Student Leader Interview - Deepanshu Prakhar Shrivastava, IIM Indore

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1. Tell us more about your role & responsibilities at your college.

The best way to concisely define my roles and responsibilities, as the President of the Student Activity Council of the undergraduate programme of IIM Indore, is that I worked for the betterment of the students. 

As such, I liaised between the students and the authorities in an effort to enrich the programme and college experience for the students.

2. How did you rise up to your position, and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it?

I have always believed in giving back to the community that has nurtured me. The student community of my institute has helped me gain immense knowledge, confidence and other necessary skills and resources that are essential for anyone, personally and professionally. With this motivation in mind, I decided to join the student body.

The one advice I have for anyone who aspires for any similar thing is for them to have consistency in and dedication towards what you want to achieve. You need to be determined to follow a path and be willing to work for and towards your cause. Dedication provides you with the necessary motivation to work, and consistency in your work helps you work for your aspirations in a systematic manner.

3. What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?

The AY 2019-20 was one with many unprecedented events happening in my institute. The thing that makes me feel proud is the work that I did with my team to make the year a pleasant and memorable experience for all the students.

4. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?

As someone responsible for and accountable to over 350 students, each day brings a new challenge. The biggest challenge, that I would say I faced during my tenure, would definitely be to keep the morale high of all the students in the face on many adverse, unexpected and unprecedented situations. 

These situations and the dedication of my team and the student community helped me realize that such situations, if handled properly, help people emerge stronger and better.

5. Do you enjoy the kind of influence you hold at such a young age?

While most people like to be the centre of attraction and I wouldn't deny the attention I received soothing my narcissistic tendencies, the influence I had over the student community was not the main reason I 'enjoyed' my tenure. It was the ability to make a considerable impact and help and guide students that made my tenure worthwhile.

6. What are your career goals, and how is what you are doing going to help you with that?

As a student in one of India's premium B-Schools, I wish to make a mark in the corporate world while doing justice to the society I live in. Being able to understand the needs of people has immense importance in this context. 

Even more important is the ability to utilize the available resources to meet those needs. My tenure has taught me some valuable lessons in the management of human- and material resources. I intend to build upon the knowledge that I have acquired and wish to become an efficient leader.

7. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

I would like to direct this message to any student who wishes to follow along the path that I have.

The theoretical aspect of your education is just one of the many facets of life. B-Schools (or Corporates for that matter) are not looking for people who are only good at studies. They are looking for leaders. It is of immense importance for a leader to be experienced enough so that they are able to deal with the dynamic nature of the business environment. 

As such, I suggest that you take part in not just internships and conferences, but anything that suits you, be that debates, art, sports or even games! You need to broaden your horizon and experience a variety of things.

Lastly, I would like to wish all the very best to anyone reading this for your future endeavours.

Interview by - Anshul Chauhan
Student Leader Interview - Deepanshu Prakhar Shrivastava, IIM Indore Student Leader Interview - Deepanshu Prakhar Shrivastava, IIM Indore Reviewed by Anshul Chauhan on May 21, 2020 Rating: 5

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