St Xavier&’s College, Kolkata&’s two-day management fest, Insignia, might come across as somewhat serious but make no mistake, once one attends it, they are bound to find the easy-going atmosphere — albeit laced with a few dollops of seriousness — prevalent in all college fests. Formed in March 2006, the Xavier&’s Commerce Society is responsible for staging the event and Insignia’s eighth chapter this year surpassed all previous editions in terms of the sheer of number of students who participated from colleges across the country. The events focused on subject areas like finance, human resources, marketing, public relations and supply chain management, among others and kept students, coordinators and teachers interested throughout. 

Life&’s a Pitch turned out to be a brilliant interactive session with online entertainers, The Viral Fever, which is a brain child of IIT Kharagpur alumnus, Arunabh Kumar. Famed Bollywood actor Navin Kasturia and comedian Jitendra Kumar spoke about the struggles and successes of entrepreneurship. Besides providing students with valuable inputs, the duo made the evening a memorable one with a slight tinge of humour that did away with the seemingly serious spirit of the meet. 

Maestros was a symposium of sorts, where some of the most talented minds of the city met, interacted and spoke remarkably well. Each speaker gave their own flavour to the topic, “2+2=5” making it really intriguing for the audience. And they all agreed on the idea that in order to reach that “5” mark, one has got to follow the unconventional path and take the road less travelled. Men’s rights activist, Amartya Talukdar spoke on the oft-neglected topic of men’s rights while Ushoshi Sengupta, former Miss Universe, India shared her inspiring story, which re-asserted the fact that hard work coupled with dedication does bear fruit.

On the other hand, Soumendra Bhattacharya, a cultural entrepreneur at Mad About Drama, spoke on the economics of theatre. His insightful speech gave a whole new perspective on what goes on behind the stage.

Riya Jain and Devika Jayan from Christ University, Bangalore did well in the marketing event. While Avigat Bawa and Advika Jalan from SXC, Kolkata, notched up the first position in public relations, in the supply chain management event, Sitana Agarwal and Vishesh Chandala from Christ University, Bengaluru performed wonderfully. On the other hand, in business plan, Jaideep Mann and Medha Agarwal from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi came out tops followed by Surya Jain and Atharva Tagde from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

Satvik Ahuja and Akshay Bansal from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, New Delhi came first in finance followed by Priyanka Chandak and Nitin Kukhreshtha from the hosts. Siddhartha Mishra and Abhinav Dhar from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar clinched the first prize in business quiz. Anmol Manocha from SSCBS, New Delhi was declared the Best Manager of this year&’s Insignia.

“Honestly, Insignia offers all participants and attendees a first-hand experience of the so called struggles and achievements of the corporate world”, said Bhavik Vora, a student from SXC, Kolkata and joint-secretary of the XCS.

During the two-day event, one could invariably sense the indomitable spirit of Nihil Ultra (Nothing Beyond — SXC, Kolkata&’s motto) that seemed to fit perfectly with every student from the Xaverian family.