Some questions that we had in our mind before joining IMT-H and the answers that we have now:
Q1. Will the institute understand that I am from engineering background and will take time to get used to management subjects?
A1. The institute conducted a 2 week long Management Orientation Program (MOP) for all the students to help us get comfortable with the subjects and the new environment. Then we were well-equipped to get going ahead.
Q2. How will I interact with my peers, get acquainted with them and make good friends?
A2. A day long outbound activity was organized as an ice-breaker event. The activity involved lots of group work which gave me a chance to know all my fellow students very fast and now I have a gang!!!
Q3. As I am new to the city and will require some assistance, who will help me?
A3. As we are the pioneering batch of this college we could not have the seniors’ benefits. Nevertheless we hardly felt their need as our faculty members were so co-operative and helping that we could approach them for the silliest of the reasons and they would guide us with a smile on their face.
Q4. Will I like the south Indian (Hyderabadi) food as I am from north? / Will they cook north Indian food for me?
A4. 3 words tell all: “I’m lovin it!!”. The food here caters to the tastes of people from across India as students come here are from all corners of the country. From Chole-Bhature,Aloo Parathas to idly, biryaani, rasam the menu is a beautiful mix and each dish is so yummy that I myself have become a fan of south Indian (mirchi ka salaan is my favourite) food. Hygiene is given the utmost priority here.
Q5. Does the college have a full fledged canteen to satisfy my junk food requirements?
A5. Initially the college did not have a canteen but after a month we now have a full equipped adda of snacks( Maggi, Patties, Bread Omelet, Egg Bhurji to name a few), soft drinks, cappuchino, chocolates, items of daily needs(stationary, toothpaste, soaps, etc.), blah, blah….. You won’t expect more. The canteen starts as early as 5am and runs late till 11pm (Lucky me, I feel hungry at night after studying too much).
Q6. How will the hostel be? What facilities will be available in the hostel?
A6. There are 2 huge student hostel blocks (Unluckily boys and girls separate). The rooms are allotted on a single occupancy basis (for namesake as my friends stay less in their rooms and more in mine). The rooms are well furnished with a bed (we have to get our own mattress), study table, chair, side-table, almirahs and enough plug points for gadget savvy people. There are aquaguard filters and water-coolers in each floor.
Star attraction of the room is the dedicated LAN port which provides ultra-high speed (if I can use the term) internet facilities. Movies download take place at the rate of 1movie/15min (My laptop is falling short of storage capacity).
Q7. How are the classrooms?
A7. The classrooms are air-conditioned, Wi-Fi enabled (Bingo!!) and equipped with excellent audio-video facilities (projector, speakers). The video quality & surround sound system is so good that we have turned the classrooms into movie-theatres when we do not have classes.
Q8. The description on the infrastructure page of the site seems Utopian (best of facilities available than any institute in the country or atleast at par with the best). Is it real?
A8. You may doubt it but each bit of it is real.
Q9. The college is situated quite far from the city (nearly 30 km). Seems a turn-off !!
A9. Frankly speaking, that is the best part. Away from the hustle-bustle of city, amidst lush greenery the mind is constantly rejuvenated and that helps us handle the academic pressure with ease. The landscaping of college is really scenic with several water-bodies and lawns spread throughout. We fell in love with the natural beauty (includes handsome boys and beautiful girls) of college.
Q10. Will the college provide any transport facility?
A10. The management provides for daily shuttling of college bus. On weekdays it can give you lift upto Shamshabad and back while in weekends it is to and from the city.
Q11. Will there be a doctor to write a prescription for me in case I want to bunk classes?
A11. Sadly no!! But the college does have a doctor who can treat you in case you fall sick due to over-study or other reasons. The doctor comes to college everyday in 2 shifts –morning and evening for 1hour each. There is a medical room with stocks of common medicines. If you require some other medicines you can always get it from the chemist in Shamshabad.
Q12. In case of emergency what facilities do I have from the college?
A12. There is a car stationed in college 24X7 and there is always the college van in case of any emergency. Every student is covered by college through medical insurance of upto Rs.1 lakh. So we have no worries whatsoever.
Q13. Will the end-exams be very difficult to pass?
A13. The degree of toughness is subject to individual knowledge and perception!! The good news is there is only 20-30% weightage for exams in the course. The bad news is the other 70-80% is through class participation, projects, debates and other such lively stuff. So we have to be very regular to the classes.
Q14. What will be the frequency of extra-curricular activities?
A14. After joining IMT-H the one thing we realized is that the student may or may not chalk out his academic plan but the festival celebrations, parties and outings to be held are planned well in advance and equally well organized. After all planning and organizing are important managerial skills!!
Talking about the frequency of such activities there came a point where we wondered “Have we come here for studying or partying?”
Q15. Are there some good places in Hyderabad to roam around and release the academic pressure?
A15. Depending on the magnitude of free time we do the following things: hopping in the streets of villages around the college, go-carting at airport, shopping at malls (especially GVK One), watching movies, feasting at the popular joints or even popular “thela-wallas”, admiring the scenic Hussain Sagar lake and having a fill at abutting Eat Street…..possibilities galore.
Places of one-time watch include Ramojji Film City, Charminar, Salarjung Museum, Golconda Fort.
Q16. What about the sporting facilities?
A16. We have created a raw cricket cum football field which will soon be polished. There are table tennis courts, chess, carom boards. A basket ball court, tennis court, badminton court will soon come up. We will also enjoy the health benefits of a fully equipped gymnasium soon.
Q17. How will the extra-curricular activities be organized in the campus?
A17. To prevent chaos we categorized the activities and then founded self-managed clubs: Marketing, Finance, Philosophy, Fine Arts (includes singing, dancing, theatre, arts and crafts), Social Responsibility, Sports, Mess club (Prepares the mess menu after student consultations) and Students Welfare Club (to address the grievances of student community). Events are conducted on a regular basis. Aurom-The Communications club, is involved in corporate communications, brand-building and image showcasing (incidently we the members of this club have put up this website and its content together). Almost every activity is student driven and we enjoy full backing of our faculty!!!
When I was driving here on this beautiful road, I was looking at the greenery around and I realized how prescient you are. You wanted to make Andhra a hub of education in India. I have seen many of the biotechnology institutes in this part of the state and how they are world class and I am sure this virgin land will be the centre of knowledge in the coming 15 to 20 years and there will be a cluster of institutions here which will interact with each other. These institutions will bring about a kind of multi disciplinary knowledge that is required to solve the problems of India.