World Photography Day celebrated by Panorama Club @ SMS Varanasi


The Photography and Film making club of School of Management Sciences, “Panorama”, celebrated World Photography Day with old and new panorama club members, faculty and eminent photographers of the city on 19th August, 2016. An exhibition of photographs by eminent and celebrated wildlife photographer Mr. Rajesh Gupta, world acclaimed street photographer Mr. Manish Khattry, and veteran photographer and Mr. Binay Rawal’s was on display. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Amaan, Program Producer, Radio Mirchi.

Panorama also launched its 6th photo contest, on the theme “Streets of Varanasi”, the contest closes on 18th September, 2016. For the first time the contest is open for external photographers, and the contest is open in two categories one Panorama Club members and other external professional and amateur photographers. The contest was unveiled by Mr. Manish Khattry, the director Prof. PN Jha, Prof. Sandeep Singh, Dean Management, and other guests.

Mr. Krishna Kant Bajpai, coordinator, Panorama Club, spoke about the contest and future plans of Panorama Club for the students of SMS.

There was also a slide show of photographs from the Coffee Table book, “The Book of Banaras” by Mr. Manish Khattry and a Photo film “Gajgamini” by Mr. Vinay Tripathi.

Later Mr. Manish Khattry, Mr. Vinay Tripathi addressed the students telling them finer points of photography. Mr. Rajesh Gupta, the patron of Panorama club also addressed the audience through a recorded video message.

Prof. PN Jha welcomed the guests and gave his blessings to the students, Dr. Pallavi Pathak conducted the program and Prof. R.K. Singh gave vote of thanks.

The program was attended by Rishi Raman Singh, A.K. Sinha, Kartikeya Singh, Amitabh Pandey, Sunit Kumar Mishra and others. .

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70th Independence Day Celebrations @ SMS Varanasi


Independence Day is the festival for entire India and celebrated to remember its freedom from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on 15th August 1947.70th anniversary of India’s Independence, on 15th August, 2016, School of Management Sciences celebrated the most pious and auspicious occasion with zeal and enthusiasm. Prof. P. N. Jha, Director of SMS Varanasi, executed the activity of flag hoisting on behalf of whole SMS family. He presented his tribute towards the leaders of the freedom struggle of India. During his address Prof.P.N Jha (Director, SMS Varanasi) said that India with its huge population has the latent energy to become superpower, what required is the proper guidance to our youth. We must realize that our strength lies in our unity. Since ancient time India has advocated the philosophy of ‘VASUDHAIV KUTUMBKAM’.He considered the students as the vehicle of growth for the country. He has expressed his thankfulness towards Indian defense services for safeguarding Indian boundaries. He congratulated the facult members, staff and students on such blissful and memorable moment.

Several other activities also took place including plantation activity under guidance of Director Prof. P. N. Jha, Registrar Mr. Sanjay Gupta along with senior faculty and staff members. Cultural programs had also been presented by students of BBA, BCA, B.Com PGDM, MBA & MCA batches.


Students had presented series of programs on various themes related to India’s Independence. Cultural events were coordinated by faculty and staff members with Mrs. Pallavi Pathak, Assistant Professor of the institute. At the end of the programme snacks were given to students and staff members.

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The New Batch of Master of Computer Applications (MCA-Lateral Entry) programme inaugurated at School of Management Sciences on 9th August, Tuesday, amidst the august presence of Prof. P. N. Jha, Director SMS Varanasi and Prof. K. S. Mishra, Dean-Systems & IT, SMS Varanasi. Addressing the inaugural session, Prof. Jha in his motivating welcome address, said that the environment is witnessing tectonic changes which have led to plethora of challenges for the students in future. He further said that the rate of obsoleteness of knowledge is very high in IT sector. Therefore consistent efforts by students to innovate, create and disseminate knowledge are the success mantras. Students should try to sharpen their skills, competencies and business acumen to be successful in all their future endeavors. Mr. Shambhu Saran Srivastava (Associate Professor & Coordinator MCA Course) gave the outline of the MCA programme to the new students and encouraged them to work hard for becoming a successful professional. Prof. Mishra gave Vote of thanks in Inaugural session.

Later Mr. Ashish Tiwari, Assistant Professor motivated the students by discussing importance of positive attitude in Career Building. Next interaction took place between students and Mrs. Pratima Bhargava, Librarian, SMS Varanasi. She talked about the ways to best utilize the SMS Central library. Later in the session Mr. Anand Prakash Dube, Associate Professor gave presentation on Faculty members at SMS Varanasi. Dr. Abhishek Srivastava, Assistant Professor, suggested students about possible career avenues after completion of MCA Course. This session was coordinated by Dr. Aditya Gupta, Assistant Professor.

In next session, Mr. Rishi Raman Singh, Associate Professor, discussed about discipline and code of conduct required from students. Dr. Pallavi Pathak, Assistant Professor talked about Co-curricular activities at institute. Mr. Ram Gopal Gupta, Associate Professor explained about IT infrastructure at SMS and Prof. Raj Kumar Singh discussed about Entrepreneurship opportunities after completion of MCA Course. This session was coordinated by Mr. Sumit Jalan, Assistant Professor-SMS Varanasi.

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BBA, BCA, B.Com Batch 2016-19 Flagged off at SMS Varanasi


More than 400 cheerful faces with a positive sense of migration from the school to the college level education were exhorted by the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV), Varanasi on the pious occasion of the start of the two-day orientation programme for the Under Graduate courses BBA, BCA and B. Com. at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences (SMS), Varanasi on Thursday, 4th August 2016. Inaugurating the 20th batch of BBA, 19th batch of BCA and 3rd batch of B. Com., all the three year full time programmes affiliated to MGKV, the Vice Chancellor Prof P. Nag said that time has come for participative learning where both the teacher and the taught learn from each other. Congratulating the students for joining the MGKV professional programmes at SMS, Varanasi, he encouraged the students to become a global, useful and loyal citizen of the country. He also urged the new students to be knowledgeable and competitive to scale heights. Being students of SMS also implies being students of MGKV as well, he said, and urged them to learn with dedication by utilizing all facilities and amenities provided by SMS at its campus.

On the occasion, three distinguished academic luminaries Prof S. K. Singh (Institute of Management Studies, BHU), Prof K. S. Jaiswal (Director-Institute of Management Studies, MGKV) and Prof. Satya Singh (Dean-Faculty of Science & Technology, MGKV) also blessed the new comers of these three UG programmes. Prof. Satya Singh emphasized on the inter-disciplinary nature of the professional courses and also highlighted how the various programmes and schemes like Digital India launched by the Government of India would help such professionals in work engagement in the time to come. Prof. K. S. Jaiswal suggested the new students to decide their career target first and then start the journey. Instead of becoming a job-seeker, the students should try to become job providers, he added. He also stressed upon the importance of decision-making as an important management tool. Prof. S. K. Singh said that it is necessary to augment life skills with professional skills. Application of knowledge and bridging the skill gap is of utmost importance now. He hoped that the Institution will leave no stone unturned in making the new comers a complete human being.
Earlier, the Director of SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha welcomed the dignitaries to the campus and presented a brief description of the fast pace of Institution’s growth in the post liberalization era. He outlined how in just two decades the Institute scaled heights in multiple dimensions which made it proudly enter into the elite Top-50 Business Schools in India last year. The Institution provides not only contemporary teaching with a creative pedagogical mix but also augments it to hone the skill development amongst pertinent publics to serve the society and nation, added Prof. Jha. The 400+ addition in UG programmes is a testimony for the fact, stressed the Director.

The Dean (R&D), SMS Varanasi Prof. Alok Kumar presented the highlights of the UG programmes at the Institute. He said that SMS Varanasi happens to be the pioneer in the entire region to start the BBA and BCA programmes with University affiliation 20 years back even when University did not run these programmes in its campus (earlier the affiliation was with VBS Purvanchal University). The strong academic inputs coupled with corporate orientation had made the SMS students occupy more than 50% space in the top-10 merit list every year since inception. He added that the Institution has started the placement activity for the UG programmes too a couple of years back. From this year, the corporate exposition would be enhanced for these students.

The Programme was conducted by Dr. (Mrs.) Pallavi Pathak (Assistant Professor, SMS) while the Vote of thanks was proposed by the Dean (DSA), SMS, Prof. Sandeep Singh. Also present in the inaugural session were the Executive Secretary, SMS Society, Dr. M. P. Singh, Registrar Mr. Sanjay Gupta, the respective Course Coordinators of the BBA, BCA and B. Com. courses – Mr. Atish Khadse, Mr. Rajeev Katare and Mr. Amitabh Pandey (all Assistant Professors, SMS). The Director Prof. P. N. Jha honoured the Guests with a memento and shawl.

In the post lunch session, the Coordinators held their respective sessions highlighting the course contents of the three-year programmes. Other sessions related to different areas of SMS Varanasi will be discussed in rest of the sessions including Faculty Members, Centre for Spiritualism & Human Enrichment, IT Infrastructure, Extra and co-curricular activities, Library, Conduct and Discipline, Training & Placement, Positive attitude. Sessions would be taken by Mr. Rohit Mehta, Prof. R. K. Singh, Mr. A. K. Sinha, Mr. Ram Gopal Gupta, Dr. Pallavi Pathak, Dr. Abhishek Srivastava, Mr. Rishi R Singh, Mrs. Bhawna Dixit and Mr. Ashish Tiwari (all SMS Faculty members).

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Inaugural Session of PGDM, MBA Orientation 2016 @ SMS Varanasi

pgdm_mba_16The 22nd batch of the AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme and 4th batch of the MBA programme at School of Management Sciences (SMS), Varanasi got off to a sensational start on 21st July, 2016. Guest of Honor Mr. Pritish Shah (General Manager-HR, Safe Express Pvt. Ltd) congratulated the new students for joining the institute and motivated them to leap towards a promising career in the corporate world. He discussed the various challenges and issues of the contemporary business environment. He also threw light on the prevailing aspect of organizational behavior in logistic industry. He shared his personal professional experience and asked the budding managers to hone their skill in order to cope up with the industry requirement. During his deliberation on Campus Vs Corporate he focused on the skill gap and suggested specific skill set which suits the requirement of the industry.

Chief Guest Prof. Azhar Kazmi (King Fahad University-Saudi Arabia) during his address shared his association with the institute and said that said that SMS has been one of the best institutions in terms of quality delivery system and making students learn their responsibilities towards society and is continuously progressing toward the new heights. Being Chairman of Curriculum Designing Committee of several universities, Prof.Kazmi praised the updated and industry oriented curriculum of the institute which included the papers like Business Incubation, Business Analytics along with Employability Enhancement Programme.

Earlier welcoming the Guest, the Director of the Institute, Prof P.N. Jha extended a very warm welcome to the guests and considered the orientation as a holistic socialization of the new entrants through which they have embarked their professional life. He said that PGDM and MBA are the most trusted & reputed courses and SMS being a prestigious member of the top 50 B-Schools in the country always strive to create new benchmark in field of placements and academic excellence. He said that SMS is the best place to nurture their academic and co-curricular activities.

Later in the session Dr. Avinash Chandra Supkar (Assistant Professor) presented the Preamble of SMS while the current Management Education Scenario was highlighted by Prof. Sandeep Singh (Dean, Development & Students’ Affairs). Vote of thanks was given by Prof. Alok Kumar, (Dean Research & Development).


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Ten days Soft Skill Workshop for PGDM Students held @ SMS Varanasi


SMS Varanasi organized ten days workshop on “SOFT SKILL FOR EMPLOYABILITY ENHANCEMENT” for PGDM third semester students. Event was organized in association with MRS Training Services, New Delhi. MRS training Services is one among the leading Training providing organizations, and has clients like GMR Group, IIM and other numerous organisations of repute. Mr. Manish Raj Sharma, Director of MRS Training Services conducted the training.

During the inaugural session of workshop, Prof. P. N. Jha, Director of SMS Varanasi motivated the students for attaining best input from the workshop. Workshop made the students to work upon their communication and aptitude related domains. Several icebreaking games and exercises helped the students to improve their personalities. Workshop started on 18th July and ended on 27th July, 2016. On successful completion of workshop, on 27th July certificates were provided to students by Director Prof. P. N. Jha. Event was organized in presence of PGDM Coordinator Mr. Rishi Raman Singh.

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Faculty Development Program-2016 @ SMS Varanasi



A Week Long Faculty Development Programme started on 15th July, 2016 at Khushipur Campus of SMS, Varanasi. The theme of the Programme is “Professional Research & Teaching: SWOT”. About 50 participants from various institutions participated in the programme. Dignitaries present on the inaugural session were Prof. P.R. Agrawal (Vice Chancellor, Purvanchal University, Jaunpur), Dr.M.P. Singh (Executive Secretary, SMS-Varanasi), Prof P.N. Jha (Director, SMS-Varanasi), Shri Sanjay Gupta (Registrar SMS, Varanasi) and Dr. Alok Kumar (Convener, FDP).

During his welcome address, Prof P.N. Jha (Director SMS-Varanasi) extended a very warm welcome to the dignitaries and enlightened the forum with importance of Faculty Development Programme. He said that teaching is a noble professions and must be nurtured with cognitive learning process in order to enhance the effectiveness in today’s era of Globalization. He also focused on the importance of dyadic relationship between the faculty and student. He considered communication as an adhesive which acts as a link between the student and teacher. He further added that faculty must identify the portable territory of the students and must invade the same as per their level of knowledge.

In one of the sessions, Prof. Dhananjay Pandey (School of Materials Science & Technology, IIT-BHU, Varanasi) started his deliberation by linking the research with professional teaching. He considered research as science of knowledge creation while teaching as an art of dissemination of knowledge. He further added that Research is becoming a core activity in universities, and individual academic performance. In the contemporary context it is the key to a number of things, including career progression.

In next deliberations, during the two days interactions, Prof. N. K. Sharma (Sr. Advisor and Consultant, BAC, Kanpur) discussed the various attributes of Qualitative and Quantitative Research. Focusing on the importance of Data, he said that it is the data which decides the quality of the research. He also discussed the use of IT and software in professional research. Prof. Sharma while answering one of the questions discussed about functioning of ‘Structured Equation Modelling’ and differentiated the same with regression analysis. He opined that causal relationship can’t be established merely through such quantitative instruments. For such relationship study even more controlled experiments are needed.

Prof. Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, AIU, presented his research done on B-Schools students. He highlighted the expectation of the students from the B-Schools along with the factors of satisfaction. Thorough various examples he discussed the measures to improve the teaching in higher education. He further said that research and teaching are not different entities. The blend of both is required to increase the value addition in the students and cope up with contemporary dynamic environment.

Next session started with the deliberation of Prof. A. K. Tripathi, Deptt. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-BHU. He initiated his talk by clarifying three basic terms i.e. research, discovery and invention. He said that nobody can make other person knowledgeable but can facilitate that other person to explore and acquire knowledge. He quoted a publication ‘Journal of Negative Research’ to be referred by scholars of different streams. He commented upon the fundamental nature of physics, chemistry and biochemistry also. He suggested combining performance and reliability to form the concept of performability.

In another session, Prof. M. S. Pandey, English Deptt., BHU, discussed various dimensions of oral communication. Besides variety of punctuation and ascent related issues, he discussed about the four fundamental maxims of good communication. They are quality of content (must be correct), quantity of content (balanced), relevance of content (useful for audience) and manner (style) in which it should be delivered. He further clarified that English is a stress time language, unlike Hindi.

On last day of FDP, Prof. Azhar Kazmi, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals-Dhahran, Saudi Arabia interacted with participants. He discussed about various dimensions including Academic Integrity in Indian and Global research environment. He further differentiated between rigour and relevance in research and need of higher degree of relevance in future research. He opined that case study writing and discussion is a good method of teaching and research.

Valedictory session of the program took place in presence of Prof. Azhar Kazmi and Prof. P.N.Jha. In this session Prof. Kazmi suggested the faculty members to complement their teaching with research and vice versa. Prof. Jha congratulated the organizing committee on successful completion of the Faculty Development Program. Prof. Alok Kumar gave vote of thanks in valedictory session and expressed his thankfulness towards all the stakeholders of FDP including speakers and participants. SMS Newsletter was also released by guests with Chief Editor of SMS Newsletter Dr. Abhishek Srivastava. In various sessions coordination was done by Dr. Pallavi Pathak, Dr. Anchal Pathak and Dr. Medha Srivastava.


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