Campus Life at SP Jain- “Global Exposure helps become independent, boosts confidence,” saya Varun Khanchandan
It is a dream come true for an individual if they get an opportunity to pursue a management course from one’s dream institute. It is here that one cherishes the memories of the campus life later as it shapes an individual’s overall personality. Apart from academics, there are presentations, societies, clubs , corporate trips wherein an individual gets exposure to different facets and this is what goes a long way in one’s professional life. Varun Khanchandani in a candid conversation with Careers360 talks about the campus life at SP Jain where he got an opportunity to study at the international campuses of the institute which not only helped him to become independent but also gave impetus to his confidence. Read the full interview of campus life at SP Jain wherein Varun Khanchandani talks about different facets such as taking part intra university competitions, industry visits, seminars etc.
Careers360: How is the campus life at SP Jain Global? What is the best thing about your campus, something that differentiates it from the others?
Varun Khanchandani: The campus life at SP Jain is significant for the main purpose of the program i.e. international exposure and personal development. The most essential aspect of the campus life is networking with peers - which is a good mix of fellow Indians and international students, and experiencing different cultures at different campuses.
The campus presents us with the opportunities to work in groups with students from across the globe, focus on fitness with sports pitches and gyms, and living an independent life. Another differentiating factor is the out of classroom activities conducted by SP Jain every week, including industry visits, recreational activities, historical and political arenas as well as weekly seminars with industry experts. These events helped me develop an outgoing attitude, with every week being a new opportunity to head out and learn something new and fun alongside your batchmates.
Careers360: There are various clubs and committees at SP Jain Global. Are you a part of any such club or committee? Share some of the activities and experience.
Varun Khanchandani: SP Jain always initiates societal activities, in accordance with the current affairs and festivities, throughout the tenure of the course. Ranging from business clubs to sports committees, a student is free to enrol in their area of interest. Every country exposes the student to a new range of tournaments, held at an inter university level, which include basketball/football tournaments, as well as academic competitions.
Personally, I have participated in several business committees as well as sports clubs. The business committee held a Model United Nations at the Singapore campus, in collaboration with the embassy of Kazakhstan, where I volunteered in the management and logistics department, which in turn gave me a huge opportunity to network with other colleges as well as hone my management skills. Various intra- university tournaments are frequently organised by the Student Council throughout the semester, which helps students build the confidence to compete at a higher level. The entrepreneur club called the CIIE organizes finance and management events as well as Simulation labs where practical assignments are conducted.
Careers360: Tell us something about SP Jain’s cultural fests, business and sports competitions.
Varun Khanchandani: The cultural fests at SP Jain are always a thing to look forward to since it unites the college and gives us the opportunity to meet local people. There are incentives to win every competition held at the university and the participation of students, especially in sports tournaments, is quite high. Cultural fests include social nights, which are a celebration of various festivals like Chinese New Year’s, Diwali, Christmas, St. Patricks Day and so on, exposing us to different cultures.
Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or attending the classes? (At the campus)
Varun Khanchandani: I made use of my free time exploring the new cities that I stayed in, socializing with my peers of as well as participating in the out of class activities organised by the college. Going to a foreign land gives you access to new places, new people, new business opportunities as well as opens the doors to a different cultural experience.
Lately, I have been utilizing this time to look for part-time jobs, focusing more on studies and communicating with the team at SP Jain, who have helped me obtain opportunities to volunteer with some institutes.
Careers360: SP Jain Global has 4 campuses across the globe. How many of these campuses have you stayed at?
Varun Khanchandani: My first year was in the Singapore campus, with my second year and third year being in Dubai and Sydney respectively. Right now, I am in my last year of the Global BBA course, stated to commence in Sydney. My experience has been on the Singapore, Dubai and the Sydney campus.
Careers360: How has the experience been living at all these different campuses/countries?
Varun Khanchandani: Living in a foreign land has led to an overall development in my personality, which was my personal goal of joining an international program. The global exposure attained through my stay at all these campuses has left me intrigued and informed about these totally different cultures, ranging from a specific Asian culture, to a modern Middle-Eastern culture and ultimately a more western culture in Australia. Different languages, different working environments and working cohesively with international group mates are some key takeaways from my experience. I also developed corporate habits like optimizing LinkedIn, going through local newspapers, as well as societal habits like working and socializing with international crowds. The exposure helps you become independent, gain confidence, and also gives a boost to your social skills, that makes you a better version of yourself.
Careers360: There are always normal hangouts and few special hangouts at and around the campus. What are some such special spots at SP Jain?
Varun Khanchandani: SP Jain had many recreational lounges such as breakout rooms, gaming lounges and sports pitches where my colleagues and I used to hang out and socialize. There was an international-cuisine oriented cafeteria, where every student used to meet up after the classes.
Varun Khanchandani: A unique and special spot would be the tents with seating arrangements, which was a hub for student networking, as well as a place for professors to come around and speak with the students outside the classroom. These spots helped us interact with our senior batches, know their experiences and build relationships with them as well.
Careers360: Tell us something about the hostel life? What makes it special from other hostels?
Varun Khanchandani: My time at the Singapore hostel has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life; the thrill of being in a new city, coupIed with the comfort of exploring the campus and the city along with my peers. I also learned how to become independent, handle my finances and do my own chores.
The campus is combined with the university, making it convenient to attend classes. It was complete with special features including gaming lounges, basketball and football pitches, common hangout areas, as well as cafeterias and vending machines. The stay was convenient, plus it was very easy to commute to the city centre as well, with the campus being located in a well networked locality.
Careers360: Has the placement process at your institute been concluded? Which company and profile have you been placed?
Varun Khanchandani: Being in the last year of my course, my placement process hasn’t initiated yet, and it is expected to initiate prior to the graduation process. However, via SP Jain, I have been linked to various companies for internship opportunities, college opportunities for summer school and exchange programs, as well as other volunteering opportunities. I have been offered exchange programs to universities in Europe, volunteering roles in local charity and marathon drives, as well as part time roles in financial and online marketing companies.
Careers360: How was your internships / placement experience?
Varun Khanchandani: My experience in seeking opportunities to develop my career has been smooth, since I am in constant touch with the college representatives to notify me of any potential opportunity that comes across, be it volunteering or an internship role. Prof. Golo Weber, of the Singapore campus, always advised us to be acquainted with the current affairs, especially in political and economic streams, which has helped me convert my opportunities into jobs.
Careers360: What was the interview experience? What were the questions you were asked and how did you tackle them?
Varun Khanchandani: A lot of the interviewers are usually intrigued by the structure of the global program, therefore I was often asked about the experience, making it an excellent ice-breaker. Giving the interviewers a brief about the college program gives them a sense of the international exposure and the academic experience the candidate has received.
Varun Khanchandani: The usual inventory of questions was largely related to the work experience, academics, field of interest and how I would prove productive for the company.
The follow ups were usually about the current affairs of the cities/countries.
Careers360: The batch of 2020 will join soon while you will be graduating and leaving the campus. What would be your message for your juniors?
Varun Khanchandani: I would definitely nudge my juniors to seize all opportunities, to be participative and make use of the time to network and hone one’s career. The countries in the program global business hubs that have immense potential for a start, so one must make sure to explore opportunities for interning, experience gaining and personality development.
Having an international experience on the CV would definitely boost a candidate’s chances of getting selected. I highly recommend the candidate to stay updated about current affairs, and answer confidently, while the rest can be achieved with the help of the experience received throughout the college year.
Careers360: In the post COVID19 era, do you think that campus life has taken a backseat as there are more online classes? Do you think it will have an impact on actual learning?
Varun Khanchandani: With the onset of the pandemic, there have been major developments in the way learning is conducted. The obvious effects are a lack of face-to-face learning which has been the traditional or the most-sought after learning method.
However, with digitalization, not much has been lost in terms of coping up with our studies. At SP Jain, we have the Engaged Learning Online (ELO) software, which has helped us get accustomed to the new way of learning, by giving us the maximum experience of attending a normal lecture. The exams were also conducted smoothly, and the timings were well-suited for all time-zones across the globe. The college readily coordinated with the students with regards to our comfort, class-timings as well as helped in transitioning from physical classrooms to online classes.
The impact on actual learning would depend upon the attentiveness of the student. Personally, my experience has been good as I have been attending classes regularly, going through the class recordings, participating in the online breakout room sessions and therefore is hasn’t really impacted my learning process.
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i have 61% in my 12th can i get top b school like sp jain ,xlri,fms or iims or good b schools in abroad?
Let me make one thing clear. The only thing that you can stop you from getting admission in these reputated institutions is the same who can get you admission. It is you.
Always remember your will power is the one standing between you and your admission in these colleges.
Now you have already appeared for 12th and youu cannot change that. What you can change is your tenacity and your urge to succeed.
Now I am not a motivational speaker, but you need to realize that if you preapre well and score high marks and acheive high rank, you will definitely get admission in these colleges.
Prepare well, give your best and hope for the best. You will definitely get admission and have a great career.
Hope this helps!
i have 68% in 10th 50% in 12th and 62%in UG CAN i get any main imm or baby iim if i have score 95 percentile in cat.. i am from resorve category SC..Can i get any iim call??
95 percentile is quite good percentile. IIM call doesn't depend only on CAT score.There are various other factors also:
Even some students who didn't have good academic even get call on the basis of their profile.
All IIM want diversity in their campus .So there is good chance for you for getting call from IIM.
HOPE THIS ANSWER IS HELPFUL FOR YOU.
I am expecting 96-98 percentile in CAT 2020 based on my mocks. I have 89.8% in 10th and 71% in 12th and 68% in M.Tech Integrated Biotechnology (No work ex). Are these scores realistic to convert new IIMs and other colleges like MDI, SP JAIN, IIT etc?
Congratulations for your mock tests score.
The cut-off for top institutions depends upon your background, if you are an Engineer, you are required to score 99 percentile for top 10 colleges of India for MBA which includes IIM A, IIM B , IIM C etc. And if you are from non engineering background then 97-98 percentile also may works for you (general category).
As your 10th and 12th score is also good, you have great Chance of getting Interview calls from old IIMs and definitely from new IIMs too, also Colleges like IMT Ghaziabad, MDI gurgaon will definitely gives you an interview call if you apply for them with 98 percentile.
As currently you are scoring 96-98 percentile, try more hard and don't panic in exam, you may score more than 99 in actual exam.
I hope this information would be helpful for you.
All the best for your bright career ahead.
Can you tell me how much percentile required to get into SP Jain, NITIE Mumbai, and XLRI? Is there any chance of mine getting into an IIMs or any other goverment colleges if yes my academic records are X - 60.8% , XII - 63.6% And UG - 72.77% .
Basically to get admission in top IIM'S you will have to get at last 99 percentile or above, still there is no guarantee that you will achieve it.
Yop IIM's follows two different set of rules. One for Initial calling and otehr for Final Selection. For Initial calling they give 35%-40% weightage to your previous credentials and 60 to 65 to CAT score.
For Final calling they give 10% -20% only and remaining is given to GD, PI and CAT score.
For XLRI you will have to XAT. For SP Jain you need 90-92.
All the best!!
I am pursuing my BBA how much percentile i have to score in CAT to get top tier colleges like IIMs or FMS or sp jain? And i am from General category.
Percentile that you should score in CAT exam in order to get top business School depends upon your percentage in bachelor or academic record because for the final admission in the top business school your overall record will be seen so if your percentage in bachelor and your intermediate is good enough then you can consider your good chances of admission with 96 or more percentile, if you don't have good enough record in your academics then you will have to score more than 99 percentile to get into top business school.
Best of luck.