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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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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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“Internships give you valuable insight into the corporate work culture before you actually start your career.”

                                                                                                                                                              Geethu Tressa Mathew
PGDM Batch 23

GeethuI feel like my summer internship with Whitefield Motors Pvt. Ltd. is going to be the beginning of a whole new chapter for me. I am anxious, but I also feel comfortable in my space. I will be working as an Intern in the finance department, which will give me a huge opportunity to learn about the day-to-day functions of a finance department. One of my key responsibilities will be to study the inventory management, and I will also gain exposure to the company’s sales division.

Even though I will be working primarily in the Finance department, I will also gain an understanding of different streams, which is something I am excited about. I have always wanted to be a well-rounded professional and I believe I can do that through the experience I will gain during this internship. It’s an important learning experience for all management students because it teaches teamwork and leadership skills.

I want to make an impression at my workplace and I think I can do that by being systematic and staying updated with the latest trends. My experience completing assignments in a timely manner at SCMS Cochin School of Business should help me in this regard. I have also learned quantitative skills, which are now going to be put to the test. In addition to learning about how management concepts are put into practice, I want to learn about how employees interact in the work place. The latter, I feel, is an important part of becoming an industry professional, and one that students gain important exposure to through the internship.

One of the important aspects of learning at SCMS Cochin has always been communication and interpersonal skills. There are a lot of activities held at the institute throughout the year, which help us fight our stage fright. I am going to build on that experience and ensure that I am able to communicate my ideas with my colleagues in the best possible manner. The group activities we go through at our institute also teach us a lot about teamwork, which is another aspect of working in an organization. These are challenges that I am ready for, thanks to my institute.

Yes it’s true: SCMS Cochin has taken special efforts to make sure all of us are ready to take this first step into the corporate world. Be it through Business Research Methods (BRM) that give us useful insight or Written Analysis and Communication (WAC), the institute has enabled us to present a clear account of ourselves during our internships. I see it as a stepping stone towards being an industry-ready professional and I will put my best foot forward in order to capitalize on this opportunity.

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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in Internship


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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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