Learn to live life here: IIM Bangalore is a home away from home

  • Padmavathi Krishnamurthy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2015 18:03 IST

Do you see these long stone corridors? Just take a walk down any of them, and you’ll find what you’re looking for. One thing is for sure, you will never reach a dead end here.” These were the first words I heard when I stepped into the verdant campus of IIM Bangalore. One year down the line, I realise that these weren’t just directions to the admissions office, they were a guide post to what will easily be the two most memorable years of my life.

They say that work expands to fill the time available, but living on campus will convince you that time expands to accommodate the expansive list of activities that IIMB has to offer. Be it scrambling for a midnight submission deadline, partying hard to retro music after that, strolling into a talk by an eminent economist, playing frisbee on the floodlight grounds or just discussing classical music over a cup of coffee.

The biggest proof of vibrancy of campus life is that there is no typical One Day In The Life of IIM Bangalore. Each day brings its own new set of experiences and whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, there’s never anything routine about it!

We have a diverse batch in terms of age, background, profession and work experience. They offer us some of the most interesting and enriching classroom discussions and post-classroom ‘gupshup’ that we can ever wish for. Everyone has something new to share, be it their experiences as professional trekkers, anecdotes about training for national level sports or growing up in a village.

Just as every campus has its own set of rituals and traditions, right from initiating the new batch to sending off the senior batch with a grand farewell, IIM Bangalore is not to be left behind. It has its famous L Square parties and memorable birthday PPTS. It’s also heartwarming to see the alumni return to campus with fond memories of these experiences.

From an observer’s point of view, IIM Bangalore offers a kaleidoscope of experiences shared by India’s brightest minds. For us, the students, it’s a way of life we now call our own. Working hard, playing hard and still finding time to, as they say back home, chill maadi!

Squares and Addas on campus

Hot spot on campus
L Square - the quadrangle between the hostel. Parties, events and even basketball matches are hosted here

The best thing on the canteen menu?
Paranthas at breakfast, fruit custard and chocolate pastries for lunch, masala dosa for dinner and a glass of Bournvita at midnight to top it up!

When do classes begin?
The first one is held at 8 am and the last one at 10.30 pm. On an average, 10 am to 4 pm with gaps in between

Do you have curfew hours on campus?
The only curfews imposed are by students when there’s a match going on!

What are your rooms in ­hostels like?
Beautiful. In terms of both the the view they offer and the location and facilities

What are some of the facilities in the institute?
We have common hangout spaces, a mess to watch television, some cafes and the EPGP lounge with meeting rooms. There are facilities for a variety of games

(The author is a PGP 2014-16 student)

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