MICA - THE SCHOOL OF IDEAS

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It begins with an Idea

Over the course of my life, I have had certain experiences, which have affected me deeply. Experiences that have made me go through a mixed bag of emotions.

When I entered the red-brick-building of MICA, I got a feeling that this place, this college, these walls would change me forever. What that feeling didn’t convey was that it would happen in the very first lecture that came my way.

The “School of Ideas” presented us, quite aptly, with the Idea Generation Workshop or IGW. 160 young, spirited and excited minds were exposed to a course, which made us think, wonder, observe, experiment, ideate and absorb things in ways which were interesting, imaginative and innovative.

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The professors put us in situations which allowed us to recollect our past memories, understand the lives of others and appreciate the differences. We created moulds of our imaginations, roamed around the campus in human chains, flew paper planes in class, and drew inspiration from our past.

From colouring our zodiac signs to making jingles and taglines; from playing holi in mid-July to shooting videos on social issues, we did almost everything.

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For the first time in my life, I put five of my personality traits on paper, without using words. The fact that we connected our personalities with stones and discarded items also says a great deal about the teaching techniques used here.

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Being from a background where learning has always been bookish and theoretical, this came as a much welcome change.

Apart from all this, the interaction with the other 159 individuals from across the country was also overwhelming. Seeing so many different approaches to one subject, innovative ideas and perspectives reiterated the fact that during post graduation one learns more from their peers than in the class.

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It maybe too early to say this, but the fact that the very first course was so interactive and left all of us with a smile on our faces from the beginning to the end, gives me a lot of confidence that the coming two years would be full of many more such experiences.

Let’s see! And as a classmate of mine rightly said, “Everything begins with an idea”.

- Written by Achyut Daga (PGP-21)

For more posts by Achyut, take a look at his blog : http://driedinkbleedingpaper.wordpress.com/

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The MICAn Long Weekend of Firsts

This was the first long weekend for PGP-1 - A Long Weekend of Firsts. It was their first Independence Day and Janmashtami in MICA. Throw in a play, a football match, a quiz with a guest lecture between them, and you have a MICAn Long Weekend of Firsts - the MiLWOF!

Lazy bystanders who’ve seen Highway, Lakshya and Major Saab wouldn’t have been surprised to see seventy students running out of the MICA gate and rushing to the highway. The Independence Day ‘MICAthon’  (organised by SCAM - the Sports Committee at MICA) saw a good turnout and was a ‘fit’ting start to the celebrations.

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The Cultural Committee at MICA (CulComm) organised the traditional flag hoisting ceremony which was followed by a beautiful show put up by a set of supremely talented kids who came from the villages near MICA.

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For the final event, CulComm organized an evening of music and dance dedicated to the Senior Citizens from Peer Parai. The event itself had an informal, friendly and inviting feel. It was nice to see our guests not only appreciate the gesture, but also have a really good time.

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MICA Lecture Series organized an interactive and informal lecture with Mr. B. S. Nagesh, the Vice Chairman & Non-Executive Director of Shoppers Stop, and Founder of TRRAIN-Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India. A lecture on passion, innovation and ‘thoda sa paagalpan’ was right up the alley of MICAns. It was a delightful lecture and a powerful management lesson, and we are looking forward to the next MLS!

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When God decides to do job swaps to increase the efficiency of His business unit, all hell literally breaks loose.

On Sunday night, Sankalp, the Theater Committee at MICA, set the tone for a new chapter with its first play of the season -  ’God’s Last Supper’, an adaptation of a Mark Norman play. 

"The practice sessions were rigorous but full marks to our entire cast and crew who pulled it off even with such a tight academic schedule. Also, it was fun to work with both my co-directors, Kunjal Kaw and Nikhil Saraf. We gelled quite well as a team and we look forward to putting up a great show at Natarani" - Darshan Shah, Director’s Guild, Sankalp 2014.

With the Opening Night being a huge success, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us.

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Janmashtami was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm on Monday. The spirit of the festival came alive when both MICAns and the mess staff participated in CulComm MICA’s Matki Phod competition. 

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At MICA, football is ‘dil ke bahot kareeb’. Monday night’s main event was the traditional First Match of the Season, and what an event it was! Two high intensity games, raucous crowds and some sublime football played made for an evening to remember.

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An Independence Day weekend is quite incomplete without a quintessential ‘India Quiz’. MiQuest, the MICA Quiz Club, organized ‘IndiYeah’  which was their first event this season. 

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Sanidhya Nanavati and Ravinandan Puri (PGP-1) bagged the First Position.

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In keeping with the theme of this article, this is also Junior Team Interface’s first post on the blog!

A true MiLWOF indeed!

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