Business Analytics Sessions By Mr. Ashwin Shastry

 

“Knowledge is divine” – Knowledge can be acquired from anywhere and anytime from anyone irrespective of gender, age, socio-economic status etc. This process continues from ‘placenta to pyre’.

Books have been the source of knowledge from ages. With the changing world and increasing quest for knowledge modernised the traditional knowledge sources to a completely new form. From the era of using “tad-PATRAS” we came to the era of computers finding ways to store the data in a secured way as well as in a way where- in we can retrieve the required data without any data loss. Knowledge is endless and data born out of it is tremendous and cannot be bounded in man-made storage devices completely. The more we try to capture it we realise that we are running short of something. Invention of floppy disk to store few bytes of data to the concept of cloud to store enormous data is the live example to show how rigorously we care trying to capture the endless data. In this very process the term BIG DATA has been coined.

“Big Data” -The term has been in use since the 1990s, with some giving credit to John Mashey for coining or at least making it popular. Big data usually includes data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, curate, manage, and process data within a tolerable elapsed time. Big data “size” is a constantly moving target, as of 2012 ranging from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data. Big data requires a set of techniques and technologies with new forms of integration to reveal insights from datasets that are diverse, complex, and of a massive scale.

Generating tools to capture the vast data and analysing the data for business use has become the essential feature of business. In today’s world where competition is at its peak in every field of job there is a great need to create new fields. This would not only ease the congestion but also solve the problems of those who think that there are limited options to prosper in the career.

ISBR continuously tries to create awareness amongst students about various job opportunities in different sectors and encourage them to drive towards their goals in a convenient manner. Eminent speakers from the industries interact with the students regularly and enlighten them with the inputs of knowledge. Students, in-return incorporate changes in themselves and pave a way towards their golden career. One such programme to guide the students has been undertaken by ISBR in the form of “Data Analytics sessions.” by- Ashwin Shastry.

Mr Ashwin Shastry is the co-founder of “Uplift-Human” and is a Serial Entrepreneur. He is the founder of Blue Ind Consulting services as well as partner in sales and marketing at “Doodle Interiors. He also had worked at Volvo India Pvt Ltd. He is a dynamic personality and has a good command over the on- going trends of data analytics. He is a person with a pleasant smile on his face and could easily connect with the students and quench their queries in the field of data analytics and big data.

His sessions are generally- interactive, students do research prior to his session and shoot the questions in effective manner which in-turn – addressed by him in a productive way.

These sessions are scheduled from February 22nd to April 18th on regular basis. First few sessions were focused on theoretical aspects of Big Data, its importance, types, its usage, followed by job opportunities in the field of data analytics, skill sets required , scope of big data and data analytics in future etc.

Current session held on 15th March covered mostly on perspective aspects of business, influencers of business, how to set coordination between technical and managerial departments for optimum results, logical and analytical ability etc. Few case studies like that of VW and Kingfishers were discussed to clarify these concepts in a realistic manner. Mr. Shastry says “Gaining theory is base to explore the practicality of life. Once done with theory one must know the right place to apply to make the learning effective.”

Future sessions would be focusing on practical aspects where in students are going to be exposed to dummy business environment and are going to work on real data. This would give a clear picture on how data is processed and would also help them to experience the corporate environment at the campus.

Being students of ISBR they are more intellectual and enthusiastic to know how it works and are eagerly waiting to untangle the cobwebs. These sessions had a great impact on the students. Previously, they were confused   whether   to make a career in the field of data analytics or not. Mr. Ashwin not only clarified their doubts but also took the session from root level in such a simple way that it proved as an eye-opener for those who were-  completely unaware about the spectrum of opportunities in this field.

This is a great initiative by ISBR and is an optimum way to sow the seed of awareness amongst the young aspiring brains.

ISBR heart fully thank Mr. Ashwin for being a part and hope that future sessions would make the students more exposed and bring them closer to the “Real World” through “Real Learning” .

-  Submitted by Mr. Shridhar Darba

“ Sridhar Darba is a PGDM student of batch ( 2016-18) and is a member of ISBR Writer’s and Media Club. ”

 

 

 

WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION AT ISBR on 8th March 2017

women's day celebration at ISBR

Vina sthriya jananam nasthi,vina sthriya gamanam nasthi,vina sthriya jivam nasthi,vina sthriya srushti yavam nasthi” –meaning “without women there is no birth, without women there  is no growth ,without women there is no life, in-fact world without women is unimaginable.”

Our country has witnessed the importance of women since ancient time and its reflection can clearly be seen. From Aadiparashakti (the mother-goddess) to today’s Sudha Murthy, every era belonged to women and they proved by their deeds that how important they are in running the world. Through their love, care, affection and responsibility women have been equally and efficiently maintained the balance between work life and personal life which is an art gifted by almighty to women. Few people under some false perceptions try to underestimate women by thinking them socially weak and deprived, but those people forget the fact that women has excelled and proved in each and every field whether it is sports, art, warfare, administration, intelligence or intellect. We have witnessed the valour of Rani of Jhansi, intellect of Gargi and Ubhayabharatidevi, music by MS subbulakshmi , administration by Indira Gandhi and the most recent happening … Olympic medal by P.V.Sindhu and many more. These examples are enough to show the potential of women and the level of support given by their families.

ISBR believes in the power of women and would always try to encourage talents irrespective of gender. Many important positions are held by women here in ISBR and with the support of other staff members they strive hard and have become a lifeline for success since 26 years.

With the very concept of showing due respect to the selfless and hard work done by these angels on earth, ISBR has organised a programme on the eve of “Women’s Day” on 8-03-2017.

Mrs. Suja Warrier- senior member of CSR team at Infosys; Mrs.Geeta Suresh- Head of HR, Moog,  Mrs.  Shalini Murthy- Managing Partner, Erkaadi Systems and a former member of ELCIA   were invited as chief guests along with Dr. Chandra Niranjan –Dean Academics- ISBR, Dr. T. Karpagam-Director academics at ISBR.

The event started formally by the addresses and messages of the respected dignitaries where- in they shared the significance and contribution of women to the society with the support of men.

Mrs. Suja Warrier shared her experience during her earlier days in Assam where- in she was invited to address an event at a remote village which didn’t  even had the privilege of being electrified even after these so many years of independence.  She said “Even in such adverse condition where electricity and transport are a great problem, women over this area contribute a lot during this particular day to the society which shows that they are nowhere less than a man.”

According to Mrs Shalini Murthy , “Men and women have different roles but same rights.” She further added “Be fearless and refuse to be a victim.”

Mrs. Geetha Suresh shared her past life experience during the days when she used to hesitate to talk to her parents openly about her career and then she compared it with present scenario where her daughter is completely open to her in every matter depicting the change- over in generation. According to her, “CHANGE has to be with-in. We have to look where do we come from and where we belong to.” This was a powerful and a motivating message.

Moving forward Dr.Chandra and Dr. Karpagam consolidated in their speeches that Men and women are two sides of the same coin and there should not be any line distinguishing them. They insisted that both men’s day and women’s day to be celebrated together every-day, both are incomplete without each other.

This formal gathering was concluded by Mr. Sowmya Ranjan with a powerful message to men “Be real men and respect women.”  This had a great impact on audience.

The formal gathering was succeeded by the power-packed performance of ISBR students. Mind blowing dance performances and singing performances lured the audience and took them to the exciting entertainment mode. To carry on this energy from the stage to the audience a game similar to musical chair was played. Most of the performances were based on the themes depicting significance of women as a mother, sister, daughter, wife or friend.

If seen normally, it is a common event as other events which goes in the college generally but when seen from heart with feel we can realize the theme “Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devata” (Manusmruti)- meaning “ Where ever women is revered and respected, there is prosperity and divinity”.

With this note ISBR salutes each and every women with due respect.

 

Panel Discussion on ‘General Awareness on Specialisation’

 This is the age where students face the challenge of answering their own questions, with respect to the right selection of the core domain and specialisation. In order to eliminate this confusion, ISBR organised a panel discussion on 28th February 2017 on “General Awareness on Specialisation”. The eminent panel included Mr Fasish Abbas , Senior Manager, Flipkart, Mrs Hemalatha, Financial controller, Fidelity, Ms Anviti Sangwan, HR Director- Adecco, Mr Anupam Behera, an Entreprenuer and Mr Rohit Biddappa, Senior Manager in Nvidia.

Program started with an introduction of each panelist followed by the expression of thoughts on the subject by each panelist for 10 minutes each. It was an interactive session and lights were thrown by the panelist on different aspects of specializations.

It was a pleasure having Mr. Fasih Abbas, Senior Manager, CX Service Delivery, Flipkart Internet Private Limited as one of the panelist. He is heading the Customer Service for Flipkart’s Payment Company, PhonePe. He has an experience of setting up critical business units from the scratch and then scaling it up to the optimum level as per the requirements. He has successfully worked on creating models to maximize capacity, increasing efficiency through process engineering and tech changes, thereby reducing costs. Having an overall experience of over 15 years managing business, people and growing them exponentially, he has been successful in managing some critical roles on both pre-sales & post-sales support sides.

With his vast experience in Customer Services and Retail Supply Chain Management, he explained the various concepts and their futuristic aspects. He cleared the doubts of students who were uncertain with respect to the future prospects of their in-principle choice. He also asked students to give 100% to add on to their skill set, focus on  the subject and use technology optimally.

“We might change and may not be the same as per our specialization as these days software are used to figure out how best sample can be selected,” said Mrs Hemalatha. Financial Controller, Fidelity. With her knowledge in financial aspects, she helped in creating a path of clear vision for students who would be interested in specializing in Finance. The various futuristic prospects of taking finance as a career were discussed.

According to Mr Rohit Biddappa, after MBA, first 4 to 5 years students need to decide their interest, which will decide their next 20 years. In a nutshell he meant that we should never stop learning as it will help throughout our career because if we stop learning then we cease being employable.

Ms. Anviti Sangwan, HR Director, Adecco India, emphasized on English communication and various future prospects of an HR were reflected to students which opened up their thoughts of choosing HR as their specialization. She pointed that skill mismatch is a big problem so we should know our skill set and be different in market. She asked students to start assessing the market to know what kind of organizations they want to get through because it is not always about brand but experience does also matters.

Mr. Anupam Beheram – Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Rang De, is  involved in identifying and executing various  cross-functional projects, targeted at improving Rang De’s current process and reducing process deviations.

He provided inputs on various entrepreneurial skills required by an individual to become an entrepreneur. He acted as a live example for students, through which students could inculcate the various risk-taking and risk-managing abilities in the future.

Mr. Rohit Biddappa, Senior Manager, Nvidia is a seasoned Marketing professional with 20 years of experience in enterprise/B2B technology, marketing, advertising, PR, business management, social/digital marketing & brand building and entrepreneurship. He spoke about the real-world marketing trends and various contemporary opportunities faced by the marketers.

The session ended with a Question & Answer session by the students. The discussion went on for 2 hours which spread a great deal of information.

Guest Lecture on Warehousing and Logistics Management- By Mr. Lakshmi Pathy

Warehousing_and_Logistics_ManagementISBR has always believed that, in order to succeed, one must not just get confined to the book knowledge. However, more insights are generated when interaction with industry leaders are done. In continuation to this legacy, ISBR Business School organised an Industry Guest Lecture on Warehousing and Logistics Management on 23rd February 2017.

The Chief Speaker of the workshop was Mr. Lakshmi Pathy D N, Senior Manager – Operations, Sical Logistics Limited. He has been associated with HomeShop18 and APL Logistics as Senior Manager – Operations, Warehousing and Distribution in the past. He was also associated with Linfox as Manager – Inventory and DC. He has developed logistics modules for SAP and also give corporate lectures and conducts seminars, pan-India, on a regular basis.

Warehousing is a place where the items are received stored and dispatched. He gave an insight of warehousing and the different types of warehousing. He threw light on the Supply Chain Management and the various Pros and Cons associated with this specialised field of Management. He focused on the different types of delivery – First Mile Delivery, Middle Mile Delivery and Last Mile Delivery. He shared the various Environmental Health and Safety measures which are required for Supply Chain Management. He enlightened the room with his knowledge of Storage, Warehousing and Logistics being an integral part of Supply Chain Management.

TAKEAWAYS: It helped cleared the doubts and confusion of potential students who would take up Supply Chain Management as their area of Specialisation and Career. Students gained an in-depth knowledge about this specialised area of management and the opportunities of the same in the globalised area.

The Union Budget (2017-18) – Review by Dr. Ratna Sinha

Union Budget (2016- 17 ) - Review by Dr, Ratna SinhaUnion Budget (2017-18), was broadly focused on 9 major pillars of the economies —The farming Sector, rural population, the poor and underprivileged health care, Educational skills for Job Creation, Infrastructure investment, Governance reforms for ease of doing business, the financial sector for stronger institutions, prudent fiscal management and tax administration for the honest. This is one of the challenging budget as the world economy is facing considerable changes and uncertainties economically as well as the politically, even inside the country, one of the most reformative actions came into existence “Demonetization” the action to curb the black money.

Merging of railways budget with the general budget, a long tradition of separate budgets of railways and general budget was broken this year and was merged this year allowing the railways to the central stage of government’s fiscal policy.

Key highlights of Budget (2017-18)

  • A sum of Rs. 10 lakh crore is allocated as credit to farmers, with 60 days interest waiver which help farmers
  • NABARD fund will be increased to Rs. 40,000 crore. Irrigation corpus increased from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore.
  • MGNREGA: Rs 48,000 crore has been allocated; participation of women now at 55%; using space technology in a big way.
  • Annual income in the range of 2.5 to 5.0 lakh will be taxed at the rate of 5% instead of 10% earlier for resident individuals below the age of 60 years.
  • The Government is targeting 2500 crore digital transactions in 2017-18 through UPI, USSD (used for mobile banking without internet), Aadhar pay IMPS as well as card payment.
  • Allocation of 10,000 crore for laying out Optical Fibre Cables for Bharat Net project. By the end of financial year 2018, 150,000 gram panchayats will have high speed broadband connectivity.
  • Skill strengthening to be implemented from the year 2017 with a budget of Rs 2,200 crore.

Emphasis on Education Sector to make country Digital Hub

No doubt the budget is more focussed to facilitate digital India vision and to provide ground level improvements for progress towards digitalised economy. With that Finance Minister has given more emphasis on educational sector also by providing greater autonomy to major institutions and even UGC will be reformed for higher education. Colleges and institutions will give more autonomy. CBSE will be freed from conducting examinations, and will focus majorly on academics. Two new AIIMS is proposed to be opened in Jharkhand and Gujarat.

Decision to Improve Ease of doing Business in India

Foreign Portfolio Investor (FPI) Category I & II are exempted from indirect transfer provision. Indirect transfer provision will not apply in case of redemption of shares or interests outside India as a result of or arising out of redemption or sale of investment in India which is chargeable to tax in India.
These steps will definitely help improve India’s ranking on World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking. Currently India ranks 130 out of 190 countries participating for World Bank’s ranking.

Thus the Union Budget 2017 noticeably move towards to be growth path, providing adequate thrust to key economic sectors and maintaining focus on the bottom of the pyramid.

“Follow Your Dreams.” – Ms. Sakshi Vij (Entrepreneur, ISBR Alumni)

ISBR Alumni Sakshi Viz interview

ISBR takes pride and value its alumni fraternity. Lets dive into the conversation with our one such Alumni, Ms. Sakshi Viz who is carving a niche for herself by setting up her own business and moving ahead against all odds.

Q1. Tell us about yourself?

A. Hi i am Saakshi Vij. I am a graduate in Business administration and a Post graduate diploma in Marketing from ISBR B School in year 2015. I am currently the Founder and Director at SAASUD CREATIVE OPC PVT LTD which is into Jewellery.

Q2. As you mentioned your start up, we would like to know about how did you come up with this idea ?

A. I always had this hobby for designing jewellery and did a few assignments during graduation. It even helped me to earn some pocket money.  What I didn’t know that I would develop this hobby as a passion and make it a career.

When I decided to start something on my own, I knew it had to be in this field. Although I was very happy with my job at Zomato but still the satisfaction factor was missing in my career.

Q3. Tell us about your company?

A. We manufacture and retail gold Polish, gold plated , 925 silver, semi precious stones and bead jewellery.

Our organization has been founded in 2016 and currently has one retail outlet in a mall at Gurgaon and also supplies products to various stores across India in cities such as Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon.

We also take part in exhibitions where we display a very unique collections. Currently we have a team of 4 designers who do the designing part for our jewellery, me being one of them  and the manufacturing for these are done by specially and differently privileged people.

We are currently at a growing stage and hopefully target to supply our products all across the globe. We are working hard towards an online platform.  Our official website is  http://saakshicreations.com/You can even find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/creationsbysaakshi

Q4. There are so many companies in jewellery market. What is your strategy to differentiate your product and lead the competition?

A. Our specialty is one product one piece so that the owner of it has the privilege of wearing something unique which is rare to find anywhere else. Also we emphasize  a lot on the weight of the jewellery. We try to keep them as light as possible without any compromise on the design and look.

Q5. Lets talk about your college days @ ISBR. How did ISBR made a difference in your life?

A. ISBR has played a major role for my growth as it taught me how to fight with one’s own weakness and help me to be a strong individual.

I met some people at ISBR who can actually be termed as bffs (Best Friend Forever) or even more than that. The faculty was very supportive yet encouraging at the same time. A few speakers at the guest lectures were exceptionally good and very motivating. Altogether it was a very different, nice and encouraging atmosphere at the campus.

Q6. Would you like to share any memorable moment @ ISBR ?

A6. There were many. It is difficult to mention one. But if I had to choose it would be the ‘Samanvay 2014′ where we organised it for juniors and the theme was minions. It was worth an experience to see everyone from MBA and PGDM came together and shared their ideas and created it, executed it and displayed it   with so less time. Everyone forgot their sorrows and dealt with each other in a matured manner which resulted in a successful show.

Q7. What message you would like to give to your juniors?

A7. Definitely study but in the process don’t forget that you need to enjoy as well…It’s good to bunk classes at times.

Just follow your dreams. Do what makes you happy. Only then will your work be a passion and not a job.

 Sakshi, whole ISBR family is so proud of you and wishes that you keep inspiring us all ..!

International Guest Speakers @ ISBR B School

 

ISBR Business School has always strived to be a differentiator in the field of Education, by providing a platform where Students get professionally groomed by Business Experts, thereby not just being confined to the book. In continuation to this Legacy, the International Guest Lecture Series for the students was organised on 15th February 2017. The aura of the Auditorium was filled with the Effervescence of the experience of distinguished speakers.

Mr. Rolf Foster Jorgensen is the President of Optimire Consulting and Training Inc. and has served as Independent Consultant and Professional Training Facilitator for 30+ years to various clients like IBM, Cisco and Chrysler, to name a few. He has recognised as the Top Facilitation Partner of the Year by Bi Worldwide. He has also earned several leadership recognition awards on projects with Chrysler, Navistar, Amoco and US Airways. He has also been the Instructional Design Lead for Online Sales and Customer Service Training with Ford, Volvo, Infiniti and Monaco Coach, etc.

In this Interactive Session, he laid emphasis on the various Consultative Roles required in any Job Title – Innovator, Problem Solver, Advisor, Change Agent and Artful Persuader. He focused on being a differentiator by thinking out of the box. He laid emphasis on the concept of SHARE – Speculative Hypothesize Analyse Reflect and Evaluate, by avoiding Manipulative Contractions, Leading Questions and Quickly Following an Open Question with a Closed Question.

Takeaway: In this Interactive Session, Students who aspire to become Managers gained an insight of the various Do’s and Don’ts to be followed during Job Interviews. They also learnt the art of diplomatically keeping the Window of Communication, Open. Students learnt how to match the expectations of the other person, thereby, making these skills as the Second Nature. The Question-Answer session cleared the fumes of Doubt from the minds of aspiring future managers.

Mr. Glenn Dietzel is an Internationally Recognized Thought Leader and Business Acceleration Strategist. Glenn has created a revolutionary business approach to creating, selling and scaling the value of an advice, quickly and easily. His high-velocity growth strategies are used by business leaders globally, thereby allowing them to command maximum fees and royalties. He has been recognized as the Best Speaker by Internet Austars in Brisbane, Australia. He’s also been awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by The Winner’s Circle in 2011.

In his session, he focused on the 7 Secrets to move up the Ladder of Success. First secret he unravelled was ‘Return On Invested Time (ROIT)’, where the Goal is to create more time for the Company. Second, ‘Law Of Quantum Growth’, where the focus is being the Differentiator. Third, ‘Move from Goal Approach to Systems Approach’ by focusing on maximizing the output by focusing on the Input. Fourth, ‘Seams of Success’. Fifth secret is ‘Maximizing the Financial Power’ by looking at the problems of the company and taking steps to rectify it. Sixth secret being ‘Analyzing the advice which you give’ and seventh being ‘Staying Committed with Mentors for Business Acceleration’.

Takeaway: Students learnt the ways to unravel the Secrets of Success. To become an Expert, 10,000 Hour Rule is followed. However, students gained the Importance of these 7 Secrets and became self-aware regarding the same. This gave them an insight to cheat the 10,000 Hour Rule by Focusing on these 7 Secrets.

 Mr. Adrain Reid is a private trader, as well as the Founder and Trading Coach at Enlightened Stock Trading (www.enlightenedstocktrading.com) which is dedicated to educating and supporting traders on their journey to profitable systems trading. 

The goal is to help them achieve financial freedom and ideal lifestyle sooner by building their trading system which suits their objectives, personality and ideal lifestyle. He also offers substantial support on trading systems, coaching and education.

In this Interactive Session, he focused on the objective of making money faster. For this, he laid down 5 basic rules – Finding the Right Approach for the Lifestyle, Following the Rules, Managing the Risks, Making a Plan and Learning the Language. He made the students understand the importance of making money by quoting the lines of Warren Buffet:

  • Rule No. 1: Never Lose Money
  • Rule No. 2: Remember Rule No. 1

Takeaway: One of the Important factors to which Managers look for, is to Maximize the Profitability of the firm. Therefore, students learnt the ways of minting money faster so that their future would be in safer hands.

 All 3 Business Professionals made the entire Guest Lecture Series, fruitful and interesting. The sessions were then followed by an Interactive Question and Answer Session where students got their queries addressed. The series concluded with a list of key learnings and Vote of Thanks.

ISBR family looks forward to have more such International Guest Lecture series in the forthcoming days.

  

Guest Lecture by Mr. Chandrasekar Marur

ISBR Business School believes that the success of students lie in the way they are groomed and made Industry-ready. Further, second semester forms the base for the choice of a particular specialization. In continuation to this, ISBR welcomed Mr. Chandrasekar Marur on 10th February 2017 for a guest lecture on ‘YOU- The Brand’.

Mr. Marur has 30+ years of experience in grass root sales & distribution – expertise in consumer promotions, logistics, distribution, brand management & BTL activities. He loves teaching students through live case study rather than being confined to the four boundaries of the Book. Currently, he serves as the Director in MUSpace India Private Limited.

He conducted a lecture on ‘YOU- The Brand’ as an Ice-Breaking Session for PGDM 2nd semester (2016-18 Batch). The objective behind this was to break the fresher’s thought process. He made all the students realize the Importance of an Individual and the various requisites to become a successful person. He laid emphasis on having the right attitude in facing job Interviews through an Interactive session.

Takeaway: Students learnt the Importance of having the right attitude in the company. As aspiring future managers, students gained the first-hand knowledge about the toughness of Job Interviews and the various means to crack the Interviews.

This was followed by a quick Question-Answer Session by which students interacted with him to fill their inquisitive mind with thought-provoking ideas.

International Student Exchange Program at France – by Mr. SHARAN R

PGDM One sem in France experience @ ISBR

I started my journey at ISBR on 2015. I developed tremendous expectation about the international exchange (Erasmus) program. I travelled to GROUPE ESC TROYES, FRANCE for my third semester. The 5 months I spent over there was some of the most memorable days. The experience was unparalleled. I was part of Erasmus program among 200 other students who were from around 120 countries around the world. Germans, Spanish, Italians, Arabs, Polish, Russians and many more were part of the diversified crowd. The welcoming that Erasmus students received at the university was unexpected. Parties and programs were organized every day to make the new crowd get used to the new environment. From day one we were provided access to the college intranet through which all the details about the course, career, exams and much more were easily available. I had classes 2 – 3 days a week, starting from morning 8am till 7pm. Such long hours of sessions was little tiring but they have all sorts of recreation activities inside the campus to keep the students energetic till the end of the day. The ambience inside the campus generates lots of positive vibes. You can see students serving in the café, playing pool, table tennis, foosball, lying in bean bags and listening to music. Since the course was 2 days a week, the rest of the week was treated as a holiday. The best thing to do when you are an Erasmus in Europe is travel. I am happy that I have visited over 9 countries and 22 cities in a span of 5 months. Travelling around Europe is quite easy. The transport system is well connected to every nuke and corner of the city. FLIXBUS, OUIBUS, BLA BLA CAR, AIRBNB, these apps will come in handy for any traveller who looks to make the most out of Europe. The cost of living in France is high compared to India. Any accommodation ranging between 280-330euros per month would be a better choice. Restaurants are very expensive. Kebab shops, Pizzerie, Boulangerie are the most common places for eating food at a low price. It’s better to learn cooking. It can cut a lot of expenditure. Supermarkets like Carrefour, ALDI, LIDL, casino, ELeclerc are available where food can be purchased in a less price. A frozen pizza might cost around 60 cents to 1.30 euros. Winter started at France at the end of September. The temperature fell down drastically from 20 to 14degree Celsius in a day. As the month progress the severity of winter increases. The least temperature I experienced there was about -9degree Celsius. Long nights and short days makes people more lazy but irrespective of that we can see students attending the class exactly at 8am. Troyes is 180kms away from Paris, the city of love. Paris can be a weekend destination or even a retreat. If you are a football fan like me, Europe gives you much more joy. Ligue 1, La Liga, champions league match tickets are available throughout the year. I was lucky enough to watch 2 football matches in Parc Des Princes, in Paris and Camp Nou, in Barcelona. The memories are priceless. I was blessed with an opportunity to see The POPE on Christmas giving speech at Vatican City. Police verification and checking are vigorous across all boundaries, so carrying passport with valid visa is mandatory. Brussels, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Barcelona, Nice, Paris, Budapest are some of the must visit places in Europe. Travelling teaches a lot. The exposure that an Erasmus student obtains is quite huge than you expect. Knowing and building good contacts with people from different parts of the world is an asset. You have a platform to learn multiple languages, cultures, behaviours and lifestyles. Getting an internship or part time job is easy if you can speak French fluently, else it’s difficult. It would take few days to adapt to the new culture. The culture shock experienced will be different to different people. It depends on how likely are you willing to adapt to European culture.

The 5 months I spent as an Erasmus has taught a lot of valuable lessons. I would recommend every student to take up this program since it is a golden opportunity to study and travel in Europe. I am positive that it will benefit me greatly in the years to come.

Mr. Sharan R

Mr. Sharan R is a student of PGDM ( 2015- 2017).

MBA in Finance Offering Diverse Career Opportunity

For those who wish to pursue a post graduate degree, Master in Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most common career choices these days. The corporate sector is inclined to recruit fresh MBA graduates to their workforce and this is why considering an MBA could seem to be a good decision. The question still remains: Which discipline to choose for your MBA? Among all the available options, finance is one of the most popular specializations of MBA. Besides just being a “rich” stream, the finance discipline could also unlock the door for high paying jobs in banks and the financial sector.

For any core business company, finance forms a vital part in the processes and thus, there are huge career openings for MBA finance graduates. After obtaining a degree in finance, you could seek opportunities with financial institutions like banks, financial consultants and other firms. You can also select from a wide variety of career options like investment banking, international and corporate finance, merchant banking etc.

Apart from all these lucrative options, the basic and most important advantage for you is the fact that career fields related to finance offer a wide range of job opportunities in almost all industries and sectors of the economy. Considering the salary outlook, an MBA in finance has the chance to earn a quite decent pay as compared to the other competitive disciplines. Finance MBA degree holders are known to get highly placed with top companies worldwide. The starting salary range could be anywhere between 5-15 lakhs, which increases manifold as you climb up the ladder.

ISBR promises to give you the dream career you always wanted to have. With over 26 years of experience in quality management education in India, ISBR has an excellent faculty and infrastructures that help students develop their full potential. Not only this, but ISBR’s strong relationships with leading business organizations prove to be a big advantage for the students in terms of placements and job opportunities. By organizing regular industry interaction, pre-placement talks, organizational study etc., ISBR promises to help the students learn the technological advancements and corporate expectations from job seekers.

ISBR was awarded the Exemplary Placement Award by Discover Education and is ranked 6th best in placements by Go Getter B-School Placement Survey. The institute maintains cordial ties with top global recruiters like JP Morgan, Yes Bank, IBM, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, ICICI Bank, Birla Sun Life,CitiBank, Deutsche bank etc. ISBR’s expertise and global perspective is evident from the fact that they have delivered outstanding results in terms of academics and placements.

ISBR also offers one year PGDM program and executive MBA. This could only mean that you get a chance to extend your chances of pursuing an MBA according to your preferences. MBA finance from ISBR is one of the most prestigious degrees in the country, with the top recruiters preferring students from ISBR over other colleges and institutions. The course is offered at the Bangalore and Chennai campuses.

There is nothing better than getting trained under the best. With efforts to deliver best student experience, first class education and an amazing career support, ISBR is the perfect place to bring alive all your dreams. So, it is your chance to grab the best opportunity for your career and fulfill your dreams. Come, take a leap into the world of success with ISBR!