Today, we had the alumni meet at Great Lakes. For many of our alumnus, it must have been a great day to see an almost complete campus which is a farcry from the small single building at Saidapet. One could not help but notice the envy in their eyes that the Patriots batch (that’s us) were the first to get this swanky new campus. While many drew comparisons to other B-schools, I soon realized that despite its small size, the old building in the heart of Chennai was where all the magic began. And through its doors, many great students have passed out. And when I speak to our faculty, one easily notices the nostalgia oozing through when they talk about the old campus which is still very very special to them. The same is with the foreign faculty who still hold fond memories of the old campus, and end up being overwhelmed by the new campus. But then, isn’t that life? Constantly changing.
I will try not to get into the nitty-gritty of the event, which would be covered by another blog. When we sat down for the afternoon session, the previous batches of Great Lakers, on whose hard work we reap benefits, showed us videos they have made of the lovely little campus we had. And while nostalgia filled up in me like a pint of beer, as I looked upon all the interesting seniors we have, I sort of began missing the concept of a two year course. While one part of me is happy that the usual hazing and ‘Call me SIR’ did not happen, another part feels that there is a total disconnect from batch to batch.
There are no urban legends handed down though the generations. No gyan sessions about dos and don’t you dare’s. No long unproductive evenings spent over an ale discussing strategy to raise hell in the next class and the all important….placements! While ragging is officially taboo…I believe this is the one part of the course us chaps in the one year MBA are missing out on. And with this, there remains a greater disconnect within the alumni where people are oblivious to the existence of others. I guess, this is where we, as a college need to start focusing on. With sufficient batches having passed out, it is paramount for us to develop the all important ‘network’….not only merely for job recommendations, but much more like making new friends. At the end of it all, it comes down to weighing the pros and cons of the One-year program vis-à-vis the two year program.