“The role of HR in the present industry”: Mr. Santosh Bolar – HR Manager, Country Garden Group

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On 25th January 2018, Mr. Santosh Bolar had an interactive discussion with the students on the topic “The role of HR in the present industry”.

He opened the talk with a discussion on the role of HR in the industry today, as well as the differences in the way the HR function operates across geographies. He spoke about how the employment laws and work culture prevalent in different countries influence the HR function as a whole, from recruitment to retention and employee engagement. “In today’s scenario, retaining talent is proving to be a difficult task”, he opined.

Reflecting on his career spanning over a decade in the real estate sector, he emphasized the need to cultivate good relationships and building a rapport with one’s colleagues at the workplace. Negotiation, good communication, and team-building skills hold the key to a successful career in HR, he said.

He then offered several tips on how to crack the GDs and interviews for the placement process. He advised the students to keep themselves abreast about the latest trends in the industry relevant to HR. The students were also advised to read and understand the job profile being offered, thoroughly. A key element of one’s preparation should also involve a study of the company and the industry as well, such as facts about the leadership, turnover, products/services, competitors, company policies and labour laws. Gaining proficiency in advanced Excel was also advised. He asked the students not to be swayed by the packages offered by recruiters, but to focus on the job profiles on offer. Acquiring connections on LinkedIn would be immensely helpful in understanding the career path in this industry as well as scouting for openings in companies, he opined. He signed off by encouraging the students to look at every opportunity at the workplace as an avenue for growth, urging them not to be disheartened by setbacks but to focus on enhancing their skill sets.

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Tapmi Model United Nations 2018: Inauguration Ceremony

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The premium edition of TAPMI’s model united nations(T-MUN) commenced with the Inauguration Ceremony on 25th January 2018. The ceremony began with an invocation song followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Dr. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Director & Chair Professor of Finance, TAPMI, Dr. Seena Biju, Chairperson- PGP & Associate Professor, TAPMI and Mr. Ashwath Narayana, President, TAPMI Toastmasters committee. This was followed by an overview of T-MUN and the importance of such an event for a management student.

The Director of TAPMI, Dr. Madhu Veeraraghavan spoke warmly about the event and introduced the theme of the event which is:  Global governance and the rise of new disruptive elements. He stated that the purpose of MUN is learning diplomacy, leadership skills, verbal communication, debates, international relationships among various others. He then briefed about the Syrian war and the effects of the same in the UN. He touched upon the importance of a MUN for students. He then welcomed all the delegates for MUN and wished them a wonderful day ahead. He complimented the team of Toastmasters for bringing this event together successfully.

The Committee president of Toastmasters Mr. Ashwath Narayana then gave an overview of the 1st edition of MUN. He briefed upon the role of Toastmasters club and its importance to a management student. He then elaborated the proceedings of the event, he explained who the delegates are and listed the different colleges they have come from and their role. He briefly touched upon the agenda for the General Assembly, “Peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea” and the agenda for the Security Council, “Authorization for an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria”. He then wished all the participants luck and requested the Director, Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan to declare the ceremony open. Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan then declared the ceremony open with a gavel, as is the tradition of Toastmasters.

Atharva 2018: A Summary of Day 3

On 21st Jan 2018, the third and final day of the 31st edition of Atharva, the final on-campus round of all the events were conducted.

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In inFINity, the third round was about wealth management and financial advisory. The teams were assigned the roles of financial advisors in the round. Each team was assigned with a high profile client, with whom they’ve interacted regarding his/her financial goals and the targets they want to achieve. The teams were asked to come up with a suitable financial plan matching the profile of the client. The presentation by each team included analysis of data received from the client, a financial plan according to the data analyzed and implementation of the plan. The teams were given 20 minutes for presentation which was followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session with the judging panel. The judging panel for the day comprised of Mr. Sumit Kumar Jain, Senior Vp of ASK Wealth Advisors, who is an alum of TAPMI and Prof. Durga Prasad, from TAPMI as well as a student panel comprising of two second-year finance major students. The team from KJSIMSR were crowned the winners while the team from IMI secured first runners-up position and Team from TAPMI secured second runners-up position.

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Round 3 of JARVIS, the Data Analytics competition was organized on the campus of T.A. Pai Management Institute on the third day of Atharva 2018. The top five teams from various b-schools across the nation competed neck to neck in this “Samasya pe Charcha” round. In this round the teams were asked to present info-graphic data analysis on topics of global concern and depict descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analysis on the same. The judges for the event were Prof. Kedareshwaran Subrahmanian and Prof. Guruprasad P, of TAPMI, who engaged the participants in a healthy discussion throughout the competition. This challenging round comprised of 15 minutes of presentation by each team followed by 10 minutes of rigorous rebuttal from the fellow teams and the judges. The various topics of discussion were Climate Change, Poverty, Literacy and Education, Terrorism and Mortality. The event concluded with an invigorating discussion and constructive feedback by the judges. The team from SIBM Bengaluru emerged as winners and teams from TAPMI secured the positions of first runners-up and second runners-up.

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In ‘Sankalp – The Business Plan Competition’, the third and final round was a continuation of the previous round, where the teams were given 10 minutes each to pitch in their ideas to the judging panel. The judging panel for the day comprised of Mr. Rohaan Goswami, COO of Product Design at Ycenter and Ms. Pooja Kamath, Director of Strategic Alliances at Ycenter. The team from SIIB Pune were declared the winners of Sankalp, while the team from TAPMI and team from SCMHRD secured second and third positions.

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The third and final round of Make Your Mark saw the teams challenging each other’s strategies of rebranding a failed product and finding loopholes in them. This round was the continuation of the second round where each team presented their action plan for rebranding the product they were given. The round had three stages. The first was the ‘Attack Round’ where one team found some loopholes in the participating team’s strategy and suggested improvements in them. In the second one, ‘The Defense’, the participating team had to defend their strategy against the points put forward by the attacking team. And the third one was a short debate between the attacker team and the defender team. This was followed by a small question and answer session with the judges. All these rounds had their individual scores and the cumulative of the scores was used to declare the winners of the event. The winner of Make Your Mark was the team form ‘Great Lakes Institute of Management’ while the team from TAPMI and IIM-K bagged the second and third position respectively.

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On the third day of 31st Atharva, the final round of ‘sHRisti’ took place where the top 6 teams battled it out to be crowned as the HR heroes. The rapid developments in the area of HR are leading to an integration with technology, which includes the use of big data, artificial intelligence and data analytics. The judges were Professor Seena Biju, PGP Chairperson and Area Chair for Operations at TAPMI and Professor Sushanta Kumar Sarma, Dean – Research at TAPMI. The teams had to present their case using a blend of HR and analytics, post which the judges engaged in a Q&A session with the team. The teams were judged on various parameters such as their presentation, their ability to utilize time and their performance in the Q&A session. The teams had to analysis the reasons for attrition at Axon and present their solutions for the same. The teams used various tools such as decision trees, regression tools, random forest and software such as Tableau to understand the data given to them and present their solutions. The teams brainstormed and provided their out-of-the-box solutions to the judges. The winner of sHRishti was the team from ISBM and the teams from TAPMI were adjudged, runners-up.

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To mark the end of an eventful 3 days, TAPMI’s very own home band Y.T.B.N put forward an extraordinary performance for the home crowd. The two and half hour long musical extravaganza had students from the first year and second year as well as one of the faculties, Dr. Seena Biju showcase their impeccable talent to the crowd. The musical performance was followed by a DJ night and neon paint party.

 

Atharva 2018: Valedictory Ceremony

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After three days of enthusiasm and excitement, Atharva 2018, one of the oldest BSchool fests in the country, came to an end on 21st January 2018. Themed “Modulate the Mayhem”, the 31st edition of Atharva was a resounding success, witnessing participation of over 1200 students from 30 B-schools across the country. The valedictory ceremony was graced by the Director of TAPMI, Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, the esteemed guest of the event, Mr. Sumit Kumar Jain (Senior VP at ASK Wealth Advisors Pvt Ltd) and other faculty members.

The convenor of Atharva, Mr. Harshvardhan Sheth presented the Atharva 2018 report, giving a glimpse of the three-day extravaganza. The portfolio of events included sHRisti- The HR event, Make your Mark- the flagship marketing event, Infinity – the finance event, Sankalp – the B plan competition and the first edition of J.A.R.V.I.S – the Analytics event.

The highlight of Atharva 2018 was the “Run for a Cause” marathon, a CSR initiative held on 13th January 2018, which collected over 1.25 lakhs. The proceeds will be used for the noble cause of restructuring the Academy Public School, Manipal. Prof. Madhuveeraraghavan then addressed the gathering and applauded the efforts of team Atharva and the benchmarks it has set in the 31 years of its legacy. Following this, the winners of various events were felicitated.

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For the event JARVIS, the 2nd runners-up were Team TAPMIans, 1st runners-up were Team P Square from TAPMI and the winners were SIBM Bengaluru. For Infinity, the 2ndrunners up were the team from TAPMI “Risky City”, 1st runners-up were IMI Delhi and the Winners were Royal Sapphires from KJ Somaiyyah Institute. ISBM won the event SHRishti, and the teams from TAPMI were adjudged, runners-up.For Make your mark the 2nd runners-up – IIM K, 1st runners-up – Revolvers from TAPMI, and the winners were Desert Storm from Great Lakes Institute of Management.

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The closing ceremony was concluded with a vote of Thanks by Co-convenor of Atharva , Mr. Saan Issac.

 

Atharva 2018: A Summary of Day 2

On 20th Jan 2018, the second day of 31st Atharva, round 2 of the events saw the teams competing fiercely for the top position in their respective events.

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Round 2 of inFINity saw a debate between the teams, where each team has to present their views of expansion of a company in a given country. The company and the country for expansion were already assigned to the teams. The presenting team has to convince the judges that the given country is the best option for expansion for that company in terms of feasibility and profitability. The teams were given 10 minutes to present their findings, which mainly included a company overview and its financial analysis, demographic analysis of country assigned to them, the market analysis and the growth opportunities for the company in the given country. Post the presentation, two other teams were given an opportunity to have a 10 minutes Q&A session with the team presenting, where they debated with the team on the expansion choice. This was followed by 10 minutes of Q&A session with the judging panel. The judging panel for the day consisted of Mr. Vijay Pande, VP of Yes Bank (who’s also an alumnus of TAPMI) and Prof. Meera L.B. Aranha from TAPMI as well as two second-year finance major students.

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In J.A.R.V.I.S, round 2 was aptly named “What’s your data say?”. Each participating team was provided with a rich historical dataset of a website having different parameters of website traffic. The teams were required to work with various visualization tools to analyze the data for patterns, build a dashboard and come up with insights. These insights would help the parent company (client websites) to improve their business. The techniques could include social analytics, web analytics, churn analytics etc. Participants were expected to understand the consumer behavior and provide valuable suggestion to improve the consumer experience. This round tested the presentation skills and the ability of the participants to analyze the data, understand and predict consumer behavior and build effective dashboards. The time limit for the teams was 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes Q&A by the judges.

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Round 2 of ‘Sankalp- The B-Plan Battle’ started off with some great entrepreneurial ideas from the first round. Mr. Saurabh Chandra Rai, Senior Manager, Social Incubation of Start-Up Oasis graced the event with his presence and evaluated the contestants based on several parameters. All the teams presented their refined and improved ideas from Day 1 for 20 minutes and then, engaged in a Q&A session with Mr. Rai for 10 minutes. The teams presented their overall idea, along with the SWOT analysis, key financials, target segment, collaborations, and the road ahead. Battling cut-throat competition in the start-up ecosystem, the teams had ideas which are path-breaking and never seen before. The competition helped the teams understand the drawbacks of their ideas and how to overcome them. The selected teams moved on to the third round of Sankalp to be held on the 3rd day of Atharva 2018.

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In “Make your Mark”, the second round saw the teams battling ways to rebrand a failed product. The judges for this round were Mr. Nimit Patel, Director, Ernst and Young and Dr. Simon George, Professor in the Area of Marketing, TAPMI. The teams that participated in this round were Team Desert Storm – Great Lakes, Team Vijeta – SCMHRD, Team Uphaar – IIM Kozhikode, Team Revolvers – TAPMI, Team A-Team – TAPMI, Team AGAP – TAPMI. The round revolved around rebranding a failed product and each team was given a unique product and a fixed budget of 50lakhs. Each team was given 15 minutes to give their presentation and post that, they had a Q&A session with the judging panel. One of the parameters for judging was how effectively the budget was used for the rebranding campaign. All of the teams participated enthusiastically and presented unique and out-of-the-box ideas.

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Day 2 of 31st Atharva saw the 2nd on-campus round of sHRishti, Atharva’s HR extravaganza. This round was a case study round where the following skills of participants were tested: the articulation of the problem statement, identification of factors and constraints and spontaneity during the Q/A round with the judges. Each team was given 15 minutes for presentation followed by 5-10 minutes for the Q/A session. The discussion revolved around Gamification in the recruitment process, a new development in the field of HR. The event was judged by Mr. Deepak Kulkarni, the CHRO at Bajaj Electricals Ltd. and Mr. Babu Thomas, the Dean, St. Aloysius Institute of Management, Mangalore. The teams came up with varied applications and games with multiple stages and levels that could be applied to the real world, for recruitment processes followed by an intense discussion with the judges.

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To mark the end of a day filled with fierce competition, Xpressions organized the event Vibes – The Dance Extravaganza. The event saw 6 teams from School of Life Sciences Manipal, MIT Manipal, NMAMIT, Crazy Guys Dance Academy and TAPMI competing for the first position over a course of three rounds. Round 1 was a Duet round, where the participants had to depict a story while remaining physically connected to each other throughout the dance. Round 2 was a Faceoff round where one member of each team had to come and choose their opponent and have a face-off dance with him/her. The final round was a Group Dance in which every team had to showcase their talent in the group dance competition. The theme of the day was “Around the world”. Team Kreigers from MIT were declared the winners and team Showstoppers form MIT were the runners-up. The event was judged by Mr. John Daniel, who represented India in World Hip-hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas, USA in 2016 and Mr. Sunronce Pais, who is a certified ballroom dancer with more than 10 years of experience.

Atharva 2018: Day 2 – “Design Thinking For Entrepreneurs” Workshop by YCENTER

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 On 20th January 2018, Mr. Rohaan Goswami, COO YCenter India and Ms. Pooja Kamath, Director of Strategic Alliances at Ycenter India conducted a ten-hour workshop on “Design Thinking For Entrepreneurs”. Ycenter is a global experiential learning organization. They have created hands-on educational programs in form of semester wide international programs to month-long Entrepreneurship programs to weekend Human Centered Design Workshops. Ycenter’s work is in direct alignment with United Nation’s Sustainable development goals(SDG). The company has established its footprint in 4 countries in 3 continents in less than 3 years. Ycenter has conducted guest lectures and keynote talks in some of the world’s most prestigious universities like Wharton Business School and Hult International Business School in the USA, IIT-Kanpur in India, Social Enterprise World Forum in South Korea, Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum in Switzerland and more.

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The workshop helped the students on how to plan and execute their entrepreneurial aspirations. It was a very interactive session filled with fun and laughter. The facilitators encouraged the students to think outside the box. They students elaborated on their ideas with the help of the double diamond model design thinking. The first Phase is Discovery in which we tried to look at the problem in a fresh way, notice new things and gather insights. We noted all this on post its and pasted them on chart papers. The second quarter represents the definition stage, in which we try to make sense of all the possibilities identified in the Discover phase. The goal here is to develop a clear creative brief that frames the fundamental design challenge. The third quarter marks a period of development where solutions or concepts are created, prototyped, tested and iterated. This process of trial and error helps designers to improve and refine their ideas. Interspaced between the process of design thinking we partook in various fun activities which helped in boosting our creativity. The students enjoyed the interaction and had passionate discussions on entrepreneurship and creativity. Finally, the facilitators helped create a Business Model Canvas (BMC) to help students develop their ideas into feasible business plans. Overall, the session showcased the creativity of the students and determination of the students in becoming entrepreneurs.

Atharva 2018: Day 2- Lessons of Leadership Management by Mr. Vijay Pandey, Vice President, Yes Bank

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On 20th January 2018 as part of Atharva 2018, in a fun-filled session, Mr. Vijay Pandey taught the lessons of leadership to the students of TAPMI in an innovative way. He began by asking the audience how many of them thought of themselves as leaders. He then divided the audience into two groups as managers and leaders. He asked all the leaders to share their perspective on the role of a leader. After a series of activities and tasks, the goal was to find a leader amongst the audience. This was done through voting by the managers and convincing by the leaders to form a team.
Through this whole process, Mr. Pandey tried to practically demonstrate to the students what are the traits required to become a leader. The message to take home was that leadership is not only about skills and it’s a right mix of skills and having the right attitude and taking the efforts in the right direction.