IMI Kolkata organized its 7th National Alumni Meet on February 13, 2021, the alumni family of the institute being virtually connected via zoom platform, pertaining to the current pandemic safety norms. Bringing back a wave of nostalgia, the evening began with a small conversation on the theme of the event, “Retro: Back to the 90s” and things people miss the most about that era. For the Alumni, it was an evening filled with a plethora of activities to reminisce their campus days. The welcome speech was delivered by Professor Mohua Banerjee, Director, IMI Kolkata, who updated the alumni about the latest events and changes in the institute and talked about the brand that IMI Kolkata has grown intoover the years. ProfessorRachana Chattopadhyay, Professor ParamitaMukherjee, ProfessorTithankar Nag, Dr. SachinModgil,Dr. Rohit Singh, Dr. Roma Puri, Dr. Soni Aggarwal, and Dr. Anindya Chatterjee, amongst others, welcomed the students onboard for an evening filled with fun and nostalgia. “In a time when even stocks are not fetching good returns, it is always wiser to invest in relationships” mentioned Dr. Chanchal Chatterjee, while highlighting the importance of a healthy student-alumni relationship.

The third edition of the Annual Alumni Magazine, IMIKins, was alsolaunched in the meet. Awards for Star Alumnus for Corporate Excellence, Rising Star Alumnus were given out virtually to our alumnus. Adetailed panel discussion on ‘How B-school students should prepare themselves for post-Covid-19 scenarios in the corporate world?’ and ‘What are the various skills they can adapt on the campus in addition to the basic curriculum offered to be Industry Ready’ followed. The panelists for the same were our very own alumni members, namely Mr. NipunBatra (Alumni – IMI New Delhi)working withCinepolis, Mr. Ayan Banerjee (Alumni, IMI New Delhi)from Deutsche Bank, Ms. Aditi Oberoi (Alumni, IMI Kolkata) from National Health Authority of India, and Mr. SnigdhoKundu (Alumni, IMI Kolkata)from Amazon. The speakers beautifully highlighted the importance of upgrading one’s skills in this constantly changing world, through various e-learning services as well as indulging in live projects. Another aspect discussed was the importance and focus on mental health. “Need of the hour is to be flexible and to be able to learn to unlearn things” said Mr. Ayan Banerjee, in relevance to the current scenario.

A few cultural performances including dance, songs and a skit, performed by the students of IMI Kolkata followed which further set the tone for the evening. A vote of thanks was extended by Dr. SachinModgil, Chairperson-Alumni Relations, IMI Kolkata. The evening was a trip down the memory lane for all the alumni members as well as an interactive and fun event for the students.