|Life at JBIMS|
A year at JBIMS
It all started with a mad dash from CST station to the iconic red brick building of JBIMS! I met my fellow students while fulfilling the formalities of admission. The students are a mélange! We come from various disciplines, varied work experiences and bring with us our own brand of brilliance. But we all have one thing in common, our passion for JB or Bajaj as we fondly call it!
Our college life started with interactions with some of the who's who of the Indian industry and we were an enraptured audience while they reminisced about their days at JBIMS. The day started out with us addressing the professors respectfully in class and ended up with sharing Chai with them in our canteen! We are always in college, sharing ideas, discussing things, having philosophical discussions on life and intense discussions about the business model of the Idliwala who serves Idlis just around the corner. We were taught to mingle with and learn from our classmates right from day one. As a result of this encouragement, now I know all of my classmates on a first name basis. In a short span of 12 months, we have become a close-knit family of ambitious, driven individuals. Our classes start from any time around 7 AM onwards but we are enthusiastic to go even at dawn. JBIMS has a culture of fostering opinions and encouraging individuality. This culture has been brought about by professors who are CEOs and who want us to engage with them without holding back. It is always a two-way street at JBIMS, open to communication for one and all. In a very informal, yet professional setting, we have met our idols and been inspired.
To be faced with real life challenges and case studies from day one of our course was intimidating. But it was a journey of self-discovery and elegant solutions. Coming from academia focused backgrounds, it was refreshing to be dunked in practical realities. We are in a trance like state after listening to concepts made simple by our professors. I went from a state of trepid curiosity to disbelief to being a child entranced by the simplest of toys!
There is so much to do at JBIMS! We have committees and clubs for everything from Lecture scheduling to Infrastructure. They give us a platform to develop our soft skills and work as a team. Managing submissions and activities by the clubs; competitions to be fought fiercely and conferences at 5 star Hotels have all become a way of life. Being in the business hub of India, we can always go to markets and businesses to see in action the theories we learn. We have visited the bazaars of old Mumbai and Malls in most upscale of areas in search of answers for assignments. Watching movies at the behest of professors and contacting consulates for individual projects has shaped us.
In my first year, our support system and go to guides were our mentors from the second year. JBIMS has a tradition of assigning mentors from the senior batch based on profiles. We, as juniors, learnt the ropes from these mentors. JBIMS is all about friendships and bonding. Recently, a 30 year old batch of 10 alumni met us. It was endearing to see how they have been in touch through the years. I have made friends for life in this institute. They are one of the many things JBIMS has given me. JBIMS is an institution which gives a treasure trove of knowledge and people.
Ours has been a fortunate batch. We are the Golden Jubilee batch of JBIMS. We have seen the full force of JBIMS and its glory at work during the year-long celebrations. Ours being the first autonomous batch, we had the privilege of helping revamp our curriculum. Having a say in almost any part of college system, be it the curriculum or professors we want or when to have the lectures; has made us self-assured and self-sufficient.
I cannot believe that an entire year has passed by already! It has been a journey of laughs, giggles, whoopees and delighted squeals all around. The JBIMS anthem speaks of 'Humara Bajaj'. Bonhomie intermingled with competitive spirit is our trademark. And then, there is Marine Drive, a stone's throw away.
The end of academic year should signify a passage of time. But in Bajaj, it signifies a rite, we have all been tested by fire and have come out stronger than ever.
MMS Batch Of 2016
JBIMS: The beginning of an epic journey
Getting a call from JBIMS is one of the best things that can happen to an MBA aspirant. When I saw my name in the final list of shortlisted candidates, my happiness knew no bounds. Over a year of hardwork and sacrifice culminated in the convert. Friends and family congratulated me as I got ready for the opportunity of a lifetime.
The first time I set foot in the brick red building at Backbay Reclamation, I sensed something much bigger than me. The institution which has produced some of the top industry captains over the last 50 years, undoubtedly has an aura. Initially intimidated, I settled in after some ice breaking with my batchmates.
The first few lectures were about the history of the institute and what is expected of us. With the onset of the new and revised course under JBIMS's autonomy, we were exposed to some fantastic professors who have been and some even continue to be stalwarts of their field. The academic rigour here makes us work long and hard but the time spent with new friends in the canteen and recreation room more than makes up for it!
What struck me the most about my new college was the rich diversity of students produced by the college's holistic selection process. Almost everyone I met has a unique talent and most of them have achievements many can only dream of. This motivated me to push my limits and take my library time seriously, while working together with my peers on various case studies and competitions.
Despite its curriculum, JBIMS isn't all work and no play. An outbound trip at Durshet after our orientation was a superb experience where the bond with my new batchmates grew stronger! The informal bonding sessions and parties made me realise how lucky I was to be a part of this college.
The last 2 months have been incredible to say the least. Although I'm busier than before nowadays, I'm glad JBIMS is giving the opportunity to test myself and become a better person both personally and professionally.
MMS Batch Of 2017
A walk to JBIMS has always been a walk to remember. The profuse energy on the reclamation walkways, the luscious meadows of the Oval and the dulcets emanating from the majestic university clock whenever the gong strikes the chime. I still remember that walk I had on the first day, clad in the professional raiment, apprehensive on what was to come. I can’t believe what a transformation it has been since then.
It all begins from that simple realization. We all forayed into Bajaj with our variegated experiences and surfeit of dreams, though still privative and lumbering. Bajaj soon becomes your platform and your entourage in chiselling and honing oneself. Be it the ruthless pragmatism which the industry so vehemently venerates, to the bestowal of business praxis, you witness it all. From day one, there hasn’t been a single day when I haven’t added any value to what this emphatic place has endowed me with already. From a faculty that constitutes of doyens and humdingers from the industry, to a pedagogy that transcends the mere tome based learning and calls for sheer contemplation and deliberation, every single day at Bajaj has been stupendously invigorating.
Bajaj is a place which closely emulates the professional realm. We are made to compete, we are made to liaison and we are made to strategize. It’s been an avant-garde of modern management practices and it is so gracefully reflected in all that we partake. We’ve had legions of assignments and countless cups of “cutting-chai” whenever we break between the lectures. We’ve had a multitude of presentations and even an umpteen number of inadvertent examinations. Surprisingly though, I never felt knackered and never felt fatigued. I just kept coming for more, just kept foraging for more and more bits of wisdom and acumen in every word my professors spoke. Even more startling is that education suddenly assumes an enrapturing and engrossing character. I would confess consuming lozenges between the lectures, but I’d also proclaim I’m craving to attend them once more.
In a management institute, it is only befitting that discretion and suzerainty be vested with the students. As members of various committees, we all ensconced in ourselves the ways to run our respective units, like we’d run someday which we so fondly call SBUs. Well, hopefully at least! We seamlessly keep moving from the intellectual platforms to that occasional opportunity to act or shake a leg, all astonishingly under one single roof. The most archetypal element of us is that we’re always doing something. The campus is a melange of activity - Of those guffaws on the staircases and those feeble conversations in the library, to that hallowed canteen which houses some of the most scrumptious of delicacies which its visitors so ardently savour, students and CEOs alike.
Just like that popular adage “If you stay at one place for long, you become that place”. I never realized when this institute, so replete with energy and ebullience and so enshrined with vigour, would become much more than an abode. With all its pertness and its red, Bajaj has become an inhered part of me and my way of life. Having said all this, you just have to witness it all to believe in the splendour. The slugfest you wade through to enter this place, standing atop amidst the thousands! It is only after coming here that you begin spending every day of your life thanking no one but yourself for this cherished gift. That feeling, that enigma, they’re simply ineffable.
Tushar Kumar Singh
MMS Batch Of 2015