‘IGNITE’ – The exhilarating cultural extravaganza and talent hunt festival of Asian School of Business Management was inaugurated on the 15th December, 2017, by Hon’ble Chief Guest Prof. Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University, by lighting the 'Lamp of Wisdom'. He visited all the events and was much impressed by the creative power of budding talents. He also appreciated the innovative ideas projected by the young management graduates in the ‘Startup’ carnival. He said that, ‘One, who has mastered the art of reaching out to others, will do wonders in life. Learning comes from a person, who takes the first step’. Hence, he appreciated the efforts of Prof. Biswajeet Pattanayak, Founder, ASBM in this direction.

On this occasion, the Guest of Eminence Mr. Harihar Patra, Director, Toshali Sands emphasized upon the importance of career planning for the youth. In his address to the audience, he said ‘Challenges are there, which we face every day and we must accept those, as and when they come’.

In his welcome address Prof. (Dr.) Biswajeet Pattanayak, Founder & Director ASBM explained that, the very concept of this Talent Festival is to hatch and propagate new and contemporary ideas from the young minds and also to encourage execution of those ideas beyond the class room. Further, he invigorated the students to inculcate out of the box thinking and innovation to match today's business scenario. He also expressed his satisfaction over the startups of old students; who are now job providers, not job seekers. ‘Apart from doing business as entrepreneurs, they are also discharging their social responsibilities’, he added.

This two-day long National Talent Festival – ‘Startup’ Carnival and ‘Ignite’-2017 was marked by 13 competitions viz. Corporate Chanakya, Business Quiz, Graffiti, Voice of Ignite, English Debate, T-Shirt Painting, War of Bands, Rangoli (the Act of Colours), Fashion Show, Danza (the Dancing Superstar), Counter Strike, QFiesta (the Quiz Competition), Selfie Contest etc. More than 300 students from various management and graduation colleges actively and enthusiastically participated in this event.

The Valedictory Session on the 16th December, 2017 was graced by Prof. (Dr.) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Hon'ble M.P. (Lok Sabha), as the Chief Guest. Guest of Eminence, Mr. Santosh Kumar Sahoo, MD & CEO, Computer Lab and Mr. Shrikant Mahapatra, DGM, Canara Bank also graced the occasion. To appreciate and admire the whole-hearted participation of the students from different colleges, a prize giving ceremony followed; wherein all the winners were felicitated. Further, Mementos were presented to all the distinguished guests by the Director ASBM, to acknowledge their kind presence. Cultural programmes were also organised by the Student Coordinators, namely Abdul Rashid Khan, Ankita Parida, Bismaya Kunal Pattanaik and Arunima Chakraborty.