We need to create prolific and agile managers for strategic interventions in business: Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director, SCMHRD Pune
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Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director, Symbiosis Center for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD) Pune, emphasises that the B-School strives to inculcate an entrepreneurial approach towards the business curriculum. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Dr. Sheorey shares the core focus of the institute, challenges faced and the way forward for SCMHRD Pune.

 

Dr. Sheorey talks about the admission processes and placement statistics for the batch of 2015-17. She also mentions how SCMHRD maintains the industry academia sync and ensures the curriculum is aligned to industry trneds.

 

Read the excerpts of the interview below.

 

Careers360: What are the major changes you are planning to introduce in the curriculum for the upcoming academic years?

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Dr. Pratima Sheorey: MBA at SCMHRD strives to inculcate an entrepreneurial approach towards business issues. With such an approach students develop an essential ability to identify risk and opportunities in a business environment that is constantly evolving both inside and outside their organisational environment.

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The MBA programme provides a distinctive business school education that blends cutting-edge research and industry practice to give the right classroom and practical learning for unlimited professional and personal development. Through experiential learning processes, initiatives like Capstone Business Simulation, SAS Enterprise solutions, students are immersed in solving real-time business issues. In this regard, programmes like ISABS, Vipassana are conducted so that students discover their strengths and weakness and work towards their overall development.

 

Careers360: What are the major challenges faced by the management education fraternity today? What are your thoughts towards coping with those challenges?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: The need to create prolific and agile managers to bring strategic interventions into the business is of prime concern for a top B school like SCMHRD. To face such challenges, managers should have a mature understanding of the world around them and the rigour to find appropriate solutions. SCMHRD uses a plethora of mediums in its pedagogy, be it case studies, industry interactions, live projects and internships which give real time situations to students to train them for the future.

 

Careers360: How do you ensure industry exposure for your students? How can the industry become more forthcoming towards building sync with the academia?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: SCMHRD organises Guest Lecture and interactive sessions with industry experts throughout the year. This gives students the opportunity to interact and gain knowledge from industry stalwarts. Workshops organised by companies like Deloitte have been a great source of learning and exposure for our students. Various case study competitions and quizzes launched in the campus by companies like Pepsico, Mahindra, Cummins, ITC etc have led to a strong collaboration between SCMHRD and the industry and we look forward to continue the same.

Industry could be more forthcoming with reference to being longitudinal research along with the faculty and students in a B School.

 

Careers360: What is the number of seats offered for the admission year 2018? Has the fee structure undergone any change as compared to last year?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: The number of seats for the MBA General Batch for the academic year 2018 will be 180. MBA Infrastructure Management and MBA Business Analytics will be 40 and 30 respectively.

The fee structure -

MBA general: 2018-2020 is Rs. 17, 10,000

                         2017-19 was Rs. 15, 45,000      

 

Careers360: What is the SNAP 2017 cutoff for SCMHRD? What is the final selection process?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: The SNAP cut off for SCMHRD for the year 2017 was MBA- 97.135 percentile.

 

Aspirants will be appearing for Online SNAP exam on December 17, which will be followed by GE-PI-WAT at SCMHRD.

 

Careers360: How are you preparing your students for the emerging challenges in the job market as the recruiters are taking caution in hiring this year?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: Most of our regular recruiters have confirmed their participation in the recruitment process for the final placements. Whatever may be the market conditions we always prepare our students well in advance by way of industry deep drive sessions, alumni orientations, mock GD & interviews and technical orientations session with expert faculty.

 

Careers360: What are the steps you take to avoid situations like deferred appointments or offer cancellation from recruiters, especially start ups?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: We do a detailed background check and also take a written commitment about hiring numbers and joining date etc. especially from new recruiters like Start-up.

 

Careers360: How has been the placement trend last year (2017 batch)?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: The batch of 2017 received maximum offers from the BFSI sector and the highest recruiting profile was HR. Take a look at the detailed statistics in the table below.

 

SCMHRD Pune Final Placement 2015-17 Trends

Number of participating students

223

Number of participating companies

95

Number of first-time recruiters

10

Number of offers

223

Average salary

14.61 LPA

Highest salary

24.74 LPA

Lowest salary

07 LPA

Highest recruiting sector

BFSI (22 percent), FMCG/FMCD (20 percent), IT/ITES (20 percent)

Highest recruiting domain/profile/function

HR (38 percent), Marketing (34 percent)

Company making highest offer

Capgemini

Top recruiting companies

ITC, Capgemini, Godrej, Aditya Birla Group, Cummins​

Careers360: What is your message for SCMHRD aspirants?

Dr. Pratima Sheorey: Over its 25 years of existence, SCMHRD, as an institution has strived to ingrain qualities such as leadership and innovation through a structured, rigorous and disciplined curriculum. In this fast paced environment, we believe in staying abreast of the competition through constant retrospection and capitalisation of new opportunities. The institute aims to become a centre of global leadership and entrepreneurial excellence by imparting sound management education and encouraging creative pursuits in all walk of life.

 

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