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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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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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Mr. Sony Mathew enlightens students at SCMS Cochin about “future investments”

Students of SCMS Cochin School of Business recently had the privilege of listening to and interacting with Mr. Sony Mathew, Regional Head, Geogit-BNP Paribas. Being a leading name in the world of finance, Mr. Mathew is definitely the kind of person who has the ability to make a Finance classroom buzz with energy and vigor.

The Financial Services company that Mr. Mathew currently heads has made giant strides in the industry. He himself is considered an expert in the field and he offered students insight into capital market, the investment and stock market. “Wealth cannot be earned, but can be created through investment. Investing in good mutual funds or in blue-chip stocks will give you good returns, capital appreciation, safety, liquidity and tax benefit,” he said right at the onset of his talk.

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He also listed some of the big name Blue-chip companies in the market like HDFC, TCS, Infosys and the benefits they hold for investors. However, Mr. Mathew was quick to point out the risks involved in investment equity and offered alternatives. “Mutual funds are a good option, especially if you keep in mind the risks involved. Mutual Funds are the financial investment tool that pools the money of investors sharing a common financial goal,” he explained.

Mr. Mathew also drew on the experience of Dr. Vijaykumar, investment specialist, who believes we need to invest early (E), regularly (R), Long term (L), Intelligently (I) – ERLI. Building on that thought further, he added, “We need to understand the goals we should have for a particular period of time. Risk factors in investment involve; high risk high investments and risk in the short term, but risks decline in long term.”

While the session had important insights for students who might want to invest for their futures, it also painted the larger picture for their benefit. Mr. Mathew remained optimistic about things to come when he said, “India will emerge as a superpower since there is a drastic positive outcome in the net profit of the country. You have the power to make a difference and on an individual level you can do that by investing systematically and intelligently for long term.”

The session ended with Mr. Mathew fielding questions from students interested in careers in finance. He talked about his passion for numbers, experiences and sought to inspire them. “Patient listening to your fellow colleagues, motivation and performance appraisal play a very important role in making a manager successful. You need to stand out from the crowd by updating your general and practical knowledge. Then the world is your oyster,” he concluded.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in News And Events

 

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Raghunath J from SCMS Cochin travels from Kerala to Kashmir on his bike, overcomes challenges and comes back richer in experience

Nine states, 6000 kms. and 40 days – these numbers represent the already impressive feat by Raghunath J, student at SCMS Cochin School of Business. This journey all began on the last day of his final course, when he left for his road trip from Kozhikode to Leh. Armed with his lust for adventure, Royal Enfield (his “only possession”), and the rationale  learned from his management studies, he embarked on this journey along with his friend, and has now gathered memories and stories that he can tell for the rest of his life.

RagunathanIt’s interesting to note that Raghunath had done a similar trip the previous year but had to cut it short in Keylong valley close to Manali. “We only had a three week vacation, which is why we couldn’t go any further”, he says. “But I really wanted to get to Leh, which is why after completing my graduation I decided to do this journey. There were several highlights along the way, including Mcleodgunj, Manali, Golden Temple, Wagah border, Dal Lake and Kargil. Pangong Tso Lake close to China border was the highest point we got to.”

Doing a road trip across the length of a diverse country like India definitely has its charms, as you encounter different cultures, landscapes, and people. But at the same time, there are challenges, especially if you start your trip in the month of May. Raghunath looks back on the trip, recalling “Temperatures up to 35 and 40 degree Celsius in states like Uttar Pradesh and MP. But as we got to Himachal Pradesh and later Leh, temperatures were quite low. We had to go through a hailstorm as well, but the spectacular views we enjoyed were worth it all.”

Embarking on a long and tedious journey like this one definitely requires preparation on your part and this is where Raghunath’s management education came in handy. He had done his homework and put his experiences to good use throughout the trip. “I knew there are fewer petrol pumps around Leh, so I had to fix a larger fuel tank for my bike”, he explains. “I was prepared with accessories like a clutch cable, accelerator cable, and spark plugs, as I anticipated breakdowns. I also fixed a carrier for my bike to carry sufficient luggage.”

Raghunathan2According to Raghunath, there are similarities between management studies and travel, notably the fact that they both build personality. He believes that both travel and management studies have offered him opportunities to meet people from different parts of the country, and to learn and grow as an individual. And his management studies even bailed him out when travelling, to an extent. Explaining a tricky situation, Raghunath says, “It was when I was stuck in a hailstorm in the middle of a cliff on Rohtang Pass. Frozen rain was pricking all over my body and my hands were numb; that’s when I spotted a car and sat beneath its shade.”

The overall travel experience has been a life changing one for Raghunath and he believes it has made him a more positive and courageous person. He concludes with some words of reflection on his trip: “It helps me in the classroom as well because I can come up with solutions for problems easily. From difficulties on the road to being harassed by some people in Jammu who seemed to have hatred towards our country; we managed to get through it all. So I know that I can survive and succeed. That’s something I would like to tell fellow students too; explore the world, it’s yours for the taking.”

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Student Life

 

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Speech of Mr. K. I. Vishwanathan, Vice President, Marketing Division, ITC Ltd. in the 21st Convocation Ceremony of SCMS Cochin School of Business

Dear Students,

It indeed gives me immense pleasure to be here today in your midst, on this happy occasion. It is of great benefit to experienced managers like myself to be among such youth since you bring a lot of energy to the forum – energy to work hard, energy to think smart , energy to innovate ,energy to achieve – and I can soak up some of the energy.

As a business manager one always tries to determine what customers want and equally importantly what they don’t want. I am reasonably sure of what you don’t want – a long winded, boring speech.   I hope what I believe you want to hear, would make sense to you.

Typically a speech on such occasions would dwell on advice. Advice to manage your career, advice to be successful, advice to manage business etc., To that extent my speech is similar but the difference is that I am going to leave you with some suggestions to ponder, to introspect and not, per se, give you any advice. Because advice tends to be prescriptive but management is an inexact science where such prescriptions do not always work.

It is not to suggest that I have practiced all these suggestions. Some, yes but largely by observing more successful managers. And it is obviously not an exhaustive list – you can and will keep adding to these based on your experiences.

Hard work vs smart work

It is a popular myth that smart work is in lieu of hard work. There is probably no success without prople putting in enormous amount of work, persevere against all odds to achieve tasks. Extraordinary results come from doing simple things diligently. All of us love that Eureka moment but the reality is that the Eureka moment is the culmination of efforts carrying out an enormous number of simple tasks in an exceptional and consistent manner. So, be aware that what will succeed will be hard+smart work

Routine vs Big idea

All of us are excited, caught up with big ideas, big innovation, disruptive concepts, standing out through differentiation etc., but the reality is Big Ideas don’t occur every day but routine does happen every day. It is our ability to accept routine as a necessary and integral part of life and work, while at the same time working towards Excellence and Big ideas, that will set us apart and make us successful. You will find many people constantly complaining that work is dull because it is routine. Most of our lie is about adhering to a routine – simple tasks like brushing, bathing, eating, exercising etc., When we can accept this as reality and therefore are comfortable with it, why then do we find it unacceptable in work?

So, the suggestion is that in any work that you are engaged with you will find a lot of it is routine, accept it as reality but keep looking for that 10% space that causes excitement, a sense of achievement which may lead to that Big Idea 

Keep learning

The formal education for most of you is probably getting completed today. While a lot of what you have studied will be useful in appreciating and managing businesses, what is crucial is that you continue to keep learning going forward. The prerequisite to keep learning, is to keep an open mind and to do so you have to be humble.  You don’t know where good ideas can come from. They need not always from your seniors in the organisations, equally educated peers or management books. When you keep an open mind to learning and receiving ideas, you will find enormous number of sources to learn from.

Attitude

I am a great believer that good attitude compensates for a lot of other shortcoming. I urge you to read the book FISH to understand this. The essence of  what it says is that in reality we generally won’t have much of a say in the choice of kind of work, our bosses , our co-workers etc.,  but what we have and should have complete control is our ability to bring in a positive attitude towards everything that we undertake to do. This simply could be the reason between success and failure.

Who you know matters

Most of us keep focussing on what we know and keep improving on same. I would urge you to focus as much on who you know – in essence means building a network of influencers, well wishers with in the system and also outside. This will improve your ability to influence the course of events in a manner that is right, just and rewarding.

 Be ready

I find that a lot of youngsters expect Organisations to have a clear career path chalked out for them. This is a myth and an unrealistic expectation. At best Organisations can have the career path drawn for a few years and not long term. Because careers get shaped up not only by a lot of what you do but also due to what happens around you – sudden growth in business, acquisitions , some other personnel leaving etc., What you can and should do is to be ready for larger responsibilities and more importantly seen to be ready.

 Lastly, learn about Sustainability

This is not a suggestion, almost a prescription.  All of us are aware that natural resources are finite and limited. In our greed to attain material success and under the garb of development, we have been exploiting these resources indiscriminately. As you would have been observing and reading, Sustainable development has become a matter of concern , globally. Consequently the societal and statutory pressures on Organisations and all of us to demonstrate in action, eco-consciousness , eco-responsibility  will increase in future. A few years ago the list of stake holders to any Company would have included only shareholders, customers, government, employees. Today the list has expanded and will include suppliers, environmentalist, immediate society around your operations, media etc.

You would have heard that the new Company’s Law mandates that 2 % of a Company’s profits should be spent towards Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR ) and SEBI has mandated for Business Responsibility Report (BRR).  This is how seriously this issue is being viewed now.

Unfortunately, I don’t think, the subject of Sustainability is part of curriculum anywhere today but is emerging as a serious and important area.  Apart from doing things that are right, this could also become an important criterion by which markets – capital, customers, suppliers- will evaluate and differentiate among Companies.  I would urge you to read more on this very important subject.

Dear students,

As I come to the end of my speech, I do hope that you would find these suggestions useful and help you manage your career successfully. As the world of opportunities beckons you, go make a mark and make your dreams come true and have an exciting and rewarding life and career achieved through  diligence , hard work and fair means.  I wish you all the best!

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in News And Events

 

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