The inaugural session was opened by Dr. Anoop Singh, Director Jaipuria Noida. Welcoming the students into the adult professional world, Dr. Singh spoke to them about their future as well-placed managers in the world of business.
The Chief Guest for the inaugural session was Professor Abad Ahmed, Chairman, Aga Khan Foundation. Professor Ahmed shared his own journey through the corporate world to inspire new students.
Asim Talukdar, Ex- Senior VP- Hr Global NIIT, addressed the students the next day. He picked up the most relevant issue for his audience – ‘Expectations of Industry from Young Managers’. Shivesh Kumar Singh, Regional Head HR, ING Vyasya Bank and Kamal Gairola, Regional HR Manager, Mahindra Financial Services, discussed the current industry trends from a marketing perspective.
The other guests who interacted with the students during the orientation included Gyanendra Singh, Director Mancer Consulting, Hari Sharma, Head-Talent Acquisitions, Neuerth Group, Gautam Pandey, Associate VP, Deloitte Consulting, Sonal Chadha, Process Trainer, Copal Partners, and R.K. Mediretta, GM- Finance, FCI.
Faculty introduction was part of the orientation and it seems to have made quite an impression on the newcomers. As Rahul Prakash, a new student, said, “I feel that the faculty here is like a river of knowledge. What you fill depends upon the size of the bucket that you are carrying within yourself!”
The students were also familiarised with attendance requirements, Moodle – their Learning Management System, examinations and the grading system.
During this Orientation, the batch was divided into groups of six students, who were required to work together on a variety of assigned tasks. “It was a very different experience compared to all the sessions that had taken place till then. It made us feel more comfortable with our batch-mates,”
During the last leg of the Orientation programme, the new students were introduced to the huge infrastructure of Jaipuria Noida.
Experiential learning was facilitated through activities like Extempore. “An on-camera extempore was organised. A year later we will have the video recording to compare our improvement,”
The high note of the entire process, however, was the ‘Talent Hunt’! By this time, the ice was well broken and a new batch smoothly moved into their 2-year course amid a lot of singing, dancing and drama. “We had a gala time!” concludes Tarun Suneja, another aspiring manager from the 2012-14 batch.