Vivaan is IIFT Kolkata's International Business Summit. It is the annual flagship event of IIFT Kolkata and has been conceived as an exemplar for throwing a global dimension that transcends the boundaries of academics taken in isolation. Vivaan provides a two-day window of myriad opportunities to the students to showcase their talent in pan-India competitions and to gain valuable insights through interactions with industry leaders. In 2015, the summit witnessed participation from more than 20 premier b-schools across India. Vivaan's major attractions are: (a) Conference on Trade View and Operations (b) Leadership Summit on Strategy and Consulting (c) Finance Forum (d) The Entrepreneurship Summit (e) Marketing Forum. Reaffirming its status as one of the grandest events on India's business scene, Vivaan has enjoyed continued association from inter alia premier establishments like Reserve Bank of India, Goldman Sachs, Cargill, Emerson, Ericsson, Accenture, IBM, KPMG, PWC, McCain, Uber, Xerox.
Organized at the posh Swissôtel, Kolkata, the theme of the conclave was ‘The Next Big Thing in Indian IT’. The conclave aims at providing a platform to the business leaders to share their vision on emerging trends and propose ways to tackle challenges in the Indian IT Industry. It provides a golden opportunity for students to interact with the industry veterans in Indian IT and learn about the latest paradigm shift in IT Applications. Mr. C.S. Ghosh, Chairman and Managing Director, Bandhan Financial Services Ltd. was the distinguished Chief Guest of the event.
The event was spread across three sessions - Recharging E-Governance, SMAC in the Indian Context, Saturation vs. Satisfaction.
This 1st of November, IIFT Kolkata chugged out a new tradition of an event aimed at nurturing the spark of idea in a young mind into a wildfire of innovation. National Agenda for Entrepreneurship was organized by the E-cell at IIFT Kolkata which included guest lectures and national competitions where teams from all over India came up with mould-shattering ideas of their own.
Chief Guest - Anurag Batra, Chairman, GBN Media, Business World - interacted with the audience in his remarkably witty manner and his upfront and practical approach. He cited the example of the ‘one pound fish’ man from Pakistan for his passion and doggedness. In his words,“people take risks because they are allowed to fail!” The entertaining speaker put forth few mantras for us young-at-hearts.
Yash Saxena, Co-founder of Openfuel.org and a distinguished IIFT alumnus took us all on time wrap to 2035 and focused extensively on the need for scaling up the recent wave of entrepreneurship and keep the innovation fever high. An idea that struck a chord was that education can inhibit ideas and proposed a separate parallel system for training minds in the game and improving the quality thereof.
Titanomachy – the sports fest of IIFT Kolkata – is one of the most anticipated events in the campus. Four teams, all vying for the cup, bring out the best as individuals, as teams & as leaders.
Sports that are part of this mega event are – Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess and Track & Fields.
IIFT, the leading B-school in the country when it comes to International trade and business, organizes the International Business and Trade Symposium (IBTS) to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge between the various stakeholders, namely - The Government, the Corporate and the budding entrepreneurs. Based on the theme of ‘Business beyond borders’, the event witnessed following speakers:
The Chief Guest of the event – Mr. Sandeep Choudhary, Head of Marketing and Sales, South Asia, Panalpina World Transport
The Guest of Honour, Mr. Dasho Karma Tsering Namgyal, Consulate General, the Royal Bhutanese Consulate
Mr. S B Mohanty, General Manager, Vedanta
Mr. Sanjeev Nandwani, Development Commissioner- SEZ, Government of India
Mr. Ramalingam M, Senior VP, MCX
Mr. Rahul Shrivastava, Business Manager, Cargill
Mr. Manish Jain, IAS, Deputy Chairman, Kolkata Port Trust
Mr. Shoummo Acharya, Founder, MD and CEO, eTrans