2020 Feats from VGSOM Diaries

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It is a time to rejoice for the students at Vinod Gupta School of Management. The School which is ranked among the top 5 in India by the Ministry of Education’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), has been on a treadmill of success stories, thanks to the achievements of its faculty and students.

Recently, faculty members and former research scholars at the School have also been conferred the Emerald Literati Award 2020 for Highly Commended Paper. Dr. Abhinav Kumar Rajverma, Former PhD Scholar, VGSoM (2015-2018), currently Faculty (IRMA, Anand, Guj.), Dr. Arun Kumar Misra, Associate Professor, VGSoM, Dr. Sabyasachi Mohapatra, Former PhD Scholar, VGSoM (2011-2015), currently Faculty (IIM Bodh Gaya) and Dr. Abhijeet Chandra, Assistant Professor, VGSoM achieved this feat for their paper titled ‘Impact of ownership structure and dividend on firm performance and firm risk’. The editorial team said that it is one of the most exceptional pieces of work they saw throughout 2019. The journal Managerial Finance is published by Emerald Publishing Ltd. UK. [Click Here to read the paper; Cite the paper: Rajverma, A.K., Misra, A.K., Mohapatra, S. and Chandra, A. (2019), “Impact of ownership structure and dividend on firm performance and firm risk”, Managerial Finance, Vol. 45 No. 8, pp. 1041-1061. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-09-2018-0443]

Earlier this year, Dr. Prof. Vimala Rani, Assistant Professor at the School was awarded “The Indian Economic Association Medal” for Best Ph.D. Thesis in the Department of Management Studies, IISC., by the Council of Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

This was followed by the appointment of Dr. Rudra Pradhan, Associate Professor,  as a member of the Working Group for Infrastructure and Transport Chapter of Vision Document-2035, NITI Aayog, Government of India. Dr. Pradhan was also featured in the subfield of Economics Science, in a study by a Stanford Analytics group which listed the world’s top 2% scientists. Dr. Pradhan’s exemplary performance highlights IIT Kharagpur’s focus on research for the ultimate benefit of society.

On the students’ front, Team Titans comprising Sankalp Srivastava, Saurabh Kumar & Aaron Lopes of the MBA batch of 2019-21 emerged as National Winners of Flipkart WiRED 4.0 in the supply chain track. The winning streak continued at Samanvay, IIT Madras 2020. Satyam, Shubham Gupta, and Harshit Singh of the MBA batch of 2019-21 secured top places at Krunchh – The Analytics Event of Samanvay organized by Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras. The team was lauded for solving complex statistical and analytical problems in data-driven business cases. Coupled with these feats were outstanding performances in national and international competitions. Lohit R B of the MBA batch of 2019-21 for emerging as the National Finalist in “Tata Imagination Challenge 2020” for his analytical and innovative approach in solving real-time business cases. Another team comprising Nitish Kumar Arora, Gaganpreet Singh, Aklank Jain, Abhijith Suresh, and Aditi Kanjolia of the MBA batch of 2019-21 were among the National Finalists of Global Management Challenge for strategizing the highest Investment Performance in corporate scenarios.

To add another feather in the cap, was the top rank adjudgment of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics by Analytics India Magazine. This tri-institutional program, conducted by IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute is coordinated by VGSoM at IIT Kharagpur.

But academics and research were not all. The students put their holistic grooming and creative leadership in full display as the CSR wing of the School organized a drawing competition in association with Foliage Society, to celebrate ‘Apno ki Diwali’ for the children at the Sanskar Kendra School, Noida. This effort to spread joy among the children at this school was virtually attended by students of VGSoM.

Further to improve social outreach and engagement among the students, the School has started a story-telling series for the students to narrate their #StudyFromHome experience.

With such all-round initiatives, the VGSOM is sending out invigorating vibes to the mind space of the students, keeping their spirits high and mission-oriented for the new normal world ahead.
The ace business school of the country is strongly reflecting on the vision of its founder and patron Vinod Gupta, a distinguished alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and US-based entrepreneur and philanthropist.

With the onset of liberalization of the Indian economy, Vinod hoped to weave in techno-management leadership in society and industry, while going beyond textbooks and project works instead drawing strength from the competitive but altruistic nature of the sapiens world. His dynamic thought leadership is what brought a transformative change and introduction of professional management education in the IIT system – etching the excellence of brand IIT among the tier I business schools in India, Vinod Gupta School of Management symbolizes that proud success story.

“I planted the seed. They did the nurturing,” remarked Vinod in his lucid but visionary style.

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By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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