11th National Conference at VJIM, Hyderabad offers students an enriching experience on a timely topic

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Manegement (VJIM), Hyderabad recently hosted its 11th National Conference on “India Rising: Perspectives from South Asian Region” in the presence of renowned names from different industry sectors and academia. Held on 29th and 30th of Jan, the topical conference was high on relevance as it focused on the growing might of India, which has been bolstered by initiatives like Make in India and Digital India. As Indian brands taken on global powerhouses, intra-regional trade in South Asia needs to reach its potential. These were some of the questions raised and answered through eye opening discussions in the two day conference.

With Mr. Mahendra Raja Ram, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, UNICEF as the Chief Guest and Mr. C V Raju, Head Distribution, Nigeria, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Retired, as the keynote speaker, the conference was inaugurated in a star studded ceremony. Dr. Ch S Durga Prasad, Director, VJIM and Dr. A S Rao, Director Centre for Project Mobilization and Globalization, Vignana Jyothi addressed the gathering and put the theme of the conference into perspective. Over the course of two days, experts deliberated and discussed four sub themes that streamlined the learning for all participants.

“Building Social and Physical Infrastructure” was the first topic that was discussed by Dr Vijaya Bhavani, State Project Officer, UN Women, AP, Mr. D. Suresh, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad and representative from L&T Metro, Hyderabad. The latter talked about the metro project in Hyderabad, voted the most liveable city in India in Mercers Report. Dr. Bhavani then spoke about Gender Equality and its role in Building Social Infrastructure. Mr. Suresh delved into his own experiences working with the Foundation that focuses on learning and development. The stimulating discussion has several crucial learnings for the audience.

The session on “Leveraging the Demographic Dividend and Fostering Governance and transparency” had Prof. Paritala Purushottam, Adjunct Professor, Centre of Economics Social Studies, Hyderabad, Dr. A M Rao, Vice President, Corporate, Satyam Venture Engg. Services Pvt Ltd, Tech Mahindra, Hyderabad, Mr. M Sanjeeva Rao, HR Professional and Trainer on soft skills and Management Systems, Dr. I V N S Raju, General Manager, Corporate HR and Admin, Renew Sys India Pvt Ltd, Fab City, Hyderabad and Dr. K V S Sarma, Prof. Law, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research on the panel. The discussion shed light on demographic dividend, lessons from China and other Asian countries, and ways to tap into Demographic Dividend, Economic Growth, Employability, Gender and Demographic Evolution.

Day 2 of the conference carried the tempo of the discussions with the first session on “Institutionalization of Financial Reforms”. With seasoned speakers like Mr. Shankar Suman, GM – Banking Supervision, RBI and Mr. B. Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director, Wealth Aggregator Financial Services Pvt Ltd. on the panel, it wasn’t surprising that participants were taken through different stages of banking reforms, financial markets and reforms in industrial sector in a simple yet effective manner. Students in the gathering realized that reforms are launch pads for social sector, including agricultural sector, SME’s and marginalized weak sectors.

The final session on “Reimagining an Education Eco-System” was helmed by Dr. K. Panduranga Rao, Group Head – HR, IVRCL, Dr. Sekhar Murthy, Director, IIC Technologies and Mr. R K Dinavahi, Board Member, NHRD. Dr. Rao made a valuable point when he said, “Educational qualifications are important for your success but attitude, vision, physical health and communication are also crucial.” Dr. Murthy talked about ‘Disruptions in market place and Digital age education’ and suggested, “The educational system should connect to the students by talking their language.” Finally, Mr. Dinavahi urged students to go beyond textbooks, learn from their experiences and shine in the field they choose.

His words were held true for the conference, which created an immense learning experience for students on topics that are timely and vital for managers of the future.

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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.

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.

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”.