Coffee growing has a long history that is attributed first to Ethiopia and then to Arabia, mostly to Yemen. The Indian context started with an Indian Muslim saint, Baba Budan,[while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven coffee beans (by tying it around his waist) from Yemen to Mysore in India and planted them on the Chandragiri Hills (1,829 metres (6,001 ft)), now named after the saint as Baba Budan Giri (‘Giri’ means “hill”) in Chikkamagaluru district. It was considered an illegal act to take out green coffee seed out of Arabia. As number seven is a sacrosanct number in Islamic religion, the saint’s act of carrying seven coffee beans was considered a religious act. This was an achievement of considerable bravery of Baba Budan considering the fact that Arabs had exercised strict control over its export to other countries by not permitting coffee beans to be exported in any form other than as in a roasted or boiled form to prevent germination. This was the beginning of coffee industry in India, and in particular, in the then state of Mysore, now part of the Karnataka State. Systematic cultivation soon followed Baba Budan’s first planting of the seeds, in 1670, mostly by private owners and the first plantation was established in 1840 around Baba Budan Giri and its surrounding hills in Karnataka. It spread to other areas of Wynad (now part of Kerala), the Shevaroys and Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu. With British colonial presence taking strong roots in India in the mid 19th century, coffee plantations flourished for export. The culture of coffee thus spread to South India rapidly. Coffee plantations in India are essential spice worlds too: a wide variety of spices and fruit crops like pepper, cardamom, vanilla, orange and banana grow alongside coffee plants. So much about Coffee plantations. But there is probably only one apex institute of plantation Management in India - The Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM), Bangalore. The HR Club Team comprising of Mr. Srinivashan Iyer and Priyanka Ghugare Priyanka Ghugare visited The Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM) campus, to address the students on Corporate Employability and Agro Idol, India’s 1st and only agro quiz contest. About #IIPM : The Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM), Bangalore, India, is India's apex educational institution set up by the government of India to provide research, training and education in the agricultural sector, a sector that employs almost half of India's workforce. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The Government of India, had set up a core group in 1990 with the primary objective of overlooking the modalities of setting up an institution providing management education in the plantation sector. After the acceptance of the core group's recommendations, IIPM was set up in 1993. About #AgroIdol : In a simple single round Quiz format, two-member teams from Agriculture Universities, colleges and Agri- Management Institutions will compete with each other. Experts from Agro based industries would quiz the students on latest trends, challenges, key players and application of knowledge learnt during the course. The #SilverSponsor of Agro Idol 2016 is #DhanukaAgritechlimited , #PlacementPartners are #BiostadtLimited & #Indogulfcropscience. The #LeadMediaPartner is #Krishijagran , e-magazine partners #Agrolook & #FasalKranti, and online Partners are #AgriclutureWorld & #Assocom . Ms Krithikha Srinivasan , Core Committee member of The HR Club, is spearheading the Agro Idol National Contest. About #TheHRClub : The HR Club is an association of HR professionals from the industry. Currently there are 40,800 members in 12 chapters across India. These members are Vice Presidents, HR Heads, and Managers of leading Indian companies and MNCs. The HR Club is on LinkedIn. Please visit https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2190525 and put in a request to join The HR Club.