The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) has a very strong alumni base, which makes it unique amongst the top management institutes of the world. IIMC Alumni occupy leadership positions as corporate managers, academicians and successful entrepreneurs, worldwide. The alumni maintain a close relationship with the institute, helping each other in their growth.

Team Alumni at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) organizes the Annual Alumni summer party in different cities across India with the intention of strengthening the bonds between IIM Calcutta, its alumni and current students. These parties are occasions where they get to meet in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, to renew old friendships and remember the old days.

For the 100-odd alumni of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, who attended Nostalgia 2006, the alumni meet in Bangalore, the annual event brought back old memories and gave an insight into all the flutter happening at one of the country’s best B-Schools.

“We are proud to see our alma mater grow. There has been a quantum shift in infrastructure, faculty and industry interface, and the fat pay packets say it all. Thankfully, we do not have theoretical robots graduating from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

At Bangalore, the Alumni cell is active and we have 700 e-group members placed in high positions. It is a pleasant feeling to relive all that was once part of our lives,” says Ganesh Kudva (53) of the 1976 (eleventh) batch.

For the organisers – summer interns, who are working with companies like Microsoft, Citigroup, Wipro in Bangalore, the meeting was an opportunity to interact with their much experienced seniors.

“Alumni has always helped nurture industry relations and initiated many academic progr-ammes on the campus. This meeting is a good platform to bridge the gap,” says Mohit Bajpai , a summer intern with Citigroup.

“The Summer Parties are held across Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and are meant for those who are unable to attend the Alumni Reunion at IIM-C campus. Apart from networking with stalwarts, we take a tip or two on success, aspiring to be the future corporate leaders,” says Srimoyee Mitra interning with the same organization.

Says Piyush Dalmia, another intern, “A 21-minute video presentation on the activities and the campus strikes a chord with the seniors.The mention of how the ‘mini Howrah bridge’ and the beautiful lakes in the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, (IIM-C) still remain a favourite haunt for students, to who thrashed who at the IIM-XLRI sports meet this year – it truly is a walk down the memory lane”.

Some interns were thrilled by the illustrious guests of the event. Says Akil, an intern with Ocwen Financials, “It isn’t daily that, one gets to interact with people of the stature of Director General of Asian Development Bank. Learning from their insights is one of my most valuable take-away from this event.”

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