The campus of Indian Institute of Management,Calcutta,is abuzz with mentorship programme for IIM-C aspirants,as students are guiding the new candidates for appearing in group discussions and interviews.
This year the IIM-C students have launched a one-to-one mentorship programme where about 200 first year students of the institute are contacting aspirants who are to appear for group discussions and personal interviews.
The IIM-C will accommodate its largest ever batch of about 462 students in this academic year. About 1,417 students have got a call from the institute,of them about 1,300 have already registered for the mentorship programme.
We are matching the profile of the aspirants who will be appearing in the interview along with the IIM-C students. For aspirants with work experience we are choosing mentors who too had work experience and for freshers we are assigning mentors who had joined the institute as a fresher, said Samyukktha Thirumeni,the external relation secretary at IIM-C.
Along with 200 students who are involved in the mentorship programme there is a team of 16 students who are core members of the programme. These core members ensure that the mentors contact their mentis.
The IIM-C students have also opened a mentorship forum at Jokatimes.com the online campus magazine of the institute and a twitter account to help the students.
The IIM-C students are providing the students with group discussion topics of last years programme along with answers to specific question and instructions on how to appear in group discussions and personal interviews.
According to the IIM-C students the interview has about 40 percent weightage in the entire selection process. The interview is scheduled from March 22 to March 26 and the final results will be out in April this year.
The stress levels of students are very high at this stage,not knowing what to expect next,so what better way than providing them with a window of opportunity to interact with those who have been-there and done-that already, said Anirudh Vijayraghavan,head of the mentorship core team at IIM-C.