- Filomina George, Director, SCMS Cochin School of Business
Consistent rankings, accolades and placement records have been among many other factors that led to SCMS Cochin’s surfacing out to be one of the sought after Business Schools of Kerala . But beyond that, what works for the B School is the constant evolution in strategies, programs and initiatives that gives its students the cutting edge advantage. Dr. Filomina George, Director of the Management School of SCMS sheds light on them and reveals how rather than harping on its achievements, the B School constantly looks ahead and paves way for the future.
The admission process of PGDM 2016- 2018 batch that is underway is definitely on her mind. The institute has been known for its student diversity and the school does not want to keep any stone unturned to ensure a rich classroom experience for its future batches either. “Our institute is a brand in itself but we need to bring more visibility to it. Even the IIMs reach out to students in different parts of the country and we are definitely doing that this year,” she says.
Prof. Filomina also talks about the importance of stringent admission process, which maintains student quality that leads to an enriching classroom environment. Students from different backgrounds enroll for their program and SCMS Cochin strives to level the playing field. “We start off our program with a 6 weeks foundation course where they can get oriented to us, management education and basic concepts, and the way of life here. They also have mentor programs, which allow them to integrate with fellow students and faculty members,” she adds.
Interesting thing to note is that the institute not only draws students from different parts of the country but faculty members as well. According to Prof. Filomina it is an interesting facet that needs to be talked about because, “They come here to understand the length and breadth of the education system, which our B School seamlessly offers them. The teaching and learning experience for both, students and faculty members is quite dynamic. We have a judicious mix of academically and professionally qualified faculty members, and their experience is further enhanced with us.”
SCMS Cochin has always been an institute that has kept up with the latest in the industry. Now with the emphasis on Skilled In India (Skill development) and getting new entrepreneurs on the scene, the B School has revamped its entrepreneurship course as well. “The three credit full course has gone through a major transformation with a series of people from the corporate world, domain experts, proven entrepreneurs as well as new/budding entrepreneurs sharing experience with students. They thus learn the nuances of starting a business, which is vital to them,” she says.
Prof. Filomina also states that the emphasis at SCMS Cochin is on creating professionals and entrepreneurs, who are socially conscious and responsible. It tries to build that sense of responsibility towards society through different programs. “Through our social outreach program, Parivarthana, we go to schools and educate them on burning issues in our society. We talk to the children about conserving natural resources how to be guarded against drug abuse , cyber crimes etc. and this helps our students grow into well rounded professionals with strong values,” she concludes.