From The Editor's Desk

It gives me immense pleasure in presenting the March 2020 issue of the Connexion. I am happy to inform you that IIM Calcutta has been allotted a prime land in New Town, Kolkata by the Government of West Bengal to set up a satellite campus. Since the eruption of the COVID-19 Corona Virus, the competent authority at IIM Calcutta has decided to defer the 55th Annual Convocation scheduled for April 04, 2020.

We have had two important Institute Lecture Series - 2nd Amitava Bose Memorial Lecture delivered by Nobel laureate Professor Richard H Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and 4th Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture by Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Govt of India and an alumnus of IIM Calcutta. We celebrated Reminiscence, the flagship silver jubilee alumni reunion of the class of 1994 (PGP 29th batch) of IIM Calcutta and the Homecoming 2020, the 1st batch of PGPEX (now known as MBAEx) reunited during this period.

IIM Calcutta has significantly improved its alumni outreach through alumni reunions and other activities. In addition to Reminiscence, there were also separate reunions of PGP 7th batch, 38th batch, 20th batch and 14th batch. It was Golden Jubilee batch reunion for the 7th batch and Ruby reunion for the 14th batch. The Alumni Cell has done a splendid job in taking interviews of all the recipients of Distinguished Alumnus Awards and we present in this issue 3 out of 6 of their interviews for a good reading.

Among new initiatives, IIM Calcutta in partnership with Discovery Channel organized a mentorship session on entrepreneurship and a MoU has been signed recently between IIM Calcutta and the PGP 16th batch (Class of 1981) of IIM Calcutta to institute 'IIM Calcutta Annual Debate (In memory of Bobby Saldanha)’.

The final placement for the class of 2020 was very successful and the average salary stood at a record INR 28 Lakh with the median salary at INR 25.5 Lakh. In purview of the Government of India’s ‘Fit India Campaign’ the student-run, Fitness Club of IIM Calcutta organized first ‘7 Lake Run’, which was a great success.

Our efforts in promoting entrepreneurship continue. I am delighted to share that IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India launches Hackathon-2020.

This issue also contains glimpses of many more events and activities at the Institute.

Enjoy as you read and know how your cherished alma mater is keeping pace with time!

Prof. Prashant Mishra

Dean (New Initiative and External Relations)


IIM Calcutta Allotted Land for the New Campus In Kolkata

IIM Calcutta is Expanding Its Footprint, More Now than Ever Before...

Land Allocation for Satellite Campus in New Town, Kolkata

IIM Calcutta wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal and State Government authorities for the allotment of land in a prime area in the city, i.e. New Town, Kolkata to set up a satellite campus.

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Deferred Convocation 2020

For the first time in the history of IIM Calcutta, the annual convocation of the graduating batch of the PGP programme along with the Institute’s other degree and diploma programmes will not be held as scheduled.

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Campus Reunions

PGP 34th Batch

The PGP 34th Batch (Class of 1999) Reunion happened in their beloved Joka campus during November 29 - 30. The reunion was attended by over 70 alumni where they had interactions with students and professors.

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PGP 14th Batch

The 14th batch of IIM Calcutta reunited along with their spouses on campus during 13- 15 December. The alums had a wonderful time by reliving their nostalgic times though quiz and the Yearbook launch.

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Reminiscence 2019 - PGP 29th Batch

Reminiscence 2019, an event bringing together generations of Jokars, was celebrated as a symbol of all things Joka. After a welcome befitting the returning heroes of IIMC batch of 1994, we opened the house for

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PGP 39th Batch

The PGP 39th Batch (Class of 2004) Reunion happened in their beloved Joka campus during January 2020. The reunion was attended by about 90 alumni where they had interactions with students and professors.

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Golden Jubilee PGP 7th Batch

The Golden Jubilee reunion of the 7th batch reunion happened during February 7-9. Around 23 alums and 15 spouses visited the campus, with more enthusiasm than ever the Alumni actively engaged with the Director,

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PGP 20th Batch

The 20th PGP batch (Class of 1985) of IIM Calcutta reunited once again on February 22, 2020 for day-long events and activities. They also participated in the first ever “7 Lakes Run” organised by the Fitness Club of IIM

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HOMECOMING 2020 saw the return of the Batch 1 of PGPEX programme (now known as MBAEx) at IIM Calcutta to celebrate the Annual Alumni Reunion event. This event provided them with the opportunity to

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Buzz Around Campus

Fourth Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture

Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor

IIM Calcutta organized the fourth Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture on 12th February 2020 at the campus. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Govt of India and an

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Second Amitava Bose Memorial Lecture

Professor Richard H Thaler, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

IIM Calcutta organized the 2nd edition of the Professor Amitava Bose Memorial Lecture on 13th January 2020. The lecture, ‘‘Doing Economics in the 21st Century” was delivered by Nobel laureate Professor Richard H

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First “7 Lakes Run” by Fitness Club

In purview of the Government of India’s ‘Fit India Campaign’ the Fitness Club of IIM Calcutta organized ‘7 Lake Run’, a marathon-style timed race on February 22. There were 3 variants of the run- 2.5km, 5km and 10km.

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Gift by PGP 16th Batch: Instituting Annual Debate

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed recently between IIM Calcutta and the PGP 16th batch (Class of 1981) of IIM Calcutta, represented by Sandip Bhatia to institute 'IIM Calcutta Annual Debate

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Final Placements for the batch of 2020

IIM Calcutta repeated its history of excellent placements, for its MBA Class of 2020. The average salary stood at a record INR 28 Lakh with the median salary at INR 25.5 Lakh. The average salaries for the top 10% and the top

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PGDBA Third Batch Convocation at ISI

The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) is a two year full time residential diploma programme jointly offered by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, and ISI, aimed at creating business analytics

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IIM Calcutta Collaborates with Discovery Channel

Mentorship Session on Entrepreneurship

IIM Calcutta in partnership with Discovery Channel organized a mentorship session on entrepreneurship for their students on 25th January 2020. Leading entrepreneurs and co-founders of Licious - India’s most

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IIM Calcutta Innovation Park collaborates with MeitY IIMCIP launches Hackathon-2020

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has recently launched the Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0) program. This program aims to

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Buzz Around IIMC Alums

Ramya Venkataraman Honoured with Women Transforming India Awards 2019

The Niti Aayog conferred awards on Among the 15 women who were felicitated felicitated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of the International Women's Day for their ground-breaking endeavours in different areas, was IIM

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Anurag Dahiya becomes Chief Commercial Officer – ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced recently the appointment of Anurag Dahiya as its Chief Commercial Officer. He took up the post in early March. He holds more than two decades of experience in Asia's fast growing

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Sunil D’Souza becomes new MD and CEO of Tata Global Beverages

Whirlpool India’s Managing Director is IIM Calcutta alumnus Sunil D’Souza will be the new MD and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tata Global Beverages , effective April 2020. D’Souza is a consumer goods veteran, who has worked in PepsiCo and

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Anjani Rathor appointed as CDO, HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank appointed IIM Calcutta alumnus, Anjani Rathor as its chief digital officer. He now heads the digital banking of HDFC Bank. Having done aerospace engineering from IIT Kharagpur and over 20 years of experience, Rathor has served as

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Chandran Krishnan joined The Chennai Angels

The Chennai Angels (TCA) has appointed a new chief executive officer, Chandran Krishnan on board. TCA is a leading angel network head-quartered in Chennai. Under the leadership of Chandran, TCA looks to become a prominent player in the

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Sanjay Mukherjee redefines Oracle India

Sanjoy Mukherjee is the Head and Director –Alliances & Channels for Oracle India Pvt Ltd. In this role, Sanjoy’s key focus is to develop a strong partner & ISV network for Oracle for Cloud & Licences Business.

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Executive Education

Sweta Rau, Angel Investor

“The program content and teaching methodology helped in improving my critical thinking abilities and analysing skills. As an angel investor, I work closely with many fin tech startups. The learnings are helping me understand and guide them”

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Harish Karunakaran, Director, GFS, Fiserv

“After 20 year fintech professional, I joined the course to continue to stay relevant for next 10 years and it lived up to my expectations. IIMC certification has got tremendous endorsement value—so many people in my professional network

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Ankit Mathur, AVP, Axis Bank

“As AVP, retail lending, I work with a huge customer base and interact with several internal teams. This course has helped me understand relevance and application of fintech in day to day retail banking functions, e.g. how to analyze and interpret

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Amit Tyagi, Business Development Manager, MasterCard

“I have been in retail banking for 12+ years and was looking to shift to fin tech, specifically payments. This program helped me get a deep understanding of concepts and the industry, which eventually helped me get the job I have always aspired

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Distinguished Alumni - What they said

Academian - Prof. Gita V. Johar

Vice Dean For Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Meyer Feldberg Professor Of Business, Columbia Business School

Interviewer: Let’s start with some Joka stories. Any memorable experiences you would like to recount during your stay.

Ms. Johar: I would like to talk about a couple of things. One is sitting on the tyre or the jetty. I have memories of sitting there late at night and having endless debates

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Serial Entrepreneur - K Ganesh

Founder & Partner, Promoter. Growthstory.In, Bigbasket, Bluestone, Portea Medical,Homelane, Freshmenu, Hungerbox

Interviewer: First things first, how are you feeling about receiving the Institute’s highest honour for the alumni?

Ganesh K: I am feeling deeply honoured, touched and moved because there is nothing more satisfying than your alma-meter conferring you an award. While I have

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Corporate Leader – Mr. Sunil Duggal

Director(Non-Executive), Dabur

Interviewer: How does it feel to come back to Joka after so long?

Sunil Duggal: It feels great like coming back home. A lot has changed but a lot remains the same. The campus has not changed in its character.

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