TAPMI in Top 15 B-Schools in India

Check out the latest issue (October 17, 2010) of The Week magazine where TAPMI figures in the Top 15 B-schools in India.

TAPMI has been ranked 4th in South Zone after ISB, IIM Bangalore and IIM Kozhikode.

TAPMI is in the final stage of accreditation for AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and we hope by end of this year TAPMI will become the first business school in the country to get this prestigious recognition, a mark of quality of education all around the world.

The current year also witnessed TAPMI launch a slew of initiatives:

  • Leadership Lecture Series
  • India’s First Blue Ocean Strategy Research Center
  • Disha – HR Conclave , 2010

Definitely, the mood is upbeat in the campus and we hope to keep the momentum going!

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Experience @ Sphoorti

The time spent at Sphoorti as part of our NGO project was a whole new experience of fun mixed with satisfaction and happiness.  Sphoorti, a cradle for happiness for 112 underprivileged children, is an NGO based in Hyderabad which believes in and works towards providing opportunities to disadvantaged children to transform their lives through comprehensive care. It provides them with security of food and shelter, empowers them with education which otherwise would have been a far-cry and thus fills their future with hope and aspiration.  Mr. Srivyal Vuyyuri, the founder of Sphoorti Foundation, gives personalized attention to each of these children. Talk to him and you will realize how much passionate he is about creating a difference in the life of these children and how much serious he is to professionalize such social initiatives and make them as one of the career options which the current generation can take up full-time as he has done.

Sphoorti , Hyderabad

Children are the heart and soul of Sphoorti. They are a very happy bunch of kids- studying, playing and enjoying with their fellow mates. Sphoorti has helped them come out of their troubled past and shared this happiness and joy. The main characteristic of these children are that at such a tender age they are so responsible, so selfless, so respectful, so sharing and so caring. The elder children takes care of the younger ones, be it studies or others.  Each one of them knows about the other so much. They know who sings well, who dances well, who has secured the first rank in examination, who wants to be a doctor, and what not. It was amazing to see such bonding among children coming from different places across the state of Andhra Pradesh. They don’t hesitate to give up their shares of fun for the other. Not a single occasion of conflict resulted in fights or infringement, they handle such situations with “sacrifice”.  For the girls kho-kho and kabbadi are the main sports and for the boys it is cricket. How many times you have prayed before having your meal? But they do. Thanks to Sphoorti, they can all study in an English medium school. The most senior of the children is currently doing his engineering and live along with the rest of the boys.  They will all be supported till the time they complete graduation and get into jobs and be independent in life.

We wish Sphoorti all the best in its endeavors and hope that these children will emerge with renewed strengths and drive as ‘Sphoorti’ the name suggests.

– Subhashis Biswas (Batch 2009-11)

Research Seminar on ICT and Education

The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated.—Mahatma Gandhi

These are the thoughts on which the initiative, to make education more effective at secondary level using Information and Communication Technology, has been launched by the Government Of India and the state of Kerala. Prof. Mohan Kumar , our distinguished faculty at TAPMI, is doing a study on the initiative, the problem faced in implementation and the outcome of the process.

In his research seminar on “ICT and Education: Deploying Information and Communication Technologies to make secondary level education more effective”, he talked about the book ‘Zen and the art Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert M. Pirsig in which Pirsig propagates the restructuring of education system to be without any rules which will enable students to think creatively and learn more in their areas of interest rather than memorizing everything. National Curriculum Framework (NCF) which was launched by NCERT in 2005 also talks about the restructuring of Indian education system by doing away with memory-based, short term information accumulation.

Prof. Mohan is studying the state of Kerala, which introduced the use of computers in government schools in 2000 and currently all the schools have adopted the model of teaching various subjects like Mathematics, Chemistry and even extending to languages like Hindi, Malayalam through computers. The project includes the initial training of few teachers who then train other teachers on the use of technology in teaching the subjects.

The major problems faced by the professor was to identify various parameters and areas in which improvement has taken place viz. whether teachers find it easier to teach the concepts using software and graphics. It has also tried to find whether IT makes high school education more effective.

The study is in its initial phase and Prof. Mohan Kumar is conducting controlled group experiments to find out the answers to the questions like whether the adoption of information and communication technology has been able to create any impact and do the stakeholders of this change find it more effective.

– Research Committee