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Manfest 2010 Conludes in Style
After 2 days of action, conclaves, music, quizzes, the campus headed for a thrilling finale. Kickstarting the day was "Red Mile" - The Lucknow marathon about HIV awareness. The main intention behind this run was to create awareness among people about AIDS and its prevention.
In keeping with this line of thought, the students of IIM Lucknow put their best foot forward in setting up this 6 km long marathon which traced a route from the FUN Republic Mall in Gomti Nagar, crossed the RBI, the Taj, the UP Badminton Academy and back to FUN Republic.
When asked about the event, Mr. Hussain of Allahabad Bank had a lot to say - "It's a good cause. Being a financial institution, we feel responsible and are proud to be associated with a cause that is beneficial to society." The run started at 8:30 AM on the 24th of January. The crisp winter morning saw many participants of various ages and occupations. There were over 40 cadets from the NCC corps under the command of S. P. Yadav, who said, "My job was to bring them here. The rest is up to these young people to take it forward."
The flagship event "The NEXT CEO reached a thrilling climax." 9 budding CEOs from the top B-schools like IIMA, IIMB, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI and IITB fought hard to win this battle of brains. Various scenarios testing their physical and mental abilities, teamwork, leadership and ingenuity were unleashed on participants and the last man standing from IIM Bangalore, Abhilash S, will take it all - a cash prize of INR 1, 00,000/- and a PPI with Citibank. "I found this very interesting", said a radiant Abhilash as he cradled his trophy. "We had to devise new ways which were off-beat. The overall experience has been tremendous. The dedication shown by the organizers blows me away - the speed with which they improvised to adjust to the weather conditions was astounding. The last round was especially compelling. Overall, it has been an Exceptional experience". Nidhi, a 2nd year PM/IR student of XLRI Jamshedpur said, "Challenging! Out of the box!"
The grand finale of another flagship event - Call for Arms was one of the highlights of the day. The event saw an intense competition and battle amongst eight finalists from India's best b-schools. If yesterday saw the teams battling on individual subject rounds related to an M&A, today the teams battled it out for a B-plan. Ankur Soni from IIM Indore said "It was a good competition. All the rounds were designed in such a way that all members had to be involved. The whole competition saw a team effort from all. We liked the concept." The organisers had invited Mr. Parthasarthy, Head of M&A division at Mahindra & Mahindra. He announced that the winners were the team of MDI Gurgaon and the runners up were the team from IIM Ahmedabad.
It was also a day of entrepreneurial streaks as the finals of "Nirvaan - The B-Plan competition" unfolded. Winning the event were the team from JP College, Noida. The social entrepreneurship awards were won by Army Institute of Management Kolkata, with the team from IIM Shillong coming second.
The evening saw a parliamentary style debate "Contrapunto". 8 teams qualified after an eliminatory extempore. The topics for the debate revolved around the Manfest theme India: Expect, Explore, Experience. Performing live on campus was Kailash Kher and his band "Kailasa". Dishing out his popular numbers like "Teri Deewani" "Allah ke Bande", hundreds of music lovers thronged the grounds and enjoyed the musical maestro.
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