Calcutta and recollected stories and incidents of joy and happiness. The event ended on December 5th.

Reminiscence 2022 (class of 1995-1997)

On December 23, 2022, around fifty alumni from the 32nd batch arrived on campus to celebrate their silver jubilee reunion. Filled with excitement and ready for the planned activities, the entire batch was excited to return to campus after 25 years! They had a dinner on the cruise scheduled for December 23. The following two days were filled with interactions between them and the 58th and 59th batch students.

Ruby Reunion of PGP 16th Batch

PGP 16th batch of IIM Calcutta celebrated their Ruby Reunion at the campus from Jan 3-6, 2023. Eighty-six members from around the world participated in this reunion, consisting of 51 alumni and 34 accompanying family members. The reunion celebrations started on Dec 24th at Jorhat, and together it toured Meghalaya before finally arriving at Joka on Jan 3rd, 2023. The visit back to the alma mater was a pleasant experience for all. Apart from the scheduled activities, there also was the Bobby Saldanha Debate competition to commemorate Mr Bobby Saldanha from the same batch. The reunion ended with a two-day trip to Murshidabad to visit the historic city.

PGP 9th Batch Golden Jubilee Reunion

IIM Calcutta organized the Golden Jubilee Reunion of the PGP 9th Batch during 27-29 January 2023. Around 30 alumni from the class of 1974 visited the campus commemorating the 50th year of their admission to this premier business school. Apart from the regular events, the alumni had a networking session with Shri Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Chairman BoG, Professor Uttam Kumar Sarkar, the Director and other faculty members.

PGP 8th Batch Golden Jubilee Get-together

IIM Calcutta organized the PGP 8th Batch Golden Jubilee Get-together during February 3-5, 2023. Around thirty-five alumni of the Class of 1973 were present for this reunion at their alma mater after fifty years. They also met with the faculty members and current students over a networking dinner on February 3, 2023.

Homecoming 2023

The main objective of the event “Homecoming - an annual MBAEx alumni event,” is to bring earlier batches of alumni together to reflect on their journey post-completion of the MBAEx program and share their experience with the current batch. This helps us to understand how the program has traversed since its inception in 2006.

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Prabhat Bezboruah: Successful Tea Industry Veteran

Prabhat Bezboruah was born in Madras to Sharada Nair and Nil Kamal Bezboruah. While he spent his early childhood in Madras and Calcutta, he moved with his mother to Jorhat, Assam, where he went to school and college, topping his School Boards, and then the University in his Pre Degree and Chemistry Honours courses.

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Arvind Sankaran, JBS and more...

Arvind is currently on secondment as an industry expert by the Singapore Government/Ministry of Finance to the Asian Development Bank. His primary focus is to help institutional fintech investors, global tech leaders and South-East Asian startups accelerate value creation and inclusive impact. He leverages deep operating experience over two decades in multiple Asian markets as a banking leader in retail payments, lending and wealth management. Arvind was previously a Venture Partner at Jungle Venture and is an active investor/board advisor.

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IIM Calcutta celebrates International Year of Millets 2023

The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders. Millets can grow on arid lands with minimal inputs and are resilient to changes in climate. They are therefore an ideal solution for countries to increase self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on imported cereal grains. This year various measures have been taken to promote the sustainable production of millets while highlighting their potential to provide new sustainable market opportunities for producers and consumers.

In line with this, as a premier management Institute in India, IIM Calcutta has celebrated the International Year of Millets 2023 by organizing a special lunch with millet-based food items on March 21, 2023. As many as 70 persons including Director, Deans, Faculty Representatives on Board, other faculty members, CAO, and students have participated in this lunch event.

IIM Calcutta collaborates with WBCHSE to launch the Leadership Development Programme for Heads of Schools

The Government of West Bengal, Department of Schools Education along with the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education has collaborated with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), with an aim to impart leadership development training for the head teachers of government and aided schools across several batches. The first edition of the Leadership Development Programme was organized in 2021/22 and provided training for 985 head teachers across from West Bengal over five batches at the IIM Calcutta Campus at Joka. In this second edition this year, the aim is to impart leadership development training for over 2000 head teachers. The leadership programme will be directed by IIM Calcutta professors R Rajesh Babu, Chetan Joshi and Sumanta Basu.

The first Batch of the Leadership programme was held from 17-18 June 2023 at IIM Calcutta. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Peeyush Mehta, Chairperson, Consultancy and Management Development Programmes (CMDP) noted that this programme will have a significant impact on the school education ecosystem. The contents of this programme are curated for the senior teachers and administrative heads of the schools in West Bengal. This adds to a wide portfolio of Leadership Development programmes offered by IIM Calcutta. Prof. R Rajesh Babu noted that the heads of schools play a critical role in transforming the life and experience of the future generation, fellow teachers and the community at large. Empowering and motivating the head of the schools to take the lead and be the change agent for their school and community will be the key focus of this leadership development programme. Prof. Chetan Joshi added, “We, at IIM Calcutta, feel honoured and privileged to get this opportunity to shape the leadership sojourn of school leaders in Bengal. All of us recollect the indelible impact the teaching fraternity had on our lives. This is a moment to share our know-how and thereby say Thanks to all Gurus who transformed us.” Echoed a similar sentiment Prof. Sumanta Basu emphasized the much-thrived focus of IIM Calcutta to develop social impact through its executive education and this leadership development programme for the school heads will greatly motivate this pursuit.

Reimagining the Contemporary in Indian Education

Prof. Saikat Maitra and Prof. Manish Thakur in IIM Calcutta in conjunction with the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies and the University of Glasgow organized a Conference on ‘Reimagining the Contemporary in Indian Education’ in the IIM-C premises from April 21-23, 2023 under the ESRC (UK) funded ‘Gendered Journeys’ Project. The conference featured a brilliant keynote lecture by Prof. Gopal Guru, a momentous valedictory lecture by Prof. Krishna Kumar, thought-provoking papers and presentations by reputed academics from all over India, and some very pertinent panel discussions. The Conference aimed at a thorough discussion regarding the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, and delved into questions of public-private dynamics in education, the consequences of the shift to online education, and the graded inequalities in contemporary education.

Research Summer School in Empirical Finance and Accounting

The Financial Research and Trading Laboratory (FRTL) of IIM Calcutta hosted the 8th Research Summer School in Empirical Finance and Accounting during April 30 – May 9, 2023. In this 8th edition, the research summer school was designed to offer an extensive range of topics in finance and econometrics to doctoral students and junior faculty members from various Indian universities. The event featured distinguished speakers from the Finance & Control, Economics, Marketing, and Strategic Management groups of IIM Calcutta, along with faculty from Rutgers Business School, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Monash University, Wayne State University, Georgia State University, ISB Hyderabad, and IIM Ahmedabad. The event continued from April 30 to May 9, 2023, in a hybrid mode, allowing both physical and virtual participation.

There were 25 participants and about half of these participants were doctoral students from Indian universities, IIT, IIM, NIT, and NMIMS Mumbai etc.; the remaining participants were faculty members from IIM and different management institutions in India. Couple of IIMC doctoral students (across groups) and F&C group faculty members also attended various sessions offline/online.

Final Placements for 58th MBA Batch

IIM Calcutta completed its final placement week for the 58th batch of its flagship 2-year MBA program on 24th February 2023 by securing 573 offers for the entire batch. This Placement drive fully followed a cluster-cohort process with all firms of a cluster getting equal opportunities to interview. The process was conducted in a hybrid mode and saw the expansion of Hold and Wait (16 extra offers) and Dreams (34 extra offers) policies. IIM Calcutta implements cluster-cohort, hold and wait and dreams policies to enable recruiters to find a better Company-Student fit.

The consulting sector recruited the highest (232 offers), followed by the Finance sector (86 offers), and the two sectors accounted for 55.5% of the total hires. The campus welcomed participation from top financial institutions like A91 Partners, BNP Paribas, Franklin Templeton, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Macquarie Group, Nomura, etc. Leading consulting firms like Accenture Strategy, Bain & Co., Boston Consulting Group, Kearney and McKinsey & Co. were the top recruiters in the consulting sector. Sales & Marketing (52 offers) and General Management (82 offers) combined accounted for 23.4% of total hires, with companies like Aditya Birla Group, Tata Administrative Services, Vedanta, etc. being amongst the top recruiters in this sector. Top software services and E-commerce brands continued their strong showing accounting for nearly 18.2% of hires. Top recruiters included Amazon, Adobe, Flipkart, Microsoft, Navi, Paytm, Salesforce, Zomato, etc. The Placement Season concluded with students receiving average yearly compensation of INR 35.07 Lakh and median compensation being INR 33.67 Lakh, with the top 25% percentile (in terms of salaries offered) of students receiving yearly compensation an average of INR 50.86 Lakhs.

CEO Talks for MBAEx Batch 16

“Being A CEO” is a compulsory course of the MBAEx curriculum. The objective of this series is to facilitate interaction of the students with top executives who have managed large organizations and have plethora of experiences to share on leadership, people management, policies and regulations, and numerous real business issues they deal with on a regular basis.

As part of the “Being a CEO” lecture series (a mix of online and offline visits), the students interacted with the following industrialists and business luminaries as catalogued in Table 1. Following are the Industry leaders who were part of this "Being a CEO" lecture series which were held both in the physical as well as virtual mode:

  • Mr. Hemant Malik, Divisional Chief Executive of ITC's Foods Business
  • Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder, current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
  • Mr. Amit Nigam, CEO Qjobs
  • Mr. Sunil D'Souza, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Consumer Products Limited
  • Mr. Pratik Pal, CEO of Tata Digital
  • Mr. Rajan Sethuraman, CEO of LatentView Analytics
  • Mr. Amit Suri, Co-founder and CEO of SeekRed and TWAGAA International
  • Mr. Arvind Mediratta, MD and CEO at METRO Cash & Carry India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Kush Mehra, President & CBO, Pine Labs
  • Mr. V. Vaidyanathan, Managing Director and CEO of IDFC First Bank

Leadership Talk Series organised by Batch 16 of PGPEX VLM

This Leadership talk series for the VLM students features eminent leaders from the industry, who narrate their professional journey, share insights on the latest trends, discuss the challenges looming on the horizon & guide the students with the way ahead.

PGPEX-VLM 16th batch was elated to host Mr. Balaji Srinivasan, Head of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding, Bosch India, at IIM Calcutta as a part of the Industry Connect Series. He delivered a talk on “Talent and an enabling Organization culture”. On January 23, 2023, Mr. Balaji Srinivasan delivered an interactive session where he touched upon various areas like Employee Value Proposition, Nurturing & Evolving work culture in various organizations, and how one can plan his/her career progression by doing research on the organization he/she is being interviewed for as cultural fit is a key element of one’s success. He also gave insight into what are the various career goals that the candidates aspire for while joining any organization and how one has to evaluate own objectives while joining. Mr. Balaji Srinivasan has been a key driver in scaling up Talent in new-age technology organizations involving EVs, Mobility solutions, and Hydrogen as an alternate fuel, Talent augmentation in interdisciplinary engineering, Organizational culture definition and inception of EVP, and Change management of Talent during business integration. Mr. Balaji is a postgraduate in HR and holds Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Instrumentation.

International Immersion (Japan Visit 2023)

International Industrial Study Visit to Japan has been scheduled from March 01 to March 10, 2023, for the PGPEX-VLM participants in collaboration with JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center). As prepared by JICE (Japan), the visit schedule stipulates arrival at Chubu International Airport on March 3, 2023, and departure from Chubu International Airport on March 10, 2023.

Subject training in Japan is an integral part of the programme and is conducted with assistance from Japan International Cooperation Center. As per the visit schedule, 40 students of the current batch will visit various manufacturing units such as Toyota Museum, Suzuki Museum, and Yamaha Communication plaza to understand Japanese manufacturing philosophy under the guidance of 2 (two) faculty members from IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras. The office initiated the process for collecting the required documents, such as Visa application forms, passports, photographs, etc., from 40 students for visa formalities with the Japan Consulate Office and VFS Global Office at Kolkata.

All the Japan Visas issued on February 22, 2023. The final briefing on the Japan Visit held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on March 1, 2023 at L-53 classroom (NAB). Prof. Deepu Philip of IITK, Prof. Lata Dyaram of IITM and program Chairperson, Prof. Sudhakar Reddy, IIMC conducted the briefing.

An Incredible World Bicycle Day Event at IIM Calcutta

The students of MBAEx program of IIM Calcutta joined in celebrating the World Bicycle Day event organised by the sports council of MBAEx, IIM Calcutta. It was an amazing gathering of passionate individuals committed to promoting sustainable mobility and a greener future. As many as forty students participated in the event. The cycling event was heald inside campus of IIM Calcutta covering 3 Kms route within the campus covering the campus periphery at 8:00 on June 3, 2023. The event was graced by the Chief Guest, Prof. Nisigandha Bhuyan who shared insights on the importance of bicycles in creating a healthier society. The Chairperson of MBAEx program, Prof. Pragyan Rath also graced the occasion. The event was organised by the Student Council of MBAEx, IIM Calcutta.

The 9th International Day of Yoga

The celebration took place at 7:00 a.m. at the 1st-floor premises of the Lake View Hostel Canteen with an appropriate ambiance for conducting the session of Yoga. The session was conducted by a professionally-managed team from Anandam Foundation and the team was led by Dr. Arun Kumar Upadhyay.

The Director, Professor Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Alok Chandra, other officers, staff, and students of the Institute participated and did the entire session of Yoga and Pranayam, which lasted for more than an hour. The session started with the inaugural speech by the Director who encouraged the enthusiastic participants for their presence in the session. This was followed by the session of Yoga and Pranayam conducted by the team of Anandam Foundation as per the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP). This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem by all the participants present at the venue. The session came to an end with the concluding speech and vote of thanks by the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Alok Chandra.

There were around 80 participants who participated in the 9th IDY 2023 at IIM Calcutta.

Lead Auditor Course on ISO 9001: 2015 by Bureau Veritas Certification

A five-day Bureau Veritas ISO 9001:2015 IRCA Approved Lead Auditor Training Programme (Term VI) was conducted from January 30, 2023 to February 3, 2023 for the PGPEX VLM students at IIM Calcutta. The students were divided into four groups, and four instructors took the sessions for the respective groups. As per IRCA norms, Bureau Veritas follows stringent attendance norms and strictly adheres to the 100% attendance of the participants on all the days of the training program. After successful completion of the training program, every participant got the Training Participation Certificate and Training Passing Out Certificate (offered to those who qualify for the exam).

NRETP Incubator Program by IIMCIP

The NRETP Incubator Program of West Bengal, Assam, and Bihar is the first of its kind initiative that is undertaken by the NRLM whereby well-structured incubation support will be provided by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to the rural enterprises that are doing business in non-farm segments and are owned/led by members of SHGs or the enterprises that are linked to SHG members. 150 women-led rural enterprises selected for the NRETP Incubator Program in West Bengal were awarded financial assistance during the Promotion of Rural Enterprises Reward Ceremony. Thirty-Seven enterprises participated at the Buyer-Seller Meet for the incubated women-led rural enterprises under the NRETP Incubator Program - Assam Chapter, during the Asomi Saras Mela 2022-23 organized by the Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission. The Bihar NRETP Incubator Business Model Training Program was conducted in 5 zones in 2 phases, where 150 enterprises were trained on the Fundamentals of Finance, Business Models and other skill traits essential for business pitching.

IIMCIP signed MoU with Maruti Suzuki

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park signed an MoU with Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) with the dual objectives of developing intrapreneurship as well as constituting a pre-incubation program for startups. IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, with the support of multiple partner organizations, will conduct 3 Idea Hunts in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya to validate innovative ideas and solutions. The West Bengal chapter of Nurture IDEA HUNT by Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., in collaboration with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, was conducted at the IIM Calcutta campus where 19 business ideas in the mobility, technology and social entrepreneurship space were shortlisted from the total applications received for the Hunt. Eventually, four innovative startups were awarded certificates and cash prizes worth Rs. 15,000 each.

TSEC 2023

India's most prestigious Social Challenge - The TSEC Spark Social Challenge was launched on 3rd March 2023. Two spark social seminars were held at Assam and Kolkata with more than 100 aspiring students and startups connected with each other and marked the beginning of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2023.


Shailesh Pathak becomes FICCI Secretary General

Former bureaucrat and IIM Calcutta alumnus Shailesh Pathak has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He took over the charge on March 1. In a career spanning 37 years, Pathak has worked with the government as an IAS officer as well as helmed large companies in the private sector.

Christopher C Doyle's latest book, The Khandavaprastha Conspiracy

IIM Calcutta alumnus Christopher C. Doyle recently launched his latest book, The Khandavaprastha Conspiracy (Westland), the third part in his Mahabharata series. The book itself is a biological thriller and it’s a combination of real scientific concepts which he first thought of around 2015-16 when he was researching it. The whole story revolves around what seem to be unrelated mysteries which are somehow connected to a mystery in the Mahabharata.

Anirban Chatterjee Awarded Web3 Founder of the Year 2023

Anirban Chatterjee, a serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of OneTo11, was awarded the Web3 Founder of the Year at Web 3 Asia Awards 2023 organized by Entrepreneur India. This prestigious award recognizes his contribution towards transforming the Web3 industry with his innovative use of blockchain technology and AI.

TikTok elevates Sameer Singh as Head of Global Business, North America

Sameer Singh, IIM Calcutta alumnus has been elevated to the role of Head of Global Business (North America) at TikTok. Singh had joined TikTok in August 2019 as Head of Global Business Solutions, APAC. He has led business solutions for the short-video platform in South Asia.

Kalyanaraman M becomes CRO of City Union Bank

City Union Bank announced that its board has approved the appointment of IIM Calcutta alumnus Kalyanaraman M, as the chief risk officer (CRO) of the company for a period of one year. Kalyanaraman M will take over as the chief risk officer of the company with effect from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024, tenure of one year.

Manish Rastogi becomes CEO of Zee Learn

Zee Learn, the education business of Zee Entertainment, appointed IIM Calcutta alumnus Manish Rastogi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company with effect from February 24, 2023. Rastogi's experience cuts across sectors, as diverse as education, retail, automobiles, and telecom.

Vedatma appoints Sanjiv Kumar as CEO

Vedatma Educational and Career Consulting Pvt Limited, a leading career counseling organization, based out of Bengaluru has recently appointed IIM Calcutta alumnus Sanjiv Kumar as their Chief Executive Officer. Sanjiv has gathered seventeen years of experience working with leading banks before venturing into the field of education in 2018. During his stint in the education sector, he has contributed to the establishment of companies like Skillworld and Eklavya Learning Resources.

Joyee Biswas’s new venture Virtualness

IIM Calcutta alumnus, Joyee Biswas, who was earlier associated with Meta as its director (head of) media partnerships for the Asia Pacific region, has become the founding team member and head of media and sports of his new venture Virtualness

HIL appoints Akshat Seth as MD and CEO

HIL, a building materials solutions company, has appointed IIM Calcutta alumnus Akshat Seth as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2023. Seth joins HIL from CK Birla Healthcare where he was a member of the founding team and served as CEO.

Ashish Chaturvedi's School Diary

IIM Calcutta alumnus Ashish Chaturvedi founded School Diary. The parent-teacher communication platform that started with preschools has grown significantly since its launch. Currently, it offers end-to-end SaaS solutions for 42 modules (more on that later), covering everything from admission to graduation day that happens within an educational institution. To date, the startup has served 1,000+ schools in 10 countries while more than 2.25 Lakh parents are registered on the platform.

Venkatramana Vojjala joins multi-disciplinary integrated healthcare services provider, KIMS

Multi-disciplinary integrated healthcare services provider, KIMS has onboarded Venkatramana Vojjala as the Chief Technology Officer. An alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Venkatramana Vojjala has donned several hats in his robust 27+ years of industry experience. He has had notable stints with Amazon, LevaData Inc, Cavirin, Dell and Fujitsu Network Communications across India and US. Venkatramana Vojjala's core competent expertise makes him an innovative leadership fit for KIMS.

Sumit Mathur joins Paytm as CMO

Former Kellogg India's Chief Marketing Officer Sumit Mathur has joined payment platform Paytm as CMO. The IIM Calcutta alumnus is also a member of Consumer Complaints, ASCI and Co-Chair Marketing Leadership Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry.