Successful placement season followed by 150 students graduating at the 23rd Annual Convocation Ceremony at Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad hosted its 23rd Annual Convocation ceremony in the presence of leading names from the industry and academia on 22nd of April, 2017. It was a momentous day for 150 new graduates, who have been transformed into professionals with promising careers ahead of them. Many of them have been placed with top names like Deloitte, ICICI Securities and Tech Mahindra, Nestle and the ceremony served as the perfect send off for their professional journeys.


Proceedings began on the D Day as the Academic Procession entered the packed venue. It was led by Mr. Satish Pradhan, Former Advisor and Chief of HR, Tata Sons, who was the Chief Guest for the ceremony, Mr. D N Rao, President, VJIM, Mr. K. Harishchandra Prasad, Chairman, VJIM and Mr. Durga Prasad, Director, VJIM. Proud faculty members and parents looked on as the new graduates lit up the venue with their beaming smiles.

After the traditional lighting of the lamp and invocation of the Goddess of Knowledge, the Convocation Day was officially declared open by Mr. D N Rao. In his Presidential speech he described three important aspects of being a manager. “The best leadership style is very important for a manager to be successful. But when you enter this new stage in your life it’s also crucial to protect the environment,” he urged the students in the gathering.

Mr. Sharath Gopal, governing council member then introduced the celebrated Chief Guest of the evening. He talked about his myriad achievements and set him up as a role model that today’s managers can emulate to scale greater heights of success. Dr. Durga Prasad then presented the highly anticipated Director’s Report for the past year, which had several accolades and achievements for the institute. They were met with a huge round of applause from the audience.

The Director also talked about various initiatives like vision schooling, PMCI analysis, National conference, business conclave and industrial academy brief, which have helped students of the B School to get ready for the challenges of the industry. The results have shown as students were lapped up by big names in the industry during the placement season. The average salary package for the students was a respectable Rs. 4.5 lakhs.

01.jpgTheir efforts had borne fruit and the diplomas they received from the Chief Guest and other dignitaries stood testimony to that. Varun Ramprasad won the VJIM Gold medal for best student in academics, Faculty silver medal for the best all rounder and K. Ramachandra Reddy medal for ethical standards. Several other meritorious students were awarded medals for their performance in their two year stint with the institute.


Mr. Satish Pradhan then took to the stage and addressed 1111.jpgthe gathering. He inspired the students to attain success in the rapidly changing business environment. “The management at VJIM is your best inspiration and you have been given the perfect platform. You should be ready to take up new challenges and make the most of your opportunities,” he ended on a high note. As the ceremony came to an end, the new graduates posed for pictures and shared memories that will stay with them for long.


A. Mrudula believes her SIP experience helped her convince Nestle that she is cut out for Sales career

mrudula“I have learned a lot about management at VJIM, Hyderabad. But I have also learned so much about myself here. I have gained in confidence and believe in facing any situation life throws at me with conviction,” says A. Mrudula student of Batch 2017 at the B School. The Hyderabad girl who specialized in Marketing And Operations faced the rigorous placement process with the same self-belief and landed a job as a Sales Trainee with a renowned International brand like Nestle. Here she tells us how she cracked the placement process.

Making a place for herself

The placement process took her places, from the group discussion and first interview in Vishakhapatnam to the final round in Chennai. A. Mrudula reflects on the process and how she made it through when she says, “In the first round they were interested in knowing my personality and whether I’d be a right fit for the organization. I had to prove I could sell and my SIP helped me to a large extent. The round in Chennai included an aptitude test and final interview with regional sales officer and senior HR.”

Being a woman in the world of Sales

Sales is often considered to be a male domain given the demands of the industry and the travels involved. A. Mrudula admits that during the placement process she was quizzed on whether she would be able to relocate from Hyderabad and be fit for the profile on the whole. “They also wanted to check if I could work in the field in adverse weather conditions. I could convince them that I was ready for the challenges because of my SIP work in the field. I also expressed by passion for the profile and the industry,” she says.

An ideal match

Mrudula is grateful to her B School for getting her SIP in FMCG industry, a domain she is interested in. Her SIP was with Heritage Foods Ltd, Hyderabad and her project required her to do a study of Planogram and Merchandising of Heritage Ice creams. “My SIP experience helped me learn how an FMCG company works day in and day out. I also gained knowledge about how a company can sustain in the market. This is a major area where I could relate with during my placement,” she adds.

Mixed bag of emotions

With the placement in her chosen stream in her bag, A. Mrudula is looking forward to making an impression as a professional. But at the same time she is nostalgic about her time at VJIM, Hyderabad, her friends and faculty members, who became her mentors. “The journey has been a huge learning curve and a unique experience for me. I would like to tell my juniors to be confident and that can only happen when you are willing to learn from everything you do. Make the most of the opportunities you have here,” she concludes from her own experience.

How VJIM’s PGDM graduate J. V. R. Ravikanth bagged placement through a National level process involving 2000 candidates?

2017-03-05-PHOTO-00044676Mechanical engineer J. V. R. Ravikanth had four years of work experience as a Sales Engineer with a manufacturing company. But he believes that his professional journey was inadequate as he didn’t even understand the concepts of sales and marketing. Doing his PGDM at VJIM, Hyderabad helped him grasp the concepts, get practical exposure and reposition himself in the industry. The confidence helped him ace the National level placement process for a noted brand like Berger Paints.

Ravikanth was chosen as a Sales officer trainee amongst 2000 participants from all over the country. He talks to us about the rigorous placement process and how he came out trumps.

Stealing the show in National level placements

The placement for a renowned brand not only had aspirants from all over the country competing but also included four demanding rounds. The written test was followed by a Group discussion with company representatives, an interview with a panel including GM – Marketing & HR Manager, and video conference interview with VP (Marketing), Area sales manager, HR Head & one HR executive.

If that wasn’t intimidating enough, Ravikanth reveals the unique nature of each of the rounds. “The GD focused on logical questions and decision analysis where they were looking at our body language, communication skills and ability to analyze situations. The first interview also required us to know the basics of marketing while the video conference focused on our selling skills and communications. I felt I had the right background to make an impression,” he says.

How he got his prep on at VJIM

According to Ravikanth, VJIM, Hyderabad enhanced his understanding of various industries through class assignments, term papers seminars and conferences. He also talks about his SIP with GMR Hyderabad International Airport, which boosted his learning. “My project was on the Business excellence model of GHIAL. Sometimes more than the brand of SIP company, it’s the experience you get is crucial for your future career,” he says confidently.

Ravikanth admits that he has gained this confidence with his PGDM, and wants to use it in his work space to develop an understanding of the processes and become indispensible to the company. Participating in Chrysalis, YUVA – Challenge, winning a tagline competition are all experiences that he cherishes deeply.

“These experiences make PGDM at the institute all about holistic learning. It’s important to try and understand the concepts of management so that you won’t be confused in front of the interviewer. You should also keep up with the latest trends through ET, TED Talks, Shark Tank and other avenues to give yourself the edge,” are his final words of advice.

Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of sportsmanship!

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it. – Knute Rockne

Apart from honouring victories, sports events also aim at imparting lessons on sportsman spirit and camaraderie to everyone. VJIM, Hyderabad recently hosted its a Sports Meet on 25th February, 2017 to celebrate the spirit of sports among students and help them understand Management from the field, of the field, in the field.

The event got kick-started at 12:45 p.m. with a basketball match. Students gathered around to encourage the teams on the basketball court. Qualifier matches were played among four teams and was followed by the final match between the qualified two. Following the the basketball match, athletic events were held which included – 100 meters’ race, 400 meters’ race and a super interesting relay race.

Dr. Durga Prasad, Director, VJIM, Hyderabad along with the faculty attended the sports meet to cheer the participating students. The enthusiasm and zeal demonstrated by the students motivated the faculty to join them for the events. Representatives and members of the sports committee ensured a smooth running of the event held.

The day ended with a cheerful note, filled with joyous smiles of the young sports enthusiasts.


Everyone enters college with one wish. Especially when it comes to postgraduate courses. They want to leave with the promise of a pay-cheque in hand from a reputable company, the sweet smell of money and the future it brings. Once you doff off those caps, the panic begins to set in.

“Who will pick me? How do I prepare? What if I’m the only one who is left out?” are questions every higher-ed student is haunted with.

How is VJIM, Hyderabad doing in PGDM Class 2017’s placements so far? How is the campus placement season looking so far?

Deloitte swooped in and left its mark by hiring a big chunk of VJIM-ites as has been the trend most of the years. Actually, getting to numbers, the UK based MNC took whopping seventeen students. Following their suit, were the FMCG giants ITC, Marico, Nestle, Godrej Consumer Products etc. FMCG companies who were reluctant to hire last year lined up to recruit fresh management graduates in droves because the alumni of VJIM, Hyderabad proved their mettle.

Housing Finance companies were not hot ticket till recently but showed immense interest in hiring owing to expectations from the market in the housing sector. HDFC, which is the largest Home Loans company in India offered Rs. 7.50 lacs to VJIM-ites.

The other giants were Tech Mahindra, TIME Education, Conduira Online, ICICI Bank, AutoRabit, Schindler, Fitch Ratings, which came in the fray and selected the best of VJIM’s latest batch. With the influx of these giants, the Placement Cell’s motto at VJIM stayed intact ‘no students gets left behind!’

Talking about what further matters- the average salary so far touched Rs. 5.4 lacs per annum with 80% median at Rs 5.0 lacs per annum. This, for a starter isn’t just a way to make ends meet, it makes them save enough to explore passions, travel and buy the things they always wanted. Plus, motivate them to think of making it bigger in coming days!

VJIM is celebrating its 25th year of delivering top quality Management education in India. The B-school’s track record boasts of successfully producing graduates who have been ready to smooth it out in the real world. The school’s alums have been known for leaving their mark wherever they went. Naturally, their performances have sent messages of delivery and efficiency to other business schools.

FMCG companies, Housing Finance firms and Credit Rating agencies hired their heart out of the Class 2017. With all of this, VJIM has numerous reasons to celebrate the on-going placement season- already! Let’s wait and watch how the number fares at the end.

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Vishnu BK is set to hit the ground running with GGK Tech. How has the PGDM journey been for him?

vishnuAs a Computer Science engineer, Vishnu BK hoped to work in a Tech company in managerial profiles. With his single minded goal, he enrolled for the PGDM program at VJIM, Hyderabad. For two years, he was groomed as a future professional at the institute and it has resulted in his placement with GGK Tech handling Business Development for the company. Here he reflects on how his B School made his dream come true.

Crossing the finish line

Stakes are high for management aspirants during the placement process. For Vishnu they were raised a few notches because GGK Tech was his preferred industry sector, and the placement process consisted five rounds. “The first was aptitude test including basic logical reasoning, verbal ability and quantitative ability. It was followed by Group Discussion, where I think I did well,” he says candidly.

Shortlisted candidates were put through a stress interview with Team Leader, and a company based interview with the Managing Partner. “The final round was a market research task based on two prospective customers. I had done my homework about the company and followed questions asked to seniors to understand the pattern. Besides your knowledge they want to test your communication skills and how you handle stress,” he informs.

From early steps to giant strides

Vishnu remembers his early days on the campus as an anxious student with dreams in his eyes. According to him everyday learning at VJIM, Hyderabad turned him into a finished product. “The ET sessions taught me a lot about news and of course finance, while business communication classes and student forums improved my presentation skills. Being associated with the PR committee taught me networking skills,” he recounts.

While those were his early steps towards his professional goals, Vishnu believes he took giant strides during his SIP. Looking back at the experience he says, “I did my internship with iPublish ATS doing research on ‘Identifying Recruitment Requirement for Startups’. It was quite useful to have done my SIP on market research because that’s related to the job profile I’ve been offered. So it has all worked out for the best and I am raring to go.”

The long and short (cuts) of Niharika Bakshi’s transformation at VJIM, Hyderabad

niharika-picNiharika Bakshi wanted to do her PGDM from a reputed B School because she wanted to build a strong career. That’s the reason she joined VJIM, Hyderabad and it began her upward rise, which has led to her placement with Tech Mahindra as a Management Trainee. “I would say the preparation for placements began the day I joined the B School. All I did was grab the opportunities I was offered and started learning from each one of them,” she says enthusiastically.

Tip that did the trick for Personal Interview

The placement process for the reputed firm involved three stages. Niharika had done well in the first round of Aptitude, Reasoning, Verbal ability and Psychometric tests. “The second round was Group Discussion about a current topic – Uri attack. Right from day 1 at VJIM, we had inculcated the habit of reading ET. So I was aware of the news and mock GDs we had at the institute taught me the etiquette that came handy,” she explains.

Niharika sheds light on the crucial Personal Interview that was largely focused on her resume and SIP. She had done her homework about the company but given the stakes was bound to be nervous. “A day before the PI our faculty advised us to get good 8 hours sleep. That helped me stay energetic, reduce anxiety and have presence of mind during the interview. I am obsessed with Human Resources, so I think that passion showed too,” she explains.

Two year long prep

While the simple tip might have turned things in her favor, Niharika remains mindful of the fact that VJIM, Hyderabad offered her the best platforms for two years, including the SIP. “I did my internship in Mahindra and Mahindra Automotive and Farm Sector. Apart from learning and development, I was also involved with recruitment, which was a huge experience to have. Along with various initiatives at my B School, it helped mould me as a professional,” she claims.

Nikarika admits that in her initial days she couldn’t communicate in English during JAM sessions. But today her communication skills impressed her recruiters. “I think the mentoring sessions helped me get over my weaknesses. I was also a part of the placement committee that taught me multitasking. I was involved in many informal and formal events including the Business Conclave at the B School, which gave me required corporate experience,” she recounts.