Meet a VLM Student

VLM students are the best resource when it comes to sharing their unique experiences of the PGPEX VLM Program. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the current students who provided their contact information below. For admissions related questions, please email vlmp@iimcal.ac.in or chairman_vlmp@iimcal.ac.in. To learn more about our current students, see our Student Profiles page.

ABHIJIT BALIGA

ABHIJIT BALIGA abhijitbx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
Indian Institute of Technology- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Metallurgical Engineering, 2011

Previous Experience
Sr. Manager Operations - Tata Steel Ltd

Pre VLM Experience
Post graduation, my last five years have been with the flagship company of Tata Sons, Tata Steel. I was involved in Production Management of the Continuous Galvanizing Lines besides contributing in enhancing working practices through Quality Circles. These experiences helped me develop profound shop floor leadership skills with an eye for Quality Assurance.

Post VLM Ambition
My aim is to pursue my career in Supply Chain Planning and Operations, thereby contribute to the manufacturing sector with my learning and experience. 

Interests/Hobbies
Playing Lawn Tennis and Listening to Music

SWAGATAM MITRA

SWAGATAM MITRAswagatammx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
NIT, Durgapur- Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Previous Experience
Deputy Manger-HAL Barrackpore
Engineer (Design)- AURDC

Pre VLM Experience
Worked on the SU-30 MKI Project, lived my dream of working on Fighter aircraft . Contributed significantly towards design, development and upgrade of the SU30 MKI aircraft specially in the design domain of the environmental Control Systems group & the Rear Fuselage group of structural airframe .
Successfully initiated modernization of tools in HAL Barrackpore one year ahead of the schedule. Developed & Nurtured a vendor base. Trained & inspired all those around at work.

Post VLM Ambition
I would love to extend my leanings at VLM & previous experience at HAL, into the organisations I join later on. The dream is to continue in a aircraft OEM like Airbus, Boeing or Rolls Royce or HAL & do my best to be a part of India's dream of attaining self sufficiency in this domain.

Interests/Hobbies
History,Strategy,Cricket & essay writing.

PRIYANKA

PRIYANKApriyankax2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
Jabalpur Engineering College, - Electrical Engineering, 2010

Previous Experience
Vedanta Limited, Global Diversified Natural Resources Company
Operation & Maintenance Engineer- EHV Switchyard
Lead Auditor & In house Consultant- Business Excellence
Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Specialist

Pre VLM Experience
Starting my career as an Operation & Maintenance engineer in EHV switchyard, I learned the basics of planning and operational excellence. After acquiring technical know how of the domain, I moved to Business Excellence where I was involved in the implementation of world class manufacturing practices at various plants across the group. As a part of the drive I acted as an external auditor to the other group companies and in-house consultant for the plants in our company. Moving ahead in the quest of understanding the other side of business I joined strategic sourcing and procurement section of Aluminium and power sector of the group. Leading the procurement team of electrical spares I designed the sourcing strategy for improving synergies in consolidated Annual Rate contracts across major subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources Plc.

Post VLM Ambition
I wish to pursue my career in Operations & Supply Chain Consulting. However, I am also inclined towards roles related to operational excellence, general management and supply chain management.

Interests/Hobbies
Travelling and Adventurous Sports, Reading, Social & Charity Work

SAI SHARAN PANDA

SAI SHARAN PANDAsaispx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
NIT Durgapur- Mechanical Engineering, 2009

Previous Experience
Manager- Tata Motors Limited, Mumbai

Pre VLM Experience
Implementing innovative strategies especially in the technology domain has always been my passion. Prior to VLM, I was fortunate to work in diverse techno-managerial functions from Greenfield to Corporate in Automobile Industry. Post engineering, I joined Green field project , a start-up experience of creating solution out of scrap in challenging situation. Further, I got an opportunity to move to Corporate Strategy function, through a Talent Management Program to supplement my technology skill set with finance and business knowledge.

Post VLM Ambition
I wish to pursue my career in Operations or Consulting. I firmly believe that technology is going to change every business in a very fundamental way in the next few years, and I want to contribute to that change.

Interests/Hobbies
Travelling, meeting new people, adventure sports, meditation, writing

SUBRATA KUMAR MAHANTY

SUBRATA KUMAR MAHANTYsubratakmx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
VSSUT, Burla, Electrical Engineering, 2009

Previous Experience
Plant Head - Jaihind Curio Pvt.Ltd (Start-Up)
Manager, Vendor Development - Tata Motors Limited

Pre VLM Experience
Started with Tata Motors Limited where I was responsible as Manager, electrical and electronics product sourcing and development. I introduced best in industry suppliers of electronics in new products like Nano Awesome, Twist, Zest and Tiago and worked for a better product development process for enhanced quality. I closely worked with many potential suppliers in Early Vendor Involvement phase, conducted and moderated VA/VE workshops, coordinated finalisation of vehicle electronics features which lead to innovations, conducted DFMEA, PFMEA with suppliers, monitored part development projects, oversaw supply planning, did PPAP and initial supply stabilisation. After Tata Motors Limited I headed a plant, a start up for manufacturing of toys for Hasbro Inc., one of the first 6 suppliers of Hasbro in India to achieve 5 audits which were the qualifying tickets for start of supplies. I set up the plant and was responsible for all 7 teams of the plant.

Post VLM Ambition
I wish to pursue my career in Supply Chain Management or Operations or IoT. I’m also looking forward to roles in consulting in these domains.

Interests/Hobbies
Robotics, Reading online articles, Playing Cricket

VARUN KUMAR

VARUN KUMARvarunkx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
National Institute of Technology- Jalandhar, Chemical Engineering, 2010

Previous Experience
Sr. Engineer - Cairn Energy India Limited.
Sr. Engineer - KRIBHCO Fertilizers Limited

Pre VLM Experience
My 5 and half year of work experience with two of the most prominent sectors of industry: Oil & gas and fertilizers, have given me immense exposure in various aspects of Operations Management, Process Management & Project Management. Starting with Brownfield project of fertilizer plant revamping and then handling critical operations across different industries had honed my skills to take immediate decisions and manage crises situations. Having worked with multiple projects in both the sectors I have learnt to optimize real time problems to achieve operational excellence.

Post VLM Ambition
My aim is to pursue my career in Strategic Planning &Operations management, thereby contribute to the manufacturing sector by collaborating my learning’s and experience. 

Interests/Hobbies
Stock Market Analysis, Culinary Arts, and Volunteering Charitable & Social Activities.

GEETANJALI BABBAR

GEETANJALI BABBARgeetanjalibx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Electrical Engineering, 2011

Previous Experience
Engineer – Alstom

Pre VLM Experience
Association with Alstom has provided me a Iearning experience in tendering of electrical systems, engineering of control systems of power plants and managing operations of grid projects. I have worked with Power Grid on 800KV Champa Kurukshetra HVDC project. As a control systems engineer, I have handled electrical work packages while working with NTPC for thermal power plants and with international clients for gas power plants in Iraq. I have also prepared technical tenders for Electrical Balance of Plants. Critical business trips to France and Malaysia for Factory Acceptance Tests of power projects made me realize how cultural differences affect execution of work.

Post VLM Ambition
Having completed around four and a half years in power industry and now, I intend to accelerate my career to a leadership position, where I can be a part of decision making process and drive things required to run an organization.
I aim to contribute to the Indian manufacturing sector through a career in strategic sourcing, operations or consulting.

Interests/Hobbies
Music and Travel

E RAVI SHANKAR

E RAVI SHANKARershankarx2017@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate Institution, degree, year
NIT Tiruchirappalli, 2010

Previous Experience
Project Engineer – Sterlite Copper ,Tuticorin (Power Projects)
Product Engineer - BHEL Trichy (Engineering-Non Pressure Parts)

Pre VLM Experience
I had worked in techno-managerial positions in design and execution of various packages in thermal power plants ranging from 60MW to 800MW. The most challenging experience was to conceptualize, design and implement a new process work flow in the engineering section of thermal plant boilers at BHEL. I was also involved in managing various engineering projects and quality circle projects which involved various process improvement and product development initiatives.

Post VLM Ambition
I wish to pursue my career in Operations or Supply chain management. However, I am also inclined towards roles related to project management and application of analytics in various domains.

Interests/Hobbies
Playing tennis, reading books.