26 July 2017
MATS Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (MIME) warmly welcomed the students of PGDM 2017-19 batch, organized “Deeksharambh” the invocation ceremony followed by the induction-cum-orientation program from 6-15 July 2017.
Apart from completing the registration and other formalities of the new students, the objective of this ten-day program was to familiarize the new students with the various facilities, a method of conducting the curriculum and also apprise them of industry expectations from experts. This would also facilitate in the students becoming comfortable in their new surroundings, prior to the commencement of their regular classes.
Day wise highlights are as below.
6 July 2017: Kitting-up
The first day began with completing the registration requirements including the formalities for issuing identity and library cards. Each student has issued a “Welcome Kit”.
7 July 2017: Inaugural & Ice-breaking
The second day commenced with an invocation, wherein prayers were offered for blessings from the Divine, to help the students’ transition smoothly to their new chosen path. This was symbolized by lighting of the lamp by eminent academicians and management practitioners - Dr. Mitheleshwar Jha, Pro Vice Chancellor, Jain University; Dr. Jitendra Kumar Mishra, Director MIME; Mr. Anil Rego, Founder and CEO, Right Horizons Financial Services Private Limited and Mr. Rohit Agrawal, Director (Talent Acquisition and Internal Communications), Walmart Labs, India.
After ‘Saraswati Vandana’ and lighting of the lamp, Dr. Jitendra Kumar Mishra, Director, MIME welcomed the gathering of dignitaries, students, guardians and faculty members. Congratulating the students on their admission to MIME, Dr. Mishra spoke about the need to pursue excellence by using different learning methodologies and aiming to acquire diverse skills by effectively utilizing the various opportunities provided by the Institute.
Dr. Mithileshwar Jha, Pro Vice Chancellor, Jain University recommended the new students to remain focused and learn by reading, interacting and reflecting. He further guided them to clear all their doubts to enhance one’s knowledge and skills.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Anil Rego, Founder and CEO, Right Horizons Financial Services Private Limited, highlighted the need to update oneself by developing a learning attitude. He highlighted the need to develop diverse skills in accordance with the emerging trends and entrepreneurial requirements. He emphasized the students’ active interaction with the teachers, to acquire professional skills.
The Guest of Honour, Mr. Rohit Agrawal, Director (Talent Acquisition and Internal Communications), WalmartLabs, India, spoke about anticipating and adapting to changes to effectively navigate the prevailing “VUCA” (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) world. He urged the new students to cultivate a habit of clear thinking and to continuously “Value-add” to ensure success in implementing their dreams.
Prof. Reji Meprathe, Asst. Professor, MMIE conducted the proceedings of the Inaugural session and the session culminated with a formal vote of thanks by Dr. B.K. Arun, Professor, MIME.
Post lunch session, all students participated in this ice-breaking activity. They participated in various individual and group activities which helped them know their peers. Microlab was facilitated by Prof. Mohamed Younus, who himself is an alumnus from MIME.
8 July 2017: Acquainting with the Programme, Facilities, and process, and orienting on Industry Expectations and Entrepreneurship
The third day commenced with the Program introduction. Prof. Reji Meprathe, briefed the new students on the program design, assignments/ projects, attendance, exams and marking scheme. He emphasized the students to stay focused throughout the program.
Overview of Placement Processes
The Placement cell of the institute led by Mr. Vishal Arora, Chief Manager - Corporate Relations, Student - Career Advisory and Placement Services (S-CAPS) briefed on the activities and steps taken in arranging “Organizational Study”, “Internship” and “Final Placements” for the students. Based on the past experiences, he urged the students to fine-tune their technical and managerial skills to align them with the changing expectations from the industry. He elaborated on platforms like “Words of Wisdom”, “Alumni of the Month” and “Share Your Knowledge” to enhance their awareness levels. Mr. Vishal Arora also focused on the importance of interaction with the industry by taking up part-time assignments thereby increasing their knowledge and enhancing their personality.
Panel Discussion - Expectations of Industry from Budding Managers
The panelists with their rich experience and background enlightened the students on various specializations and their scope in the industry. The eminent panel comprised of:
Dr. Mishra himself moderated the session to take it to the desired direction of familiarizing the students about the latest expectations from the industry. The aim of the panel discussion was to enable the students to become aware of the changing industry requirements and hence re-orient their knowledge and skill-sets. Further, the panelists threw insights into the likely changes in the expectations from industry in the short and long terms.
The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session which provided an interactive platform for the new students with the specialists from diverse fields. This helped the students realize the continuous enhancement required in their employability skills in keeping with the trending industry expectations.
Orientation Session on Entrepreneurship
Keeping in line with the cherished value of MIME and being sensitive to the Nation’s changing focus towards “Job Creation” rather than on “Job Seekers”, a session on Entrepreneurship aptly formed a part of the orientation program. Mr. Kishore B.S., COO and Co-Founder, and CEO, Educesta Global Services Pvt. Limited and Mr. B. Deepak Kumar, Co-Founder, and CEO, Educesta Global Services Pvt. Limited formed the eminent panel for the session. They shared their valuable insights into the phenomenon of entrepreneurship along with likely pitfalls with respect to a digital technology company. The session was followed by an elaborate question and answer session where queries from the students were addressed with live illustrations.
13 July 2017: Invoking Divine Blessings and Having Action Learning
In keeping with the tradition, the interactive session on “Management Thinking” was preceded by offering Pooja to invoke the blessings of the Divine. After the Pooja, the interactive joint-session for both sections was conducted by Mr. S. Chandrashekar, Eminent Corporate Trainer. This session consisted of interesting management games entitled “Run, jump and fly”. These games emphasized the need for maintaining a positive outlook and cheerful attitude among the students as a prerequisite for productive managerial thinking. Further, he stressed upon the need to first initiate any action either mental or physical, so that last minute rush and pains due to fatigue-related mistakes could be avoided.
14 July 2017: Library Orientation
The Library Orientation was conducted by the Chief Librarian, Dr. N. Meeramani. She briefed the students on different services offered by the library including the digital library. She also appraised them about the availability of inter-library loan facilities of books facilitated by tie-ups with Indian Institute of Management and Indian Institute of Science libraries. She explained the rules and regulations of the library.
Building Sound Academic Foundation
9-15 July 2017: Orientation Program Highlights
The remaining days of the orientation-cum-induction program were devoted to making the students get an overall feel for the various aspects of the PGDM program. The orientation program was divided into two categories viz., “General Orientation” and “Subject Related Orientation”. Due to extensive interactions, the students were divided into Section A and Section B with each Section consisting of 60 students. The following summarizes the various aspects of the program under these two categories.
The purpose of this was to enhance General Awareness, Analytical Mindset, Communication, Information Technology, Case Study Method and Managerial Thinking among management students.
“General Awareness” was channelized through group discussions on “Current Affairs”. Separate sessions for each section were aimed at developing sensitivity towards business, economic and general happenings worldwide. These sessions were handled by Prof. Reji Meprathe and Dr. Suman Pathak.
“Analytical Mindset” was channelized through individual presentations of “Book Review”. Separate sessions for each section aimed at developing analytical thinking while reading and learning thereof were conducted. These were handled by all faculty of MIME.
“Communication” sessions section-wise were handled by Prof. Sanjiv Mathur. These focused on the importance and practical aspects of verbal and written communication processes in an organizational context. Students were also exposed to the “Elevator Pitch Concept” and the importance of non-verbal communication like dress sense and the importance of positive attitude to be conveyed in any communication process.
“Information Technology” sessions for each section were handled by Prof. Nishanth Kumar. These aimed at the skills required by students for using the basic IT tools of MS WORD, EXCEL and POWER POINT.
“Case Method” was conducted by Dr. Arun B.K. This highlighted the importance and characteristics of Case Method in management education. The session provided a general framework for case analysis and highlighted the need to cultivate a multi-perspective thinking amongst the students for effective utilization of Case Method.
Subject Related Orientation
The management course consists of students from diverse academic backgrounds. To ease their learning and to bring them on a level platform, exposure to various courses like “Accounting for Managers”, “Quantitative Techniques” and “Economics for Managers” was given separately or each section.
Prof. Ganesh B. explained the broad principles of Financial, Cost and Management Accounting and their relevance to one’s professional career.
Prof. Sakthivel elucidated the Quantitative Techniques for Managers. These provided an overview into Probabilistic Methods, Statistics and Optimization Techniques and their application in practical scenarios.
Dr. S. Manikandan conducted sessions on Economics for Managers. These highlighted the principles and importance of Economics as a study of resources both at the micro (Organizational) and macro (National levels).
15 July 2017: Valedictory Function
The final day marked the culmination of the “Deeksharambh” program with the valedictory function presided over by Dr. Easwaran Iyer, Dean, Commerce Studies and Director (Placements).
In his welcome address, Dr. Jitendra Kumar Mishra, Director, MIME called upon the students to work towards their set goal by minimizing the “thought to action” conflicts, as this approach would enable them to work with more energy and enthusiasm. He further urged the students to make the best use of the facilities, both mental and physical, provided by the Institute. He called upon the students not to look at PGDM program as a separate entity, but to treat the same as an integral part of one’s career and life’s journey. He thanked the parents of all students for reposing their faith on MIME.
Dr. Easwaran Iyer, in his presidential address, highlighted the importance of tapping the entrepreneurial potential present in all the students by cultivating hardworking attitude, improving the adaptability to rapidly changing environment and by a constant urge to contribute. He further urged the MATSONIANS to become excellent managers by cultivating a habit of smart working and active listening. He stressed the importance of knowledge as a means to enhance one’s confidence as well as competence.
The valedictory function also included feedback from participating students. Students, in general, appreciated the content and structure of the induction-cum-orientation program and expressed their confidence that the same would facilitate them to do better in the PGDM program as well as in their career.
The valedictory program ended with a formal vote of thanks by Dr. Suman Pathak.
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