Events IIFT

Events IIFT

Marathon 1.0 during Advait : The Annual Cultural Festival at IIFT, Kolkata.

Marathon 1.0, convened by IIFT Kolkata on 2nd March, was a 5 Km run designed to raise awareness about breast cancer. Our guiding principle, "Color The Finish Line Pink", underscored our dedication to this vital cause. We're pleased to report that over 220 individuals registered, competing for a generous prize pool distributed across diverse categories. The event also benefited from the collaboration of esteemed NGOs, enriching our outreach efforts. A constructive partnership with the local police authority played a pivotal role in ensuring the event's smooth operation and ultimate success. Together, we advanced our mission of promoting awareness and fostering community support.

Riqueza, the annual flagship business fest by IIFT Kakinada

Riqueza is the annual flagship business fest by IIFT Kakinada. It aims to foster leadership, innovation, and creativity amongst young minds. With participants from across the nation, they aspire to build a community through competition. Participants are tested and tried through various events ranging from diverse subjects of Economics to Literature to Trivia.

QIIFT, IIFT Kakinada

The motivational talk series was started by the Media and Public Relations committee as well as the Corporate Interactions committee. It forms an integral part of the learning experiences of students by providing insights into the various strategies and tactics used by industry experts. It also helps students network with leaders with a motivated and seasoned outlook on industry decisions.

Vivaan 8.0 - The 2022 Edition of IIFT Kolkata's Annual Flagship Business Summit

Hosted by one of the eminent B-schools in the country, Vivaan 8.0 is a three-day event which hosts a diverse range of summits, talks, and competitions. Eagerly awaited by the students of all the premier Business Schools of India, Vivaan 8.0 is an engaging and stimulating event, with opportunities to debate and deliberate, to apprehend and comprehend, for students and panelists alike. As we witness India metamorphose to its glorious future, there are some inevitable challenges and questions that emerge. Vivaan 8.0 is an attempt to connect students with present industry stalwarts - to help them gain answers to the lingering questions about the future of the India that they will soon shoulder responsibility for.

With great pleasure, we would like to announce the successful conclusion of the eighth edition of Vivaan, the premier business conclave of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata. Clubs, cells, and committees, as well as enthusiastic involvement from students and administration, made this possible. The conclave was spread across four days with the theme "India travels to 2047". Vivaan 8.0 saw a multitude of summits ranging from marketing to finance to operations and supply chain, with each one focusing on the theme of how India strives to attain greatness and become a vishwaguru on the eve of reaching 100 years of independence and what obstacles it faces. They also learned about various technological trends which would help overcome those obstacles. The summits evoked the curiosity of the students and helped them see things from an industry point of view, be it pharmaceuticals to ed-tech to even startups. On a personal level, the students got a real-life perspective of developing specific leadership and mind-mapping skills, and how resilient someone should be from learning from their failures through these summits and the presentations held. To conclude, when India attained independence on the 15th of August of 1947, it was not at the best of the states, yet it overcame all those challenges to attain its current level of development. All of these summits motivated the student fraternity that if they want to continue this success story, they have to contribute their best to society unselfishly so they can raise their heads high when the 15th of August 2047 comes, and beyond.



Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations at IIFT Kolkata Campus

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata Campus, celebrated the 76th Independence Day with immense patriotism and zeal. The festivities commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Dr K. Rangarajan, the Campus Head, in the presence of the faculty, administration and housekeeping staff, and students from the MBA(IB) Batches 2021-23 and 2022-24. Next, after the lighting of the lamp, faculty members addressed the students in messages filled with joy, hope and optimism. Following that was a mesmerising rendition of various tunes fit for the occasion by SPIC MACAY artists Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty and Shri Debjit Patitundi. Later in the day saw activities by various clubs and committees on campus, including a Cricket Tournament, a Tug of War competition, and an Offline Quiz. A Blood Donation Drive was also organised on the previous day. As the day's events drew to a close, there was a sense of pride and hope for the future among the budding managers at IIFT.

Kolkata Alumni Chapter Meeting 2022

There's nothing like reminiscing with old friends, a chance to share some memories and play those same old songs again.

Kolkata – The city of Joy saw the Kolkata Chapter meet being organised in person, on campus, after 2 long years! The Meet was held on 16th July, 2022, at IIFT Kolkata Campus.

The evening began with an introductory note by the Chapter Head, Mr. Maharishi Singhal followed by an address by the Campus Head, Dr. K. Rangarajan.

This was followed by a presentation on the recent activities of the Alumni Relations Committee and other student bodies at IIFT. The event had the Alumni reminisce about their memories at their alma mater and share their ideas for the future of the chapter and IIFT. And then the networking began!

The event was full of memories, laughter, and lots of fun! We thank our entire alumni base of IIFTians in Kolkata for their support towards the event.

IIFT Kolkata Campus Day

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata campus, celebrated its 16th Campus Day on 16th July 2022 with a lot of fun and frolic.

As students from the MBA (IB) Batches of 2023 and 2024 assembled in the auditorium along with Faculty, Administration and Housekeeping staff, the ceremony began with the auspicious lighting of the lamp. Next, those who had been a part of this storied institution right from the beginning took a trip down memory lane as they took stock of the 16 years that had passed. These included anecdotes of the Campus Head, Dr K Rangarajan, as he recounted the days past. Following this and a cake cutting ceremony, IIFT's Social Awareness Cell, Koshish, organized a stationery-distribution ceremony for the children of those that kept the campus running 24/7 - the security and housekeeping staff.

Next, there was perhaps no better occasion to celebrate the extracurricular talent of IIFT's students. Multiple singing performances serenaded the gathering, as did an energetic dance performance. As the proceedings drew to a close, faculty assembled for the tree-planting ceremony, and later everyone dispersed for a Campus Day-special lunch.

As the day ended, there was an air of hope for the future. We have only just begun!

Arthashastra '22

The Public Policy Club IIFT Kolkata and CAPITAL - The Finance & Investment Club at IIFT Kolkata at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata were thrilled to host Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, a former civil servant and consulting editor at Business Standard, Dr. Avik Sarkar, Ph.D. , Ex-Head Data Analytics Cell, Niti Aayog, and faculty at International School of Business, and Mr. Vivek Jalan, Chairman, Fiscal Affairs Committee, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce as guests panelists for Arthashastra - the annual union budget analysis discussion, on 21st February 2022. It was also a pleasure having Dr. DEEPANKAR SINHA, a renowned professor in Global Trade and logistics, Head of research at IIFT, Kolkata as the final panelist for the event along with Dr. Bibek Ray Chaudhuri, a distinguished associate professor at IIFT who moderated the entire panel discussion after sharing his own point of view on the Union Budget 2022-23.

Leveraging on his expertise in technology, Dr. Avik Sarkar talked about the use of emerging digital technology in the field of agriculture, especially the newly launched 'Krishi Drones' plan and the 'Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Health ID' in the field of healthcare. He also went on to explain the very essential digital universities' initiative mentioned in the budget whose importance we all got to know during the pandemic. Mr. Vivek Jalan then introduced the students to the fundamental changes in the taxation system, both in Direct and Indirect taxes. He threw light on how concrete role compliance plays these days to grow the businesses, with reference to the input tax credit along with a prime focus on the enhancement of revenue through technology. Then Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee shared his valuable insights through a unique and different take on the expenditure patterns in the Union budget, critically analyzing why it hasn't been changed since the last year nor has the expenditure been increased. He also underscored the importance of accountability at a local level that could make every penny allotted to count. Post that finally Dr. Deepankar Sinha gave an in-depth analysis of the PM Gati Shakti plan and discussed the current limitations of the project so far. We, at IIFT Kolkata, would like to express our gratitude to all the speakers for enlightening us with their insights and enriching our perspectives.

Pragati '22

IIFT Kolkata is proud to host Pragati '22 - a two day virtual seminar to celebrate the spirit of progress and innovations led by technological disruptions.

The last 10 years have witnessed the unshakeable pre-eminence of technology. Be it artificial intelligence, hyper-automation or cloud-based platforms, technology is taking over everything - payments, education, shopping, healthcare, even workplaces.

This year, four of IIFT Kolkata's clubs and cells: The Pharma Cell, The Marketing Research Cell, The International Trade Club and The Consulting and Strategy Club have come forth with Pragati, a conclave to enable rendezvous between students and industry stalwarts where they shared their experiences of the journey to digital disruption so far, and their expectations for the future.

Speakers at the event:

Srikanth Srinivasan - AVP & Head, Retail & Consumer Goods
Vasu Mittal - Digital Strategist, upGrad
Ashish Mendiratta - Founder, SIMSA, Co-Founder, Advanchainge
Mihir Ajit Shah - Advisor, Consultant & Trainer International Business
Ajeya Bandyopadhyay - Asia - Climate Change Lead, IFC (World Bank Group)
Rishav Verma - Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Ashutosh Dhar - Supply Chain Director, BD
Nishant Kumar - Chief Technology Officer, SAVii

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the speakers for taking out time from their busy schedules and enriching the perspectives of the students of IIFT.


Taark-Vaad : the parliamentary debate competition organized on Republic Day 2022 celebration at IIFT Kolkata campus

On the occasion of India's 73rd Republic Day, The Leadership Cell in association with Public Policy Club is thrilled to have organized Tark Vaad, a Parliamentary Debate Competition on the motion 'Privatization of Non-Strategic Sectors will Support India's Long Term Economic Aspirations'.

The government led by Acting Prime Minister Raghav Chaudhary, and Acting Deputy Prime Minister Bhavanshu Saini carried the motion over the opposition led by Acting Leader of Opposition Y Rahul Raj and Acting Deputy Leader of Opposition Raghav Jhawar.

Further, Acting Deputy Leader of Opposition won the award for best rebuttal and Ankit Kumar won the award for the best audience question.

We would like to thank the participants, audience and the larger IIFT community for their role in making the event a grand success!