Orientation for MBA I


When it comes to orientation for MBA programs, we ensure to keep our new students energized, engaged, and amused. While “fun” is an operative term throughout most orientations, they all have a serious set of purposes. The idea is to help a disparate group of people bond quickly and learn the cultural quirks of the place they now call home. At the same time, intense projects help students gear up mentally for their programs’ intellectual challenges.

Keeping this thought process intact, a 7 day orientation program was conducted for new batch of 2018-2020 MBA 1st year students.

Day 1:

The first day of orientation at IndSearch began with 76 students registering for the program. During inauguration ceremony, our Institute founder and Director General Dr. Ashok Joshi welcomed the students with a very insightful speech on possessing adaptability and flexible attitude while pursuing management studies. This was followed by the short introductory speeches by our Director Dr. Aparna Tembulkar, our Dean-PGP Dr. Satish Inamdar and our Dean-Quality and Research Dr. Vikas Peshave.

Post lunch, the students were briefed by Prof. Sunetra Gaitonde on Campus conduct and house rules. Prof. Manjari Lal explained the students about the Evaluation system at IndSearch, followed by a session on Placements at IndSearch by Prof. Shivangi Soman.

The students then gathered in the foyer for some ice-breakers. This was for the students to get familiar to the surroundings and other fellow colleagues. The students were separated into pairs and were asked to introduce their partners in front of the entire class. Through this activity, students who came from culturally, socially and economically diverse background got together and interacted with each other. The entire ice-breaker session was coordinated by Prof. Sunetra Gaitonde and Prof. Rupali Gupte.

Day 2:

Day 2 of the Orientation program began with foundation courses. The foundation course is a bridge course for the students who come from educationally diverse background. Students completing their Graduation from Science or related streams are given an understanding of Accounting, Costing and Financial concepts. Students completing their graduation from Commerce or related streams are taught the basic concepts of Quantitative Techniques and Research Methodology. This is to ensure the smooth transition of students into their regular curriculum.

Post lunch, the coordinators Prof. Sunetra Gaitonde and Prof. Rupali Gupte conducted a game called Word Play for the students. The students were divided into 8 groups and were asked to make as many words as possible from the combination of letters of names of their team members. The team with maximum number of words won the game, which was team no 4.

Later, a guest session was arranged for the students. The speaker was Mr. Prakash Kamath. Mr. Prakash Kamath is a retired professional and was working as General Manager – Operations at John Deere India Pvt. Ltd. He is currently associated with SMEs as a consultant for Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Day 3:

Day 3 of the induction began with a guest lecture by Ms Neetal Vaidya, Director HR at TIBCO Software. Ms. Neetal is an alumnus of IndSearch and she guided students on industry preparedness for MBA students.

After the guest session, a film ‘Final Victory’ was filmed for the 1st year and 2nd year students. The film is a documentary on the story of a small Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust hiding in a grave-sized pit and later achieved a life of fame and success in business. Director General Dr. Ashok Joshi gave a debriefing on the same.

Post lunch students had a team based activity where they were divided into two teams and were asked to make long chains of all the items which they had with them. The team with the longest chain won the competition.

The last activity of the day was the Foundation course of Quantitative Techniques and Accounts and Costing.

Day 4:

On day 4, the first activity students did was a team word play game. Each team was given three words and were asked to develop a story using those words which would have morale at the end. All twelve teams participated enthusiastically and narrated the stories in front of the entire class and the faculty members. This activity encouraged the students to work together and improve on their communication and creative skills.

Later a guest session by Dr. Waman Parkhi was arranged for the students. Dr. Waman Parkhi is a Cost Accountant by profession and has worked in Indian Customs and Excise service. He is currently working as Partner (Indirect Tax) at Advisory firm KPMG. Dr. Parkhi guided the students on building a career in consulting industry and the approach required for the same.

Post lunch students had their foundation sessions for Statistics and Accounts. After the foundation session, the students had a guest session by Mr. Siddharth Gupta. Mr. Siddharth Gupta is an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus and is working the biggest Consulting firm McKinsey and Company. He is a consultant to major banks and financial institutions of the country. He spoke to the students about how to spend the two years MBA by learning and enjoying the journey. He inspired our students to be focused on their goals while actively participating in the extra-curricular and co-curricular activities of the institute.

Day 5:

Day 5 of the Orientation program began with foundation courses.

Post lunch, the students were taken on a nature trail by our coordinators Prof. Sunetra Gaitonde and Prof. Piyush Kulkarni to the Biodiversity campus of our institute. Prof. Kaustubh Moghe interacted with our students and showed them the flora and fauna of the campus and also conducted some team games for them. The students made tea and ‘Bhel’ using dry ingredients for all the faculty members and the students.


Day 6:

On day 6, the induction began with foundation courses.

Post lunch, the students were given various activities to be done in groups. A slogan competition was conducted. The students were divided into 8 groups and were asked to choose any topic on social theme. The teams were supposed to prepare a slogan based on their topic and present in front of the judges and the audience. The students chose topics like ‘Importance of father and mother’, ‘Unity’, ‘Avoiding Drugs’, ‘Wildlife’ etc. The group which won presented a slogan on Orphanage. The slogan was ‘Open the Mind, Change the Mind.’