Vaibhav Annam of IIM Shillong awarded prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarship

 | October 01,2012 05:10 pm IST

Vaibhav Annam, a first year student at IIM Shillong, has been awarded the prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarship. Vaibhav carries the legacy of Nilkesh Patra, the IIM Shillong Aditya Birla Scholar of last year.

The awards were announced at the ITC Grand Central, Mumbai, on September 22nd in a ceremony attended by top dignitaries from industry and academia. The Aditya Birla Group, headed by Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla, has traditionally been awarding the scholarships to the best of the brightest minds in the country in the field of Engineering and Management. The field of law was the latest addition.

For this year, the Aditya Birla Scholarships were awarded to the top few elite students studying in premier educational institutes like the IITs, IIMs, XLRI and BITS Pilani. Among the IIMs, only the top 20 students from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Shillong, IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode were eligible to apply. The selection process of Aditya Birla Scholars is very structured and rigorous. The participants had to submit a write up of their academic and co-curricular achievements in the first round. The shortlisted participants from the first round were invited for the interviews scheduled in ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. The distinguished panel of judges included Mr Janmejaya Sinha (Chairman Asia Pacific, Boston Consulting Group), Mr Uday Khanna (Chairman, Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd.), Ms. Zia Mody (AZB and Partners) and Dr Pranya Ram (Group Executive President Corporate Communications, Aditya Birla Group). The entire selection process laid a significant emphasis on the clarity of thought and the diverse domain expertise of the participants.

IIM Shillong in its short span of existence has evolved to etch its mark in the field of management education by winning the esteemed Aditya Birla Scholarship for second time in a row. The Aditya Birla Scholar Vaibhav Annam, a Mechanical Engineer and an alumnus of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, says, By winning the scholarship, I have set a new benchmark for myself and this calls for even greater levels of hard work, even greater intensity of commitment and even greater sense of sincerity from my side to achieve greater things in my life. Being a part of IIM Shillong has gone a long way in helping me realize my purpose in life. It is this institute that gave me a platform to perform, it is this institute that taught me to think differently and it is this institute that I owe a lot to.