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4Abhijit Das, student of PGDM Batch 17 at KIAMS believes that his placement as a Management Trainee with Pathfinder Publishing Pvt. Ltd (the company that runs careers360.com) is a big deal not only because of the reputation of the company but the fact that it is the perfect culmination of his academic tenure. The going has been tough for him as he lost his father during the first year of PGDM. But that only pushed him to excel in his studies and focus on the placement process. He admits that with the help of his faculty team and friends at the institute he has managed to get the final outcome he was hoping for.

Reflecting on his two years at KIAMS, he says “The placement with such a prestigious firm was the icing on the cake. My mother, who is a housewife, was extremely supportive during these two years. The placement has made our dream come true. But at the same time I feel the knowledge and confidence I have gained at the institute will help me in the long run. It certainly helped me crack the all important placement interview.” He goes on to add that all the assignments and activities he was a part of during his program helped him learn in the best possible way. That coupled with the confidence he had gained enabled him to impress his recruiters.

After completing his graduation in engineering, Abhijit was working in the construction field but soon enough realized that he needed to boost his competencies to build his career prospects. That’s why he chose to do his PGDM from KIAMS and believes that it’s a decision that has held him in good stead. “I would like to specifically mention the contribution of our faculty members in molding us as future professionals. They were always available to clear our doubts, point out mistakes and help us rectify them in a constructive manner. I believe this relationship goes beyond placements and will be with me for the rest of my life,” he states.

According to Abhijit, every day spent at the institute was a stepping stone towards his future career. The Summer Internship he did at Tata Steel helped him put the concepts he had learned into context and that’s how he made his mark during the placement interview. He is now at the cusp of an exciting journey ahead. “KIAMS has been a new life experience for me and it has prepared me for challenges in my career. Managing product life cycle, Project development and management, Planning, Scheduling, Co-ordination with different teams, Product testing, Market Research and analysis will be some of my job responsibilities and I feel up to the task,” he adds confidently.

Ask him about the aspects of his life at the institute that he is going to miss and Abhijit mentions different celebrations, the time spent with his friends and the campus itself. He holds those memories close to his heart and is going to cherish them for a long time to come. He also has valuable advice for his juniors at the institute. “You should follow your dreams and identify your area of interest. Whatever domain you choose; be it Product Management or Operations, you will find a lot of scope in it if you have in-depth knowledge of the subject. Try to build on your learning and the sky is the limit,” he says all ready to spread his own wings.

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Avisek Sarkar believes in following his instincts and mak3ing smart decisions at the right time. That’s why the engineering graduate who was interested in technology decided to switch to management. He says that he wanted to give his career the best platform, which is why he opted for the PGDM with KIAMS. He now stresses that he has managed to combine his technical abilities from engineering studies with analytical, logical thinking from his management program. Perhaps that is what impressed his new employer; Oracle Financial Services Software.

The excitement of being placed with a global powerhouse like Oracle is written large over Avisek’s face. He also realizes that his corporate journey has only begun and he will have to prove his mettle. “The role I have been offered is in financial analytical application development. As a member of the software engineering division, I will have to do detailed design based on high level design specifications. I will also have to assist in system planning, scheduling and implementation, testing bugs, building enhancements etc. I feel prepared for these challenges thanks to my learning at KIAMS,” he says.

Bagging campus placement with a corporate biggie like Oracle is no mean feat. There is a great deal of preparation that goes into making one’s mark in the interview. Avisek sheds light on the process as he says, “One thing that went in my favour was the fact that I had domain knowledge. I also believe you need to be calm and composed during the interview to be able to make the best impression.KIAMS not only helped me build a solid foundation of knowledge but through different initiatives like IRP sessions ensured that I had overcome my fear of public speaking. It reflected in the interview and helped me a lot.”

Avisek also asserts that his learning at the B School was intense with long hours on a daily basis. But his faculty members made things easier by keeping things relatable. His SIP with Novotel Kolkata also enabled him to get valuable practical exposure that he counts on as he prepares for his corporate sojourn. “My time with KIAMS has been a memorable journey altogether. Even the tight class schedules, late night group studies, presentations were fun and lively for me. I am going to miss the hostel life, time spent on the campus and just hanging out with my friends whenever I want,” he says emotionally.

His advice for juniors who might be interested in a job profile like his – “It’s a Financial Analyst profile and if that’s something you are interested in as well then you need to have a strong base in finance and economics. Practical exposure besides academics is also important. But above all be confident and stay true to yourself. You will achieve your goals if you believe in yourself and put in the efforts.” That’s something he himself has done, and is now reaping the benefits for it.

shruti-250“By nature, I was never the studious kind but KIAMS imbibed a thirst for knowledge in me. After I came here I only wanted to learn and grow as a person, a professional. There have been many fantastic experiences on this journey and it has groomed me into a well rounded professional,” says Shruti Hariharan, student of PGDM Batch 17 who has been placed with Vodlo India Pvt Ltd as a HR Generalist. Here’s the story of her transformation from a not so studious Science graduate to a management professional with a promising future ahead of her.

We start with what she considers probably the biggest day of her life when she bagged a placement with the company and role of her choice. “I had cleared the first round for two companies but was really hoping that I get placed with Vodlo. They had asked me to come back the next day and I thought it would be for the next round but I got an offer! I looked at the offer letter about a hundred times before the sense of achievement set in,” she says.

Shruti had worked for a start-up company for 15 months before she decided that she would like to make a career in Human Resources. She had heard good things about KIAMS from seniors, which made her decision easier. Now her dream has come true and she looks forward to the challenges ahead. “I will be responsible for HR policy, design & implementation, appraisal, employee management & engagement, reward management besides recruitment and selection,” she states.

On what went well during the interview, she mentions that her knowledge of the field helped her immensely. Shruti says she wasn’t bluffing during the interview and talking from the experiences her institute had given her, which filled her with confidence. “I wasn’t nervous or ambiguous at all. I dug deep into my experience including that of my SIP with JM financial, Bangalore, which had given me an insight into work culture,” she explains.

According to Shruti, the mock interview sessions held by the institute also helped her prepare for the big day. She also gives credit to her faculty who she calls her mentors, motivators, advisers, critics and friends at the same time. “I am going to miss relying on their experience and knowledge whenever I needed them. But I feel these relationships will last in the future as well. So will the friendships that I have built in the last two years. I am going to miss the campus, the buzz and all the celebrations, which made it a family like environment,” she adds emotionally.

For her juniors who might be apprehensive about a career in HR, Shruti has sound advice. “I agree that there are many preconceived notions about HR but many of them are misconceptions. You might think that getting a job in the field is difficult but if you are passionate about HR and want to make a career in it then nobody can stop you. Don’t think narrowly about the job or salary package. Look at the bigger picture; where you want to be, what you want to do and things will fall into place,” she concludes. And haven’t they fallen into place rather well for her.

After karen-saldanha-250-225x300completing her graduation in Oman, where her parents both work as corporate professionals, Karen Saldanha decided to come to India to pursue higher education. She was keen to pursue a career in management and believes that KIAMS has helped her in a big way, borne out by her placement with HDFC Bank.

Karen admits that it took her a while to get over the initial shock of being chosen as a Relationship Manager by HDFC Bank because there were several other right candidates for the job. She also thought her interview wasn’t going too well but managed to turn things around for herself. “Initially it was going all wrong and I think I gave some wrong answers. At one point they even gave me a chance to learn the correct answer for one of the questions. I came back having prepared for more than that, which might have impressed them,” she says with a smile.

She also talks about the efforts taken by her institute to prepare her for the placement process. According to Karen the courses in GD, interviews and business communications groomed students and instilled confidence in them. “Besides that the modules where we were taught what the industry expects of us were very helpful. They had included courses on Customer Insight, Digital Marketing, Strategic Management, International Business, Brand Management, Consumer Behaviour etc and they helped us tremendously,” she adds.

Karen also points out that though she had got placed in her very first attempt she chose to not accept the offer as she wanted to make a bright start to her corporate career. She expects it to happen with a big name like HDFC where her job responsibilities will include, “Meeting clients and addressing their problems, ensuring cross selling of banking products and overall maintaining good relationships with them. I did my internship with Reliance Retail, Chennai and believe that experience will come handy in my job,” she asserts.

While Karen is on cloud nine at the moment, she also feels a hint of sadness knowing that she won’t be spending time on campus with friends. She states that one major advantage of a residential PGDM program is that you make friends for life. Ask her if she has any advice for juniors and she says, “Take efforts to match industry’s needs of skills and knowledge, pay attention to classes and do your assignments diligently. The secret to my good grades is 100% attendance. You might also want to create a LinkedIn profile because networking is the key.” Speaking like a true professional, she already is.

15 December 2015, Harihar. Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, widely known as KIAMS, has achieved 43rd position out of 4200 + business schools in India the prestigious Business World rankings. The survey carried out by C fore in association with Business World listed IIMA, IIMB, IIMC and IIML as the Top 4 B-schools of the country. The survey was released on the 14th of December 2015 in the BW ‘B-School Education Special’. Bearing the title “The future of education and its leading tycoons”, the survey marked the return of many well-established B-schools back amongst the ‘A listers’.

Dr. C.N.Narayana, Director, KIAMS, sees recent market correction as a major reason for a much more efficient survey ranking, cutting through the “noise” that had crept in over the last few years in B-school surveys. According to him,supply outweighs demand of business education and this slowdown was only a matter of time.

“Many B Schools faced a shortfall on the admissions front this year. Institutes that relied heavily on marketing and were unable to catch up on innovation had to move out of the fray. On the flip side, B-schools with strong industry credentials, like KIAMS, which have continuously delivered quality, continue doing well even in seemingly adverse times.”

The BW annual B-school survey sets pretty high standards for its rankings. It assesses B-schools on an exhaustive set of parameters – 12 in all – that cover every possible aspect of business education. These parameters are Leadership/ Governance Quality, Faculty Welfare Development, Competence of Faculty, Student Intake/ Selection Process, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Industry Interface, Research, Infrastructure and Facilities, Placements, Internationalism, Life skills/ Soft Skills, and Value For Money. Of the total score of 3400, maximum weightage is accorded to Placements (500), followed by Industry Interface, Research, and Infrastructure and Facilities (400 each).

 “KIAMS has spearheaded numerous industry-oriented innovations in full-time PGDM education,” said Dr. C.N. Narayana, Director, KIAMS. “We introduced the Balanced Growth Card – a holistic evaluation of the student that focuses not only on performance outcomes but also on demonstrated effort and underlying competencies. We were the first to Introduce seminar credits. This brought to the student the latest industrial practices in management, delivered by industry practitioners.”

Raised in 1991, KIAMS is celebrating its silver jubilee year. Originally designed for the purpose of being a captive management centre-of-excellence for the managers of Kirloskar Group, KIAMS became a regular B-school in 1995 with a strong industry-based curriculum. This move was deeply motivated by the larger benefit to the nation. By the late nineties, the Indian economy had opened up considerably, and industry-relevant managers were the prime need of growth and nation building. KIAMS adopted “Education through Values” as its credo… its ruling paradigm, in line with the Kirloskar philosophy and outlook. Today, KIAMS graduates all over the world are recognized for their industry-immersed knowledge.

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25th November 2015 also happened to be the 25th Foundation Day of KIAMS and practically everyone involved with the institute came together to celebrate it with aplomb. It was on this day in 1990 that Sri S.L Kirloskar laid the foundation for the institute that came into being with the goal to provide outstanding education; academic, social and extracurricular, and to create opportunities for all students to excel. Over the years it has managed to do just that and a whole lot more, which is visible in the achievements of its alumni, who remain the institute’s glorious ambassadors.

So it was also the day to look back on the sterling achievements of KIAMS and anticipate all that it has in store for students of today and tomorrow. The campus, venue for the revelries had taken on a festive look and the excitement was palpable all around. The day was made more special by the presence of Mr. Raghunath Medge, President of the Dabbawala Association Mumbai. It was also a big day for PGDM 1 toppers; Shruti Hariharan, who stood first, and Karen Saldhana and Surabhi Rathore, who ranked second. They were big winners at the prize distribution ceremony along with summer internship achievers, Rana Amar Singh (1st prize) and Nikhil Stephen Daniel (2nd prize).

Shruti also had the privilege of leading the gathering for the auspicious Invocation that started the proceedings for the day on a thoughtful note. The traditional lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries present in the gathering followed. There were big names from the industry and academia present for the occasion. The Chief Guest, Mr. Medge was then introduced by Ms. Gayathri Sunil Kumar, who talked about the dabbawallas in Mumbai, described as the Phenomenon by New York Times. Mr. Medge heads six sigma organization and it was interesting to note the work he has done over the years.

The Dabbawalla association has 5000 employees that deliver over a lakh tiffins in a day, and has statistically been shown to make one mistake in six million deliveries. While the students were informed about the history of the association, Mr. Medge talked about inflection point that organized business construction comes with perseverance. According to him, “A mix of hard work, dedication and militant commitment made the dabbawalla association a renowned, six – sigma organization, as described Forbes magazine.” His inspiring words were followed by a pat on the back for the meritorious students who were rewarded for their efforts during the prize distribution ceremony. But it was a day when everyone went back home with crucial takeaways and a of course a smile on their faces, after being a part of the special day for KIAMS.

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Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies recently organized a conclave “Attitude Skills and Knowledge (ASK) and employer’s expectations on skills & employability” at its Harihar campus. The event held on the 26th of September brought together several big names from industry and academia to discuss the attributes that can make successful management professionals of tomorrow. Given the high relevance of the conclave, it was only natural that we talked to some of the students to evaluate its overall success.

Arpit Sharma, B 17 was one of them and he believed that it was a privilege to listen to names like Mr. Swami Nathan Krishnan, Vice-President and Head Marketing, Coach and Mentor – Sasken Communication Technologies, Bangalore. “Since I am passionate about my chosen specialization of Marketing , I was very excited to listen to the stalwart from the industry,” he said confidently. “It has been a valuable experience for me and I hope it will bridge the gap between where I am today and where I want to be professionally.”

This conclave is the first in the series of events KIAMS will be organizing this year, in its Silver Jubilee year. Students like Arpit remain appreciative of the fact that the B School holds seminars and conclaves regularly to offer them hands-on experience. Others like Vinay Kant Maurya, B 17 look at it as a responsibility to learn and deliver. “I won’t let these opportunities go in vain. I will do my best to make the most out of them and interact with professionals from different industries and learn from their experiences,” he says.

When asked if he had any suggestions on the subjects for future conclaves and seminars Vinay Says, “It would be great to hear from professionals in specific areas like finance, operations, and International Business. It would help us with specific exposure for our future careers.” Arpit, on the other hand, wants future seminars to delve into digital marketing, e-commerce, and rural marketing. He believes these areas are evolving and knowledge on the subjects would give them an edge. But for now, they seem thrilled by the takeaways from the recently held conclave.

IMG_3510 (1)It has been a fantastic learning experience so far at KIAMS and I am already seeing significant personal improvement. The learning experience began from Day 1 of the Inauguration where we were told that we could reach our goals if we played our parts with all honesty and sincerity. It instantly instilled a sense of responsibility amongst us.

We were also introduced to the MRC Club, which has become an integral part of our lives. It enables us to showcase our writing, photography and other skills, and it brings out different facets of our personalities. The MRC Club is an important element in the overall grooming of  students, and everyday there is something new that we learn through it.

I will always remember my second day at KIAMS because we had to participate in a fun game that stressed the importance of teamwork. It also offered us insight into the functioning of corporate organizations, which is important knowledge that we have been building on since. But, most importantly, it helped students break the ice and build a bond of friendships.

When you start with a full time PGDM program at a B School, there are a lot of adjustments to be made. Living with strangers on campus can be tricky; but through such fun activities and, of course, various assignments, we have managed to develop trust amongst us. We are motivated to work together for two years and reach our individual and collective goals.

Here I have to mention the contribution of our faculty members and seniors, who are pushing us to do better and achieve our goals. They are always accessible and share their knowledge with us. Listening to our seniors discuss their SIP presentations was inspiring, as we wanted to be in their shoes and prove ourselves.

KIAMS also does its best to offer students an understanding of how corporations function. We have learned so much from guest lectures, delivered by a “who’s who” from the industry. There have been seminars and an MBTI session that has given us a fair understanding of what  industry expects out of us and how intense the competition is.

We also had the first taste of the competitive spirit within the batch during the Representatives positions selection process. Everyone participated with vigour in the group discussions, and the presentations taught us how to present ourselves in the best possible manner. Various class representatives have been selected and they are all keen to deliver on their promises.

Therefore, you can say that KIAMS has given us a laboratory experience for what we will experience as we enter the corporate arena. It has developed our reasoning and analytical skills, which will come handy when we step out in the world as professionals. I am looking forward to further experiences with the institute, which will truly test our mettle and our knowledge.

It was a flurry of activities at KIAMS through the month of August and right up to Teacher’s Day celebrations that had the campus buzzing. The institute had just welcomed its new batch of students and they were in for a treat as the series of activities began on high note. For starters, there was the Fresher’s party themed “Creating a friendly relationship between seniors and juniors in a disciplined manner” that got things going on a high note.

The evening brought together the new batch of students, their seniors and faculty members who interacted as equals and shared with each other. Different activities like flying eggs, tap the balloon, musical chair, virtual volley ball broke the ice and led to fun filled moments. Everyone including the faculty members seemed to have had a nice time as Prof. D. B. Nimbalkar said, “It was great to see the infectious energy of the students, which was rubbing off on everyone.”

That same energy was on display even more during the song and dance performances that marked the evening. The students definitely had their dancing shoes on as the DJ played some of the favorite tracks. Pappu dance was clearly one of the highlights and had everyone talking about it for long. “It was an awesome party and so much fun to be a part of Pappu dance. We let our hair down and left the competition behind,” said Tarun, one of the students.

Things took on a thoughtful note on the 69th Independence Day as the students were filled with patriotic fervor. KIAMS does its best to not only create top professionals but socially responsible individuals as well. The students were reminded of their duty towards the society and country as Dr. Janaki Nair, Director, KIAMS unfurled the National Flag. Singing of the National Anthem and a parade completed the proceedings for the day.

The festivities spilled into the month of September with the Teacher’s Day celebrations where students got an opportunity to express their gratitude to their faculty members. They had organized different games that brought the fun side out of the faculty team. Performances of Prof. Gopal Iyengar and Nikhil Ingle, student Batch 18 were highlights of the event that ended with cutting of the cake and presenting of a handmade card to the faculty team.

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On the evening of 16th September, it was time to welcome the God of Knowledge and New Beginnings as students of KIAMS, Pune celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi. It is one of the most popular festivals in the country, especially in the state of Maharashtra. The celebrations at the institute were in keeping with the rich tradition of the festival – and this year, the students of Batches 17 and 18 kept the tradition going with a night of enthusiasm and revelry.

Ganesha is definitely one of the most endearing Gods (known to be the remover of obstacles), and he holds a special place in the hearts of millions across the country. Students, in particular, worship Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings to get through their academic challenges with flying colours. Therefore, it was only natural that he was welcomed on campus with open arms. As the chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya rang in the air, there was a feeling of peace and excitement all around.

The reading room on the KIAMS campus took the form of the manadapam, which was going to be Ganesha’s home for the next days. Some of the students created colourful rangoli at the entrance of the room to add to the ambience. The festivities began with the Arti ceremony, an event students embraced with a lot of energy. The chanting of mantras followed and it created a serene atmosphere in the hallowed presence of the Lord.

It turned out to be a welcome break for the students as they got some respite from their deadlines, presentations, etc. They were dressed in their best traditional attires as they mingled and took part in the festivities with gusto. Some of them had even taken the efforts to learn the Artis, which they sang in good spirits during the ceremony. A time of great camaraderie indeed.

Of course, in Lord Ganesha’s presence, no one was to leave without sweet rewards for their efforts. As his favourite sweets were brought out of the kitchen one after the other for offerings, students were in for a mouth-watering treat. But, of course, the best part of the event was that students from different parts of the country, and from different cultures, took part in the celebrations as one, which is in keeping with the true KIAMS tradition.