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Arul R. B. Krishna, IPS, Deputy Commissioner Traffic, L&O will be the Chief Guest for the commencement of the 2016-18 PGDM Class at SCMS

Management aspirants from all over the country, who have enrolled for the PGDM 2016 – 18 at SCMS Cochin School of Business will commence their much-awaited Management journey on 19th of July. The institute welcomes students with dreams in their eyes and prepares them for the challenges of the industry. It creates the ideal platform for their future careers and entrepreneurial journeys. And it all begins with the orientation program, which will give them a fair idea of the academic rigor and exciting journey that is in store for them.

The Inauguration function that will be held at 10.30 am on the day will be attended by the who’s who of the industry and academia. Arul R. B.Krishna, IPS, Deputy Commissioner Traffic, L&O. will be the Chief Guest for the event while Mr. Anilkumar G. Head (Human Resources), Apollo Tyres Limited, Perambra will be the Guest of Honor.

Students will have the opportunity to listen from Dr. Filomina P. George, Director, SCMS Cochin School of Business as she will extend the Welcome Speech. It’s a name the students are going to hear a lot of during their two year stint as SCMS Cochin. Presidential address by Mr. P.C.Pillai, Group Director and speeches by Mr. Anil kumar G and Dr. Arul R. B. Krishna will be further value addition to the Inauguration function. Prof. K. J. Paulose will offer the Vote of Thanks to the dignitaries.

Since the function is also an opportunity for the students to get acquainted with the facilities and infrastructure at the institute, the talks will be followed by a presentation for future managers and their parents. New students of SCMS Cochin will also look forward to bonding with their batch mates with whom they would be making memories during their two years’ stint at the institute. They could also get familiar with their faculty members and seniors, who they will rely on immensely as their program commences.

SCMS Cochin draws students from different backgrounds including Engineering, IT, Arts and Commerce and it does its best to bring the candidates on an equal footing. That’s what the Foundation program that will begin from 20th July and go on till early September is for. The institute has planned a Personality Development Program (PDP) with a reputed name in the industry, during this period. Thus from Day 1 will begin the journey of students who will be molded into well-rounded professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.

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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in News And Events

 

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SCMS’ PGDM Class of 2014- 2016 witnessed a strong placement season with recruiters from multiple sectors with multiple profiles to offer

13064687_10153910983905100_2494744162032857432_oPlacement Report 2016: Placement season at SCMS Cochin School of Business had got off to a strong start and ended with astounding energy. Average compensation, maximum salary, number of recruiters and profile of recruiters showed healthy trends for the latest graduating PGDM Class of 2016. A total of 50 companies across Banking, Insurance, Consultancy, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Retail, Telecommunications, Travel & Tourism, Pharmamade offers to the students, covering about 85% of the eligible batch.

The average CTC based on packages offered so far is Rs. 5 lakhs p.a. with the highest offer being Rs. 7 lakhs p.a. Some of the leading companies out of the 50 that have recruited already are Deloitte, Indian Oil Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd., Speridian Technologies, Tufropes Pvt. Ltd., Colgate Palmolive, Idea Cellular, TCS, Asian Paints, Godrej & Boyce, GIC Housing Finance, South Indian Bank, Exide Industries, Abbott Healthcare, Somany Ceramics, Infoedge India Ltd., Maxeed Telecom Utility Services, Gemni Software Solutions, Agape Diagnostics, Ujjivan Financial Services, to name a few.

SCMS has a track record of providing placements to all the eligible students, ever since it was started in 1992. In the academic year 2014-15, 56 major corporate houses hired from campus. With its entrepreneurial culture and variety of programs, SCMS strives to offer the industry the best talent. The school ensures students get the kind of job they desire and have the benefit to sit for companies of their choice that the school brings.

Studying the hiring trends for the year 2015 and 2016, George Joseph, Placement Coordinator, SCMS Cochin School of Business rightly pointed out- “Markets seem to have opened up and good corporates are in search of good talent. At the same time, recruiters remain very choosy with regard to their commitment and recruiting attitude. Newer companies have visited campus this year with compensation offer going up substantially well.”

Dr. Filomina P. George, Director, SCMS Cochin School of Business highlighted- “We at SCMS endeavour to prepare our students to take up the emerging challenges and groom them towards excellence as they pass through the portals of this institution. Recruiters appreciate this quality about our graduates.” With its transparent system of posting job profiles and matching students with recruiters, SCMS Cochin continues to strive to maximise opportunities for its student.

Over the years, SCMS Cochin students have gone on to occupy leadership positions in reputable corporates both in India and abroad, which is a testament to the quality of its programs.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in Final Placement

 

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SCMS Cochin to host a FDP on Management Consultancy from 26-27th Aug, 2016

July 6, 2016, Cochin: Consultancy Development Unit of SCMS Cochin will host a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) that will sensitize management professionals, in academia and industry to focus on management consultancies and opportunities it offers them. The two day FDP will be held on 26th and 27th August and has been organized under “Building Capacities for Consultancy Development & Knowledge Management with Partner Institution (KMPI)” programme of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC).

Management Consultancy is all about helping organizations improve business. It includes organizational change management assistance, development of skills, capacity building, process studies and analysis, technology implementation and other services. Unfortunately consulting as professional activity in management institutes isn’t explored the way it should be. The FDP will try to address that by emphasizing on the role of management consultancy services and the scope it has to offer.

Helmed by experienced professionals, the FDP will be ideal for faculty members from B-Schools, consulting firms, government departments, consultants and Corporates companies from different industry sectors. Modern, engaging training pedagogy will keep things interesting for participants as they get an overview of consulting and find out more about its process life cycle. The programme will also focus on consultant-client relationships besides ethics and professionalism in consulting.

Marketing of consulting services, proposal preparation and costing of consulting services, securing, planning and delivery of consultant assignment will be some of the other topics covered during the programme. B School representatives will benefit from the session based around consultancy in Management Institutes covering skill gaps. There will also be a segment on “Consultancy as a Professional activity of faculty members in Management Institutions” to look forward to.

Who should attend the FDP? The FDP is designed for faculty members from B-Schools, Department of Management Studies, Consulting firms, Government Departments, Consultants and Corporates / Industries.

Thus the FDP has something for all participants with their own requirements and focus. They will not only go home richer in knowledge and experience but with participation certificates from CDC, New Delhi and the institute too.

To download registration form for the event, click: http://www.scms.edu.in/FDP-16.html

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in News And Events

 

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“First we are taught how to follow and then we are shown how to lead,” says latest graduate Asheeta Prabhu who just joined Deloitte as a Tax Consultant

Asheeta 1Asheeta Prabhu, a recent graduate of PGDM Class of 2016 of SCMS Cochin School of Business, believes that the biggest advantage she got from her institute was the leadership skills she developed. It helped the PGDM Batch 23 student throughout her stint at the institute and during the all-important placement process as well. The anxious, bumbling girl who came to SCMS Cochin School of Business with hopes for a career in the corporate world has been rewarded with a placement with Deloitte. Here she describes her journey from classrooms to one of the leading corporate brands in the world.

Two years ago

Asheeta remembers her first day at the institute vividly and reminds us that it’s where the journey began for her. “There was a lot of anxiety and tension all around; we were meeting new faces but had no idea what MBA life had in store for us, she says, looking back. “I had decided to go with the flow and give it my best shot every step of the way. That attitude has helped me immensely because I have been able to make the most of the opportunities the institute offered me. And it indeed offers a lot! You just need to know how to make the most of the opportunities presented.”

She believes that one of the crucial learning opportunities during her stint at the institute has been understanding the value of time. It has not only made her punctual but also well organized to take on different responsibilities and deliver on them. “We have had tight schedules all through these two years. Earlier we would have one week’s time to study for the exams, now it’s just one day along with 5-6 assignments. We have been made to pick up the skill of coping with pressure very well –  this is a skill that will come handy forever” she says with a smile.

The leader in Asheeta shines through

According to Asheeta, what sets SCMS Cochin’s Management students apart from the rest is the fact that they are trained to be Leaders from day one. “We learn how to follow and then we are taught how to lead,” says Asheeta while thinking of her journey. “I will rely on these leadership skills in my work life. I know I can be a leader in individual situations but at the same time function well in a team environment. This will help me in my career, which I can’t wait to start now,” she says enthusiastically.

The number game

Asheeta has done her specialization in Finance and is happy that she has bagged a placement in keeping with her interests and skills. She will be working with Deloitte as a Tax Consultant, and is thrilled about her profile. “I will be dealing with clients in the U.S. and it’s a huge responsibility. But I see it as an opportunity to shine and showcase my talents. I will do that from day 1, so in few years’ time I manage to establish myself as a competent manager in Finance,” she says. And given her confidence and focus, you would put good money on her accomplishing just that.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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Karthika Sivan talks about the tangible and intangible benefits of the PDGM programme at SCMS Cochin School of Business

Karthika SivanAs we sit down to talk with Karthika Sivan, student of SCMS Cochin PGDM Batch 23 (Class 2014-2016), about her placement with the prestigious Aditya Birla Pantaloons, we realize that her mind has wandered off to her first day at the institute. She is filled with emotions as she says, “There was a lot of anticipation in the air. We knew that we had come to a place, which was going to shape our future. We were nervous but filled with hope.” And two years later, their hopes and decision of joining the institute have paid off.

The tangible and the intangible benefits

Karthika asserts that it’s practically impossible to account for all the important takeaways from SCMS Cochin School of Business. According to her, a lot of it is an inherent part of learning at the institute and the benefits will be explored in many ways in the future. “If I have to count the few important ones, then I would say that I have learned the importance of time; I have become more disciplined and also flexible enough to handle various situations in different environments,” she states.

Karthika also admits that she was lacking in confidence when she joined SCMS. But things seem to have changed drastically for her as she has come into her own during her time at the institute. “I would be so unsure of what I should be saying. But today I can go on any stage and make my point. It is something I am quite proud of because it’s a huge transformation. I am also more organized in life, which should do me well in my career,” she says with a smile.

Turning challenges into opportunities

Academic rigour at an institute like SCMS Cochin School of Business is going to bring its set of challenges; however, Karthika feels that she had been equipped by her faculty team to turn them into opportunities. “There were challenges throughout, but they kept things exciting,” she says. “The curriculum brought in pressure and we had to keep up with deadlines. One big challenge was the internship but we grew from that and I think that has been the stepping stone for my career now.”

Up, up and away

Karthika is now raring to go in her new role as a Department Manager with Aditya Birla Pantaloons. She believes her Systems and Operations specialization will be put to good use as she manages the backend operations of the company. “I feel I will also be able to excel in customer relations responsibilities. It’s the perfect platform for my long term career and I am so excited to get started. SCMS Cochin has brought me a long way already, and now it’s up to me to keep going further and higher,” she says with bigger dreams in her eyes.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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A latest internship project conducted by SCMS Cochin School of Business’ students on “Timetable Management” brought in a whole new dimension towards making efficient Timetables

Deccan Chronicle - efficient way for schoolsThey say that any sufficiently advanced piece of technology is indistinguishable from magic. What does that mean to the PGDM Class of 2016 at SCMS Cochin School of Business?

Picture this: 61 classes, 100+ teachers, over 20 subjects, 8 periods a day, 6 days a week. Now think of all the combinations and variations there would be for everyperiodand each class during a school week. Also, factor in how the subjects vary when the same class of students picks different combinations of subjects in class 11 and 12, or when students from different classes come together to study certain subjects during certain periods. If your head isn’t spinning just yet, think of how you’d factor in substitutions when a teacher is on planned leave, or worse, just unable to show up to work on a particular day. Now imagine if you had to plan this all out year after year, every year for all the classes and all the teachers.

The combinations and variations are mind boggling and would take weeks to get right! This exact work, only with more complications, was done manually year after year by a team of teachers at St. Peters Senior Secondary School, Kolenchery, Ernakulam. That is, until this year when a group of SCMS students led by Assistant Professor Justin Joy customized and introduced timetable management software in the school as part of their internship. The internship concluded recently with the four students behind the project – Faisal K. Abraham, Nirmal Krishnan, Danish Xavier and Edwin Varghese – training the staff and handing over the software to the faculty at St. Peters Senior Secondary School.

In the words of Professor Justin, “Open source timetable management generation and management software and the Moodle learning management system has been successfully implemented in 3 schools over the last two years as part of similar student projects guided by the Systems faculty of SCMS.”What makes the project particularly special is the value it added to the school, bringing down the duration needed for timetablecreation and management from all of summer vacation to only a few hours annually. What’s more is that there is a lot less time and effort required on an ongoing basis from the user since everything is customized to fit the requirements of St. Peters School.

Even as the team isenjoying the sweet smell of victory, having finally achieved their goal, the road to this point wasn’t easy. According to Nirmal Krishnan, one of the students involved in the project, “the sheer number of stakeholders that had to be interviewed during the information and requirements gathering stage was demanding. Another challenge was factoring in the various special conditions during the customization stage. All of this took place while we were learning the basics of project management with a hands-on approach that involved pitching our idea at the right time, working around curve balls, like getting access to either c-panel, dealing with deadlines and delivering the right product at the right time… It was like a live project!”

Another student, Faisal Abraham, recounts his experience as an equally enriching one. Summarizing his key learning from the project, he says communication was the key to success: “Even as there was a lot of concentrated and sincere effort that went into various aspects of the project over the two and half months, I believe that my biggest learning was that timely and accurate communication is key. There were a lot of interviews, discussions and brainstorming sessions with teachers, professors, and management from both sides; it was crucial to interact, ask the right questions and most importantly, learn constantly”.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in News And Events

 

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Ms. Sheela Kochuouseph, V-STAR group, reveals the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur in her Industry Institute Interface session.

The Industry Institute Interface sessions at SCMS Cochin School of business are well-known for drawing big names from the corporate world who come and share their experiences with students. Things were no different this time around as Ms. Sheela Kochuouseph, Managing Director of the V- STAR group visited the campus and talked to the students about women empowerment and the importance of taking risks to make a place for oneself in the business world.

While there are an increasing number of women entrepreneurs making their presence felt today, there are unique challenges they have to surmount. A successful entrepreneur in her own right, Ms. Kochuouseph reflected on the difficulties she had to go through while setting up the V-Star group. Going down memory lane, she talked about how it all began for the illustrious group and the journey it has gone through over the years.

The group has been involved in several CSR initiatives, which she covered in great detail in the session, while also highlighting their significance. It was interesting for the students to hear about Ms. Kochuouseph’s personal journey from her childhood days; on this topic, she also emphasized the importance of keeping good health. According to her, while it’s important to keep your mind focused on the goals, it’s imperative to maintain a healthy diet to be mentally and physically fit.

The III session was not only informative for students, but inspiring as well; Ms. Kochuouseph revealed to them the skills required to becoming entrepreneurs, and how they can impact the growth of the nation. “Failures are stepping stones for success and one should view them as opportunities to return back with more strength,” she said motivating the gathering. “They are a part of everyone’s life and you should never be disheartened by them.”

Ms. Kochuouseph had inspiring words for young girls in the audience who harbour dreams of being managers, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. Ending her talk on a high note, she said, “Don’t be afraid of being creative and developing your own ideas for an enterprise. Try and be a role model to others and inspire them.” That’s something she herself does and it was evident in the Q & A session that concluded the proceedings.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Faculty

 

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