B-School Director Interview: Aligning curriculum in accordance with international practices, says Dr Asmita Chitnis, SIIB Pune
Dr Asmita Chitnis, Director of Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) talks about alignment of SIIB curriculum with international practices and placement of students in foreign countries. In accordance with various developments in the energy and agriculture sector, SIIB offers MBA programmes in Agri Business, Energy and Environment and International Business. The institute has also taken various steps to integrate latest technological advancements in its curriculum.
Excerpts of Interview with Carrers360
Careers360: How is SIIB different in comparison to the other B-schools of Symbiosis International University?
Dr. Chitnis: Curriculum offered at SIIB Pune is aligned with International practices which is the key differentiator for us. Students also study Foreign language, Trade Finance & Forex Risk Management, Foreign Trade Policy and Export-Import Management, WTO, etc. which make this programme equivalent to international status.
Another differentiator is that SIIB offers three niche programmes in upcoming fields of business like MBA-International Business, MBA-Agri Business and MBA-Energy and Environment under one umbrella which gives unique opportunity to students coming from diverse backgrounds and interests to explore inter-disciplinary and collaborative learning making the process richer and healthier.
Careers360: SIIB offers specialised MBA programmes on International Business, Agri Business and Energy and Environment. Please share the significance and relevance of the programmes in today’s time.
Dr. Chitnis: In a truly globalised world, all companies, irrespective of the size are affected by global events and competition because most sell output to and/or secure suppliers from foreign countries and/or compete against products and services that come from abroad.
India is an agrarian economy and has tremendous potential of being one of the powerful sectors contributing to nation’s GDP. Due to globalisation; production and marketing have become the buzz words in agriculture sector; biotechnology, precision farming; and various hi-tech and mechanised techniques have resulted in paradigm shift in agriculture.
Energy, the essential resource behind every economic activity is intrinsically as well as extrinsically linked with nature. The relationship between the energy sector and the ecological environment has become complex due to shift in our outlook. It is very important to get a broad view and specialisation in energy and environment provide such insights.
Careers360: Are you planning to bring any change in the flagship programme curriculum for the upcoming academic years?
Dr. Chitnis: lt is important to align the learning inputs of a B-School with the demand of the industry. We focus on experiential learning such as case studies, field visits, on-line simulation like MarketPlace Live, hands-on experience on Bloomberg terminal and ICICI e-learning modules, etc. and relevant certifications like SAP, Six-sigma, ISO, etc. In near future, we will focus on Summer Internship Programme and Live projects which will prepare them to face challenges of the corporate world. Curriculum review is an on-going process and it is expected to become more rigorous in coming times.
SIIB has included subjects like ERP to cater to the technological advancements. Bloomberg facility will work to make the students industry ready. There are subjects like Strategic Management, Financial Modelling and Investment Banking to understand and perform marketplace simulations. We also provide course in Digital Marketing where it stresses on the need of social media for any growing company.
Subjects like Corporate Governance and Ethics are an integral part of the curriculum. It enables the students to understand the crux of sustainability and importance of CSR. SIIB also performs CSR activities through its own initiative called Kshitij with an aim to inculcate social responsibility among the students.
Careers360: How has been the placement trend at your B-School for 2016 batch?
Dr. Chitnis: As many as 115 students out of 119 participated in the placement. The total number of participating companies was 58 which made 95 offers in total. There were 19 first time recruiters. Highest and average salary offered were Rs. 14.5 lakh and Rs. 8.88 lakh per annum respectively. Manufacturing, IT Consulting, Banking, FMCG, Advertising, Conglomerate, Insurance, Market Research, Trading and Logistics were the highest recruiting sectors. Top recruiting domains or functions included Business Analytics, Consultant, Business Excellence, Financial Research and Operations Management. Deloitte, Asian Paints, PwC, KPMG, Accenture, Wipro & Infosys, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, ICICI Bank were among the top recruiters.
Careers360: Do you offer any specific preparatory module to your students prior to the placement processes?
Dr. Chitnis: The college takes adequate steps in grooming students before the commencement of the Campus Placement Season. Students from both Junior and Senior batches are trained according to the requirement of the corporate world. We conduct Mock GDPI, public speaking, corporate communication, business etiquettes, negotiation skills and effective communication. Placement cell also helps students to prepare resume according to requirement of the organisations.
Careers360: How do you support budding entrepreneurs of your institute?
Dr. Chitnis: There is an entrepreneurship cell at SIIB which consists of a dedicated team of students who facilitate this activity. A number of workshops by successful entrepreneurs are organised by these students. A monthly interactive ‘My story session’ is held which features prominent entrepreneurs. Students from across the country participate in the annual B-plan competition. The E-cell is associated with TIE that provides mentorship to students with entrepreneurial ambitions.
Careers360: How do the alumni members contribute in terms of placement or curriculum update?
Dr. Chitnis: Alumni members are involved as panellists, as mentors and some of them are also engaged in teaching. They are invited as a guest speaker or resource person to conduct workshops. The mock GD-PI that is organised as part of the placement grooming process and is completely facilitated by Alumni. In curriculum revision, alumni feedback plays an important role. There is a dedicated Alumni Relations Team which facilitates interaction between the students from the current batch and the alumni.
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I am expecting 470 marks in neet 2020. I am in UR category , Maharashtra domicile. what is the possibility of getting admission in symbiosis pune. also since symbiosis is girls college for mbbs what is the cut off expected
Your marks is actually not that bad to secure a private college. If not from the All India Quota but you will definitely get a mbbs seat from Maharashtra domicile. As far as Symbiosis Pune is concerned they have started their medical teaching from this year onwards so it's quite difficult to predict the cut off.
For safe side to see other options of colleges in which you can get a seat, I will suggest you use our college predictor. I have attached the link below,
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how much should we score in neet to do mbbs in symbiosis college for oc category?
See this is the first year for MBBS Medical college because it has started in this year with total intake of 150 students and it is going to be a deemed university so it is quite difficult to predict the cut-off marks for it because your admission chances are predicted on the basis of previous years cut-offs. However as it is going to be a deemed university and you belongs to reservation category OC so if your score is around 450 marks then you have some chances to get into this college through All India Quota counselling.
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How is symbiosis Noida for BBA?
According to me it's good in placements,academics,as well as faculty.Here is some information about it.
In previous placement session, almost 100% of the students got placements with the highest salary package of 12.5 LPA and the lowest salary package of 4 LPA. Top recruiting companies for our college are KPMG, Monster, etc. Almost 100% of the students got internships from our college, and companies like Apple, Digital Suvidha, etc., offer internships here.
college has state-of-the-art infrastructure, but there is no boys hostel. So, boys have to manage to stay in hostels which are available within 2-3 km distance, and those hostels are also good. However, the canteen is good. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled and is highly air-conditioned, which makes it comfortable nowadays.
Faculty members here are good, knowledgeable and ready to help. The management staff members are also ready to help. The course curriculum is nicely designed, which helps students to gain complete knowledge of the course.
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is there possibility of getting admission in MBBS in symbiosis expected mark is 470 what will be total cost
Symbiosis Medical College is being set up this year with an intake of 150 and so we cannot be sure of the cut offs. You haven't mentioned your Category. Nevertheless, this is going to be a Deemed University and so the admissions will be conducted through All India Counselling. So with a score of 470, you might get a Management Quota seat if you belong to Reserved Categories. For a complete list of colleges that you may have a shot at, please use our College predictor: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
what to write in state of the last qualifying board in the symbiosis eligibility form name of last qualifying board is cbse , so state should be delhi ? or the state i am living in ?
Hello Mitali Sinha,
In the eligibility form of Symbiosis college, you said you have mentioned the name of the board as CBSE, right? If yes, then in that case it is known that the state of the board is Delhi already. So, in the section "Write the state of the last qualifying board" mention the state in which you answered your last board/12th exam.
Good luck and stay safe!