Archive for July, 2013

Faculty Development Programme “Changes in Management Education: Concepts to Practice” @ SMS, Varanasi

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A Faculty Development Programme on “Changes in Management Education – Concepts to Practice” was conducted on July 20, 2013 at SMS, Varanasi campus.
Eminent Academician and Former Director of Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, Prof Atul Tandan graced the occasion as resource person.
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Prof Tandan sensitized the faculty members towards the unprecedented changes taking place in the institutional, technological and pedagogical levels of the educational environment specially Management and Technical Education.
He also highlighted the challenges arising from the changing environment and suggested several innovative means to cope with them. His main theme was to change the mindset, develop an empathy with the new generation and stimulate and guide them through suitable innovative means.
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Prof. Atul Tandan also emphasized on the changing needs of the students with the changing technology. We must too learn how to handle technology along with students because that’s the order of the day. He put forward a ‘PITCH’ approach (P: People, Prefession, Profit, Pace, Process; I: Innovation (or Jugaad / Creative destruction), Integration, Information; T: Time, Technology, Territory; C: Content, Context, Communication, Contemporary, Change, Community; H: Humane approach, Holistic, Heuristic). Teachers must ‘facilitate’ learning of the student, he stressed.
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Earlier the Director (SMS Varanasi), Prof. P. N. Jha welcomed the advertising industry stalwart to the SMS campus. The programme was coordinated by PGDM Coordinator Dr. Meenakshi Singh (Reader). Later Prof. Atul Tandan was given a warm send off by the SMS family.
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XIX PGDM Orientation programme ends at SMS Varanasi

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The four day Orientation Programme for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) students concluded at the Khushipur campus of School of Management Sciences (SMS) with ‘mantras’ from the Industry stalwart Prof. Atul Tandan (Former Director, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad). Addressing the gathering of new PGDM
students, he said that we should change the way mind thinks about issues.
Students must do the things they like to do. Results are important, means could be any. The things what matter are the ‘attitude’ and ‘humility’.
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Exhorting the students, he further added that learning comes by commitment to learn. One must be ready to seek knowledge not merely information.
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Commenting on the current scenario of our economy through his deliberations on “Preparing Managers for the new economy: Converting talent to competencies”, he said that at one time it was all ‘Made in Japan’ which later shifted to ‘Made in Korea’ and now it is ‘Made in China’, the youngsters must dream and make reality that everything they sell bears ‘Made in India’ label in less than ten years from now and this is the challenge which we need to take up in this fast changing environment. Management is all about initiative, action and decision.
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Adding further, he said that change is imminent, no one can stop it, and hence, we must make change for the betterment. We must learn how to remain comfortable with change. We are going to witness unstructured
environment consistently, uncertainty is another factor and we all must manage it! Pointing towards SMS faculty, he satirically said that they should create confusion amongst students regarding management issues, and then
only the students will come up with solutions.
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The internal sessions by SMS faculty members covered the entire aspects of the campus including Library, Computer Centre, Knowledge Management Centrer, other Centres of excellence, foreign tie-ups, industry linkages and
alumni association, business ethics etc. Prof. P. K. Mishra (Chemical Engineering, IIT-BHU) opined on “Identify yourself by Entrepreneurship” where he stressed upon the need for the young persons how to become job
creators, not job seekers.
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XIX PGDM Orientation Programme @ SMS, Varanasi

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The Four-day Orientation Programme at School of Management Sciences (SMS) Varanasi for the 19th batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) started at the Khushipur campus with the Chief Guest, Dr. T. K. Mandal (VP-HR, JK Papers) exhorting the fresh students to embrace ‘morality’ in all their endeavours to become successful in organisations as well as their life. He said that it is a good phenomenon to see that young breed of executives now-a-days are socially very active and he expects the same from budding managers at SMS.

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The Guests of Honour on the occasion from the corporate sector, Shri Gautam Mohan Iyer (AVP, Business Banking, Axis Bank Ltd.) and Shri Mudit Dalela (Circle HR Head, Axis Bank Ltd.) emphasized on the need to be more agile in the current business scenario. Citing life examples, they focused on the need to become habitual to stressful situations in Corporate Life. They also stressed on the need to be updated everyday for gaining better insight into business world. The important things in life include a good attitude, personality, knowledge and openness to learning.
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The Guests later released the new issues of journals ‘Management Insight’, ‘Purushartha’ and newsletter ‘SMS News’.
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Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, the Director, SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha said that people in common have big hopes from management professionals and SMS would train the students how to become better citizens, both for corporate as well as for personal life. He said that change is so fast today that there is no crystal-bowl solution but SMS provides the basic knowledge and leadership framework so that the budding managers may do their duties with perfection. Welcoming the new batch of PGDM students, he said that such an orientation programme is academic and environmental socialization for them.

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The Dean (Management Sciences), Dr. Sanjay Saxena gave a briefing about the PGDM programme while Shri K. K. Bajpai (Reader) presented the SMS Preamble.
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The star attraction of the Orientation programme is the presence of Prof. Atul Tandan (Former Director-Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad & advertising Industry stalwart) on Saturday where he would interact with the students and faculty of SMS Varanasi separately in two different sessions. In the four-day programme, students are being exposed to the SMS system on different parameters.
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The first day also witnessed deliberations by Dean (R & D), Shri Alok Kumar on “Industry centric curriculum, pedagogy and Evaluation Systems at SMS” and also by Dean (Development & Student Affairs), Shri Sandeep Singh who talked about “Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Business).
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The Programme was coordinated by the PGDM Coordinator, Dr. Meenakshi Singh (Reader) while the vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Sandeep Singh.
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