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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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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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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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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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“SCMS Cochin School of Business has made me confident enough to take on challenges and succeed in my internship.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Nithya Mariam Joy
PGDM Batch 23

nithyaSummer internships are where management students like me learn the code of conduct for the industry and corporate world. Hence, it’s an important training ground where I will get to learn about the ins and outs of working in an organization. I am grateful for this exposure to the corporate world that SCMS Cochin School of Business has offered me. Right from day one at the institute we have been prepared for an entry into corporate life.

I chose to do my PGDM because I wanted to make a place for myself in the corporate world. I understand that there is intense competition today, which is why I wanted to choose the best B School for me. I learned about SCMS Cochin through one of my seniors and then read a lot of positive things about it. That helped me make my decision and I am happy that it has been a smart one.

Today, I feel that I have been offered the best platform to walk into the corporate world. My internship with Shriram Life Insurance will be the next step in that direction for me. I am looking forward to working with the company, where I will be responsible for selling several of its products. I feel confident that I will be able to deliver on the tasks assigned to me thanks to the training I have received at my institute.

One of the most important things I have learned at SCMS Cochin is punctuality, and it’s something I will maintain during my internship. Being on time at your work place is actually the best first impression you can make with your colleagues. I intend to maintain a healthy working relationship with them and hope for an environment where I get to learn a lot. In fact, internships are a great opportunity to learn from experts, which I hope to do.

Through this internship I also expect to enhance my management and communication skills. Of course, I have learned a lot about them during my first year at the institute, but now it’s time to put things into practice. SCMS Cochin has opened up a whole new world for me where I learned to free myself of my inhibitions and go after new challenges. I also got so many exciting opportunities to interact with industry professionals through various sessions. Their success stories have inspired me to carve out my own path, which in some ways will begin with this internship.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in Internship

 

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