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Tanvir Singh Virdi on taking things to the next level as Student Council President at FORE School of Management, New Delhi.

 

Business schools are becoming more student-driven in nature. But what does this add to the student’s MBA experience? For someone pursuing MBA, what better way to demonstrate leadership skills than drive your B-School forward as the student council head. We had a free-wheeling chat with Tanvir Singh Virdi, the newly elected Student Council President at FORE School of Management, New Delhi. Here are excerpts from the interaction.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your educational background and your reasons to pursue an MBA?

 

A: After completing BBA from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, I joined work and continued for almost 3 years. Though there are opportunities for graduates in the corporate world, there comes a point in time where your growth gets saturated and you are not able to move ahead. MBA provides you that push to reach positions from where you can actively participate in crucial decision making, contribute your ideas, and take initiatives along with your team for the growth of the organization.

 

Q: One current topic that's been in the news and on which you have a strong opinion – can you share your stance?

 

A: We all live in constant fear of the unknown. While many of us make peace with it, work hard, and take life as it comes, there are many who look to find the easy way out. In the process they become so gullible that anyone can take advantage of their fear and drag them into the fallacy that they have a solution to all their problems. This is what feeds the popularity, blind faith, and following of God-men like Gurmeet Ram Rahim in our country.

 

Though it’s easier said than done, I believe we need to realize spirituality is about finding your inner peace. That you yourself need to find ways to bring about change, to counter the turmoil life puts you in, rather than having someone provide you tailor-made gibberish to solve all problems. Be it money, power, fame, or lust, a person who claims to do that would always have an ulterior motive.

 

Q: How does it feel to be the president of the student council at your business school? Did you work towards it?

 

A: Realizing your batch mates believe in your vision, ideas, and personality and elect you as their representative, gives you the biggest sense of achievement. Both Karan (Vice-President) and I now feel responsible to live up to the expectations. We try to work as hard as we can to contribute to the sustainable growth of our business school, with initiatives that would not only benefit our batch but also future ones.

 

Frankly, I won’t say I specifically worked towards it. As part of the Student Council in the first year, I tried to do the work assigned to me to the best of my abilities. But I did not limit myself to that. While working, I also tried to understand the areas where we need to work to take our B-School to the next level and how I can contribute towards it.

 

Q: We all talk about student driven campuses and activities in business schools. To what extent do these activities help in the growth of students? Can you give examples from your personal experience?

A: While at my job, my supervisor once told me: you may sit down for long hours studying the SOPs we provide you and go on asking for assistance from the people in your team, but unless you get your hands dirty, on-the-job, and start doing things on your own, you would never learn the nuances of the job. This holds true for the activities in business schools. Experiential learning is what helps the growth of students when the campuses and their activities are student driven.

 

Considering we are all going to be managers soon, these activities help us understand the importance of time, teams, budgets, and resources, and how to work towards optimizing the benefits that you can draw out of them. I say this from my experience as a member, and now the President, of the Student Council, that what we as members have learnt through our experience is more than what any book can teach us.

 

Q: What is the structure of student clubs at FORE. How many clubs are there? Can you define each one of them in a sentence?

 

A: All the student clubs which we, at FORE, call committees, have been designed such that each of them has a distinctive work portfolio but can share their resources and knowledge among each other. We have 10 core committees and 4 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that fall under the purview of Student Affairs and form the Student Council, with the President and Vice-President at the helm under the guidance of Chair, Student Affairs.

 

Committees

Antar: Helps FOREians make a difference, one initiative at a time

CED: Ignites the Entrepreneur in you

CID: Bridges the gap between college and corporate by providing a common platform to interact

FORE Connect: FORE’s Connect to the world beyond its walls

FSCD: All work and no FSCD, would make FOREians dull

FORE Tech: You need not be a geek to be a techie at FORE

FORE Word: Giving wonderful words to all our initiatives

PEC: Gets FOREians career ready

Nexus: The ‘genesis’ of festivity, fun, and frolic at FORE, with a heart full of enthusiasm

Think Tank: Grey matter enthusiasts, always pushing FOREians to keep their thinking caps on

 

SIGs

FEFF: Makes the complex world of finance and economy easier to fathom

FOSTRA: Strategizes and operates to bring out the nuances of Operations and Strategy

SIG-HR: Through dialogue and participation removes myths surrounding the HR function

SIGMa: Practically implements all things ‘Kotler’ and spreads them across FORE 

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