Interview by Sakshi Aggarwal
Currently serving as the Hon. Secretary at IIBM, Navi Mumbai, Mr. K. Thomas is an Architect by profession and Managing Director of M/s. K. Thomas and Associates of 28 years standing. He is a renowned professor at Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Architecture for the last 26 years. He is also the Hon. Secretary of the MMCA and the Hon. Secretary of IIBM’s Trust, Vishweshwar Education Society, and the colleges.
Mr. Thomas on students’ exposure at IIBM, Navi Mumbai
We allow regular interaction with industry resource persons and get them involved in various projects. The curriculum demands that every student is expected to undergo summer internship programme after they complete their first year in the college and before they move to the second year. Students are sent to various business entities as interns to get acquainted with various projects and gain knowledge and exposure to business practices. Later, they would be submitting “bound” report to the college on their projects. After due scrutiny and viva, the students are graded and reporting is made to the University.
The curriculum of IIBM, Navi Mumbai
We are affiliated to the University of Mumbai and approved by AICTE/DTE. The syllabus is framed by the University of Mumbai after much deliberations with experts at the University of Mumbai. Taking into consideration the resources and background of the students’ entrance, the syllabus is designed and circulars are sent to the institutes and colleges. At the same time, it is also displayed on the website of the University of Mumbai. The syllabus caters to the needs for the creation of professionals in finance, marketing, human resources, systems, and operations. The syllabus gives the institutes freedom to run the programme considering the industry requirements within the set norms and regulations. This differentiates the MMS/MBS programmes of the University of Mumbai from the curriculum of other reputed universities.
We are happy to say a few words about our university. The University of Mumbai (UoM) is one of the oldest and premier universities in India, established in 1857. The UoM has campuses at Fort and Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East) and a sub-campus at Thane, sub-centers at Ratnagari and Kalyan. The UoM has at present 54 University Department/Institutions/Centres of Excellence, five autonomous departments, one constituent college, two model Colleges and four community colleges. The UoM has six jurisdictional districts, viz Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagari and Sindhudurg and around 770 colleges are affiliated to the University, out of which nine are autonomous, with more than seven lakh students.
Mr. Thomas on the efforts taken by IIBM to make the students ready
We have got a unique programme of ‘Campus to Corporate’. We impart regular practice sessions. Students are taught on resume writing, interview technique, and group discussions. Reputed trainers are invited to address the students and deliver various training modules. Apart from these, we hold mock interview sessions so that students would understand where they are after going through the feedback.
We also encourage debates to boost the confidence amongst the students. The students are advised on the choice of careers through the study of their psychometric analysis conducted individually. We hope that our intensively conducted ‘Campus to Corporate’ module would help the students to move towards the path of much cherished ‘Corporate Manager’.
Most sought after skill, according to Mr. Thomas that corporates look for while hiring students
The hiring pattern depends on the requirement of the specific recruiters. In general, recruiters prefer students with marketing skills. It is a known fact that any business starts with the marketing of the product or service. In that scenario, students with marketing specialization would opt for opportunities where marketing skills are demanded. There is scope for ‘out of the box’ thinking, and at our institute, we do encourage students to be more innovative so that they would make a difference in their careers.
Mr. Thomas on what makes IIBM unique for the MBA aspirants
Quality learning and international exposure through industrial visits with most affordable fees do differentiate our institute from our peers in this sector. For our students, study tours are not simple pleasure trips. It is a combination of study combined with good learning during their journey to various plants and workshops. They get tutored in various business skills discussed in the classes. Needless to say, students enjoy the study tour because they get greater exposure to sharpen their skills and knowledge so that the future career would take off well.