Campus News

MDP on Interpersonal Communication

A one day MDP on Effective Interpersonal Communication was held on January 4, 2019 at SDMIMD. The MDP focused on barriers to interpersonal communication and the concept of communication with the self as being vital for effective interpersonal communication. Emotional Intelligence, verbal and non-verbal communication, empathy, perception, listening and giving and receiving feedback were some of the topics that were emphasised. Sixteen participants from Automotive Axles Pvt. Ltd. and Meritor HVS India Ltd. attended the MDP. Dr. Neetu Ganapathy, Faculty, SDMIMD, was the resource person.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Ullas Rao

Dr. Ullas Rao, Assistant Professor of Finance - School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates; and former faculty in finance at SDMIMD addressed PGDM 2017-19 Batch on December 28, 2018. Dr. Ullas focused his talk on CAPM Model and explained how portfolios have to handle with regards to risks and returns. Further, he touched upon CPM Line and the calculation of risk free return and how risk premium have to be arrived. During the Q&A session he explained the calculation of Beta with significance of Beta in market and gave explanation about the portfolio theory and efficient market hypothesis. The talk was very educative and informative. 

Prerana - Alumni Talk by Mr. Sudhindra

Mr. Sudhindra K.S. of 1999-2001 batch was on campus to deliver a talk on "IT Industry: Opportunities and expectation from Management Graduates" on December 22, 2018, to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch. 
 
Mr. Sudhindra has gained good experience in driving sustainable business value through DevOps, Lean and Agile Transformation at Philips. His talk related to these experiences. He stated that the lack of knowledge on how an industry operates results in many people getting rejected in the interviews, despite having scores.  

Interactive Session on Wealth Management

An interactive session on ‘Wealth Management’ was organized by Preraran – SDMIMD Alumni Association on December 22, 2018. Mr. Vijay Kumar M., Independent Financial Adviser and alumnus of PGDM Program delivered the session.
 
Students from PGDM Program with finance specialization attended the sessions. The session commenced with drawing up ideas from the students ranging from various investment avenues to career opportunities in the field of finance. The speaker briefed about the various investment avenues which yield high returns to the investors and said, ‘in today’s dynamic business economy, there is no proper financial planning and quality advise for the investors which include lack of trust factor and continuity which is very crucial’.
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar then enunciated the benefits of a term insurance plan for an investor and his family. In his talk, sir also threw light on the financial pyramid, the process of which involves, protection planning (investing in insurance schemes), emergency cash flow planning (an investment in an emergency fund), debt reduction planning (considering loans) and investment planning (for achieving goals).
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar emphasized that, for a financial adviser to be successful, the process of financial planning needs to be done objectively and scientifically and it is essential for a financial adviser to have a follow up with clients, review their investments annually and involve them completely in the process of financial planning and wealth management. He reiterated that time spent in the market matters for making a worthwhile investment and it is not timing the market that matters.
 
The session was concluded with students seeking clarifications from Mr. Vijay Kumar on various aspect of finance and wealth management.

Invited talk on IPR by Dr. Bheemesh

Dr. M N Bheemesh, NIALS and Senior Advisor, ALMT Legal, Advocates and Solicitors, Bangalore, was invited to deliver talk on ‘An overview of Intellectual Property Rights’ on December 17, 2018 to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch and PGPM 18-19 Batch. The main aim of the session was to sensitize the students about the intellectual property rights and its significance in the management industry.
 
Dr. Bheemesh began the session by giving a brief idea of what intellectual property rights are and how it can be related to the developments in the field of management. The speaker cited the noteworthy contributions made by Arogyaswami Paulraj, Sumita Mitra, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar who are the beneficiaries of the valuable patents for their innovations in their respective fields of expertise. He then stated that it is innovation that distinguishes between a leader and a follower and mentioned that, ideas are not patentable unless it is developed into a working model. He also highlighted about the politics of Artificial Intelligence and opined that, today the nation is ruled by financialization, globalization and digitization.
 
The session was concluded with a question and answer session wherein all the students took an active part.

7th International Conference on Managing Human Resources at the Workplace

 
SDMIMD organized 7th edition of the International HR Conference on 14th and 15th December 2018. The theme for the 2018 edition revolved around ‘Managing Human Resources at the workplace’. Mr. Lakshminarayan Ganesh, Chairman & MD, Rane Holdings Ltd, was the distinguished guest and delivered the keynote address at the inauguration of the conference. 
 
In his keynote address, Mr. L. Ganesh threw light on the importance of human capital in any organization. He said that the key challenge was to bring people with different mindsets and aspirations to work together and align the same with the organisation’s goals and objectives. Director of the Institute Dr. N.R. Parasuraman; Conference Chair Dr. Mousumi Sengupta; and Conference Co-Chair Dr. Nilanjan Sengupta; were present. 
 
The conference had technical sessions delivered by Mr. Amit Agnihotri, Founder of MBAUniverse.com and Convenor at Indian Management Conclave; Prof. Ravichandran, Ex-Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad; Mr. Rajendra Babu, Factory Manager, ITC limited Agri-Business Division, Mysuru; and, Mr. Mahalingam C, Managing Director, Lead Theatre Consulting, Bangalore. 
 
The conference deliberated over 100 research papers by over 150 delegates including academic practitioners, research scholars, industry experts and management students, to emphasize the role of Human Resources as a strategic business partner and a key differentiator in today’s volatile business environment.