UPES gave me a chance to develop holistically
Diversity at the college campus gave me an opportunity to engage with varied perspectives and learn from peers with varied cultural backgrounds
I used to be a science student in school before I took up the BBA program at UPES. Initially, I found it difficult to cope with subjects like Accounts and Finance. But my mentors and professors were a constant source of guidance for me.
Coming from a Tier-2 city to pursue this program, I had to stay away from home for almost three years. During this phase, my interactions with fellow students and exposure to different cultures shaped my thought process and approach towards life.
While the Personality Enhancement Programme was a lot of fun, when it came to academics, there were intense case study discussions, presentations, assignments, mid-semester and end-semester examinations. Theoretical knowledge was supplemented with industry visits and internships. The first visit was made to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai, where I got practical exposure to the port operations for export-import. The second visit was to Eric Apparels, where I learnt about the manufacturing of garments and the process to export them. Thereafter, we went to Usha Martin, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wire rope. Here, I got an insight into the manufacturing of various types of wires, ropes, and export/import procedures. Lastly, a visit to Hind Terminals gave me a view into container train operations.
My first internship was in the service (logistics) sector with DHE Shipping Services, where I was introduced to the export/import operations. Being a student of Foreign Trade, it was imperative for me to know the custom clearance procedures for both import and export and the compliances and documents pertaining to it. I also interned in the manufacturing sector which helped me in developing both my professional as well as personal skills. I got to know the whole value chain of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). It also helped me to learn the linkages between the various stakeholders in the liquor manufacturing industry. My industry guide was a woman who was quite inspiring to work with.
Due to the vast range of disciplines and courses, UPES is home to a sizable student population from diverse backgrounds. The multidisciplinary environment has helped engender a vibrant and engaging campus life. The scenic beauty and verdancy of the surrounding mountains are breath-taking.
The university has various clubs and student chapters that conduct both technical and non-technical events. Cultural activities are a vital part of personality development. From becoming a member of the Discipline Committee, organising an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp to participating in various events, my UPES journey has been truly transformational. I had the support of my seniors throughout the period of my graduation.
I also got a chance to travel to some of the exotic places around Dehradun – Mussoorie, Dhanaulti and Rishikesh – with friends. I stayed at the university hostel and didn’t have to worry about security, comfort or living facilities. Although there were some restrictions with regard to the entry time, overall, it was a great experience. My roommates couldn’t have been more perfect for me. Both of them were from different states, cultures and even different specializations – one was from Aviation and the other was from HR. Got to learn a lot from them, not only about their respective domains, but also about their cultures and lifestyles.
My photographs with my friends, having a good time at the campus, never fail to bring a smile to my lips. These are moments that carry a lot of sentimental value for me and will be embedded in my heart as precious memories forever.
(The writer was a student of BBA Foreign Trade from 2018-2021 at UPES)