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SCMS Cochin School of Business’ 23rd Convocation on 27 April, 2016

CaptureSCMS Cochin School of Business is to hold its 23rd Annual Convocation on 27 April, 2016 at its Cochin campus. For the first time, both PGDM and Executive PGDM batches will have a common convocation ceremony.

The Chief Guests for the Convocation will be Mr. P.H.Kurian, IAS, Principal Secretary (Industries and IT), Govt. of Kerala andMr. Dinesh P.Thampi, Vice President and Delivery Centre Head, TCS.

The ceremony will begin at 10AM sharp with the arrival of the students from both the batches. The procession will begin at 11AM with students proceeding from the ceremony hangers to the Seminar Hall. During the course of the event, awards for Best student (Academics-Gold Medal), – Best Outgoing Student (Overall Performance), Certificates of Merit for the toppers and Certificates for toppers of Executive PGDM will be given out apart from the diplomas to the students.

Commenting on the ceremony, Dr. Filomina George – Director PGDM said “We are confident that we have yet again delivered against our commitment of preparing our students to take up the emerging challenges and groom them towards excellence as they pass through the portals of this institution”.

The Institute looks forward to welcoming the near and dear ones of its graduating class as these graduates prepare for the next stage of their lives and wishes them the best of good fortune.

About SCMS Group of Institutions

SCMS blossomed out of the educational vision of Prathap Foundation for Education and Training in 1976. Established by its visionary chairman Dr. GPC Nayar, SCMS offers a 2 year full time PGDM, Executive PGDM and 3 years part time PGDM course.

Over the years SCMS group has established a network of institutions providing quality education in diverse disciplines like management, engineering, information technology, mass communication, bio technology, architecture, polytechnics and finishing school.

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in News And Events

 

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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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SCMS Cochin Among India’s Top B-Schools As Per NIRF

7 April, 2016, Cochin: SCMS Cochin has been ranked among the top-50 management institutes in India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India in its National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

SCMS has been ranked 50th at the all India level. The ranking is available at https://www.nirfindia.org/mgmt

The NIRF has been approved by the MHRD and launched by Hon’ble Minister of HRD on 29th September, 2015. This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. The parameters broadly cover “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”. Further details of the ranking methodology for ‘Management Institutions’ is available at http://www.nirfindia.org/Docs/Ranking-Framework-for-Managment-Institutions.pdf

Commenting on the release of the rankings, Dr. RadhaThevanoor, Principal, SCMS School of Technology and Management, Cochin, said “We are excited about this particular achievement and recognition and we would like to take the opportunity to mention that SCMS is devoutly committed to develop young minds who are ready to exercise creative leadership in business and take proactive and useful roles in social transformation.”

SCMS has been the trend setter in business education since 1976 and the NIRF ranking is in addition to its numerous certifications, accreditations and approvals, which include AICTE, NAAC, ISO 9001:2008, NBA, and ACBSP.

About SCMS Group

SCMS blossomed out of the educational vision of Prathap Foundation for Education and Training in 1976. Established by its visionary chairman Dr. GPC Nayar, SCMS offers a 2 year full time PGDM, 2 year full time MBA and 3 year part time PGDM course.

Over the years SCMS group has established a network of institutions providing quality education in diverse disciplines like Management, Mass Communication, Information Technology, International Studies, Engineering, Architecture, Commerce , Economics and Polytechnics.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 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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Could SCMS be Gopikrishnan’s Ground Zero for Learning?

  • PGDM Class of 2016;
  • Placed with Muthoot Fincorp

GopikrishnanSCMS Cochin had given me adequate knowledge about Finance. Personality Development Programs helped me express it comfortably and confidently during my placement interview. I think that’s why I got picked for the job with Muthoot Fincorp,” says Gopikrishnan.

The young one from Bhopal had made the journey to Kerala based on the reputation of the B School. He knows that after two years his career prospects are definitely on the rise.

On a career high

As he starts his professional journey on a strong note, Gopikrishnan is filled with excitement and enthusiasm. He relives the moment when he heard the news of his placement emotionally, as he says, “I was so overjoyed; I called my parents right away to share the good news with them. It was dream come true for all of them. I think the efforts, the self-motivating tasks, the activities we do at SCMS Cochin School of Business helped us understand what industry expects of us, and that somehow showed during the placements.”

According to Gopikrishnan, not only was he well prepared to make an impression during the crucial interview but is ready to make an impact at work too. “The role offered to me is that of a management trainee. The company expects me to be sincere, committed and transparent in the tasks assigned. I feel equipped to handle the responsibilities given to me because of the experiences I’ve had during my PGDM days.” he asserts.

Ground Zero for learning

Gopikrishnan admits that one of the reasons why he chose to do his PGDM was definitely because of the employability factor. He opted for the program at SCMS Cochin because of its reputation and high brand value. It has been the perfect combination for him. “I had heard about the institute from ex-students. But you have to go through the experience to believe it. The course is updated keeping industry demands in mind and faculty team has an in-depth knowledge of the subject. They are also very helpful and understanding, which is a huge advantage,” he states.

He also mentions the innovative teaching pedagogy employed by the faculty members to keep things relatable to students. But according to Gopikrishnan, it’s the hands-on learning experience you get at SCMS Cochin that makes all the difference. “There are different initiatives including industry interface sessions that give you exposure to the corporate world. I did my SIP with Palm Fibre (India) Private Limited, Alleppey and that has been one of the most complete experiences of my life so far,” he stresses.

Down the memory lane

While Gopikrishnan is looking ahead to his professional journey, he can’t but help reminiscence about the place where it all happened. He believes SCMS Cochin taught him calmness, patience and determination. “It has been a fascinating journey and the institute has transformed me completely. I am really going to miss my faculty and of course, the entire batch. I would urge my juniors to make the most of every moment and opportunities they have. It will help you with your personality development and placements too,” he concludes.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in News And Events

 

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5 TAKEAWAYS from my last 6 months as a PGDM student at SCMS Cochin School of Business

  • Thazni Siar

Born in Trivandrum, Kerala and moved to SCMS Cochin for her Post Graduate Diploma in Management

PGDM- post graduate diploma in management, the word itself is a mystery, I had lot of questions before joining this course like what would they be teaching, method of study, as the course and syllabus don’t come under any university-my level of curiosity went on getting multiplied. After joining the course and experiencing it, I can now share what to expect from your PGDM experience at SCMS.

So here are my five major takeaways since I started the journey at my Bschool:

  1. Punctuality:

As a manager one should be punctual in every work they have being assigned. The course pattern is designedin ways where ones sense of Punctuality is primary. There is no scope for mistiming as the course itself is tightly packed.  I believe no other course, which comes under management studies, would give such importance to Time Management. SCMS Cochin School of Business takes great care in planning and organizing the timetable to ensure that each one of us learns the value of Time.

  1. Integrated Management Learning Program (IMLP):

1Stage fear is a very common feeling. Unfortunately, managers can’t afford to give room to this particular fear.The PGDM at SCMS Cochin School of Business has IMLP helping students overcome this fear. Young managers are encouraged to face an entire class of 130 students and present on various topics (twice) on term basis. They also need to take questions from audience on the topic they present and ideate-debate constructively.

  1. Parivarthana:

SCMS Cochin School of Business’ socio-awareness program or its annual CSR activity is an impacting exercise for bringing meaningful changes in the society.  Each year, the School selects a very pressing social issue and addresses elementary schools and educate the young minds to battle those challenges.I am learning the importance of being socially connected and staying socially responsible.

  1. Shikar:2

Shikar is the annual management fest of SCMS Cochin and is quite an awaited event in the southern part of India.Being completely student driven, this management fest is the particular platform where the students get real life experience of managing, organizing and co-coordinating various events.  Each and every member work in teams and I feel Shikar can be a very interesting takeaway from the PGDM course I am attending.

  1. Mentoring/ mentor groups:

3For proper guidance and for giving every individual student equal attention, a group of nine or ten students is assigned to a particular faculty. The events and activities held at the school are then streamlined as per mentor groups. This also enhances team spirit and coordination for each individual. Mentor would help his/her mentees with ideas and concepts which can be related to subjects or co-curricular activities.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Student Life

 

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