In 2002, Indian School of Business set out to provide its students, not just an MBA degree at the end of a year on campus, but also a home away from home for life. In the rigor of an intense one year MBA, a unique program of its kind, students often felt the need for the warmth and comfort of a familiar setting. The Student Engagement & Applied Learning (SEAL) department of ISB turned towards the benevolent and ever accommodating families of the Hyderabad area that had extended their unconditional support to ISB during its inception, and this, in a nutshell, was the commencement of Aikya.
This year, at the Indian School of Business Mohali Campus, the 14th Edition of Aikya was launched with great grandeur and zeal. Keeping up with the spirit of the theme- Punjab Pind, the 285+ student body came together in colorful ethnic attire to welcome their assigned families. Anshul Tibrewala, former Creative Strategist with Madison and current PGP student, commented while munching on crisp jalebis, “It almost feels like a festival on campus. We are all so excited to meet our Aikya families. I am hoping to share a great bond with them. A family away from family is just such a fantastic concept and the warmth we have received from the participating families is overwhelming. I’m super excited for the Sunday picnic they’ve invited us for!”
The highlights of the night were the stellar cultural performances showcasing the rich talent of the student body which ranged from classical to folk dances, to an exuberant musical experience to a brilliantly performed Nukkad Natak on civic sense. All this was executed beautifully despite the strict schedule of a hectic core term and left the spectators awestruck and impressed by the multitasking abilities of the students.
The night culminated with dinner, conversations and excited walks around campus with students showing off the facilities on the campus to their new found families.
Story credits: Abhishweta Gupta, PGP Class of 2017