Industrial Visit – WIPRO

Industrial Visit - Wipro

Industrial Visit - Wipro

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.

Right at the entrance gate each student and faculty were given a guest ID cards. The students were given the guidelines by the WIPRO personnel which they needed to follow during the visit.

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 session ended with questions being asked by the students to Mr. Kotur on various topics such as what exactly the recruiters of WIPRO look for in the candidates, how is the work culture and work environment in WIPRO and Mr. Kotur answered all the queries and questions from the students. He also asked them to stay connected with him through various social networking platforms.

This industrial visit was not just an industrial visit but was an experience for each student as they got to know about such a big IT company and how exactly it works and what are the expectations of the industry from the new recruits. The visit ended with a photo session at the amphitheater of the WIPRO campus.

Visit to Securities And Exchange Board Of India ( SEBI)

On 27th October 2016, Management had organized an industrial visit for 33 students of 3rd semester (MBA and PGDM).We were accompanied by faculty Prof .Dr. V.B.  Padmanabhan. The visit was to THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (SEBI), Bangalore.

The visit started in the early hours of a working day by bus. All the students were so excited to go to SEBI and prepared questions.

It was an enlightening session at SEBI. Mr. Krishna Murthy briefed the students about investing at their young age. The significance is made on expenditure which has to be kept apart for saving.

Students got exposed to how capital market work in India and SEBI role in regulating and developing them. There major focus is on safe guarding investor.

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.

In ASBA, an IPO applicants account doesn’t get debited until shares are allotted to the customers/investors.

It was a great learning experience for students as they look forward to implement the lesson learnt in their professional life.


Mentorship Challenge III- Startup Spirits

Mentorship Challenge III- Startup Spirits

It is the age of entrepreneurs and youngsters are not satisfied with a 9 to 5 job. They want to do big, reach the distant stars and not be limited. The earnings have taken a backseat and they focus more on ideas and innovations, money surely follows as a by-product.

ISBR students are no different and keeping this in mind on 6th November 2016, ISBR organized an event “Startup Spirits”. This was the third “Mentorship Challenge” which was definitely the most exciting for all the students who attended the event and participated with high anticipation. This event has been a success as in previous challenge (Start Up spirits) students from ISBR were rewarded for their start up ideas and one such idea ‘Bake My Wish’ ( is currently a successful startup with funds from the judges.

There were 21 teams from both PGDM and MBA. Three teams from each mentorship group presented on three categories (viz. Successful Innovative Startup, Failed Startup and The Next Big Idea). The esteemed panel of judges included  Mr. M C Abbas (Chairman, Cincinnati International), Mr. Prabakar (Director, Mumbai Stock Exchange), H R Krishna Moorthy (AGM, SEBI), C V Ramanan (Ladder Consultancy-Founder & CEO), Arya Rajesh Kumar (CII-YI – Fomax Co-Chair & Founder), Sanjeev Sukumaran (Sherpify-Founder & CEO), Kaplana Srilalitha (Prabhakaran- DATAkue-Co-Founder), Susmita Dutta (Faircent-National Head- Lending Faircent), Akash Chander (Strengthscape-Principal Coach & Assessment Expert) and Aslam Hirani (Edtech Startup and Agile Coach-Founder & CEO). Our Sponsorship Companies included Abhayahasta Multi-Specialty hospital – Dr. Aparna Baliga, DNI Home Theater- Mr. Alex and Rhodium Power- Mr Salman.

The winners of the event were team Wabi Sabi (Next Big Idea) and team Nebula (Failed Startup) and team Xanthrons ( Successful Innovative start up).

The entire event was a grand success as there were healthy discussions between the esteemed judges and the aspiring students. Mr. MC Abbas even guided the students on how to present well by giving insights about TedX talks. Overall it was an event to cherish and a huge success.

Green Diwali Campaign at ISBR

Green Diwali Campaign

Green Diwali Campaign at ISBR


Diwali is the festival of lights, new hopes and prosperity. ISBR celebrated the day in a different way than usual. When everybody was busy bursting crackers and disturbing the ecosystem, we decided to opt for a green Diwali and make a small contribution towards less pollution and less noisy environment. Our faculty and students shared their views on the concept- ‘Green Diwali’.

 They poured their heart out on the white board kept at the amphitheater for this purpose. They showcased their writing talents and expressed the thoughts on how they can glow the world around by the light of knowledge and wisdom and not by crackers. Few of the messages worth share are: 

  • Go Green to Breathe clean.
  • Let this Diwali burn all your bad times and enter into good times.
  • This Diwali only Diyas, No firecrackers.
  • Smile is loud and attractive than crackers, lets cherish only smiles and happiness this Diwali.
  • Take a pledge to celebrate this Diwali , A Green Diwali.
  • This Diwali burn your greed and self indulgence, not crackers. Celebrate Eco Friendly Diwali & Spread Happiness.

 Our Senior Director, Dr K S Anandram, in his video message emphasised on the need to maintain the balance of eco system and celebrate Green Diwali this time.

Guest Lecture by Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa

There was a guest lecture organized by ISBR for its MBA and PGDM first year students on the 22nd of October 2016, delivered by Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa.

Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa, currently the Vice President – Human Resources – India & North America, Ness Technologies, is a very dynamic, open-minded and interactive professional with whom the students felt an instant connect. A 1998 pass-out of XIME-Bangalore with Finance as specialization, he chose to pursue a career in Human Resource and he made it huge there. With a work experience of over 2 decades with giants of the industry like Novell Technologies, ANZ Operations and Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Intel and Microsoft, he has a vast ocean of knowledge essential for the students aspiring to work with similar companies.

The session begun by the welcoming of Mr.Pruthvi Nanjappa by Dr.Karpagam T. , the acting Dean Academics of ISBR and a short welcome speech by her.

His lecture laid emphasis on simplicity of expressing oneself in the market. He quoted examples from the industry where “people’s perception” can help a company either grow or slow down. The best example given by him was that of Patanjali, the brand that is endorsed by Baba Ramdev. He explained how the brand controlled the reins of the market by endorsing the products through an icon like Baba Ramdev, a very handy name in most of the Indian houses today and how it is sending jitters down the spine of big players like Hindustan Unilever and Procter and Gamble Co.

He also gave an insight of his own personal career where he was not perceived well in the beginning years because he switched his field but how eventually he was successful in changing the perception of those sceptical people and proving his mettle. Persistence is the key to success and of course a strong sense of self-belief.

His lecture was quite magnetic because of the subtle wit he had in his presentation style. He chose live examples from among the students and guided them how they can use their skills and personality to get that extra edge in their career.

Finally, the stage was set open for the Q&A round where the students came up with a few extremely critical and also exciting questions which were answered brilliantly by Mr.Pruthvi. He explained so patiently that most of the students found their solutions without even asking their questions.

Overall the lecture proved to be quite fruitful for the students and the takeaway for them was magnanimous.




Mentorship Challenge 2: Book Review

MBA or PGDM is not just a degree or diploma but it aims for an overall development of a person in all the aspects. ISBR too believes and works accordingly towards the wholesome development of all the students. Book reading habit enriches each and every person and can do wonders. Lessons learnt from a good book cannot be measured and is a treasure.

Recently on 6th October 2016, ISBR organized a Book Review session for the MBA and PGDM students under the Mentorship Challenge -2. These challenges are thrown at the students every alternate week and it focuses on enhancing a student in all aspects. This particular challenge was similar to their previous Movie Review challenge. The objective of the Book Review challenge was to encourage students to review a book of their choice through management perspective.

Each mentorship group from MBA and PGDM batches went through a selection process and total 8 teams each representing their mentorship group presented the detailed review of the book of their choice in front of the jury on the final day. The books selected for the final round were:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Devil Wears Prada, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Who Moved My Cheese, The Alchemist, The One Minute Manager, You can Win and I bought the Monk Ferrari.  The students presented their reviews in the most creative way possible which included short skits, placards besides the power point presentation. They evaluated the books putting on their management spectacles and mentioned the management lessons learnt from the book. The efforts were clearly visible in their work and each team did an exemplary job.

The eminent jury consisted of authors like Mr. Rajesh, Mr. Mukund and Mrs. Ramya evaluated each review on the basis of opening theme, selection criteria of book, presentation style and team work etc. The book “Who Moved My Cheese” reviewed by Phoenix mentor group was declared as winner amongst the 8 teams.

The event was a great success as jury appreciated the efforts of each team. Everyone especially student got enriched by the learning experience.  It was an evening to cherish for a long time.

Mentorship Challenge 1: Movie Review for the PGDM & MBA students at ISBR

Most MBA students have little time to devote to anything other than their course and even less time to watch movies. However, an aspiring soccer player has seen Bend it like Beckham and most of them who belong to the digital marketing must have seen The Social Network. The point being is that there is a core-curriculum of movies that an MBA aspirant must-see, not just for entertainment, but for experience.

Mentorship Challenge 1: Movie Review

Recently on 17th September 2016, ISBR conducted a MOVIE REVIEW session for the PGDM & MBA students as a part of the Mentorship Challenge to showcase their aptitude in the field of conceptualizing management concepts through entertainment. The mentorship groups from both PGDM and MBA were asked to select movies with the concept of management and give a detailed review of the same. In the pre-selection round, each mentorship group was asked to select the best movie to be presented in the final round.

For an MBA aspirant, some of the movies which were shortlisted hit all the finer points of being a management graduate, including college life, finance, investments, supply chain, entrepreneurship, and ethics. The movies which were shortlisted for the challenge were The Pursuit of Happiness; Fault in our Stars, Ocean’s Eleven, The Good Dinosaur, Invictus, YehJawani Hai Deewani, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year and The Wolf of the Wall Street. Students then came up with the lessons learned; some shared the Entrepreneurship, business ethics, and good managerial outlook, while some spoke about the art of negotiation, teamwork and the attitude to achieve. These movies gave a glimpse of what awaits in the world of business once the MBA degree is in your hand. All in all, the students made a great effort in putting up a good show and their presentations were judged by Industry stalwartsfrom Cinema and Theatre – SuchintyaLal Roy (Director), Seema Roy (Director & Singer), AnjanBhadra (Director), Bhuban Joshi (Director – HR, Hyatt Group) and Mr Mahesh A (HR Head, Radel Electronics). The judge’s final verdict was out and Invictus was judged as the best movie that was been reviewed.

The overall function proved to be fruitful for the students experience as it approached towards their personal or soon to be professional lives that they will live in.

PhD 2016 Batch Inauguration at ISBR

ISBR Business School welcomed its first batch of PhD students on 28th August 2016 at Electronic City, Bangalore Campus.

The function was presided over by renowned personalities from the corporate and industrial sectors along with dignitaries from the management and staff. Mr.S.N Rangaprasad, Director-MSME-Development Institute, was the Chief Guest for the day. The stage was graced with the presence of delegates like Mr.Pallab Bandhopadhyay, a leadership architect, Mr.Karthik Ananth, co-founder- Zinnov & Director-Sukino Healthcare Solutions, Dr.Rajaram Kota,Managing Director-Cyient and Dr.Solomon Suresh, Vice-President-Genpact.

The function started by invoking the blessings of Lord Almighty. As there were some of the best brains present from the industry and of course the research scholars, the aura of the auditorium was beaming and radiant already.

In his welcome address, Dr. Anandaram gave a brief introduction about the concept of research under PhD program and its importance in the modern times.

The Research faculty were welcomed which included Dr.D Narasimha Murthy, with an experience of over 23 years, Dr.Manasa Nagabhushanam, a researcher for the last 10 years, Dr.Ratna Sinha with 16 years of experience, Dr.Noor Firdoos Jahan, with 16 years of experience, Dr. R Soundararajan, with over 39 years of industrial experience and over 5 years of academic experience, Dr.Karpagam T., experienced in supply chain management, Dr.Sudhakar GP, with 22 years of experience, Dr.TK Vijaykumar, Dr.VB Padmanabhan, Dr.R Vijaylakshmi and Dr.Sarabjeet.

After the felicitation of the faculty, all the research scholars were asked to introduce themselves. Dr.S.N Rangaprasad inaugurated the PhD batch 2106 and gave the inaugural address.Dr.Pallab Bandhopadhyay and rest of the dignitaries released the Researchers Handbook & Academic Planner and addressed the audience. After that a series of addresses followed from the rest of the guests. Later Mr.Manish Kothari, Managing Drector – ISBR, made the presidential address.

At the end, Dr. Venkat Prasad proposed the vote of thanks.


ISBR Founder's Day

“Rome was not built in a day”…….This very line suggests that any great empire or for that sake an organization or institution can’t be formed in a day. Years of hard work and dedication goes behind the rise of a successful organization. ISBR is also one such institute with a glorious past and a shining future. To commemorate and celebrate its journey, the institute celebrates its Founders Day every year.

On 7th September, 2016 International School of Business and Research celebrated their “ISBR DAY”. ISBR was established on this very day by Mr. Prakash Kothari, Chairman- ISBR and Mr. Manish Kothari, Managing Director- ISBR thus having a significant and special place in the hearts of each and every ISBRian. Interestingly 7th September also happens to be the birthday of Mr. Prakash Kothari which makes the day even more special.

The college organized a cultural carnival from 1st September to 6th September and the entire week was very much alive with various talent showcases in dancing, singing, skits, food without fire, etc.

On 7th September, 2016, ISBR day started with the hosts welcoming all the dignified guests of honour. Sri Amarnath Patil(MLC), Sri MD Lakshminarayana, Smt. Sathya Prabha(MLA & Chairman,Vydehi Medical Institute & Research), Sri K C Ramamurthy(MP, Rajya Sabha), Dr. Vishweshwar Bhat and Dr. B N Gangadhar graced the occasion on this special day of ISBR.

The warm welcome followed by an invocation dance performance by students of the MBA batch. Students time and again have always showcased their potential making everyone amazed but this time it was a little different. A song was written by a faculty member of ISBR and it was sung by the students which made the evening even more beautiful and memorable.

Another highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony for the final year students based on their academic, cultural and sports performances which keeps the students motivated to excel more and more not just in their academics but also in other fields.

The amount of efforts put by each and every student from MBA and PGDM batches in their performances was clearly visible. The evening came to an end with a fashion show which was themed as formal, ethnic, wedding and western. Students as models walked the ramp with confidence and passion in their glittering eyes. The show was applauded and loved by everyone.

It became a memorable day in the history of ISBR and it was a great honor for every ISBRian to be a part of this ceremony and now everyone eagerly waits for the ISBR DAY 2017.











Panel Discussion on GST Bill

On 20th August 2016, ISBR organized a panel discussion on Goods and Services Tax (GST). The panel was graced by the industry experts and academician, Mr. Naveen Raj Purohit, Mr. Sriramprasad and Prof. Kiran Bindu.

The session was attended by all the PGDM and MBA students of 2016-18 batch. The faculty members including Dr. Chandra Niranjan, Dean-Academics were also present during the entire panel discussion.

The discussion started with the focus on how the GST would bring social and economic reforms in the Indian economy. They analyzed the various aspects and implications of GST.

The session continued with the panel speakers sharing their knowledge on GST. They informed students about how the GST will replace all indirect taxes levied on goods and services by the Central and State Governments in India.

Students took great interest and put questions during the Q & A round which were welcomed and answered by the panel. Replying to one such question, the panel further discussed the difference between the current Income Tax and the GST.

It was a great informative session for students as they usher in their professional journey.