IITB Independence Day Biathlon 2015

Considering that 2015 is an unique year for Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) in several ways, we had desire to build on good work being done at IITB, the university sustaining top ranks in India. SJMSOM is also building steadily on research to sustain it’s position as a leading a niche management school of South Asia.   With emerging areas such as international competitiveness getting many capable students, SOM is likely to strengthen its differentiation.

This biathlon was dedicated to our beloved late former president of India,  Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. We tried to improve on following fronts as compared to the past event:

  • Longer distances for cycling to increase the challenge
  • Higher women participation target was set and achieved
  • Staff participation was much better, including staff who rarely get such opportunities
  • First time, separate categories for campusites were introduces and good number participated

Glimpse of spirit of participants can be seen in photos here.  Medals were distributed by the Dean (Student Affairs), Prof. Soumyo Mukherjee (glimpse of select medal winners is given below; more can be seen at the drive.

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Spirit of the day at the start of the event

Prof. Mukherjee with the winner Mr. Manoj Kumar

Prof. Mukherjee with the winner Mr. Manoj Kumar

Joy of completing

Joy of completing

Key volunteer members

Key volunteers

We acknowledge contribution of volunteers who played a key role on that day, who worked at the back-end for many days with Lalit Lalwani (who did not get sleep previous night to make things happen), Anup Bali and his team.  Able proactive approach by the IITB Athletics Secy, Sukhada helped in many ways, including in systematic recording of timings for participants.

Let us think next levels creatively and cooperatively, and practice well to enhance IITB participation in higher level events. Feel free to talk to us (e.g. at coop@rediffmail.com, Subject: Feedback on I-Day Biathlon 2015) or directly to me @ your feedback at 2576-7759.

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Yogathon for GoC

India has started opening new vistas of awareness with proposing Yoga Day.  Acceptance of 142/143 countries of IYD reflects the liking of so many countries.  With such a response, big responsibility fell on India to demonstrate that new benchmarks of awareness can be set.  Thanks to massive efforts by so many organizations, India was ready to demonstrate its concern for health.

IIT Bombay, a leading university of India,  also wants to contribute.  Practices were planned and interested learners were taught basics of Yoga, particularly Suryanamaskar.  The basics were good enough for one to start practice by self.  The main coach Sarang Nandedkar and volunteers Shiva were very helpful.

Group on Competitiveness (GoC) often creates awareness for SJMSOM’s participation in such local events. We are very happy that members such as Lalit Lalwani and Yugandhar Vardhineni helped SJMSOM represent well. Research scholar and faculty (incl. families) kept the flag high as all (7/7) completed the Yogathon (108 Suryanamaskar) smoothly. We have rarely seen such balanced achievement by GoC in the past; a symptom of growing maturity of training of members and their desire to climb steps. GoC members were happy to have contributed their bit to such pioneering event of IITB.

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IITB Yogathon 108 Suryanamaskar Challenge

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Yogathon 2015 Glimpse of participants

The members are getting ready for next level challenges. 7th IITB biathlon is coming close (First was launched on August 15, 2012) and we hope that several new records will be set.

With very successful participation in the local Yogathon, the group is all charged to take next steps on competitiveness research journey.  We eagerly look for matching talent that is keen to aim next levels in Swimathon.

IITB Republic-day Biathlon 2015

IITB biathlons have been attracting loyal participants as well as amateurs.  This year was no exception about the challenge and spirit of new organizing team.  Long week-end, participation in inter-college sports meet (for management students) and winter early morning can provide enough reasons for people less keen to participate.  We had sought cooperation from key members of the “IITB Sports Council”, which they promised with enthusiasm.

Some key highlights of the event are

  • While overall numbers were lesser, high enthusiasm of participants; more that 90 % completed full biathlon, perhaps the highest percentage ever
  • Mens category had some strong competitors
  • Several veteran professors supported the event; by words of wisdom from their long experiences, if not directly participating
  • S. Soman, Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy graced the event
Prof. Soman giving medal to a winner

Prof. Soman giving medal to a winner

The best part of the event was getting wonderful tips from veteran Professors, who have sustained in much intense events for decades. Prof. Soman and Prof. Shart Chandarn shared several tips for benefit of participants. They urged aspiring winners to sustain practices, at least 2-3 times week.

At the same time, there are areas where improvements are needed.  Relatively low desire of many young learners to take the challenge of collective health is a major challenge.  Group and team health are not adequate to bring whole groups to the field.  Without adequate no. of participants and groups, competition is sub-par to aim at next levels.

We wish to thank all, who directly or indirectly has been supporting the initiative.  We wish to thank Prof. Yajnik, Dean students for desire to help.  Prof. Sharat Chandran  and Reddy coach has been contributing in many roles over years.  We also thank amateur organizing team (snap below) for taking the challenge and deliver to best of their skills and abilities. Please do visit relevant sections of this blog for updates, incl. about research project opportunities.

Members of core organizing team

Members of core organizing team with hostel staff who provided service

 

Volunteers who made the event possible with Prof. Sharat

Volunteers who made the event possible with Prof. Sharat and Prof. Chakravarthy

Indicative timing of lead players are given here for illustrative purpose only.  Considering the situation and limitations, these should be considered illustrative only and not definitive.

Table  Indicative timing of lead players in men and women category

Lead players – Men
Manoj Saini 23 min 52 sec
Rakesh Meena 23 min 57 sec
Divyang 25 min 39 sec
Prof. Sharat 26 min 23 sec
Kuldeep Singh 26 min 32 sec
Lead players – Women 
Nisha Naikodi 16 min 45 sec
Jyotsana Parmar 22 min 39 sec
Deepa More 24 min 25 sec

Best of practice for exciting 2015.

New Opportunities in 2015

2014 was a remarkable year in many respects. On the macro front, the masses in India tried to overcome limitations of the democratic system in India to give a clear mandate for a stable and energetic government at the center. With initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, India will break-out of decades of stagnation in industries (such as manufacturing) to create jobs for capable youth and start addressing imbalances (e.g. on trade; for a glimpse of competitiveness impact of such balances, please refer to the Chapter in International Competitiveness).

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At the local level, we had an enjoyable year preparing for next level challenges.  We could try some experiments, and capable learners of competitiveness started testing heights.  Here is just a glimpse of events at IITB, experiments, initiatives and achievements of members.

  • IITB hosted the 50th Inter-IIT sports meet and also secured top ranks in women (student as well as staff) and men (staff). The achievements are built on years of efforts, and initiatives in last few months
  • SJMSOM hosted first program on “MOT and Competitiveness”
  • Alumni of the competitiveness course have achieved new heights: e.g.
    • Pranusha won Dewang Mehta Award & cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakhs & many other competitions (see other part of blog)
  • Two alumni have secured placement in leading Japanese firms such as NTT and Nomura; plan to land in Japan in 2015
  • Our SJMSOM Ph.D. students have started working in Japan
  • An associate represented SJMSOM, IITB at leading MoT conference, PICMET 2014 in Japan. Glimpse of work can be seen at scopus.
  • I was invited to give keynote as “Doctoral Consortia” at an international conference at IIT Roorkee. Could address more than 100 researchers.
  • Participated in paper development workshop at IIMB
  • Member of our “Strategy and Competitiveness Lab” defended Ph.D. on critical topic of “Technological Competitiveness”. Another student defended thesis on IPR; altogether 15 students have already completed projects and defended Ph.D. thesis. Most of them are contributing to competitiveness of their firms/institutes in dynamic positions such as VP.
  • Work by members of “Group on Competitiveness” is getting shared and cited on researchgate, scopus, scholar
  • + + many more, such as increasing number of our students participating in marathon, swimmathon and higher levels
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For keynote address at Doctoral Consortium at 18th International Conference at IIT Roorkee with Professors Ramesh, Rangnekar, Sushil and Prakash

 

We have plans for some exciting projects in 2015.  Illustrative ones are:

  • Encouraged by achievements of competitiveness learners (highlighted at different places in blogs or scholar) new course “MGT679 Competitiveness for Sustainable Enterprises” (available as institute elective in slot 6; Wed. & Fri. – 11:00-12:30; Venue: LT303) will be piloted for the first time at IITB.  Burning issues of competitiveness, sustainability and climate change will be addressed in this interesting course.  Small group interactive course will provide opportunities for capable and innovative groups to compete at different levels to learn.  Examples of levels where they can participate & learn are:
    • Local levels in IITB/ Mumbai:
    • Regional level: in Western India such as IIMA/Pune
    • 15th Global Conference that may come to India
  • It is ideal for learners who have done some course in competitiveness, but we may consider capable and healthy students keen on learning and challenges
  • Unique workshop on “Internationalization and Competitiveness” for professionals keen on climbing heights
  • Members and groups will practice to participate in local events incl. Half Marathons
  • + + more as the year evolves

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