Campus News

Talk on Corporate Finance by Mr. Nagi Rao

Students of SDMIMD were introduced to the world of Venture Capitalists (VCs) and Private Equity (PEs) for established businesses and in the start-up environment by Nagi Rao, Founder-Chairman of Austin, USA-based EqualizeRCM, on Jun 16 at the SDMIMD Auditorium. 
Highly informative talk centered around the structure of VC and PE funds, workings of VCs and PEs, their focus and expected returns while investing in a business, risk-reward expectations, different stages of the company when these institutions are ready to jump in with their investments, time lines of their investments, and aspects related to the nature of businesses and start-ups that are funded by the VCs and the PEs. He highlighted the High Risk – High Reward nature of these investments as well as how one big return on one investment can easily offset the losses incurred in investments made in other startups.
The talk was well received by the student audience with several questions to Nagi Rao. EqualizeRCM-India Chairman Bhaskar Kalale, Dr. NR Parasuraman, Director Emeritus of SDMIMD,  MD of EqualizeRCM-India Ashok Balaram, Dr. Prasad SN, Director of SDMIMD and Prof. Mohamed Minhaj, Chairman of Academic Programs were present during the talk. 

Business Landscape for PGDM 2022-24

Business Landscape, a knowledge expansion exercise was conducted by the SDMIMD faculty for the students entering the Second Year after their corporate internship.  The week-long program from June 7, 2023, included the Effect of Geopolitics and International Strategic Alignments on Indian Businesses; Leadership; The Perils and Promises of AI: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges; Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory & Creativity, Design Thinking and Innovation.
The faculty introduction was followed by the panel discussion by the group of students on the topics identified in line with the contemporary topics - Russian Invasion of Ukrain and the US- China Relationship: The way forward for India?; Leadership Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World; Google vs. Microsoft: The Battle for AI Supremacy; How can developing countries take advantage of the window of opportunity presented by Industry 4.0 for technological upgrading and economic catch-up? & 1. Privacy and Data Ethics in the Digital Age, 2. Responsible Design for the Circular Economy
The Business Landscape Course was conceived and anchored by Dr. Prasad SN, and Dr. Mamta Hegde, Prof. Mohamed Minhaj, Dr. Anand Sasikumar & Dr. S. Saibaba participated actively in the course.

Webinar on Managing Stress among Students

The webinar on “Managing Stress” was delivered by Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, on 16th June 2023, for the Batch 2023-2025. During the session , Dr. Mousumi discussed ‘stress’ as a dynamic condition in our lives. Stress, on one hand, motivates us to face challenges and perform, at any given situation. On the other hand, excessive stress may create hindrance in our lives and lead to various negative consequences, both psychologically and physically.  Therefore, managing stress is a very crucial aspect in any student’s life. During the interactive webinar, Dr. Mousumi discussed the model of stress management and various techniques to manage stress in a student’s life. The students also shared their experience of managing stress. 

Institutional research activity with foreign collaboration

SDMIMD has collaborated with BI Norwegian Business School researchers on an international research project on ‘Whistleblowing: an annotated global bibliography’. It is a core part of the AFINO – project, (Responsible Research and Innovation in Norway) work package 6, led by Dr. Kristian and Dr Heidi, supported by the Norwegian Research Council 2019-2024, focusing on topics related to CSR, corporate governance and whistleblowing.
SDMIMD research team, comprising of Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, Professor - OB and HRM (Principal Contributor), Dr. Sunil M. V. Assistant Professor - General Management (Co-contributor) and Student contributors, Druva N, Taha Dhilawala,  Yashwanth, and Kaydawala Saifuddin, has collaborated in the project and contributed Indian Bibliography on whistleblowing.
The aim of the research is to create a compilation of the various single language-based annotated bibliographies as well as to analyse the collected materials across all said bibliographies. Currently the project is consisting of 20 partners, from several countries. 
The work completed by the SDMIMD team has been highly appreciated and the SDMIMD team has received an appreciation letter towards that effect.  

Soft skills workshop for Karnataka Police Academy, Mysore

A full day Soft skills workshop conducted for 38 newly appointed Motor Vehicle Inspectors at Karnataka Police Academy, Mysore on 12th June 2023.
The programme was inaugurated by DSP Mr. Venkatesh - Assistant Director- Karnataka Police Academy which was followed by various sessions conducted by SDMIMD faculty resource persons on different soft skills.
The workshop sessions were designed and conducted in an activity oriented, actioned packed, and participative manner to add value to the career of the newly appointed Motor Vehicle Inspectors who are expected to perform their duty in their new Job Role shortly. The programme was well appreciated by the participants.

Add-on certificate programme for M. Com students of SDM MMK

A 32 hours Add-on certificate programme for M.Com students of MMKSDM, Mysore was conducted at SDMIMD from 5th June to 10th June 2023.
The programme was inaugurated by Director-SDMIMD Dr.S.N. Prasad. The sessions conducted by the faculty resource persons from SDMIMD in General Management and other functional area of Management for 6 days were as mentioned below:
  • General Management by Dr.Sunil MV
  • Interpersonal communications by Dr.Neetu Ganapathy
  • Leadership by Dr. Mamta Hegde
  • International HRM by Dr.L.Gandhi
  • Essentials of Business Analytics by Prof. Mohammed Minhaj
  • Descriptive & Predictive Data Analysis and Research Methods by Dr. Srilakshminarayana
  • Financial Innovations by Dr. Riyaz Ahmed and Dr.Kannadas.
The programme was well appreciated by the student participants and the Programme coordinator & faculty Dr.Devaki of SDM MMK. 

Webinar on Analytics in Business and Management

Dr. K. Riyazahmed delivered a webinar on "Analytics in Business and Management", held on June 2, 2023. The webinar provided an update on the current state of using analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning approaches in business processes. Furthermore, the students were taught about the practical applications of analytics models, particularly predictive analytics, in managerial decision-making. Similarly, the webinar explored the amount of textual data available today and strategies for analyzing it using text analytics tools. Finally, Dr. K. Riyazahmed placed emphasis on the importance of paying attention to the biases emanating from algorithm models before utilising them for business decisions.

FDP on Innovative Teaching Methods

Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Innovative Teaching Methods” was conducted at SDMIMD on 30th May 2023. FDP was inaugurated by Director-SDMIMD Dr.S.N. Prasad. 
The sessions were conducted by the SDMIMD faculty resource person Dr. Mousumi Sengupta -Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources area, and Dr. Sunil MV, Assistant Professor- General Management area.
The Topics covered in the FDP were: Types and methods of innovative teaching, Role plays & Case study methods of innovative teaching, Artificial Intelligence-Introduction, Hands-on experience on AI tools, Designing AI based student assignment and evaluation techniques.
The programme was well appreciated by the participants who were the faculty members of various reputed Management Institutes in and around Mysore.