From being a civil engineer to then a manager in a café, to now the elected President of the Students’ Affairs Council (SAC) at IIM Nagpur, the journey has been nothing but full of twists and turns. One aspect that I very strongly believe in is to place trust in yourself, in your choices, and to never look back!
Last year, like many from my batch, I was also skeptical about pursuing an MBA during the pandemic. However, like a match made in heaven, we all decided to plunge in; and this has indeed been a once-in-a-lifetime experience in every aspect. IIM Nagpur is now completing its 6th year, and the journey speaks for itself. We have emerged as one of the top B-schools, irrespective of all setbacks, producing brilliant business leaders year after year, even during this time of crisis.
The last year has been nothing less than challenging, but also very exciting. I can confidently say that we as a batch and IIM Nagpur as an institute have become more resilient, and making lemonade out of lemons is what we do on a daily basis. Our batch has collectively had a completely new MBA experience, right from an online orientation to figuring out new friendships with random strangers (who are now family). Yes, of course, there have been bad days in this journey. However, there have also been days we made funny videos for an event, won competitions, celebrated festivals, cracked a critical interview, and partied. We owe it all to the various Clubs and Committees of IIM Nagpur, which made this “new” MBA something worth pursuing. These Clubs and Committees are what comprise the SAC, a student-run body. Simply, the SAC is what breathes life into MBA at IIM Nagpur.
Being the vanguard of enriching the student experience at IIM Nagpur, the Clubs and Committees play a significant role in adding value to what is taught in class and beyond. Additionally, the SAC ensures a sense of community amongst all students through various initiatives focusing on team-building and peer learning. Apart from intellectual nourishment, non-academic Clubs provide a platform to explore other areas of interest. They help conduct sports events, organize cultural activities, celebrate festivals, and provide a source of entertainment through art and cinema. The various Committees handle public relations, media, social outreach, improving communication, maintaining a solid relationship with our alumni, ensuring delicious and healthy food at the mess at all times, and finally, making sure the campus is comfortable and feels like another home.
As the President of the Students’ Affairs Council (SAC) of IIM Nagpur, my responsibilities are two-fold. One is to ensure that the incoming batch becomes one with the culture of IIMN, and the other is to act as an effective interface between the students, administration, and the faculty. Additionally, as the SAC President, I am responsible for the handling of public relations, planning and executing the student activities, and finally, reviewing and evaluating various policies related to students with the main focus on upholding the integrity, dignity, and image of the Institute, while enabling the vision and mission of the Institute in every decision made and realized.
This next academic year will mark a new beginning as we hopefully head into our new campus at MIHAN, juniors and seniors alike. Even though the challenges will be novel, I believe we will come out stronger and more united than ever, taking our Institute to greater heights, picking up from where our seniors left off.
Savio Joseph Zacharia
President, Students’ Affairs Council, IIM Nagpur