SCMS Cochin has always been guided by the principal that success of business depends on the maturity of the people who run and mange it. A businessman has to deal with many situations during day to day working, and those who have developed and mastered soft skills and learned to go beyond text books learning, manage to stand apart from the crowd and survive in the fierce word of business.
Students join SCMS from all walks of life. All of them are good in academics but to outshine and to be ready for industry, they need to hone their skills in every sphere of life. This can be best achieve by experiential learning, and participating in activities that help one improve social skills, knowledge and understanding of human behavior. “There is much more learning in these types of activities than from a class room lecture,” says Dr. G.P.C. Nayar, Chairman SCMS Cochin.
“It all started with group activities under students counsel, and it proved an instant hit both with the students and top management,” recollects Dr. Ms. Filomina P. George, Academic Administrator and Professor in the department of finance. She has been the force behind formulation and development of this concept which saw students and faculty also pitching in to devise an appropriate programme, which finally culminated into Integrated Managerial Learning Programme (IMLP). “To sustain students interest, it is ensured that the activities are in the nature of infotainment and give one ample opportunity to express and experiment—thereby helping one to realise one’s true potential”, adds Dr. Filomina.
IMLP was officially launched on July 1, 2004 for 12th batch of PGDM students of SCMS Cochin. Students’ conveners and core committee of the faculty constitute IMLP Core Committee.
The IMLP envisages six days weekly schedule. Day one is devoted to Quiz Club which organizes quiz series with special focus on economy, corporate world and finance sector. The Theatre on day one is designed to develop creativity, initiative, organizing and communication skills through dramatics.
Day 2 & 4 is a day for Vertical House. Participating teams study evolution, structure and characteristics of the selected industry. Come 3rd day and students brace themselves for The Big Fight—a debate or Panel discussion.
Day 5 is devoted to Institute-Industry-Interaction through Seminar, Paper presentations workshops, and industrial visits. “We look forward to this interaction as we get a reality check of present industrial scenario”, say Radha Krishna, first year student of PGDM.
Day 6 is earmarked for extra-curricular activities which include talent time, social projects, language lab and sports. Language lab is compulsory for those who need to improve English language skills. These days we hear a lot about social responsibility of industry, but this is not new for SCMC Cochin as each student needs to identify with one project of social significance and endorse his or her contribution to the society. Sports occupies an important position, and voluntary groups of students organize teams of various sports and games.
No wonder, SCMC Cochin students rank at the top when industry suitability is assessed.