Mr. T. K. Jose (Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kerala) calls for inclusion of new generation management professionals in government machinery to maintain speed and professionalism
Early on the morning of the 29th of July 2013, the auditorium at SCMS Cochin was packed with a select group of youngsters. Young men in their summer formals, and women in their salwar-kameezes and sarees spoke in excited, hushed tones on what was clearly one of the most important days of their lives. As the clock struck 9 AM, the inaugural session of the induction programme of the 2013-15 Batch – or 22nd Batch – of Kerala’s flagship B-school, SCMS Cochin School of Business, came to order. Dr. G. P. C. Nayar, Chairman, SCMS Group, presided over the function. He shared the dais with Mr. T. K. Jose (Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kerala) and Mr. Ravi Soman (Senior Business Leader, VISA Inc., California) striking a balance of two eminent personalities from the public and private sector, respectively.
“New generation management should enter the field of governance in order to maintain the speed and professionalism in both the public and private sectors,” Mr. T. K. Jose was quoted as saying in the occasion. Mr. Jose also highlighted how SCMS Cochin School of Business has been instrumental in bringing in good management practices to the coconut industry of Kerala. “It is high time the qualification for government jobs in India is changed to include professionally qualified individuals for specific positions, so as to improve speed, objectivity and transparency. No Indian university is offering a degree or PG programme in coconut processing, whereas several such courses are available in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.”
On his part, Mr. Ravi Soman praised SCMS Cochin School of Business for its multi-cultural learning environment and a diverse set of students from various states in India.
“Google can give information, but never experience,” said Mr. Soman, while handing out one of the most important lessons to youngsters entering the world of business management. “That happens only through the ambience and environment of an institution.”
The incoming students were given a panoramic view of the business world by two of the stalwarts of SCMS Cochin School of Business, Dr. V. Raman Nair (Director) and Dr. Filomina P. George (Academic Dean).
The 2-year PGDM programme at SCMS Cochin School of Business is split into six terms in all. First, of course, the students have to go through a Foundation course. The aim of this Foundation course is to bring all students from different academic backgrounds up to a certain basic level. To achieve this objective, students are taken through sub- courses on the Principles of Management, Business Environment, and basic skill development modules on Accounting, Quantitative Techniques, Computing and Language.
“Getting through SCMS Cochin School of Business is a dream come true for anybody, especially if you happen to be from Kerala, as I do,” said one of the new comers enthusiastically . “The mix of academically and professionally qualified faculty members, who also come with rich industry experience, gives SCMS the edge. The stress on discipline, adaptability, social values and ethos has ensured that SCMS alumni do extremely well wherever they go.”
During Year One the Batch of 2013-15 will be given basic knowledge in all the functional areas of management. A lot of emphasis will also be laid on soft skill development, experiential and self learning through an Integrated Managerial Learning Program (IMLP), Outbound Training and co-curricular activities that supplement the courses. Year Two will comprise a full term internship in a chosen field with an organisation. This will be followed by three to four courses in General Management. Marketing streams are offered to all specializations along with 4 courses in each term in their respective areas of specialization.
Here’s wishing the 22nd Batch a great learning experience in the sprawling, beautiful campus of SCMS Cochin School of Business!