Atharva – Potent and Purposeful

An insatiable hunger for challenge is the only pre-requisite for you to come to Atharva – TAPMI’s annual B-School fest. Like every year, the three day event is action packed with a host of competitions like the ever popular Quiz on the Beach (QOTB), the marketing game Chakravyuh, the traditional stock trading contest – Outcry and many more.

We at Atharva understand that preparation and participation involves a sizeable effort and costs time. And to make your efforts worth it, Atharva is designed, unlike many B-School fests across the country, to offer a mix of business-related as well as cultural events. When you have the talent, then we will provide you the platform to prove it. Vibes, the inter college dance competition for the twinkle toes and tapping boots, has always been one of the most sought after events that sees participation  from several institutions across the country.

Polemic, the corporate debate, is to be moderated by T.V. Mohandas Pai, former CEO of Infosys. This year, it boasts of an impressive list of speakers like politician Dinesh Gundu Rao, Madhu Goud Yaskhi and Dushyant Singh, a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. The topic for this year is ‘India in the 21st Century: Vision, Hopes and Aspirations’.We have seen them battle it out in politics. It’s time to watch it live at Polemic!

Across various industries, HR managers look for those who can put the theory into practice, apply the textbook in the real world. Are you able to co-relate trends in the industry? Or, is there a creative genius in you looking to empower a brand or shape a company’s strategy? Events managed at Atharva are of a certain kind –which seeks to quiz the B-school grad, to intrigue, to test the skill set and decision making abilities while dealing with ambiguity and surprise. Atharva, as a concept has evolved immensely over the years and at TAPMI it has been a collaborative effort involving external functional committees viz. Marketing & General Management (MGM), HR Fora, Social Endeavour Group (SEG), the Finance and Operations Forums  and the like to aid the event design. Be it a stock market simulation or ensuring that a B-plan recommendation is implemented in practice; the functional committees have been the proverbial ‘cog in the wheel’.

In the previous years, events such as QOTB have received special mention in a number of newspapers and online blogs. Similarly, the media partners for  Atharva 2011-12 will be The Hindu’s Business Line and Manipal based online journal ‘Chill Maadi’. The Atharva Pre-Fest edition on Chill Maadi is available HERE.

With just a day to go, keep watching this space for the plethora of updates we have to offer. 🙂


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A visit to remember…

Yet another proud moment for TAPMI… A milestone for Atharva…

T. V. Mohandas Pai, former CFO of Infosys, was on an official visit to our beautiful TAPMI campus. He was voted ‘CFO of the Year’ in 2001 by IMA India. He won the ‘Best CFO in India’ award from Finance Asia in 2002, and ‘Best Chief Financial Officer in India’ in the Best Managed Companies poll conducted by Asia Money in 2004.

Mr T. V. Mohandas Pai was here on an official visit to meet our respected Director and Deans. Post the interactions, he also enquired about the progress of ATHARVA and discussed various topics worth debating upon at POLEMIC, where he would be the Moderator. POLEMIC is an event wherein we get to see the industry stalwarts and academicians from diverse backgrounds battle it out on stage in an exciting and thrilling corporate debate against their resolute opponents. Though the topic for the debate has not been finalised yet, it would surely be a current hot topic concerning business, politics, corruption, inflation, cultural renewal, etc. which has an impact on our country as a whole. With the arguments and counter arguments that would be flowing in, one would be able to appreciate the multiple perspectives which are backed by sound experience and knowledge.

The discussion also revolved around the choice of speakers, where Mr. Mohandas Pai insisted that there should be representatives of today’s youth. Our focus would therefore be to invite young and successful entrepreneurs, politicians, socialists, who provide a completely different perspective towards prevailing issues.

Indeed a moment to cherish for Atharva, which has taken a giant leap forward in leaving an indelible mark for years to come! With our theme being “Renaissance” this year, we would like to draw the attention to the power of youth in transforming the outlook of the society and future managers in the process of gearing them up for all future endeavours. Looking forward to a prodigious stimulation of neurons…….. 🙂

Renaissance – What it means to Atharva 2012

Several centuries ago, the light of renaissance changed the future of a continent and decided the fate of the world. Time witnessed development so rapid that it could hardly keep up. It was a courageous few who were looked back upon by future generations as the architects of the present. This year, 2011, will also be seen by future B-Schools as the time that TAPMI changed the world of B-School competitions forever. Atharva 2011-12 will usher in a new era of B-school competitions by undergoing a complete metamorphosis from its earlier form.  Atharva of yester years was consistently ranked as one of the top B-School fests in the country, and the few who have been part of it are testimony to the fact. But there was still something wanting, the desire to exceed expectations and set precedents, and from this desire spawned the new Atharva.

Atharva overhauled is bigger and better than ever before. Veterans from various fields have congregated and associated themselves this year with one of the biggest B-School fests in the country. Mr. T.V. Mohandas Pai, former CFO of Infosys and the best CFO in India for 2001, will be the chief judge for Polemic, our cut-throat, no holds bar, corporate debate. Mr.Giri Balasubramaniam, one of the biggest names in quizzing in India, will be the quiz master for Quiz on The Beach, a scenic setting to a nerve wracking battle of minds and wits. Electrifying performances by the dynamic duo Salim-Suleiman is sure to set the atmosphere ablaze in the small and peaceful town of Manipal. It is not every day that one can see T.V.Mohandas Pai, Giri Balasubramaniam and Salim-Suleiman on a single platform, but Athrava is all about revolutionizing conventions. Apart from an enviable list of high profile guests Atharva’11 has an array of events, each of which has been meticulously planned to bring out the best in a contestant, if he or she proves their worth that is. Events such as  Abhivyakti, Sankalp, Tatva, Xpressions, Outcry, Sanchay, Chakravyuh, and Sahayog are one of their kind, and puts forth a platform for the best minds in the country to battle it out, with new challenges like never faced before.

It is not often that an opportunity arises to be a part of history, to be a part of something that is looked at as a pivot point in the future. Atharva 2012 is most certainly Renaissance in every sense!!