Industrial visits bridge the gap between theory and practice as many concepts, theories and processes discussed in the classrooms can be verified in the industries practically. They provide answers to the concerns of students regarding clarifications on their subjects, future job domains and applicability of theoretical explanations. It’s also an opportunity to see personally how a manufacturing unit or service enterprise works on a daily basis and to interact with industry professionals to clarify queries and get more insights on the dynamic shop floor operations. During such visits both nationally and internationally, there is also exposure to diverse cultures, cuisines and tourist sites apart from the daily routine activities.
The All India Management Association (AIMA), in association with Bombay Management Association (BMA), conducted a one-day event titled ‘Shaping Young Minds Programme’ on March 1, 2017 at IES Management College, Bandra. The students of AIMS, being the 1st and 2nd Runners-up in the prestigious Dandekar Trophy of BMA, were invited to be on the student discussion panel for different speakers. The distinguished speakers for the programme included Mr. Vineet Nayar, Founder of Sampark Foundation & Former CEO, HCL Technologies; Dr. Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist; Mr. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Film maker; Mr. Sunil Alagh, Chairman, SKA Advisors & Past President, AIMA & Former MD & CEO, Britannia Industries and Mr. Alok Kejriwal, CEO & Co Founder, Games2Win.
The 38th BMA Awards programme was held on January 30, 2017 at Y. B. Chavan Centre, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The event was chaired by Mr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chairman-BMA Awards Committee, and Ms. Nirmala Mehendale, President-BMA. Other dignitaries included Mr. G. N. Bajpai, Ex-Chairman-SEBI; Mr. Sanjiv Bajaj, MD-Bajaj Finserv and Mr. S Haribhakti, Former President, BMA. The event was a platform where many reputed management professionals had come together to enlighten different management concepts more practically which enabled the students to get a professional perspective of many aspects of management. This event gave an opportunity to the students of AIMS not only to develop their network with corporate personalities but also contributed towards the success of the event.
SS&C GlobeOp Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., a regular recruiter at AIMS, had conducted ‘Certificate in Alternative Investment Industry’ ProgramME for the finance students of third semester to provide basic training about the company and its operations. It gave training to the students in areas such as Fund Accounting, Operations, OTC Derivatives and Valuations and also detailed practical training on their job responsibilities resulting in better practical knowledge for them. After the sessions, the company had evaluated the students by conducting a test which was followed by a certificate distribution ceremony held on January 11, 2017. GlobeOp representatives Mr. Sunil Nair, Director-HR, Mr Willis D’Cunha, HR Representative and Mr. Sasmit Ghodke, HR Representative were present to give away the certificates.
Some female students of AIMS attended one-day women conference on ‘What Women Really Want’ which was held at The Leela Hotel, Andheri on December 6, 2016. It was attended by about 150 delegates comprising CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, management consultants, faculty members and students. Ms. Mona Cheriyan, Mona Cherian, President & Group Head-HR, Thomas Cook India who was Chairperson at the conference, magnificently explained what stages and challenges a woman has to go through when she has to manage her job and home simultaneously. The students could learn how to maintain work-life balance. The women are supposed to perform well in all aspects of life such as family, work and society. The knowledge gained by the students will be beneficial to them in their future life.
National Milk Day was celebrated on November 28, 2016 in commemoration of the 95th birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien, popularly known as the ‘Milkman of India’. The event was held in collaboration with Amul, the leading brand in the dairy industry in India. Students were asked by the Amul team to make research presentations on any one topic out of Changing Scenario of Dairy Industry in India, Milk Revolution in India and Technological Advancements in Dairy Industry. Top 10 presentations were nominated to be presented in front of special delegates representing Amul. The Amul delegates appreciated the students for their research acumen and depth of information in presentations. The participants were awarded certificates and Amul gift hampers for their efforts.
In the digital era where we interact and engage with our friends and family online, social media has undoubtedly become central to our way of life. To cover the issues and challenges relating to online privacy and information security, a seminar on ‘Social Media Security in the Digital Age’ was organised August 30, 2016. The honorable guest speakers were Mr. Tohid Shaikh and Mr. Ronit Yadav, Certified Ethical Hackers, who have undergone certification course on Ethical Hacking, Tech Security, and Computer Hacking and Forensic Investigation. It was a very useful opportunity to understand the terminologies such as social angler phishing, spoofing, cross site scripting, cookie and URL hacks. Further, the ways to prevent hacking and illicit activities over internet were also explaind.
The Marketing Club conducted a Marketing Bootcamp to prepare the students to become future marketers with all the necessary skill sets. The current day marketers are expected to possess different types of skills to face the battle in the corporate world. The Marketing Boot camp on ‘Careers & Job Roles in Marketing after Post Graduate Studies in Management’ was held on August 27, 2016. Sessions were conducted on the realistic view of marketing career and the role of marketing professionals The dignitaries from industries who graced the event were Mr. Unmesh Nayak, Sr. Vice President-Reliance industries Ltd., Mr. Jayesh Muzumdar, Commercial Head-Corporate, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Mr. Dilip Jayaram, Associate Vice President-Research and Consulting, Dale Carnigie Training India.
An event on ‘Lessons for Human Resources from Chanakya Nitis’ was conducted by NHRDN on August 4, 2016. Mr. Neeraj Agarwal gave a brief idea about UDAAN event of Gladiators. The esteemed guest speaker Dr. Radha Krishnan Pillai gave his valuable inputs on the essence of Chanakya Nitis and its learnings for HR fraternity. The practical applications of Chanakya Niti in today’s world of HR covers a host of areas including recruiting and selection of employees, employee management, compensation and mentorship. The brief discourse given by Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai in clear, lucid style revealed that Chanakya’s teachings have relevance even in today’s competitive recruitment industry. To cite, "Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of the failure and don’t abandon it."
NHRDN’s new initiative Udaan organised a panel discussion on ‘Talent Management and Social Media’ at Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Kandivali on July 15, 2016. The students of AIMS with HR specialisation got an opportunity to attend the programme. The panel discussion was conducted by influencers and professionals from the field of HR which included Rakshita Dwivedi, Plug HR; Shweta Pathak, TMP Worldwide; Ruchee Anand, LinkedIn; Swapnakant Samal, Reliance Industries Ltd. and Dhanajay Bansod, NHRDN. The main focus of the panel discussion was leveraging the use of social media to manage the human resources effectively. Mr. Dhananjay Bansod as Moderator introduced the theme for the discussion and shared some insights about the significance of social media and its impact on people.
Students of marketing specialisation Rohit Khade, Omkar Bane, Akshay Pai and Anagha Mestry with Dean Prof. N. S. Rajan and Prof. Vikas Singh attended a seminar on ‘Digital Marketing’ at Nehru Centre, Worli on the topic ‘How to be a Marketer in the Digital Age?’ There was interaction with speakers who were Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Co-founder, UpGrad & Founder-Former CEO, UTV; Mr. Ashok Lalla, Former Head-Digital at Infosys, Taj, Mindshare, Havas; Ms. Kavita Jhunjhunwala, Founder, Web Spiders & Content Curator, Click Asia Summit; Mr. Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, UpGrad; Mr. Pankaj Parihar, Head-Digital Marketing, Godrej; Mr. Kunal Jeswani, CEO, Ogilvy India; Ms. Bidisha Banerjee, Head-Learning & Development, Future Group and Mr. Arunabh Kumar, Founder & Group CEO, TVF.
HR Panel Discussion on ‘Innovative HR Practices’ by the HR Club of AIMS was held on February 5, 2016. The panelists included Mr. M. S. Venkatesh, Sr. Director-HR, Hinduja Hospital; Dr. Aneeta Madhok, Managing Director, Open Spaces Consulting (P) Ltd.; Mr. Milind Rane, Sr. Manager-HR, Transasia Bio-medical Ltd.; Mr. Nitin Shekhar, Sr. Manager-HR, All Cargo Logistics Ltd., The Avvashya Group and Ms. Amrita Shetty, Group Head-HR, Triton Communications. It was followed by question-answer round and launch of magazine ‘HR Voices’ by the guest speakers. The magazine contains several interesting articles written by the students of HR specialisation from MMS & PGDM (Batch 2015-17). The panel discussion concluded leaving the audience enriched with several more thoughts to ponder upon and research.
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