IISM Orientation Program 2023 – Empowering Future Sports Leaders

Published On: August 1, 2023
IISM Orientation Program 2023

The highly anticipated “Orientation Program 2023” of IISM was held at Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra. This year’s Orientation Program aimed to welcome and empower the incoming batch of students. The candidates from Bachelor of Sports Management (BSM), Master of Sports Management (MSM), Post Graduate Program in Sports Management (PGPSM), Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS), and Master of Sports Science (MSS), along with their parents, attended the event.

Panel Discussion at Orientation Program-2023 at IISM

The event featured inspiring talks by two celebrated sports icons: Mr. Mohammad Kaif, Former Indian Cricketer, and Mr. Yuvraj Walmiki, Indian Professional Field Hockey Player, who shared their valuable insights and experiences with the aspiring sports leaders of tomorrow. Along with these two esteemed guests, our Founder Director, Mr. Nilesh Kulkarni, our Co-Founder, Ms. Rasika Kulkarni, our advisor, Dr. Anil Karnik, the Assistant Director of Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, Ms. Shilpa Borkar, our Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Amit Gupte, and our Associate Dean, Mr. Amitava Pal, welcomed the students and offered their sage advice.

IISM has been at the forefront of providing comprehensive sports education, nurturing the dreams of countless sports enthusiasts, and shaping them into industry-ready professionals. Since its inception, IISM has continued to create a unique space for students to explore and excel in the dynamic sports industry. The Orientation Program was yet another remarkable feat where the institute endeavoured to introduce the new batch to its vision, mission, and the various opportunities that lay ahead on this exhilarating journey.

The Orientation Program served as the perfect platform for the students to get acquainted with their future mentors, peers, and the academic environment. The event commenced with an enthusiastic address by the Founder Director, Mr. Nilesh Kulkarni, who warmly welcomed the fresh faces and instilled a sense of purpose and commitment in them.

Ms. Rasika Kulkarni introduced team IISM and gave glimpses of their rich expertise and achievements in the sports domain. The academic team, along with the corporate relations team, gave the students a comprehensive overview of the curriculum and the vast opportunities that await them at IISM. The students were awestruck and eager to learn from the best.

One of the highlights of the Orientation Program was the captivating talk by Mr. Mohammad Kaif, a former Indian cricketer. With his vast experience in cricket, Mr. Kaif shared invaluable lessons on leadership, discipline, and the essence of teamwork. His inspiring journey from being an aspiring cricketer to leading India to glorious victories was both motivational and insightful.

Mr. Mohammad Kaif giving motivational speech to IISM New Batch 2023

Mr. Kaif emphasised the significance of resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges, drawing parallels between sports and life. His interactive session allowed the students to ask questions and seek guidance, creating a sense of companionship between the sports legend and the future sports leaders.

The second awe-inspiring session came from the Prince of Indian Hockey, Mr. Yuvraj Walmiki, whose remarkable journey from a small apartment in Mumbai to the International hockey arena served as a testament to the human spirit’s invincible nature. Mr. Walmiki shared his struggles and triumphs, highlighting the importance of self-belief and determination.

Prince of Hockey- Yuvraj Walmiki giving speech


His talk shed light on the challenges faced by athletes, especially those hailing from underprivileged backgrounds, and how sports can be a transformative force in their lives. Mr. Walmiki’s words resonated deeply with the audience, encouraging them to be catalysts of change and inclusivity in the sports industry.

The Orientation Program at IISM was an exceptional blend of academic orientation, motivational talks, and networking opportunities. The event left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of the incoming students, kindling a burning passion for sports and a strong desire to make a difference in the industry.


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The institute’s commitment to providing holistic education and exposure to real-world challenges was evident throughout the program.

As we bid adieu to the Orientation Program, we eagerly anticipate witnessing the growth and accomplishments of the students as they embark on their transformative journey at IISM. We are confident that they will rise as dynamic leaders, leaving an everlasting impact on the sports landscape.

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