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Sankara Institute of Management Science - [SIMS], Coimbatore

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Mr. Kalyanaraman, Joint Secretary of Sankara Institute Of Management Science answers about the challenges he face at his position. Read the full interview here..

Ques 1. Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the bestindustry to work in?

Ans. I have been working in the education sector for over 4 years. At Sankara Institute of Management Science, (SIMS) we see education as service, and that’s how it should be, however, many treat it as a business and end up accumulating a wealth of black money. My experience at Sankara has been excellent, we provide management education at the highest quality and we have one of the best infrastructures for an MBA Institute in India, yet our fee is extremely economical. A plethora of students join even from rural areas, and to see their transformation into a confident management graduate after 2 years of their MBA program at SIMS, is extremely satisfying. 

Ques 2. Any of the significant challenges you faced as a Joint Secretary of Sankara Institute ofManagement?

Ans. One major ongoing challenge is attrition of staff, and we analyzed the reasons for the same and understood most of MBA Institutes face similar issues. For any academic institution, faculty plays the most vital role in determining the academic results of students, hence, we have been giving good pay scale for the deserving candidates and this has also helped to address the attrition issue to some extent.

Mr. Kalyanaraman

Ques 3. How does your curriculum ensure best practices of the industry?

Ans. Other than enlightening students with the syllabus, it is important that they have been taught the practical methods to deal with real business problems. Hence, case studies, internships, CEO talks, Industrial visits, management activities, business games, etc. are few of the methods to ensure that the institution is preparing the students to be job ready.

Ques 4. What goals do you have in your mind for Sankara Institute of Management?

Ans. To continue providing the best management education at affordable fee structure, and eventually becoming the top 10 MBA Institute in India.

Ques 5. Tell us about the placements and internships of the management students?

Ans. At SIMS, we have an MOU with Eidos placement training company. Students right from the first week are being trained on placement related skills. Weekly, they undergo 6-8 hours of placement training, and this process continues for 20 months. Last 4 months of their program, they attend various on and off campus placement interview. SIMS has maintained an excellent placement record for 10 plus years consecutively.

Students go on a compulsory 2 months internship after completing their first year. 

Ques 6. How do you tend to establish a relation with the students?

Ans. My interaction with students is limited, as I leave everything to faculty, and Principal, as they are the teachers and academicians. My main job is to ensure we recruit top heads and faculty and also to ensure students have the best facility. Albeit, students have access to management members if they want to interact.

Ques 7. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?

Ans. My leadership style is unique. I tell my vision and let them know my yearly goals, and give full autonomy to my employees to achieve the best outcome. I like to work from the background and would want my employees to get the maximum exposure of challenges. This will ensure that their growth will be rapid, when staff grows, students and the institute will grow.

A leader should ensure that many leaders are grown.

Ques 8. Being a professor yourself and to be involved in the deep decision makings of the institute, how important do you feel the need of the Top Managements of various institutes to beinvolved in daily decision makings?

Ans. It is important to have an experienced faculty as the head of the institution, and we are blessed to have a good team and for most academic decisions, we give them autonomy to the Principal. Top management’s role is to have a clear vision and goals for each academic year and should ensure that the team is been given the resources and guidance to achieve the same, and all daily current affairs to be overseen by principals and staff.

Ques 9. What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind ofculture?

Ans. I have lived abroad for 8 years; hence, I tend to execute the good aspects that I have learned. Our campus is extremely friendly, we don't have any strict rules, girls and boys are free to hang out on campus, and also our dress code is lenient. It is important that all students are disciplined and we need to ensure that they follow the rules, however, a friendly, happy, smiling campus is the need of the hour. Students should also ensure they do no exploit the freedom given to them. At the end of the day, Character and behavior are more important than educational qualification.

Ques 10. Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?

Ans. Do not indulge in any activities that your parents will not be proud of. Respect everyone, and never bully or judge anyone. Stay in the present, and always try to be busy. When you are sad, do not entertain negative thoughts, just let go of the thoughts without judging it and come back to the present and stay busy. Have a goal for your life and do not give up if you don't attain your goal. Anything is possible, God Bless!

Last Updated - 15 May 2017

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