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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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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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Campus Star Ebin Abraham reveals the reason behind joining the PGDM program after getting through his banking exams.

1SCMS Cochin School of Business draws an interesting and diverse talent pool. Students from all over the country, year after year, stand out due to their unique strengths and achievements, which make them Stars on Campus. Ebin Abraham, in house “quantitative skills master”, is one of them. On the back of his skills, Ebin had already made it through the prestigious banking exams; but, he chose to do his PGDM with the institute. Here he tells us what prompted the decision that has already had a huge positive impact on his life.

Ebin is quite matter of fact about his achievement and also his decision. “Yes, I got through the banking exam but I realized that a PGDM degree is important for the growth that I want in my career,” he says. “There is a growing need for managers in the industry and a PGDM program prepares you for that. In fact, it has its advantages over MBA programs as well, because the curriculum is regularly updated to keep up with industry requirements.” These were some of the factors, in addition to the reputation of SCMS Cochin, that brought him here in the first place.

According to Ebin, studying at one of the best B Schools in South India has been a thoroughly enriching experience so far. He talks about the impact it has had on him, saying, “The IMLP program where we have to make presentations has helped me get over my stage fright. I have also overcome my inhibitions of expressing myself in English. There are a number of activities held in college, the management fests etc., which have boosted my confidence.” He definitely seems to have come into his own and is ready to make his mark in the industry.

He realizes that the next crucial stage in his learning process is the internship program. He is thankful to his institute for helping him bag an internship that involves a market study of TATA. Ebin reveals more, saying, “It’s a project with practical implications; hence, I expect to learn a lot from it. I believe the communication skills I have learned and leadership qualities I have developed will help me deliver during the internship. It’s an interesting period where I get to test the concepts I have learned in the practical world.”

Ebin is also mindful of the fact that the internship will give him an edge when he goes out in the corporate world as a professional. In many ways it can make him stand out from MBA graduates, too. “The main difference is that PGDM offers a three month internship while there is only a month long internship for MBA students,” he explains. “The substantially longer period of time gives you a better understanding of what happens in the company. It’s this comprehensive knowledge that I came here for and the program has met my expectations brilliantly.” Ebin concludes on an optimistic note – he is confident that his institute will help him achieve his professional aspirations.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Student Life

 

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The ‘MIRCHI-MAN’ From SCMS-COCHIN!

Harinarayanan Jayaraman
Head of Programming,Radio Mirchi

“At SCMS-COCHIN I acquired friends for life. SCMS-COCHIN was worth its weight in gold, simply for its sheer cultural diversity. We had a student from Kashmir, a guy from Kanyakumari, another colleague from Gujarat and even somebody from Tripura in the far-east! We did our share of complaining about the restrictions, the food etc at SCMS-COCHIN, but now when I look back, all can remember is that we had lots of fun. We found real togetherness at SCMS-COCHIN… and that is what really matters.”

On passing-out of SCMS-COCHIN, Harinarayanan chose a path less trodden. “Very early in SCMS- COCHIN, I had decided to specialize in marketing and advertising. There are a host of management events in SCMS-COCHIN that help shape one’s personality. I particularly remember ‘Shikhar’ – the  annual management festival – since I was one of its organizers in 2002. It was serious business. My exposure grew leaps-and-bounds.” After working with advertising big-wigs such as Ogilvy & Mather and Dentsu Communications,

Harinarayanan joined Radio Mirchi in 2008. “The initial period in advertising was really tough. My salary would barely last a couple of weeks. But then, I had chosen a career and not a job. These are two different things… something which students of SCMS-COCHIN should realize. You simply have to make your mark.” And what a big mark he did make! Harinarayanan put his heart and soul in his career, working almost all the hours that god gave him. Just 9 years into his career, Harinarayanan has already made it to senior management in the corporate boardroom. He currently heads Programming for Radio Mirchi, Chennai.

Harinarayanan believes that media and entertainment are recession proof – whether or not you have money, you need entertainment. Advertising, though, has undergone a complete makeover since his days at SCMS-COCHIN, owing to the opening up of the digital space. “Look at ‘Kolaveri.’ It’s actually shot out of just one studio and has become such a big rage! That’s the power of digital marketing. Students at SCMS-COCHIN should invest their time in exploring digital marketing.”

Few jobs give you the kind of ‘kick’ that radio does. Every day has to have a fresh ring to it; what’s on-air today cannot be there tomorrow. There are a lot of creative works, and every creative work needs to be different. Almost all of Harinarayanan’s RJs are celebrities – movie-stars, singers, TV, and theatre personalities… all larger than life. He believes that it is his grooming from SCMS, which helps him handle such superstars on a day-to-day basis, with aplomb.

 “A programme on radio is just like any other product. It’s the product that differentiates Radio Mirchi from others. Aspirants should focus on product management at SCMS-COCHIN; it’s a huge subject. Your knowledge of your product, coupled with marketing, will open new avenues for you. You could get into the product side of radio, but the growth is faster on the revenue side. After all, they bring in business.” Harinarayanan anticipates an impending ‘phase 3’ in the radio-industry, in which nearly 300 towns in India will open up to radio. If this happens, each town will have an additional two-three radio stations. He feels the timing is right for SCMS-COCHIN-grads to tap into this opportunity.

“As one of my Professors at SCMS-COCHIN had once said, ‘don’t worry about the job; you will get one. And if you don’t… don’t worry. Just continue studying!’ Nine years down the line, I realize that it was a very inspiring thought. MBA is like an investment. When you’ve studied Business at SCMS- COCHIN, it’s a sound business investment.”


 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Alumni, Media, News Room

 

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SCMS Cochin And SCENSER: Steering Research To Approach A New Era

In the light of ever-evolving socio-economic changes,under the aegis of SCMS-COCHIN– the SCMS Centre for Socio-Economic Research, Consultancy and Training (SCENSER) carries out a wide range of activities in the field of Market Research, Feasibility Studies, Management Consultancy, Diagnostic Studies, Revival and Restructuring studies, Human Resources Development and Trainings.

Established in 2003, the centre approaches each subject and project undertaken from an interdisciplinary perspective integrating such specialized fields as economics, sociology, policy science, environmental governance, disaster risk reduction and technological science. It has won incredible praise for its pioneering research on a diverse set of disciplines to provide holistic and practical decision making systems for delivering sustainable development within society and enhancing the positive role of the environment upon well-being.

Central to SCENSER’s mission is also an ongoing commitment to explore issues that are important not only to a range of academic interests, but also relevant to society’s other policy-makers and stakeholders. Since its inception, SCENSER has taken up a plethora of research projects, highlights of which being –

  • Feasibility Study on Intervention Strategies of Solid Waste Disposal within Cochin Corporation
  • Ecstasies and Agonies of Old Age: A Socio-Emotional & Economic Study of Alienated Parents in Kerala
  • Facilities Study for Corporation of Cochin for Cochin Master Plan 2020
  • SAMAGRA: A proposal for socio-economic development of two block panchayats in Kottayam District of Kerala and more…

Besides in another forefront, SCMS- COCHIN won one of the very few projects – DelPHE project awarded under the prestigious DelPHE scheme by the British Council through an international competition. This project which brings together a new partnership with the Lancashire Business School, UK, IFM, Tanzania and Yaalex Investment Limited (YLX) aims to bring together the essence and inter-relationship between microfinance, gender and poverty and devise training modules on entrepreneurial development. Playing as the lead partner, the project aims to understand the key issues in microfinance through various models in each country, while keeping in mind a range of risk coping mechanisms, policy directions and international best practices.

SCENSER’s Patient Logistics Management System’ exhibited in the 5th convention of GrameenGyaanAbhigyan 2008, software developed on the scientific compilation of information on communication diseases at the grass-root level and ‘An Effective government intervention in Kuttanad’ is some of the study reports undertaken by the centre. The Centre at its helm strives for excellence in the conduct and presentation of its research, and aims to make its findings relevant for a variety of circumstances and users.

 

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SCMS-COCHIN Is My Gurukul, Says Sairam

“Vanakkam” the typical Chennai welcome with hands clasped together and head slightly bowed forward – is the delight I felt when I first laid my eyes on the SCMS-COCHIN campus.

For physical places do matter, even in our digital world. And in business education they matter more than ever, because they provide space for people to come together amid their busy, far-flung lives. As is with chalk and cheese, coming to Kerala, was an entirely different experience for me. Yes, a sense of wavering self was there, having being born and bred in Chennai (my home for the past 21 years), but my fears soon got allayed once I embraced to what was to be my ‘Gurukul’ for the next two years.

Located in the lovely green environs of Kerala, amidst the traditional-feel Kerala style campus SCMS features digital high-definition auditoriums and tall trees, an attractive library with loads of greenery, state-of-the art infrastructure, and inspiring views to the river winding around it. A schedule packed with readings, panels, and talks; the regimen here is quite strict so to say. There is no time for a breather, and all other personal work and home assignments need to be carried out after college hours (after 5pm).

Needless to say, the exposure to the industry is great. There are loads of business experts coming in to deliver their experiences and practical insights in their respective fields. For instance, a lecture from an industry expert guided us through the practical approaches of team building and team formation in an office set-up. Not only the faculty have supreme knowledge and power over their subjects, they encompass a wide industry experience themselves. From DVD’s to videos, to other resources, they leave no stone unturned to show us exactly how the subject relates to real life corporate challenges. Another add-on is how the course-ware is structured; it is listed out for the whole year. Students know exactly which class will be conducted at what period and so to say, we can be ready for the next class in advance.

Further still, an online access to the library and a login and mail id on the internal campus-wide server has made life easier for us. Here we can exchange notes with other fellow students, and the faculty too upload any new notes, interesting research or information for us to use. Besides all, the fun aspect is also there. My weekend fun involves visiting nearby malls, hanging out with friends, watch movies etc..

That’s all and more the reason I chose SCMS-COCHIN as my Gurukul.

Sairam Ravishanker

PGDM General

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Media, News Room, Students Speak

 

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A Rough Start to a New Beginning – But SCMS-COCHIN Is Worth It

I got off the train and was waiting for my friend to pick me up. I was thinking: Why am I here when I had other options? How will the college be? How will the people be? Will I be able to adjust here?

Other things were going through my mind, but I felt some relief because my friend here was from Kerala so I shouldn’t have much difficulty adjusting. He came to pick me up on his bike. We reached our college hostel. This was my first time at a hostel. The warden was sitting in front of the gate and the first thing he said to my friend was give me your keys. My friend had taken the bike without the warden’s permission so he seized his bike for a few days. This let me know how the coming days would be. After going through some procedures and giving me a brief intro about the disciplines and rules, I was given my room keys.

The first day of college, the gatekeeper was staring at every student. I did not understand why, but later learned he was checking our attire and whether we shaved properly or not. On the first day we were safe because we just had an introduction class of an hour or two with the faculty. My room-mates and I made some friends and went exploring some of the places in Kerala. We enjoyed it, but returned before 9pm as we were asked to do so for 9:30 attendance. I was very excited because I had never been to a hostel.

The second day of college a real tragedy occurred as I was caught by the gatekeeper for not shaving. I was already late for class but I had to go shave and when I returned I was late by half an hour. I opened the door of our class and everyone’s eyes were on me. A faculty member was conducting class and before I could utter a word he asked me to stay out. I said I was sorry and he gave me a long lecture on the rules and regulations of the college, asked me not to do this again and allowed me to sit.

In the next class something worse happened. Another faculty member entered our class, not to teach us but to give us a clear idea about the discipline and other procedures of the college. He called on me to read a sheet he was holding. I was very scared and the first thing he said to me was you are in SCMS and asked me to pull my pants up, adjust my tie properly and get a good haircut (I had it spiked at that time). I felt offended. He asked me to read those rules and all were shocked when they heard all the rules and other procedures. Other than that, the rest of the day was normal.

The first few days were difficult for me because my friend left the college as he couldn’t take the pressure. The second problem was the food (I am from north India so…) and worse were the assignments and presentations as I was not used to any of it. But we as human beings have a very good instinct and we forget things very quickly and get involved in our new world.

Now things are different. I do assignments in an hour which used to take me days to do and actually I find a lot of change in my attire too. Before I was rowdy, but now it feels good to see myself in professional attire. The way we communicate, our confidence level has been increased and lot more things have changed.

I would say come to SCMS and experience it yourself. I would give all this credit to SCMS and the faculty who are very friendly and helpful to students and always try to make them comfortable in this hectic environment. Now I think I made good decision by coming here.

All things happen in your life for some good reason.

Ravi Mishra
PGDM General

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Media, News Room, Students Speak

 

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