IMT-Ghaziabad’s Team Aryans captures Chakravyuh crown
The battles have been fought, the final whistle blown, and once again Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad’s Team Aryans, winning six events, captured the crown at Chakravyuh 2012, the Olympics of B-School sports festivals.
The 72 hours of non-stop action featuring teams from India’s premiere B-Schools ran from February 10 through February 12 and saw 600 players competing plus more than 1,500 students on campus to witness the event, including students from other colleges.
In all, 13 schools apart from IMT took part, along with two teams (50 players) of alumni.
The final results are as follows: Cricket - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: Batch of 2011; Football - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: FMS; Table Tennis - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: Fore; Tennis - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: Legends; Badminton - Winner: Sultans, Runners-up: IIFT; Basketball (Men) - Winner: Legends, Runners-up: 3D; Basketball (Women) - Winner: Legends, Runners-up: Amity; Volleyball - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: Batch of 2011 and Throwball - Winner: Aryans, Runners-up: Batch of 2011.
The Abhimanyu of 2012 (the person who wins the maximum number of trophies in the event) was Abhishek Shukla.
Participants had high praise for Chakravyuh and pointed out how sports tied in and helped with their management studies.
Prabhjot Singh Khaira, captain of the winning IMT-Ghaziabad volleyball team Aryans, said working and playing in such a large group and captaining the volleyball team were great experiences.
“I had to captain players who were 3-4 years older than me. We had a good blend of players who were very versatile in playing in any position. The never-say-no attitude of the players was instrumental in making this outing a success.”
Participating in sports has helped him in his management studies, he said.
The games taught him the benefits of teamwork and taught him leadership qualities, qualities that carried over into his management studies, enabling him to take charge of groups he was a part of and do well.
Veera Anish Ayyagari, IMT Ghaziabad table tennis winner, who has been playing in tournaments at various levels since the eighth grade, said Chakravyuh is the biggest sports fest in India.
At last year’s Chakravyuh he was little disappointed as his table tennis team lost in the semi-finals, but cited the extra effort IMT-Ghaziabad teams put into every sport this year which helped them win six out of nine titles.
“Winning the table tennis championship is the icing on the cake for me personally and perhaps my biggest achievement in these two years at IMT,” said Veera.
He pointed to the common factors management education and sports have in common, noting both have similar important factors: building a competent team; strategic planning; goal setting; implementing the plan of action and achieving the goals set.
“I believe sportsmen would turn out to be excellent managers,” he said. “Since I've played table tennis for many years, it has taught me three important lessons: understand my strengths and weaknesses; analyze my opponent's game and strategy and plan my course of action to win.”
“Similarly, management education teaches you to understand your organization, analyze your competition and then plan your action.”