An Interview with Dr. C Manohar

Dean ISBR, Dr. C Manohar

Q1. What is unique about ISBR?

An Institution should be a space for individual’s personal growth and extension of knowledge. Within this parameter, how good the institute is what to be seen? ISBR is marching towards becoming that ideal institution by creating the right human resource and space for the overall development of students and the faculty with an experience of over a quarter century (26 years). ISBR strives to create an atmosphere for identifying the potential of an individual and provide an eco system, with a value based foundation for students to excel and become corporate and social leader or entrepreneurs.

Q2. What is special about the courses offered?

There are many colleges offering MBA program having similar curriculum. What sets ISBR apart is the time tested, up-to-date curriculum relevant to current industry requirements that enables students to be placed in the bracket of among the finest work force in India. Here ‘finest’ implies in terms of value, relevance and usefulness of learning. Institution’s output is the input for the industry. To become a valued asset in corporate, the students shall have right competitiveness, competence and capability.

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Competitiveness is to perform better than others to be ahead, competency is the capacity acquired through knowledge, experience and training and the capability is the skill to apply competency. Our formal and non formal education system  ensure enhanced capabilities of the student so that he or she outperforms once enters the professional world and brings added value to the organisation.

To cater to this need, ISBR offers MBA/PGDM programs in various formats to suit the current and future industry trends. Our programs are University of Mysore, AICTE, Ministry of HRD and Government of India approved.

Q3. How is the faculty of ISBR?

We have an excellent faculty team which is among the best; many with PhD and all come with significant academic and industry experience. They actively engage in research and publish articles in reputed academic journals, also serve on editorial boards and hold leadership positions in professional organizations. They make students understand basic concepts and enable them to apply conceptual knowledge in real life situations through cases, projects and assignments. There is 60% learning and 40% teaching component. Their didactic style of teaching involves a large number of student-led discussions and engaged self learning by students.

Q4. What do students gain?

ISBR create space for development of students through physical infrastructure (campus, sports facility), intellectual infrastructure (faculty, library), technical infrastructure (software / hardware), and social infrastructure (industry connect). The strong connect with industry and Industry bodies allow structured flow of knowledge from industry to college. Apart from regular industrial visits and workshops, Industry academia collaboration, Star Invitee and Mentorship Programs facilitate overall development of social and life skills as well as sharpen the decision making skills of students. Thus, the students are at great comfort in realizing the potential, opportunities and facing challenges.

Q5.  What are the advantages of Global PGDM Programs?

Today’s manager, to be successful must be globally competitive. It is important therefore to gain exposure of business environment in different geographies and eco – system. Global PGDM provides an opportunity of learning in more than one country, thus provide an opportunity to understand the life in different socio- economic environments. They not only learn the business dynamics but also understand the human values and culture in different settings. It also enables them to be more effective and efficient in multi-culture transnational organisations where greater opportunities are emerging.

Q6. What is there to look up to for MBAs beyond industry?

There is huge scope for MBAs to look beyond industry n become entre setting up staryops in new tech  & service areas. There is ample support and assistance available for start-ups under cvarious scheme of state & central Govt n also industry bodies, CII, Fici, Asso, othares. Further they may also look at social sectors which are critical to overall growth of the economy.

Q7. What is ISBR’s research initiative?

ISBR research centre is by far the largest among the research centres of the University of Mysore outside Manas Gangotri. ISBR research scholars come from academia and industry. They are working on a wide range of issues and topics of relevance to management, business and all sectors of economy. The output generated through the research initiative is adding to the knowledge of a variety of fields including emerging practices in HRM, the dynamics of markets and marketing, disruptions in technology through innovations, challenges of new age economy, entrepreneurship, decision sciences, matters of governance and international business environment. The ISBR Research Team is on constant look out for discovery, towards finding solutions to emerging challenges in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world.

Q8.  Tell us something about ISBR culture?

Every individual has a subtle desire to become independent and be a value to society in some stage or the other. Earlier it happens is better. What needed is to trigger the desire in that individual to break the cell and move into a phase of metamorphosis. They bloom into becoming an entrepreneurs and social leaders. Innovation is to be nurtured and accomplishments must be cherished. Our culture respect an individual’s potential and help them to nurture. ISBR culture and values are reflected in the epitome of its logo. The positive environment at ISBR incubates young managers to ideate, innovate and rise to new heights in their career and life.

As we have national and international students from various geographic locations, we respect all cultures and celebrate them with vigour.

Q8. What do you say about student-faculty relationship?

Student- faculty relationship goes beyond teaching and learning. There is a long lasting relationship of mentor- mentee, built for life in most of the cases. Faculty is always accessible and are dedicated to student’s grooming and development.

Q9. How does alumni interaction is encouraged at ISBR?

Alumni are important stake holders of ISBR family. They carry forward the values and leadership qualities from institution to corporate and to the rest of the world. What they bring back to the institution is equally important and relevant. Alumni return to campus as resource persons, as recruiters and as researchers. They bear the flag of ISBR as a mark of quality, growth and progress. Many of them are acknowledged for their contribution by their employers and they are recognised as ‘Gems Of ISBR’. Besides, there is a constant interaction through physical participation and social media.

Q10. Could you please brief us about the placements at ISBR?

Placements at ISBR are excellent. Majority of students get placed in their chosen fields of specialization, in their preferred sectors and domains of industry. Packages are above industry average. ‘ Campus to Corporate’ the unique project at ISBR not only provides students a unique opportunity to gain exposure to career insights but also empowers them to find and make a right choice through a self initiated process of connecting to industry.

Q11. What is beyond academics at ISBR?

The life at ISBR leaves lasting impression on student’s life. Beyond academics, students are also involved with a lot of CSR activities, social service, governance and rural development. We recognize the contribution made by women, teachers, entrepreneurs, social leaders, soldiers and their families. ISBR, along with industry bodies has instituted special Awards- ‘Abhinandana’ to recognize women achievers in different walks of life. The story of successful people in different walks of life inspires younger generation.

Q12. How ISBR is promoting CSR culture and what CSR activities have been taken up by students recently?

ISBR students have ample opportunities to engage and explore CSR activities. Among such areas are environment, green projects, rural development, education and the like. Active engagement initiatives such as Swachh Bharat, Stand up India, Digital India, TOI Teach India, Tree plantation, health campaign, Social Awareness campaign, pollution control, corruption free India, Awareness on go cashless for small companies and vendors are among them. ISBR undertook a special project along with RCC ( Rajasthan Community Centre) and donated uniforms to 10,000 needy students from­­­­ ­­government schools with participation from ELCIA (Electronics City Industries Association).

Q14. Could you please explain the tag line “Real World Real Learning”?

“If your knowledge is not relevant to the real world, it is not real learning. So make it relevant”

At ISBR we expose students to the corporate world through formal and non formal education so that they get hands-on experience to organisation’s systems and processes. Here, they transform from latent ‘potential’ into ‘real’. As the gold would have passed through hard drilling, crushing, smelting to finally becoming precious gold, students transform through the process of vigorous training, coaching and mentoring, with dedication and hard work, to becoming fine human beings and then effective managers! Thus they discover, emerge and rise, to the REAL WORLD through REAL LEARNING.

Top 10 Reasons to Recruit from ISBR B School

1. The Group ranking & its existence:ISBR Business School has an experience of 26 years in delivering top quality management education. It has been ranked no. 1 in New Generation B School of India. Recently ISBR has been ranked as PLATINUM INSTITUTE by AICTE- CII Survey. Only top 3% of the institute could make it and ISBR is one among them.

2. Strong Industry Connect- The team ISBR has strong association with many national and international professional, academic and industrial bodies like ASSOCHAM ( Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), CII ( Confederation of Indian Industry), NHRD ( National Human Resource Development), NEN ( National Entrepreneurship Network), AICTE, AIMA, HOF University, Germany, University of MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON and so on. Students at ISBR are well connected with these bodies which provide them a network for interaction and cross learning.

2. Student intake process / quality: At ISBR, students undergo a rigorous selection process before final admission offer is made. Selection criteria includes academic back ground, extra co curricular activities, communication skills, performance in entrance exams ( CAT/MAT/ XAT), internship in good companies, work experience, performance in group discussion, presentation, personal interview and so on which ensures the intake of only quality students.

3.  Alumni engagement: Every student passing out from ISBR automatically becomes a member of ISBR Alumni Network. This network helps the students in getting internships as well as real time updates regarding the recruitment process at company and thus final placements.

4.  Excellent experienced Faculty (Teaching resources): The outstanding and accessible faculty at ISBR has vast academic and professional experience which enables students to get benefitted by experiential learning.

5. Industry Mentorship Program: Under this program, students are mentored by some of the top notch managers of great companies like Volvo, Bosch, GE Healthcare and many more which give students a good industry exposure and networking opportunities.

6. Industry supported curriculum: The management team of ISBR consists of eminent people from Academics & Industry which further contributes towards high standard of academic governance and delivers industry relevant curriculum which not only impart theoretical knowledge but also provide hands on corporate experience through case study, workshops, industrial visits, guest lecture and so on.

7. Cross Culture exchange programs: Foreign students coming from all across the globe bring in cross cultural learning experience for our students. Students pursuing Global PGDM programs experience multinational culture in foreign universities which prepare them to the emerging global opportunities.

8. Campus & Infrastructure: Campus is well developed for comfortable education. Beautiful gardens and landscape, air conditioned class rooms, auditorium, cafeteria, recreational activity zone and digital library provides a productive environment for learning.

9. Strategic Location: ISBR is strategically located at Electronic City phase 1, in Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, surrounded by 300 companies which is an advantage for students to get immense corporate exposure.

10. Entrepreneurship Culture: The overall learning and experimenting environment encourages students to nurture entrepreneurial skills and capabilities and further present the opportunities to start their new business ventures.

A tete-a-tete with Mr.Balachandar Natarajan, Group Director, Human Resources at Coffee Day Group/ NHRD, President, Bangalore Chapter.

An unassuming young man walked into the cabin at the Coffee square building where we were caught unaware for a conversation over a cup of coffee. He was none other than the visionary Leader of Cafe Coffee day who is at the helm of affairs as a Group Head, Human Resources and also the President of NHRD Bangalore Chapter.

Excerpts from the interview:

1. Before we embark on the mode of conversation, do you have any quote or message for this young people who are with us right now (referring to the student team?)

Well, if you look around you will notice the paintings of musicians on these walls, right! They reached there because of their personal interest, practice and following the dreams. Likewise, not only the youth, anyone for that matter has to have a “Sadhana” to reach heights. So stay focussed,

2. Can you tell us about your journey, any specific turning point in your life?

Yes, the turning point was at the age of 18 when I joined Eureka Forbes as a young Sales person. Knocking at the doors of the customers and eventually getting into the portals of reputed organizations was an experience by itself. The self discovery was amazing! The inflection point was when I started my journey with Asian paints, Hewitt Associates, GE Health Care, Strides Arco lab, Standard Charted Bank across the country and Globe. The years of learning and immense exposure made me what I am.

3. Can you throw some light on your back-ground?

I am from Chennai, have a MS in Industrial Management from IIT Madras and a Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Loyola College, Chennai. I am married with a daughter and a son.

3. If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?

(Beaming) An Architect of course!

4. What would you think are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

(Smiles and says Interesting) Passionate about an idea, Tons of hard work and perseverance is the key for a successful entrepreneurship venture.

5. Do you wish to share your thoughts about any failure which was an eye-opener in your journey?

Many, just not one (Contemplating) very recently when the Government had turned down the proposal to host the conference at NHRD it was a tough time. However, before three days to the event we got the proposal much to our relief. So, such learning experiences make one wiser.

6. Describe your typical day.

The day starts with different transactional roles, meeting and listening to people, hiring and developing leaders. Spotting talent coaching and grooming is a part of the day’s activity

7.  When you refer to the word “developing leaders” do you significantly have any leadership development programs or training interventions for your workforce?

Absolutely, we have people joining us from rural parts of the country, who have to be groomed according to the industry needs. So, we have the “skill development centres” which help in training them. There are many instances of individuals who have transitioned from team members to team leads. There are multiple training interventions and transition programs that help people grow. Yet, another thing is spotting talent and mentoring them. We hire students from management schools as trainees and coach for six to nine months to make them industry ready.

8. In the era of job hopping / attrition are there any retention strategies you follow at your organization?

Job hopping is a common thing if some other organization is paying thousand rupees more individuals tend to move. Having said that, we ensure there is challenging roles, job rotation, talent management and employee engagement practices. There is always a culture of learning mode at our place.

9. One word that defines “Mr. Balachandar Natarajan

An optimist who is self driven

10. What are your hobbies?

“I shoot pictures not animals” (laughs) interested in photography

11. Who is your inspiration or a role model, any good book that has left an indelible mark?

Not just one role model. Different and multiple role models in different situations have been a positive force. Like, Siddharth, our chairman, my ex-boss from GE.

Once again there is nothing like one special book. Yes (ruminates a little and quickly quotes) “Talent masters” is a wonderful book. Authors like Ramcharan have always left an indelible mark, no doubt.

12. Apart from your organization, which is the other company or business you admire the most? Why

 (Answers in a jiffy) Amazon! Is the only name that comes to mind for its intense business, rapid growth and unique culture?

13. When you said culture, what kind of culture is practiced at CCD. Please elaborate.

At CCD it’s always an entrepreneurial culture. There is a sense of purpose and ownership among the people.

14. As you are into two major leadership roles, both at CCD and NHRD what are the challenges you face?

At NHRD it’s a voluntary role from 11th June to 19th May. However, the challenge is to continuously add value to the HR community. It is quite interesting. There is always an urge to contribute the best. And at CCD the challenge is always to cater to the changing customer base.

15.  when you refer to the changing customer base, what exactly does your organization follow, Because, you mentioned earlier about your fascination for Japanese culture. Is there a practice of Kaizen, kanban, and poke yoke?                                                                                                   

There are more than three lakh customers and the front line employees are the linking pin. Here the importance is attached to the grooming on the required insight, cafe culture etc. There is no such labelling but definitely continuous improvement. Innovation and training in the customer service is highlighted. In India there is lack of training in the customer service which cannot be neglected at any cost.

16. What motivates you to perform? How do you deal with stress?

The motivation comes from the focus in making a difference. The urge to learn continuously keeps me motivated and of course there is no pressure as such when you love what you are doing. There is a clear time management at my end.

17. Do you any fear or threat for that matter?

Technology is a threat and I fear that however I tend to learn from kids. The current generation is tech savvy. I think one need to overcome the fear by being agile and adaptable.

18. What should be the key focal areas for Management institutes like ours?

The b-schools today no doubt are imparting the much needed knowledge. But the practical learning is somewhere missing. For instance if I had to hire a student I would certainly like to know if he/she is equipped with the usage of Excel. If yes, then which level of using an Excel tool? Knowing to doing is very important.

19. The success mantra for a professional is…..

Certainly, look forward to take up the challenges and stay ahead of the learning curve.

Thus the conversation came to close with Mr.Balachandar Natarajan when Prof Preeja Sreedhar wrapped up the interview with a quote from Jim Collins “Good to Great” thus: Level five leaders are a rare combination of personal humility and personal competence and I should certainly say you are indeed a level five leader and no exaggeration in it. 

What Makes ISBR MBA Unique?

In an interconnected economy, as an MBA aspirant, you need a global perspective to help your organization secure a competitive advantage. With a focus on strategic leadership, our MBA program with a strong legacy of 26 years prepares you to lead organizations in a business world that are increasingly competitive and complex. Our MBA Program is offered by the University of Mysore which is assessed with an A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), approved by UGC, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India, and Member of AIU. Through a range of features, our MBA program encourages you to think innovatively, to spot and seize opportunities and to bring about effective change.

Location advantage 

ISBR Business School Bangalore is located in Electronic City, which is amongst the fastest growing locality in Bangalore with a huge industrial base of more than 300 companies. We recognize the needs of industrial visits and address it through the frequent visits to industries. It permits the students to rise up skills apart from a textual curriculum.

Mentorship Program

ISBR in its efforts towards scaling up student development function and towards enhancing the competencies of students to be better learners and performers in academic, co-curricular, assessment and placement has designed a ‘Mentorship Program’. This program establishes Mentor – Mentee relationship which facilitates development process in an orderly manner with an outcome-oriented approach. MBA students are mentored by acclaimed faculty on a regular basis to monitor and assist students on their wholesome developments. Mentees gain valuable advice in developing knowledge and skills, improve communication skills, learn new perspectives, build networks and advance in their career.  We also assist students to understand the value of self-disclosure, and encourage them to give and accept constructive feedback by explaining the idea of Johari Window. This helps students to build better, more trusting relationships with one another, solve issues, and work more effectively as a team.

Organizational Study

The organizational study is designed to provide holistic development for the students about the organisational structure, process and practice wherein they are introduced to the functional areas which can help them connect theory with practice before they are exposed to the specialization. Recently students got the opportunity to work with some of the great companies like GE Healthcare, Bosch, Volvo, Wipro etc under organizational study.

Clubs & Activities

With 8+ clubs to choose from, students are certain to find one that matches their interests or simply sparks curiosity. Some of the interesting clubs such as writer’s club, case study club, innovation cell etc sponsor a vibrant array of activities on campus. Recently, students from Finance Cell and Cultural Cell conducted MS Excel workshop and Rangoli competition respectively which brought together like-minded students to bond on their common interest.

Guest Lecture Series

The Guest lecture series at ISBR is accomplished solely by the students of ISBR. Students work independently discovering potential speakers from various sectors and identifying subjects of interest. Today, over 150+ programmes have been successfully conducted with prominent speakers such as Padma Bhushan Prof. N. S. Ramaswamy, Mr. Bijou Kurien, and Mr. C. Terence Sagayaraj and many more.

Microcosm Atmosphere

ISBR has students from across the globe which represents the vast cultural diversity of our country and even international countries. Students learn to live and blend in a cosmopolitan culture with a diversified group of students where each culture is taken forward and each festival such as Christmas, Diwali, Pongal , Halloween and more are celebrated in full spirit.

Career Growth Potential

You can expect your lucrative break in the corporate world in Bangalore where 950+ corporate giants like Texas Instruments, CISCO, and IBM have made their home. It opens a plethora of avenues in – marketing, sales, human resources, finance, operations, logistics and supply chain management where you can head start your career as an IT Manager, Financial Manager, HR Manager, and Financial Advisor etc.

Entrepreneurial Culture

At ISBR, we foster entrepreneurial culture environment where students are motivated to innovate, create and take risks. We work towards to build a culture of big ideas and leadership where our students take what they learn in class and use their creativity and critical-thinking skills to drive change. We also have a rich history of students whose ingenious projects were backed and approved by the esteemed judges who believed in their vision and passion.

 Placement & Internship

ISBR works closely with students on a personal basis to support their career planning and prepares them for that next important step in their business career. Our 100 % placement record attests to the quality of our students and the strong relationships we maintain with a wide variety of leading global organizations like Morgan & Stanley, KPMG, 3M, Zelo, Birla Sun Life, Airtel, Café Coffee Day etc. We conduct workshops, pre-placement talks which help students to develop critical thinking and effective decision-making skills that they can bring back to the organization. We also provide secure internships that give students a ‘real’ flavor of the industry.

Enhance your leadership skills. Become an entrepreneur or consider a career change – wherever you’re headed, our MBA program will help you get there. To sum it up, it’s a unique opportunity to give your career a head start.

To know more about MBA / PGDM Programs and admissions, please contact Program Co ordinator at -7019910173 or mail to

ISBR Signs an MOU with University of MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON

“Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.”

–        Jack Welch

 Globalization is poised to be the theme of the 21st century and may well be the greatest reorganization of our world since the Industrial Revolution. Business leaders can no longer ignore globalization. Every business leader must be prepared and equipped to lead in a global, cross- cultural world. To meet these ever changing diverse demands placed on business leaders, Business Schools like us believe in learning through International, multi cultural and transnational exposure.

ISBR B School in its pursuit to provide best of the opportunities to the students is always on a look out for prospective industrial and academic connect. Recently ISBR has signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with University of MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON for academic cooperation with an objective of fostering academic exchange and promotion of joint education.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is internationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, and its location in a major U.S. city, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts State Archives, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate provide connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinical, and other career-related placements.

Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities’ just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in US.

 Both ISBR and University of Massachusetts Boston has come up with the following activities to pursue in academic and educational field:

 Summer and Winter School Participation

  • Promoting Online Education Program
  • Joint Research Activities
  • Faculty Exchange
  • Student Exchange
  • Exchange of research results, academic publication and other academic information

 Through these Global Management Programs, management graduates accomplish many objectives, but the following three are at the core:

  1. Experience and understand the culture of other countries through student exchange programs.
  2. To become cultural sensitive and have a broad approach to adaptability.
  3. Build a strong network with foreign students /faculty as well as explore international internship and placement opportunities.

 We at ISBR believe in imparting practical knowledge and hands on experience to our students with a motto – “Let the learning be real in the real world ….”

ISBR Ranked as Platinum Institute by AICTE- CII Survey

ISBR – A Platinum Institute

ISBR Business School has been ranked as “Platinum Institute” under AICTE – CII Survey 2016. Only 18 percent of the total institutes of the country were able to make it to the Top level i.e. Platinum and ISBR is one of them.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been working on improving the output and quality of higher education in India for the past several years. With a firm belief and commitment that industry has to pay back to academia and society, what it gains from it and that it is in its own interest that the academic system becomes closely aligned with its requirements, CII created a multilateral platform of University- Industry Congress (UIC) in 2007. Several projects and activities have since then taken place under the aegis of this platform. One significant and successful project under the University – Industry Congress has been the annual mapping of linkages between industry and academia through a survey which is conducted in partnership with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The AICTE- CII IndPact survey is a mature tool to measure the depth and extent of collaborations between technical institutions in the country and the industry.

The objective of this IndPact (Industry Impact) survey is to access the status of partnership between technical institutions and industry. Institutes were evaluated based on six parameters given below:

  1. Governance
  2. Curriculum
  3. Faculty
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Services/ Project & Skill Development
  6. Placements

These parameters have been designed to give insights into:

  • The extent to which institutes have been able to meet the dynamic demands of industry- responsive education
  • Institutes’ capability and resources to produce talent in order to meet market requirements

The eminent jury included the renowned academician and Industrialist like Dr. Y S Rajan- Professor ISRO, Prof. R. Natarajan – Fotmer Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Prahalada Ramarao- IISC, Prof. J. K. Mitra- Former Head & Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, Dr. Maqsood Ahmed Khan, Registrar, University of Mumbai, Dr. Sujatha Balakrishnan- Managing Director, Valtech India Systems Pvt. Ltd, Dr. Vinnie Jauhari – Education Evangelism Lead- Microsoft Corporation India and many more.

The esteemed sponsors of the survey were Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Elico Limited and Hindustan Unilever Limited.

AICTE- CII Survey Feedback Report on ISBR performance:

  • Basis the statistical model of objective scores and weightage thus earned, the institute’s performance has been green and it falls under the ‘Platinum Category’ which stands for highest level of linkages with industry and where only 18% of the participating institutes in the AICTE- CII Survey figure. Purely from that perspective the institute’s performance is commendable.
  • Institute has scored well in Governance, placements and curriculum.
  • Participation from Management institutes has been the highest in the survey in the past two years.

AICTE- CII survey is a great initiative to bring industry and institutes close by evaluating their performances thus bridging the gap between industry and academics. ISBR B School is privileged to be a part of the 3% institutes out of 900+ institutes who took part in this survey to be recognised as ‘Platinum Institute’. This further strengthens our commitment to our core foundation and value system and encourages us to deliver the best to society.

NHRD Conference 2016

7th Dec 2016 Student & Faculty Conference

NHRD National Student & Faculty Conference 2016 was an exclusive student-faculty event facilitating knowledge-exchange and project-information. Organized as a part of NHRD’s endeavour to engage student-faculty nationwide, the conference brings together participants and audience from prestigious management schools in India. They discuss key industry topics, build perspective on contemporary topics, focus on new ideas and their development and identify pathways into a brighter future.

Featured Events


GURUKUL gave an opportunity to students and faculty members to listen to highly impactful interactive sessions from persuasive speakers from the world of academics, consulting and corporate.


i-Talk was a platform presenting a diverse range of speakers including students, faculty & thought leaders who have inspirational stories to share, these are people who are making a difference to the lives of others with their extraordinary ideas that changed the world around us.

i-Talk is a world of words. The speakers are people who challenged the world with their ordinary minds to create extraordinary results.

 Big Debate

The Big Debate was a platform for the great speakers and presenters to bring forward and fight out verbally on various current topics like demonetization etc.

It was one of the most enticing and powerful events of the day where the speakers sparked a light on the faces of the jury as well as the audience.

 Eagles Nest

 Eagles nest was an initiative of NHRD that would  provide you the platform to pitch your idea to Investors!

There were investors ready to invest in any good idea which would be huge in the future.

 Student Participation

Sincere thanks to our professor Dr.Venkata Reddy who was a constant source of motivation for the students and a guide too as and when required. He was the person behind getting ISBR students on the list of NHRD.

There was an active participation shown by students from the college.

Students like Mihir Rai, Tejasri, Shweta Chowbey, Kanna Kannada, Aditya Kedari, Gauree Bhave, Chaitali Desale, Mary Aneeta, etc. were selected as a part of the core committee of the organizational process through a rigorous interview course.

Sharon Angel and Rahul Pandey were selected as the Masters of Ceremony for “The Big Debate” held on the 7th December in the Christ University Auditorium.


Mr.Sanjeev Mehta, Chairman & CEO, Hindustan Unilever Limited was invited as the Chief Guest and the keynote speaker.

i-Talk involved many prominent speakers like Mrs.Santy Sajan, Mr.Rajdeep Manwani, Mr.Rahul Kapoor, Mr.Santosh Kaveri, etc.

Gurukul Sessions were conducted by renowned speakers like Monica Shah, Girish M, Alok Gupta, Jay Bhuva, TripatPreet Singh, etc.

 8th & 9th December 2016 HR SHOWCASE

A signature event of NHRD, the NHRD HR Showcase was shaped to bolster the enduring spirit of HR practices. It was a unique trade show style event for HR professionals to present their most impactful HR practices & initiatives; where they could learn about practices in other organizations, network with peers and compete for the coveted Grand HR Showcase awards.

ISBR Business School too had a stall at the HR Showcase where the students and faculty members of the college were the brand ambassadors of the college. Faculty members like Mr.C.Manohar, Mr.Abbas Ali Uppin, Mr.Padmanabhan, Mr.Venkata Reddy were present at the HR Showcase to support the students.

Students like Pamela Chakraborty, Likipa Chakraborty, etc. were representing the college at the stall.

Atul Ugale and Abhinav Biswal were volunteers for the Main Conference where there were prominent speakers like HG Gaur, Gopala Das, Mr. Anand Kripalu, Mr.Steve Correa, etc.

Sameeksha Sharma, Samir Shukla, Niyoosha Baradari, Rahul Chatterjee and Rahul Pandey were amongst the volunteers in the HR Showcase.

 The whole three days of the NHRD event proved to be very useful for the students of ISBR who got great exposure to the corporate and great networking.


Report on TALENT CONNECT ( OCT- NOV 2016) – A Placement drive by ISBR

Talent connect is an initiative of ISBR B School to provide an opportunity to recruiters to pick the right talent thereby enable the best talent to shine. Apart from classroom sessions, we provide extensive corporate exposure to our students through a number of unique and innovative corporate connect programs. ISBR has a demonstrated track record of impressive placement in top notch companies in diverse sectors and functions.

Industry academia interaction is critical to ensure right skills are made available to industry for a healthy growth. Talent connect by ISBR is one such initiative which is intended to connect talent and Industry on a common platform. This will certainly help educational institutes to understand the requirements of specific Industry and groom them accordingly. I am sure all the companies and institutes in electronics city will make use of this opportunity and benefit from it. All the best for the initiative.” -Rama N .S. Chief Executive Officer – Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA)

Talent Connect (Oct- Nov 2016):

  • ISBR initiated its first phase of Campus Placements from 21st Oct 2016.
  • Top Recruiters like Morgan Stanley, Zelo,, Kurl-On, Morgan Stanley, Yodlee Infotech, Decathlon, CBS Ventures, Ninjacart, Airtel, Myntra, Niyo Solutions, Zopper, Berger Paints, Time Inc, Birla Sunlife, Envision, Multifonds, Café Coffee Day, 3M, Kirloskar Electric, Browne & Mohan, HFFC and many more participated in the campus placement process.
  • Out of the first batch of 102 students, 45% of students are already hired by the first set of recruiters visited during Oct- Nov 2016, whereas the rest of the students are still under the recruitment process.
  • Total number of recruiters participated in campus drive are 31, out of which 24 recruiters have completed the hiring process.


What current recruiters say about their experience hiring students at ISBR…

 “ISBR students are quite competitive and have an edge to differentiate with others”

–         Venesa, HR- Morgan Stanley                                             

ISBR is one of the best college where it provides lots of practical exposure to their students.”

 –       Kirloskar Electronic Company Ltd

  A very well organised event. The reputation of freshers was confident and it will go a long way to motivate them to do even better.”

 –      Cafe Coffee Day 

 Also the current batch students share their  campus recruitment experience:

Amidst the regular classes for the semesters, there have been exposures for oration, extempore presentations, which have moulded us to a great extent and have given us self confidence. The cordial relationship among the peers and with seniors has also played a significant role in the transformation.  It was an overwhelming experience, to be honest; I was in a state of a trance for quite some days when I got selected in Morgan Stanley, the US Multinational in Financial Services.

–      Mr Soham Chakraborty, placed in Morgan Stanley

ISBR is one of those colleges which has got very refreshing environment for the students. The faculty is always ready to help with their experience in their respective subjects. Lastly ISBR placement team has always guided the students to choose the right company and under their guidance I got selected for Decathelon for which I entirely thanks the placement team and the whole ISBR group.”

–      Mr Bhaskar, started working at Decathelon

Recruiters who visited the campus during Talent Connect 1 and 2  for placements:

Recruiters for Talent connect 1 and 2

Note: Updates of Talent Connect ( Dec 2016) will be shared in our next News Letter.

Industrial Visits – November 2016

Industrial Visits

Industrial Visits

The month of November proved to be an exciting one for the students of ISBR as there were many industrial visits organized for them, to provide hands on exposure to the practical work culture of the various industries.

1. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

On 27th October 2016, Management had organized an industrial visit to SEBI for 33 students of 3rdsemester (MBA and PGDM).They were accompanied by Prof. Dr. V.B.  Padmanabhan. It was an enlightening session at SEBI. Mr. Krishna Murthy briefed the students about investing at their young age. He gave a brief idea about opening a Demat Account and vast revolution from outcry system to on-screen. He also introduced about ASBA (applications supported by blocked amount) which is a process developed by the India’s stock market regulator SEBI for applying to IPO.

This was a very exciting session for all the students especially for those who want to see themselves as successful investors in the future.


On Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 the students of ISBR had a great opportunity to visit the WIPRO campus located in electronic city, Bangalore. The visit was organized for all the 1st semester students (MBA and PGDM). The students were accompanied by the faculty Prof. V.B. Padmanabhan, Prof. Ratna Sinha and Asst. Prof. Yukti Kishore. The students attended an insightful session by Mr P.B. Kotur, General Manager- Talent Transformation, Wipro who has been associated with WIPRO since 14 years. He gave a brief idea of what and how exactly WIPRO works at ground level. Mr. Kotur was presented with a memento on behalf of ISBR fraternity. He spoke about how WIPRO sets itself apart from other companies in the same field. He even enlightened students with his crisp and clear knowledge about professionalism, management and various areas on which an aspiring manager needs to focus upon.

The industrial visit to WIPRO was an insight to the students as to how the giant powerhouse of an IT industry functions and what are the challenges faced by it in its competitive environment.

 3. Karnataka Hybrid Micro Devices Limited (KHMDL)

An Industrial visit to Karnataka Hybrid Micro Devices Limited (KHMDL) was organized by ISBR B School on 15th Nov 2016 . It is an Electronics company specialized in design, development and manufacture of custom-built Hybrid Micro Circuits for aerospace, automotive and other high-reliability applications. It is also approved by ISRO for manufacturing space grade hybrid devices. They also have an approval from HAL for Avionics Assembly. Students met Mr M. Radhakrishna, Deputy Plant Head and Chief Quality officer with more than 20 years of experience in design, manufacture and quality assurance of Hybrid Microcircuits for automotive and aerospace applications.

A whole new concept in technology which proved to be an inspiration for future entrepreneurs showcased a perfect example of how to grow big in a high competitive environment.

4. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)

On 15th November a group of 20 students from PGDM 1st semester, visited Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) located in Electronic city, Bangalore. The students geared themselves up for the industry visit and left for STPI (Software Technology parks Of India) at around 10:30 am. The STPI is a government company which provides required infrastructure and technical backup to the start-up companies. The start-ups approach the STPI with their proper project and plans and in return they help the budding entrepreneurs by letting them operate from the STPI by simply installing their server there. This encouraged the students who have plans of becoming entrepreneurs in the future.

The session proved to be very useful for the future entrepreneurs as STPI promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship and encourages new and budding start-ups.

Overall, the month of November proved to be an exemplary month for the students craving for industrial exposure. The college made an attempt that the students get to visit different industries and see their work culture. The students also showed great enthusiasm and participative attitude in making the most out these visits.

Why to choose ISBR’s Global PGDM program with 3 country exposure?

PGDM at ISBR Business School


A PGDM program by a world-class institution takes ambitious and aspirational business leaders to the next level. ISBR’s Global PGDM offers a transformational educational experience that develops aspirant’s skills and knowledge into world-class business acumen. Students at ISBR not only emerge with the capability to tackle business problems and reach new frontiers, but would also be bestowed with the prestigious ISBR qualification that is recognized and admired by employers around the globe.

Let the world come to you.

ISBR’s AICTE Approved PGDM – 3 Country Model ( Global PGDM Program) is an inventive and exciting model for a real global exposure. Students’ pursuing this PGDM program gets an opportunity to gain invaluable exposure, experience and practical knowledge by traveling, studying and experiencing 3 countries, Dubai / France / Germany / Australia including India. Under this program students gain the skills and mindset that allows them to operate within and lead the organizations of the future. This program covers areas including marketing, finance and strategy which equip students to successfully manage businesses globally. Added to these, an experienced mentor is specially assigned to each student who takes care of all concerns, academics and beyond, if any.

Why choose this program?

  • 3 different country exposures over a span of 2 years of learning.
  • Program lead by faculty member with global experience in industry and academics.
  • An opportunity to attend lectures by high profile CEOs and business leaders.
  • Global Learning through highly accredited International Universities i.e AACSB Accreditation.
  • Hands-on learning approach using real life case studies and examples.
  • Placement assistance before the final semester of the program.
  • Gain experience of holistic learning of cross-cultural sensitivities.
  • In-depth understanding of global economy.

What will a student learn?

Our 3 country PGDM course develops corporate aspirants with the opportunity to acquire high-level expertise in strategic business and commercial competencies needed in international context. This program helps students in becoming effective communicators and decision-makers with essential qualities of a leader. The curriculum is taught by renowned world-class faculty whose mode of teaching is via case studies and discussions that stimulates class interaction.

Expert Talk.

Dr. Ananth Rao, Academic Dean of University of Dubai expresses his pleasure about our unique Global PGDM 3 Country program. He believes that this program will have a dominant influence on global economics and culture, which will develop a new breed of global leaders.

“The ISBR students who visited University of Dubai as part of 3-nation PGDM felt that -Learning and knowledge accumulated were immense. 8 companies were visited (such as DTCM, DCCI, DED, JAFZA, Carrefour, RTA, DP World) to learn the practical content in addition to classroom learning. All these aspects in a short span have imbibed a sense of responsibility and commitment for these students. They strongly encouraged repetition of such events on a regular basis.”

Student Speak

Don’t just hear from us, hear what our alumni have to say about the ISBR PGDM program and the experience he had during the course.

“Global PGDM program provided scope for expanding my managerial horizons beyond India. The exposure to University of Dubai was a dream fulfilled; we had classes along with Industrial Visits where we were exposed to global manufacturing processes. The exposure is incomparable and I thank ISBR for the opportunity provided.”

Saroj Achary -Global PGDM Program Student


  • Awarded Exemplary Placement Award by Discover Education
  • Awarded Best B School Campus Excellence Award ( south India) by Discovery Education
  • Ranked 10th Best in Industry Interaction by Silicon INDIA Survey
  • Ranked among Top 1%- B-School Brands of INDIA by Business Barons

Challenge yourself. Change direction. Transform your career!

Choose ISBR’s PGDM Program with 3 Country Exposure to experience ‘learning-by-doing’, live client projects and global study opportunities to become industry-ready.

For more information on Global PGDM Program, please contact Program Co ordinator at -7019910173 or mail to