K Sowjanya of VJIM, Hyderabad wins the coveted Gold Medal at IMCI contest beating participants from 20 B Schools

K Sowjanya of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad did herself and her institute proud by winning the Gold Medal at Hyderabad Business Schools Summer Internship Project contest 2017. The contest is a Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) initiative meant to build strong relationships between industry and academia. Nominations were sought from top B Schools and participants were judged on several key parameters where Sowjana came out riding on top of the event.

What makes Sowjanya’s achievement truly remarkable is the fact that over 20 management institutes including NMIMS Hyderabad, SIBM Hyderabad and IBS Hyderabad participated in the contest. Talking about the nature of the event she reveals, “Based on the report submissions in the first round, 6 students were chosen to make presentations. We had to adhere to a prescribed format for the presentations, which were followed by Q and A session. I am thrilled to have won.”

Covering everything she wanted to in a five minute presentation wasn’t an easy task. Sowjanya admits to having been nervous but pulled it off with confidence. And that confidence she attributes to her B School training and the internship, which led to this contest in the first place. “I worked as a HR intern with Sun Pharma and it was a huge experience for me. I stayed as a PG in Mumbai, navigated through the city and learned many life skills,” she adds with a smile.

The eight week internship had Sowjanya working on the project – ‘Attrition and Retention Strategies Analysis of Field Employees at Sun Pharma’. It required her to carry out qualitative research on the attrition and retention strategies and analysis of the exit data. Looking back she says, “Each day was unique as I had to assist during recruitments on weekly basis. I worked from the Head Office but also had to visit different locations for interviews and it was exciting.”

Sowjanya asserts that preparing questionnaires and collect information from the existing and past field employees, analyzing the exit data and interacting with the second level managers for inputs were some of her responsibilities. She believes her project stood apart from the rest because, “It was more of primary data collection and analysis than the secondary data analysis. I could also connect to the problem situation, merger of Ranbaxy and Sun Pharma, easily.”

Major responsibilities are followed by challenges. For Sowjanya it was managing time to handle regular tasks, her research and get inputs from employees who had left the organization. But she managed to impress her employers. “It was a huge moment for me when they adopted two of my recommendations. It gave me the confidence that I was doing well in the professional environment,” she states. The gold medal should then feel like the icing on the cake.

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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.

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!”

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.