“Vanakkam” the typical Chennai welcome with hands clasped together and head slightly bowed forward – is the delight I felt when I first laid my eyes on the SCMS-COCHIN campus.
For physical places do matter, even in our digital world. And in business education they matter more than ever, because they provide space for people to come together amid their busy, far-flung lives. As is with chalk and cheese, coming to Kerala, was an entirely different experience for me. Yes, a sense of wavering self was there, having being born and bred in Chennai (my home for the past 21 years), but my fears soon got allayed once I embraced to what was to be my ‘Gurukul’ for the next two years.
Located in the lovely green environs of Kerala, amidst the traditional-feel Kerala style campus SCMS features digital high-definition auditoriums and tall trees, an attractive library with loads of greenery, state-of-the art infrastructure, and inspiring views to the river winding around it. A schedule packed with readings, panels, and talks; the regimen here is quite strict so to say. There is no time for a breather, and all other personal work and home assignments need to be carried out after college hours (after 5pm).
Needless to say, the exposure to the industry is great. There are loads of business experts coming in to deliver their experiences and practical insights in their respective fields. For instance, a lecture from an industry expert guided us through the practical approaches of team building and team formation in an office set-up. Not only the faculty have supreme knowledge and power over their subjects, they encompass a wide industry experience themselves. From DVD’s to videos, to other resources, they leave no stone unturned to show us exactly how the subject relates to real life corporate challenges. Another add-on is how the course-ware is structured; it is listed out for the whole year. Students know exactly which class will be conducted at what period and so to say, we can be ready for the next class in advance.
Further still, an online access to the library and a login and mail id on the internal campus-wide server has made life easier for us. Here we can exchange notes with other fellow students, and the faculty too upload any new notes, interesting research or information for us to use. Besides all, the fun aspect is also there. My weekend fun involves visiting nearby malls, hanging out with friends, watch movies etc..
That’s all and more the reason I chose SCMS-COCHIN as my Gurukul.