Guest Lecture by Mr. Nimesh Shah – Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Windchimes Communications Pvt. Ltd.

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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On 22nd March 2014, TAPMI students had the honour of receiving Mr Nimesh Shah, co-founder of Windchimes Communications Pvt. Ltd., an alumnus of NMIMS Mumbai, and a young entrepreneur, as a Guest Speaker. Mr. Shah held an interactive session with the students and talked at length about Social and Digital Media.

The topic of the day was ‘Using Social Media to build your own Brand’. Mr Shah began the session by connecting to the students at their own level, by revealing that he had visited TAPMI as a student himself in 1999, as part of Sankalp, an event organized by Atharva (TAPMI’s annual B-school Fest). He ensured that the session was interactive since the beginning itself and drew out the views of students on the various aspects of Social Media.

The session gave many interesting insights to the students into this upcoming trend of Social Media. While the general perception seemed to be that Social Media is essentially online, Mr Shah presented a totally different view stating that Social Media is online as well as offline, and the only difference being that online it receives more scale.

Having explained the very idea of it, he went on to explain how one may use Social Media to his/her advantage. To establish this, he presented many interesting examples from real life, such as Susan Boyle, the singing sensation from Britain who is now a Brand herself due to the correct use of Social Media. Also, Mr Shashi Tharoor, who leveraged this medium to connect to the youth of the country simply through his regular Tweet updates. Needlessly to say, these examples held the students spell-bound and led to a plethora of questions later on.

Finally, he focused on how, despite its many advantages, Social Media was only a tool that could be used if the core product was good. He emphasized on the quality aspect and encouraged the students to leverage Social Media, while ensuring that their main product had a strong value offering.

TAPMI students were richer for the experience in terms of knowledge and skills, and it is hoped that they will be graced by his presence and interaction again in future.

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Guest Lecture by Mr. Sanjeev Dixit – Chief People Officer at Allied Blenders & Distillers Pvt. Ltd.

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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Mr Sanjeev Dixit, Chief People Officer of Allied Blenders & Distillers Pvt Ltd visited TAPMI on the 22nd of March. He interacted with a few students about his life experiences and journey so far professional as well as personal. This session was unlike any other interactive session held by industry experts- the focus was lesser on just the corporate world but personal growth.

The knowledge sharing session started with students being asked what they wanted to talk or know about. It was conversational and the direction was given by students but the insights were Mr Dixit. It started with basic questions which took us by surprise- what our names mean and are we living up to its meaning. It made most of us look deeper and not scratch on the surface and this was the larger purpose.

The purpose was in line with the values of ABD which focuses on motivating each employee to live it up each day. The learning was to do an objective assessment of self to see if one truly belongs with an organisation. College to the corporate world is a huge change most students are looking forward to but rarely do we ask ourselves if we even like change in the first place. Mr. Dixit got everyone thinking about the discomfort each one experiences with a minor change in routine and then helped us contrast it with what one actually experiences when we change organisations and move from one company culture to another. It helped us understand the gap between the perceived adjustments to change versus facing it in real time. The essence for a smooth transitioning within cultures is really to embrace change and not just accept it in the event of no alternatives.

Mr. Dixit motivated students with his own journey up the success ladder and the endeavours and perseverance. The lecture helped in understanding the basic alignment between a corporate and MBA, the learning that needs to be learnt and times when one should be ‘tabula rasa’ a blank slate, ready to learn and absorb. A basic lesson we all forget when trying to climb the ladder, the grip is best when the journey begins from the first step.

The curiosity of many was catered to when Mr Dixit spoke about the portfolio of products under ABD, their positioning and marketing. In the past years they have moved from being a single brand company to one that has acquired some of the bigger players in the market. The marketing strategies have made it many case studies and all at TAPMI were lucky to hear the story from those who lived it.

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GL - Mr Sanjeev Dixit

A session on “Private Equity” – by Mr. Ashwin Narang, AVP, Pioneer Investcorp

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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This Sunday the 9th of March, TAPMI proudly played host to one of its alumnus Mr. Ashwin Narang – AVP, Investment Banking at Pioneer InvestCorp. Mr. Narang was here to talk to the students on trends and career options in investment banking in general and Private Equity in particular.

The session kicked off with Mr. Narang clearly defining the role of an investment banker and describing how often people erroneously claim to be practitioners in this area.

After enlightening the audience on the broad aspects of Investment Banking, Mr. Narang moved on to his area of practice- Private Equity. He walked the students through the entire process of a private equity deal spanning four phases namely – Coverage & Origination, Collateral Preparation, Distribution and Valuation & Structuring. While comparing and contrasting the private equity scene in the United States with that in India, Mr. Narang mentioned that it has witnessed a growing trend in India over the recent past and also named some of the most active participants in the country.

Stressing on the importance of understanding the fundamentals of the industry one, as an Investment Banker is planning to cater to; Mr. Narang gave examples of deals handled by him where this knowledge was essential to the successful deal.

The students had the rare opportunity to view actual samples of agreements, prospectus, disclosures and similar documents that are transacted in the course of a deal.

As Mr. Narang offered a peek in to the events associated with the closing of a deal, the audience were able to get a clearer picture than what they had held in their minds so far.

Overall, it was an excellent opportunity for the students to complement their theoretical understanding of Investment Banking concepts with real examples from the industry.

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“Do brands listen to you?” – A session on Data Analytics by Mr Deep Sherchan

March 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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Mr. Deep Sherchan, CMO and Cofounder of Simplify360 visited TAPMI campus to deliver a lecture on Data Analytics.

The session was very interactive, with Mr Sherchan giving the students an insight into the relevance of data analytics in today’s world. One of the prominent questions which was discussed was how “brands listen to their customers”. He gave examples from the industry and spoke about how Simplify360 helps clients make sense of data available to them.

Mr Sherchan also spoke about how companies are moving. The investment in analytics is rising today. There is an increased use of unstructured or new data sources. He also explained the requirements and challenges for digital analytics and how good analysis is possible by marrying big data skills with business acumen. He stressed on the importance of psychology and story telling.

Mr Sherchan then explained how data collection is performed. He dwelt deep into the brands’ social compass which were customer experience, market optimization, brand health, innovation, operational efficiency and revenue generation.

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He concluded the session with interesting reports which were very informative for the students. It included comparison of brand strength of two famous Bollywood stars, comparison of leading e-commerce sites and discussed about some interesting findings in these reports.

The session was educative and was very useful for the students of TAPMI.

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“Innovative practices in Human Resource Management” by Mr. Naga Siddharth, Chief People Officer, Cloud Nine Hospitals

March 8, 2014 1 comment

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The students of TAPMI had the privilege of attending a guest lecture on “Innovative practices in Human Resource Management” by Mr. Naga Siddharth, the Chief People Officer of Cloud Nine Hospitals. Mr. Siddharth holds an MBA degree in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked for various companies such as Citrix, HCL and Air Deccan.

Mr. Siddharth started off by giving a brief introduction about Cloud Nine and how it aims at providing the best service possible to the admitted patients. He emphasized that Cloud Nine came into existence in order to counter the high infant mortality in the country. The hospital has succeeded in maintaining a 100% survival rate since its inception.

Mr. Siddharth then spoke about strategic HR and why it is important to incorporate innovative practices in HRM. He pointed out that innovation was required for competitive advantage and that HR personnel bring together people and business in the organization. He shed light on the mechanics of delivering HR value proposition and how Human resources add value to customers. He elaborated that it was the job of an HR personnel to create shared values.

He further continued by explaining the core values of Cloud Nine and how it has successfully overcome the challenges of high attrition which is common among many organizations today. He attributed the hospitals success to its customer centric approach, respect for employees and bias for action. Mr. Siddharth further elaborated that clients are never left out and are kept up to date on the progress of the proceedings at the hospital time to time.

Topics such as linkages between strategic, organizational and HR context and staff performance appraisal processes were also discussed. He concluded the lecture by throwing some light on the culture and motivational climate in the organization which is measured by various factors such as openness, authenticity, experimentation and trust. He promptly answered various queries which were raised by the students about the working of Cloud Nine.

The students were given an insight into what they would experience while working with the organization. Overall, the session was quite informative and interactive and provided the students with a plethora of information regarding various Human Resource management practices followed at Cloud Nine.

“ROLE OF YOUTH IN THWARTING THE THREATS FACED BY OUR NATION”- Guest lecture by Lt. General Dr N S Malik, former deputy commandant of the Indian Army.

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

 

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On 17th February, TAPMI had the privilege of having a session on “National security issues” by
Lt. General Dr N S Malik, former deputy commandant of the Indian Army, New Delhi. Brigadier Narayan Singh Malik, New Delhi, former officer of RAW and Prof G S Murthy, Vijayawada, former nuclear scientist also graced the event.

Dr. N S Malik started the lecture by talking about the immense potential that our country has. He said that our country was endowed with rich natural resources and was ideally located on the path of world trade. He said our country also had many cultures which should preserved. “We can never know our country entirely. It is too great with a lot of diversity” he said.

“Terrorism has been destroying the economy of our country “. Explaining further, he said, “Two of our neighboring countries, Pakistan and China have been attacking us in all possible ways and the worst part of this is the collusion of both these countries to attack India. China has been using Pakistan as a proxy to attack us. There are lots of issues with China, which we are not raising on the national level. In the Northern areas, Chinese have a massive presence and also, large extent of land has been illegally intruded upon by these two countries.

“In Karakoram Highway in the northern parts of the country, one can find major tunnels, which have been used by the invaders to store missiles and other destructive weapons. A port nearby has been fully controlled by China, which indicates that we have been lacking security over waterways. One such example is the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, where the attackers had reached their target via sea,” he said.

“A proxy war has been carried out from a long time ago through two different ways: Economic Attack and Demographic Attack. Naxalism, terrorism, Maoism, drugs and other narcotic substances supply, inter communal wars etc have been happening continuously in our nation, thus effecting its growth.

“We are indeed at a dangerous stage. In fact, the entire southern Asian region itself is in danger as the three neighboring rival countries – India, Pakistan and China – are nuclear powered.

“Our military forces must be fully equipped with modernized weapons. We import weapons; hence they are too costly to the country’s economy. If the defense sector is developed, the country’s economy will grow,” he added.

“The government has admitted that there are more than 20 million Bangladeshi immigrants in India. No step whatsoever has been taken to expel the illegal immigrants who are a risk to national security”.

Dr. Malik said that the students had a very important role to play in the development of our nation and that students should understand the problems and challenges facing our country. He said that all students must think of the betterment of India in everything that they do and should work for the nation.

He ended the speech by saying that a war is fought by the nation and all its citizens are its soldiers.

Everyone in the seminar hall was truly inspired.

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Guest Lecture by Mr. Santosh Mishra, Human Resource Director at Innovation Labs [24]7 Inc.

February 25, 2014 1 comment

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“The existing world of innovation and folks who make it happen” – this was precisely what Mr. Santosh Mishra ventured to talk about to the students of TAPMI in an interactive guest lecture held on the 22nd of February, 2014 at the TAPMI campus.

Mr. Mishra is a seasoned HR professional with thirteen years of experience across diverse sectors ranging from retail to Agri Biotech to IT, among others. He is also a specialist in the realm of Talent Management, one of the hottest fields in HR today. Mr. Mishra presently serves as Human Resource director at Innovation Labs [24]7 Inc.

Mr. Mishra started off by first talking about Innovation – what it is and how it works at the most fundamental levels. He highlighted the disruptive pace of innovation today i.e. how ideas take much lesser time to “go to market”. Because the advent of information and technology has shrunk the global landscape, and also because today, availability of capital is not really a factor if the idea is good, he exclaimed that if one has a new idea, one can be sure that there would be at least a thousand others who are working on the same idea. He explained this point with actual examples, and emphasized the need for organisations that are innovation centered to identify this “megatrend” and align their business model so as to be dynamic and responsive to cope with this trend.

He now delved upon the origin of great, path breaking, and disruptive ideas. Where do great ideas come from and how to encourage the ideators? Mr. Mishra now talked about the nature of work in an innovation focused organisation. The key aspects in his opinion are that such companies attract people who love to solve problems and have the audacity to attack huge problems, have a culture of big as well as incremental improvement ideas, and have a High Performance work culture which puts emphasis on accountability, ownership and teamwork.

Finally, Mr. Mishra proceeded to explain to the eager TAPMIans about the specific traits of people in innovation organisations. According to him, the talent at such organisations comprises of people who chase big ideas, have the ability to stay and fight despite setbacks, have a healthy respect for expertise and personal space, think “out of the box”, and are extremely flexible with execution. These traits are what need to be looked for and nurtured in any organisation that wants to be innovation centric. He also talked about the importance of self – leadership in such organisations.

The session was interactive with a lot of pertinent questions being posed to the guest, who addressed the finer points of his discussion through the question and answer session. The lecture concluded with a standing ovation to Mr. Mishra and the students thanking him for spending his valuable time with them. 

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