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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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Anubhav Agarwal made the journey from North to South in order to learn Management from a very diverse PGDM classroom

AnubhavAnubhav Agarwal was in for pleasant surprises when he made the long journey from New Delhi to SCMS Cochin to pursue his management aspirations. “I was nervous having covered all that distance to do Management. But as I reached campus, I was instantly made to feel at home and comfortable at the institute,” he says. “It has given me so much right from day one – I will always cherish this special bond we have.” The bond seems to have been cemented with his placement with Deloitte. And now, the new graduate is on cloud nine.

Learning to adapt from day 1

Anubhav believes that one of the important attributes for all managers to have is an ability to adapt to different situations and environments. He had to do that at SCMS Cochin as he was the only student from North India. “Thankfully I was assigned a mentor who immediately took me under his wings. I was also well accepted by the students here and that made things easier for me. I had done my BBA and am from a Science background, so Accounts was a bit tricky for me. I managed to adjust well and I see that as an accomplishment at my B School,” he says proudly.

From anchoring, to choreography to singing… a journey of variety

Anubhav talks about the academic rigour and the interesting teaching pedagogy that helped him not only understand management concepts but their practical applications as well. However, he appreciates the fact that SCMS Cochin also encouraged the extracurricular talents in him too. “I have always been a singer, but my stage skills improved at the institute,” he shares. “I was the choreographer and anchor of the core team for Parivartana and it was a huge learning experience for me.”

Not only did it help Anubhav gain confidence, but it also helped him understand a thing or two about organizing events. Overall, he admits that the IMLP sessions helped him take things to a higher level. “These sessions were designed to boost our presentation skills but they did a lot more than that. My communication skills have improved to a large extent, and that’s something I am quite happy about because it’s crucial for my career,” he adds thoughtfully.

Welcome to the corporate world

With his improved communication skills, Anubhav, who specialized in HR, managed to impress his recruiters. It bagged him a job with Deloitte in their HR team. “I have been offered the role of an analyst in their talent acquisition team. It’s an ideal fit for my career goals and I am eager to prove myself as a professional. I will also learn a lot along the way and build on the experiences that SCMS Cochin have given me till date.” His words are filled with hope and anticipation for a glorious career.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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Retail Store Management and Visual Merchandising workshop

An attempt to decode the secrets behind successful Retail strategies

SCMS Cochin School of Business will hold a two-day training program cum workshop on Retail Store Management and Visual Merchandising. Themed “Empowering Store Managers for Retail Excellence”, the workshop to be held on the institute’s state of the art campus on the 2nd and 3rd May promises to have a lot in “store” for practically everyone related to and interested in the retail industry. Facilitated and helmed by experts in the field, the workshop will be an attempt to decode the tricks and traits of successful Retail Management.

Self and customer analysis where participants will be trained to know themselves and customers, Retail store operations to enable excellent management of the premises, HR considerations to encourage the retail team, and Store Layout and Visual Merchandising will be different areas of the industry that will be covered during the workshop. The program has been carefully chalked out by the faculty team from Retail and Marketing departments. Trainers with industry experience, including those who have AMT accreditation in retail Management, will deliver the workshop.

So who are the prospective participants who can benefit from the workshop? Firstly, store managers and assistants can gain skills to manage their day-to-day operations better. They can also monitor store standards and try to bridge the service centric gaps besides being able to undertake routine HR management at the outlet level. Those who want to know more about Retail space allocation, and understand the science and art of visual merchandising to build store ambience with optimum yields can also benefit from the workshop.

To keep things interesting and engaging for the participants, unique and modern pedagogy will be employed to drive the point home.

Thirty participants will be chosen for the program that will have four comprehensive sessions facilitated by Dr. V. Raman. Nair, Asst. Prof. Bindu K. Nambiar, Asso. Prof. Sudheer Sudhakaran, and Prof. Sreekumar B. Pillai; all renowned names in the field. They will focus on strategies and techniques that can enhance performance in different areas of the retail industry. They will also offer tips and tricks, which can hold the participants in good stead in the long run. Interspersed with lunch and tea breaks that give participants opportunities to interact with trainers and network, the program will strive to offer a wholesome learning experience to Retail enthusiasts.

To read about the registration steps of the workshop, visit: http://www.scms.edu.in/Retail-Workshop-brochure2016.pdf

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in News And Events

 

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An internship with M&S in HR profile, converted to final placement with Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. for Soby

SobySoby completed her BBA and had to pick a business school for her Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). She was looking beyond just bagging a great placement- she was looking for a stimulating environment to learn from and prosper. SCMS Cochin School of Business happened.

It was after finishing the first year of PGDM with SCMS, Soby did her internship with Marks & Spencer’s HR wing and was soon clear about what she wanted next.

Soby sailed through the final placement interviews and rounds with Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. and that was not mere luck or chance. She was preparing herself towards it, every day.

SCMS was an obvious choice

“I was hearing about SCMS Cochin a lot; from friends, through the media etc. I knew it to be one of the top B-Schools in the state to do your PGDM from. Hence it was an easy decision since I always wanted to pursue it to boost my corporate goals,” she says.

According to her, it was a sound decision because the program has given her theoretical knowledge along with practical exposure that will help her excel in her career.

Stumbling steps were steadied

Soby admits that when she joined the institute she was filled with anticipation and apprehensions. But right at the onset, the B School put her through the paces and created a solid foundation for her management dreams. “It has been a wonderful learning experience with the institute and in some ways it matters to me more than the placement. The discipline made me more responsible and being a representative for different programs made me more confident,” she says enthusiastically.

“All the sessions we had to go through were constantly updated in keeping with the latest trends and practices in the industry. That’s why we were abreast with the latest at all times.”

Juniors, ahoy!

Like all management students, even Soby had aspirations to bag a good placement. As the placement season began, there was a flurry of activity. However she managed to stay calm because she has been preparing for the moment for two years. “I think what set me apart was my calm and positive attitude. I answered all the questions genuinely, maintained proper eye contact and body language and always had a smile on my face,” she says.

We asked Soby about her future role and how she plans to tackle the challenges of her professional life. She quips, “I did my internship with Marks and Spencer Reliance India Private Ltd, Gurgaon where I got good practical exposure to HR department. The role I have been offered now is of Store People Officer at Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. My main task would be execution of day-to-day HR related activities, which I feel equipped to handle.”

Soby speaks with the confidence of a seasoned professional who has come a long way. And going by that you can tell that she’ll go a lot further too.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Placements, Students Speak

 

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A stringent admissions process is to ensure a very quality classroom for rich peer learning

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 3.06.03 pmConsistent 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.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Faculty

 

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PGDM Class of 2016 is witnessing a strong start to placement season

Interim Placement Report 2016: Placement season at SCMS Cochin School of Business has got off to a strong start. Average compensation, maximum salary, number of recruiters and profile of recruiters all are showing healthy trends for PGDM Class 2016. A total of 33 companies across Banking, Insurance, Consultancy, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Retail, Telecommunications, Travel & Tourism, Pharma have made offers so far, covering about 68% of the eligible batch.

The average CTC offered based on packages offered so far is Rs 5 lakhs p.a. with a highest offer of Rs 7 lakhs p.a. Some of the leading companies out of the 33 that have recruited are Deloitte, Idea Cellular, TCS, Asian Paints, Godrej & Boyce, GIC Housing Finance, South Indian Bank, Exide Industries, Abbott Healthcare and Ujjivan Financial Services.

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 industry the best talent.

Regarding hiring trends this year, George Joseph, Chairperson, Placement, SCMS Cochinsaid“Markets seem to have opened up and good corporates are in search of good talent. At the same time, they remain very choosy with regard to their commitment and recruiting attitude. Newer companies have visited this year with compensation offer going up as well.”

Dr. Filomina P. George, Director, SCMS Cochin says “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 February 26, 2016 in News And Events

 

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