Mrs. Mariakutty Varkey joined SCMS-COCHIN as Head of Department Systems and Operations after a 23 year long stint in the IT industry. Her decision to explore the teaching space came after working in Senior Management positions in the areas of software development, project management, quality management and operations of companies such as Keltron, Sun Tec Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd and T&D Labs (Software) Pvt. Ltd.
Mrs. Mariakutty is also a certified ISO 9000:2000 QMS Lead Auditor. Her inclination towards sharing her experiences and taking on new challenges compelled her to take up an academic teaching position at SCMS-COCHIN.
After gaining a rich industry experience, when asked to express as to how students can best cope in high pressure corporate environments, she explains, “One should always do one’s homework properly. When you start working on any project, you need to first understand every nuance, collect and process as much information as possible about the project/client/users, and then tackle the problem in a structured, step-by-step manner.”
As a Head of Systems and Operations, her teaching philosophies revolve around leveraging student interactions, motivating and sharing her industry experiences with her students. She guides them as to what really works in the industry and what doesn’t. She says, “SCMS-COCHIN is offering a specialisation in Systems and Operations and most of the students who opt for this stream are engineers. With my interactions with fresh engineers in industry, I always used to feel a sort of disconnect between the theory they learnt in colleges and the practical skills that they need to have in industry. I thought I will try my best to narrow this gap in my area of specialisation. And the management of SCMS–COCHIN was very supportive in initiating this process. Today many of my students are working in IT companies as business analysts, test leads, processes analysts etc . I am very happy about it and enjoy their company mainly over Face book!”
When we asked her about the job opportunities in the field of Systems and Operations, she moves on to elaborate, “Students with System and Operations specialisation can fit in very well in the industry as business analysts, project leads, quality analysts, test engineers, IT/ industrial products sales executives, operations managers, market research executives etc”
Apart from academics, Professor Mariakutty also spearheads the international ACBSP accreditation activities for SCMS-COCHIN. She along with her team successfully achieved this accreditation for the institute, making SCMS-COCHIN the only institute in Kerala and third one in India to possess one. “I was coordinating the International accreditation (ACBSP) activities for SCMS-COCHIN. This is a quality initiative which involves coordination and interaction with people at all levels as well as external agencies. It was a real good team work and fruitful learning exercise for all of us. SCMS group is implementing a full fledged ERP system and I am a core member of the implementation team. I also involve in MDP and consultancy initiates in my domain.”
On a parting note, she exclaims her inclination to play a role of a mentor for her students. She does not believe in spoon feeding them, but simply facilitating their growth process. Students should be facilitated to explore their full potential and become great managers when they go out in the industry. They should be encouraged to keep themselves updated with value additions in the form of proficiency in tools, techniques and certifications in their chosen area.
“I enjoy taking up challenging assignments and working under pressure. The sense of satisfaction that you get after completing a project successfully is something which you always cherish. I look forward to taking up more consultancy jobs as I feel that it is an opportunity to work closely with industry. We can help them with our experience and we get to update ourselves resulting in a win-win situation for both”, adds Prof. Mariakutty, as a concluding remark.