Sunday, April 14, 2013

Life at IRMA (Institute of Rural Management, Anand)

Institute of Rural Management located in Anand is a unique institution for its Management program in the rural domain. When the word ‘rural’ strikes our ear, we start imagining classrooms without desks and people in rustic clothes, students sitting on ground and some professor talking about some political subject. But this institute, the brainchild of late Dr. Verghese Kurien, is one of the top class management institutions of India. While classrooms are modern, the discussions make you traverse through a different age altogether. While reading about rural society, you fall back 100 years behind in timeline. In the Field Work segment we are made to stay in villages where we experience ground-level reality with all its beauty, charm and harshness.

By studying the core management subjects like Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, etc. we become endowed you with skills required to address both present and futuristic issues.

This year students have initiated IRMA Social Entrepreneurship cell, ISEC to encourage entrepreneurial spirit among the students. This has caused fresh ideas to find expression and platform. Entrepreneurs from different verticals of development sector are invited for experience sharing, workshops and panel discussions to learn from their experiences.

Out of the classroom we are back to a world full of energy and fun. No amount of assignments or quizzes can reduce the enthusiasm of the participants for sports and other physical activities. Every evening the sports complex is occupied by not just students, but also faculty members and other staff. Over weekends, the students set themselves loose to the musical beats at Grind in the mess lawns.

IRMA is a small community at the heart of Anand but it is very diverse. You can find here people from all the parts of India from different cultural backgrounds and diverse schools of thought. Every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. We enjoy Rasam Rice on Onam, Sevai on Id, Sarson ka sag on Lohri and all festivals. Everybody adapts costume, food and language specific to the festival and it is there that you feel good about being an IRMAN.

Apart from religious festivals, IRMA has a series of its own celebrations. It has been just eight months in campus and we have already had more than 8 events. Milaap, an alumni home-coming, brings together the IRMA community across the world to the campus. Jatra, an inter-block event, instils block-spirit in the campus. In Sangarsh, two batches at the campus are pitted against each other in the sphere of sports and games. Every time it is a new spirit being relived in old traditions.

Above all it is adventure that brings us here. We explore different worlds. We grow as a part of the community and learn how to make communities work. In short, these two years are of fun, learning and adventure. 

Nidhi Bansal  :-)
P.S. :-> wriiten for CSR and college magazine 1 month back..
Oops!!! realized that i haven't mentioned about the  fun of organic farming and Cycling club.

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