Category: Talents


1891178_10203322717333434_188126129_n“I came to KIAMS because the institute gave me a true picture of the placement scenario instead of a blanket 100%”, says Titir Ghosh. She made her decision to join the institute based on her interaction with alumni and the senior batch, which was facilitated by the institute so that aspiring students could gather relevant feedback. After completing a B.tech in Electronics & Instrumentation engineering from West Bengal, Titir wanted to acquire skills that would help her project herself and function as a ‘smart professional’. KIAMS became the obvious choice once she had gone through all of her options. Her decision seems justified today with her campus placement at SBI LIFE Insurance Ltd. as a Management Trainee.

Titir attributes her success to the rigorous curriculum at KIAMS. “Regular assignments, presentations and assessments gave us the chance to rate ourselves and helped us improve,” she says. “One to one interaction with the faculty is easy since teachers and students are closely knit like a big family.” She thinks the institute helped her identify her strengths and weaknesses, which, consequently, gave her the much needed opportunity to work on them.

Titir believes in and follows the maxim, “Gather knowledge, not marks”. In the two years at KIAMS, her aim was to maintain a decent CGPA and learn everything she was interested in. She claims this helped her with the job interview. At KIAMS she has also developed a better insight into herself: “Every question that was asked to me during the interview, I connected it with my personal traits and how my traits would help enhance the task I delivered in my job role.”

Titir is well aware of the stiff competition in the emerging economy, and she feels that an exceptional academic and job performance can create job surety and security: “You either perform or perish, the fittest survives today!”, she says. Flexibility is another bit of advice that she imparts to her juniors. During her interview, the interviewer tried to stress her out by offering remote rural job locations, but she held her own confidently, accepting eagerly the chance to explore her own country. She even offered solutions, such as translation applications for language problems that she might face in these distant places.

In fact, Titir has a travelling bug and aspires to write her own travelogue some day. She has travelled a lot and also loves adventures sports: “I have experienced snorkelling, parasailing, under sea walking, and trekking in India and abroad. I just love feeling the adrenalin rush”. Next on her cards is Bungee jumping and sky diving! Titir comes across as an exciting and mature individual, and this is evident in her advice for her juniors: “Keep a stable score and enjoy these two years to the fullest; but, it is also important to choose your specialization wisely not just because your friends are opting for it. Be sure what you know exactly what you want and just go for it.”

KIAMS loves Feroze Khan. For the last 18 years, hardly has a batch gone by that has not been a great fan of his. Before you begin to wonder why, we would like to clarify that it is not Feroze Khan the filmstar, but Feroze Khan the super-popular ‘Electrician-turned-canteen owner’ of KIAMS who’s being discussed here.

“I’ve been in KIAMS since 1994,” says Feroze Khan with unmistakable pride. “I live in Harihar itself. Earlier, I was making a living out of fixing electrical equipment someplace outside. I saw the problems that students had, as they had to keep running a long way out of the campus to fix minor problems in their electrical devices; so I opened a shop here. I still remember that day. The students were so happy to see this shop.”

When you’ve lived at a place for 18 years, you naturally develop a keen sense of observation and notice the smallest changes. Feroze Khan has observed a marked difference in the attitude, expectations and evolution in both the students and faculty of KIAMS over a period of time.

“Back in the ‘90s, communication was a major issue for students. So I created an STD booth next to my shop, so that students could make telephone calls. With time, mobile phones and computers came in and changed our lives, so I also changed my shop accordingly. Earlier, it was just an STD booth; today I sell mobile and SIM-cards of all companies and other basic goods, including groceries.”

Clearly, Feroze could have ‘adaptability’ as his middle name. Some students seek him out for marketing tips on their projects; others give him marketing tips on taking his shop to the next level. He gauges the demand – and the mood – of his customers, and sells and stocks accordingly. Students share their class-room experiences and learning with him, and he applies the same learning on them. It works almost every time! He enjoys being teased by students, as much as he enjoys teasing them back. Some ask him for phone numbers of distributors and companies, and even seek him out for brand knowledge for their assignments. Over almost two decades, his opinion has been sought on the practical application of basic to advanced aspects of management; Feroze has always been more than willing to share information.  In short, Feroze Khan is pretty much the ‘Man Friday’ or the ‘Go-To’ man for KIAMS.

“It’s my native place. This is where I belong and I love it here. So many families now depend on this KIAMS campus for livelihood and profits. Students from all over India land up in KIAMS and, sooner or later, at my shop. I gain so much from them and their culture.”

 

It is well known that the alumni of KIAMS may forget many things about life in KIAMS, but they never forget Feroze Khan. “Whenever Ex-students visit KIAMS they come and meet me. Everyone remembers me and that is my greatest reward.”

 

Drishya, a management graduate from KIAMS, recently was selected for the position of Account Manager at Mafoi. She got this opportunity through campus placement. “Though I was not very keen on giving interviews to the recruiters who came down for campus placements, my family and friends thought I should give it a shot and I actually made it,” said Drishya.

Asked about her professional journey so far, Drishya said she joined Infosys after her graduation. Working at Infosys gave her good experience, but she soon realized in order to grow professionally she would have to get more education and eventually decided to join a management program at KIAMS.

“Joining KIAMS was a wise decision. I have learned a lot during my two-year stay at the campus,” said Drishya. She said it has been a great experience studying at KIAMS. Drishya spoke at length about how they worked in teams which gave them good exposure to team dynamics. She praised the KIAMS faculty for being supportive and co-operative. “KIAMS teachers are wonderful,” she said.

Asked about her interview rounds and experience with the interview panel at Mafoi, she said students first appeared in a group discussion round and their performance in this round determined who was selected for interviews. In the interview, she was asked questions related to her work experience at Infosys and her experience at KIAMS. Drishya said: “They asked about my experience at Infosys and the add-ons that I got from KIAMS. They basically wanted to understand if I met their expectations”.

Drishya is really thankful to the faculty members and her seniors at KIAMS who helped her learn and grow as an individual and made her confident enough to face the challenges that may arise in her professional career. She said at KIAMS she learned how to strike a balance between her personal and professional life.

Drishya will be joining Mafoi Management Consultants Ltd., Chennai, on April 2 and is really looking forward to assuming the role given to her.

To be a runner up in an international competition, where faculty members of major business schools presented best of their unpublished work, speaks volumes about the excellent analytical work of Dr. V S Pai. 

Students at KIAMS are painting the town red on their professor’s Chak De Phatte kind of success. “We are really not surprised because he has an uncanny ability to explain the most difficult of problems in the easiest possible way,” says PGDM student Drishya.

What we like the most is that he goes beyond the text books and connects everything with the present scenario and developments. This really kind of hooks students to his class,” says PGDM student Rohit, another die-hard fan of Dr. V S Pai.

Although, with more than two decades of experience under his belt, Dr. V S Pai never took the competition lightly and always knew his work needed to be elaborate and analytical in order to come in the first three. His writing work explained how Tata Teleservices entered into a joint venture with NPC DoCoMo of Japan to improve the performance of their telecom venture.

Management theories and practices are fast evolving in the present business scenario where mergers and acquisitions have long become a norm. Challenges faced by business are myriad and new, requiring managers to think on the feet and develop a truly international perspective. Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies has a reputation to groom future business leaders in the art of not only surviving but also outshining in the competitive world of business.

“We at KIAMS are fortunate to have an experienced and talented faculty member like Dr. Pai, whose international exposure will help students develop international perspective and transform into world class business leaders,” says Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director of KIAMS.

Dr. Pai has some advice for the students. “There is no short cut to excellence and this holds true for everyone. I keep updating my knowledge and skills, and writing papers is a kind of passion for me” says Dr. V. S. Pai. “Awards and recognition always follow tenacity, so keep your goal in mind and toil hard to achieve it,” advises Dr. Pai to his students. But he warns against being workaholic as it saps one of energy and life. “Work hard and party harder has been my mantra and it has worked very well for me till today,” laughs Dr. Pai.

Environmental leader, public speaker and polar explorer Robert Swan, OBE, is a known name globally. He has founded 2041, whose mission is to preserve the Antarctica and promote recycling, the use of renewable energy and working towards preserving combating the effects of climate change. It is the next generation of leaders who need to take on the responsibility of working aggressively to preserve our planet that has been vandalized by the pursuit of convenience and the extravagant use of plastic. This earth of ours is threatened. And Swan, using his expertise and knowledge of this southernmost continent of our globe takes expeditions of carefully selected leaders and educators to visit this fragile region.

A fragile region, cold and unapproachable, unfriendly and very sparsely populated, the Antarctica is quite forbidding to the common man. Besides being remote, it needs a lot of preparation and guidance from someone who is familiar with this part of our world. People who go there have to be carefully selected and groomed for the expedition.

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In 2011, The International Antarctic Expedition, 2011 took a group of people to visit this continent that is twice the size of Australia. Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) faculty – Priya Venkatesh (36) was selected for it. Her mission as an educator was to help make the world a better, greener, less threatened planet. Priya, while being a leader is a learner first.
Sir Robert Swan, who was in India during the early part of 2011 impressed Prof. Priya a great deal. She thought about visiting the Antarctic under his guidance a lot. “An explorer at heart, I am definitely concerned about the environment but wouldn’t call myself an environmentalist,” Prof. Priya says. Yet, she found herself wanting to go there more and more with each passing day. Emails and telecons crossed continents and Priya Venkatesh was given the go ahead. She had to get her funding together, though. Luckily, she managed, thanks to KIAMS. “I consider myself fortunate to be associated with this institute. KIAMS was one of the first organizations to encourage my venture and put across my funding requirement to its network,” she says.

With each passing day, as she prepared to engross the region many have only dreamed about. With each passing day, excitement mounted. Till it was finally there. Priya was actually in the Antarctica. She saw her first real life penguin. “It was on Petermann Island and was absolutely lovely. All black and white. Just like I had imagined it would be,” she smiles. Other notable experiences included camping on Cuverville Island, the Polar Plunge, and sitting all by herself on the top of Neko Harbour which is part of mainland Antarctica, and is about 800 miles walking distance from the South Pole. “Oh! And I saw a humpback whale – point blank.”

The trip was not void of some gruesome murder. “Yup. I watched a Leopard Seal hunt and kill a Penguin.” Yikes!

Although very well planned and organized, the trip was not all hunky dory. It did have its share of tests. “The biggest challenge was overcoming sea sickness on board the ship and the braving the wind power on hikes. The first one I managed by playing games with my mind and the second with the help of friends – we had to support each other holding hands.”
Totally hooked to adventure and thrill, Priya would love to do, “A trip to the Andromeda Galaxy! Fascinating, Exciting, Lots in store to learn and discover, Preparing for the unknown!”
Back to real life Prof. Priya returns to KIAMS and teaching enriched by her 2041 experience. She brings back a very important message for her students and the youth of today. “Judicious consumption of resources (especially energy), adopting green practices, using renewable energy wherever possible and avoiding wastage of resources in our families, organizations and communities is the one and only way to a sustainable future.”

On the personal front she brings back a fantastic network of like-minded friends and resources from all over the world and a renewed belief in herself and her abilities to make things possible.

Few successfully placed alumni from KIAMS were interviwed. These alumni, placed in big multinationals recommend KIAMS as the perfect MBA platform and share some reasons for the same.

As per these alums, KIAMS is a place where you not only build your academic career, but also grow as a person. The curriculum at KIAMS is so designed that it encourages creative thinking and entrepreneurship. However, the focus at KIAMS is not only on the curriculum and books via which the education is delivered but also on the personal grooming of the students.

Alums feel that KIAMS has made them “more confident, determined and practical.” They feel that the institute management and faculty members ensured that they graduated from KIAMS a far more complete person than when they had joined – a hallmark of any up-coming B-School. As a KIAMS alumini puts it, “KIAMS Education is all about creating entrepreneurs; it has helped me to think beyond the boundaries”.

A very important virtue learnt by students at KIAMS is honesty. Honesty is embedded in and is an integral part of the entire KIAMS’ ecosphere. Right from the administration, the faculty members and to the students – honesty is stressed upon as the most important and integral value. The KIAMS Administration is exemplary in this context. They display their annual placements by clearly differentiating between students placed because of KIAMS and those who managed to bag their placements for other reasons and through different medium.

M.P. Singh, who got recently placed with Asian paints as a Sales Consultant aptly remarked on being asked about the contribution of KIAMS in his life- “There are thousands of things to learn at a place which is a conglomerate of different people with different attitudes and beliefs. KIAMS is such a place and it made me ready for life.”

KIAMS appreciates and encourages inculcation of values. One of the faculties at KIAMS has rightly stated, “Win just for the sake of Winning, don’t Win for any reward or return. Win for the taste of Winning”.

KIAMS Alums guide their juniors to “be as natural as you can” and ensure that you keep studying beyond the academic curriculum to make yourself “industry ready”.

The faculty of KIAMS can be best described through Basharat Abbas’ words who stated-  “KIAMS education surely imparts in oneself the Calmness of GI, Subtle nature of Janaki, Research oriented approach of RNV, Professionalism of V S Pai, Attitude of BrandMan S Anantram, Pragmatic approach of Sunil, Brisk nature of TV!”

Amongst the students of the 2009-2011 batch of PGDM who made their way into the corporate world, many of them managed to bag quite impressive annual salary packages. The highest salary offered was Rs. 8.12 lakhs per annum. Salaries averaged out at Rs. 4.55 lakhs per annum.

Rama Prabhu is quite happy with his job profile at Hindustan Unilever in its supply chain. “In spite of being a non-engineer I eyed for a career in supply chain. I feel I was fully prepared to take up this career, in terms of knowledge and skills because I was focused with my choice of Industries and the profile I wanted,” he says. A very studious person, Rama Prabhu is a career-focused youngster. He believes in going beyond the expected. Besides the regular curriculum, Rama put in a lot of extra efforts on his own. “The syllabus of this course is the gist of learning and research which people in the corporate world get after years of experience. The KIAMS course is worth to be studied to get an edge over others,” he elaborates.

KIAMS trains its students to be a leader from day one. The institute has not only continued its rich tradition of churning out brilliant managers, but also ensured that each manager graduating from KIAMS is a person of substance, ready to take on the rigors of the corporate world.

Ramaprabhu RP

 

From:

  • Madurai, Tamilnadu.

Background:

  • B.Sc Industrial Microbiology from Thiagarajar College, Madurai & PGDM (Operations Major) degree from KIAMS, Harihar.
  • 3 yrs of work experience as Sr. Executive in Allsec Technologies Ltd in Chennai.

Presently working with: Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Mumbai

Job Profile:  Customer service and telephonic sales

Why KIAMS?

  • I consider Kirloskar’s group as a potential business house which can steer Indian economy in the right path like Tata’s or Birla’s.
  • KIAMS used to train managers of Kirloskars and hence I decided the quality of education and knowledge which I will gain will fine tune my skills to be industry ready

 

What were the job profiles offered to you and how well prepared do you think you were to take on the roles? 

We do not have the opportunity to select one among the best offers in KIAMS, because once you crack the interview and get an offer you need to take it.

In spite of being a non-engineer I eyed for a career in supply chain. The first offer I got was from Hindustan Unilever Ltd in its supply chain.

I feel I was fully prepared to take up this career, in terms of knowledge and skills because I was focused with my choice of Industries and the profile I wanted.

 

In what way has your academic experience at KIAMS helped you, professionally and personally?  And do you think it helped you bag this plum job, why?

 

Professionally:

  • It has chiseled me into a fine manager, has thought me to think differently which makes me to stand out of the crowd and hence get noticed.
  • To summarize it has helped me to identify my potential and has provided opportunities to improve them

Personally:

  • KIAMS has given me one and an half years of peaceful life and healthy lifestyle

KIAMS Contribution:

  • It has helped me to bag this job but not to a great extent. I say so because I was not satisfied with the academic rigor in KIAMS.
  • So I used to study a lot apart from my syllabus and this helped me to bag this job

 

 

Do you think in today’s competitive world, it pays to do courses like the one you studied, why?

Yes it does and the reasons are as follows:

  • Syllabus of this course is the gist of learning & research which People in the corporate world get after years of experience. Course is worth to be studied to get an edge over others
  • Students get tagged that they are industry ready. (Are they actually? is a whole new topic of discussion, but the industry believes so)
  • Corporate world believes that a PGDM product is a one stop solution for their talent hunt
  • The product of PGDM is not specializing in a particular industry but he is a modular product which will fit into any industry. So a lot of job opportunities
  • Ideally it does give an edge for a PGDM product over other colleagues in the organization, not because it actually does but because the corporate world believes so.

 

What do you think you said or did in your placement interview that set you apart? Any suggestion for the juniors?

All of us who attended the placement interview would have given the right answer. But things which set me apart were:

  • The way I put across the right answer is the way which the interviewer expects it to be.
  • An operations student should be very analytical hence my answers were tuned so, with lot of data points and statistical figures
  • My answers were industry specific. FMCG interviewer expects a different approach for the same question posed by another interviewer from a Hospitality industry.

Words of Wisdom for the juniors:

KIAMS teaches only strategies but not the way to implement them. When a fresher comes aboard the corporate world he will not be asked to implement strategies but to work as a small cog in the organization. So you should be able to do simple operational level analysis and work at the same time keep your focus on the bigger strategies being rolled out. You need to prepare yourself for it.

 

What is the one singular/distinctive aspect that you think you brought to your job? 

Questioning the paradigms of the company and suggesting ways to tweak the long lasting processes to make it much more cost effective

 

You studied Industrial Microbiology during your under graduation. How do you link your present profession with the subject?

I have always pursued my passion. Biology was my subject of interest from school days hence I graduated in microbiology

When I started working I discovered my innate interest in management and decided to pursue a career in it.

While pursuing PGDM I had my focus on Pharmaceutical industry and FMCG since they will be the booming ones in the near future. Had I stepped into pharmaceuticals my under graduation knowledge would have helped me. In future I may shift into Pharmaceutical industry.

 

What do you think lies in store for you in the current economic times/trends?

  • Supply chain is an inevitable department in all types of goods industry. So I do have immense scope and scale of opportunities in future.
  • Starting a supply chain career in India’s no.1 FMCG Company which is renowned for its distribution adds more value to my profile
  • Hence I feel there is lot in store for me in terms of career, learning & growth in future.

 

Where do you see yourself 5 years from Day 1 at the job? 

As a senior supply chain manager in a well renowned company.

“KIAMS Education is all about creating entrepreneurs; it has helped me to think beyond the boundaries”. – Basharat Abbas

Name: Basharat Abbas

From: Kashmir

Batch: 2009-2011

Background: B.Sc in Biotechnology from Vrindavan College, Bangalore University & PGDM (Marketing) from KIAMS.

Presently working with: Naukri.com

Job profile: Corporate sales

 Why KIAMS?

I joined KIAMS because of the Brand value and integrity of Kirloskar’s

What were the job profiles offered to you and how well prepared do you think you were to take on the roles? 

I got couple of options but I decided to join Info Edge India (Naukri.com)! The two years at KIAMS made me strong enough to take on any role in Marketing. Besides the great learning environment of KIAMS, wonderful faculty, Prayers of my parents and my passion for Marketing is helping me to do well in my field!

In what way has your academic experience at KIAMS helped you, professionally and personally?  And do you think it helped you bag this plum job, why?

Trust me; it is a lifetime experience to graduate from KIAMS. The curriculum is perfectly designed as per the industry requirement accompanied by perfect environment and wonderful people. After my PGDM, I can sense a great change in myself; I am more determined and mature now. It helped me to be more confident in life and understand the value of “TIME”. KIAMS Education is all about creating entrepreneurs; it has helped me to think beyond the boundaries.

Do you think in today’s competitive world, it pays to do courses like the one you studied, why?

Definitely! KIAMS PGDM is a special course. This course is not just meant for the sake of management degree, the aim is to create the practitioners, the future managers. The education at KIAMS brings both horizontal and vertical change in your thinking, it makes you think BIG!

KIAMS education surely imparts in oneself the Calmness of GI, Subtle nature of Janaki, Research oriented approach of RNV, Professionalism of V S Pai, Attitude of BrandMan S Anantram, Pragmatic approach of Sunil, Brisk nature of TV!

The faculty might change over the period of time but their effort, hardwork and experience remains in the System always! That is why KIAMS alumni are doing a wonderful job in the industry; I would love to thank these eminent personalities for the wonderful learning experience!

What do you think you said or did in your placement interview that set you apart?

It was the “determination to Win”!  One of my Marketing faculties once said to me, “Basharat go for the Win and Win just for the sake of Winning, don’t Win for any reward or return, Win for the taste of winning”. And I just remembered this while giving my job interview and it made a big difference. This made me to be at my best!

Words of wisdom for the juniors:

Be what you are, don’t try to imitate somebody else. Be as natural as you can!

What is the one singular/distinctive aspect that you think you brought to your job? 

Optimism!

You studied Bio-technology during your under graduation. How do you link your present profession with the subject?

Biotechnology taught me innovation; it helped me to be a “ready man”. I am always ready for any situation, and Marketing is all about being ready on your toes, being innovative and being different. It is about differentiating yourself from the crowd. It is all about creating a Brand out of you!

What do you think lies in store for you in the current economic times/trends?

I believe if you are confident, have self belief and know your field well; you will always have a great going, economic times/trends don’t matter much!

Which is your favorite quote and why?

“Differentiate or Die, and it is not worth to die every single day! Better Differentiate.”

Be different from the people around you. Do things differently, go for perfection rather than completion of the job at hand. Life is like a Brand, You need to keep evolving with time. You can’t market yourself with the only one or two skills you possess; you need to add new ones to stay competitive! You need to create a mark or else you will not be able to justify your existence! Stop blaming and start doing!

Where do you see yourself 5 years from Day 1 at the job? 

Definitely an entrepreneur! An entrepreneur in Branding and Advertising Industry. I would love to introduce some new concepts in advertising for Indian Corporate mainly for SME’s, so as to help the business reach the customers and thereby help the business grow! Infact I have already started working on this business plan and definitely one day you will see me making headlines ‘Insha Allah’!