How S. N. Avinash’s PGDM Renewed His Career

Avinash shares his success story, which he scripted despite the adversities

“Hardships are temporary, but they serve as a stepping stone to success.” This is the precept that young S. N. Avinash, a Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM) student, lives by. For PGDM graduates, finding a job that is fulfilling, exciting and better paying than the previous one is typically a critical part of their post-graduation plans.

Avinash, a marketing PGDM student and now a territory sales manager at Crompton Greaves, completed his course this year and said the support and guidance of the institute’s placement group made all the difference in landing his ‘dream job.’

Avinash wanted to extend his career prospects through a new course and superior experience, and enrolling at VJIM drew him in a special way. “VJIM is warm and allows building sincere relationships with faculty and students. It ranks high and puts great stress on offering practical and hands-on experience, which I find is crucial,” says Avinash.

As a part of his curriculum, Avinash and his fellow-students met industry experts from across the country and beyond. Their insights allowed him to get clarity on the industry he wanted to choose and understand the requirements that will make him fit for the industry. “The experience gained from these experts was not just interesting, but valuable too. It was after meeting them that I got clarity about my future, understood the importance of practical approach versus bookish knowledge, and the process of targeting the desired industry,” Avinash says.

Just before his final placement, Avinash landed a role at Syska personal care category as an intern – where he was on a ‘steep learning curve’ and was constantly challenged in his work. He adds, “Learning how large organizations function while setting up my credibility and gaining the trust of my seniors have been important.”

Recalling his college days, Avinash says he will always be grateful to the faculty members for helping him get through the course and preparing him for the future of work. “If there’s one thing that VJIM has instilled among its students, it’s the leadership skill,” he says. Avinash also counts the faculty, co-students, visit to ITC for the big billion day, and internship at Syska among the highlights of his PGDM.

The holistic nature of this course has left a lasting impact on Avinash, shaping his new direction. The events, the peers, and the syndicate environment have also helped to shape his personality during the PGDM.

Avinash and his PGDM experience were much more than the classroom studies and aspirants should embrace all that is available.

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, organizes a two-day International Conference on the ‘Impact of Current Events on the Future of Business’

January 09, 2020, Hyderabad: Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, a premier business school, recently held a two-day international conference titled ‘Impact of Current Events on the Future of Business’ from January 2nd, 2020 to January 4th, 2020. The 2020 edition of the conference was focused around the theme, ‘How the Businesses will be Transforming and Evolving in the Future.’

The conference was attended by the students, faculty members, staff, and eminent personalities from the industry, including Pradeep Shenoy – Sr. Divisional Manager, LIC, Mr. Subba Rao – CFO, Premier Explosives, Mr. Sanjay Bobde – Lead Consultant, National Institute for Smart Government, Mr. Vijay Raghavan – Head of Mission/Country Director, The Johanniter International, Mr. Rohit Swarup – Founder, Explorra School of Design, Mr. and Mr. Ramesh Parikh – Head AP & TS, Anand Rathi Insurance Brokerage Limited, among many others.

The conference was inaugurated by Mr. Narayanasamy Rajashekar – CFO, Sanofi Health India, and Dr. S Ram Kumar – an Entrepreneur. In their inaugural address, the former highlighted the impacts of GST, dimensions of globalization, the significance of BREXIT, and other governmental policies, and the precautions citizens must take in the forthcoming years. The latter laid focus on the unorganized events in the surroundings, its empirical evidence, and the power of practice.

The inauguration was soon followed by two plenary sessions, of which, the first was held by Mr. Sanjay Bobde, where he spoke about global paradox, digital governance, and the digital economy, and Mr. Ramesh Parikh, who focused on the change in methods of data collection and its associated risks and costs. The second was led by Mr. Vijay Raghavan, who gave insights on the existing self-help groups, and value & supply chain management. And, the other half of the second session was concluded by Mr. Rohit Swarup, where he highlighted the importance of analytics, the role of HR, job change, and creative content learning.

14 papers were presented by students of VJIM and scholars from across the city. Following this, Ms. Sita Mahalakshmi Ravinutala – Co-founder, COO uExcelerate, held the valedictory session, in which, she shared tips with the students to succeed. She highlighted the importance of taking breaks whenever needed, why being bold and confident is necessary, and how communication can play a big role in the day to day life.

Commenting on the inputs attained from her speech, the head of the student representative, said, “Ms. Sita’s session was an interesting one and proved to be very helpful for all of us. Her recommendations on how we should focus on our job, and not what others say, is a huge eye-opener that we’ll all remember. The presentations and plenary sessions gave us insights into various industries, its challenges, and opportunities attached to each one of them.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr./Ms., Head/Dean, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, said, “We are glad to have hosted this conference on the ‘Impact of Current Events on the Future of Business.’ The major objective of this conference for participants was to attain knowledge about various sectors and areas of businesses, mainly; changes in policies, the role of technology, globalization, and disruptors in the marketplace. We look forward to hosting many such value-adding conferences, workshops, knowledge sessions, and guest lectures for the betterment of our students.”

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, Hosts Grand Alumni Meet, 2019 for Batches XIX to XXV

December 20, 2019, Hyderabad: The Alumni Association of Vignana Jyothi Institute of
Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, successfully conducted a grand Alumni meet on December 14, 2019, Saturday, at M Banquets, Madhapur.

The event witnessed major participation from batches XIX to XXV – bringing the number to 86 out of a total of 108 attendees. The Alumni meet proved to be an evening of homecoming and celebration, fostering new ties, renewing old bonds, and relieving the magical college years the students experienced at the VJIM campus.

The program commenced with a welcome address by the Alumni relationship manager, Mr. A. Adarsh. The event was then taken over by alumnus Mr. Rahul Gupta – Batch 2006 and alumnus Mr. Shrenik Patel – Batch 2010, who addressed the gathering and shared insights on the functions of the Alumni association, followed by the work done so far.

Progressing into the evening, Mr. B. Ravi Teja of batch XXI took the opportunity of launching an Alumni-specific website – thestudentclub.com – presented more details related to it, as it can be a great networking source. This was followed by a speech from two faculty members – Prof. R. Rama Rao and Asst. Prof. V. Jayashree – who first greeted the students and apprised them the current achievements of the institute, Alumni contributions, and the role of students in the overall development of the college. They also stressed on the need of Alumni to take a step forward for initiatives to help the institute reach greater heights.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. R Rama Rao of VJIM, said, “This Alumni meet marked a
momentous step towards building the bond between the former students and their alma
mater; a great initiative for shaping the future of VJIM. I appreciate and thank all the
students who attended the Alumni meet and made the event memorable for all of us.”
Nostalgia filled the room as the Alumni re-connected with their fellow students and faculty members, and interacted in person, in an era driven by social media where personal touch has lost its importance! To end the evening on a lighter note, a live musical performance was presented by two of the Alumni present at the meet, Mr. Vivek and Mr. Dinesh.

Simultaneously, batch-wise photographs were taken to seize the memories from the event. Followed by a game or two, cultural activities, dinner, and endless lively discussions, the grand Alumni meet ended with great vigor.
VJIM recognizes the importance of this alliance and considers its Alumni very dear. Looking at the gusto among the Alumni, there will be constant efforts from the institute to promote this source for association and partnership on a continued basis.

 

Hyderabad, the Potential Education Capital and its Industry Connect for PGDM Students

From handling critical sectors like operations to finance, every cell of work demands a wise manager who is equipped with the needed managerial skills, right attitude and a deep understanding of his/her work. Though management courses have been around for many years now, many students are inclined towards the radical Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) course. But the question is, what is different about PGDM that different colleges in various cities of India offer?

Besides Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Delhi, if there’s one city that has gained limelight for housing the finest B-schools of the country, it has to be the next potential education capital – Hyderabad. As one of the oldest learning centres in India, Hyderabad has inherited the long tradition of education. Today’s Hyderabad market is the home to leading MNC’s and IT firms where students pursuing different courses can get placement instantly at the end of the course. This is one of the prime reasons why the count of applications for MBA and PGDM in Hyderabad institutes is increasing year after year.

If you are planning to pursue PGDM in Hyderabad, here’s a list of top PGDM colleges in Hyderabad which receive the largest number of admission forms from students not just in India, but world-over.

  1. Aurora Business School

Established in the year 2005, this institute of postgraduate studies offers four courses, mainly; Post Graduate Diploma in Management (core), Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Marketing), Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive), and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Part-time). Aurora Business School is located in the heart of the city, near NIMS, Dwarakapuri Colony.

  1. Dhruva College of Management

Founded in the year 1994, Dhruva College of Management ranks among the top 5 management institutes in Hyderabad. Known for its plush infrastructure, the institute is cited amid the scenic 800-acre forest in the suburbs of Hyderabad, offering a tranquil setting for wholesome learning and living.

  1. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management

Set up in the year 1991, VJIM has emerged as one of Hyderabad’s leading institutes offering degrees, diplomas, and certificates in areas such as Marketing, Finance, HR, Business Analytics, and Operations. This is a non-profit educational institution founded by a group of entrepreneurs, academicians, businessmen, and professionals of Andhra Pradesh.

  1. Carlton Business School

Carlton Business School, Hyderabad, is one of the newest Carlton campuses of India built in the academic session 2012-13. Carlton not only offers PGDM course, but it has also introduced a Digital Marketing and Business Analytics course across various branches throughout India.

PGDM being a professional and sophisticated course attracts like-minded students who want to study business. To enhance the strength of this course and students, PGDM placement is offered by the institute which is usually governed by the campus recruitment team.

The advantage that a city like Hyderabad brings to your management education is the imminence to leading MNC’s, few of them being Amazon, Google, Bayer, Accenture, Capgemini, and Cognizant. Pursuing PGDM from a bustling city like Hyderabad ensures dynamic student-life experience, industry exposure, and new opportunities to dip hands into.

Not to miss, Hyderabad being one of the financially-strong cities of India, requires qualified candidates from the leading PGDM colleges in Hyderabad who have knowledge about investments, finance, human resources, marketing, and business administration. If you are prepared to accelerate your career and work for reputed firms in the city who would readily offer high paying packages with complimenting designations, Hyderabad is your go-to place for pursuing PGDM.

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, Hosts 3rd Annual Sports Festival, ‘Kritansh’

December 3, 2019, Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM) recently held its two-day annual sports festival, Kritansh 3.0, backed by Mana Radio. The multisport festival commenced on 21st November and concluded on 22nd November 2019, featuring individual athletes and teams from 10 colleges from across Hyderabad, who competed in Cricket, Chess, Basketball, Throwball, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Carrom.

dsc0079.jpgThe inaugural ceremony conducted on the first day of Kritansh 3.0 had Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad – Director of VJIM, opening the ceremony by wishing each and every participant luck. The Sports fest had more than 400 participants from institutes like SIBM, FABS, Dhruva, Aurora, NICMAR, St. Francis, IPE, CBIT, and SSIM, to name a few.

Day 1 of the event had an inauguration ceremony, followed by a singing performance by the students of VJIM, Hyderabad post which, a short video of Kritansh 2.0 was played to give a glimpse of the past editions as well as what to expect in the future. The day proceeded with indoor and outdoor activities, specially-designed to encourage interaction between students from different colleges, communities, and backgrounds.

“Talent helps in winning games, but teamwork and intelligence help in grabbing championships,” exclaimed a participant of VJIM while describing the spirit of Kritansh 3.0. With strong determination to hit, hustle, and never quit, groups of students of VJIM planned this sports event under the directives of concerned faculty and staff members. While commenting on the experience, the student-leader of Kritansh 3.0, said, “Just like the previous years, version 3.0 too provided a great opportunity for us to bring together sports enthusiasts from across Hyderabad. With this experience, we have all developed confidence in making large-scale decisions, speaking publicly, and leading other groups.”

The institutes who participated in Kritansh 3.0 and won tournaments were NICMAR – Cricket, IPE – Box Cricket, VJIM – Throwball, MLRIT – Volleyball, NICMAR – Basketball, St Francis – Volleyball (Women), NICMAR – Badminton, St Francis – Badminton (Women), VJIM – Chess, FABS – Carroms, and IPE – Table Tennis.

“Sportsmanship is all about encouraging others, regardless of who wins or loses. This spirit was displayed by all the participating teams of different colleges who came together to make this sports festival a grand fiesta. We are proud of the fact that VJIM’s Kritansh has grown year on year to become one of the top-most sports events for students across Hyderabad. We are always excited to welcome new students and faculty members on our campus to advance their skills, academically as well as athletically,” commented Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad, Director of VJIM, Hyderabad.

The two-day event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony where participants and winners were lauded with medals, trophies, and certificates. Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad bestowed the best-team trophy to the students of IPE college and congratulated other participants for making the event a grand success.  

 

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad, Hosts Seminar on the ‘Impact of FinTech on Financial Services Industry’

November 13, 2019, Hyderabad | Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, recently conducted its second edition of annual business conclave with a focus on the impact of FinTech on the financial services industry, emerging FinTech companies and the rise of innovative digital technology. The event was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Hotel Avasa, by the students of VJIM which was attended by the batch of 2019-20 with a specialization in Finance, faculty, staff members, alumni, and eminent guest speakers from the industry.

The objective of the seminar was to showcase and discuss the latest research in FinTech, the future of the dynamic field, and different ways in which technology is transforming the finance industry. Highlights from the seminar included keynote addresses from Mr. Keerthi Kumar Jain – Founder & CEO, Anytime Loan, Mr. Raj Phani – Founder, Zagg Network & Zaggle, Mr. N.P Desai – Founder, Growth Idea Lab (GIL), and Mr. Vikrant Varshney – Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Succeeds Venture Partners.

Dr. Durga Prasad, Director, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, explained, “FinTech is growing at a rapid rate than ever, and its impact on the economy is remarkable. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management is at the forefront of both academic coursework as well as research. We are delighted that we were able to host a jam-packed day of provocative conversations and networking while offering key players of the FinTech community a platform to convene. We hope to carry forward this legacy of conducting productive and knowledge-building seminars in the coming years, too.”

The topics covered in the seminar included blockchain, personal finance, wealth management, FinTech regulation, investments, and innovation, with the overarching purpose being the power of FinTech and ways its changing business. The first speaker for the event, Mr. Keerthi Kumar Jain, enlightened the audience on his experience in the Financial Services and Infrastructure industry. He gave insights on how technology is used in different Banking & Insurance services like lending, regulatory technology, mortgages, and real estate. He further added, “Money is the thing that will influence, touch, and change everything.” While quoting the importance of being adaptable to changes with regard to technology, he said, “The real essence lies in how adaptable you are, not just compatible.”

Following this, the second session for the day was held by Mr. Raj Phani, an alumnus of New York University, Stern School of Business, also popularly known as the father of Merchandising in India. His speech highlighted the latest technology trends and how they can attract foreign tourists, thereby increasing the foreign exchange earnings to add to the country’s GDP growth. Mr. Phani also spoke about how FinTech companies drive credit card innovation with SOS technology and its benefit in tracking and securing citizens in danger.

Later in the day, Mr. N P Desai, a 39-year-experienced entrepreneur, took over the session and highlighted the motive of directing his personal efforts towards nurturing MSMEs to sustainability. He also shared his views on human capital management, debt & equity management, and how it helps MSMEs to incur profits.

The final session for the day was conducted by Mr. Vikrant Varshney, an entrepreneur and former employee of leading organizations such as HSBC, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, GE Capital and TATA Steel. His talk focused on India’s startup boom, the role of venture capitalists, angel investors, and tips and tricks on attracting the right investor.

Sai, PGDM student, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, remarks, “It was a good opportunity for all the students to learn new concepts interlinked with the real business world and network with some of the finest industry leaders.”

The seminar concluded with a lively debate and Question & Answer session on the long-term effects of FinTech regulation, its impact on the future of cash, and how businesses can benefit from this hopeful change.

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad, Hosts Seminar on “Current Trends and Career Opportunities in Marketing”

November 12, 2019, Hyderabad | One of the pioneering B-schools that keeps industry and innovation at the core of its PGDM curriculum, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, hosted a day-long seminar on November 9th, 2019, on the “Current Trends and Career Opportunities in Marketing” at its campus.

The objective of conducting the seminar was to create awareness about the latest trends in the Marketing world, share different ideas, experiments, research conducted, and experiences drawn by the experts of the industry. The lecture delivered by the finest players of business, Mr Vipul Tiwari – Alumni, VNR VJIET, and Co-Founder and Program Head of “Infinity Research”, Mr Birendra Kumar Jain – Founder of The Gullak Co., and Mr Harsha Vardhan G – Managing Director at Medha Research and Consulting Pvt. ltd., explored how the history of Marketing continues to evolve and transform with a modern outlook in the form of Digital Marketing and the potential career scope for the students in the coming days ahead.

Before introducing the three speakers, the seminar was addressed by Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad, Director of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, who emphasized on the importance of technology and automation in Marketing and shed light on the constantly-changing business landscape.

Mr. Vipul Tiwar, co-founder and program head of Infinity Reach, led the first session by introducing the concept of Digital Marketing to the students. He highlighted the differences between Traditional and Digital Marketing by stating, “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you’re doing but no one else knows.”

Founder of The Gullak Co. – Mr. Birendra Kumar Jain took the next turn to speak on the different kinds of Marketing activities and some simple tips to understand those techniques. He further broke the speech down into other categories, mainly to focus on concepts such as self-branding and Marketing strategies implemented in the business world. To help understand the theoretical concepts, Jain presented real-life examples and case studies. The highlight of his speech was an effective slogan, “Seek Discomfort”, used with the purpose of engaging the students.

Thereafter, the second half of the seminar was chaired by Mr. Harsha Vardhan G – a 22 year-experienced strategic business advisor and consultant. In his speech, he elaborated on the different concepts of Marketing, including Conventional Marketing, Personalized Marketing, and Influential Marketing. This was followed by a detailed discussion of specific roles, skills, and responsibilities with regard to different careers in Marketing.

“Such seminars give us the opportunity to interact with some of the finest industry experts and gain information on the changing business landscapes. VJIM has continued to conduct student-centric seminars and workshops on various topics, and we actively look forward to many more similar sessions,” said Divya,  student, VJIM, Hyderabad.

Students gathered for a question-and-answer session by the end of the seminar. The event culminated on a positive and informative note for not just the students, but faculty, alumni, and other staff members as well.

Workshop organized by VJIM, Hyderabad discusses Innovative Solutions for Academic Libraries

“Transforming libraries into learning resource centers: Innovative solutions for academic libraries” was the theme of the workshop organized by VJIM, Hyderabad on 6th November. Aimed to equip traditional libraries to keep up with the latest digital disruptions, the workshop was an information-sharing platform for publishing houses, new age library systems, Library and Information Science professionals, graduates and researchers from all over the country.

Mr. Raghu Mantha, Librarian, VJIM, Hyderabad welcomed the guests and set the tone for the discussions with a talk on traditional library vs modern library. He highlighted the importance of automation and the internet for new age libraries. Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad, Director of the B School then spoke of the huge value of books in one’s personal and professional growth. “Learning should always continue,” were his words that resonated with the audience.

It set the stage for the guest speaker, Dr. K. Rama Patnayak, IIM-B to share her insights with the participants. She described libraries as centers that provide education equipment and material, before taking the audience through their different forms across centuries. During her presentation on principles of learning and key features of Learning Resource centers, she remarked on today’s scenario by saying, “Learning is more interactive, analytical and functional in nature”.

Dr. Ravi Basaiah, Librarian, University of Hyderabad, pointed out the impact of LRC on institutional rankings. He explained four different types of rankings and spoke of how libraries help improve the quality of education. Dr. P. Raghavaiah, Librarian, VNR, Hyderabad advocated the use of digital resources like pro-quest, EMERALD e-databases and CMIE for quality learning in technical Institutions.

What is the impact of IoT on learning resource centers? Mr. Angirasa Acharya, Digital Knowledge Management expert shed light on the topic and suggested ways to effectively implement the latest technologies. Product presentation by Mr. Vinay Kumar on Emerald Database and Balani Infotech also covered ground-breaking solutions like Remote XS, Start-up INFO, Elgar Online, IGI global, and more.

Mr. Srinivas, Mr. Vijay Reddy, Solution sales manager (South Asia) Scopus, Elsevier India, Dr. A. S. Chakravarthy, Assistant Professor, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Mr. A. Ramesh, Assistant Professor, VJIM, Dr. Kishore Ch. Satpathy, Chief Librarian, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, and Mr. Naresh Varma, Co-Founder, Brand Synergi were other esteemed speakers at the workshop. They spoke on wide-ranging topics, from identifying plagiarism to innovative Library spaces and services, making it a day of comprehensive exchange of ideas for the future of libraries.