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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.

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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in News And Events


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The entrepreneur of Jos Wood Arts talks about his journey towards establishing a profitable business house

Estes JosAt some point of time, you must have come across the famous proverb, ‘A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step’. Well, these words came true in the life of Estes Joes, an alumnus of SCMS Cochin School of Business and the entrepreneur of Jos Wood Arts. Today, Estes has achieved success and prosperity as a business professional.

Jos Wood Arts is an established business house that has been running for over four decades and has achieved global reputation in the field of furniture. It was started by Estes Joes’s father with the intention to manufacture high quality furniture at a reasonable price. Today, Estes has taken over the responsibility to look after it, and currently, they deal in furniture meant for hotels and apartments.

Estes Joes attributes a lot of his success to his education which he obtained from his business school- SCMS Cochin. Belonging to the very first batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA 1), Estes is of course attached to his school in a very special way.  He believes that among the many advantages he got while studying at SCMS Cochin, acquiring new ideas and suggestions from different people gave him the primary edge. In fact, Estes clearly states that his colleagues played a key role in making him identify diverse approaches to business.

Besides, Estes thinks that his management lessons helped him gain knowledge on what changes do modern-day customers want and what ways should customers be dealt with. “If you are in a college like SCMS, you get different views from different people because their way of thinking is different and of course, way of doing business varies from place to place.” Needless to say, SCMS Cochin’s classrooms have students coming from every corner of the country, making it a very endearing experience to study in the school.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Estes has a word or two to share. He thinks that it takes around 3 to 4 years for working business professionals to learn the business fundamentals while working with an organisation and thereafter they are ready to take the big leap- commence their own ventures. One prominent example is Estes himself who is now busy working for the hotel industry and has already managed to complete 60 to 80 hotel projects.

True is the fact that the correct combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experiences is crucial in making successful entrepreneurs. Estes is a clear example for it. As he puts it- “Exposure is essential because just learning the basics of management doesn’t mean you will do well. Students should have experience also in their hand before they put their step forward to get their dreams realised…”

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Alumni


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“SCMS helped me compete with the best, nationally and internationally” says alumnus Avinash Singh Bhambra

AvinashHe has conducted training sessions in 21 states of India and he attributes this ability to deal with cultural diversity to his alma mater, SCMS Cochin School of Business. “The diversity in SCMS helped me a lot in developing and practicing good interpersonal behavioral skills. As a result, I have been able to train across the length and breadth of India”, says Avinash Singh Bhambra, who is working as Manager HR with Zuari Agro Chemicals, based at Goa. He belongs to one the earliest batches of SCMS and has made a successful, although challenging, journey working with several industries.

Avinash joined Pidilite Industries in the Sales division through Campus placement. He has also worked with an NGO in Andaman & Nicobar Islands post the devastating 2005 tsunami. He was in charge of the education improvement programme for the team. Then he moved to New Delhi and was heading the training wing of an organisation called Globarena Technologies. In 2007, he shifted base to Goa, heading an education project for the Government of Goa through the NGO, BJS. He was part of a five-member committee to improve education across Goa through quality training at all levels of the education machinery. Next, he joined Andrew Telecom (now CommScope), a fortune 1000 company, as theirTraining & Development manager for India and the APAC region. His next assignment was with Vodafone, based at Ranchi, as their Learning Lead, until he joined Zuari Agro Chemicals as Plant HR.

He credits SCMS for shaping his professional life and says, “I was blessed to have some great teachers, along with the visiting faculty, who played a very important role in helping us understand the practical situations in industries. Professor Balasubramaniam and Professor Ignatius, especially, were very inspiring.” Avinash believes that industry and academics should have cohesiveness to complement each other; industry should help institutes design the curriculum and also help with training. On their part, institutes should incorporate the changing trends in industry in their syllabus. This synergy, he thinks, always created the quality management education that SCMS stands for.

In the face of the volatile economic conditions today, Avinash advises the aspiring management students to build a strong skill base and not chase after money alone. He says, “Today, the most important thing to do is grow personally and professionally and keep learning new things. The 21st century is the era of Data and Information -the more you know, the stronger the professional edge you have.” Avinash has kept in touch with his batch-mates through social media as well as his college, and feels glad about his decision to join SCMS all those years ago.

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Alumni


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“Why only the best management colleges in India are equipped to train professionals for Research and Analysis domain” says Kakoli Choudhury, Alumnus SCMS Cochin, Batch 18

Kakoli_PicAn alumna of Batch 18 (2009-11) of SCMS-Cochin, Kakoli started her career with Genpact and had a stint of 18 months there. Having recently made the switch to Blue Ocean Market Intelligence – the company that handles the primary and secondary research for one of its primary client that is Microsoft- she expects to inculcate more knowledge and expertise in this field.

“The learning and exposure that we received at SCMS-Cochin was immense. My professional journey has been smooth so far because I am in a field that interests me. But one of the reasons why I have been able to do well is a clear-cut understanding of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). It is a part of the SCMS-Cochin curriculum. It is something which is extensively needed in my current job to synthesize the data based on various analysis and then present them to the clients.”

Kakoli’s job demands constant client interaction and executing customised research studies for clients. This involves everything from assistance in developing proposals, to coordinating with DP team for data tabulation and with analysis team for data analysis needs, down to creation of PowerPoint reports that includes data populated in the form of charts, graphs. But most importantly, her clients like Microsoft also require insights to substantiate and add value to these facts and figures. Defined by colleagues as “Inquisitive, compassionate, methodical, and cheerful”, Kakoli’s typical day at her workplace is an interesting mix of work and fun with colleagues and seniors.  Ofcourse, there are days when slogging is inevitable, to maintain client delivery ‘on time and accurate’.  It is on such slog days that her tenure at SCMS-Cochin helps her the most.

“At SCMS-Cochin, we learnt to work under immense pressure and deliver the best. I still recall the mad rush to meet the 9:15am deadline for submission of given assignments. Ofcourse now it all seems like we actually had a lot of fun even during those strenuous times. We were a big batch; 250 students from every possible field, state, and culture across India, and some from abroad as well. The competition within SCMS-Cochin was fierce, but that’s why, not only have most of us survived the tough economic scenario, but have actually thrived. The PDP (Personality Development Program) was just awesome. It was an icebreaking session that helped our batch gel beautifully. The OBT (Outbound Training) again, was a well-organized episode. It made us understand the real meaning of teamwork, which is a must in today’s corporate world”

Kakoli Choudhury believes that while new B-schools are mushrooming all over the countryside, aspiring managers should assess the quality of education imparted as well as the quality of students passing out of the colleges before enrolling into the college.

“In my domain, hiring is an on-going process because the need for market research is growing increasingly important in almost every industry. The catch is that not only should you have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, but should be well versed with the research and analytical tools, and be armed with a systematic approach. Without these skills, a person cannot go too far. If you are looking to get into the Research and Analysis domain, only top-notch management colleges can prepare you well enough to get in. Further, since most of the market research companies are service-based, so placement scenario has a direct connect with the need and affordability, and satisfaction of the client.”

Kakoli Choudhury underscores that the biggest USP of SCMS-Cochin is its group of veteran Professors. She believes that the transformation of students at SCMS-Cochin is largely due to them. To the aspirants who are apprehensive about SCMS-Cochin’s firm disciplinary measures, she reminds that rules and regulations have been responsible for batch after batch of matured managers from SCMS-Cochin.

“You will be far better organized and punctual than you are, and will know exactly how to prioritise work. These qualities were the most important part of my transformation at SCMS-Cochin.”

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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