A GOP session was organized for all the IIPM students across batches on 2/12/2011 at IIPM-Auditorium. The session was delivered by Prof.Erin Meyers from INSEAD Business School.

Prof. Erin MEYER is an Adjunct Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at INSEAD and specializes in the field of Cross-Cultural Management, Intercultural Negotiations, and Multi-cultural Leadership. Erin teaches in over 2 dozen INSEAD Executive Management programs including the Advanced Managers Program, the International Executive Program and numerous company specific programs. In addition Erin is the program director for INSEAD’s open enrollment program Managing Global Virtual Teams.

Prof. Erin has most recently published articles summarizing her research in Harvard Business Review (January 2010) and Harvard Business Manager (September 2009). Her case “Leading across Cultures at Michelin” won the each 2010 European case award for best HRM case of the year.

As part of the session Prof. Erin Meyer explained the concepts of cross culture management across various countries and also emphasized on its importance. After the session a question and answer session took place, where in students have asked questions pertaining to the topic to the professor. The students enjoyed the session and thanked IIPM Management for organizing the GOP session.

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IIPM Chandigarh Organized a Badminton Match for its students. The event was full of team spirit, Enthusiasm and fun. Students from all the batches participated and were really thrilled about the match and displayed best of their efforts. On the basis of alphabetical order teams were made and they show cast a great talent. The series of badminton matches started at 1.PM and went till 7 in the evening. The winners in boy’s doubles were Umesh Soni from Fw 2010-12 and Parag from SS 2011-13 and in Singles Umesh Soni was the winner.

In girls Shifali from SS 2011 was the winner.

IIPM has been organizing blood donation camp every six months. The Help Voluntary blood Bank is actively involved in this activity. One day prior to the actual blood donation camp, a session on awareness was done by Help Voluntary blood Bank. They were explaining the need of donating blood in today’s era where the supply is always lower than demand. They also emphasize on the fact that donating blood does not cause any problems as the blood lost gets replenished in hours and glucose level come back to normal. Moreover, it’s good to stand for a noble cause which can save various lives by giving a single unit of blood.

With this thought the actual blood donation camp came into picture on 2nd December 2011. It started at 12:00 pm and lasted for 3 long hours where the number of units collected was 35.

There was an active participation not only from the students but from the faculty and staff too. The criteria for donating blood were that one’s weight should be at least 50 Kg; Blood pressure has to be normal and hemoglobin as 12.5. In this process many were disappointed, as they were not able to donate blood due to lack of some or the other above criteria. To overcome the problems Dr. Aparna who was involved in taking the blood samples also gave advices and iron tablets to increase the hemoglobin levels.

The process of donating blood was very simple and it took just about 5-10 minutes for completion. Then the donors were given some snacks and drink to replenish the glucose levels immediately. The whole event was grand and successful leaving the mark in everyone’s mind about the cause for which they stood and happily satisfied at the end.

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Many sectors of our national economy have been thrown open to foreign direct investment. That has not led to the demise of indigenous enterprise. Similarly, FDI in the organised retail sector will not push corner stores out of business. If anything, it will enhance their competitiveness, lead to improved services, better quality and affordable prices for consumers

The UPA Government and the Opposition have locked horns over the entry of foreign private players in the retail segment. The debate is imperative as the retail industry has always been considered as the nerve system of any nation, and this industry has in most of the cases even helped nations revive themselves during bad times. So it is interesting to evaluate the entire debate from an analytical dimension as well.

Currently, organised retail in India is only two per cent of the retail industry; clearly, a huge opportunity is waiting to be unleashed. The opportunity can be gauged from the fact that the American organised retail market is 80 per cent of the overall retail market, Thailand is at 40 per cent and China at 20 per cent. If, on the one hand organised retail is a global reality, then on the other the Indian middle-class has the given power to splurge, making the proposition viable. Then why is there a protest?

The fact is that the ongoing nationwide protests against foreign entry in retail are a bit too late, and based more on a campaign by emotionally-charged political parties that lack pragmatism. After allowing FDI everywhere, why are there these recent dramatics against retail? Every Government in the past has made deals and allowed foreign direct investment to enter systematically into India without a plan in place to make Indian firms competitive beforehand. We systematically ruined Indian competitiveness; yet, now for publicity, are creating a hullabaloo against the opening up of retail. The fact is that FDI in retail is inevitable.

If things go right, then the entry of foreign firms in the long run should benefit the overall economy by subsuming farmers, producers of finished goods, creating mass-scale employment, increasing Government revenue and hopefully cleansing the muck that lies in our storage and distribution. If all falls into place, then organised retail market is expected to reach approximately $260 billion by 2020.

It would augment income levels of all stakeholders to the tune of $35-45 billion a year, new employment generation to the tune of three to four million directly and four to six million indirectly. With foreign multinationals setting up shop across the country, the exchequer would likely bloat by $25 billion to $30 billion per year. The small and medium enterprises are likely to prosper too and learn the concepts of enhanced production, higher productivity, assured supply, quick payment and better quality.

It will further boost the organised retail growth - a sector that is already growing at an impressive 24 per cent in the last three years. The retail sector would also increase the farmers’ income. So, of course, it is inevitable for India to allow FDI in retail, and the writing on the wall is clear. But in all this, almost everyone is missing out one moot question which is fundamental to the success of the Indian retail story.

Amongst other clauses that the Government has put, one interesting clause is that, these large retailers have to essentially source their supplies from the small and medium enterprises to the tune of 30 per cent.

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Students of UGP-FW-11/14/A-B-C-D were taken to Crosswords Bookstore on 1/12/2011. The students were accompanied by Prof. Shirani Nayar (Assoc.Dean).The main aim of the event is to inculcate the habit of book reading among the students.

As part of this outing students have to give a presentation one book which inspired them the most. Students enjoyed this knowledge full outing and thanked Prof. Shirani Nayar (Assoc.Dean) and IIPM Management for making them part of this outing.

AAGMAN, as we all know, means arrival and like every year IIPM welcomed the new batch to the IIPM FAMILY with an astonishing series of amazing performances. Here, the students show their raw and hidden talents to their batch mates, who just like them are the newcomers to IIPM and AAGMAN left no stone unturned to make its guests feel a sense of belonging to itself. The show was scheduled to start at 06:30 at NCUI auditorium but was buzzing with activities hours before the show, with all the practices by students who were determined to give their best. Then, the time came, with the audience hyped with energy and excitement, the show began. With the traditional lamp lighting and the Sarasvati Vandana dance. Then came, our very own rock stars of IIPM to infuse some raw energy in the audience and even the audience waved, head banged and roared to every high note of the songs, which drove our rock stars to their extreme best. After that there were dance performances by IIPM Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon and they set the stage on fire with their amazing and mind boggling performances. Then finally last but not the least, our very own fashionist of IIPM with their theme “Beauty and the Beast” where an unexpected twist occurred as the beasts were the girls, coming with bare chest, chained, handcuffed beauties, and the guys. The audience then got to witness the amazing next round of fashion show, which was “Casino Royale” where they showcased the romantic side of James bond dancing to the beats with the girls. After all the Revenge and Romance, our students ultimately preformed The Royal wedding round, where all the boys and girls were dressed traditionally and rocked the stage altogether.

The show was becoming memorable and to completely mesmerize the audience our very own masters of ceremony danced to end the show with a bang. The audience completely satisfied, rather mesmerized, the auditorium echoed with applause and eventually that is how the new students beautifully joined the IIPM FAMILY.