Of dreams, courage, and determination – Conversation with alumnus Vikas Fofandi, MBA Class of 2017
|Vikas Fofandi has always been a dreamer. Even when caught in the net of an old profession followed through generations in his family, he never lost hope of a better future. Not many in Vikas’s family had thought of pursuing formal education, but Vikas dared to listen to his rebel heart. The first big step involved completing engineering studies. The second bold move was to pursue an MBA programme. With dreams in his eyes and mustering courage, a determined Vikas arrived at Amrut Mody School of Management in 2015.|
“I am the first person in my family to study at a university,” remarks Vikas, as he explains the kind of steam he had to handle before joining the MBA programme. “I had several talents, but no confidence. That was a bad combination. It was like hiding your light under a load,” says Vikas, while narrating how the MBA helped him in his career.
While one might expect the boy from a family of fishermen to be shy in an MBA classroom, it was quite the contrary. From day one at Amrut Mody School of Management, Vikas got engaged in multiple activities, clubs, and committees to learn from every single opportunity coming his way. “I didn’t underestimate the curriculum or the thoroughness of the MBA programme. From presentations to simulations, I was everywhere. I was nervous, afraid, and apprehensive. But never, for once, did I step back from immersing myself in the experience,” shares a smiling Vikas.
So, how exactly did he utilise his two years of MBA education? Vikas was attending back to back classes, workshops, and team activities. From choreographing group and solo dance performances, winning trophies at fests, and preparing strategic presentations as classroom assignments to spending hours in the library and learning from motivational lectures and industry interfaces, he was truly absorbed in all-round learning. He observes, “It was amazing to see what an MBA programme could do to you. And, to top it, Amrut Mody School of Management’s faculty made me push my boundaries every single day.”
The internship with Birla Sunlife Asset Management Company in 2016 offered tremendous industry exposure and further prepared him for the rigours of corporate life. Spending 60 days at the company, he developed a paper on “Performance Evaluation of Selected Mutual Funds”. His paper was nominated for 361° (the Inter College Summer Internships Project Competition of Amrut Mody School of Management) and Business Standard’s B-School Summer Internship Projects 2016 awards.
What was the net result of his commitment, dedication, and sincerity while pursuing MBA? Vikas won the cherished Gold Medal of Class 2017.
At present, Vikas is working as an Analyst at Knowcraft Analytics.
For someone like him, the sky is the limit.