Final year students of Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L) are not only learning the mantras of management, but also painting their thoughts on the canvas. This is a new pedagogy to hone their ‘negotiation skills’ before they assume the role of managers after completing their course.
The students of Strategic Business Negotiation (final year PGP) would sell their paintings to the public at Fun Mall on August 9 and 16 and the funds raised would be donated for the cause of the girl child.
“IIM-L students have to sell one painting each. It is a wonderful feeling to make a painting on your own and then assist other students complete their work,” says Nandita Gupta, a student, who is pursuing MBA. “Art has always been my real passion. With a diploma in Fine Arts, I also take painting classes at IIML. In July, I held a workshop on canvas painting for 30 students,” she added.
The students are also happy to get this unique learning experience. Says Nikita Singh, another PGP student, “I have not only learnt the intricacies of negotiation, but also got a chance to put my knowledge into practice. I have completed my painting and now thinking how well I will be able to negotiate to fetch the maximum price for it, the proceeds of which will go to a charity.”
“I already enjoy canvas painting and composing poems. I am really looking forward to this activity, as it would provide us a platform to actually put into practice whatever we have learnt in the class so far,” said Ankita Sharma of IIM-L.
The painting activity has generated a lot of interest among the students - even the ones who are not enrolled in the course. Many students who are not part of Strategic Business Negotiation course, have planned to go to the mall to witness this event.