Ques 1: Being the Executive Director of INMANTEC, how do you strategize about the key programs and plans for the marketing and administration of your school?
Ans: PGDM is our flagship program and we do thorough research while planning or annually revising the contents of every subject we are to teach. The program has been designed keeping in mind the sectors which are seeing a boom and the sectors where good candidates are not easily available. The idea behind this is to imbibe each student with the right knowledge and skills to get them on their way to success in life.
From time to time, we have done a lot of value-addition in terms of delivery. The whole extracurricular calendar is planned to give timely practical add-ons to the knowledge acquired in the classroom.
Since the other programs, such as MCA, BCA, MBA, BBA, LLB, BA-LLB, B.Ed, etc. are university-bound, the syllabi are pre-defined. We still give added inputs through knowledge sharing sessions and training workshops to make all our graduates stay ahead in life and profession.
Ques 2: INMANTEC has completed 21 years of existence and is one of the leading business schools in the country. How does INMANTEC maintain its idiosyncratic status as compared to other business schools?
Ans: INMANTEC started with the thought that instead of just giving degrees, we should give education. Our focus has always been on the overall development of a student that is not just in professional learning but as a human being too. We take pride in being one of the first awakened business schools to understand the need of soft skills training and its role in moulding the students as confident, job ready, life ready individuals.
The entrepreneurship orientation division called ‘Initiate’ focuses on nurturing the students with a bent towards being-their-own-boss and helps them understand the nuances of starting their own ventures.
The Centre for ‘Joy@Work’ takes our employee friendly policies a step further and works towards a happy campus. We strongly believe that a stress-free environment will strongly contribute towards the performance of both our employees and our students.
Outward Bound Learning, foreign study tours, industry collaborations and joint research programs keep our student participants at a cutting edge of leadership.
Our PGDM program is updated on a regular basis. Looking at the increase in demand for finance professionals, we have started a one-year specialized program alongside our PGDM. This add-on program prepares the students for the market right after one year and the participants are given opportunities to interact, work with and feel like being in the corporate during the process of learning itself.
Ques 3: As an Executive Director, does your role also include partnering with foreign universities? What is the role that these universities play in the academia at INMANTEC?
Ans: Yes, it does. Foreign universities give our students the exposure needed to understand about other cultures, their unique pedagogies and how they approach and resolve situations. It helps in giving our students a worldview of how businesses in other countries work.
Ques 4: Some of the top companies visit your school for the recruitment of fresh talent. How does your placement strategy work and how successful is it from the students’ regard?
Ans: Our placement strategy is very simple- we work on making our graduates employable rather than employed. So instead of just getting them one job, we give them skills and knowledge through which they can bag their own dream jobs. For this very reason, each of our students gets multiple job opportunities to choose from in their chosen domain, which ensures their satisfaction at the job. This is easier said than done though since every student is unique. To achieve more than 100% placements, we start focusing on holistic development of our students from day one. They are individually trained to be independent thinkers and confident at handling life. So by the time they reach their last semester, they are fully geared.
Ques 5: You have held key positions at educational institutes throughout your professional career. What are the key factors that keep you connected with the education sector?
Ans: I haven’t been into the education sector throughout my career. I entered academia after a good 15 years of corporate and professional experience, but yes, my journey in the academic world has been truly rewarding and gratifying. Due to my experience, I could understand how to find a niche for INMANTEC Institutions. Our alliance with corporate associations like FICCI, CII, EPSI, GMA etc and the opportunity to play key roles in their decision making processes at several levels gave me an in- depth understanding of how I could make a difference to the education sector.
Ques 6: How important is the role of digitization, online learning and impact of social media for INMANTEC or any other business school for the students and faculty?
Ans: Computers have changed the way we interact with each other. Digitization has made education accessible to students in remote areas, at a fraction of the cost. Not just for INMANTEC but for every business school, online learning gives us a chance to reach a worthy number of students wherever they may be. Social media helps in spreading awareness about the causes a business school supports, so the internet tools are important.
Ques 7: You are known to be passionate about traveling, photography, and reading, and also write microblogs on a regular basis. Share some more details about your vivid interests.
Ans: Photography and traveling are my way of understanding the world. There is so much to see and what better way to travel back to those experiences than with photographs. Photography like any other form of visual art can train your eye to see the unseen. This ability has helped me visualize a future situation and be proactive. We have a photography club at INMANTEC where I try to teach and guide the students keen on learning this art and I continuously critique their work.
Ques 8: Being an MBA yourself, what according to you do the corporates look for in an MBA graduate during the hiring process? How does your institute assist students in becoming corporate ready before they graduate?
Ans: The most important thing that any corporate looks for is learning aptitude, apart from subject knowledge. These days, a lot of companies are looking for candidates who need a little training before they start to give results. To cater to this, we give a lot of practical exposure to students by providing them live projects, simulation exercises, and field trips.
Ques 9: What is your overall view on the current scenario in education domain? How do you see the education industry growing along with the technological revolution in the next decade?
Ans: The education industry needs to constantly evolve to meet the demands of changing scenarios of the corporate sector. Experiential learning is going to be a major differentiator among business schools. The technology revolution means that our graduates are well versed in computer, the internet and digital tools. The need of the corporate has shifted from local manager to global manager now.
Ques 10: You possess a galore of experience of over 35 years in achieving revenue and business growth objectives. How do you inculcate your ideas and experience to INMANTEC’s modus operandi?
Ans: My one major takeaway from all these years of experience is that every business grows when its customers are happy. Customer for us is both internal- our employees, and external- our students, their parents, society and the corporate sector that eventually absorbs them. Our HR policies focus on nurturing our employees through learning opportunities, 360-degree feedbacks, welfare activities and involving them in strategic decisions. This has led to a steady flow of ideas which has helped us to be one of the best. Our students are provided with counseling and guidance services besides a holistic curriculum to help them become confident individuals. We support social causes and our Rotaract club provides the students with an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people.
Last Updated - 04 Apr 2017