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.
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.
“Innovative practices in Human Resource Management” by Mr. Naga Siddharth, Chief People Officer, Cloud Nine Hospitals
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.
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.
“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 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.
Ms. Ivy Saldanha, Director HR, Actuant India, held a session with TAPMI students on ‘How HR can support Business’ on 14th Feb 2014. She started with a brief overview of Actuant itself – the structure and processes of the company.
The session was interactive since the beginning. A volley of questions was put forward by TAPMI students, and an equally adept Ms. Saldanha easily put the queries to rest at every instant.
The questions raised were not just about the company, but about the varied aspects of HR, how they work and what relevance do they have with Business. Ms. Saldanha went in-depth into the concepts of HR, and finally told the students about how Actuant has devised a process to ensure the training of its employees in this field make them fully adept in knowing the intricacies of the company, understanding how everything works. This process is the Internship process, which unlike other companies, goes on for a period of 2 years. The idea, as explained by her, is that the employee would have so much of knowledge and training at the end of this 2 year period, that it would render him/her a competent candidate for HR services all over. Further, it would arm him/her with a unique knowledge of the company and its workings, making him/her a capable potential employee in the future for Actuant.
Naturally, this concept brought in further queries from the students, given that this was not a usual concept practised by a company. Ms. Ivy then pacified the students by her own example and by the personal experiences which her colleagues chose to share with the students, and the experiences were such as dealt with the all the concerns of the students. Ms. Ivy then proceeded to the final stage of the session, where the interaction was purely on the basis of HR concepts in general and how one may apply them in any kind of business.
After an hour of highly energetic interaction between her and the students, the session ended with a thunderous applause, and a promise on Ms. Ivy’s behalf to share further knowledge again in future to students delighted at this prospect. To conclude, it was a session highly informative of the changing trends in the HR functions in the industries and the TAPMI students had a great experience being a part of the session.
“Make your money work hard for you!!” Guest lecture on Wealth Management by Mr. Gajendra Kothari, MD and CEO Etica Wealth Management Pvt. Ltd.
“Mutual Funds are subject to market risk. Please read the offer document carefully before investing”. All of us have heard this on television but not many youngsters are even sure of what ‘mutual fund’ actually means. Quoting Benjamin Franklin “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, it is important that the young generation know how to create wealth as well as are aware of wealth management.
It is at this juncture that Mr. Gajendra Kothari stepped in and conducted a very insightful session leaving the students of TAPMI with an important question – “We work hard for money, does our money work equally hard for us?”
Mr. Gajendra Kothari, CFA, CAIA, ICFA is Managing Director & CEO of Etica Wealth Management Pvt. Ltd. He has more than nine years of experience encompassing both Indian and overseas capital markets and has also been featured as Top 10 Financial Planners in India by jagoadvisor.com
Beginning the session with a short film ‘One Idiot’ (an IDFC Foundation Initiative), Mr. Kothari introduced the point – never let your money sit idle, teach it how to work for you and you will reap rewards. With the movie, the concept of SIP or Systematic Investment Planning was also brought to light.
The interactive session had TV advertisements woven with examples of Mr. Kothari’s personal investments and it helped students get a clearer picture of different kinds of investment options, suitable times for each, pros and cons of debt and equity, the power of compounding, the fact that inflation is an invisible tax and that lifestyle inflation is a time bomb. He stressed on the fact that it is essential to start investing early to create maximum wealth and that today not investing in equity is risky and not the other way round.
He also mentioned that if we manage our wealth smartly, we could participate in a profitable company’s returns and not merely be a lender. He also helped bust many myths about mutual funds, talking about their advantages as well as disadvantages. In due course of the presentation, the students were exposed to new concepts like Term Insurance Policy and Liquid funds. He concluded by emphasizing that “An investor’s chief problem, and even his worst enemy, is likely to be himself – Benjamin Graham”. The session came to an end with the student giving a standing ovation to the guest followed by the MIP team extending the vote of thanks on behalf of the TAPMI family.
“You’ll have so many TV’s akka”. This was the first statement that Renuka made when she entered the G1 Lab, TAPMI. In the era when people of her age are developing online applications and games, she and her classmates did not know what a computer was. To cater to the academic needs of the children and to facilitate the practical learning experience the Social Endeavour Group, TAPMI conducted a computer training session on 3 Feb 2014 for the students of Rajiv Nagar School, near Manipal. Members from SEG visited the school and collected information regarding the needs of the students and their curriculum before the class was scheduled. All the prior sessions were conducted for class 9th and 10th. This was the first time that we conducted classes for class 8 students. 30 students of 8th grade attended this session. They concepts were explained in Kannada by student volunteers and lots of real world examples were explained, to which the kids could easily relate. Topics like different components of a computer and their uses, getting familiar with the input devices, creation and deletion of folders and word documents etc were covered in the two hour session. In order to make it more effective only the basics were covered and more time was given to the children to practice. The session was backed up by a strong volunteer support. 15 volunteers including the SEG members helped the kids to learn the new concepts and also fostered a healthy learning environment. Language was no barrier in the process as the volunteers easily demonstrated to the students. The children were encouraged to ask questions and all the concepts were revised again. The children were provided with refreshments and towards the end of the session their feedback was collected. The joy of seeing them elated on encountering this new device was priceless. SEG thanks all its volunteers for their continuous and selfless support in this noble task.