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.

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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!”

Digitalization and Technology- just where does one start and end? A Conclave at VJIM, Hyderabad exploring the possibilities

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad’s Operations and Supply Chain unit hosted a Business Conclave on 25th November exploring how Technology can be interfused with Digitalization to make the most of Supply Chain department of any organization. With immense focus on consumer and the customer at business’ end today, it becomes absolutely crucial to reflect on efficiency and that is where technology- digitalization steps in- if one desires to stay on top of the game. VJIM students had a chance to hear from the industry- their takes, their suggestions, practices and innovations!

The Conclave was delivered by the Supply Chain veteran professional Mr. Snadeep Chatterjee who has worked with brands like Infosys, Oracle, KPMG and Deloitte. Mr. Sandeep is currently the Chairman of International supply chain education alliance. Beside Mr. Mukherjee was Mr. Ravindra Tulsiyan, Chairman and Chief Mentor at KnoWerX Education (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Kirit Goyal, the Founder & Director of Gazelle Information Technologies. With  riveting, power packed session that delved into things-of-things in the world of Supply Chain and Logistics, VJIM-ites were seen brainstorming around ideas such as Internet and Artificial Intelligence, ‘proactiveness’ in seeing results in Supply Chain, digitalization to boost efficiency, etc.

Sandeep Chatterjee started on the note of making the audience understand how supply chain as a process starts in any organization. “Surprisingly, it begins with the customer because they drive the demand,” had students glued to his speech. His talk also had a lot of examples of different supply chains and types of supply chains used in the industry.

Following Mr. Chatterjee’s talk, Ravindra Tulsiyan, Chairman and Chief Mentor at KnoWerX Education (India) Pvt. Ltd. shed light on how IT has changed face of the Manufacturing process in the country and how the data collected from the suppliers to the customers can be used to make the SC process more proactive. He also added “IoT and AI will change face of supply chain forever.”

Mr.  Kirit Goyal, Founder and Director, Gazelle Information Technologies, was the final speaker of the day. He shared his life experience working in over years in the Operations division. He quoted some of the big-small instances from his life and also shared some interesting yet mind boggling cases of IoT that had helped companies to become more efficient.

VJIM, Hyderabad opens admissions for its PGDM programme for batch 2018-20

VJIM, Hyderabad has opened the admissions for its much talked about PGDM programs for the batch of 2018 – 20. The AICTE and Ministry of HRD approved programs are also NAAC accredited. And given the fact that previous years admissions closed as early as April, are clearly much sought-after amongst management aspirants, from all over the country. By being a part of the admission process you can aim to join the list of high-achieving alumni of one of the most reputed B Schools in South India

Guided by Vignana Jyothi Trust, which is steeped in rich tradition, VJIM, Hyderabad is a forward thinking management institute that aims to create global managers of tomorrow. Last year, its various initiatives and emphasis on global exposure paid dividends as an International recruitment drive by the Charoen Pokphand Group was held on the campus. It was the icing on the cake for a prolific placement season where Deloitte, Nestle, ITC, Naukri.com, Franklin Templeton and CP group were some of the top recruiters.

The placement statistics are testimony to the B School’s efforts to create industry ready professionals. Of the 180 graduates, 164 received placement letters while 148 students got placed in interesting job profiles with top firms. It definitely is a strong start to their future careers but the foundation is already laid at VJIM, Hyderabad. Mr. K Harishchandra Prasad, Chairman, VJIM says, “We aim to ensure that the metamorphosis from applicant, to student, to alumnus is as full of experience as possible, and we hope, an enjoyable one too.”

The B School does that by creating versatile and dynamic platforms to help future managers come into their own. Its strong faculty team makes the most of its experience and combines it with modern learning techniques to boost classroom engagement. To ensure that its students get industry relevant experiences, VJIM, Hyderabad hosted 14 seminars and 38 guest lectures. They also benefited from their SIP experiences with reputed organizations in different industries. Together it creates a holistic learning environment that nourishes future managers.

Last year, VJIM, Hyderabad attracted 139 male and 104 female students from eight states across the country. By getting your hands on the application form, you can take the first step to be a part of the nurturing environment of the B School. Any graduate with minimum 50% marks in graduation (final year students who meet the criteria can also apply) and qualified in CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA / CMAT / GMAT exams are eligible for the program. Personal Interview sessions then pick the best of talents, which is then molded into successful professionals.

Top 5 Hyderabad Restaurants you must visit.

Hyderabad is famous for its ancient heritage but if you are on a food trail in the city, here are the few things that you should not miss when you are in Hyderabad.

Hotel ShadabHead up for some delicious chicken nihari (priced at Rs 60, it is only available on Saturdays) at this joint. Hotel Shadab is also popular for its haleem during Ramadan, Hotel Shadab is an ancient eatery opposite Madina building on High Court Road, in Ghansi Bazaar, that features some of the best biryani and kebabs in Hyderabad.

 Chutney’s

Guntur Idlis and Corn Dosa. These are just a few of the reasons why one can never find a seat at Hyderabad’s most famous vegetarian restaurant in Banjara Hills Road No 3. Simple South Indian fare with small twists like the Paneer Tikka Dosa make this place unique. Possibly the best stop for a typical South-Indian breakfast.

Shah Ghouse Café

Also popular amongst the locals for its haleem during Ramadan, Shah Ghouse Café also serves up some of the best Irani chai found in the city. The restaurant owners claim that the flavour of its Irani chai has not changed in 50 years! In close proximity to Charminar on Shah Ali Banda Road.

Hotel Savera

Luqmi a crunchy savoury snack is now slowly diminishing. At first glance it looks like a samosa, but bite into it, and you’ll know the samosa is a poor cousin as compared to its rich flavoring of mincemeat, onions and other spices. Hotel Savera’s mutton biryani is even better, you’ll also find this restaurant in Malakpet, near Chaderghat cross road.

Famous Ice Cream

In the heart of Mozamjahi market in Nampally, this ice cream place that offers two scoops of fruit ice cream for just Rs 20. Treat yourself with some unique flavors that range from custard apple to watermelon and litchi. The best way to enjoy your ice cream is to order a litre of it, and share it with a friend late at night.

Report on Panel discussion on “Career Building in HR”

With the insane humdinger, changes, innovation, policies and endless gusto in the field of Human Resources, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad organized a HR Panel Discussion on 21st September, 2017. The objective of the Panel Discussion was to help aspiring HR professionals understand the opportunities in the field today and how to go about developing oneself as a successful HR manager.

The Panel Discussion had Mr. Narayana Rao, Head-HR, NCC Group, Hyderabad; Ms. Hema Srinivas, Independent Consultant, People Development Hyderabad; Ms. Tushma Singh, Manager L&D, Granules India Ltd; Mr. Cdr Santosh Nagarajan( Retd.), Associate Director-Talent Virtusa and Moderator- Ms. Madhujit Singh, CEO, Ananya Women@work

The Panel Discussion was organized in association with “Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), Hyderabad Chapter.”

Introducing the discussion series, Prof. Yamini Medhuri delivered an excellent introduction to the topic and overview of the present scenario and stated the current relevance of career opportunities in HR. Followed by the introductory speech on HR, Prof. Medhuri welcomed Mr. Santhosh Nagarajan, who has spent 21 years in the Indian Navy and has championed People Skills through his dynamic experience. From his words HR is simply 

the management of human assets.” He also spoke about relevance of learning. Mr. Nagarajan’s talk emphasised “the only way to learn and grow is to unlearn and relearn.”

Mr. Narayana Rao spoke extensively around the fact that Human Resources is an organization’s greatest assets and how all other resources get connected through employees. He also mentioned that, “to make employee deliver as per company objectives, they need to be properly selected, trained and motivated.” The talk became even more riveting when he stressed upon the areas of HR growth, career prospectus of HR professionals, qualities needed to become successful professional and other career for HR professionals.

His speech was followed by Ms. Tushma Sinha, who has a background in Law. From her point of view to be an HR is “a big deal, and it includes 3 main competencies like understanding DNA of the company, human psychology and human values.”

Ms. Hema Srinivas started her talk stating- “the HR field is condensed with all about utilizing common sense and that too is most challenging when it comes to understanding people needs.” She concluded saying that “the more you are connected with people, the easier you will find to scale success”.

When young managers buckle-up

DaanUtsav is one of the most fulfilling events that students of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad participate in, every year. By being part of the DaanUtsav and active members of VJIM’s Social Outreach Club, VJIM students get a chance to give back to the society through various initiatives. Through these events, the future managers are taught to realize the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and their role in larger scheme of things in the world.

Diwali_ VJIM

Diwali 2017 was one such day when VJIM PGDM students stepped out to make little kids’ Diwali special. The JMJ Sneha Sadan, Miyapur is home to a number of underprivileged, orphan children. The VJIM-ites packed sweets and food with them, decorated the orphanage, burst crackers with the kids, lit candles and celebrated the birthday of a child to make November 19, 2017 extraordinarily special for the ones who have been long deprived from the joy of the world.

“By the end of the evening, the kids were beaming with smiles and happiness and it couldn’t have been a more joyous feeling than this,” says Chirravuri Sirisha, PGDM, VJIM Hyderabad who had dedicated her Diwali to the initiative.