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“HUMANE 2012–‘Aligning HR with business strategy’” National seminar on HR at SCMS-Cochin


SCMS-Cochin played host to some of the most distinguished HR practitioners of India at the national seminar on Human Resources, HUMANE 2012 Held on the 26th and 27th of December the two-day seminar saw stalwarts from the HR spectrum exchange views on‘Aligning HR with Business Strategies’. The experts shared their knowledge and interacted with the young guns of SCMS-Cochin on a variety of topics like employee engagement, social media and HR, and Workforce Diversity

Providing the mandate for a thought-provoking seminar, Professor P.C Pillai, Group Director, SCMS-Cochin, drew a vivid comparison between the immense importance of Human Resource management today, with the 1970’s, when he was an employee in a reputed bank, and when most of the organisations did not have an HR sturcture in place.

Inaugurating the seminar, the celebrated DRDO Scientist and Director of NPOL Dr. Anantha Narayanan, spoke about the importance of HR management event to career scientists like him.

“With technology changing so rapidly, one of the biggest challenges of HR is to train its employees to avoid them from becoming outdated. If the management is able to understand the employee’s social, economical,and personal needs, it will be highly successful in retaining their employees. Manpower is beyond doubt the most important asset of an organisation. Connectivity through communication is the important link between management and the work force. This is not just good PR, it is also good HR.”

One of the most informative speakers during Humane 2012 was Mr. C.S. Anil Kumar, Zonal Head Operations of South Zone Reliance Retail, who gave a stunning account of how HR is driving businesses in various areas of the corporate.

“According to surveys, 17% of HR professionals and leaders have confirmed that they are invited to participate in the initial stages of major enterprise initiatives. HR is now a business partner; it is a tool that supports profit making of the company. To link HR with business, you should know your business first. Therefore, increasingly, HR practitioners are now being chosen from amongst those who know the business from the ground level upwards.HR is shifting from organisation of the business, to the business of the organisation” remarked Mr. Kumar.

The session by Mr. Shebu Raphael, Vice President – HR, Deloitte, was thoroughly enjoyed by the students of SCMS-Cochin, since it was high on the humour quotient.Drawing inspiration from scenes of Malyalam cinema, Mr. Raphael, simplified the current HR scenario for the benefit of the future managers from SCMS-Cochin. With great ease Mr. Raphael was able to establish that employee retention ultimately is the difference between an iconic corporate entity, and a ‘fly-by-night’ operator.

Mr. Narendra Kumar, Zonal Head – HR, Coca Cola, spoke intensely about the future of HR. He drew attention to the changing trends of HR, highlighting the linkages between strategy and HR.

He said, “The priorities of a global HR leader today should be on developing a comprehensive talent strategy. This should be closely followed by creatively engaging employees, improving managerial performance, knowing where and when to differentiate, and lastly measuring and monitoring results.”

Focussing on the influence of advancing technology and social media, Mr. Praveen Kamath, General Manager & Global Head – Talent Transformation at Wipro BPO reminded that, “Technology is the key for any business today. You have to realise the need of the hour. Technology is not just changing the role of HR, but how we conduct HR management as well. 87% of the companies today use Linkedin for recruitements. Social Media is a tool for every business to stay up… and updated.”

Over the two days of Humane 2012 the audience at SCMS-Cochin bore witness to some of the most stimulating discussions on all aspect of the subject. There was a series of Panel Discussions like the one on ‘Employee Engagement’, with eminent panelists like Mr. Abraham George, Partner at STEPZ HR, and Mr. Bijwish Babu, Manager – HR (International Recruitments & Rewards) at BankMuscat.  Two of the Panel Discussions drew a lot of interest, since the moderator was a SCMS-Cochin alumni Ms. Annu Mathew, currently a Talent Strategist with Accenture. One of these discussions was on Workforce Diversity, which had Mr. Rajesh Nair, VP Ernst and Young, and Mr. Vinod Subramanian, Associate Director, Flexability Limited, as panelists. The second Panel Discussion was on Social Media and HR with eminent panelists like Mr. K. N. Ajith, VP – HR & FMS at Mytrah Energy (India) Ltd., and Mr. Kishore Poduri, HR Head at DBS, Mumbai.

The experts from the industry congratulated SCMS-Cochin for creating the platform for an extremely ‘topical topic’. It was generally agreed by the students of SCMS-Cochin that the seminar had been an eye-opener on more than one front.


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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in events and activities


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9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON E-GOVERNANCE AT SCMS-COCHIN “Tapping Into Global Thinkers To Find The Way Forward In e-Governance In India”

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One of the most anticipated conferences on e-governance in the country, the 9th International Conference on e-Governance (ICEG-2012) was held on the 29th and 30th of December 2012 at SCMS-Cochin. Despite the festive season, subject experts from various parts of the globe like Dr. Waltraut Ritter (Research Director, Knowledge Enterprises, Hong Kong), Ms. Chandana Unnithan, Deakin University, Australia, and Dr. MP Gupta, Professor  & Chair-Information Systems & E-governance, IIT Delhi shared their thoughts at ICEG-2012. More than 30 shortlisted Papers and case studies on various aspects of e-governance were presented over 5 plenary sessions.

Welcoming the luminaries during the inaugural session Dr. V. Raman Nair, Director, SCMS-Cochin, presented a fairly incisive study of the current state of e-governance in India, and why e-governance was absolutely essential to balance out the lopsided growth story of the country. The stage was then set for Major General (Retired) Dr. R.K.Bagga, Chairman, CSI SIG e-governance, to present the macro view at the national level. Dr. V.P. Joy, Principal Secretary – Finance, Government of Kerala, thereafter discussed how e-governance was panning out in the home state. The inaugural session also saw eminent speakers like Mr. Satish Babu, President, Computer Society of India, Dr. MP Gupta, Professor  & Chair-Information Systems & E-governance, IIT Delhi, and Ms. Chandana Unnithan, School of Information Systems, Deakin University, Australia bring their expert opinion to the table.

The Keynote session had Ms.. Neeta Verma (Senior Technical Director, Data centre & Web services Div, NIC) opine on ‘Open Government Data: A New Opportunity to Serve the Citizens’, while Mr. Anand Parthasarathy (MD, Online India Tech Pvt. Ltd.) dwelt upon ‘Citizen Services in an Internet Age: Harnessing the mobile edge.’

The three plenary sessions were organised around the subjects of ‘e-Governance & Inclusive Growth’ and ‘e-Governance – Implementation Issues and Challenges’. Papers were presented on topics ranging from ‘Uses OF VoIP IN E-Governance’, to ‘Access and Awareness of Mobile Market Information Services for market linkages among farmers in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu’,Open Government Data – more than 80 formats’, Survey on Various Initiatives and Challenges of Mobile based Public Services in India’, and ‘A GIS Based e-Governance Solution for School Mapping and Educational Micro-Planning – a Case Study of the State of Maharashtra’.

The evening of Day 1 (29th December 2012) provided the distinguished delegates at the 9th ICEG at SCMS-Cochin with some delightful retreat from the hectic brainstorming of the day.. The PGDM students of SCMS-Cochin enacted the rich cultural heritage of Kerala through a dance and drama show. “I cherish your great hospitality for which Kerala will be very special in my memory,” said Dr. M P Gupta from IIT Delhi, echoing the sentiments of the luminaries at the conference. “I am most impressed by Gayatri (who anchored the show) and her team for putting up this splendid cultural program. I have found a positive environment in SCMS-Cochin, and happiness all around.”

On the final day of ICEG-2012 a special two-and-a-half hour session was organised to sum up the ‘Best Practices in e-Governance’. This session was truly a ‘special’ one for the students of SCMS-Cochin, with distinguished academicians, industry practitioners, and government officers actively brainstorming to come up with issues, solutions and applications of e-governance that could work in the Indian context. Apart from Dr. Waltraut, Dr. Ajit Babu, Dr. Biju Soman, and Dr. K Jayakumar(Joint Secretary CSIR/DSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology) left no stones unturned to plant the seeds of a better e-governance structure in minds of the audience at SCMS-Cochin.

“I would like to thank SCMS-Cochin for organising and executing ICEG 2012 so well,” said Ms. Chandana Unnithan, a subject expert from Deakin University, Australia. “You were meticulous, patient and timely.  Especially Dr. Sengottuvelu and all the student community who supported this event – the cultural program was fantastic. My personal congratulations to the singing team and the dance team — they were very creative.”

“The Conference has been successful in giving an overview of e-governance and related areas to the audience through keynote addresses and various special sessions,” pointed out Dr. V. Raman Nair, Director, SCMS-Cochin. “It had some good research presentations by young research scholars in its plenary sessions.”

Keeping in mind the growing importance of e-Governance, SCMS-Cochin is undoubtedly opening up avenues for its students through exposure to global thoughts and efforts in this domain.


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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in events and activities


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SCMS-Cochin Out-Bound camp instils Leadership and Teamwork.

Physical training, leadership skills and teamwork were all in evidence in SCMS-Cochin students in their annual Out-Bound Training Programme held at Suryanelli in the Munnar district. Student Jayeeta Putatunda found it to be “the most exciting part of the whole PGDM course”. She said that details of the event were kept shrouded in mystery until finally a notice was posted outlining guidelines on what to take, the weather conditions, camp tents and facilities.

On December 14th, the first batch with three faculty members started out at around 11:30 a.m., reaching the camp at 5 p.m. The camp, said Jayeeta “was a scenic spot with a perfect integration of hills, rivers and greenery that created a very soothing and peaceful environment.”

Under the direction of Commander R. Madhusoodanan, Chief Trainer with Kalypso Training, the SCMS-Cochin students were briefed on the activities ahead and then relaxed with snacks in front of a camp fire. True to form, they played various games such as antakshari and passing the ball before retiring to their tents.

The SCMS-Cochin crew was up at 6 a.m. the next day and after breakfast, had different warm-up exercises in separate teams. These include exercises such as passing the ball randomly, the tile chain exercise and carrying the ball only with ropes attached from one station to another. This was followed  by a debriefing by the commander about what happened in the exercises.

As Jayeeta explained, the intention was to enhance the way they worked as a team and the way they communicated effectively to achieve set goals. “That is the point at which we realised that OBT was not only about fun tasks, but also involved a practical learning experience out of our regular organisational behaviour classes,” she said. “We learned mostly about leadership and how an effective leader can motivate and influence a team and guide its members to achieve individual as well as organisational goals. The actual experiences made the theory perspectives more clear.”

But the best was yet to come – river rafting. SCMS Director of Academic Administration, Pramod P. Thevannoor, Director Dr. V. Raman Nair, Dean Dr. Filomina P. George and Hostel Administrator Mr. Balagopal arrived that day, providing encouragement and taking lots of pictures

For the SCMS-Cochin students, rafting was a new experience as they had to make the rafts with bamboo shafts and tires, but keeping safety and cost effectiveness in mind. It was another event that called for teamwork.

Other events held during the Out-Bound Training Programme included Hill Trekking, which fostered team bonding, assisting each other and motivating tired participants. This was followed by an activity called ‘passing through the spider web’ which required dedication, concentration and effective planning.

The whole OBT experience “was very special in terms of learning as well as forming new bonds and strengthening the old ones,” said Jayeeta. “We, the students of SCMS, thank the management,  faculty, the Kalypso Adventures Team and all our fellow students who made this entire event a grand success and so meaningful in our lives.”

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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in events and activities


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Mr. Rajasekhar Ramaraj, CEO, Sify Limited throws light on the essence of Entrepreneurship to SCMS- Cochin students


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‘Set an anchor that drives you towards your goal and dreams.’ This was the punch line that Mr. Rajasekhar Ramaraj put forth in a talk that gripped his audience.

Mr. Ramaraj is a chemical engineer from the University of Madras, MBA from IIM Kolkata, founder and till recently the CEO of Sify Limited, and a pioneer and leader in internet, networking and e-commerce services in India.

We, the students of PGDM batch-21, were especially fortunate to have attended the session of such a dynamic and versatile entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is a challenging path to take from any business point of view; there are only a handful who risk taking up a business they really desire and love. “In today’s uncertain world, knowing one’s goal and having a mentor are a must”, stressed Mr. Ramaraj.

Many budding entrepreneurs were bubbling over with questions and the energetic speaker was ready to address all their queries. One of the questions asked was regarding the role education plays in the evolution of a successful entrepreneur. With a humble smile, he answered, “Education is an add-on to your skills, but to become a pioneer in entrepreneurship, education is not the prime focus”. You need to build up on your resources and focus on a lot of other skills to work towards success.

Serving one’s society and being patriotic are two lessons we could learn from Mr. Ramaraj, who has made impressive contributions to society. The plight of  Indian sportsmen and women is often talked about, but only a few like him actually work towards  improving matters. At the end of his talk, he was able to drive the thoughts of many students towards the vast ocean of entrepreneurship. His passion and dedication towards his work spread a positive vibe among all his listeners.

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in events and activities


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SCMS to host National and International Conferences

The 9th international conference on E – governance – ICEG 2012 will be held at SCMS campus Kalamassery on 29th and 30th of December. 0n 29th Saturday, Dr.V.P. Joy IAS, Principal Secretary Finance, Govt. of Kerala will inaugurate the conference at 9 AM. The speakers from India, US, UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Thaiwan, Korea, Canada and Philippines will lead the different segments. Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated the first conference in 2003. In 2004, the Government of Srilanka, with the Prime Minister as the Chief Guest, hosted the conference at Colombo. SCMS – COCHIN (School of Communication and Management Studies, Cochin) is organizing the ICEG -2012 in association with International Congress of E-Government.

More than 300 delegates will participate in the conference. It aims to provide a forum for discussing research findings, strategies, policies and technologies in the growing field of E- governance. Dr. V. Raman Nair, Director, SCMS informed in a press note.

‘Aligning HR with Business Strategies’ two days national seminar on HR will be held on 26th Wednesday and 27th Thursday of this month at SCMS Campus, Kalamassery.

On 26th at 2.P.M. S. Anantha Narayanan, Director, NPOL will inaugurate the seminar. Dr. G. P. C. Nayar, Chairman, SCMS will preside.  Different topics like Employee Engagement, Social Media and HR and Workforce Diversity will be presented by eminent HR experts from various fields.

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in events and activities


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SCMS-Cochin’s Industry Interface Interaction updates students on Microsoft technology.

IMG_6459The latest Industry Interface Interaction at SCMS-Cochin opened a new window on Microsoft for those who attended it. On hand for the session was Piyush Mittal, who was speaking on behalf of Educonnect Microsoft. He updated and educated students on the latest software and technology that Microsoft had to offer.

Under Microsoft’s Educonnect programme, company employees dedicate time to such educational pursuits as teaching math and sciences in local classrooms, helping teachers with technology training, hosting tech camps for students and demonstrating a range of tools to help teachers, students and parents prepare their kids for the future. The programme started in the United States but has since spread to 43 countries and is continuing to grow.

Mittal highlighted the main features of Microsoft products such as Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and went on to compare various browsers with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. He also outlined the main features of the latest version of Internet Explorer which includes truer colours, clearer graphics, more responsive websites and tracking protection.

Moving on to cell phones, Mittal said that although the largest market is held by Android today (68 per cent), Windows Phone 8 is growing at a much faster rate. He also cited the latest cell phone – the Nokia Lumia 920 – which features the Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Discussing Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Mittal told SCMS-Cochin students that it was much more customised, and then went on to cover Microsoft’s gaming console. He told students about  the ‘Kinect’ feature, in which the person playing becomes the controller of the game and can play using motion sensing technology. Kinect is a motion sensing input device for the Xbox 360video game console and WindowsPCs, which enables users to control and interact through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands. A version for Windows was released this year. Kinect was launched in 2010 and after selling a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the fastest selling consumer electronics device. A total of 18 million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped as of January. He also discussed the Windows server, Windows Azure, Windows Dynamics, Skype and all their features. He highlighted Microsoft’s storage space, Skydrive, which he said provides the highest online storage (25 GB) for free.

While Piyush Mittal concentrated mainly on Microsoft, this Industry Interface Interaction really helped the SCMS-Cochin students to get updated on the highly effective technologies in the market today.

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in events and activities


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“Capture the potential of the capital market” suggested Mr. Ravi Jain, CRM, National Stock Exchange, Cochin region to the SCMS students

On 7th November ’12 the PGDM students of SCMS had an Institute Industrial Interaction (III) session with Mr. Ravi Jain, CRM, National Stock Exchange (NSE), Cochin Region.

Starting with an introduction on the NSE and what a Capital Market is, Mr. Jain spoke to us about the differences between Savings and Investments. Further emphasis was laid on where and how we can invest our money and also on why we should choose a capital market for our investments. With few new products launched in the NSE, Mr. Ravi briefed all of us about the Gold ETF product.

Essentially, buying Gold ETF is the act of purchasing gold in electronic form. Thus, Gold ETF makes it easier for us to invest in gold. According to Mr. Jain, it was a good idea to invest in this new product as it is Simple, Safe and Trusted.

Looking beyond the simple question of where to put your money, students were also educated about the Rights and Obligations of the Investors, something most investors are ignorant of. We were also given insights on how we ought to be careful before or while signing or agreeing to investor services. An understanding of the terms and conditions specified and also understanding the Power of Attorney is important to every individual who invests in these ETFs.

During the interaction session, Mr. Jain mentioned the various steps involved in investing and the role of a broker in trading. On a concluding note, he highlighted the importance of knowing the capital market before one invests. All in all, it was an enlightening and very important interaction for all of us who are potential investors.

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in events and activities


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