Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Elysium 1 - Stepping on the sacrosanct premises

The Indian School of Business (ISB) is a Global Management institution in India.
It strives to provide research oriented world class education to professionals through an international faculty and a global curriculum reviewed and structured by its partner institutions - Kellogg, Wharton and the LBS.

Everything about this institute is amazing - thats the word for it... For the uninitiated, it is known for its world class residential housing and superb infrastructure and of course the mind boggling placement figures.

I reached the campus on 15th morning at about 930am. There was a help-desk at the entrance gate and the guard there informed me about my Student village (thats a hostel in other institutes) and my room no..As the cab reached my Student village, I was stunned on seeing the well laid out campus.. There is no way u can find such a campus in any institute in India, mark my words!

The Hindu mythology says that people who have been benevolent all throughot their life land up in Heaven, and those who have sinned land up in Hell...Heaven is supposed to be above us, somewhere in the sky with beautiful paris hopping about you...You would be lying on a bed and they would be feeding you grapes. Heaven on the other hand is below us and it has a huge pot with hot boiling oil; those who have sinned are burnt in it...Everybody has heard about this crap but nobody has ever experienced it...

This is probably a poor analogy, but the ISB campus is like Heaven, we see it in the info session photos, brochures and stuff but it is nothing when you see it in flesh and blood !

The campus is circular with the Academic center in the middle, this makes all the three student villages around the perimeter equidistant from the center...There is a faculty housing between SV 1 and 2 and a recreation centre between SV 2 & 3. It is green-carpeted and the student villages are like 3 star hotels! we have beautiful lawns in the SVs where we intend to host a number of parties.. The campus being in Hyd looks even more great because of the rocks and stones that lie intermittently...The architect has designed the campus as if they are intended and a part of the landscape...We have the MS campus just next to us and the best part is that all the planes to the Begumpet airport in Hyd fly over the campus!

The academic center has different levels and a giant atrium in the center..It is like you get up a small hill and then go down towards an atrium at the center...I recently learnt from an alum (more on those guys later) that the atrium is designed to create a Low Pressure in the center of the atrium, this ensures the wind blows in from all the 4 entrances to the atrium and the guys chilling out there really do chill out!!

As you walk down towards the atrium, you have the MF Hussains and Manjeet Bawas to your left and right..You walk past the Governance Board at ISB that includes the whos who of the Global corporate world...You have a photo of Rajat Gupta pondering over the campus model and a placque signed by the ex-PM ABVajpayee...

The campus takes a while to register onto your brains and you really have to pinch yourself to come to reality...

ISB rocks! Check the 2 photos on my blog - the first shows the birds eyeview of the campus and the second a student village..


Blogger camelpost said...

IIMB will have a Singapore Shanty 4700 Sqft, 3 hour working day and just one faculty to conduct world class Management Education. I wonder if the above meets so called AICTE specifications. On the contrary ISB which has world class facilities at Hyderabad has been questioned by AICTE about maintaining standards. Its time the AICTE joke is called off. AICTE you stand exposed in your standards.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Beyond Doctorate said...

abt anology- wait a while and you'll see the melting pot then you'll know tht you definitly have sinned. give it a month n you'll see, he he


4:58 AM  
Blogger Ford Prefect said...

Welcome to the simulation dude ..
The next year in your life is gonna be the most unreal thing that ever happened to you .. By the time its over, you wudnt know what hit you ... Man Im so jealous of you , its not even funny ;-) ..
Have fun , party hard and make every day count ...

11:01 AM  
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