PARICHAY: ‘Lead Yourself’ Workshop

Workshop Methodology:

PARICHAY: “Lead Yourself” is a signature program exclusively delivered for the fresher’s as a part of the ORIENTATION program. It is an eight hours program which started off with the ice breakers and expectation settings of the audience. The workshop focused on the importance of understanding “Self” and the power of intra – personal communication and inters- personal communication.

The objective of the workshop was to acclimatize the newbies with the importance of soft skills in the contemporary times and create an awareness of the impending challenges in today’s world. The methodology opted was lecture, case analysis, video reviews and role playing.

The wrap up of the program was based on interventions chosen from behavioural science. The session was a power packed energizer delivered by Preeja Sreedhar, Corporate Trainer and Faculty in the area of Communication and HR.

A full day workshop PARICHAY: “Lead Yourself ” was organized for the students of PGDM(2017-19) on 19 July 2017. Mrs. Preeja and all the students evoked a short prayer to fill the room with spiritual energy, tranquility and peace in our mind.

She then quickly asked each one of us to attribute an animal to one self. Sounds easy? You could as well try this. Monkey, ant, horse, butterfly, elephant, lion, eagle, and wolf the entire animal kingdom was here. All the students were patient to know the objective of this little exercise. Mrs. Preeja later shared that it was a psychological way to analyze one’s personality.  Human race has to watch and learn their way of life. Taking the example of cockroach she explained how these creatures are highly adaptable and can endure even a nuclear disaster, this fact was jaw dropping.

The present world is termed as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) and to deal with such a competitive environment we have to be self-aware of our abilities so as to upgrade our skills to meet the evolving world.

Self-awareness comes from self-reflection, this involves knowing oneself well. A brain storming activity was conducted to note down our strength and weakness. Once we were aware the next step was to develop and transform this into strength by consistent constructive effort.

We also learnt that Inter personal communication is the path that has to be followed to achieve self-awareness. Its only when we completely understand one self we can lend hands to others. This process of interacting and understanding the emotions of others is termed as Intra personal communication.

A wonderful video of a dog, cubs and a wolf was shown. The essence of this video was to understand how a creature as simple as a dog could protect little cubs from a mighty wolf by sheer confidence and the will to protect others. The dogs inter & intra personal skills helped the cubs. Mrs. Preeja urged us to implement these skills in our lives.

After having understood the importance of self-awareness, inter & intra personal skills it was time to experience how industries practice it. A Harvard case study of Taj Mahal hotel attack, which happened on 26/11, was discussed. We realized that during the entire three-day attack none of the staff members fled away from the hotel despite being aware of the crisis they faced. Manager Mr. Karambir Singh flew back to Mumbai to extend help. Despite knowing his family was also trapped in the hotel on another floor, he continued to help the customers escape. Out of the 1700 customers present in the hotel during this mishap only 34 were shot dead (majority being office staff who sacrificed their lives to protect their customers).

The mind boggling question here was how did the staff manage to hold on to their composure and continued to serve? The study shows that all the employees had embedded company’s value system so well in their mind that they could regulate their emotions and were capable to access the situation to help others.The Inter and Intra personal bond that TATAs have established into their organizations is remarkable!! Mrs. Preeja also mentioned to us about their unique HR policies, mentioning that the candidates are handpicked based on their attitude from small districts of India. These man and women are trained to be leaders to work as a team who could manage self and others in the hour of need.

Now we had to implement these values through the process of self-development that Mrs. Preeja displayed to us. She further discussed the three stages of self-development as,

  • Imitation stage (adapting behavior of others which is specially found among very young children)
  • Play stage (influence)
  • Game stage (starts from 2-4 years and never ends)

Post this we had a very interesting activity where we all were divided into 6 groups and we had to present a role-play on the topic ‘imitation’. It was really fun, the session ended with a discussion on James Marcia stages of self-identity. It was a wonderful session where we all learnt the importance of development and how this helps us scale greater heights in corporate world.










The Future of On-Campus Higher Education

Higher Education’s purpose is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the social, political, and economic issues encompassing the development and future challenges of higher institutions. While this purpose may have remained constant for centuries, the world around colleges and universities is undergoing significant change. Higher education is under pressure to meet greater expectations, whether for student numbers, educational preparation, and workforce needs, or economic development. At ISBR Business School, our new models put an intense focus on the student experience, and the drive for innovation and entrepreneurialism will ensure that higher education continues to meet society’s needs. As we know that the world revolves around the internet, blended learning is trending and is critical to the educational sector.

Imagine being able to find the quotation you are looking for with just a click of a button, instead of having to search endlessly through volumes in the library. Better yet, imagine making a mistake on your thesis – you can hit “backspace” on the keyboard and continue with the assignment, instead of starting all over again. These exemplify modern learning.

However, there is another angle in which ISBR Business School looks at modern learning, and that is blended learning. This program is changing the way we help students learn and creating a better future for them. Here’s how the ‘Core Management Learning Activities” at ISBR Business School brings the best out of classroom study.

  • Learning Strategy Modules

Whether you would like to hone your academic writing skills, communication skills, Time management, leadership skills, Critical Analysis Skills, Decision Making skills, or Interview Skills, ISBR Business School offers Learning Strategy modules which are carefully designed to help you extract the best of education & provide a satisfying learning experience.

  • Orchestrating Winning Performance

ISBR Business School endows our students with a comprehensive module of the world’s best business practices and exposure to leading-edge concepts in all important business disciplines. Our electives will help you develop a capacity for analysis, assessment, judgment, and action that you can exercise throughout the course of your career.

  • The Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre provides guidance to the students regarding their career ambitions and facilitates its corporate partners with a sound platform to interact with the young and dynamic student populace to satisfy their recruitment needs. In adopting this culture, ISBR Business School has introduced a SELF DEVELOPMENT PLAN or rather a SELF ANALYSIS also known as C2C ( Campus To Corporate- Gap Analysis), which is a series of learning tools and activities that enhances students awareness of various industry norms and practices, reality checks, job profiles, skill- sets required etc. to make students industry ready.

  • Adventure Learning Programmes

ISBR Business School’s holistic approach to education provides many opportunities for students to integrate classroom learning with experiences outside the classroom. Every year the School organizes several International Study Tours to countries such as Dubai, Singapore, Malasia and so on for MBA/ PGDM students where they visit companies, attend presentations, discuss strategic issues with managers and meet colleagues from other business schools. During the trips, students interact with leading executives and officials while visiting businesses, factories, and cultural sites. We also periodically organize outbound and adventure learning activities by organizing treks, mountain climbing, river rafting and other activities to impart experiential learning. These activities lead to the development of confident, articulate graduates who are prepared to serve as the next generation of creative thinkers and leaders.

  • The Academic Approach

ISBR Business School provides students with a comprehensive education emphasizing career skills and applied knowledge.  Through exceptional curriculum and credentialed faculty, the Institute positions students to meet the emergent needs of an evolving society.
ISBR’s curriculum is set apart by three district dimensions: Extensive corporate interface unlimited knowledge access and an unwavering focus on future.

  • ISBR Incubation Centre

ISBR Business School provides a unique environment that combines workspace, business support and inspiration for high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that create them. The Innovation Centre has established a thriving entrepreneurial environment which provides support facilities in terms of projects reports, idea guidance, project implementation and other activities. Students who are seeking employment opportunities are given support, training and access to various work environments to adapt to the real world situations. These activities are carried in association with National Entrepreneurship Cell; A Wadhwani Group.

ISBR Business School has a long-standing and widely recognized commitment to the creative use of technologies for enhancing the quality of student learning through new improved modernized technologies, and new resources. Few of the novel activities carried out under the ‘blended learning’ allows the student to get the most out of the program, which directly corresponds to having a better understanding of the lesson and a higher intelligence level overall.

Theory converted into a workshop

Practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge both are important phases of learning. Perfect combination of both practical and theoretical methods is necessary for holistic learning which is why we encourage theoretical knowledge to be converted into workshops. Some of our workshops conducted are:

A Six Thinking Hats Theory workshop was conducted by ISBR Business School students under the guidance of Prof. Preeja Sridhar Faculty- HR. Other innovative Case Study Workshop Conducted by Mr. P K Thomas was conducted to develop better analytical abilities and enhance decision making capacities with recent best practices.

Panel Discussions

The interactive dynamic of discussion can help students learn and motivate them to excel in the corporate world. One such panel discussion on ‘General Awareness on Specialization’ took place which shed light on the job specializations and what necessary criteria should one adapt in order to succeed in the concrete jungle.

International Guests Speakers for Global Perspective

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 is carried out where distinguished speakers come to share their insights and opinions on a broad range of business issues, finding common ground with students and faculty.

Industry Trend Updates

Students get a deep insight on the current Industry Trends, business Analytics, Investment Banking, Personal Branding and Entrepreneurship Incubation through live interactive sessions by industry leaders.  Ideas and debate come to the fore with our guest speaker programs. ISBR Business School also plays host to elite business speakers, drawn from a diverse range of organizations.

Read: Business Analytics Session by Mr. Ashwin Shastry

Podcasting Lectures

ISBR Business School provides a unique platform to students where lectures get recorded and can be accessed online. Students can access and discuss in real time with their peers without their physical presence. Using live streaming for education, students will be able to watch the experts in their field as they solve problems in real time.

ISBR Business School has been a flag bearer of excellence since its inception and quite recently it has been Ranked 1 as TheNew-Generation B schools of India” by DM-B-School Survey for its novel pedagogy, unique & innovative learning structure.

In conclusion, On-Campus Higher Education with blended learning is the perfect combination of education and technology to get students about learning, and ensuring a bright  future.




ISBR Alumni Meet 2017


1st July 2017 will go down as a significant day in the history of ISBR Business School Bangalore, a business school of international repute, being run under the aegis of the Bangalore Education Trust. The day was marked by the two most important events in the calendar of any institute.  The institute held its convocation on this day followed by an Alumni Meet in the evening. The entire day was marked with festivities, celebration, fun, and fervor.

Whilst the convocation was a formal and somber affair, the students got to let their hair down at ELEKTRA NITE 2017, the ensuing Alumni Meet in the evening. The programs were attended not only by the students but also by respected luminaries from healthcare, software, legal and consultancy backgrounds. Students of the institute from across several batches also participated with full vigour and joy.

Few pioneer Alumnus of ISBR Bangalore shared their experiences;

Arunima Salopal: “It was exhilarating to catch up with all my batch mates and reminiscing about good old days. It felt great that all the batchmates are doing so well in life. I thank the organizers of this Alumni Meet-2017, to keep us all integrated and organizing a lovely evening.”

Karan Jaiswal: One of the alumni of the first batch says: “I believe the experience of the evening which we all took home back was worth the time we all have spared from our busy schedule. It provided us the opportunity to meet with many of fellow alumnus after a long time as well as an opportunity to meet friends, faculty and other staff members. A decade ago, our college was a small & struggling organization.  If we talk about ISBR today; Its alumni have been widely-spread across the globe  and shining  for their contribution in their respective areas of management functions.”

The Alumni forum also decided to participate in a marathon named a UMEED Run 2017, run for a social cause i.e. to provide school uniforms to under privileged students from marginalized communities.

Moreover, the day also witnessed the official launch of an Incubator Centre named ACUMEN, an initiative conceptualized by ISBR alumnus Mr. Nihar Satapathy, Principal Consultant cum Partner along with Mr. Susrut Varun Das, Managing Partner, A&S Law Chamber and Consultants.



ISBR has now become the first business institute in the country to have a fully functional –legal and corporate consultancy incubator in ACUMEN. The incubator has been set up in collaboration with A&S Law Chamber and Consultants- a full service legal and corporate consulting firm based out of Bhubaneswar, Delhi, and Bangalore. A&S shall be the knowledge and implementation partner for ACUMEN.  The Incubator was officially launched by Mr. Hemant Ram, Vice President (Legal), Mphasis.

Mr. Manish Kothari, MD of ISBR B-school has expressed his pleasure on the smooth conduct of the events and thanked the students and guests for their participation as well as a contribution in making the events successful. As regards, ACUMEN-he went on to state that the incubator marks the fruition of his long standing belief that for an institute to successfully teach business to its students, it must successfully run a business of its own.


A talk with Alumni Dr. Abhishek Ganeshan

ISBR Business School is a once in a lifetime experience where students not only learn how to be confident and develop their leadership skills, but they also have an amazingly fun time meeting new people and experiencing college life! We got the opportunity to connect and interview one of our alumni, Dr. Abhishek Ganeshan who successfully completed his MBA & PGPM degrees from ISBR. Abhishek is a focused individual who puts his heart and soul in everything that he does. Today, he has carved a niche for himself and is quite renowned for his HRM & training services and is a proud owner of his firm “PDF Consultants”. Let us hear what he has to say about his experience at ISBR.

1. Tell us about yourself.
I am Abhishek. G and was fondly known as Dev at ISBR. Professionally I am into Training, Personality Assessments, Counselling & Mentoring. I have my own firm named “PDF Consultants”. I travel to India for my work & few countries overseas as well. Personally, I like watching cartoons, Cooking & playing with my kid.

2. What are your Qualifications & Certifications?
I did my from Loyola College then my MBA & PGPM from ISBR. After that an International Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills and with that an MSc in Psychology & finally a Ph.D. in HRM & Training

As far as the Certifications are concerned; my first trainer certificate was from ISBR Bangalore, then the following:
– Certified Trainer from MMA & ZEAL
– Certified Psychometric Analyst from GREY Cells Mumbai
– Certified Master Trainer from CAMI, USA
– Certified NLP Practitioner from MMA & ZEAL
– Certified Master NLP Practitioner from NFNLP, USA

3. What made you to start your own company?
AT ISBR, I was working as the Corporate Networking Coordinator and I was able to fetch good professional contacts. Through that, I got my job with an esteemed organization, called TVS Group. But after joining there, I felt I can expand my wings with other organizations if I start my own firm which eventually happened in 2011 and since then it is running successfully. I have personally trained more than 26000 people till date.

4. Tell us about your company?
My company PDF Consultants is into:

• Soft Skills & Behavioural Training
• Psychometric & Personality Assessments
• Potential Assessment
• Mentoring Initiatives
• Intrapreneurship Orientation

It was formed in the year 2011 and 24 intellectual resources are associated along with 125 trainers empanelled across India. You can visit –

5. What are your future plans?

My future plan includes expanding more and covering more corporates. Personally, I wish to become an HR faculty for some B-schools.

6. Let’s get back to know why did you join ISBR?

When I first came to ISBR, I liked the college and its ambiance. It made me join immediately.

7. What are the highlights of your experience @ ISBR? Is there something that will stand out; something that you will always remember?

I could recall that after I got my first training certification, I was very excited. I started training when I was in the 2nd year for few colleges and also got remuneration for those sessions.

• My Corporate Networking experience was where I personally brought 4-5 companies for hiring.
• I was a member of Writers Club, HR Club & Marketing Club.
• I initiated eminent guest lecturers & guest invites wherein we had people from IBM, Microsoft & some very successful CEOs & MDs.
• Being just more than a student, I enjoyed the phase of being a resource for the college.

8. What is your favourite book? Is there a literary character with whom you identify?
I read a lot of Mythology books and I can relate more with Karna and Krishna.

9. Is there a project, paper, lab, etc. that you were especially proud of when you completed it?
Yes, my internship was the best experience. I did it in Chennai GRT wherein I was into training department. My College Faculty Coordinator was Prof. Roshini Unnikrishnan and my project was on “Post Evaluation review of training” & at that I received the first place in the project submission, where I had scored full marks. It was an amazing time!

10. What do you think, how ISBR has contributed to your life?

I have to thank the following people for grooming me to be a better professional that I am today.
• Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director ISBR who had that trust in me.
• Prof. Amit Gupta who allowed me to do whatever I wanted for the benefit of the cells and clubs.
• Mr. Deepak Justin(DJ), who was my UG senior, and he motivated me to be a trainer and I give my full credit to him.
• Prof. Preeja Sridhar who made me a better person and also a better trainer.
• Ms.Deepti Joshi who identified the skill in me of being a trainer.

I had faced a lot of criticisms but it eventually helped me to groom myself as a better professional.

11. What tips you would like to give to your juniors?

Be on your own. Have a passion and work on it. MBA is not for finding a suitable job. MBA is all about ‘Making the Right Job For Yourself and Give JOB For Others’

12. What memories / incident/ goof up at ISBR would you would like to share with us?
I have lots of memories and few memorable moments are:
• First training Certification which helped me in my freelancing.
• Internship Presentation for 45 minutes & getting the 1st place for the Internship Report.
• 3 gold medals for Internship, HR & Training initiatives.


ISBR Convocation 2017


The International School of Business Research (ISBR) held its convocation on 1st July 2017 at its Electronics City campus. The management institute which was set up under the aegis of the 27-year-old Bangalore Education Trust conferred degrees to 235 MBA and PGDM graduates from the batch of 2014-16.

Mr. D.H Shankara Murthy, Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council who was the chief guest of the convocation in his commencement address to the students said “As the Minister for Higher Education I got to be a part of many convocations but this one is special for both you and me as India is changing today. This is a historic day wherein the Goods and Service Tax (GST) which is set to change the country will come into effect. India is being recognized as a leader in many things.”

Speaking about how India is gaining worldwide recognition, Mr. D.H Shankara Murthy said “India is being recognized as a leader in many fields. Yoga is one of them. The whole world celebrated world Yoga day which only shows how India is gaining recognition”

Urging the students to dream and fulfill their dreams Mr. D.H Shankara Murthy recalled an incident during a convocation ceremony he attended with Hon’ble Ex-President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam wherein Dr. Kalam asked a young gold medalist if she ever had dreams and when the girl didn’t respond he prodded her further by asking her loudly if she had dreams the girl replied with a ‘yes’. Dr. Kalam said everyone needs to dream and a common dream was to see India as a developed nation by 2020.  Citing this incident, Mr. D.H Shankara Murthy urged the students to dream and try to make those dreams come true.

Mr. R Shivakumar, President ASSOCHAM, Karnataka, in his address said “It is a precious day for both you students and the nation. The one nation one tax principle of the GST is a step forward for India. You have reached here because of the support of your teaching staff. Congrats to you all.”

Award of Eminence was conferred on Dr. Deshpande V Rajkumar, Neurosurgeon, Fortis hospital, Bangalore for his contribution in the field of health care. He is one of the top most specialists in neurosurgery, who is globally acknowledged. He has performed thousands of critical surgeries and taught hundreds of Post Graduate students and Research Scholars in Medicine.

Dr. Rajkumar V Deshpande who received the award in his acceptance speech said “I am thankful to ISBR for bestowing upon me this honor. I am privileged to operate upon the brain, which is the most important organ. The ability to think is what separates man from animals. Think well, think good, even ISIS thinks but that’s not thinking in the right direction.”

Speaking about how important it is to try and fail than not trying at all he said “Each time I operate on someone I try. I have failed in saving lives, yet, the next day I have to go do what I have to do. Be willing to try, never stop, each time you fail, get up. Teachers always ask us to succeed but I ask you to fail because trying is important.”

Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director, ISBR group of institutions and BET group of colleges, Director of Oxford College, Hubli in his address urged the students to inculcate the habit of giving back to the society. “Learn to appreciate the people around you. Appreciate even the smallest of the small people. It could be your watchman, an office boy or anyone. It will mean a lot to them and the smile you get in return is priceless. Always be ready to serve the society. Spread positivity and goodness wherever you go,” he said.

Dr.C.Manohar, Dean, ISBR who gave the annual report opined that ISBR is where it is today only because of the students and their faith in the institution. Speaking about attaining the Platinum Institute tag Mr. Manohar said “ISBR has attained the Platinum Institute tag under AICTE – CII survey of 2016 which is an achievement as all MBA colleges in the country compete for the tag.”

Mr. Prakash Kothari, Chairman, ISBR group of institutions, Director of Globus builders and Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director, ISBR group of institutions and BET group of colleges, Director of Oxford College, Hubli presided over the convocation ceremony.

Also present were,  Dr. R.S Ananda Ram, Senior Director,  CEO, Dr. Chandra Niranjan, Dean –Academics, Dr. Karpagam, Director- Academics,  Mr. Nanaiah Pattada, Head, Industry Relations and Mr. Abbas Ali Uppin, Head, Corporate relations.

Other events that took place during the convocation: 

 Release of ‘GEMS’

‘GEMS’- An ISBR dossier which entails success stories of ISBR alumni who have made an impact in their organizations in the last 3-5 years was released during the convocation.

The launch of Umeed – A project to donate uniforms to 10,000 needy students from Government schools which is an initiative of RCF trust and ISBR.



The launch of ISBR centre of Executive Education– The centre is being established to offer executive education programs, corporate training programs and faculty development programs for strengthening the HR development endeavors of Industry and Academia.

The launch of ISBR Incubation Centre – An initiative of ISBR and its alumni in partnership with industry bodies and law firms to promote entrepreneurship and nurture start ups including advisory services and business support services in the formation of business enterprises, professional firms, legal and regulatory compliance and documentation. Dr. Deshpande V Rajkumar launched the ISBR incubation centre.