Call for Papers for the 11th National Conference “India Rising: Perspectives from the South Asian Region” to be hosted by VJIM, Hyderabad presents a huge opportunity

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad will host its 11th National Conference in the presence of leading lights from the industry and academia on the 29th and 30th of Jan, 2018. The conference also offers a platform for papers on the theme “India Rising: Perspectives from the South Asia Region”. To be submitted by 20th of January, the papers will bring further value to the discussion on the highly relevant topic in today’s times.

Indian economy is booming and initiatives like Make In India, Digital India and Tax Rationalization are having an impact. The region is considered the biggest marketplace in the world today. While there is no denying that India will take its place amongst developed nations in the world, challenges like integration, low inter regional trade remain. These and few other The conference organized by conveners Prof. Shishir Polasani and Prof. Suresh Kerani, the B School has created a platform that will have a lot in store for entrepreneurs, government policy makers, research agencies, consultants, industry professionals, academics and future managers alike. They will be privy to discussions on opportunities and challenges for regional economic growth. The conference is divided into six topical sub themes to streamline discussions:

  • Building Social and physical infrastructure
  • Leveraging Demographic Dividend
  • Fostering Transparency and Governance
  • Institutionalising Financial Reforms
  • Reimaging Financial Reforms
  • Reimaging Educational Ecosystem
  • Balancing Globalisation and Regionalism

At the end of the day, the conference will o facilitate interaction amongst various stakeholders from the South Asian Region. It will also aim to propose policy recommendations to foster greater intra-regional cooperation and integration.. Researchers and students can be a part of the engaging discussion by submitting papers on related  sub-themes.

Those who are interested in sending their papers for the conference, here are the important pieces of information:

Register yourself at http://vjim.edu.in/11th-national-conference/

Last date for registering: January 25, 2018

Maximum Length: 6,000 words excluding title / cover page and references

Synopsis: Not more than 200 words

The papers must include a clear indication of purpose of research, methodology, major results, implications of the study and key references. It will be a huge opportunity for researchers to reach out to a prolific audience and make their mark with findings on a topic that everyone is talking about. Papers should be mailed to: conference@vjim.edu.in

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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.

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.

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.

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”.