After making a couple of calls to HR, I got the confirmation for my joining at the Indian School of Business. I joined on October 18, 2004, at the CEE (Centre for Executive Education) department. I still remember my joining day as coming from a rural part of Jajpur District of Odisha and just graduated; I felt so happy and proud for getting up a job at a prestigious place like ISB.


When I joined, ISB was preparing to conduct sports for the annual day celebration on December 02. As I was new, young, and wanted to participate in everything, I took part in almost all the sports, be it outdoor or indoor. I still remember the final of the chess match where I was playing against Ravi Kolathur, Former Head of the Finance and Operations department at ISB. A one-month-old me in the system was so nervous as he was a senior, and he was best in chess. I was the runner-up in the game, but this helped me break the ice and made me familiar and comfortable with all the people around.

Oh yes, it also made me famous as I won many awards from then Dean M. Ram Mohan Rao for many sports like Chess, Carom, Kabadi, Water-polo. Words can't express that feeling of being rewarded by the Dean.

Like a good beginning with these sports more good things came my way. People started knowing and acknowledging me for my hard work; I became a permanent employee and got cash awards for two consecutive years.  The best moment of my life was in December 2011 during the Solstice event. I was the lucky draw winner of the TVS Apache RTR 180CC bike! Something I was planning to purchase.

Time passes so quickly, I have completed 16+ glorious years with ISB, while ISB is celebrating 20 years. When I joined, there were 12 CEE members and 120 employees at ISB in 2004. Over the years, ISB has grown significantly in terms of employees, work, and doing amazingly well.


ISB is my first job where I started from scratch, and I am still learning and growing. I believe ISB is the best place to work with so many employee benefits, making me stick for so long. I want to thank all my colleagues of the CEE department and other colleagues at ISB for their ideas and support in my successful career.

Without ISB's support, I wouldn't be what I am today. I feel so proud and confident about my achievements at ISB. It has been an incredible journey till now, and I look forward to more beautiful memories at ISB.

Naren Kumar Panda is Assistant Manager at Centre for Executive Education (CEE) at ISB