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Where Industry meets Academia

SPJIMR, Andheri (W), Mumbai – September 17-18, 2010 – Industry integration is a key component of management education at SPJIMR. To develop future leaders capable of taking on higher management roles in transforming organizations, the institute emphasizes a quasi partnership approach between industry and academia.

SAMAVESH 2010 – where Industry meets Academia, organized by participants of the eleven-month Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) underscores this focus. SAMAVESH 2010 featured a series of panel discussions, where industry experts from various domains discussed current trends and challenges with students, alumni and faculty of various programmes being offered at SPJIMR.

The event, which spread over two days – Sept. 17 & 18, consisted of four panel discussions on the following topics:

  • How can Financial Institutions fund 10% GDP growth?
  • Management of Logistics & Infrastructural challenges in India
  • Advantage India, Marketers Serve.
  • Cloud Computing – An opportunity or a concern?

Each panel discussion began with SPJIMR’s resident faculty introducing the theme for the session after which panelists shared their thoughts. Each engaging panel discussion concluded with a Q&A session, which saw a volley of questions from the students. Each round of discussions was followed by a networking session were industry and academia bonded over tea and snacks.

The event concluded on a high note with academia and industry appreciating the forum and emphasizing the need for sustained partnership between them.

Theme 1: How can Financial Institutions fund 10% GDP growth?

September 17, 2010, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The panel for the topic – ‘How can Financial Institutions fund 10% GDP growth?’ included Dr. D. K. Joshi, Chief Economist, CRISIL; Mr. Murali Ramakrishnan, Head – Credit Risk, ICICI Bank; Mr. Vineet Rai, CEO, Aavishkaar and Mr. K. Ramasubramanian, Ex- General Manager, RBI, who also chaired the discussion.

Theme 2: Management of Logistics & Infrastructural challenges in India

September 17, 2010, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The second panel discussion scheduled for the day was chaired by Mr. Aanand Pandey, Chief Editor, Log India. The panel also included Mr. Neil Basu, Regional Manager, Philips Electronics India Ltd; Mr. Pradeep Chechani, Vice President – SCM & Business Head – West & East India, Wadhawan Group and Mr. Vishal Patell, Director – Supply chain, Chep.

Theme 3: Advantage India, Marketers Serve.

September 18, 2010, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Industry experts who formed the panel for the third discussion theme of SAMAVESH 2010 – Advantage India, Marketers Serve, were Mr. Abhijit Saxena, CEO, Netcore Systems; Mr. Madan Sanglikar, Partner-Invention, Mindshare; Mr. Sujan Roy, Head – Product Marketing, Volkswagen India. The panel was chaired by Prof. S K Palekar, Chairperson Executive Education & Senior Prof of Marketing at SPJIMR.

Theme 4: Cloud Computing – An opportunity or a concern?

September 18, 2010, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The concluding theme of discussion at SAMAVESH 2010 was – Cloud Computing – An opportunity or a concern? The panel for the discussion included Mr. Arun Goel, Vice President, Ericsson; Mr. Dahnesh Dilkhush, Lead – National Data Centre, Microsoft India; Mr. Vikas Gupta, Head – Enterprise Solutions, Dell Computers; Mr. Vikrant Kaulgud, Senior Researcher, Accenture Technology Labs and Prof. Oscar J DSouza, Head of Information Management SAU at SPJIMR, who chaired the panel.

About PGPM:

Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is an eleven month, full-time, residential programme. The mission of the programme is to create and nurture value-based future leaders taking on higher management roles in transforming organizations.

SPJIMR perceived the need of the industry for thought leaders in middle level management and successfully endeavoured to create the PGPM course. The programme, which is in its sixth year, has challenged the paradigm of conventional part time courses for working executives.

The unique aspect of the programme is the focus on the specific Role and Domain that the participant is interested to pursue. The customized approach ensures

A) Contextually specific role and domain focus
B) Functionally integrated teaching-learning process

Accreditations: SPJIMR’s eleven months PGPM programme is the first full-time post graduate programme in India to have received the MBA accreditation by AMBA (Association of MBA’s, UK- www.mbaworld.com).

For more, visit: http://www.spjimr.org/pgpm/pgpm_home.asp


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Knowledge influences practice.
Practice refines knowledge.
Let industry and academia integrate.
Let ignited minds ideate.

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Taking a major step forward towards projecting the PGPM programme amongst industry participants, SPJIMR has created an advisory board consisting of high ranking, seasoned people from various organizations spanning across multiple verticals. The first successful meeting of the board members was held on 9th October 2009 at J.W. Marriot, Mumbai.

The main objective of the Board will be to give advice on substantive issues affecting the development and success of the PGPM Programme. The Board will also assist the PGPM Programme Office in designing the course curriculum in line with industry need and will also help in Positioning of the PGPM programme.

The list of members present on the board is as follows:

Manesh L. Shrikant Honorary Dean SPJIMR
Indu Niranjan Programme In charge – PGPM SPJIMR
Anil Warrier Director – India Staffing Microsoft India
Anita Tripathy Director – HR Cognizant Technology
Ashok Ramchandran Director – HR Vodafone India
Bijay Sahoo HR President and Chief Peoples Officer Reliance Retail
Chandramouli V. Director – Strategy & HR Cadburys India
Dhananjay Bansod Chief Peoples Officer Deloitte India
Lalit Sawhney Vice President IFIP
Paritosh Joshi Chief Executive Officer STAR CJ Network India Pvt. Ltd.
Pramod Solanki General Manager – E&C HR Larson & Toubro Ltd.
Rajagopal J. Executive VP & Global Head, Consulting Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Rajiv Dubey President, Passenger Car Division Tata Motors Ltd.
Ravi Trivedy Executive Director KPMG
Ravishankar G MD and CEO Geometric Ltd.
Robin Singh Director – HR John Deere India
Sabiha Kazi Director – Head, Client Delivery Citibank
Sanjay Sharma Director – Head, Supply Chain Hindustan Coca Cola Ltd.
Shivakumar L. Sr VP & Head – Western Region ICRA
Sunil Sanghai Director Goldman Sachs
Suprakash Mukherjee Sr. General Manager, Global Sourcing John Deere India
Supratim Sarkar Executive VP – Group Head SBI Capital Markets Ltd.
Thomas George GM – Western Region & Regional Business Head Wipro Infotech
Yogesh Patgaonkar Vice President – Talent Management RPG Enterprises

The meeting which was chaired by our Honorable Dean Dr. M.L.Shrikant and presided over by the programme-in-charge Professor Indu Niranjan , saw full attendance of our eminent professors as well as the industry participants who were invited as part of the advisory board panel.

The presence of people entailed above for in meeting, reinforced the standing of SPJIMR brand in market and also saw high level of enthusiasm amongst the industry leaders to contribute back to the academia by providing their inputs on how they want the PGPM programme aimed for experienced professional to shape in future.

Mr. Paritosh Joshi, who is the CEO for Star CJ, was of opinion that the course should be structured in a manner that allows participants to widen the horizon and focus. He believed the course is far too focused while students have come here to seek diversity in their career. According to him the course should enable them to role-play out of life experiences. He also added that Better Generalists are those who know the world. He stressed upon more outward looking attitude needed to be adopted by the institute to have participants work on real-life research project as they go along the course with more emphasis on case study based methodology.

Mr.Ravi Tirvedy making his statement during the meeting

The kind of commitment from industry towards the course was very well reflected by Mr. Ravi Trivedy of KPMG, who also happens to be the visiting faculty for the programme, shuttling between meetings and airport to find time for this event. He reflected back on his teaching experience with the batch and told the board about how students have taken risks after leaving settled job, which reflects on their ability to adorn more challenging roles in future. Apart from imparting project management, in his opinion, he would like to see the student be more sharp in their analytical ability, especially when it comes to pulling apart excel sheets etc. He also wants the institute to hone the marketing skills of the participants so that they can diversify easily and should show ability to weave story line around industry problems. According to him Industry Aligned with Professors – is a Great Opportunity, and with merging markets as the new focus, faculty should direct students to solve real world problems.

Nitin Goel , our batch participant addressing the board

Our honorable Dean , also invited couple of our students to the meeting and it turned out to be an excellent idea , as industry leaders were eager to listen from them about what they expected out this course and how they aspired to place themselves in future vis-à-vis their learning from the programme. Vivek , Nitin , Anindya & Prateek spoke well , when they were presented with this opportunity & the faculty as a whole was more than satisfied by the clear direction plus thought process presented by our representatives.

Mr. Dhananjay Bansod , Chief Peoples Officer of Deloitte India
Mr. Dhananjay Bansod , Chief Peoples Officer of Deloitte India , pointed some key challenges in front of the programme , for which he expected the institute to take make some strategic moves in future. He questioned the fact that how exactly “Experience + MBA” is envisioned as “Catapult or Ramp?” Some other key focus areas pointed out by him stemmed from following questions:

  • What transformation does it bring to someone after experience and then MBA and what value does it bring to the person?
  • How to position this course?

He also saw some relevant challenges which directed at the industry, of which the major one being how to position such participants with peers who are not MBA and still delivering.

Prateek, Anindya,Vivek,Nitin(starting from left to right)

As per the feedback which was obtained from faculty and our Honorable Dean, the first interaction of the advisory board members was very successful in meeting it initial objective of providing a common platform aimed at nurturing the PGPM course specifically by taking into consideration views of various industry leaders. It provided lot of insights for academia on how to shape decisions in future regarding PGPM as well as it also provided industry leaders an opportunity to meet the eminent faculty behind PGPM programme. According to us the institute has invested well in this initiative and onus lies on us to leverage as participants of the program by interacting more with the board through mentoring process as well as maintain momentum to have board become more effective in bringing about changes as per industry requirements, so that we achieve higher level of penetration of PGPM brand.

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Management pupils to help ‘sitaras’ shine


Mihika Basu / DNAMonday, July 27, 2009 3:57 IST Email
Mumbai: Around 180 management students of SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) will mentor 90 children from economically weaker sections as part of their course from July 2009.

Called Abhyudaya, the project carries 1.5 credits and the students have to spend
60 hours yearly mentoring the children, called ‘sitaras’.

“Children from the deprived sections are adopted from BMC and aided schools. SPJIMR plays the role of a catalyst to give financial and other kind of support so that they can realise their full potential. The main objective is to bring out their strengths till the children complete formal education,” said institute dean ML Shrikant.

Professor Rukaiya Joshi, project leader, said, Abhyudaya, started last year, included effective study habit workshops and disbursement of school and tuition fees.

However, the mentoring programme was initiated in 2009 by students of Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM-1 year) as a non-classroom experiential learning.

“Even as one talks about shining India, there is another section which doesn’t have the basic necessities. It’s here that we need to contribute and take ownership for what we do. This is what we are attempting through Abhyudaya,” said Sachin Deshmukh, student project coordinator, PGPM batch.

Now, the 2009-11 batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management will mentor 90 children by monitoring the academic growth and teach and guide them in subjects.
Mentors need to prepare mentees for scholarship, competitive/talent exams, encourage extra curricular activities and interact with their family.

Joshi said that even though most B-schools follow KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) principle, attitude is mostly ignored. “It is also very important to create the right attitude by sensitising students towards social responsiveness. This is what Abhyudaya aims at. It will be growth for both the mentor and the mentee,” she said.

Besides mentoring, each ‘sitara’ will receive Rs15,000 yearly till they complete graduation.

“Each year, we’ll adopt 45 children. The idea is to primarily look at BMC school students of Std 7 and work upon their performance so that they can be absorbed in slightly better schools in Std 8. Most municipal schools are only till class 7. The project will subsequently continue till they graduate,” explained Joshi.

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Prospective participants,

You may check the link below to see if you have qualified for the interviews. There are 437 students shortlisted for interviews.


The interview will be conducted at Mumbai from 10th to 14th August 2009. Please check your mail for further details.

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About AMBA

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Their accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. They accredit over 157 programmes in 71 countries.

They are the only professional membership association for over 9,000 MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools, and MBA employers.

About PGPM

Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), is a One Year, full-time, residential programme at S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research. The mission of PGPM programme is to create and nurture value-based future leaders taking on higher management roles in transforming organizations. This programme is specially designed for experienced professionals, with minimum work experience of 5 years.

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