Summer Internships – A Door to Dream Job..!

Every year during internship selection process in B-Schools, students make beeline to grab the best internship offers to prepare themselves for their dream careers.Internships are the first building block in shaping a long term career. Internship provides you the benefits of both conceptual learnings as well as practical experience.

The prime objective of an internship is to prepare students for the actual working environment of a full-time job once they graduate. The kind of work exposure you get during an internship therefore matters a lot.

Internships are great opportunities to dive into your dream job by gaining relevant knowledge and job skills. How much you gain from it depends upon your own initiative to drive learning during the internship period. However, quality of internship assignment offered also has a critical role in shaping up that learning experience.

So how can you make use of your internship experience to open avenues for your dream career once you graduate?

Here are 5 ways:

What is the first step you undertake when you have an internship assignment?

Striving towards your future career is a lot like learning to swim in rough sea. But those who don’t let the initial challenges scare them sail through. It is worth a plunge to take as it is going to be the foundation stone for your professional life ahead.

During internship period it is essential that you keep a note of what new you have learned. This will help in retaining new knowledge and skills.

Getting feedback is important

A good summer internship project must have a well-defined structure for giving and receiving periodical feedbacks. This should be supplemented by a few meetings between your faculty mentor and internship supervisor/industry mentor to monitor progress and suggest corrective actions for improvement. This formal feedback is going to be a vital part of the entire learning experience.

Think of adding some value to the internship organization

As you go through your internship, do devote some time in thinking whether your work has been able to add some significant value to the working of that company or not. It makes sense to set aside some time for self-audit and reflection for setting internship goals. This can be a good way to focus your efforts on specific learning objectives.

Discussion enhances clarity

Understand the key deliverables of your project assignment fully. If not defined then ask for one. Get some clarity on the scope of work by speaking with your concerned industry guide. Explain that you would love to get some more experience and would be really interested to discuss opportunities that can benefit the organization. Remember, no one can decipher your potential interest in something more clearly unless you tell them.

Build contacts and nurture them for future growth

Before anyone tells you that “your network is your net worth”, try to interact with people and build professional connections. This could also be a strategic way to maintain visibility within the organization so that people know about your work.

It can pay good dividends to keep in touch with the contacts you have made for building knowledge and increasing recruitment prospects after course completion.Give yourself a timeframe for further follow ups with your connections to discuss any possibility of career growth.

As you work hard through the internship days, you will build lasting relationships with people and make friends along the way.

Maintain a professional demeanor throughout the internship

While working for a company, your professional and personal demeanor matter as much as your skills or qualifications count.It is therefore important to keep delivering and also be seen to be doing so right until the end of the project assignment. Grab those opportunities which can help you enhance your outreach and build personal brand image.

Who knows, your good work may finally lead you to a pre-placement offer at the end of your internship period.

Internship @ ISBR

The Placement Cell at ISBR Business School works closely with students on one to one basis to provide best internship experiences. Its main objective is to prepare students with hands on corporate exposure before final placements.ISBR believes that for the students pursuing MBA / PGDM, the payoff of an internship exposure is that they can integrate classroom learning with real life work environment. As such, the internship process allows them to gain invaluable professional experience.Considering the critical importance of internship for enhancing students’ employability, the Placement Cell at IBR organized an Internship Fair on 24th-25th May 2017 for its MBA and PGDM students of the current batch.Some of the best and the most promising companies from the industry were roped in to participate in the summer internship recruitment Fair.

In total, 35 companies from different sectors came for the on-campus interview while 15 companies conducted off-campus internship recruitment. The companies invited for the on-campus fair included ICICI Prudential, HyperCity, Go Niyo, Decathlon, 3M, Follow Class, Easy M2M, Wholesale Box, Wings Within, RIGO, Venus Technologies,  Narayana Healthcare, Mentees Capital, Lodestar, Doodle Interiors, Lexa India, Svastera Healthcare etc. Skype interviews were also conducted by some companies such as UrsDay, Birla Sun Life, Startaap, Reliance Retail, etc.

Similarly, an international internship workshop was also organized at the Institute campus on Wednesday, 21st June 2017 to guide students on the importance of internships for closely understand the functioning of a company. Prof. Ananth Rao, Dean, Dubai Business School, University of Dubai was the chief guest of the workshop.  Prof. Rao appreciated the fact that Indian students are the brightest and hardworking and they therefore stand a good chance to get placed during the international internship process.


 

MBA 2017 Batch Inauguration- ViHANG- 2K17 ( (A new flight))

विद्यां ददाति विनयं विनयाद् याति पात्रताम् ।
पात्रत्वात् धनमाप्नोति धनात् धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥

These golden lines mean: knowledge gives discipline, from discipline comes worthiness, from worthiness one gets wealth and from wealth one does good deeds and from that comes joy.

Even the VIHANG (bird) needs a strong base and strength to soar high in the air. Once it gets that required trigger there are no leaps and bounds, it can explore the “GAGAN” like legend.

In this VUCA world, it’s necessary to soar high but one must know his/her limits as it takes just a moment to fall into a dungeon where it would be impossible to bounce back again.

“ISBR” is the platform which imparts ‘Vidya’ through excellent teachers, ‘Vinaya’ through its rules and regulations, ‘Patrata’ by imposing its core values, ‘Dhana’ through placements and ‘Dharma’ by encouraging CSR activities.It shapes and makes the VIHANGs to soar high in their lives and transform them into responsible and respectable citizens of this country.

It has been just a fortnight that ISBR has started its batch of PGDM 2017-19 with great pomp and energy. These two weeks of introductory sessions, industrial visits, workshops etc. seemed nothing less than a long lasting festival. To add colours and to make this feast more remarkable, the sparkling faces of MBA 2017-19 started marking their entry and it’s time to give them a grand welcome in ISBR way. As always, it’s the new bunch of students (PGDM 2017-19) who gained enthusiasm in this short span and took up the responsibility to welcome their fellow mates in this garden where dreams turn to reality.

In the presence of esteemed guests, the auditorium was filled with joyous and a pleasant aura. It was an honor to have Mr. K. Raghu (Member, Board of International Federation Of Accounts USA, Past President Institute of Charted Accountants, India) as the chief guest. We had Sri Muralidhar Halappa (Chairman, Karnataka Skill Development Board), Dr.P M Bhansali (CMD Bhansali Group, PDG Rotary International Dist. 3190), Sri Subhash Chandra Reddy(MD,  Sangeeta Mobiles) and Mr. Ranjeet Solanki( President Rajasthan Cosmo Foundation Trust ). Along with them, we had star invitees from SHRM, Springwell, Aarusha Homes, Robsoft Technologies and Samosa Singh. Alumni Invitee Smt. Arunima Salopal along with ISBR dignitaries with Mr. Manish Kothari(MD –ISBR), Dr.K.S. Anandram( Senior Director, ISBR), Dr. C Manohar (Dean-ISBR), Dr Chandra Niranjan( Dean, Finishing School-ISBR), Dr.T.Karpagam(Director Academics- ISBR) and all the faculty members marked the presence and added flavour to the gathering.

Dr. Anand Ram formally inaugurated the batch and gave an enthusiastic speech. He shared his views on how ISBR differentiates and stands out among other Premium B School which produce thousands and lakhs of graduates. He also expressed his happiness as ISBR is associated with Mysore University since its beginning and is contributing in generating quality oriented graduates since then. He explained the importance of ‘3Es’ (Employment, Empowerment and Enhancement) in one’s successful career. He recalled Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s Words,” dream is not something that you see when you are asleep; it’s something that will not let you sleep!” He continued” ISBR is there to realize your dreams as it is a process oriented Institute. Results are by product of following our process.” He assured that ISBR will transform the students in two years.

Followed by Dr. Anand Ram, Dr. C. Manohar as always took the hall to a humour mode and delighted the environment with delight. He advised the students to run behind the excellence to make the success run behind them. Further Dr. Chandra Niranjan took over the stage and shared her views about how Pre master’s Program proved useful in inculcating the desired qualities amongst the students, how it boosted the confidence of the students before starting their first step ‘on-campus’.

Chief Guest K. Raghu has shared his experience of Harvard University visit and gave important inputs on how using technology in today’s world is utmost necessary. He advised students to get updated with the current happenings like GST. He also emphasised on how to cope up in this corporate world. He said, ”In management profession we have to be at par with the modern technologies, as management professional we have to bring good corporate regime.”
He then concluded by giving success formula: Hard work, humbleness, set your goals; chase your dreams.

Urging students to keep themselves update by learning new skills, Guest of honour Muralidhar Halappa said, “Skill the youth during their studies irrespective of their background.” He expressed that his learning of management capabilities came through Mr Jai ram Ramesh ex union minister. He connected with the government school children in the audience by speaking in kannada and pushed the desire to accomplish their goal. He closed his speech by stating “Make your mother’s dream to reality.” He also expressed his desire to collaborate with ISBR to promote short term skill development courses.

Sangeeta mobiles owner, Mr.Subhash Chabdra Reddy took the opportunity to share his life events and experiences and also the 43 year old journey with Sangeeta. He was glad to share his bonding with his father, his brand and told how the transformation took from Gramophone to Cell Phone.

 

Mr.Manish Kothari thanked every guest and said, “This is an auspicious day and a day of great learning, where leaders from corporate, government, IITs, IIMs gave their useful sights and influenced the young minds with positive tone.” He then encouraged the students to ignore the black dots (weaknesses) and advised them to emphasise on white portions in the papers of life. He further advised them to develop an attitude like the ‘Garden-cutter” who calls his owner in as a new cutter and finds pride to know that the owner is completely satisfied by his work. Mr. Kothari wanted all the students to go for this form of self-appraisal and improvement. He concluded by saying “Think every day as Inauguration day and show the same energy and enthusiasm with full zeal for 365*2 days, that day would not be so far when you would be able to bring out a completely transformed being from you.”

Dr.Karpagam, then formally concluded the event by giving vote of thanks which was followed by felicitation of guests, star invitees, faculties etc .which was further concluded by national anthem and delightful lunch.

This inaugural function cradled the parents and gave them the sigh of relief and also an assurance that their wards are in right hands at this juncture of life. They were esteemed to leave their stars in this ‘AKASHA GANGA’, where in the knowledge flows in the pure form and purify the souls of the stars which in-turn make them shine brighter. This day has set a platform and created a base for the new birds to fly the first flight in their lives. Thus, one can say that with the arrival of twin brother VIHANG the family of ISBR 2017-19 is complete. ISBR wishes both VIHAAN and VIHANG (PGDM and MBA) a happy and prosperous stay on this auspicious day and also hope that they both work together with proper guidance from seniors , staff & management of ISBR to make this place ‘GHATIKA STHAANA’(place of knowledge) and ‘BHOOLOKA SWARGA’(Heaven on earth).

SRIDHAR DARBHA (PGDM 2016-18.)

Vinayaka B.S (PGDM 2017-19)

( Members of Writers & Media Club)


 

 

 

DECATHLON: Sports for all | All for sports

In order to be physically fit we need to be associated with some sort of physical exercises and if we choose sports then it is much more interesting. Sports are such an interesting activity, which boost up our energy immensely, and what if we are at a place from where sports equipment are supplied, it’s just exciting!

ISBR organized a visit to Decathlon logistic warehouse on 22 July 2017. Our faculty, Prof. Anni Arnav and Prof.Prabha Kiran accompanied us.

When we arrived at the venue we were guided by Mr. Piyush, an associate of Decathlon, to a meeting room, where we all assembled. After a quick introduction, he shared his experience and some information about the organization from its initial days till now.

The organization was started in the year 1997 in India as a production house. After analyzing the Indian market, in the year 2009, they established as a full fledged manufacturer with vertical integration method. In this method from getting a requirement to the delivery, the whole process is undertaken by the company itself and no external agency is hired.Now, Decathlonmanufactures 40,000 products for 20 different sports.When it comes to selling their product they have a unique way of doing it and that is- the customer first tries the product and if they like it then they buy the product.

Afterward, we were taken to the warehouse facility CAR (which stores stock according to a particular regional requirement) that has three segments; each segment is called cell (there were large racks to stack goods). The first cell constituted something called uniform boxes and blue lines. Blue lines enabled staffs to hand pick any number of quantities from these boxes as per requirement. For easy access to the right product, the tracks are named and products are given a unique RF (identification) number. The entire stock records are processed in SAP software. The layout of this facility was well engineered.

As we moved to cell two, we saw larger boxes of goods with red lines. Red lines indicate that the entire box has to be picked and individual products can’t be taken out. This cell was also dedicated to online shipment. The last cell had irregular boxes and infrastructural spare materials.

One structure that remained constant was the truck bay in each cell; all goods are loaded here and taken to the retail stores.

After the visit, we understood the nuances of the supply chain system. The overall business at Decathlon is very much planned and process oriented which includes; first analyzing the manufacturing requirement, aligning production accordingly and then distribution to the regional store. Decathlon has one major warehouse called CAC, this along with three smaller warehouses called CAR, supply goods to all the retail stores across India.

This visit helped the students understand the world of supply- demand, and retail.


 

 

 

What is the Need for Entrepreneurship Education: Why Entrepreneurs are in Demand?

Entrepreneurs are the backbone of any flourishing economy. We need entrepreneurs because they create sustainable livelihoods.  Entrepreneurs are more often regarded as valuable national assets. They are therefore to be supported and nurtured for producing positive economic value. Entrepreneurs can improve our standard of living through their innovative products and services. They also create enabling conditions for a prosperous society.

According to The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) which is the world’s largest not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs, each entrepreneur has the potential of creating approximately 30 jobs. Roopa Unnikrishnan, President of TiE New York believes that significant involvement of young start-ups in social entrepreneurship has influenced liberalization of key economic sectors in India and other emerging economies. It is interesting to note that TiE is credited with building economic wealth estimated at $200 billion.

Global Study on Entrepreneurship Development Framework

According to a research conducted by The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute, it was found that “USA is a world leader when it comes to supporting its entrepreneurs with respect to business formation, expansion, and growth. Countries like Canada, Australia, came second and third respectively according to the statistics.” The study further projected that the “future of African economy depends largely on its entrepreneurs as well as government policies on entrepreneurship.”

The Indian Context: Government Plans to Boost Entrepreneurship Education

In the Indian context, entrepreneurs are even more crucial for making the ‘Make in India’ brand more acceptable if India has to become a manufacturing hub of the world. The present government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is very keen to promote emerging entrepreneurs to boost employment and accelerate India’s rate of growth. To do this, the government is focusing on Entrepreneurship education to create a pool of trained and highly skilled entrepreneurs.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojna (PMYY) launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship during November, 2016, the government aims at providing online Entrepreneurship Education to about 15 lakh students across the country through 3050 Project Institutes during five years time span. The Scheme aims at creating an enabling ecosystem for entrepreneurship development through entrepreneurship education and training.

“The five-year Scheme is expected to witness setting up of more than 23,000 enterprises thus resulting into creation of more than 2.30 lakhs direct and indirect jobs in the country.”

Fostering Entrepreneurship Education at ISBR

ISBR realized the importance of entrepreneurship education in nation building at an early stage. With an aim to provide students with necessary knowledge, skills and motivation to help them in setting up a business, ISBR started offering two years full-time AICTE approved PGDM program in Entrepreneurship. ISBR encourages student entrepreneurs to best position themselves by spotting right opportunities that will help them launch a successful startup career. Throughout the course, budding entrepreneurs are guided on how to Incubate & nurture an Idea into a business enterprise of global reach.

Besides, the two year regular program, the Institute also offers one year PGDM program in Entrepreneurship.

Uniqueness of the program

As a student entrepreneur at ISBR, you have access to a vast network of subject matter experts and startup owners. On the other hand, there are well connected expert faculty members helping you with introductions to contacts who can help grow your business and raise initial startup capital.

Start up Events & Meets at ISBR

To foster entrepreneurial culture among its students, ISBR regularly organizes startup events and meets. ‘Startup Spirits’ is one such event which is attended by students in large numbers. The event has been a huge success in promoting entrepreneurial spirit among students. Students at the end of the program are rewarded for their start up ideas. In fact as a positive development of this initiative, one such idea ‘Bake My Wish’ (www.bakemywish.com) is currently a successful startup with funding support from the event judges. Likewise, ‘Genie Wallet’ is another startup idea of ISBR students that has been supported by the jury.

NSRCEL (N S Raghvan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning), the startup hub at IIM Bangalore is one of the startup bodies and juries of ‘Startup Spirits’ along with GLC (Global Luxury Culture).

Recommended Read……………

The startup ecosystem in India is now amplified by a range of incubators, investors, startup platforms, competitions, awards and even government grants. For further information on entrepreneurship, readers are recommended to explore more about platforms such as the National Entrepreneurship Network, Indus Entrepreneurs, Indian Angel Network, T Labs, Startup Village, Startup Centre, Tata First Dot, Bloomberg Pitch, Power of Ideas (IIM, DST), YourStory and Entrepreneur India etc.


 

PGDM and MBA Batch 2017 Inauguration

ISBR – Business school since its establishment has been providing the platform wherein one can learn from teachers, apply his own intelligence, interact with peers and can have sufficient time to feel the experience and enhance the knowledge.

Inauguration of every new batch is a new beginning both for the enthusiastic students, parents, well- wishers as well as for the ISBR family. It has been 27 years since ISBR held the realms of providing quality education with the real world and real learning but still, it never let its hold go loose.

15 July 2017, was the auspicious day which brought down all the 126-to be stars of ISBR to the auditorium where- in they were welcomed with great warmth. They were congratulated and motivated by the dignitaries thus formally incorporating them in the ocean of knowledge named ‘ISBR’.

The inaugural program was arranged in a grand manner. It was really an honour to have Sri G Kumar Naik ( Vice-President, Banglore Management Association, MD, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited) as Chief guest, Prof. N Ravi IFS (retd) (IIM-B) as Guest of honour along with Mr. Manish Kothari (MD –ISBR), Dr. K. S. Anandram ( Senior Director, ISBR), Dr. C Manohar (Dean-ISBR), Dr Chandra Niranjan ( Dean, Finishing School-ISBR), Dr. T. Karpagam (Director Academics- ISBR) and all the faculty members. Corporate leaders of companies such as Wipro, eBeam and InRootz also graced the occasion.

It has been just a fortnight that ISBR has started its batch of PGDM 2017-19 with great pomp and energy. These two weeks of introductory sessions, industrial visits, workshops etc. seemed nothing less than a long lasting festival. To add colors and to make this feast more remarkable, the sparkling faces of MBA 2017-19 started marking their entry and it’s time to give them a grand welcome in ISBR way. As always, it’s the new bunch of students (PGDM 2017-19) who gained enthusiasm in this short span and took up the responsibility to welcome their fellow mates in this garden where dreams turn to reality.

ON 29 July 2017, ISBR inaugurated MBA batch (2017-2019) in the presence of esteemed guests. The auditorium was filled with joyous and a pleasant aura. It was an honor to have Mr. K. Raghu (Member, Board of International Federation Of Accounts USA, Past President Institute of Charted Accountants, India) as the chief guest. We had Sri Muralidhar Halappa (Chairman, Karnataka Skill Development Board), Dr.P M Bhansali (CMD Bhansali Group, PDG Rotary International Dist. 3190), Sri Subhash Chandra Reddy(MD,  Sangeeta Mobiles) and Mr. Ranjeet Solanki( President Rajasthan Cosmo Foundation Trust ). Along with them, we had star invitees from SHRM, Springwell, Aarusha Homes, Robsoft Technologies and Samosa Singh. Alumni Invitee Smt. Arunima Salopal along with ISBR dignitaries with Mr. Manish Kothari(MD –ISBR), Dr.K.S. Anandram( Senior Director, ISBR), Dr. C Manohar (Dean-ISBR), Dr Chandra Niranjan( Dean, Finishing School-ISBR), Dr.T.Karpagam(Director Acadamics- ISBR) and all the faculty members marked the presence and added flavour to the gathering.

Dr. Anand Ram formally inaugurated the batches and gave an enthusiastic speech. Followed by Dr. Anand Ram, Dr. C. Manohar as always took the hall to a humour mode and delighted the environment with delight. He advised the students to run behind the excellence to make the success run behind them. Further Dr. Chandra Niranjan took over the stage and shared her views about how Pre master’s Program proved useful in inculcating the desired qualities amongst the students, how it boosted the confidence of the students before starting their first step ‘on-campus’.

In his presidential address, Mr. Manish Kothari said, “Think every day as Inauguration day and show the same energy and enthusiasm with full zeal for 365*2 days, that day would not be so far when you would be able to bring out a completely transformed being from you.”

Dr.Karpagam, then formally concluded the events by giving the vote of thanks which was followed by felicitation of guests, star invitees, faculties etc .which was further concluded by the national anthem and delightful lunch.

This inaugural function cradled the parents and gave them the sigh of relief and also an assurance that their wards are in right hands at this juncture of life. They were esteemed to leave their stars in this ‘AKASHA GANGA’, where in the knowledge flows in the pure form and purify the souls of the stars which in-turn make them shine brighter. This day has set a platform and created a base for the new birds to fly the first flight in their lives. Thus, one can say that with the arrival of twin brother VIHANG the family of ISBR 2017-19 is complete. ISBR wishes both VIHAAN and VIHANG (PGDM and MBA) a happy and prosperous stay on this auspicious day and also hope that they both work together with proper guidance from seniors ,staff & management of ISBR to make this place ‘GHATIKA STHAANA’(place of knowledge) and ‘BHOOLOKA SWARGA’(Heaven on earth).

Sreedhar Darba ( PGDM 2016-18)

  Vinayaka B.S ( PGDM 2017-19)

  (ISBR Writers & Media Club)

 

 

 

Two Weeks Orientation Program Report- PGDM 2017

15 July 2017 marked a new beginning in the chapters of ISBR Business School with the oncoming of new students. The reputation of this institute has grown tremendously over the last 27 years as they strive for excellence every year. This year ISBR Business School had rolled out a two-week long induction program, with the idea to bridge the gap that students face while making the transition to professional courses like PGDM.

1.Video Review Session: On the very first day, the class was taken by Prof. Nanaiah Pattada who possesses immense industrial exposure, having worked for a wide spectrum of market and industries. He gave the students real time scenario of it. Students were exposed to video review sessions; the entire class was filled with energy, as Mr. Nanaiah believed in learning through exchange of thoughts.

2. Visit To Art OF Living: Next day we had a visit to Art Of Living. Dr. AnniArnav and Prof. Prabha Kiran accompanied us. What could we possibly learn at a yoga center? Well, it set an example on how effectively and efficiently a place that huge can run without much hindrance. It was also home to India’s mega kitchen as it feeds thousands of people each day.
Our learning went onto technological frontiers as we witnessed water recycling and bio gas plants. Resource management was highlighted by these plants. 

3. Parichay – Lead Yourself: The third day we were back to our classroom as another workshop was arranged for us. Parichay: “Lead yourself” is a signature program exclusively delivered by Ms. Preeja Sreedhar, Faculty HR and Corporate Trainer for the freshers as a part of the orientation program. The program started with ice-breakers and setting expectations of the audience. The workshop focused on the importance of understanding “Self” and the power to relate intra – personal communication with inter- 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.

4. Visit to Akshay Patra- Mega Kitchen:  As the days progressed our thirst for knowledge increased. ISKCON was our second Industrial visit. Here we saw the functionality of Akshaya Patra a kitchen that produces 9500 meals in five hours every single day. The smooth functionality of this unit was marked by rigid established process. We also understood the logistic aspect of supplying food in time to all government school locations.

 

5. Innovation and creativity Workshop: Innovation and creativity have become mandatory in the present world. Mr.Pavan Soni, an established entrepreneur, and innovation Evangelist conducted an entire day workshop urging us to think and innovate.
Students set out to do the market survey, so as to bring a profitable solution to everyday problems.
6. Industrial Visit to Decathlon: Finally the last industrial visit of the induction program was planned at Decathlon. We got to know about the Supply chain management at Decathlon and how the logistics had to be kept in close check to allow smooth sailing of goods to the retailers.

It was a wonderful exposure that all of us had. This concluded the first week of induction. The next week was awaiting us filled with fun activities that led us to discover ourselves.

Mr. Deepak Justin, Corporate Trainer and a motivational speaker engaged us for the next five days. He was an inspiration to all of us. Over the week DJ expressed to us the importance of being bold and facing the problems up front by giving an analogy of chicken, duck, and ostrich as a demonstration. He prompted us to let go of our stage fear. Icebreaker activity was held where every single person was asked to stand on the stage and talk for three minutes. We could feel the fear vanish and soon the stage became our alley. Role-play was done to demonstrate the core values of a leader; here we learned various types of leadership style which exist ranging from autocratic to charismatic. Then all of us got a chance to show our gratitude to the society by performing CSR activity. Some went to slums to teach the poor, few others broke the social stigma and cleaned public toilets and remaining students spread happiness at an orphanage. All of us had so much of joy for being the reason for someone’s smile. At the final stage of this workshop, we realized how well we have bonded with each other irrespective of existing social diversity.

The final day was concluded by valedictory function, which was all arranged and managed by all of us. Yes, we were transformed and were capable of handling the function all by our self.

We thank ISBR Business School for having taken such initiative that brought wonderful transformation into us.

– ISBR Writer’s & Media Club

PGDM ( 2017- 19)


 

 

 

 

 

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION WORKSHOP BY DR. PAVAN SONI

     

A creativity and innovation workshop was organised for students of PGDM, Batch (2017-2019) by Dr Pavan Soni- an established Entrepreneur, on 25th July 2017 at ISBR campus as a part of orientation program. With the economic climate changing rapidly and companies looking at their people as their best and strongest asset- to help them survive and thrive, the workshop focused on identifying the hidden creative strengths of the students and understanding and utilizing the process creativity.

Dr Pavan Soni, an Innovation Evangelist by profession and a teacher by passion gave us an idea about the current scenario of education and opportunities for management graduates in India. He told us about the number of students who graduate every year and the problems faced by them to secure a job as securing a job has become very tough due to automation in each and every sector.

The economy is rapidly growing due to automation of entire industry. For example with introduction of ATMs and cash counting machines the manual work which was carried on by an individual person previously has now decreased. It saves time and reduces stress but on the other hand it has also reduced the job opportunities for people. Hence the three mantras told by Indra Nooyi were highlighted by Dr Pavan for creating new jobs which are as follows-

  • Be a lifelong learner
  • Put all your senses into whatever work you are doing
  • Allow people to grow along with you

We were then split into 6 teams and were told to visit places like Petrol Pump, Toll booth, Traffic police, CISF guards, Police station, and construction workers to find out the problems faced by them during their job and to come up with a solution for that problem in a creative way.

  • The students who headed towards toll booth interacted with the workers at both the electronic city toll booth and the silk board toll booth. The problems noticed by the students included unavailability of proper food facility and no washrooms near the toll booth which were considered as major problems for all the employees working there.
  • Workers of the petrol pump of electronic city phase 1were facing problems regarding long working hours, unavailability of credits,low salary, and health issues due to the continuous exposure to the petrol.
  • The problems faced by traffic police included political influence on the policemen, health issues, less social respect, non-cooperation by civilians.
  • The next group of students went to the police station and interacted with the policemen. Their problems were they getting lower salary as compared to other states of India, extended working hours they need to file the complaint first in their register and then need do the same thing in their systems, lack of staff, poor surveillance facility and unavailability of canteen and proper food.
  • Some of the students went to the construction site. The problems of the construction workers included lack of opportunity, fixed source of income and longer working hours.
  • The students who went to the CISF concluded that their problems include lesser time to spend with their family, lesser medical facility and lack of social life.

At last all the students together came up with the solutions to help the petrol pump staff which was providing face mask to all the workers working at the petrol pump at minimal charges, which the staff of the petrol pump were very glad to accept.

Other group of students came up with idea to help traffic policemen by suggesting different companies to do their CSR activities exclusively for traffic policemen.

This entire exercise organised by Dr Pavan Soni gave us an idea about how we all can develop our creative skills. It also provided us the knowledge of how to use a range of creative thinking methods, tools and techniques to generate ideas and solve problems beneficial for as well as for the people around us.


 

 

 

Industrial visit to Vindhya E-Infomedia Pvt. Ltd

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ISBR College organized a visit to Vindhya E-Infomedia for PGDM 2017-19 batch on 18th July 2017. Professor Nanaiah Pattada, Director of Industry Interaction, gave a quick introduction of the company before we left the campus. Prof. V V Rao and Mr. Ranjan accompanied us for the industrial tour.

Prof. Nanaiah set our heads baffled when he said, “enjoy the route, it’s a nice road”. Little did we know that NICE was the company that constructed the road. This route, encircle around the peripheral of the city and facilitate fast movement to the extreme ends of Bangalore. It was a fast lane and we cruised. The breeze was cool and journey relaxed. At 10.30 am, we assembled in front of Vindhya E-Infomedia, where an employee warmly welcomed us.

Mrs. Pavithra Y S, Managing Director, Vindhya Infomedia and a first generation entrepreneur who has a child like approach towards doing things shared with us their story from inception. Before she began, she checked our zeal by shooting questions about objective of our visit. Nikhil Singh from our batch instantly stood up and answered that we had come to see how this wonderful organization runs. This set the stage for further discussion.Once she stated her vision we were spell bounded.

She informed us that the company started its operation in 2006. Sign language is the official language here and being the MD she was excited to engage us in a short session. She taught us few basic signs like good morning- a gentle gesture- placing right palm onto the left followed by a rising sun animation with the same hand, sorry- placing your closed fist on your heart.

She told us their vision-“To be a socially responsible enterprise that aims to create impact over the especially abled people and at the same time strike a balance in the company with profit & philanthropy.”

With a very simple incident she explained the perception the general public has towards especially abled people. AMSc. Graduate who is crippled from below waist, was waiting at a bus stop when people dropped coins to him –this expresses the mind set of people towards disabled.Vindhya’s MD vision is to change this perception. As youth we should have inclusive view of them. Few of our students who have had a chance to study with differently abled people shared their views with MD.

Sandeep said his friend, a tabla player who is blind has managed to wash his own clothes, uses a smart phone and leads a regular life.

Shubum told us about his classmate Saipriya, a handicap who was able to manage her everyday chores at school all by her self. Seldom when she fell and was offered help she always said that she could manage to stand by herself.

Yet again our brains stalled to Mrs. Pavithra’s perception, she said, “isn’t wearing specs a disability to a regular person?”

There was a moment of silence; the message was delivered in a subtle manner.

Post this we had Q&A with the MD, Ms. Pavithra Y S.

Q1: What kind of challenges did you face initially?

Pavithra : I, like many others had the same conception about especially abled people and I was not aware of the term RISK and knew my husband will support me at my worst. With this open mind I began this organization employing disabled. Passion is all that is needed to achieve your dreams. Life is not at all easy straight corridors. I never think of failure, fear is just around our ego.Only by learning and evolving myself, I have achieved this stature.

Q2 : Did you have any difficulty in training the employees?

Pavithra : For that we have sign language as the official language of the organization. Our interpreters teach the language to every new employee. Also Buddy assistance and extensive classroom training is given to make them flawless. They have an impressive record of client service.

‘Culture’, culture is very important in an organization. Culture, multitasking, self-motivation and fearlessness are the key for a successful entrepreneur. We also have accommodations for the outsiders.

Q3: Vindhya Pvt., how did the name come up?

Pavithra (Her face lit up): That is my daughter’s name. Also it represents the Vindhya hills that continue to rise in altitude each year (the only growing mountain), attributing this to her company’s growth.

Takeaway:

We observed how various departments of the company works. It was similar to any other office. An important lesson we learnt was people working here were given task according to their abilities. A deaf person was given a back end document job while a vision impaired person worked on voice process.

Vindhya, what an inspiration it is!! An epitome of courage, passion, zeal to drive forward always and never look back even when you have your life filled with failures. Let’s make this world a better place by developing an inclusive environment. Being diligent, surviving through the critical phases and striving through life is what budding entrepreneurs ought to learn. One important aspect of being an entrepreneur is to multitask, which was depicted from team Vindhya. This experience was something surreal.

Thank you team Vindhya for inviting us to know you and giving us an opportunity to learn from you.

Contributed by PGDM (2017-19)-  

Hemant Kumar Rao, JasleenAhluwalia, AmishaShukla, Rahul Somishetty, MounikaSriniva, Anirban Mukherjee, Vinayaka B S.


 

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIHAAN-The new beginning, PGDM (2017-19) Batch Inauguration

“A student learns a quarter from the teacher, a quarter from own intelligence, a quarter from fellow friends, and rest in course of time.”

ISBR – Business school since its establishment has been providing the platform wherein one can learn from teachers, apply his own intelligence, interact with peers and can have sufficient time to feel the experience and enhance the knowledge.

Inauguration of every new batch is a new beginning both for the enthusiastic students, parents, well- wishers as well as for the ISBR family. It has been 27 years since ISBR held the realms of providing quality education with real life and real learning but still, it never let its hold go loose.

ISBR has been accelerating positively every year and has been striving for the betterment of its students, thus contributing valuable gems to the society. Its efforts and glory can be clearly identified by the number of admissions that happened for the batch of 2017-2019 which is almost double the batch size of the year 2016-2018.

15 July 2017 was the auspicious day which brought down all the to-be stars of ISBR to the auditorium where- in they were welcomed with great warmth. They were congratulated and motivated by the dignitaries thus formally incorporating them in the ocean of knowledge named ‘ISBR’.

The inaugural program was arranged in a grand manner. It was really an honour to have Sri G Kumar Naik ( Vice-President, Bangalore Management Association, MD, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited) as Chief guest, Prof. N Ravi IFS(Retd) (IIM-B) as Guest of honour along with Mr. Manish Kothari (MD –ISBR), Dr. K. S. Anandram ( Senior Director, ISBR), Dr. C Manohar (Dean-ISBR), Dr Chandra Niranjan ( Dean, Finishing School-ISBR), Dr. T. Karpagam (Director Academics- ISBR) and all the faculty members. Corporate leaders of companies such as Wipro, eBeam, and InRootz also graced the occasion.

Dr. Anandram gave the welcome speech and made the students realize the importance of ‘3Es’ (Employment, Empowerment and Enhancement) in one’s successful career.

Followed by Dr. Anandram, Dr. C. Manohar said: “ISBR is the platform which makes you self-sufficient to such extent that you need not follow the jobs instead jobs would follow you.” He motivated the students and filled the room with flowers of joy.

Honorable Chief Guest Sri G Kumar Naik enlightened the students by imparting them the knowledge about the origin of management studies, history, and its current position. He also threw light on how Banglore emerged as the hub of both public and private sector and how lucky one is to be in Banglore that too at this turning point of life.He recalled Gandhiji’s quote “ We all are trustees of Nation.” And asked the new seedlings of ISBR to take the responsibility and contribute to the nation.

Dr. Chandra Niranjan then addressed the gathering and gave the students the following skills to be inculcated in them to be successful:

“Before you talk- listen, before you speak- think, before you criticize- wait, before you spend- earn”.

Further, Prof N Ravi shared his experiences in life and shared his views about the innovations around the world and advised the students to utilize every opportunity at ISBR and to become pioneers of innovation.

Magic man of ISBR Mr. Manish Kothari assured parents that the students would be engaged in the activities throughout the tenure at ISBR. ISBR being in electronic city industrial exposure becomes the obvious plus point. He also assured that entire course would be beyond class room program and would aim in the overall development of the students as a whole. He then concluded by sharing the story about how the young boy who never knew to take a single bucket of water was able to help out an older guy in the time of need, depicting the power of inner voice which is audible in absence of societal pressures. Through this story, he requested students to develop an intellect and bring out their best throughout the life.

This magnificent gathering was concluded by the vote of thanks by Dr. Karpagam, followed by delicious lunch served for the guests.

ISBR wishes all the new young talents all the best and hopes that they utilize the resources efficiently for their betterment as well as for up-keeping the standards and valor of the rising sun of ISBR. Thus this is just a beginning and there are many yet to come.

Contributed by- Sreedhar Darba

PGDM( 2016- 18)

Member of ISBR Writer’s & Media Club