There was a guest lecture organized by ISBR for its MBA and PGDM first year students on the 22nd of October 2016, delivered by Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa.
Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa, currently the Vice President – Human Resources – India & North America, Ness Technologies, is a very dynamic, open-minded and interactive professional with whom the students felt an instant connect. A 1998 pass-out of XIME-Bangalore with Finance as specialization, he chose to pursue a career in Human Resource and he made it huge there. With a work experience of over 2 decades with giants of the industry like Novell Technologies, ANZ Operations and Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Intel and Microsoft, he has a vast ocean of knowledge essential for the students aspiring to work with similar companies.
The session begun by the welcoming of Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa by Dr.Karpagam T. , the acting Dean Academics of ISBR and a short welcome speech by her.
His lecture laid emphasis on simplicity of expressing oneself in the market. He quoted examples from the industry where “people’s perception” can help a company either grow or slow down. The best example given by him was that of Patanjali, the brand that is endorsed by Baba Ramdev. He explained how the brand controlled the reins of the market by endorsing the products through an icon like Baba Ramdev, a very handy name in most of the Indian houses today and how it is sending jitters down the spine of big players like Hindustan Unilever and Procter and Gamble Co.
He also gave an insight of his own personal career where he was not perceived well in the beginning years because he switched his field but how eventually he was successful in changing the perception of those sceptical people and proving his mettle. Persistence is the key to success and of course a strong sense of self-belief.
His lecture was quite magnetic because of the subtle wit he had in his presentation style. He chose live examples from among the students and guided them how they can use their skills and personality to get that extra edge in their career.
Finally, the stage was set open for the Q&A round where the students came up with a few extremely critical and also exciting questions which were answered brilliantly by Mr.Pruthvi. He explained so patiently that most of the students found their solutions without even asking their questions.
Overall the lecture proved to be quite fruitful for the students and the takeaway for them was magnanimous.
MBA or PGDM is not just a degree or diploma but it aims for an overall development of a person in all the aspects. ISBR too believes and works accordingly towards the wholesome development of all the students. Book reading habit enriches each and every person and can do wonders. Lessons learnt from a good book cannot be measured and is a treasure.
Recently on 6th October 2016, ISBR organized a Book Review session for the MBA and PGDM students under the Mentorship Challenge -2. These challenges are thrown at the students every alternate week and it focuses on enhancing a student in all aspects. This particular challenge was similar to their previous Movie Review challenge. The objective of the Book Review challenge was to encourage students to review a book of their choice through management perspective.
Each mentorship group from MBA and PGDM batches went through a selection process and total 8 teams each representing their mentorship group presented the detailed review of the book of their choice in front of the jury on the final day. The books selected for the final round were: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Devil Wears Prada, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Who Moved My Cheese, The Alchemist, The One Minute Manager, You can Win and I bought the Monk Ferrari. The students presented their reviews in the most creative way possible which included short skits, placards besides the power point presentation. They evaluated the books putting on their management spectacles and mentioned the management lessons learnt from the book. The efforts were clearly visible in their work and each team did an exemplary job.
The eminent jury consisted of authors like Mr. Rajesh, Mr. Mukund and Mrs. Ramya evaluated each review on the basis of opening theme, selection criteria of book, presentation style and team work etc. The book “Who Moved My Cheese” reviewed by Phoenix mentor group was declared as winner amongst the 8 teams.
The event was a great success as jury appreciated the efforts of each team. Everyone especially student got enriched by the learning experience. It was an evening to cherish for a long time.
Most MBA students have little time to devote to anything other than their course and even less time to watch movies. However, an aspiring soccer player has seen Bend it like Beckham and most of them who belong to the digital marketing must have seen The Social Network. The point being is that there is a core-curriculum of movies that an MBA aspirant must-see, not just for entertainment, but for experience.
Mentorship Challenge 1: Movie Review
Recently on 17th September 2016, ISBR conducted a MOVIE REVIEW session for the PGDM & MBA students as a part of the Mentorship Challenge to showcase their aptitude in the field of conceptualizing management concepts through entertainment. The mentorship groups from both PGDM and MBA were asked to select movies with the concept of management and give a detailed review of the same. In the pre-selection round, each mentorship group was asked to select the best movie to be presented in the final round.
For an MBA aspirant, some of the movies which were shortlisted hit all the finer points of being a management graduate, including college life, finance, investments, supply chain, entrepreneurship, and ethics. The movies which were shortlisted for the challenge were The Pursuit of Happiness; Fault in our Stars, Ocean’s Eleven, The Good Dinosaur, Invictus, YehJawani Hai Deewani, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year and The Wolf of the Wall Street. Students then came up with the lessons learned; some shared the Entrepreneurship, business ethics, and good managerial outlook, while some spoke about the art of negotiation, teamwork and the attitude to achieve. These movies gave a glimpse of what awaits in the world of business once the MBA degree is in your hand. All in all, the students made a great effort in putting up a good show and their presentations were judged by Industry stalwartsfrom Cinema and Theatre – SuchintyaLal Roy (Director), Seema Roy (Director & Singer), AnjanBhadra (Director), Bhuban Joshi (Director – HR, Hyatt Group) and Mr Mahesh A (HR Head, Radel Electronics). The judge’s final verdict was out and Invictus was judged as the best movie that was been reviewed.
The overall function proved to be fruitful for the students experience as it approached towards their personal or soon to be professional lives that they will live in.