B-brains to slug it out at IIM-A fest

Ahmedabad, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
For students from elite management schools worldwide and for head honchos of India Inc, all roads will lead to Ahmedabad from November 24-27.

For, Confluence, the much-awaited management fest of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), is not only about fun and games. Its about pitting the best B-brains from all corners of the globe against each other and about rubbing shoulders with the glitterati of Corporate India, thus enabling the building of strong industry linkages.

Put simply, Confluence is serious business for IIM-A. And with a total prize money of Rs 16 lakh, its definitely not childs play.

Whats more, flying down around 100 participants from top international B-schools, all expenses paid, as well ferrying around 400-500 students from the top 12 B-Schools within the country for the next four days would involve precision micro-management by a core team of 100 PGPs who have been working round the clock to fine tune every little detail.

Not only that, coordinating with the secretaries of the Whos Who of India Inc to ensure what is probably the most formidable industry participation in a management event has been no mean feat.

Whether its Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani or Kumarmangalam Birla, scion of the AV Birla group, the flamboyant Vijay Mallya or street-smart telecom czar Sunil Mittal, theyll all be there not only as prospective head hunters but also as distinguished speakers and judges to share their acumen with the future movers and shakers of industry.

To give credit to IIM-A alumni, its thanks also to their efforts that Confluence has been catapulted from being merely another management festival to a high-profile forum for one-to-one personalised interaction between the best B-brains and their real life role models.

A pointer in this direction is the recent setting up of the Confluence Advisory Committee chaired by none other that HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh with luminaries like M&M chairman Anand Mahindra, ONGCs Subir Raha, Tata Sons director JJ Irani and McKinsey director Leo Puri to name a few as its members. The aim of the committee is to further strengthen the interaction between students and industry leaders.

Of the more than 5,000 students who participated in the qualifier rounds, just 1,000 will make it to the big event.

Also, the traditional participation from international schools like the Harvard business School, the Asian Institute of technology and the Rotterdam School of management would go towards making the fest a confluence of brilliant young minds.

Its with this in mind that FE has decided to join hands with IIM-A as event associate to bring you exclusive coverage of this mega management fest.