Saturday, August 07, 2004

"44 students, about 50 portfolios" and we are fighting

I want you to make it a leisure read and not a mandatory one . Though i am focussing on some critical issues my intention is not to hurt anyone's sentiments or criticize anybody,but to improve on our faults and bridge the lacunas which we have built amongst us.
Yesterday i was going through the number of posts which our batch is holding and i was shocked to see it was as high as half a century and exceeded even our class strength!! The shock was not because of number of posts but the sense of being "one amongst the iifm fraternity" was missing , and one reason what i see was this huge number of portfolios and personal quarrels .
I see following things missing , which if u give a patient read you would realize that each and every bit of it is true.

Ownership : The sense of ownership for responsibilities , may it be related to working within a club or on any other front . Going forward and asking for responsibilities is something that i have seldom seen. With the clubs saying that i will not take the responsibility of this event since i am taking the responsibility of other !! . Well i am really sorry to say that but in REC calicut from where i did my B.Tech , students used to fight to get the ownership of the event. And here it is exactly reverse. And still we want 30kper month jobs. Come on boss if you want something you have to show your worth. I see tremendous potential in terms of extra-curricular activites but personal differences is inhibiting us to show that.

Sense of unity : Please see MRM batch. We can learn 5000 things about unity . Look at our own self and we will see every person is criticizing other on any and every mistakes committed. Let them do mistakes . IT s human to err. And always remember "United we stand" . Give chance for other to correct themselves.

Commitment to cause : Our "raison-de-tre" is our uniqueness and infrastructure . Always remember we have come over here with a cause and ambitions. So make the best out of it. Utilize the available time in something important and constructive, may it be curricular or extra-curricular.

Ability to appreciate feedback : Another important reason what i see not happening in right direction is to take feed back in +eve sense . When somebody is giving feedback "Keep your mouth shut and listen " no matter you discard it later on . You need to have a deep sense of gratitude to the person giving feedback , coz it is for your own good.
What i see usually happening is that a feedback converting into fight and persons into enemies ! There cannot be anything worse than this.


I know that i have given a lot of suggestions, but i am no exception to all of these . I am also trying to improve on these .

I am also looking forward to become one amongst 44 strong members standing as one.
44 minds with one goal - "to be the best" .
44 brains with one "heart" .

What i believe is that day is not too far......

Cheers to iifm...
Mandar

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful stuff. Go ahead ....

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful stuff. I hope this will put our class in right direction.

pushkar said...

Dear Mandhar i m glad that someone among us has a vision and attitude and also the courage to admit that we are fighting for something that is immaterial and also the very fact that the posts for which we are fighting does not come under a scarce resource.Lets us admit that the student council is only a support process and not the primary motive for us to join IIFM.Lets us forget all the animosity among us and let us start a new era where a student is always above a post!

Swapan Mehra said...

well its a great observation one that probably crosses all our minds...we must work all this out coz there is ample work for all to do and beyond...and well be able to benefit only if we all try to benefit together..no one is goint to help any of us singly

Michelle Thomas said...

good work mandar...we need people like you to bring up sensitive issues like this...........

Shyam said...

mandy together we can n we will mak the difference. i also think alot in the same tune of urs but we have to work hard for the cause and let me mak it sure that i m there...

Anonymous said...

Infight is something verry common in all batches, especially during the initial few months. Nothing unusual in this. My batch had an anthem-
"apun bola, tu meri laila, woh boli tu to IIFM ka hai saala!
Apun jab bhi IIFM bolta hai, usko IIM kai ku lagta hai re?"

So frustrated were we, that initial 3 months we made a big hue and cry, so much so that alumni chapter had to intervene and call a meeting in IIFM to sort it out, by allaying fears of our batch.

It is thiis frustration, this undercurrent that is responsible for 3/4 th of the problems that evrey new batch faces in first2-3 months. Once they are thru with the Field trip,OT tetc, they realise where they stand and how storong the future prospest is. Then they start performing. Once outof IIFM they see they value in the Sector and start Jharoing funda like me, but out of happiness and gratefulness to the institute, not because of ego.

So don't worry guys, play it cool and live life king size!!!future is yours!