Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Roorkee - An interesting read.

This was an article shared among us when we stepped into DoMS the very first week, compiled by Prof. Harsha Sinvhal.

Roorkee is a town situated in Haridwar district of Uttaranchal (Latitude: 29 degree 51' N, Longitude: 77 degree 53' East and Elevation: 274 m above sea level) with the distinction of having perhaps the maximum number of technically trained manpower anywhere in the country. It is a town with unique amalgamation of Religion, Science & Technology and valor. At the outskirts of the city is the famous pilgrim center of Kaliyar Shrif where thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay respects at the Mazar of Sabir Sahib and his uncle every year. It has the famous Indian Institute of Technology (formerly known as University of Roorkee (1949-2001), Thomason College of Civil Engineering (1854-1949) and the Roorkee College (1847-1954)). It is the headquarters of The Bengal Engineer Group and Center (BEG&C). In addition to this it also has other nationally renowned research institutions like the Central Building Research Institute, National Institute of Hydrology and the Irrigation Research Institute. The town is also known for surveying and drawing instruments manufacturing units including the famous 'Roorkee Hat', manufacture replicas of antique equipments and newly developed electronic equipments industry.

The citizens of Roorkee are proud of its history, culture and traditions of religious tolerance and harmony. It is said to have derived its name from Ruri, the wife of a Rajput Cheiftain. Roorkee was spelled as Rurki in 1887 edition of the Saharanpur Gazetteer. According to Ain-I-Akbari, Rurki or Roorkee was the capital of a pargana (mahal) in the time of Akbar, but was reduced in stature in the time or Zabita Khan with the formation of Sakrauda, the estate of Rao Qutb-ud-Din. From about the middle of 18th century, it was included in the estate of Gujars of Landhaura, and remained in their possession till Raja Ramdayal died in 1813.

The magnificient Ganga canal which runs through the city starts from Haridwar near Har-ki-Pauri and rejoins Ganga at Kanpur is largely responsible for the prosperity of this primarily agricultural area as it provides water for irrigating the fields and for making Roorkee famous. In 1830s the area had a major famine. To mitigate such disasters and reduce human suffering from draughts, Col P.T.Cautley (of the Royal Artillery), submitted the first proposal to take out a canal from Ganga near Haridwar and was later responsible for its construction. The then Lt.Governor of North Western Provinces, James Thomason, a great visionary and able administrator, fully supported Cautley's idea. It was his unflinching support which was largely responsible for the acceptance of the proposal and the canal was completed in 1854 at a cost of Rs.141 crores. This 10,500 cusecs (295 cu.m/sec) capacity 300 km long canal and its 6240 km long distribution channels irrigate nearly 9 lac hectares (23 lac acres) of fertile agricultural land in many districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haridwar district of Uttaranchal.

The construction of canal required services of trained technical manpower and a workshop for manufacturing tools and equipment that were needed for its construction. It was for this reason that Roorkee College was established in 1847 to produce civil engineers. As Roorkee was the site for Solani Aquiduct, the largest structure which was to be built on the canal a Government workshop also came up at Roorkee for manufacturing tools for construction.
After the death of James Thomason in 1853, the Roorkee College was named after him as he was primarily responsible for its establishment. From the beginning of the Roorkee College till 1930s the Royal Engineers were closely associated with its running. The Bengal Sappers and Miners were raised at Kanpur in 1803 as the Bengal Pioneers. After wandering around Kanpur, Allahabad, Delhi, Meerut and Ludhiana, the Bengal Sappers and Miners found their home in Roorkee in 1853. This shows how BEG&C and have not only been neighbors to the College but also have closely been associated with its running for a very long time.

It is worth mentioning that there were only two types of engineers when Roorkee College was established. The 'military engineers', who were serving in the armed forces and 'civil engineers' who were not in the armed forces but were practicing as engineers. At that time a civilian could get license to practice as engineer by working as an apprentice with an already practicing charted engineer and passing certain examinations for being declared qualified as a charted engineer, on lines similar to Chartered Accountants (CAs) today. Roorkee College was the pioneer college established for producing civil engineers in the British Empire.

There are several other interesting stories associated with the construction of the canal, From Mehwar to Roorkee, canal is entirely in filling. This part was, therefore, lined and distinguished by erection of lions on either side (it is said that the lions in Trafalgar Square in London are a copy of the Roorkee Lions). Furthermore, for the construction of this elevated part of the canal, the first railway lines were laid between Roorkee and Kaliyar Sharif for moving earth needed for canal construction and the first Railway engine named Thomason, which was brought in parts from England and re-assembled at Roorkee ran on indian Soil. Unfortunately, the boiler of the engine burst after some time and that was the end of "Roorkee Railways".

Monday, September 20, 2010

JIGYASA : A Quest for Knowledge

Jigyasa, a national level paper presentation contest and the annual flagship event of Department of Management Studies at IIT Roorkee, has been achieving greater heights every year ever since the  inception of the department. Jigyasa which is a sanskrit word meaning Curiosity, implies unending quest for discovering things around us. It is a platform for curious minds to show their creativity. A quest for rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

With Jigyasa, we aim to build a platform for young minds from different backgrounds to come together and share their views in order to explore and understand different perspectives and ideas so as to get a broader insight into different aspects of knowledge.

Theme: Management Education in India: An Agenda for Reform

Formal management education in India dates back to the 1950’s. Since then it has grown and evolved a lot in sync with the ever growing Indian economy. With India becoming a global force to reckon with, as far as the world economy is concerned, the need for leaders who can take the responsibility of carrying the country forward is exponentially increasing. This makes the Management Education more important and a key force to carry the nation’s fortune forward on the right path.
But this huge demand has somehow diluted the quality of education and the focus unknowingly has shifted to quantity rather than quality. There is a huge scope for reforms in Indian Management Education. The theme for Jigyasa – “Management Education in India: An Agenda for Reforms” aims at bringing out ideas from ignited minds and future leaders of the country as to how the management education in India can be structured in a better and efficient manner.
The participants are expected to:
Develop an India centric frame work so as to suggest ways of bringing about various reforms using skills acquired through management education. 
•    Mention benefits and shortcomings of the suggested framework.
•    Suggest roadmap for implementation.
•    Use facts, figures, examples and best practices.
•    Quote references and sources of information.
Come up with an original work and avoid using frameworks or models of other countries until they can be related to Indian perspective.

For Further details, Visit Jigyasa

DoMSians bring laurels...!!!

Last few weeks have been fantastic for DoMS IIT Roorkee as DoMSians have been winning in competitions elsewhere.

  • DoMSians started making their mark this year with IIT K's Prabandhan as they came runners-up in Neeti, the operations event. Vaibhav Aggarwal, Mukesh Rathi and Piyush Jain under the guidance of Dr.Rajat Aggarwal, Assistant Professor, DoMS IIT Roorkee modeled their problem and presented their solutions to be selected in the final round. Finally they were evaluated on the basis of their presentations and here they came runners up.

  • Vineeth Chama of DoMS IIT Roorkee was part of the winning Basketball team of IIT Roorkee at the sports event of IIT Kanpur.

  • Nimit Kaul of DoMS IIT Roorkee was part of the Football team of IIT Roorkee that came second at the sports event of IIT Kanpur.

DoMS IIT Roorkee in News

DoMS IIT Roorkee is Ranked 17th in Business Today 2010 B-School Rankings! 

It is also ranked 8th Best B-School for summer internships in terms of Brands!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

UMANG 2010

Seasons come and seasons go and every season calls for a celebration. Department of Management Studies(DoMS), IIT Roorkee believes in celebrating every new season with a magnificent event and this season, DoMS IIT Roorkee is bracing itself to organize UMANG, an annual NGO fest on 3rd October 2010. 

UMANG is an initiative to connect academia, non-government organizations, future managers, and social entrepreneurs to facilitate exchange of views and opinions on various social issues. It provides a platform to various stakeholders to interact on different socio-economic issues faced and attempts to sensitize them on the same.

Since its inception in 2006, UMANG has had a reverberating success which has encouraged DoMS, IIT Roorkee to come up with UMANG5 aka UMANG2010, a one day workshop on "Rural Marketing".

History of UMANG is quite colorful with the success of UMANG1(April 2006), UMANG2(March 2007), UMANG3(Nov 2007) and UMANG4(Oct 2009).UMANG1 (Apr 2006), a two-day national work-shop on "Developing Strategic Framework for NGOs", witnessed participation from over 50 NGO’s from Uttarakhand & neighboring states and organizations like CRY, NABARD & WWF.

UMANG2 (Mar 2007), with the theme "Rural Technologies: their adoption and implementation by the NGOs of Uttarakhand" saw participation from 100 plus NGOs, the speakers being well known professors from IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, and IIT Roorkee. 

UMANG3 (Nov 2007), third in the row, had ‘Microfinance’ as the theme. The seminar witnessed active participation from NGOs, MFIs, banking Institutions, consultants & students. 

UMANG4 (Oct 2009), was a one day workshop on "Social Entrepreneurship" which saw an active participation from the students, corporates, social entrepreneurs and professors from IIT Roorkee. 

In UMANG5, the focus will be on the various aspects of rural marketing with eminent speakers sharing their views with the NGOs and students. We hope everyone has  a great learning experience and some creative solutions come out of it. So brace yourself for the extravaganza of UMANG on 3rd October 2010. 

Further information about Rural Marketing and the speakers participating in the event will be followed up in subsequent posts.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Its Official Now!!!

This blog with a new URL is the official blog for informing and reporting the events and happenings at DoMS IIT Roorkee.

DoMS IIT Roorkee will soon be organizing the annual events "UMANG" and "JIGYASA" . Details of the events will soon be posted on the blog.  So keep following our blog and also the official Twitter account of DoMS IIT Roorkee.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Confluencia 2010 Day 2

22, August 2010

Day Two, a fine sunday started on an exhilarating note with Dr.Sanjeev Parashar, Professor, Marketing Management, from IMT Ghaziabad. He enthralled us with his energetic presentation on the advertisements, their targets and the impact on the target audience. He showed videos of some popular ads and explained the rationale behind their successes and failures. He also pointed out the subtle impact of colors used in ads.

Next session was taken over by Mr.A.Thotathri Raman, Chairman, Standards for Educational Advancement & Accreditation (SEAA) ,and Consulting Editor, Business India. He talked about functional integration in attaining goals with the example of a b-school. He considered the businesses of a b-school and gave a methodical flow of processes that constitute a b-school. He suggested ideas on how to go about the placements and how to approach the industry. For the complete PPT by Mr.A.Thotathri Raman, drop in your email id in the comment box.

Post lunch, Mr.Rakesh Kohli, CEO, Stag International took the centrestage and talked about the entrepreneurship and challenges faced by entrepreneurs. He himself being an entrepreneur, quoted many of his own experiences and the challenges he faced. His presentation was full of interesting anecdotes. He stressed that ethics and values are integral part of any enterprise. He also said that honesty and integrity of an individual will take him and his enterprise a long way ahead. To know more, drop in your email id at the comment box.

The fourth speaker, was Ms Sudeshna Dutta EVP, Corporate Development at AbsolutData Research & Analytics. She gave an overview of market analytics and its implementation. AbsolutData, the company she co-founded analyses the data they collect from their clients and other sources to provide solutions. She spoke on how her company implements functional integration in market analytics in providing solutions and improving businesses.

The final lecture of the day and the symposium was given by Mr.Dinesh Jain CEO,ZEE Turner Ltd. He spoke on the paradox of compromise. He spoke about the practicalities of life and businesses. He spoke on how a manager should maintain a balance between all aspects of a business. He insisted on optimising all the constituent processes rather than maximising an individual expertise. He played a beautiful symphony to emphasize his point on how important it was to optimise all the components maintaining a harmony between them. His session ended with an interactive session where he answered queries ranging from his own personal experience to the media market.

Finally this mega event superbly organized by the students of DoMS IIT Roorkee under the aegis of our honourable Head of the Department, Prof. V.K.Nangia concluded on a happy note. The success of the event has motivated all the students to organize future events with more zeal and conviction. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Confluencia 2010 Day 1

21, August 2010

The first speaker for the day and the Symposium was Mr.Madhukar Sharma, country manager at American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He gave us a wonderful insight on lean thinking and functional integration. He is currently consulting the Lohia Group and he told us that lean approach is being planned for the textile machinery used there by the waste elimination method. He insisted on optimising the processes in the production line to add value from the customer perspective. He also gave a live example of functional integration being applied at the Lohia Group's Plant.
For more info on the speaker and PPT, post your email id.

The second speaker, Mr.Sanjay Gupta, MD, PNB Housing Finance Ltd., gave an elucidating lecture on Indian Retail Mortgage Market. He talked about the business environment, key inefficiencies of the market and the risk factors of the retail mortgage market. He suggested a part remedy in the form of Mortgage Guarantee. To know more about Mortgage guarantees and the PPT, post your email id.

Mr.Sunil Aggarwal, freelance financial consultant and former vice president of IDBI bank was the third speaker. He enlightened the students with the concept of private equity. He gave a cost comparison with the conventional methods of raising capital. He discussed few risks and rewards associated with private equity. He discussed the risks for both the promoters and investors. He also gave the criteria for gaining rewards out of private equity. For detailed info and PPT, post your email id.

Fourth session of the day was taken over by Mr Vikrant Chaudhary, Country Manager, FSS Cluster (Software Group) at IBM. He gave a brilliant presentation with a video depicting integration of various services offered by IBM in singapore. He helped us understand how the technology can facilitate funtional integration in various businesses. He effectively talked us into the difference a technical advancement in any field can make and how that contributes to the national economy. Very enthralling was that session!

The gathering was then presided by Mr Manoj Sharma- Former industrialist and a self styled social entrepreneur. We were awed with the complete different perspective that we were asked to see - humanity and social conscience. It was altogether a different dimension we never experienced. The plight of the villagers who live in remote and interior parts of Uttarakhand state was vicariously felt by us. He gave an overview of his work he is doing in the remote villages of Uttarakhand. He wanted us to come up with a solution for the power management crisis he was facing in remote villages. He had actually set up micro-hydel power plants in those villages as river water was available but the problem was that the large amount of power was being unutilised as there was a meagre demand in those villages. He wanted an idea which could be implemented so that power is optimally used. If you have any novel ideas, please post your comments here along with your name and email id.

The first day of the Confluencia 2010 culminated with the presentation of the cycle rickshaw project which was being developed by Dr.Rajat Agarwal, Assistant Professor, DoMS IIT Roorkee and Mr.Ashish Sharma, an alumunus of IIT Roorkee and supported by Mr.Rahul Arora, Head of value advisory group at IT Power India Pvt. Ltd and supervised by Dr Bhupinder Singh, Engineering Consultant and youth counsellor.Dr.Bhupinder Singh has implemented this project in Fazilka and was making efforts along with his team to introduce the novel cycle rickshaw in Roorkee and adjoining places. Along with the improvement in the design of the rickshaw, this project was aiming at improving the income of the poor Rickshawallah. It was a perfect example of functional integration as many functions were integrated to develop the cycle rickshaw. To know more about the cycle rickshaw project, drop in you email id.

Confluencia 2010: The First Mega Event at DoMS IITR for Session 2010-11

The DoMS IITR has begun its journey of learning and celebration with its first mega event "CONFLUENCIA 2010". Confluencia is a National Level Symposium organized by DoMS IITR. Eminent speakers across organizations share their knowledge and deliver illuminating lectures in this annual event which is organized for two days.

Confluencia 2010 was organized on 21st and 22nd of August with the theme, "Goal Orientation towards Functional Integration in business". The eminent guests who have enlightened us with insights are:

1.    Mr Madhukar Sharma- Country Manager at American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2.    Mr Manoj Sharma- Former industrialist who likes to describe himself as a Non Govt. Individual
3.    Mr Sunil Aggarwal-Freelance financial consultant and former vice president of IDBI bank
4.    Mr Sanjaya Gupta-MD,PNB Housing Finance Ltd
5.    Mr Vikrant Chaudhary- Country Manager - FSS Cluster (Software Group) at IBM
6.    Dr Bhupinder Singh- Engineering Consultant and youth counsellor
7.    Mr Rahul Arora- Head of value advisory group at IT Power India Pvt. Ltd
8.    Mr Ashish Sharma- Alumnus of IIT Roorkee
9.    Prof Rajat Aggarwal,Assistant Professor, DoMS IIT Roorkee
10.  Dr.SanjeevParashar( Professor, Marketing Management, IMT Ghaziabad)
11.  Mr.A.T.Raman(Chairman  Standards for Educational Advancement & Accreditation (SEAA) ,and Consulting Editor  Business India )
12.     Mr. RakeshKohli(CEO Stag International)
13.     Ms Sudeshna Dutta(EVP, Corporate Development at AbsolutData Research & Analytics)
14.     Mr.Dinesh Jain( CEO,ZEE Turner Ltd.)

DoMS on Blogger!!!

This is an unofficial blog for DoMS IIT Roorkee.

All the events that are happening and will happen will be posted on this blog. However we are starting off with the post event report of Confluencia 2010. However we promise you to keep updated about the upcoming events.

Have a great time following our blog!!!