Getting an information for a college in which you want to seek admission is important, however apart from college placement and academics ranking other details are also important. These details include infrastructure, life of the students, facilities provided by the colleges. One of the renowned colleges in India is SPJMIR. Careers360 brings you an interview with one of the students of the campus, Soumya Chakraborty, a first-year student of Post Graduate Diploma in Management, specializing in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Let us see what he has to say:
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself such as from which place are you from?
Soumya Chakraborty: I grew up in Siliguri, a small town in the foothills of the Darjeeling hills. I am a graduate Naval Architect with over 2.5 years of work experience as an Assistant Manager at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, India’s leading defense PSU shipyard. I was working on the design and production of a stealth submarine for the Indian Navy.
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Careers360: Presently which course are you pursuing and in which year are you?
Soumya Chakraborty: I am a first-year student of Post Graduate Diploma in Management, specializing in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Careers360: Did you face any difficulty challenges in the initial months when you joined the institute?
Soumya Chakraborty: I had been working prior to MBA so I was used to a hectic schedule. The student onboarding process at SPJIMR is extremely smooth. Multiple sessions on personal health and hygiene management, program guidelines, and orientation sessions personal health and hygiene management and sessions on other processes at the institute were conducted to ease the transition of us. So, there weren’t any major difficulties challenges. Except, of course, getting ready for the 8:30 AM classes. But that’s pretty much the life at a management school, and it is worth it.
Careers360: What activities are offered in the institute? Are there any clubs etc for the various extracurricular activities? Which ones have you taken up and are a part of?
Soumya Chakraborty: There are multiple avenues to develop one’s administrative and leadership potential at SPJIMR. The ADMAP (Assessment and Development of Managerial and Administrative Potential) is a course designed for learning administration by doing. It is an umbrella of 20 student committees that manage all the administrative aspects of the institute like academics, placements, admissions, alumni relations, cultural activities, technology & infra etc. In addition to these, there are specialized committees that work on areas like business environment & policy, business research & projects, finance, marketing, operations & supply chain, etc. Apart from the events conducted by the committees, there are other opportunities to pursue extracurricular interests like Sargam (the annual classical art performance), GASP (the annual professional theatre play staged by PGDM students), OJAS (the annual management fest of SPJIMR), and Sprint (the annual sports fest of SPJIMR). In addition to the committees, The Consulting Club, Student Body Unit, Music Club, and Dance Club, offer additional learning opportunities. Vishwas is a club that facilitates stress management and creates a homely friendly environment for students to share their thoughts, concerns and learnings. I am a member of the Cultural Committee and the Coordinator of The Consulting Club at SPJIMR. Abhyudaya is a course that includes mentoring an underprivileged child for one year. The learnings from such this exposure help us develop social sensitivity, which is at the core the value systems that SPJIMR stands for.
Careers360: Describe a typical day at your institute – what do you do from the time you wake up till you go to sleep?
Soumya Chakraborty: A typical day at SPJIMR begins at 7:30 AM with you getting ready for the 8:30 AM class.You rush to class with a cup of coffee in hand. You’ve had breakfast this early only if you’re an early bird. Or else, you catch up on breakfast during the breaks between classes. The insights you get from the classes at SPJIMR are invaluable. The professors ensure that the teaching is in sync with the pulse of the industry. Most of the classes include learning by doing, where we conduct interviews, focused group discussions, etc. You learn market segmentation through Harry Potter scenes, design thinking by interviewing your professors in the classroom, or mental models through walking meditation sessions. All this while, as the day progresses, you are also scheduling other activities like competitions, assignments, committee and club meetings with multiple groups. The classes usually end by 5 PM, and this is when your day at a b-school begins. You find a moment of silence in the din and bustle of Mumbai as you walk back to hostel through the Bhavan’s Nature Park. If you’re lucky, you are accompanied by one of the peacocks there. Post snacks at Night Canteen, you recharge for the rest of the day. The group works begin at around 7 PM or earlier, depending on your personal schedules. You are either working on a corporate competition, live project, assignment, academic project, committee or club event, Ojas, Sprint, GASP, etc. On some evenings you are attending guest lectures of industry leaders or corporate launches, or preparing for a quiz or presentation on the next day. And before you realize, it’s about 3 AM, and time to hit the bed. Or not! Though the schedules are hectic, you enjoy it, because you’re constantly learning from experts, peers, or students from other programs. You make great friends in the process who see ups and downs with you. No two days in SPJIMR a b-school are identical. You learn to learn faster, to adapt, and to give your best in the worst situations at hand.
Careers360: Tell us about the faculty-student ratio here and about the teacher-student relationship in your understanding.
Soumya Chakraborty: There are 77 core faculties for 240 students in the flagship PGDM course. Most of the courses are taught by multiple professors with industry or research expertise in specific areas within a course. Some courses are taught by guest faculties who have been leaders in the industry. Our faculty is our biggest asset. This is not only due to the proven expertise in their respective fields, but also because they are deeply involved in the overall development of the students. SPJIMR follows an open-door policy. A student is free to approach any faculty to discuss any issue, bet it academic, personal, or professional. The Academic and Placement Committees also conduct sessions wherein faculties share stories and insights from their professional and personal lives with the students. The connect is deep, and they understand our needs amazingly well. Faculty feedback is taken very seriously at SPJIMR. Feedback on every course and faculty is factored in with visible agility.
Careers360: What all facilities do you have on campus? What do you like here the most which you feel is unique and differentiating?
Soumya Chakraborty: The campus is an ecosystem of 3 institutes and their adjoining facilities. The academic block of SPJIMR has all the facilities one would expect to find in a leading management school. The new block has cutting-edge classrooms, a fully equipped design thinking lab, behavioral lab, library, group work room, a 400-seater auditorium, cafeteria, etc. Adjoining facilities include hostels, gymnasium, night canteen, and mess. The campus is unique in its greenery and nature-friendliness. The academic block has been constructed around large trees that rise from within the block. A walk to the hostel block would take you through the Bhavan’s nature park by the lake-side. The sight of peacocks, eagles, doves, swans would not be a surprise here.
Careers360: How comfortable are your hostels and how about the cleanliness factor over there?
Soumya Chakraborty: All the hostel rooms are air conditioned. The facilities provided in the rooms are adequate for a comfortable stay. The rooms are cleaned by the housekeeping staff on a daily basis. The washrooms are cleaned thrice a day, and overall hygiene in the hostels is maintained on a regular basis. All additional service and maintenance requests are placed by the students digitally and processed by the Tech and Infrastructure Committee.
Careers360: What about the medical facilities? Can you avail requisite medical attention if needed in an emergency?
Soumya Chakraborty: SPJIMR has an association with Healthspring for medical facilities. A doctor is available on campus every day for a specific time. Any medical emergency is addressed on call by Healthspring. Medical emergency kits, defibrillators, and first aid boxes are also stowed at multiple strategic locations in the academic and hostel blocks.
Careers360: How do you balance your studies, projects, exams and other activities?
Soumya Chakraborty: There are too many activities in a b-school. To get the best out of them, one needs to pick wisely and prioritize tasks. There are times when deadlines of academic submissions clash with those of corporate competitions or other projects. One needs to be agile and efficient to deal with them effectively. That’s a part of the learning at a b-school. Often, committee and club events may be scheduled just after exams or tight assignment deadlines. Good team work and prior planning helps. In my personal opinion, as long as you love doing the things you are doing, and are learning from them, balancing multiple tasks becomes an integral part of your b-school life.
Careers360: What are the popular hangouts at the institute? What, according to you, are the most-visited places nearby?
Soumya Chakraborty: The hangout spot in between classes is Bistro, the cafeteria in the academic block. Post classes, students often hang out by the lake side, or at the night canteen. The campus is located in the heart of Mumbai, with multiple places to visit nearby. The Prithvi Theatre, Juhu beach, Versova beach, Marine drive, and cafes in Andheri are some of the most visited places. While there’s no dearth of places to visit, time is scarce!
Careers360: How do you spend your leisure time at the campus?
Soumya Chakraborty: With packed-up schedules in the first year, leisure time is a needle in the hay. But whenever I manage to find some, I try to catch up on my sleep and pending conversations with family and friends. Having said that, there are interest groups like Vishwas one can join to have conversations over coffee. One can also take a walk and rewind by the lakeside. The campus is always buzzing with activities; there’s always something one is involved in.
Careers360: Do you have any Facebook page of your campus where the students express their views, jokes or ideas, or maybe even a blog where they write about their experience of life on campus?
Soumya Chakraborty: The Vishwas Blog is a brilliant initiative where students share their reflections on life with the community and the world outside. The OB & HR Committee has recently launched the Humans of SPJIMR series that shares unique stories of people in the SPJIMR family.
Careers360: What type of companies come for campus recruitment and what percentage of students get placed every year? How is the recruitment process here?
Soumya Chakraborty: SPJIMR is known for creating value-based leaders, since its inception. The quality of placements is a testimony to its unique pedagogic design and quality of students in the flagship program. The PGDM participants are absorbed by companies across multiple sectors including Consulting, Conglomerates, BFSI, E-commerce, IT/ITES, FMCG and start-ups. In 2019, the placement process saw participation from companies like McKinsey and Company, Boston Consulting Group, Bain and Company, Tata Administrative Services, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Hindustan Unilever, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Amazon, Deloitte, EY, to name a few. The median salary of the PGRM 2019 batch stood at INR 22 Lakhs Per Anum, with over 72% of the batch receiving offers of INR 20 LPA or Above.
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