Trial by Rebuttal

The Speak Club at SPJIMR has always worked to provide SP Jain students a platform to evolve and improve their Public Speaking skills. The Speak Club this year tied up with NTPC Ltd. to usher in the very first edition of Trial by Rebuttal, SPJIMR’s Annual Parliamentary debate on Friday, the 30th of October. The debate was the beginning of an initiative by the Speak club to encourage and promote the culture of debate and discussion on a wide range of issues that are not restricted to just business, on campus. Speak collaborated with the NTPC to partner in its goal of sensitizing the public, of issues like corruption as part of the Vigilance Awareness Week from 26th to the 30th of October, an initiative by the Central Vigilance Commission.

In line with the theme, “Corruption and Good Governance” of the Awareness Week, the motion for the debate was, “This House believes that corporations should not be allowed to make political contributions.” As per the format designed for the debate, each side had one faculty member and two students arguing the motion. While the proposition was represented by Manish Kandpal, Garima Kansal and Professor Malay Krishna, the opposition team was made up of Kritee Jhawar, Sudhant Jaggi and Professor Anil Vaidya.

The debate itself was very engaging with points like crowd funding of electoral campaigning, barriers to entry in politics due to massive contributions, increased awareness due to contribution funded campaigning etc. being debated at length in the attendance of our Dean, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, who was the Chairperson for the debate. What followed the debate was an intense rebuttal session with students and faculty from the audience putting both the sides to the sword with their sharp questioning.

The motion was carried by the house as the audience voted in agreement to the proposition that corporations should indeed not be allowed to make political contributions. Among the student speakers, Sushant Jaggi won the Best Speaker Prize. The event ended with a few deep insights on the motion from the Dean and the prizes for the student speakers being given out by Mr K Ravindran, Additional general Manager, Public Relations, NTPC Ltd. The judges for the speaker prizes were Professor Ratika Gore, Professor Jagdish Rattanani and Mr. Ravindran.

With this the Speak Club plan to follow up the event with debates being organised on a regular basis for the students to encourage the culture of parliamentary debating in the batch. This would be in addition to the sessions on Public Speaking organised by the club which is spearheaded by Professor Ratika Gore. We look forward to more such sessions from the club in the coming months.

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Management Lessons from the Dabbawalas

The Operations Area Committee, SPJIMR organized a talk in collaboration with The Mumbai Dabbawala Association themed around “Management Lessons from the Dabbawalas” on 31st of October, 2015.
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The Dabbawalas indeed have a rich heritage of 125 years and have garnered worldwide recognition for their lean six sigma practices. They deliver approximately 2 lakh boxes every day and that too with an inconceivable operational efficiency of 99.999967%.
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The main speaker for the event was Mr. Subodh Sangle and was greeted by participants across both PGDM & PGPM batches. He spoke about the day-to-day experiences of these Dabbawalas and demonstrated that how even without sophisticated technology and knowledge of complex management theories it is possible to achieve high business performance.
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He also discussed in details about their unique organizational practices and the simple yet efficient coding system that has enabled them to deliver for so many years.

The session was indeed insightful and provided for an experience that touched everyone.

Season of Sports at SPJIMR!!

This past month saw participation of our college’s sports teams in two inter college sports fests and despite their busy schedule, giving their top notch performances.

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The first one, from 24th to 26th October was Josh – NITIE’s Annual Sports fest in which our college participated in a staggering 10 events -Carrom, Chess, Cricket, Basketball (Men and Women), Futsal, Table Tennis, Tennis, Pool, Volleyball teams. Comprised of national and state-level players and sports enthusiasts in general, the teams faced competitionfrom other local MBA schools like NMIMS, NITIE, JBIMS, etc.Displaying great talent and sportsmanship, the players put all their effort in whichever sport they played.In the end, the college managed to bag the first runners up position in Cricket, Women’s Basketball and Table Tennis events.

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The second fest was SJMSOM’s Prithvi which took place from 30th October to 1st November. Of the smaller scale, the fest saw participation only from our college’s Basketball (Men and Women), Futsal, Cricket and Volleyball teams. Playing back to back matches in one day, the volleyball and basketball teams reached the semi-final stage, whereas the Women’s Basketball team went all the way to the top, clinching the cup and winning the tournament.

Overall, these two tournaments were a great starting point for the college’s sports teams. They gave them a perspective on the type of competition to be expected at Sprint and the amount of practice they would have to put for it.

Making Friends with Money

Making friends with Money was a Workshop organized by the FinCom, which was aimed at creating awareness about How to start investing in the stock market. The speaker for the event was Mr. Harsh Roongta, who is a SEBI registered Investment adviser, Angel Investor and a well-known personal finance expert. He was also the CEO and co-founder of the well-known website www.apnapaisa.com. He writes and comments extensively in the media on personal finance matters besides being a regular columnist with DNA and Business Standard.  Joining him was a senior stock market broker, members of ICICI prudential, who were the sponsors of the event.

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The main takeaways for the students attending the event were: the power of compounding and its impact, how to build a diversified portfolio and how and where to invest. Finally using some real life examples, and interesting anecdotes he tried to drive home the point that investing long term in the market is always beneficial. Concluding with a Q and A session where students asked their various queries and cleared their doubts. In all it was informative and interesting session, leaving people with a thought on the advantages of investing at the right time to gain maximum benefits in the long term.

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CEO & Industry Integration Committee organized an industrial visit for 1st year PGDM students on 5th Nov, 2015 at the Centre of Excellence (COE), Mercedes Benz India at their production facility in Chakan, Pune.

It was the first time that Mercedes Benz India associated with a college for a visit at their facility. The COE is exclusively meant for product launches for media, employees’ town hall meets& exclusive customers like corporate CXOs or Bollywood celebrities.

The group of 40 students, selected on FCFS basis through google forms which saw a whopping 100+ entries in a matter of seconds, was thoroughly excited as most of them were first timers inside an automobile plant.

At the early morning of 5th Nov, the energized group departed for the visit, had prepacked breakfasts, small breaks & arrived on time at the plant location. They were received by Ms. Shivani Sharma (Marketing Communications, MBIL) who coordinated the entire pre-visit planning and also toured the group through the plant assembly lines.

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The Centre of Excellence was a WOW feeling for everyone, as its classy ambience housed Merc’s top-of-the-line products like Maybach, AMGs, S-Class and the likes shining on display. The scaled down replica models of all products alongside the exclusive accessories section was an added attraction.

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Mr.Ashish Kohli (Sales Head- North, MBIL) walked the group through the company lineage and complete product portfolio, coupled with current organizational structure, statistics of market share & sales volumes in India. He also talked about ‘Mercedes Benz R&D India’ (MBRDI) facility at Bangalore which is the largest Research and Development centre of Daimler AG outside Germany and contributes in the areas of Computer Simulation (CAE), Design (CAD), Electrical/Electronics and IT-Services. This was followed by a qualitative discussion over queries posed by the students spanning across production & marketing strategies, competition in the luxury vehicle market etc. Different plans adopted by MBIL, like endorsing Golf Tournaments gave students a good idea on focused luxury segment marketing which constitutes around 1.5% of the passenger vehicle market by volumes.

After a high-tea session break, the batch moved towards the production facility for a guided tour.The entire facility, spread over around 100 acres area, has a capacity to produce 20,000 cars per shift. At the entrance was proudly standing a replica of the Benz Patent Car which grabbed the attention it deserved. Students got to witnessvarious processes & stages in assembly of a car up-close, right from raw material to a finished product. Different stations were observed like the brake testing, shower tests, quality stops at the end of each line. Students could relate to different concepts learnt in the operations management course.

The visit concluded by a vote of thanks and memento presentation to Ms. Colleen D’Souza (General Manager, HR, MBIL) by C.I.I.C team members. The group took photographs outside the plant, had lunch at restaurant nearby and headed back to campus with a mind full of amazing experience, learnings & memories to last for lifetime. The idea of seeing a Mercedes Benz being built, which has been a dream for many, was lived to the fullest.