Bodh Gaya : On 3rd October 2020, the Alumni Relations Committee of IIM Bodh Gaya commenced its flagship panel discussion series ‘ArPan 2020’. ArPan stands for ‘Alumni Relations Panel’, a thoughtfully chosen acronym which means ‘dedication’ or ‘offering’ in the Hindi language. It rightfully symbolizes an alumni’s valuable contribution to their alma mater with sheer commitment and zeal. An alumnus is the face of any institute and the determinant of its success.
The panel consisted of a few gems of the IIM Bodh Gaya fraternity. These were Siddhartha Shukla (PGP 2015-17) – Strategic & Digital Alliances, Navi General Insurance; Mohd. Sarim (PGP 2017-2019) – Assistant Manager, Safeexpress Private Limited, and Sai Bharath Masna – Product Manager, Newgen Software as speakers. Saksham Parashar (PGP 2016-2018) – Manager- Business Development, Flipkart was the panel moderator. The panelists were warmly welcomed by the Director, Dr. Vinita Sahay, and Dr. Ankur Chauhan, Chairperson of the Alumni Relations Committee. The panel discussed the topic ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Managers of Third-Generation IIMs’ and put forward their thoughts on it. They talked about various opportunities that they were offered, the hardships of the corporate life, and also shared some anecdotes from their post-MBA life. They also discussed the rigorous IIM curriculum which helped them maneuver their way through corporate life. This enriching discussion allowed students to draw various insights about the journey after completing an MBA from a third-generation IIM.
The panel discussion aimed to be a platform, which provided the students with diverse perspectives, and the first edition of this series came across as a huge success. The panelists advised the students to acquire both technical and soft skills along with the management expertise. The event also had an engaging Question and Answer session. This discussion illuminated the audience with the knowledge and experiences of the alumni. The event was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Ankur Chauhan.