How VJIM-ites use outbound activities to learn team dynamics and understand the importance of “unity”?

Aim: Team dynamics and collaboration through outbound activities. 

About the activity:

The outbound activity was conducted in three rounds

  1. Maze game
  2. Bottle and stick
  3. Jigsaw puzzle
  4. Team band

The PDGM students of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad were divided into 4 groups, each group with 15 members in them.

Tenure: It was a 2 days’ event where all the students were divided by their sections and activities and attended conduct one section after another.

Place: Green Lahari near the VJIM Hostel

Activities- 

1.Maze game:
In this game the students were asked to cross through a route assuming they have landed over mines/bomb and were given instructions by the team members which route to take and according to that the player had to take the route that helps him/her avoid getting bombed and reach their destinations safe.

2.Bottle and stick:
This game tested students’ analytical skills as well as their coordination among the team. The task was to pick a bottle by only using two sticks and the sticks had to be placed back in a cover. This game teaches how imperative it is to accept the instructions of the peers than only relying on one’s own decisions in life.

3.Jigsaw puzzle:
It was the regular jigsaw puzzle game where students had to join the pieces that replicate the main picture. VJIM students learnt from this activity that “too many cooks can spoil the food.” Presence of mind is absolutely critical for any game one plays!

4.Team band:
This activity tested the trust level of the team members while they operate within a team. This activity shows how important it is for every member of the team to contribute, resulting in building strong bond within the team. It also showed when any member of the team quits, there is a huge impact in the remaining body.

Conclusion:
It was an adventurous experience for each and every student of VJIM, Hyderabad to attend the Outbound Training Programme. “The kinaesthetic way of learning opened our minds towards understanding the dynamics of management better,” says Poojitha, PGDM Class of 2018. “We all got to explore more things in terms of the place, persons and games,”she adds further.

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A two days’ workshop for VJIM PGDM students helped them learn stock and investment from the horse’s mouth

The thing about “experiential learning” is, there is no alternative to it if you are meaning to make a sound manager out of yourself. At Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad theories are backed with veteran experts’ inputs in the field to complete the concepts for students, better. It is in sync to this that Finance specialization students currently attended a workshop with professionals from Karvy Stock Broking Ltd. that opened a whole new dimension of understanding the nitty-gritty of the financial world and stock- better!

The two days’ workshop on “Student Engagement and Applied Learning in Finance” was scheduled for 11thand 12th December, 2017. VJIM PGDM students enthusiastic about completing their Diploma in Financial Management got a complete insight into the basic concepts of stock market and how s/he could make their way into the stock market and build on their own investment profiles.

On the first day of the workshop students were introduced with the basic concepts of stock markets and various kinds of securities that are traded in the market.

Day two of the workshop saw a further detailed conceptualization of capital markets and corporate actions. The Karvy Stock Broking Ltd. professionals designed the workshop in ways to give practical exposure to the students on how one can be an investor and make proper investment decisions. Students were also taught how they can analyze a company’s performance and make their own investment portfolios.

“The two days’ workshop has been very insightful for all of us finance enthusiasts. These workshops solve for bridging the gap between the classroom and the industry and we get to pick crucial components of various functions directly from professionals working within the space. I could literally relate my theories to the activities given to us,” says one of the students attending the event.

What went behind winning the Business Simulation Game at ABS- keeping 32 other participating schools behind

Winning has gotten into the DNA of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad students. With one win raining over another, PGDM students yet again made their presence felt at “Chanakya”- the business simulation game conducted by AIMA and organized by Ashoka Business School. The winning team was comprised of – Khaja Kaleemuddin, Bhavya Addepalli, Gourav Gupta, Tejas Sanghvi from VJIM.

With 33 teams contesting in the intense state-level competition, VJIM-ites had all 32, trail behind the back, with their acumen to making profit after tax. As task, all teams were assigned the same start-point

— business scenarios were same however eventually scenarios started changing from quarter to quarter. There were resources like machinery, raw materials, etc. that were provided to facilitate the teams but they came with conditional constraints and not for free. The GDP, CPI and expected demand was given and according to that teams had to forecast and produce the number of products which can be easily absorbed by the public. However, while production, the availability of plant and machinery, procurement of raw materials, available cash in hand all had to be taken care of. “We were tested on the pricing strategy, branding of the products, risk taking ability, critical and quick decision making,” says Tejas B. Sanghvi, PGDM, VJIM, Hyderabad.

VJIM students were contending with schools such as Symbiosis International University, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management, IBM, Badruka College of Commerce, Aurora PG College, Carlton Business School, Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), St. Martin’s Institute of Management, Siva Shivani Institute, Methodist College of Engineering and Management, Malla Reddy Institute of Management, KG Reddy College of Management, JNTU, OU, Ashoka Business School, Alluri Institute of Management, Maulana Azad National University, Vishwa Vishwani Institute, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Sarojini Naidu Vanitha Maha Vidyalaya, CVSR College, MLRIT, to name a few. With the rise of heat in the contest, with each stage, the contest was getting tooth and nail hard.

After each quarter, results were being declared as to which team is leading with their market share, PAT, inventory and new demand for next quarter based on which students had to forecast and predict the consumption and produce accordingly. Except the first quarter, VJIMites were leading all the quarters and eventually won the first prize- a stunning Rs. 50,000 cash prize.

A noon with Peri Maheshwar, CEO & Founder, Careers360 at VJIM, Hyderabad

December 1, 2017 was a remarkable day at Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad. Mr. Peri Maheshwar, CEO, Careers360 addressed the PGDM students on campus around some of the most topical issues related to personal and professional well-being of today’s young managers.

PeriHis sound advice revolved around the importance of ethics, honesty, boldness and hard work. While Peri drew heavily from the world and professional sojourn of various individuals, his talk became even more interesting as he introduced  interesting anecdotes from his own journey. A Chartered Accountant and a CS by education, Peri has worked with SBI Capital Markets Ltd. for 3 years before shifting to Outlook Publishing India Pvt. Ltd. where he took the office of the President and spent 16+ years. With decades of experience in his kitty, Peri started what is now considered as one of the successful career counselling companies of the country- Careers360.

With an inspired audience in front of him, Peri’s word echoed in the VJIM auditorium as he urged students to stay brave in the face of hurdles. He advocated the importance of “standing up for what is right!” He suggested that one should choose one’s battle carefully and stick on the path irrespective of the results.

He also went on say that it was a good strategy to be ethical as ethical businesses often make more revenue than anticipated “because of the goodwill that it garners.” Peri Maheshwar drove the idea home by talking from his own experience where he was able to garner support from unexpected quarters when he fought against certain institute(s) that was not delivering on the promises made to the students.

The event folded on a high note with Peri’s words of wisdom- “I would love to see students develop the ability to face challenges in varied situations.” He did not just wish
“luck” to VJIM-ites; rather, Peri wished them “success!”