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Dare to be Different

     – Memoires of Ms Prachee Sehgal, Alumna (2008-10)

climbed a mountain.”
― Tom Hiddleston

When I joined BIMTECH in 2008, all I knew for sure was that I had come there to learn and utilize the best out of my two years. And yes, I wanted a job too, who doesn’t! After all, we all need to fend for ourselves. However, what was different in my case was that I had not come with a bias in my mind about any job or any industry or for that matter any field. I had my likes and dislikes, but I had come with an open mind to overcome by inhibitions and not fall for any prejudices. My passion for public speaking and a good academic record had hinted me several times that I could be a good teacher but I was not sure of when and how.

My two years at BIMTECH were full of joy and learning. BIMTECH promotes an atmosphere of discussion and co-learning. Both students and teachers share their understanding of subject matter and learn together. What BIMTECH also promotes is a culture of student initiatives and those who work for it, get suitably rewarded and recognized. All these things gave me a chance to explore myself, discover my strengths and weaknesses and boosted my confidence.

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve

IMG_2959By the end of two years, I had decided that my long term goal is to be an academician. But, the safer option was to take up a corporate job and may be over time, to start as visiting faculty and then gradually a Ph.D. in my mid forties, and finally a professor. This was less risky as compared to not working and trying for a Ph.D. right away, in which there was no time limit or surety of my being able to complete it. But faculty at BIMTECH stood by me. I would like to make a special mention of Director Sir Dr. H. Chauturvedi, Prof. K.C. Arora, Prof. A.K. Dey and Prof. Jaya Gupta who kept motivating me. Prof. R.J. Masilamani and Prof. Debdutta Ray taught me how to find my research interest and how to best write a statement of purpose for admission into good Ph.D. programmes. My parents stood by me and showed a lot of patience. Finally, our efforts paid off, and I got admission into the prestigious Fellow Programme in Management at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore.

My journey of Fellow Programme in Management at IIM, Indore was very enriching, full of learning, but at the same time, full of challenges and lot of toil and hard work. Ph.D. is a self driven course. There are no grades to motivate you or any tests to scare you. You have to keep looking at the bigger goal and keep moving despite setbacks. It also gets frustrating sometimes, when despite all your efforts you fail to get results. But, the key is to keep moving. The more challenges you get, the more you grow. During my five years at IIM Indore, I also cleared my UGC NET exam and got married. My in-laws were equally supportive and understood my ambition. With the help of my teachers and my family’s support, I finally completed my Fellow Programme in Management at IIM, Indore in March, 2015. When I received my FPM title from Shri. K.V. Kamath, it was a proud moment for all of us. Today, I work as a faculty at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali. I am passionate about my job, I enjoy it, I get a lot of respect and yes, I do earn well too.

The purpose of sharing my journey with you all especially current BIMTECH students is to tell you that you should dare to dream and not be scared of being different. I know many of IMG_2971my friends from P.G.D.M. who are very successful in their own ventures, from being entrepreneurs to image consultants to working as editors and cinema critics for leading dailies. A management degree is just a stepping stone to larger goals. Nothing comes easy and everything you do has a risk. Hard work, focus and commitment can take you to any heights you imagine for yourself. I request you all to give some time for self reflection. Leverage on your strengths and take help from wherever possible to overcome your weaknesses. Follow your passion. You really need not do what everyone else is doing and do not be sacred of what others might think. It’s your life and your journey. Make your own path. Success will eventually follow you, just keep moving. My best wishes to you all!

DSC_0308“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Ms Prachee Sehgal is fellow of IIM, Indore and currently works as Associate Professor- Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology, Mohali

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