Mar 30, 2009

1/2 MBA

  Not quite... Two more exams tomorrow... And an eventful academic year ends.. 

  Moment of Third Term

  MR Project presentation.. This was something in which I had free rided completely except choosing the topic .. Ofcourse, can't help when there are 4 academic projects :|

  Prof : When the targeted market is population in Kunnamangalam ( the place where IIMK campus is situated ) , why did u restrict yourself to IIMK students for the survey ? 

  Presentor:- Sir, we did not have anyone in our project group knowing local language ( innocent reply )
  Reality - There were three mallus including me in the group :-) 
  MBA Vs B-Tech Life 

     I miss the carefree academic life that I had in NITC.. Reading lot of books, learning whatever subjects that I liked... Infact, the volume of acad materials is so huge in an MBA that even if you dedicate 100 % time to studies, you wont be able to finish those....Indeed, I miss learning some subjects which I would have loved to learn if I had enough time. 

      What I don't like in MBA life - The emphasis on CG & not on knowing the subject.. Not because of the fact that my CG is not great :-)... But somehow, peer pressure drives everyone into efforts just to boost the CG....Exams/quizzes means - just study the PPT's ...Even I'm a culprit to that to an extent :-) .. 

     But I enjoy the responsibilities that have come up  my way here.. I feel I'd be a better person by the time I finish the course owing to these responsibilities..MBA is indeed a tight rope-walk  balancing many things in life.. 
  ( PS:- Check -  This has become an integral part of my life here....perhaps to an equal extent as acads  :-)  ) 

              One critical factor to succeed in life is to have 'information advantage'...i.e, if you know certain things that you need to do to gain an advantage over others, whereas others might not really have that..  This was something that I really lacked during my B-Tech , as well as work-life..  But here I had some of that advantage owing to many factors..And I leveraged on that... But it is difficult to sustain that advantage.. Or in other words, I couldn't drive that information assymetry to a long term advantage for me here... ah.. a bit abstract :-) 

           Next few posts from Chennai... I'll be interning with Cognizant for next 2 months. 

Mar 17, 2009

A Typical Quiz@IIM

   Here is a section from a mail from a  subject's course co-ordinator over a quiz conducted last week.. The paper was out of 10 marks :-) 

Population Statistics

Mean : 0.37 maybe

Mode : 0 (by a long way)

Maximum : 2

Minimum :0

Range : 2

  Frequency Distribution

  Marks    Frequency

   0                65

   1                 3?

   2                 7?

    -- No prizes for guessing how much yours truly has scored in this quiz :) :) 


Mar 1, 2009

The Tale of MBA Projects

 Quotes During First term projects selection 

 "Man..We should be doing a project that will add value to us..We shouldnt settle for anything less"
 "Project should help us sometime in the future when we are working in industry " 
 "You know, these are the real learning opportunities in an MBA course " 
 "Lets brainstorm on this for 2 days..And after that lets meet @ Cross-roads at 23:59 on friday"

 Quotes During Second Term project selection 
  "Man..I dont care about value addition..But I want it as a CV point..I mean it should be something worthy enough to put in the CV"
  " See, its not about the topic..Its all about how you present it.. Remember , that bugger - XYZ - got max marks last term for a crappy project "
 Quotes During Third Term project selection
  " Minimum pain - maximum gain..that should be the motto.. "
  " Criteria one - Is the project topic 'googleable' ? "
  " Lets somehow finish it man..I'm tired :| " 

-- This is where the story stands..  Ofcourse some of the projects that I did , I really enjoyed ( Macro Economics ) ..Some, I really dont have any idea what happened in that  ( Ethics, Marketing ) ..

    There  are  only two phases for an MBA project 
    One - topic selection..This used to take about one week or so in first term..Now i did that within one hour for some subjects in this term..
    Two - 2 / 3 days before the presentation.. Thats where I'm now over one project.. and it invariably boils down to the last day..

     I wonder how it'll turn out to be in the second year.. some people say, the motto will be 
"Lets fraud the project"   .. I hope it doesnt come to that extent :)