43rd FDP at IIM Ahmedabad: A Journey of Transformation
The professors at IIM Ahmedabad have displayed their impeccable time management skills, which undoubtedly contributed to the seamless orchestration of the classes. Their ability to commence sessions promptly, fostered engaging discussions. What sets them apart is their artful approach to time management, blending creativity and productivity in perfect harmony.
Becoming the crème de la crème in the realm of higher education for IIM Ahmedabad is an odyssey that defies a singular narrative. My recent experiences at IIM Ahmedabad, amid the grandeur of its 43rd Faculty Development Program, unveiled a tapestry of intricate systems and pedagogical methods that constitute the bedrock of its illustrious reputation. IIM Ahmedabad, a recent luminary atop the NIRF 2023 rankings, is a testament to the unwavering pursuit of excellence, evident when one sets foot on its hallowed grounds.
My journey with one of the dear friend Dr.ShakirHussain from Kashmir commenced at the stroke of midnight, a serendipitous initiation into the meticulous orchestration of IIM’s organizational brilliance. Backpacks, course materials, dormitory allotment (Dorm 32, Room 3239), internet and library access codes, and distribution of personalized email IDs marked the inception of an experience meticulously choreographed. The unveiling of group dynamics hinted at collaborative endeavours on the horizon.
The inaugural ceremony, graced by IIMA’s venerable Director, the esteemed FDP Chairman, and an assembly of distinguished Executive Committee members and faculty, set the stage for an unforgettable commencement. Subsequent days unfolded with sessions on the IIMA Library and the significance of gender sensitization, underlining the imperative for a harmonious world. Academicians’ pivotal role in safeguarding truth and advancing knowledge resonated as the foundation of our academic voyage.
Throughout the FDP, we immersed ourselves in diverse courses, enriched by the wisdom of distinguished professors, each day punctuated by official hours from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM followed by non-stop work on projects and assignments. Brief tea breaks and a well-deserved lunch offered moments of reflection and rejuvenation. Yet, the heart of the experience resided in the exceptional professors themselves, bearers of profound subject expertise, distinctive pedagogical styles, punctuality, and a wealth of international exposure, serving as wellsprings of inspiration.
Pedagogically, IIM Ahmedabad shines, with educators wielding pedagogical general knowledge and content mastery. Cases have been the favored tools in IIM Ahmedabad as we journeyed through powerful videos, simulation games, experiential learning, role plays, projects, and reflection notes. Peer learning thrived as a cornerstone at IIM Ahmedabad. Success resulted from collective support, fostering deep friendships and invaluable networking connections. The professors at IIM Ahmedabad have displayed their impeccable time management skills, which undoubtedly contributed to the seamless orchestration of the classes. Their ability to commence sessions promptly, fostered engaging discussions. What sets them apart is their artful approach to time management, blending creativity and productivity in perfect harmony. This alchemical blend ensured that every moment spent in the classes was not just instructive but also a testament to the mastery of their craft.
Immediate evaluation and feedback created a dynamic atmosphere, spurring constant improvement. The art of board management, a unique facet of IIM Ahmedabad, kindled a profound appreciation for this essential teaching and learning tool. The “artificial stress” of life at IIM meant nights in the library, predawn tea point discussions, and ceaseless intellectual exchanges in Student Activity Block (SAB). Moreover, there was an opportunity to enjoy games and maintain physical fitness for the students. This environment not only fortified us but also kindled a profound passion for learning and exploration. The Vikram Sarabhai Library, a treasure trove of knowledge with ample resources and 24/7 accessibility, modern classrooms, mess facilities and the state-of-the-art infrastructure etc. further enriched our journey. IIM Ahmedabad, despite its laurels, remains perpetually on the hunt for avenues of improvement and innovation.
As I reflect on this extraordinary experience, my gratitude knows no bounds. I extend my heartfelt thanks to my beloved institution, ITM University Gwalior, for their sponsorship that made this transformative journey possible. To everyone at IIM Ahmedabad, my worthy class mates in 43rd FDP and all my well-wishers who played a role in shaping this transformative experience, my gratitude is boundless. The 50 days spent within these venerable walls were nothing short of enlightening, a testament to the impeccable standards that IIM Ahmedabad upholds. This FDP journey was genuinely fulfilling, etched as a memorable chapter in the depths of my heart.
The writer is Associate Professor, School of Management and Commerce, ITM University Gwalior and Alumnus for 43rd FDP at IIM Ahmedabad and can be reached at [email protected])
The Writer is Assistant Professor, ITM University Gwalior