A guest lecture was organized for BSc Economics students on the topic ‘Unlocking the potential of your Economics Degree’ by Ms Neha Malhotra, Associate Professor, Indian School of Business and Finance and an alumni of LSR, University of Delhi and the London School of Economics on 24 April 2017. The students were introduced to the world of opportunities and career options after earning a degree in economics. Ms Neha spoke about how students should plan their next step and what challenges they would have to face in the future. She explained the increasing demand for economists in the industrial and service sector and suggested many career options that students might not have considered to venture into after economics. Students came up with many queries in the highly interactive session.
A lecture on 'Employee Performance in the Era of Competition: Industry Perspective' was delivered by Mr Rajesh Tara, VP-HR (Usha International Ltd) for the students of BBA, B Com and MBA on 25 April 2017. Mr Tara discussed the role of a Manager in understanding the needs of the ‘people’ in an organization. He stressed upon the consistency of performance for succeeding in any field and said that every organization must ensure the most effective and efficient utilization of these resources. Performance management should be a combination of the evaluation component as well as potential identification. He also shared that it is not only ‘what’ employees have accomplished i.e. performance goals, but also ‘how’ the work was performed i.e. competencies. The event was coordinated by Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich.
Pre Placement Preparation
Pre Placement Preparation is crucial to help students gear up to face the professional world. Keeping this in mind SOM organized Pre Placement Interviews on 22 April 2017 for their MBA students. Alumni of SOM - Pushap Karan, Class of 2014 (Macquarie, Investment Bank), Rishika Singhal, Class of 2014 (Moody's Analytics-Investment Banking Division), Noopur Gupta, Class of 2014 (Quotemykaam.com (Home services provider), Trisahla Bhan, Class of 2015 (Proviti), Abhinav Malik, Class of 2015 (Protiviti) and Puneet Khanduja, Class of 2015 (Mercer Consulting) – made it to their alma mater for this event. The interactive session started with the alumni sharing their journey from campus to the corporate world followed by MBA students asking a lot of questions. Thereafter the PPIs commenced with three panels. Each panel spent an average of 20-25 minutes on each student giving detailed feedback on their strengths, areas of improvement, CV correction etc.
Talent Search at SOM
'Talent Search' – a competition based event was organized at SOM from 18-21 April 2017. The objective of conducting this was to identify and encourage students who are self-driven and look beyond their textual knowledge. It comprised of various competitions namely Extempore, Video Analysis, Case Analysis and Creative Writing. Students from BCom (H), BSc Eco (H), BBA and MBA took part in these competitions. The event was coordinated by Dr Alpana Agarwal, Dr Mansi Khurana, Dr Saumya Dixit supported by students Vimal Dahiya, Mahima Anand and Manu Jain.
NCU in association with NGO, Goonj, organized ‘Abhaar Mela’ on 21 March 2017. It comprised of a book fair of used books and the sale of Green by Goonj Products (a brand built around reusing and upcycling even the last shreds of materials received. It was heartening to see students coming out in large numbers to buy the books and green products. One-side used A4 sheets were also collected by the volunteers from across the University and donated to Goonj for further usage. The energetic student volunteers of SOM – Shriya Kaul, Shristi, Tanya Sachdeva, Shivani Bareja and Shivam Panwar worked relentlessly to make it a memorable event.
At the end, the students not only convinced of the message of the Mela, ‘Gratitude helps us to see what we can do instead of what we cannot’ but added to it 'No one can do everything but everyone can do something.'
Visit to the Mother Dairy Plant
SOM organised an industrial visit to the Mother Dairy Plant, Patparganj, Delhi, on 22 March 2017 for the students of BBA-III, BCom-III and MBA-I. The presentation and the plant visit made the students aware of the entire production process i.e. starting from collection of milk from farmers, clarification, homogenization, pasteurization, fortification till dispatch. The students learnt about the transportation guidelines and the unique distribution network of bulk vending milk booths, retail outlets and mobile units. The various quality control measures adopted were also shared. Students learnt about the totally automated and internationally designed process of milk production through a small documentary film shown to them. Students were really excited about the newly installed solar panels at the plant which are efficient and a good source of conventional energy.
Visit to Carrier Aircon
An industrial visit to Carrier Aircon, Gurugram was organized for the students of the course CILE, comprising mostly of Mechanical Engineering students, on 24 March 2017. Students were briefed about the history of the world’s largest provider of air-conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration systems. They were apprised about the various awards won by Carrier for its quality work, certifications achieved and the different products manufactured. The values of the company were strongly put across and it was shared that primarily because of this they have been able to hold a record of 1200 million hours of working without any time loss due to any accident. The students were taken on a round of the plant where they saw different assembly lines, QC tools, 5S and hi-tech machines used for production of air conditioners and heat exchangers.
School of Management organised a Seminar on 'Rethinking and Redefining Human Capital in Today's Fast Changing Business Horizon: Dialogues & Perspectives' on 25 February 2017. The speakers were industry stalwarts i.e. Mr Jagjit Singh, Chief People Officer, PwC and Mr P Dwarkanath, Head, Group Human Capital, Max India.
The speakers shared their experiences related to challenges faced by employees in today's competitive environment and the changing nature of jobs/employment. Factors like agility, adaptability and adding value to business were highlighted. Students from SOM and SOET attended the seminar which was coordinated by Dr Mansi Khurana and Dr Sushmita B Waraich with a team of student coordinators from BBA, BCom and MBA.
'Arthashastra', the Annual Management fest was organized by SOM on 11 January 2017. The aim of the event was to offer the participants a taste of diversity and let their imagination and creativity run wild. 'Arthashastra' not only provided the participants a platform to display their core skills but also a cultural rejuvenation and joyous experience.
Mr Rajiv Chadda, Director Sales, Ericsson, Gurugram was invited as the chief guest to inaugurate the ceremony. More than 70 students from NCU and other colleges attended the event. The fest gave the participants an insight into the world of management through various activities namely Quibble, Seal the Deal, Asset Mapping, and Idea Buzz. They tested the entrepreneurial skills, selling potential, policy-making decisions and quizzing skills of the participants.
SOM organised an Orientation session for its visiting faculty members on 3 January 2017. The aim of the session was to familiarize members with the processes and policies of the Department/University. During the session there were discussions on ERP, examination and results and day-to-day related activities. Mr Deepak Satyarthi briefed members about LMS and OTMS and Ms Chetna Taluja explained ERP processes. The session was coordinated by Dr Nirupma Gupta, Dr Saumya Dixit and Dr Sushmita B Waraich.
SOM organized an Industry Guest Session by Mr Achalesh Sharma, Founder & CEO, Prime Consulting on 19 January 2017. The interactive session focused on how to approach interviews, the emerging sectors & skills required and how to start a corporate journey.
Faculty Development Programme was held on ‘Research Methodology using SPSS and AMOS’ from 13-15 December 2016 to facilitate scholars, academicians, and practitioners for research. The FDP aimed at providing research stimulus to keen learners. The resource person of this programme was Dr Shilpa Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Management Studies, GGSIU, New Delhi.
The FDP commenced with the theoretical explanation of tools viz. 'Correlation Analysis, Regression Analysis' on 13 December 2016, 'Exploratory Factor Analysis' on 14 December 2016 and 'Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Partial Least Square' on 15 December 2016. The FDP concluded with a valedictory session along with award of certificates to the participants.
With a view to providing industry exposure to students, a visit to Air Cargo, Exports & Imports was organised for students of BSc, BCom, MBA on 26 Oct 2016. The students went to the Exports & Imports section (Air Cargo) with the objective of having first hand insights into import and export documentation requirements, procedures, cargo management/ handling and related issues. The students also got an opportunity to visit the export and import warehouses. The visit was coordinated by Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich.
School of Management in collaboration with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and MSME organised a seminar on 'Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Promoting Innovation and Commercialization of Technology' on 10 Nov 2016. The seminar highlighted the significant role played by intellectual property rights in helping a business gain and retain its innovation-based advantage. The seminar focused equally on the importance of converting an innovation into a commercially viable product. The speakers and the delegates from PHDCCI made the seminar enriching, taking students through an array of live cases and examples from the industry. The Q & A session was very interactive. The seminar was coordinated by Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich along with MBA students Vimal Dahiya, Sheetal Tiwari and Jatin Arora.
A lecture on 'Human Capital Management and the Role of Technology' was organized on 11 Nov 2016. The lecture was delivered by Mr Neeraj Narang, Director – HCM Product Strategy for students of MBA, BBA and BCom. Mr Narang shed light on how human capital management has achieved prominence in today’s corporate world. He elaborated on the journey of HCM and leveraging technology for the same. The students discussed work-life balance initiatives, performance measurement and retention strategies at Oracle. The lecture was coordinated by Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich, enthusiastically assisted by students; Sajal, Jatin, Tanya (BBA) and Vimal and Jatin (MBA).
In talk with Prof. Sanjay Goyal
Prof. Sanjay Goyal, Professor & Dean, School of Management, NCU, has over 25 years of international work experience in developed and emerging markets and over ten years of experience as Adjunct and Visiting faculty with leading business schools in India and the UAE. He has worked with premier institutes like IMT Group, IIFT New Delhi, MDI Gurugram, ISB and XLRI. His vast industry experience includes Ericsson-India, America, Australia and New Zealand; Tennyson Technologies, Australia etc.
Prof. Goyal shared his views in a talk with Ms Rekha Mathur, Sr Editor, NCU, on the changing scenario of businesses and how the School of Management is gearing up not just to prepare students to be a part of the future but for getting ready to shape the future, He opined that with the advent of globalization 2.0, technology, digitization, Internet of Things (IoT) etc. there is knowledge/information explosion. The content of businesses has changed from customer experience to customer lifestyle. Environment sustainability is crucial in every business and thus the world needs new economic models.
'At NCU’s School of Management, it is our commitment to disseminate knowledge relevant to the future. For providing a holistic professional experience to students our chief focus will now be on content, pedagogy and industry exposure. As we work with our students, we aim to prepare them for the challenges of the workplace and equip them with the ability to think for themselves. Assimilation of knowledge and self-learning are important so that students can continue acquiring useful knowledge and using it effectively for planning and organizing people, processes and systems in the organizations that they will go on to manage.'
'We are reviewing the content, pedagogy and industry relevance of courses offered at SOM. Our approach is outcome-based. We are striving to promote more industry specific learning by increasing the activities that bring us closer to the industry such as more interaction with industry stalwarts and academia-industry collaboration. NCU’s Centre of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is on my radar and we will soon be able to make it a platform for entrepreneurship at the University.'
Prof. Goyal is of the view that The NorthCap University has a distinct advantage as it is located in the industrial hub of Gurugram and has three Schools viz., the Schools of Engineering & Technology, Management and Law functioning from one campus creating opportunities for synergetic learning. He is of the opinion that if the Schools work more closely with each other, the students would be able to get an in-house wholesome experience in a techno-pervasive environment.
A guest lecture on ‘Competency Mapping’ by Dr Seema Sanghi, Managing Director, Styrax Consulting Pvt. Ltd was organized at School of Management for MBA students on 30 September 2016. Dr Sanghi shared her work on competency framework developed for PSUs, UPSC and many other private organizations. The lecture was coordinated by Ms Jaya Ahuja.
School of Management organized an event 'Meet the Dean' for BBA, BCom (H), BSc Eco (H) and MBA students on 10 August 2016 with an objective to create a common platform for all SOM students to interact with Dean School of Management, Prof. Sanjay Goyal. During the event, Prof. Goyal shared his rich experience of 28 years with students and presented the importance of environmental sustainability. SOM alumni Mr Puneet Khanduja, Asst Manager Sales & Marketing Stratbeans Consulting and Mr Yatin Malik, Pre Sales, Customer Support Sales, Gartner shared their learnings at NCU and its implementation in corporate life. Mr Pranav Jain, BTech CSE student with an internship opportunity at Google, shared his experiences and extended his guidance to SOM students. The event was coordinated by Ms Jaya Ahuja.
School of Management organized an orientation session for the visiting faculty members on 6 August 2016. The objective of the session was to acclimatize them with the system, processes and policies of the university. The session included discussions on common issues of faculty, ERP, examination and result related activities. Mr Deepak Satyarthi briefed them on LMS and OTMS. The session was coordinated by Dr Saumya Dixit, Dr Mohd. Hussain Kunroo and Dr Sushmita B Waraich.
Faculty Development Programme
School of Management organized a Faculty Development Programme on 'Essentials of Business Intelligence' from 5-12 July 2016. During the FDP, Dr Vipin Khurana from IBS Gurgaon, Mr Pratyush Praveen and Mr Dinesh Dhiman, both from IBM covered different topics including Descriptive and Predictive analytics using R, multivariate techniques, factor analysis, cluster analysis, different types of data and associated mining methods, analysis and sharing of data using IBM Cognos Insight, modeling and reporting through IBM Cognos BI. The FDP was coordinated by Dr Ruchi Nayyar.
School of Management organized sessions on MS Word, Excel and Power Point presentation for the students of MBA 1st year, on 16, 22 and 29 April 2016. The sessions were conducted by Jatin Arora, pursuing MBA(1st year) from The NorthCap University.
School of Management organized an alumni interaction with Mr Kanva Sharma, Process Associate, Royal Bank of Scotland on 16 April 2016. Mr Sharma interacted with students of MBA 2nd and 4th sem and discussed the recruitment process at RBS, competencies required, internships opportunities etc. The event was coordinated by Ms Jaya Ahuja.
School of Management organized Pre-Placement Interviews for its students on 19 March 2016. The students were given a detailed feedback for necessary improvement from employability point of view.
An industrial visit to Carrier Aircon (Gurgaon Plant) was organized on 11 March 2016 for the students of BBA and MBA. Carrier Aircon is world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. The visit comprised a presentation about the organization showing their vision, core values, training for the employees, achievements and a tour of the factory. The company officials responded aptly to the queries of the students during the visit with a dedicated Q/A session at the end. The visit was coordinated by Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (E-Cell) of NCU organized a lecture session, ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’ by Mr Amit Chaudhary, Co-founder and COO, Lenskart, on 16 March 2016. The session was attended by around 100 enthusiastic students. In the interactive session with the students, Mr Chaudhary narrated his journey from student life at BIT Mesra to becoming an entrepreneur. He encouraged the students to give it a kick-start, if they are passionate about any venture. He stayed back for a mentoring session on students’ request, many of whom were ready with their entrepreneurial ideas. Mr Chaudhary also gave away Certificates to participants of the Essay Competition organized earlier on 2 March 2016 by E-Cell. Vaibhav Kaushik (ME 6th sem) was declared winner of the competition. The event was coordinated by Vimal Dahiya (MBA 2nd sem), Harshit Goel (CSE&IT 4th sem), Priya Bhargava (MBA 2nd sem), Prateek (CSE 2nd sem) and Pankaj (CSE 2nd sem).
The School of Management organized a guest lecture on 'Total Quality Management' by Prof. Ranjit Sinha on 25 February 2016. Prof. Sinha has more than 40 years of rich experience with British Steels, UK and other multi-national companies as Quality Controller, Production Planning and Control Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Director, Operations Director Sales & Marketing Director, Managing Director.
During the first session, Prof. Sinha shared his experiences with Nissan and other corporate houses. He discussed the concept of quality maintenance, quality as an important tool in business. The session was attended by students of MBA and BTech Final Year. Prof. Sinha conducted a second session on 'Business Plan' for students of MBA, BBA and BCom (H). He discussed on how to prepare a business plan and how to present the same. It was an informative session to motivate the students to opt for entrepreneurship. Prof. Sinha also responded to various queries raised by the students related to quality and business plan proposals.
'EntreMela' by E-Cell
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (E-Cell) of the University organized the Entrepreneurship Fair, called EntreMela, from 27-29 January 2016. The fair comprised a number of competitive and fun events related to entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurial Extempore was organized on 27 January 2016 in which Akshat Mathur of ECE 4th Sem was declared winner. On 28 January 2016, the Entrepreneurial PowerPoint Fight was held, which was a team event in which Vaibhav Kaushik (ME 6th Sem) and Shubhesh Tatwada (EEE 6th Sem) emerged winners. The coordinators, with their fun events, entertained the participants while increasing their awareness regarding the entrepreneurial world. Priya Bhargava (MBA 1st Sem), Harshit Goel (CSE 4th Sem), Sunayana Pati (ECE 4th Sem), Vimal Dahiya (MBA 1st Sem) and Priyanka Khattar (ECE 4th Sem) coordinated the fair.
Summer Internship Competition
School of Management organized the Summer Internship Competition – 2015 on 6 February 2016. The participants in the competition were selected on basis of certain parameters, from their respective programmes (BBA, BCom, BSc (Eco) and MBA). Each project was evaluated by the jury members following a 10 minute presentation. The jury members comprised managers from the industry i.e. Ernst & Young, Bharti Airtel, Newgen Software and Orient Craft. Amongst very capable and fiercely competitive participants, Anjney Sangal and Divya Moudgil (both BSc Eco. Hons., 6th sem) emerged as the winners. The event was coordinated by Priya Bhargava, Vimal Dahiya and Jatin Arora (MBA 2nd Sem students).
One of the major parameters to gauge an educational institute is the final placement of students. For better preparation of its students for the placements, School of Management organized mock interviews for students on 23 and 24 January 2016. Experts from industry were invited to conduct the interviews. Students enthusiastically participated in the sessions and got feedback on their placement preparations.