With much anticipation to experience the new vibe, that too being a part of the founding class of BITSoM, I arrived in Mumbai on the 2nd of July at Hotel Renaissance, where we had our initial days of orientation. One month did not seem like it was just gone, but with a feeling that in one month so much can happen. The people at BITSoM made it so productive that it puts a smile and a confidence that if this much has occurred in one month, there is more to obtain in two years of MBA.
An initial couple of days, in a seasoned place, was so heartwarming to have a word and introduce myself to the batchmates. The single point that struck me was, it wasn’t just a diverse class but eclectic. Students from backgrounds I haven’t expected, with achievements I was in awe of, one’s that worked in my dream companies were all in a room, and I was proud to be one among them. Then happened the much-awaited orientation! Starting with the talk from the Chancellor Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, it only reassured the promise of the BITS Legacy, which is the backbone and an association that I am happy about.
The first week got better with every day, eminent persons, alumni from BITS Pilani, the global faculty of BITSoM, the core committee, the Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dr. Leena Chatterjee spoke to us in a way that related exactly to the core of my expectations and the road ahead. It went beyond what I had imagined, and at the end of it, I set the bar higher because then I knew that this platform is going to propel my dreams to become an entrepreneur. To top the week, the session with parents and students addressed by Dr. Raj Raghunathan emphasizing how happiness and well-being is a priority despite everything and making it our first course gave me a strong feeling that this isn’t a hectic business school, rather one that is concerned with the overall well-being and the enhancement of students.
With the offline classes shifted online due to the pandemic, every effort was taken by the team, and I never felt a difference in terms of takeaways, understanding, interactions whatsoever. The quality of the Professors, the method of evaluations, the emphasis on real-life business situations were an optimistic side of every course. Further, experiencing the block teaching for the first time, I was quite unsure of how things would proceed, but having completed a month and four courses in this period, it is a method I am glad I received. Since the takeaway was maximum without any dilution or diversion in due course. The allocation of study groups was done in a carefully crafted manner and interacting on a close level with my group peers has opened me to diverse views in almost every aspect.
From making us comfortable with a luxurious stay, addressing prospective issues of well-being, to excellent teaching, this month has been the most productive and with loads of experience. I am undoubtedly proud of my choice and only looking forward to what next?
Author: Gurucharan Ramachandran
Gurucharan Ramachandran is a founding class student of BITSoM’s MBA Programme. He is the author of three books; Sunshine with my solitary friend, Change that we seek, and Wake up with Buddha.