Annual Management Fest - Solaris 2018

The Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur hosted the first day of the fourth edition of its Annual Management Fest, “Solaris” on the 3rd of November, 2018. The event centred on the theme of "Resilience and Adaptability", constitutes six domain specific summits as well as a variety of competitions, witnessing participation of students from premier B-Schools across the country. Three of these summits were held on the first day, hosting thought leaders from various industries. The Director of the Institute, Prof. Janat Shah, inaugurated the event and spoke about the three pillars of IIM Udaipur's foundation- research, academic rigour and an aim to make a difference in society. He further highlighted how Solaris acts as a bridge between academia and industry, and the important role played by the student community in making it a success.



The Flagship event of Solaris – 2018, The Leadership Summit opened the stage for the speakers. The Summit hosted four dignitaries from different industrial backgrounds - Mr. Lalit Agarwal (CMD,VMART), Mr. Sanjay Tripathy (Co-Founder & CEO, Agilio Labs), Mr. Vikesh Wallia (Director General (West)- Institute of Directors) and Mr. S. Rajesh (CEO Rajasthan, Jio) to enlighten the student community about their views on Resilience and Adaptability in the business world. They spoke about how one can turn adversities into opportunities by leveraging resilience and adaptability in one's personal as well as professional life. They also emphasised on the need to be attentive to sustain and adapt to the fast-paced changing market needs and consumer behaviour. The theme of the summit echoed in the experiences and insights shared by the speakers. The interaction of all the speakers with the audience was very informative and enriching.




The second Summit for the day, Antardrishti - The Economics Summit, commenced post lunch. The theme of the summit was "Policies for Resilient Economy". The first leg of the event included speeches from two industrial experts - Mr. Abheek Barua (Chief Economist and Executive Vice President, HDFC) and Mr. Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Adviser, Strategy & Consulting Editor, Bandhan Bank, Business standard), which was followed by an engaging panel discussion. The speakers provided a contemporary view of the Indian Economy and spoke about the resilience shown by the economy to sustain over the past years. The event concluded with the unveiling of 'Tathya', the annual magazine of PIE- The Economics club.




Anveshan - The Analytics Summit was the final Summit for the opening day with the theme 'How business analytics is leveraging resilience in organizational processes'. Eminent speakers Mr. Nitesh Ambuj (Head of Analytics and New & Emerging Areas, Ericsson) and Mr. Shanti Swaroop (Head - Data Analytics & Market Intelligence, Global Procurement, Abbott) graced the stage to share their views on importance of data, advancement in technologies and the practical implementation of data analytics in the modern-day volatile environment.



The 2 nd day of Solaris – 2018 began with Unmesh – The Consulting & Operations Summit. The theme for this summit was ‘Supply Chain Resilience and Value Chain Adaptability’. Industry experts such as Mr. Mukesh Ralhan (Head – SCM Strategy & Operations – Mobility & Enterprise, PAN India, Vodafone India, Mr. Amit Agarwal (Vice President & Head of Supply Chain, Jubilant Industries Limited) and Mr. Gulzar Azad (Country Head – Connectivity, Google India) shared their valuable knowledge, experience, and insights on mitigation and contingency strategies for managing radical changes in the industry.




Unmesh was followed by the Finance Summit – Arth Samvaad. Renowned stalwarts Manav Mehra (Director Finance, Ericsson) and Abhiroop Jayanthi (VP, Bain Capital) graced this summit on the theme of ‘Financial Strategies for building a Resilient Organization’. Through the medium of a panel discussion, the summit discussed major financial issues that have caught people’s attention worldwide, affecting the global markets regularly. Post the discussion, Finomina- The finance club of IIM Udaipur unveiled it’s annual magazine 'Arthaarth' and comic book on personal finance by the name ‘Fundit Baba’.




The final summit at Solaris – 2018 was Samvaah – the Marketing Conclave. Experienced marketers Mr. Nomit Joshi (Head Marketing, Gionee India), Mr. Sameer Seth (Director of Marketing, Dolby Labs) and Mr. Achint Setia (Vice President – Marketing, Myntra) interacted with the curious minds at IIM Udaipur on the theme of ‘Survive and Thrive: adapting to changing trends’. In the last leg of this summit, Prof. Janat Shah, Director of IIMU and our esteemed speakers unveiled 'Zeitgeist', the Annual Magazine by MarClan - The Marketing Club.


During the closing note of the fest, Mr. Sanjay Singhal, Managing Director, Secure Meters (the title sponsors for Solaris 2018) gave a new perspective to the theme ‘Resilience and Adaptability’ by quoting examples from Mahabharata and Upanishads. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by the core committee of Solaris 2018, thanking all the stakeholders of the event.

In all, Solaris 2018 ended on a high note, providing the audience with an opportunity to witness some of the greatest minds of the industry brainstorming and presenting their opinions on the theme. The complete IIM Udaipur community is elated on the successful conclusion of their Management Fest: Solaris, and is eager for its next edition in 2019.