Annual Convocation 2010

ISBR Business School, Electronic City, Bangalore, celebrated their First Convocation on 18th April 2010, at Satya Sai Samskruta Sadanam, Bangalore.

Padmashri Anil K Gupta, IIM, Ahmadabad chaired the session and Mr. Raghunathan V, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Hyderabad delivered the keynote address. Mr. Madan Padaki, Co-Founder and CEO, Merit Trac, Bangalore was the Guest of Honour.

Welcoming the audience comprising Graduates, Faculty, Parents and the specially invited Vidyajyothi Scholars, Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director of ISBR group of Institutions, likened the first convocation to the mother giving birth to her first baby, well illustrated through a video clipping from the movie ‘3 idiots’!

“The Video clipping highlighted not only Rancho’s innovative methods, but also the pain the mother goes through in the delivery process, but also the great pleasure that she gets when she holds the new born baby in her arms, starting a everlasting relationship between the two,” he said.

He impressed on the audience that this first convocation too gives birth to a new set of management graduates being released to the world and their everlasting relationship as Alumni of ISBR!

Mr. Raghunathan V, delivering his keynote address stressed the fact that life is not ‘A sprint but a Marathon,’ the concept based on his latest book, ‘Do not Sprint a Marathon’. Strategy for a marathon is different from that of a 100 metres dash! In a marathon, the mind takes over the body. He highlighted, that every job has a learning potential and advised the graduating students to improve their knowledge and skills, continuously.

“Find the spark in you and blow it to make it a great fire!” he exclaimed. Having been the MD of GMR Industries, one of the top infrastructure companies in India, he informed the audience, that nearly one trillion dollar investment will be made India in the Infrastructure Industry over the next 5 years. This would provide ample jobs for millions and also facilitate higher growth rate of the Indian Economy. Truly these are exciting times and “India is the most exciting country in the world”.

380 students were given PGPM certificates and 148 received gold medals for meritorious performance in various aspects of Academics, International Relations, Best Transformation, Best Team Player, Leadership and Creativity, Outstanding service, Discipline and Special Recognition.

42 Students of the Executive Batch also received their certificates.

44 Students of the Chennai branch of ISBR Business School also received their PGPM certificates.

Delivering the Convocation address, Padmashri Anil K Gupta, Coordinator SRISTI and Honey Bee Network, insisted that one should be humble and be willing to learn from the four sources of knowledge, viz, Nature, Common man, Institution and Parents. He stressed that life will be marvelous if one lives in the intersection of the three circles, viz, learning, loving and living!

Another highlight of this programme was handing over “gold” medals to all the Vidyajyothi scholars. These were the students from various colleges all over India, who have been selected based on their meritorious performance in Aptitude Test, GD & PI, and awarded scholarships up to 50% of fee waiver for pursuing their higher studies in management at any of the ISBR institutions! Nearly 480 Vidyajyothi students attended the convocation with their parents.

In addition, a coffee table book “GEMS OF ISBR” was released on the occasion, by Mr. Madan Padaki. The model of the new campus was also unveiled.

Shri Prakash Kothari, Chairman, ISBR Group of Institution, Dr T Rangarajan, Executive Director ISBR Group, Dr Chandra Niranjan, Advisory Board Member, ISBR Group, Dr Santhanam, Mr.Kiran Bindu, graced the occasion with their presence Dr Jayashree delivered the vote of thanks.

Celebrations at ISBR – HOLI

         Frills of emotions splashed

       On the floor colors clashed

       ISBR was clad in Rangoli

Came again the awesome fest HOLI

It was yet another day we dipped to drown in colors. Ecstasy level burned the mercury at ISBR. ISBR was swinging in this joy kindled day of HOLI. Tapping our feet all together on the drenched floor, collared our esteem when we shared the space with our beloved MD & faculty members.

Vibrancy of colors erased the lines of borders & students from FRANCE swayed along with us in the waves of colors. Colors brightened & colors faded throughout the day in the colorful ambience of ISBR.

Mumbai Dabbawalas

India’s top brand 6 Sigma & ISO 2000 100% customer satisfaction Icon of hard work

They make sure, you eat on time…

Hello ISBR… came the energetic greeting from behind the doors and a man in white kurta-pyjama and a Gandhi cap strutted in his kolhapuris chappals with an aluminum tiffin in his hand. Enter the DABBAWALA…InternationalSchoolof Business & Research,Bangalorein association with eXample Consulting Group, Ma Foi and Blue Dart brought the success story of Mumbai Dabbawalas in form of a 2 hour session on December 6th, 2009  a day hard to forget.The early morning preparations in expectation of a guest from an organization of international repute were a bit too much for Mr. Manish Tripathi (Director, Dabbawala Foundation). A simple man in simple clothes with his extra-ordinary energy, unique way of presentation and a smooth talker walked in dot on time at 9:30. “The Dabbawalas are never late” he says.Mumbai Dabbawalas originally registered as Nutan Tiffin Service is an example of perfection with Six-Sigma and ISO certifications for quality and time management. 400,000 transactions a day without a single error, rain, shine or hail is what makes them unique. The organization has been in existence for 118 years and currently has 5000 employees (including 4 women); rather “stakeholders” in Mr. Tripathi’s words. He says this stakeholder status ensures self-discipline and total commitment from the team in which 85% are educated upto grade 4 and other 15% are grade 8 pass/fail. Mr. Tripathi himself is a Bachelor of Arts  a rarity in his line of work.Mr. Tripathi reminded us the principles of management with concepts of building a business around an existing infrastructure, using the resources existing instead of investing in new, lessons to reduce the attrition rate to practically zero and explained the importance of simplicity and clarity; the principles that Dabbawalas follow to ensure timely and accurate lunch tiffin deliveries.He argued that the lack of education among the team is what worked in their favour. There are no questions, no suggestions. Things happen as they have been happening for over a century and quality has only seen one way – UP. The self-discipline, the commitment and descending from the same forefathers are some of the “traits of DNA” he quoted for the Dabbawala secret. Above all lies the sense of belongingness and self discipline which is why at zero technological input, 100% efficiency rates and after 118 years in one of the largest and busiest cities in the world, they still make us say:

” We lived in the times of Mumbai Dabbawalas “

She‘s the Man

An interview with Jija Madhavan Harisingh

IPS, Director General of Home Guards, Karnataka


 ” Woods are lovely dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

Miles to go before I sleep.”

These are the lines by the famous poet Williams Wordsworth that have kept on motivating people for decades. Duty comes first is the motto for all the people in the uniform serving the country. ISBR Voice got a wonderful opportunity to interact with one such person who with her hard work, vision and courage has been working to improve the outlook of our society.

Mrs Jija Madhavan Hari Singh, IPS is the Director General of Home Guards, Karnataka. In spite of her busy schedule, she gave us her precious time to know more about her life.

When asked about her journey so far she told us that when she was a child, she was highly fascinated by trains and airplanes. She wanted to be a pilot or an engine driver. Just like every ordinary child she was thrilled by speed but as she grew up she felt a need to serve the society. She enjoyed reading a lot of biographies by some known writers like Albert Schweitzer, Father Diemen etc and got further motivated. She was fascinated by Hellen Keller who in spite of being handicapped achieved a lot.

When asked about career, she told us that she wanted to be a doctor but her father saw her inclination towards fine arts, dancing, writing poetry, English literature etc and felt she was delicate. Her father thought she was delicate for a profession like doctor but Mrs. Jija Madhavan wanted to do something unusual and this led her to join IPS as it’s unusual.

After clearing her UPSC exam she was called for the interview for the Central Services. She again felt Police Department is unusual for a woman. However, she convinced the interviewer by saying that, she was keen to know how cruel it can be for a woman and would like to contribute something for the society..

When asked about her achievements she fondly remembered the time when she was Deputy Commissioner Police  Traffic inBangalore, she introduced the computerized traffic lights in the city which had the facility of being programmed to work on its own.

During her tenure at the Airport Authority of India as the Incharge of Ethics Management, the value she added was remarkable.

As per her, ethics plays a very important role in governance. If the rules are not followed then it becomes difficult to maintain law and order, be it at the government level or be it in business or other aspects. In lieu with the same she conducted more than 150 programs across the country in places like Kargil, Tutticorin,Bhopal, Bangalore etc. She believes that when a person pockets a 100 rupee note, he/she should know whether it’s a clean note or not…

According to her corruption starts at home, when needs are not fulfilled by the man of the house. His wife may pressure him to give her money, jewelry etc which might lead him towards unfair means to gather money. She had sessions with General Managers of various companies to abolish the unethical means of making money.

Counting on her achievements she encountered a situation where there were two cloth manufacturing companies. One had workers and no technology and the other had technology but no workers. Mrs. Jija Madhavan played an important role in collaboration of these two companies and got them back into business.

When asked about her personal life as her husband is also an IAS officer – she laughs and says that the professional lives of the two are limited to the offices only. They don’t bring issues home. On weekends they love to play golf and spend time together.

Apart from work she has tried her hand on writing too. She has been a poet and also has authored a book on Bal Ramayan in Hindi.

Finally, as we came to an end of the discussion we requested her for a message for the management students and she quoted in her own words:

” Management is all about innovation and creativity.

All those who can keep up with their innovativeness and creativity

and continue to work hard with good ethics…”


IWAS World Games 2009 Paraolympics The big name

A international  Olympics  which  was held in India and in  namma Bangaluru, in Kanteerava Stadium for 10 days   from 22nd November to 2nd December. 43 countries participated, 657 participants from all over the world for this event. There were 11 events organized for the differently abled people. The events were Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Wheel Chair Fencing, Power Lifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis,Rugbyand Golf.

Our college gave a golden opportunity to some of the students to volunteer this event under Mr. Amar Singh (Vice President of IWAS). We were almost 25 students from college who volunteered. All of them were given some or the other task, some of them took the responsibility of providing information to the participants in the stadium, some of them worked for the transportation, and the rest were given 5 different hotels and the task to take of the people in the hotels and solving any of there queries.

The programme started on 22nd of November with a torch lighting by the Indian Participants. The torch lighting started at Mekhri circle and carried on till Vidhana Soudha. On the First day, in the evening we had our Karnataka C.MMr. Yedurappa inaugurating the programme and later people  and students from different school showcased our Indian culture, beauty and talent through various performance. And last but not the least the programme ended with the singer Miss Vasundara Das performance. It was really rocking where everyone shaked their legs to her songs.

From the next day the game started with athletics, swimming & so on. Each day there was medal giving ceremony for all the winners. It was very inspirational see their performance and their confidence. People without  both the legs ran equally or more faster then the normal human being. The game went on till 1st Dec and on the last day there was again a rocking closing ceremony, and on the 2nd of Dec all of them returned back to their country. All the student volunteers from our college had great experience, and few of them have shared their experience with us.

Sheeba – It was a great learning experience for me and learnt how to manage  people  in critical  situation.

Abhishek Mittal – 10 days at IWAS were the most memorable days of my life. I learnt lot of management skills. Great learning from the physically challenged people.

Gaurav Girdhar – it‘s a life time experience for me. Interacting with people from different parts of the world was really unforgetable  moment. Learnt lot of management  skills  practically. Thanks to IWAS for giving me the opportunity.

Neelam – It was great learning experience. I learnt how to manage and face  the problem with  limited resources.

N.G. Senthil Kumar – Im very happy that i worked for IWAS. I got a chance to learn about the world and people. I got the experience which will help me through out my life.

Alpana – I learnt how to play host to people from different  countries by providing them proper amenities.

V. Vaishnavi –  Everyday I learnt something different and new. It was a great opportunity of my life and can never forget for a life time. The participants inspired me a lot, I gained lot of inspiration and became more confident

Over all it was a great learning experience  for  all of  us. Tackling people who do not know English and we not knowing their language was a difficult task. But though we faced some difficulties, it was a great learning.

Thanks to IWAS and to our college who gave us the opportunity to volunteer such a big event and definitely hats off to all the player participants.

The volunteers were

Abhishek Mittal, Anupam, Anamika, Alpana, Deepak Yadav, Deena Josephine, Dharmender Kumawat, Diganta Kalita, Gaurav Girdher, Gaurav Jaiswal, Girish, Harshit Khubhet, J. Sheeba, Karthikey Pandey, N.G. Senthil Kumar, Neelam, Nirija, Nishish Shukla, Praveen, Shanawaz Ali, Shilpa S.,  V. Vaishnavi, Vineet Thakkar, Varchaswin.


Lock, Stock & Trade ‘09

Innocentive, the e-cell at International School of Business and Research,Bangalore, in association with National Entrepreneurial Network, hosted the Regional Round of Lock, Stock & Trade 2009 on 3rd October 2009. LST is an annual entrepreneurship event which aims to inspire the younger generation towards entrepreneurship.

What made this year’s LST at ISBR more interesting was the integration of engineering, management, biotechnology and graduate colleges like IIIT-B, Mount Carmel, Welingkar’s, ISB&M, etc. on the same platform. Ten teams, each comprising four students and one mentor from the corporate world participated in this mock IPO. Mr. Phanidra Sani (CEO,, Ms. Sumitra Iyenger (Director, Geodesic Techniques), Mr. Gopal Bengeri (Founder, Taste Buds), Mr. Pavan Soni (Innovation Evangelist, Wipro Ltd.), Col. Srinivasan (Head-Training, Reliance Retail) and a few  other reputed names from the corporate mentored the participating teams.

Mr. Karthik, a successful entrepreneur and CEO of 24×7 was the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Kumud Rajendran (CEO, PPC Worldwide), Mr. Gururaj H. M. (Administration Manager, Concorde Group), Mr. Sathyanarayan (Founder Director, Collabrant), Mr. Miki Kapoor (IBAB) and Ms. Padma Srinivasan (IBS-ICFAI) judged the business plans. This unique event engaged around 400 students, from various colleges ofBangalore, as investors. A team from WE School with their company Unicorn India Food Private Ltd.; became the investors’ choice and SSM RVIM team with their company Virudhaka Pvt. Ltd. got judges’ verdict on their side.Innocentive team worked hard creating this mock IPO at the campus and its resounding success at the end was worth all the sweat and toil.







Sportsville 2009

 The field is laid… The team is on its toes… LET THE GAMES BEGIN @ SPORTSVILLE…

InternationalSchoolof Business & Research,Bangaloremaintains the yearly affair of ISBR sports week, christened “Sportsville” this year. With Sportsville ‘09, a new aspect of adding 2 corporate teams for field-play was undertaken by the ISBR Sports club “White Tigers”. HTMT and Standard Chartered showed avid participation in various inter-level events. Sportsville showed a lot of glamour, and quality but above all was the team work.

The intra-college events included:

1. Basketball

2. Carrom

3. Badminton

There were other fillers like Tug-o’-War and Skipping in combination with purely for fun musical chairs.

The inter-college events included:

1. Cricket

2. Football

3. Table Tennis

Welingkar’s ruled the table at table-tennis winning both the singles and the doubles title. IIPM took home the Football trophy after a intense match and the home team claimed the cricket trophy with fantastic team-play and performances.

Kioshi Pravin Rangawas

Chief guest at the final presentation ceremony.


Social Responsibility : Shreshtha – Daan

 Life is beautiful. Living it to the fullest is what all of us crave for. While living our own lives the way we all want to, even if we do one small act of giving a ray of  hope to another person it becomes worth it.

One such event was organized on the 25th of September 2009, at ISBR,Bangalore. Blood Donation. Noble as it sounds, this act of sincere willingness to help a person with the most vital necessity while fighting for his or her life in case of a mishap was observed in full vigor, courage and enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of the college.

It started with the introduction of Mrs lata Amashi, an amazing social worker and a part of the Rotary Club of Karnataka who stepped on the boundaries of our college and encouraged us for an act like this. She gave minute detail of blood donation, clarified each and every doubt and myth about donating blood, gave her valuable time and energy so that all of us together could make an effort to help someone. The Blood donation was aimed for helping Thallasamia patients who are mostly children, she gave us all information about the disease and if it wasn’t for her we would have never understood so many things about donating blood and taken forward a step for helping humanity in such a manner.

On the D-day, the college arena was completely cleaned – to ensure safety and cleanliness of donors. Student volunteers, CSR club members and staff  made  efforts to look into the smallest of details. Medical professionals walked in from Manipal hospital,Bangalore, which was in collaboration with the Rotary Club for the blood donation camp. Nurses, doctors, helpers, apparatus and instruments, everything was set up in the auditorium for the event with the help of the volunteers.

The best part came when the donors started coming in with all their feelings extended towards the cause and the response was overwhelming. Almost each and every student of ISBR volunteered to donate blood .There was a medical checkup  in order to test the fitness of  the individual, though some of them had to be rejected on grounds of low haemoglobin counts or past surgeries etc. Not only students, but also executives from companies like Infosys and Wipro came in and participated in the event. It was such a big gesture on their part, it really encouraged us, the students of ISBR towards our responsibility and contribution to the society we live in!

The college had also taken care of refreshments for donors once they were done with their blood donation. There were biscuits, juices, fruits, sweets and much more given to the donors which added a bit of fun element to the event and it was enjoyed in a full swing. Student volunteers did excellent job as far as hospitality was concerned. Donors were also given blood donation badges and were regarded for noble deed.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and also a satisfying one because everyone involved in the camp had contributed to the “deed of goodness” and giving back to the society to his credit!

Three Wise Men

Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde            Padmabhushan Prof. N. S. “Cartman” Ramaswamy


How many times in your life have you had the chance of listening to a Chief Justice, a Padmabhushan and an accomplished speaker on the same day…? ISBR had this privilege on the day of May 4th 2009.

ISBR organized and hosted the Leadership Development Program under the theme of “Relevance of India’s Ancient Thoughts and Wisdom, Art and Spirituality in Management.” The speakers included Lokayukta Chief Justice N. Santosh Hegde, Padmabhushan Prof. N. S. Ramaswamy and Mr. Gururaj, a counselor & a Trainer. The session aimed at introducing the wisdom of forefathers into the current scenario through the primary medium of academicians who teach us the nitty-gritties of management.

Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde

Here is a man who had led good governance and administration by setting examples. A former Judge at the Supreme Court of India, Mr. Hegde today dedicates his life to bringing Transparency and Accountability to the State Government System. Lokayuktas were appointed in every state to address citizen grievances by investigating into administrative actions taken by or on behalf of State Government or certain public authorities. These institutions were intended to serve as institutions independent of the Government concerned and as institutions to supplement the judicial institutions headed by Chief Justices or Judges of Supreme Court of India or High Court of the State. And who better than Mr. Hedge to hold the office.

Mr. Hegde started his key-note by setting the context ofIndiachoosing to form the Democratic Republic System composed of Legislature, Executive and Judiciary components. But along the way what plagued us Legislature took over the formation and running of government and Executive became subservient to those. The Cabinet form of government resulted in poorer and highly corrupt institution with loose cheques and balances. Bureaucrats (Executives) and Politicians (Legislators) leveraged one another’s vested interests at the cost of the citizens who apparently were their masters. Unfortunately, bureaucracy has today become money-cracy. He opines that unless we and our generation acts fact, corruption shall undermine the very fabric of our Indian culture and strength.His department is out there to contain some of the problems that we pose today. Starting with public declaration of one’s assets and liabilities, to having a very strong vigilance system, to laying strict actions, the Office of Lakayukta is surely bringing the change. But as obvious as it seems that a sizable change would only be possible if we choose to not involve ourselves in corruption and hone Good Governance and Behavior ourselves. To start with, No Bribe to the Traffic Police. A very powerful, well received and encouraging speech from the Times Karnataka Person of the Year 2009..

Padmabhushan Prof. N. S. “Cartman” Ramaswamy

 The smiling old man with a flowing beard and utterly simple ways is the Founder Director of IIM Bangalore and the Founder Director ofIndianHeritageAcademyamong other titles. Prof. Ramaswamy is one of the most respected academicians inIndiatoday. Apart from heading many national level committees, the government recognized him as the National Research Professor in Management, for his contribution to the field of management study inIndiaand social work. And he is the only living Indian to hold this title-1 man in 1.2 billion and growing.In his view, Management is in all of us. It is the conscience of making decision. It is in a doctor, as much in a mother, as much in a policeman or a politician. And being a teacher of Management Education is a noble charter. It is only in the Indian civilization that a teacher is regarded greater than even God…He went talking on Applied Spirituality and impressed upon the concept of Duality and Relativity in life. Not on the scientific dimension but more on the human angle that while everything is inside our mind, we still need to appreciate the ACT. As for this act that we achieve the real purpose of life – Creating Happiness for oneself and for others around.His principles include: Give More – Take Less; Be a multi faceted person such that you keep yourself engaged all the time; Learn from others as much; and always remember – everything is relative in life. He elaborated on the journey from a Adhyapaka to Guru, through the stages of Upadhaya- Vidwan/ Pandit- Acharya in his very own seriously comic and unparalleled style. In his view Guru is one who removes ignorance and inspires to achieve big and when his students becomes better than himself.

Mr. Gururaj, A counselor & a Trainer

The man does not hold any big titles or accolades unlike his peers for the day. But he undoubtedly held the audience with his gift of words. Not often do we hear someone delivering the perfect message so effortlessly and easily that you hit yourself for not having realized it in all these years. His talk on personality and ways towards development provided a fitting semi-final to the day. The issues of behavioral habits and methods of improvement alongside the best practices were discovered in the talk.The grand-finale was the Nrutyotsav. Here, the students of ISBR did bring in the music and melody but the true rhythm was delivered by the very accomplished Prof. Preeja Sridhar – the mentor of the LDP and the Faculty Head of ISBR Writers‘ Club. The Bharathanatyam performance delivered by her to the tune of Prof. Roshany Unnikrishnan voice, an accomplished singer herself, provided the fitting and memorable surprise to end the day. Undoubtedly, the day provided a learning worth a century while having us revisit our roots. What better way to learn re-visit the principles of management. To sum it up… “A mesmerizing experience…”