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Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
This is an essential question that every manager encounters during their tenure. Why spend extra on activities that do not yield result directly? The answer to these questions can only be found after carrying out the cost-benefit analysis of the entire process. But, before evaluating the process it is essential to understand the entire process and the output that it yields.
So, let’s try to understand how VPL works! The VGSoM Premier League or VPL process begins with the secret form floated by the most adventurous committee Sportscom. The form provides you with an opportunity to become Sir Alex of VGSoM or, to test your cricketing skills by being the Bradman of VGSoM. Students of both the years are encouraged to be a part of this annual event to show their team skills or, to be the Chanakya of VGSoM.
Once the forms are being filled, the managers are grouped into 4 teams, namely, Red Dragons, Blue Brats, White Tigers and Black Panthers. The managers then brainstorm till the day of the auction to create strategies regarding which player is most likely to provide maximum dividends. And, once the Auction day arrives. The managers are suit- strapped in a room to battle it out among themselves to select the best and battle out for the rest.
Finally, every team has a complete squad of managers and players – all dedicated towards a common goal of winning the most coveted winners trophy of VGSoM. The teams battle it out among themselves at Tata Sports Complex, TSC over a week and finally, we get a champion, a Tiger whose roar is acknowledged by everyone else.
The major characteristic of these events is they are jointly organised and participated by both the year students battling it out for their glory. The juniors get an opportunity to learn the art of winning from Seniors who are searching for the talent yet unseen.
So, at the end, these entities do not emerge as students from different years but they are bonded by the spirits of their teams, sharing the joy of winnings, and overcoming the dreads of losing.
So, the question that we need to ask is – is this not worth of an enough reason to continue with it? Is this platform not good enough to let students mingle, learn and share their experiences and the brotherly feelings among themselves. A question worth asking.