For a majority of MBA students, the first real exposure to the corporate world comes in the guise of their mandatory 8 to 10 weeks of summer training. To help the students learn from each other's experiences and setbacks they faced at their summer internships, IMT Ghaziabad, held 'Tatva', an Inter B-School Summer Internship Presentation Contest on Saturday.
After a rigorous selection procedure, the best 6 students from B-Schools across the country were picked to present in each of the four categories vis-à-vis marketing, finance, IT/operations and HR. The event saw participation from premier B-Schools including 4 of the IIMs, SPJIMR and NITIE Mumbai, MDI, FMS, SCMHRD Pune and XIM Bhubaneshwar. Judges included top industry specialists from different areas of expertise.
Saad Ahmed, a second year student of IMT said, "The contest was a reflection of the work we have put in, in the past two years. We got to know the worth of our summer projects, in comparison with the best brains from across the country." Rahul Sharma, a first year student said, "We got to know what kind of exposure we will get next year. We now know what kind of competencies we need to develop to do well in the industry."
The judges had a tough time selecting the winners. Prof Manipadma Datta, said, "Not only were each of the presentation techniques outstanding, but, the content and research was equally commendable. These students have worked against all hazards and constraints to bring out the minute details of the work they embarked upon.
Prof R J Masilamani, guest faculty at IMT, agreed, "The students from across all the B-Schools had a uniformly high level of coverage and intensity of the topics they dealt with. After having looked at each problem holistically, they presented an in-depth analysis of each problem."
On their part, the students put their personal stakes behind them to understand and accept the suggestions made by the judges.
"Being part of 'Tatva' at IMT has been a very rewarding experience. It gave me a sense of achievement that I was picked out from so many students from across the country to present my project," said Alexis Kurien John from IIM-L who got the 3 rd prize for his summer project in finance.