Thursday, 6 August 2015

Interviewed: Mr. Bibhav Behera

By: Aayushi Jajodia

 Interview Taken By- Chinmoy Mishra

1. To start with, tell us something about your hometown and schooling career i.e. your life before you joined CET?

Hi Chinmoy, I spent most of my childhood across different places in Odisha as my father was in a transferrable job. However most of my childhood days have been spent in Cuttack and Rourkela. I am a native of Kalahandi. I changed 5 schools before I completed my 10th and 12th from ISPAT English Medium School in Rourkela in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Nowadays I am based in Bangalore and work with Snapdeal as Regional Account Head.

2. Moving ahead, what was your branch at CET and how was it like to study at CET, back when you joined?

I joined CET in the Electrical Engineering department in 2004 and graduated in 2008. CET was an extremely influential phase in my life not just with regards to academics but figuring out what one needs to prioritise in life. The electrical department was always a close knit one, be it within the students or with faculty. CET was always about thorough academics with a dash of co-curriculars.

I strongly feel co-curriculars strongly shape a person’s personality which is extremely essential in today’s competitive world. Organising massive events like Xtasy and others is no mean feat for any CETian.

We used to have a band in our days and used to jam pretty much every weekend ensuring that most people around had to go with earplugs (a la Cacofonix). Good fun days J

In final year we recorded a song called “Aaya Tha Fresher”. <parental advisory: explicit content>

3. College life, of course, is considered to be the best years of a student’s life. How would you describe your experience at CET?

College life is an extremely crucial phase where one’s personality gets shaped. I made my closest set of friends in CET and till date we are a close bunch although scattered across the globe now. CET was fun, be it class room mischief, last minute rush to buy books for semesters, internals, to the canteen breaks, to picnics and of course to the big daddy of them all, Xtasy. Those were crazy fun days that we still reminisce till date. CET was definitely the most intimate and fun phase in my student life.

4. Since we are talking about your college life here, you must have had a number of eventful moments at CET, is there any such moment in particular that you would like to share?

There are so many. We spent a lot of time sitting near the bike stand chatting with friends. Whenever we go back to CET we ensure we spend time there.

My most memorable moment, if I had to choose one, would have to be Xtasy in our Second Year when Strings had come down. We were right in front of the stage and it was an amazing feeling since we were in the initial days of forming our band.

Apart from that, I guess my 2nd most memorable moment would be when I sneakily exploded a stink bomb that I had somehow arranged in class in 1st Sem. It was mayhem. This is now a confession! J

5. We know you have a passion for photography. Could you please share more about it?

If I have to say two things that drive me passionately it has to be Photography and Music.

I have been a wildlife lover for as long as I can remember. Right from my toddler days, my father exposed me to the beauties of the wilderness. That inculcated in me a love and respect for the creatures we share the planet with. In order to capture my experiences in the wild and tell my story, I took up photography and there has been no looking back since. I love it. Whenever I get a day off or a free weekend, it has to be a photography trip first and then all else.

Apart from wildlife, I do shoot events for Sunburn. My wife is also a photographer at heart and we do assignments in wedding, interiors and product photography as well.

Photography is what keeps me sane in today’s stressful and demanding life. I feel it is extremely crucial in today’s world to have a passion that drives you. It is what gives meaning to ‘you’ as a person. For me, that is photography.

My website www.bibhavbehera.com is almost ready now as a tool to showcase what I love doing.

6. Were there any club(s) in particular, you were interested in, back then? Having said that, I think you would have enjoyed being a part of the CET Photofactory . Also, would you like to do a Photography 101 session for CETians? :D

We did have clubs back then. I was a part of Zairza, our Band ‘Irish Chants’ and for a brief period Zintaic (The dance club). I realised I had two left feet and when I danced, people ran away.

I would have loved to be part of the Photography club if it existed back then. Photography was going through a paradigm shift in those days with move from film into digital.

I would love to have a photography interaction session with the students. Let me know when J

7. Any particular faculty member(s) from the college who helped you or inspired you?

There are so many. Satpathy Sir, Bagarthy Sir, Biswajit Sir. Everyone left a mark in some way or the other.

8. After your B.Tech, you pursued your MBA degree at XIMB, how was it like to prepare for the exams and then get into a reputed institution? Were there any challenges in particular you faced during your MBA you would like to share? There are numerous MBA aspirants in CET who would love some advice from you in this context.

Yes. I joined XIMB after I passed out from CET in 2008. I was keen to work in Marketing.

I used to be coached at Career Launcher and finding time between your Semester exams, internals, practical etc to study for entrances was a challenge as a fresher MBA. However as an engineer, we are wired to think logically and that gives us a massive edge over other fields when preparing for MBA. Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude are the core strengths of an engineer and one needs to leverage it. No wonder every year we see so many CETians get into many prestigious institutes across the globe.

We had a few courses in CET in final year which were more or less core marketing and organisational behaviour courses. That helped once I was in XIMB.

9. Were you always determined to do a MBA or did you have anything else in your mind?

I was always determined to do an MBA. Engineering is a degree which unlocks your mind to think logically. MBA hones your soft skills. Together the combination helps you get a strong analytical brain coupled with a creative side if you have the inclination for it. I believe I am a creative person with an analytical bent.

I always wanted to start off my venture into photography services and that is now taking shape.

10. The college has changed a lot since you left. Have you visited the college ever since the completion of your B. Tech? What’s your take on the changes that have occurred in the college? Is there anything you wish to see at the college in the years to come?

I have visited the college a few times in the past few years but it has always been when my CET friends were in town. It would be a walk down memory lane each time. During our days, the facilities were very basic as the college had just moved to the new campus. Now to our envy, we see a full fledged establishment.

11. We at the Alumni Cell love to interact with our Alumni. What’s your take on the Alumni Cell?

I think the revival of the alumni cell has been a very good move. I have seen a lot of initiative from the current batches to connect with alumni. The recent round of interactions in different cities was very highly appreciated. Good job on that guys!

12. How was your experience of Alumni meet Bangalore 2014? We heard all the attendees got a Red bull can, courtesy: You!!

It was an awesome experience, meeting faces that we knew and finding out what they were up to in their lives now. I made many new acquaintances as well. But more so, the platform helped us come out with a strong plan of action to take brand CET to a more premium level.

Red Bull is always keen on reaching out to youth. We are all young (irrespective of my grey hair). I was in Red Bull until recently and they were glad to provide free cans to everyone at the get together. J

13. How important is a strong alumni body for a reputed institute? Do you think we CETians are doing enough? At last, what advice would you like to give to students at CET? Both short term and long term?

 More than the placement committee, I believe the alumni committee is the strongest tool for any institute’s brand. Placement and Alumni committees work hand in hand. It helps connect Alumni to their Alma Mater and give back. We have alumni in various positions in different parts of the world. Many would be more than happy to have CETians join their workplace.

We have made a start in the right direction in terms of the Alumni Committee. It is a great outreach that has happened. It needs to be further scaled up and carried forward without losing throttle by subsequent batches.

Do what you love doing in life and then you won’t be doing a job. CETians know what they want. No advice required. J

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