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“Marketing subjects are difficult if you simply teach them out of a textbook.” – Professor R. T. R. Varma, HOD Marketing Department, SCMS Cochin

rtr-varmaSeven years ago, had an astrologer predicted to Mr. R. T. R. Varma that there would soon be a ‘Professor’ prefixed to his name, the fore teller would have had to go back empty-handed. An on-ground marketer for the better part of his life, Mr. Varma was sitting pretty high up the corporate ladder at that point in time, designing marketing communication strategies, as part of the senior management of a prominent business house with a global footprint. An MBA from the University of Oklahoma, USA, Mr. Varma had marketed everything from gold and diamond jewelry, to contraceptives, automobile tires, confectionary and liquor, during his 25 years in the corporate world. In all that time, he never worked for competitors in the same industry, and always hopped from one industry to a new one. Academia was hardly the place for a hard-core professional… or so he thought.

“After quitting my last corporate position, I was headed towards a consultancy practice.  At that time, an acquaintance of mine – an ex-Director of one of the IIMs – pointed out that B-schools in India were looking at experienced professionals as teachers. I began exploring the avenues and very quickly, advisory services and part-time teaching assignments began emerging as firm options. The realisation dawned upon me that for a person with a long innings in the industry, academics present a wonderful opportunity to revisit the bygone era and find more meaning to what one had experienced.”

The fact that today Professor R. T. R. Varma is the HoD of the Marketing Department at SCMS-Cochin speaks volume about his contributions. Interestingly, the Marketing department at SCMS-Cochin has the unique distinction of not having a single career academician; all have come from different business backgrounds.

“Subjects like Marketing Strategy, Communication, Corporate Governance and Entrepreneurship are difficult if you simply teach them out of a textbook. For a good Marketer, the focus is always on customers and products, and on building relationships. Win or lose, you have to remain rooted to the market place. This is where a marketer-turned-academician is of sterling value. He or she understands the value of direct instruction and mentoring, but lays stress on the importance of research-oriented, co-operative learning.”

Students of SCMS-Cochin vouchsafe for the fact that there is never a dull moment in Prof. R. T. R. Varma’s class.  Understandably so, since Prof. Varma has spent a lifetime actively gauging what appeals to the person in front and changing his marketing style accordingly.

“I’m incapable of sitting down in my classrooms at SCMS-Cochin,” confesses Prof. Varma. “It is as if in the class, my physical movement is an extension of my mind. I just have to move constantly.”

Not surprisingly therefore, his days at SCMS-Cochin are crammed with classes and encounters with students and faculty alike. “Trying hard to appear important and knowledgeable!” he offers, making light of it. Described as “friendly, forthright and chivalrous” by his fellow faculty members at SCMS-Cochin, Prof. Varma finds great satisfaction in imparting the “art of providing and communicating values” – as he describes Marketing – to the budding managers at SCMS-Cochin.


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Placements at KIAMS are structured, transparent and successful.

At KIAMS, students are taught to master theory but eschew being theoretical. The individual is encouraged to explore, with a sense of responsibility, the potential that s/he wishes to convert to professional performance. Even after factors such as uncertain times, job scarcity and other negative forces affecting the global economy came into play, KIAMS’ placement records did not show a downward trend. Counted amongst the best MBA colleges in Maharashtra and Karnataka, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies has proved the soundness of its beliefs with its placement success every year.

KIAMS is all geared up for the placements for the batch of 2011-13. With a major chunk of its students already carrying some work experience, the graphs for this year’s student profiles (below) clearly indicate the diversity within the batch: Picture2

KIAMS placements are a thoroughly planned activity, which begins with a formal interaction between the students and the participating companies through Pre-Placement Talk (PPT). The objective of the PPT is to provide the students with an opportunity to understand the organisation, the job profile and career prospects. However, much before the PPT, companies are requested to submit a detailed job description for the positions they wish to recruit for. This enables the college to match the students to the requirement based on their competencies and interest areas. In the current batch, 72% of the students opted for the Marketing stream, followed by 40% for Finance, 15% for HR and 12% for Operations.


Picture1The placements, however, are not a stand-alone process at KIAMS. They are robustly supported by lectures, seminars, industry integration, projects and case studies, summer internships, role plays and group discussions, live projects and capstone exercises. The result of this thorough academic mentoring is a pool of energised, empowered and evolved professionals, who have made the most of their opportunities and overcome the challenges thrown at them. What the students of KIAMS bring with them is a leadership capability (which they already possessed), which is then identified and nurtured under the guidance of their mentors and faculty. Ashutosh Tiwary, Regional Business Manager at HR Anexi Pvt. Ltd and KIAMS alumnus, shares, “What impressed me about KIAMS were the facilities. The teacher-to-student ratio was fantastic. The hostel was as good as can be. To top it all, when I realised that the ‘K’ in KIAMS stood for the Kirloskar brand, I knew this was the only B-school for me.”

KIAMS also focuses on the overall development of its future managers and supports their learning by imparting soft skills and leadership training, as well as experiential learning through out-bound exercises. Vineesh, Team Lead, Infosys and KIAMS alumnus, shares, “The most important skills that I acquired at KIAMS were time management and the ability to prioritise and focus. In fact, all the learning that I’m using – all the managerial skills – I learnt at the strategy sessions in KIAMS, where the most inspiring things happened.”  The most powerful edge that KIAMS has – and offers to its students – is its industry connect and network. The brand has a strong market presence, which also builds confidence in the aspirants as well as the recruiters.

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KIAMS ranked 26th in Careers 360 survey.

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced management Studies (KIAMS) landed a respectable 26th spot in Careers 360’s recent ranking study. This year, the magazine fine-tuned its methodology to arrive at the 12 most important parameters to rank B-Schools and looked at the latest mandatory disclosures made available by eligible B-Schools on their websites.

A questionnaire was mailed to more than 2,000 schools followed by verification and scrutiny of the submitted data. New features added to this year’s survey included a first-ever alumni ranking of B-Schools and an independent research output ranking. The quality of life for students, the quality of faculty, student to faculty ratio, industry and global exposure, research faculty, research output and placements were all factors included in the survey.

Getting input from alumni as to their experience at KIAMS undoubtedly helped solidify the institute’s rank. Nagesh Bhat, Principal, Shree Guru Sudhindra BBA BCA College was a member of the first batch at KIAMS.

“KIAMS is probably the only B-School, in the country to have a full-fledged rural festival – Pragati,” he says. “I had the opportunity of learning from some of the most illustrious minds in the business education segment.”

Nagesh says in terms of infrastructure – especially the hostel facilities – no B – School in the country comes close to KIAMS and he believes that it deserves to be acknowledged as one of the best B-schoolsof the country.

Another alumnus, Ashutosh Tiwary who heads sales, as the regional business manager with a business consulting firm attributes his rise in the corporate world completely to KIAMS. “It was like a dream,” he says. “What impressed me about KIAMS were the facilities. The teacher-to-student ratio was fantastic. The hostel was as good as can possibly be, having been originally prepared for an executive MBA program. To top it all, when I realised that the ‘K’ in KIAMS, stood for the Kirloskar brand, I knew this was the only B-School for me.”

Current students also have some high praise for KIAMS.

“There is so much happening here in the field of academics and extracurricular activities that you sometimes find yourself gasping for breath. But now I seem to have developed the stamina and I am really enjoying it,” says Pulkit Agarwal. He believes KIAMS is focused on imparting quality education to students and the whole curriculum is designed to make students industry-ready from day one and goes on to praise the experienced faculty, who she says are always ready to address specific problems and queries students.

As Director Gopal Iyengar says, KIAMS processes aim beyond delivering good education. “The invitation to the student is to master theory, but eschew being theoretical,” he says. “The individual is encouraged to explore with a sense of responsibility to find the potential that he or she wishes to convert to professional performance. The thinker is as valued as a doer; art co-exists with science. Our association with the industrial house of Kirloskar facilitates an easy two-way osmosis between concept and application.”

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Copenhagen Business School students ‘EngAGE’ with emerging markets like India

As a part of its formidable exchange programme, Copenhagen Business School receives approximately 1,700 exchange students from nearly 250 partner universities across the globe. What’s more, CBS sends out a similar number of its own students on exchange as well. Because of its geopolitical and economic relevance, one of the most prominent exchange programmes of CBS is with India, regarded as amongst the three fastest growing economies in the world.

“The exchange with the Institute of Management Technology in India is a part of our ‘EngAGE’ programme,” informs the Co-Programme Director of the EngAGE Bachelor Programme, Dr. Robyn V. Remke, mentor to the CBS students who had chosen to be a part of the exchange programme in India. “Apart from being in Delhi, the capital city, IMT is a prominent B-school of India.The underlying aim of the EngAGE programme is to get students to ‘do’ what they learn by reading texts, and participate in course discussions and group projects. Concepts and theories come to life when you practice what you learn in the classroom.”

According to Dr. Sudhanshu Rai, Director – Indian Relations, and Associate Professor of Innovation in emerging economies at the Copenhagen Business School, The study trip was customised towards understanding the environment in which entrepreneurs in India operate on a daily basis.

“An entrepreneur is not necessarily a person who’s got to start-up a company; but one who has the capacity to be entrepreneurial in whatever context he is. India, because of its diverse challenging pressure points, puts people in situation where they need to draw from their reservoir or the tool-kit. The idea of an entrepreneur here is all about trying to do something different, be innovative within whatever structure you are in. The learning is hard – it is not evident, it is chaotic – but it is essentially learning; and that’s what we want CBS students to imbibe.”

The 2-week programme, held between 27th October and 10th November 2012, included daily interactions with Indian entrepreneurs both in the partner institute as well as out in the field. In fact, the students from CBS spent a lot of time with entrepreneurial set-ups called TARA Machines, I Dream, Anand Foundation and ROPIO. This helped students witness the concepts in action and learn from those who are experts in the field.

“It has been very interesting here at TARA Machine, doing something practical rather than solving case studies,” observed Milen, one of the participants from CBS in the EngAGE programme. “We spent a lot of time innovating and improving a new tracking system. It made me wonder about what an entrepreneur really is. If you have started your business you are an entrepreneur, and if you have invented a new technology then you are an entrepreneur as well. The Indian faculty and entrepreneurs have been very inspiring and, through their experiences, shed light on various aspects of business in an emerging economy.”

For 20-year old Victoria, this exchange programme in India helped her find the seeds of entrepreneurship in herself.

“The environment in India inspired me to do things that I would not have otherwise done. I have been working on applications for the android platform but in India I began seeing the business opportunity in this. Entrepreneurship in India is very different from Denmark. For me, the most important learning was understanding how we could develop into entrepreneurs who think beyond profit or revenue..”

Eileen Gandy Dyer, Administrator of the EngAGE Bachelors Programme at Copenhagen Business School, feels that the variety of exchange programmes at CBS offers its students an opportunity to look within themselves and choose a career that they feel strongly about.

“EngAGE is different because it consists of a much higher level of practical experience in the field. Each one in this Bachelors’ group has attended very intense classes that integrate much greater practical, field experience into the classroom. This trip to India actually allowed CBS students to work together with Indian entrepreneurs in extremely challenging conditions. After this, each student will be assigned to one of our corporate partners and at the end of their Bachelors’ studies they will do a six-month, full-time internship at the company.”

The students on the trip certainly seemed to thrive on this approach to their studies. “I am not the kind of person who wants to sit in the classroom and figure things out. I like to get out of my comfort zone and try things… and learn by doing them,” says Maya Welsinlason, one of the participants in the EngAGE trip to India. “In a way, my trip to India confirmed how nice and loving people are in that beautiful country. They have a very strong sense of community and families are in focus; you take care of each other in completely different ways than in Denmark, and that’s why I feel the idea of entrepreneurship in India is so different from that in Denmark. Of course, Denmark is very small in comparison. You can walk to your office, speak your mind and be equals here irrespective of your position. But if you are doing business in India, you have to consider the ‘power distance’ in hierarchy there, and adjust to it when you talk to people.”

The EngAGE programme also weaves in the opportunities to understand the cultural aspect of the country. In the trip to India, for instance, there was a visit to the Tibet house, where students of CBS had the opportunity to interact with Lamas.

“It was the most unforgettable experience I have had in a long time,” said Nina Olesen one of those who was a part of the Indian study trip under EngAGE. “It was very, very, special and interesting to see how a religion like Buddhism can be so inclusive. You don’t need to be Buddhist to follow most of the thoughts and philosophies.”

Since most of the students at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark come from Northern Europe and are used to its educational and workplace cultural traditions, India, with its diverse cultural blending of both Eastern and Western workplace practices and organisational values, challenges them to ‘rethink’ everything they know about entrepreneurship and organisational behavior. This focus on entrepreneurship at CBS provides the students with ample opportunity to learn about the different methods of entrepreneurship as well as the ways in which culture affects entrepreneurial development.

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Choose your career based on your passion: Dr.Naushad Forbes on KIAMS Convocation

In a glittering ceremony, the prestigious Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) conferred coveted diplomas to its Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) students of class of 2010-12. With the sun shining in its full glory, the new managers dressed in traditional black robes listened to eminent personalities speak eloquently about the roles they are about to take on in the exciting yet challenging corporate world.

The ceremony began with the chief guests lighting the traditional lamp as if heralding a bright and successful careers for KIAMS students. Expressing delight, the chief guests of the ceremony, Dr.Naushad Forbes, Director of Forbes Marshall,and Rahul Kirloskar, Executive Chairman, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited, spoke to the students and motivated them to excel in their corporate careers with their hard work, passion and dedication.

In his presidential speech, Rahul Kirloskar envisioned that KIAMS will be a unique training and development centre that will be responsible for producing future leaders of the country. A Centre of Manufacturing Excellence (CME) will also be established at the Pune Campus.

Motivating students to pursue a career of their dreams, Dr.Naushad Forbes advised students to look beyond the name of company to the content of job. During his convocation address, he asked students to choose a career based on three factors- do what they love, to make a difference wherever they are, and choose a career based on the content of the job.

While Dr.Naushad Forbes handed over the certificates to the graduating students, Mr. Rahul Kirloskar handed over the gold and silver medals to deserving and meritorious students in the presence of Dr.Gopal Iyengar, Director, Dr.Janaki Naik, Director of KIAMS, Pune, other senior faculty members and corporate dignitaries, staff, family members and friends.  The gold medal was awarded to Sakshi Sidana, and Preeti Agarwaal bagged the silver medal. The convocation ceremony ended with the convocation lunch.

Congratulating the jubilant students, Dr.Gopal Iyengar said, “We have moulded our students to exhibit the highest level of commitment, integrity and responsibility in doing their duties, which is required in this demanding corporate world. Today, the world has evolved as one global space. I wish our young graduates, who are the ambassadors of our institute, success in all their endeavours wherever they are. I am confident that they will make our institute proud and we would be always with them whenever they require us.”

The Convocation ceremony, which was held on March 27, 2012, also saw students celebrating their placement offers. About 75% students have already been placed with attractive job offers from a broad spectrum of banking, engineering and retail sectors. The average salary so far is Rs.4.24 lakhs while the highest salary is Rs. 8.47 lakhs. Organizations like Ashok Leyland, Federal Bank, Irevna, Genpact, Schindler, Mafoi, etc were the major recruiters during the placement process. The institute is confident of placing 100% by the time the placement process closes this year.

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Inequality in education biggest problem facing India: Dr. Balaji Sampath of AID tells KIAMS’ Chanakya

Inequality in education is the biggest problem facing Indian society today, says Dr. Balaji Sampath of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

AID is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development, which supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as agriculture, energy, education, health, livelihoods, natural resources including land and water, women’s empowerment and social justice.

Dr. Sampath, while a graduate student at the University of Maryland, spearheaded efforts to establish AID chapters in the United States and after receiving his PhD, returned to India to work with AID in Chennai.

In an interview with Siddhartha S. Modukuri, PGDM I, KIAMS (Harihar) for The Chanakya, he says while children from wealthy families have access to higher education those “from poor families at government schools cannot generally add or subtract even after five years of schooling.”

Twenty years back, being illiterate was different “because they did not have access or awareness of education,” he said. “Now this generation of kids had access to schools, but still cannot add or subtract.”

But now the world is very different, said Dr. Sampath, noting the need for education and pointing out: “Now there is this cutthroat competition wherever you go.”

Dr. Sampath told KIAMS’ Chanakya there is such a huge gap in education it is going to create another generation of inequality.

This in turn will lead to a number of other issues, he said, such as Naxalism,

the term used for various militant Communist groups operating in different parts of India – groups that have been declared as terrorist organizations.

“They strongly feel that they were denied the opportunities,” he said. “This is going to create a big threat to the country in the future.”

Dr. Sampath said “I think at this point the government should take action in a very big way,” adding “It can be solved easily if there is some political will for it.”

But, he said, “Overall the government reacts in a very defensive mode” when approached. “I feel that the seriousness that should be there is missing.”

If he could give the youth of today a message, Dr. Sampath said it would be to do something, however small, to improve society.

“Society will change when millions of people make small changes in their lives – basically make a small effort to make society better. Make sure that opportunities are given to poor people equally. That is going to make a very large-scale and long-term impact.”

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IMT CDL: Asia’s best B-School and India’s pride!

 IMT Centre for Distance Learning (CDL) is known for its performance and for the quality of learning imparted. Based on several criteria, IMT CDL has won awards and topped several ranking lists.

Lately, IMT CDL has been ranked No. 1 by the Zee Business survey conducted by the TV channel Zee Business. Another award coming from the Dewang Mehta Business School Awards had IMT CDL topping the list as Asia’s Best B-School Providing Management Education through Distance Mode. 29 B-Schools from countries across Asia competed for awards under different categories.

IMT CDL’s third, the World Education Award 2011 was awarded for the best PGDM Programme as per public voting during the World Education Summit 2011 on 14th July, 2011 at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.

The Zee Business Survey gauged B-Schools on parameters that included:

  • Course content
  • Quality of course material
  • Course delivery mode
  • Online and offline teaching methods
  •  Personal contact programme
  • Exclusive faculty members
  • Research and consultancy
  • Library facility
  • Industry reach
  • Examination system and
  • Usage of technology to deliver content

Based on the above, Zee Business went about conducting their survey.

“The maximum enrolment in distance learning is among working professionals,” said Dr. A M Sherry, Director IMT CDL. “Technology plays a very important role in IMT CDL. We use the most advanced technology to deliver our course content. Our working professional and housewife students benefit a lot from it.”

The advantage of distance learning is that people can get their desired qualification from anywhere in the world. Whether they are working professionals or housewives who seek to get their educational qualification while looking after their homes and families.

“They can watch lessons either from their offices or their homes or even on the move,” Dr. Sherry said. “All they need is an internet connection.”

Research is an important factor in Management Studies and this helps students do their research in the comfort of their homes. IMT CDL’s online library can be accessed by a student from anywhere in the world.

Programmes offered at IMT CDL are in the different areas of Management studies and durations, lasting from one to two years.

Deeply dedicated and highly qualified, the faculty plays a key role in IMT CDL winning awards and rankings. Led by Dr. A M Sherry, every member is committed to making IMT CDL what it is today.

IMT Ghaziabad’s CDL is successful thanks to the meticulous planning and study material provided to Distance Learning students. The curriculum for the courses is devised by a highly qualified and professionally aware faculty who believe in keeping an eye on the changes and trends in business and giving their students the best possible education.

Commenting on receiving these awards and rankings, Dr. A.M. Sherry, said, “IMT has the oldest institute of Distance Learning education. We have always focused on providing the best of the course content and technology at affordable fees and offer flexibility to our students.” Being a true IMT faculty, he added, “I still feel that there is plenty of scope for improvement. Our priority is to provide the best course material and technological assistance. Though we are consistently ranked and awarded, our aim is to be the best and grow into global leaders of Distance MBA Education.”

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