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20TH Batch of SCMS- Cochin all set to pass out with an international perspective of ‘Emerging Kerala’

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19th April 2013, Cochin: The Convocation Ceremony of the 20th Batch of SCMS-Cochin will be held with traditional grandeur, on the 26th of April 2013, between 10 AM and 1 PM. Graduating students of the foremost B-school in Kerala will be receiving their Post Graduate Diploma from Mr. Shibu Baby John, Minister for Labor and Rehabilitation, Government of Kerala, who will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address. Shri Adrian Williams, Head – Human Resources, Thomas Cook (India), will be addressing the student managers as the Guest of Honour.

During their 2 years course at SCMS-Cochin, the 20th Batch has had the fortune of organising and being a part of several events of national and international stature; foremost being the ‘Emerging Kerala – Global Connect 2012’ summit held between 12-14 September 2012. This The mega-event, held at Hotel Le Meridien, Cochin, had the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Defence Minister, Shri A.K. Anthony addressing the global corporate and political fraternity, on why India perceives Kerala as the next big business hub, and the possibilities that Kerala offers. As a part of the organising body for this summit, students of the 20th Batch found the opportunity to interact with and hear to global thought leaders and businessmen.

“This batch has done exceedingly well on all counts,” observed Mr. Pramod P. Thevanoor, Director, SCMS Group of Institutions.“The placements have been more than satisfactory. Almost 50% of the batch will be joining the Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance sector. New managers groomed at SCMS-Cochin will also be joining the FMCG sector, Consulting firms, and IT & ITES sector. Interestingly, this year quite a few of our students are headed for Media and Entertainment companies, which is great considering this is the fastest growing space.”

 Showing remarkable resilience to the overall slowdown, SCMS-Cochin attracted more than 20 new companies to its campus this year. The regulars at the SCMS-Cochin campus included top companies like Deloitte, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, HDFC Asset Management, ICICI Securities, Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, Hawkins, Berger Paints, Madras Cements, Kotak Mahindra, Asian Paints, ITC, Reliance Money, Malayala Manorama, South Indian Bank Limited etc. Those who have recruited for the first time include companies like HSIL, Future Generali Life Insurance, Muthoot FinCorp, ICICI Prudential, Spices Board, Decathlon Sports India, Medgenome Molecular Diagnostics etc.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Events, News And Events, News Room

 

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“In the current ever fluctuating and challenging economic trends, it pays to equip yourself with knowledge and the experience offered at SCMS- Cochin” Says Unnikrishnan P S, Placed as BD Manager at HDFC Bank, 2011-13 Batch

208-A-FK2225-UNNIKRISHNAN P SUnnikrishnan is smiling all the way to the bank. After all that’s where he works now!

A native of the beautiful backwater township of Kollam in southern Kerala, Unnikrishnan describes his tenure in SCMS-Cochin as a “rollercoaster ride”.

“The two years at SCMS-Cochin have been full of twists and turns with umpteen number of activities, seminars and programs, fast-paced curriculum and fun all along. With a good CGPA, and placement as a Business Development Manager in HDFC – with a reasonably good package – I finished this rollercoaster ride with a smile on my face and content in my heart. Fact of the matter is that the two years as SCMS-Cochin simply disappeared in a jiffy, leaving me wanting for more.”

A Mechanical Engineering from Government Engineering College Barton Hill, Trivandrum, Unnikrishnan had decided on a post-graduation in Business studies even while he was doing his B.Tech. He chose SCMS Cochin because of its reputation of being the best B-School in Kerala.

“SCMS-Cochin truly lives up to this reputation, also because of its steady placement record. The array of experienced and qualified professors and lecturers leave no doubt in this. I believe my experience with SCMS is indeed the drive that landed me in the job that I am currently selected for. They say it’s a “dog-eat-dog” world today, and the level of competition is at heights never experienced before. In times like these it pays to equip your-self with knowledge and the experience offered at SCMS-Cochin.”

Unnikrishnan defines the three-month Internship and subsequent thesis preparation as the most challenging phase of SCMS-Cochin. The first-hand experience at corporate life, doing a project under tight scrutiny – the project was regarding a market analysis for branch expansion of HDFC Bank in Bangalore – and strict timelines and the pressure to do a good job, made him realise the value of the discipline at SCMS-Cochin! Unnikrishnan’s profile as Business Development Manager under Home loans department at HDFC Bank covers functions of Sales, Marketing, as well as CRM.

“In the current ever-fluctuating and challenging economic trends, I plan to hold my ground, stick to my first job for a while, try to gain experience and exposure and play it out slow. It would be unwise to jump ships when the sea is rough because you never know which ship sinks to the bottom first. Although the current trends hint anything but betterment in the immediate future, I believe a prosperous career can be shaped out through dedication and perseverance.”       

With a 5-year plan firmly in place, Unnikrishnan sees himself a fair distance up the corporate ladder in the duration.

“If you are not moving fast enough, you are not moving at all. I believe 5 years is a good, long period to learn the tricks of the trade, position oneself for promotions and take big strides towards growth in the organization.”

Ambition, no doubt, is made of stern stuff, and Unnikrishnan clearly comes across as some who has it in ample quantity.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in News Room, Placements

 

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“Even in these times there are opportunities galore for those who are determined and clearly focused. IT is something that has been deeply ingrained in me at SCMS-Cochin.” says Sachin Vijayan, Assistant Manager, Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, 2011-13 Batch

SachinAs a son of an Armyman, Sachin Vijayan enjoyed studying and growing up in various parts of India. But after a B.Com from Mahatma Gandhi University, when it came to selecting a B-school for his management education, he decided to journey back to his home state, Kerala.

“SCMS-Cochin is the most prestigious B-school in Kerala. Since I wanted nothing but the best for my post-graduation in management, I targeted SCMS-Cochin. These two years at SCMS-Cochin were filled with all kinds of colors. It was fun, challenging and motivating for me, in the process helping me transform into a better personality. The learning helped me realize that wherever I reach in my life I should never forget my roots and those who helped me reach my destiny.”

While Sachin acknowledges that from Day 1 itself SCMS-Cochin challenged him to think out of the box and look beyond self-imposed limits, the most challenging phase came during the internship with Pantaloons Retail India Ltd.

“All of a sudden we were exposed to the practical side of the classroom teaching, and its real time application in business. The learning was immense. To a large extent, I was able to crack my placement as Assistant Manager at Madura Fashion and Lifestyle because of my internship with Pantaloons. My internship helped me gain experience in all the verticals and ensured I was 100% prepared for the challenges of placement with a retailing giant like Madura.”

Sachin believes his academic experience at SCMS-Cochin has made getting a job seem easier, and on expected lines. To him, the best thing about the course is that it is absolutely up to date.

“If you walk where your passion leads you, success will follow you. As students of management, we often make the mistake of picking up a particular specialization with the sole aim of getting placed. My advice to my younger colleagues is, choose to specialise in a subject you are passionate about. If you enjoy learning, you will definitely achieve success.”

Sachin Vijayan is by nature a cautious man, given to thinking twice before taking any decision. He likes to create a link between the practice and theory, before going ahead with something.

“Since my area of interest is HR, I keep in mind that people are not just motivated in monetary terms but they need better recognition at work. It is for this reason that I believe that, even in these challenging times there are opportunities galore for those who are determined and clearly focused towards what they want. It is something that has been deeply ingrained in me at SCMS-Cochin.

Sachin Vijayan confesses that rather than “hop, step and jump” in his career, he would rather spend a long time with the organisation he currently is. 5 years down the line, he sees himself as a regional HR manager at Madura Fashion and Lifestyle.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in News Room, Placements

 

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“The course, which is designed in consultation with the current industry trends, makes us job ready and gives us a finishing school exposure.” says S. Prabaharan, Batch- 2011-2013

FK-2320 PRABAHARANSCMS student S. Prabaharan says the school’s practice of learning through experience prepared him well for the corporate world.

Recently recruited by HDFC Ltd. as the Business Development Manager-Management Trainee, Prabharan strongly feels that “the curriculum that put students into a corporate scenario gave enough opportunities to learn and I optimally used that opportunity.”

Originally from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu,the engineering graduate chose SCMS because he wanted to experience a different state and culture in order to break out of his comfort zone and grow. He definitely found that at SCMS.

“SCMS life allows students to find possibilities within uncertainties” he said, and managing those uncertainties taught him a lot, with the most challenging example being conducting a post-budget analysis for a finance forum. Prabaharan says the school gave him enough basic knowledge about marketing concepts and management to fit in well in his new position. “Professionally, the academic experience gave me a complete exposure of management knowledge in all the necessary areas like finance, operations, marketing and human resources. The course, which is designed in consultation with the current industry trends, makes us job ready and gives us a finishing school exposure.”

His SCMS training also shattered a lot of myths about management for him and allowed him to confidently answer questions about marketing and leadership when being interviewed for placement.

The courses provided at SCMS really pay off when it comes time to enter the world of work, says Prabaharan, because they give you job-ready skills and the brand value of the school, which provides a competitive edge in job market. Thanks to his education, he believes he can bring to the job creative and unexplored ways to overcome problems and meet target goals.

Based on his personal experience, he has some sound advice for graduating students being interviewed for placement. Prabaharan says they should market themselves throughout the placement process, ask company-related questions, present a clear dimension of the topics and be honest and confident in their answers. Sticking with the basics and delivering with confidence is the secret to cracking the placement process, according to Prabaharan.

As to what the future holds for him, he remarks: “After five years of experience I want to start my own venture… until then I will give my maximum to learn from opportunities.”

S. Prabaharan

PGDM

Batch- 2011-2013

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in News Room, Placements

 

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Enthusiasm and Emotion at Director’s Fireside 2013

Design Web BannerA farewell is a time to say goodbye. Although it’s an emotional event, one has to say adieu on a happy note to the ones who are leaving and wish them luck in their next phase of life. With these sentiments in minds, it was a fun-filled and colourful evening on 25th March at SCMS-Cochin when juniors bade a grand farewell to their beloved seniors, under the name “Director’s Fireside 2013”.

The seniors had a great time, and enjoyed every moment of the well organised farewell party by their juniors. The event began with a video which captured many cherished memories and moments from their two years in the institution.  Faculty members shared their memories with the outgoing batch and wished them well in their careers.

The juniors showed their affection for the seniors by singing some beautiful, sometimes emotional songs. But the mood could only be called upbeat when the seniors took to the dance floor – their dance performances had the audience on their feet, with the loudest cheers coming from the juniors. The highlight of the evening was a surprise activity in which senior boys had to drape a saree and walk the ramp. Four pairs of boys were selected randomly and in each, one had to drape a saree on the other, who then had to do the catwalk. As can be imagined, this had the onlookers rolling in the aisles with laughter and the ‘models’ were greeted with many cheers and whistles. Later in the evening, the mood mellowed and became more solemn and nostalgic as the seniors expressed their emotions by lighting candles.

Every year, the event polls the best individuals from the outgoing batch in different categories. This year’s Angry Young Man was Venugopal, Angry Young Woman was Bindya, Mr. Funny Bones was Pankaj, Miss Funny Bones was Renu, Miss Best Dressed was Tanu Maria, Mr Fireside was Unnikrishnan and Miss Fireside was Rinu Jacob. Winners were felicitated by the Director and other senior faculty members.

There will be an end for every beginning. The journey of PGDM Batch 20 of SCMS-Cochin came to an end at the Director’s Fireside 2013 and the memorable and colorful farewell ended on a high, with everyone getting together to shake a leg in some final dance performances.

Sridhar, PGDM 21

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in events and activities

 

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