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Way2k 27 Sep 2012
IIM-B grads want to go their own

They have a degree from IIM-B but don’t work for corporates. They are their own masters in less-known fields. Eight students from IIM-B have opted out of placements this year to pursue their passions. TOI features these graduates, who had the guts to opt out of the comfort of a proper job and innovate.

IIM-B grads want to go their own
Raghavendra Pinninty, 27 years, conducts workshops in Hyderabad schools on robotics. This mechanical engineer from IIT-Madras says robotics has always been his passion. “When I was in my first year in IIT, I used to go to junkyards to get material to make robots. Robotics was new even in the IITs then. There’s so much excitement about robotics among children. I wanted to give them hands-on experience, missing in our education system. Robotics is a conglomeration of sciences. There are three major subjects: mechanical engineering, building of circuits and programming. I try to give a feel of all these,” he says.

“The most important lesson I learnt in IIM was the recognition of what I really loved. All the management lessons I learnt there I am using in my life. In entrepreneurship, there’s no boundary for roles. That’s its beauty,” Raghu adds. Deepak Nanwani is also into the learning sphere, but on a different platform. Along with a school friend, he is developing an adaptive learning platform for CAT and GMAT aspirants.
Consulting and finance top picks at IIM-B placement:
Some 363 students had 423 job offers from some top companies at the close of final placements on the IIM-Bangalore campus. At least 30% offers came from the consulting sector and 22% from finance. A total of 43 overseas offers were made to the graduating batch of 2012, of which 41 were accepted. These offers were made for Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, London, Paris, New Jersey, Dallas, Seoul and Switzerland locations.

Entertainment on the move, Deepak Nanwani, one of the eight degree holders from IIM-B, who prefer not to work for corportates, says, “While preparing for CAT, I realized there’s no point in wasting your time preparing for subjects that you are already strong in. Instead, you should focus on your weaknesses. The coaching centres would give you a standardized package meant for everyone. Ours is a customized package. There is a diagnostic test; later, we provide the contents,” he says.

Anand K and Mohit Maheshwari, classmates in IIM-B, have with five others (one of whom is an IIM-B graduate) started an initiative called Transitainment. The idea is to provide entertainment for the travelling population. The company will deliver audio and video content on mobiles.

Courtesy: Times of India

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