KonfidanT- an initiative of KIIT University to bridge gap between industry and academia

Good Morning.

While writing this article, I am enjoying weather and hospitality of Bhubaneswar. 

You may find few of my posts and articles sarcastic as I am a strong protester of the sect of who believe that only MBA and only tier 1 MBA school can produce good professionals. What worries me most is, most of the B school and students are of herd mentality and they are not producing the young professional required for business beyond excel sheets and presentations

I have been very sceptical about private universities in India and their racket of money minting through various degrees and malpractices. You may go through few of my articles in the past. 

When Ashish Gakrey (founder, HR Shapers) introduced  me to KISS and KIIT last year, it opened a new world for me- that there is an institute who truly work in the field of education and provide free education to almost 25000 tribal children from primary to doctoral level. Please read following article for more details

This year, I have been invited to mentor 10 MBA students (from second year) of Kalinga School Of Management (KSOM) and I could not refuse. I would have regretted if I would have missed this opportunity of collaborative and mutual learning. 

How it started?
Almost 16 HR professionals from Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata were invited to mentor students. Each mentor were assigned 10-12 students of MBA 2nd year of different specialisation. First, the mentors were briefed about overall process of extensive 2 days programme. They were assigned their respective teams and it started with Group Discussion followed by mock PI.

Institute's role
There was no canvassing and there was no sweet talk. The Director as well as Sanjay Muthal (who was responsible for driving the whole process along with Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director, Human Resource, India, Emerson) were very clear. Go ruthless on students, show no mercy and tell us where they are lacking. How many B schools open themselves like this in front of the corporate to tell what their B school is, where is the gap? The intention was to fill the gap and not to canvas it. 

The process
Each mentor spent 2 days in Group Discussion and Personal Interview of the students. They analysed the gap and in the closing meeting briefed the students the students with overall/individual Development Plans.

What was the outcome?
The overall student quality is as at par with the many B schools who are graded above than KIIT SOM and all the mentors were happy. Overall result was almost same and all the mentors along with a faculty mentor from the institute assigned the task to fill the gap. 

What about students
Students were amazing. I had a group of 10 students from marketing, finance, operation and HR. If given opportunity, I could immediately hire 2 of them. They were very good in terms of communication, presentation, knowledge, their leadership, team handling ability (judged through personal interview, GD and DISC). They were open for feedback. They were not arguing at all. We (the faculty mentor and I) planned IDP (Individual Development Plan) for them. Amazingly, few students added additional task based on the feedback given and that was really surprising. They are in the second year, already burdened with their work, yet, ready to go extra miles to fill the gap. I am sure any HR friend reading this blog will not regret if they hire from KIIT campus. One of the students, Sudeepta surprised me in many ways. Before the first meeting, she scanned my LinkedIn profile and asked several intelligent question including my different activities, initial career change and so one. That was really surprising. I had never been  asked such a quality question, not even in Mumbai. Talent is everywhere. You need to identify. 

What about the faculty?

Faculty were not defensive at all. To be very frank, without their support and open for criticism, the KonfidanT 2016 would not have been possible. Each professor was assigned to one industry mentors and these great gurus are: Prof. Braja Ballav Kar, Prof. Satya Narayan Mishra,Prof. Manvinder Singh, Prof. Buddhaditya Padhi, Prof. Jitendra Mohanty, Prof. Biswajit Pattnaik, Prof. Joydeep Biswas, Prof. Sradha Padhi, Prof. Manoj Kumar Jena, Prof. Abhishek Kumar, Prof. Subhra Patnaik , Prof. Arun Patra, Prof. Indirah Indibara, Prof. Arvind Tripathy, Prof. C. V. Kamesh, Prof. Bandana Dash, Prof. Jogendra Behera, Prof. Sumita Mishra, Prof. Saroj Routray, Prof. Surya Narayan mishra, Prof. Suva Kanta Mohanty, Prof. Joydeep Biswas, Prof. Ipsita Nayak, Prof. Ashok Kumar Sar and Prof. Sugato Tripathy. My co mentor was Professor Arvind Tripathy. He was such a great help. Wherever I was exceeding allotted time while interviewing, he managed to help me. Wherever I was not able to clear my expectation with students, he came to my rescue. All the professors are from diverse backgrounds, from institutes like IIM and XLRI and most importantly, they come with corporate experiences. They are passionate, they are visionaries and they are leaders.

What is next?
All the students have their individual development plan for next year and I am sure, in the next year most of them will be ready enough to get their dream job. KSOM has seen rough patches and good time with ever increasing placement and its reputation. I am sure this will emerge as a leader in business school not only in east India, but also at a national level. 

and here is Mr. SanjayMuthal who took the charge and is responsible for bringing all of us together. An excellent orator and a person with passion and commitment. 

Should you participate in this mentorship programme - KonfidanT?
Every HR should participate in this kind of programmes due to various reason. or alternatively  (Here are few reasons why no HR professional should miss the chance of being part of such kind of programmes) As an HR, we barely know the candidate beyond the CV. What we know is, through the resume and performance during the interview. That can be faked up easily. As a mentor, when you spend time with these beautiful minds you actually get to know about their strengths and weakness. You know their true quality and value. You can mould them, you can shape them and you can hire a right candidate and can bring right people to your organisation.

Most of all I count on the satisfaction of sculpting the clay & make a beautiful idol out of it. 

If you are interested to participate, please write to Rajan at kiitcr.dj@kiit.ac.in or Professor Manoj at manoj@ksom.ac.in 

Here is some of the memorable pic:

We, the mentors with super mentor Dr. Achyuta Samanta founder of KIIT University and KISS. It was a privilege to be with him. 

Professor Arvind Tripathy and I with my fabulous team, my mentees Abhishek, Answesha, Jyotirmoy, Sudipta, Dilip, Aleeva, Saswat, Sumit, Suraj and Sonalika Mohanty. 

Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director HR- India, Emerson with his team of mentee. (I am also his mentee, but missing from the picture :) ) They are lucky to have him as a mentor. 

and here is SanjayMuthal who took the charge and responsible for bringing all of us together. An excellent orator and a person with passion and commitment. 

Should you participate in this mentorship programme - KonfidanT?
Every HR should participate in this prograame due to various reason. As an HR, we barely know the candidate. What we know is, through the resume and performance during the interview. That can be faked up easily. As a mentor, when you spend time with these beautiful mind, you actually know their strength and weakness. you know their true quality and value. You can mould them, you can shape them and you can hire a right candidate and can bring right people to your organisation. If you are interested to participate, please write to Rajan at kiitcr.dj@kiit.ac.in or Professor Manoj at manoj@ksom.ac.in 

July 25, 2016

Free SHRM webinar on high impact critical roles which are key to business success

Hello friends,
recently, I got an opportunity to meet Laxmanan with regards to UDAN project of NHRDN. He told one very important point "Are we HR capable and competent enough to handle roles". Perhaps not.
I will touch that topic later on in details. The most important part is increasing competency and that is possible only through re-skilling.
Webinar is one of such options and SHRM webinars are very good media.

Following is the detail of one of such webinar from SHRM

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Investments in developing critical talent have always been questioned for ROI and impact. The double edged sword of rapidly evolving business models and the need to have agility across strategy formulation and execution only underscores the importance of de-risking critical roles. HR is presented with an opportunity to create outcomes by focusing on purpose led, interconnected and a systems based thinking to help organizations turbo charge their strategy.
About our Speaker:
Shaswat Kumar, Leader - HRT & Cloud, Deployment Solutions, APAC - Aon Hewitt
Shaswat is a content leader for HR Effectiveness and the leader for Aon Hewitt’s Global CoE for HR process design and shared services. He has been an advisor to various Fortune 500 corporations on their HR service delivery transformation, shared services, and offshoring initiatives. He also is regarded as a thought leader for shared services consulting. Shaswat was part of the internal project team which helped developed Hewitt HRO’s Global Delivery Model; and helped develop the HRO business strategy for APAC. Shaswat has led the HR Transformation Practice at Hewitt for over 10 years and has contributed immensely to developments of toolkits and methodologies with delivery of cutting-edge solutions for clients. Shaswat has a Masters in International Business from IIFT, and a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Delhi University. Prior to joining Hewitt, he has done e-Business consulting with an Internet Consulting start up and international sales for one of the World's largest exporter of denim. Thank You,
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June 25, 2016

What is Brexit and its impact in Indian economy

Hello friends,

I had been thinking about what best explains the brexit and got following email from HDFC.

They have explained it well and I do not think anything else is required to explain brexit and its impact in India and heee you go

Brexit - A Non-Event for India

What is BREXIT?

The European Union - often known as the EU - is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It has grown to become a "single market" allowing goods and people to move around. The United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron at the time of his election had promised to hold a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU? The referendum has been held and the people of the UK have voted 52:48 in favour of an Exit.

What were the stakes for the British?

The UK is one of 10 member states that pays more into the EU budget than what they get out and only France and Germany contribute more. The UK's net contribution for 2014/15 was £8.8bn - nearly double what it was in 2009/10.
Post Brexit, Britain would also take back full control of its borders and reduce the number of people coming to live and/or work i.e. it will gain control over immigration within the UK-EU.

What happens next?

Technically, MPs could block an EU exit - but it would be seen as political suicide to go against the will of the people as expressed in a referendum.
The referendum result is not legally binding - Parliament still has to pass the laws that will get Britain out of the EU.
Article 50 of the treaty with EU has to be activated by the UK PM. The current PM has resigned and left it to the next PM to take a decision on Article 50. Once Article 50 is activated, Brexit is certain. Brexit should then be a two year negotiation process between the EU and the UK. In a good case, it is possible that UK postpones invoking Article 50 for 6-12 months while negotiating better terms for the UK within the EU and following up with a second referendum in 2017.

Brexit and Indian economy

It is hard to make a case of any meaningful impact on Indian economy of Brexit – either direct or indirect. The UK is a small trading partner of India – UK alone accounts for only 3.4% and 1.4% of India’s merchandise exports and imports, respectively, as of FY16. Even that should not be impacted as Brexit will change the terms of trade between UK and EU and not with India. FDI flows from UK to India stood at only US$1bn in FY15 and US$0.8bn in FY16; hence, not that significant.

Source: Finance Ministry and RBI

Impact on Indian Companies

Brexit can have some impact on Indian companies that have businesses in UK/ EU.
The medium term impact, if any, will be clear only post the revised terms of trade between UK and EU are finalized. This should take 2-3 years from now.

In the interim, the GBP depreciation is an unexpected positive for companies like Tata Steel and Tata Motors (JLR) that have manufacturing operations in the UK.

Barring these companies, the impact on other sectors like pharma, IT, banks and agrochemicals is likely to be marginal.

Capital outflows

A pessimist may argue that Brexit will lead to FII outflows from India due to risk aversion. While there is no meaningful link between Brexit and Indian economy, India is in a strong position even if there are some outflows. Consensus expects India’s CAD to remain manageable at about ~1.5% of GDP in FY17. Foreign exchange reserves at ~US$363bn seem adequate to withstand volatility in the case of global risk aversion. Net FDI inflows have increased to an all-time high of US$36bn in FY16. Impact of any FII outflows even if it does happen will not be felt by the economy, though stock markets may be impacted in the very short run.

Interest rates

Considering India's relatively stable macro situation (CAD ~1.5%, Fiscal Deficit ~3.5% and stable inflation), we do not expect any negative impact on the debt markets. Even if there are some FII outflows, which may lead to liquidity tightening, RBI is likely to provide additional liquidity through repos and purchase of Gsecs in the open market operations (OMO).

Uncertainty in EU is likely to lead to USD strengthening and lower global commodity prices. Interestingly, Brent oil prices were down ~4% today. This is likely to aid continued low inflation and provide room for lower rates in India.

The impact of Brexit on all segments of debt markets today has been fairly muted. In the money market (CP & CD) and corporate bond market - yields have moved higher by just 2 to 3 bps. While the yields in treasury bills and government bond market are flat to lower as compared to the levels prevailing yesterday.

The INR was stable and depreciated marginally vs. the USD while appreciating against the Euro and the GBP.

Global events - opportunities for Indian equities?

The following table lists some of the adverse developments in the world over the last two decades, the impact on the stock markets in the short run in India and the returns one year after the event. It is quite evident that on most of these occasions, the correction in the Indian stock markets was a good opportunity to invest for the long term investor. This is so because the nature of Indian economy is one of secular growth and global developments have only a marginal impact on it.

Table: Past global events and the returns thereafter

Source: Bloomberg

In our opinion, the Indian markets will quickly discount/recover from Brexit. Interestingly, due to focus on Brexit, the steady improvement in the Indian economy has been ignored. The table below gives the key macro-economic indicators.

Source: Kotak Institutional Equities Research

The correction of Indian equities at a time when the Indian economy is improving on nearly all parameters has created a good opportunity for the discerning investor. The chart below presents Market cap/GDP ratio of India. It can be seen from the chart that the Market cap/GDP has fallen to attractive levels.

India market cap to GDP ratio, calendar year-ends 2005-15 (%)

Source: World Bank, Bloomberg, Kotak Institutional Equities, updated till 31st March, 2016

The policy direction in India is right and economy is making good progress on most fronts. The economy and equity markets also appear to be in transition from consumption to capex. Impact of higher infra allocation and the several steps taken by government over the last two years is expected to be felt strongly from FY17 onwards with Railways, Power Transmission and Distribution, Mining, Roads and Urban Infrastructure likely to lead growth.

Improving fundamentals of the Indian economy and attractive market cap / GDP lead to a positive outlook for the equity markets over the medium to long term.

In a lighter vein, Gold prices went up by ~5% today making Indians richer by ~$40bn. Equity markets lost ~$30bn in value today. Hence, Indians are actually better off from Brexit!

To conclude, Brexit is not a material event for the Indian markets. Indian economy is on a steady recovery path and valuations are attractive. The correction in markets thus provides an attractive entry point for the medium to long term.


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NIOS derecognized fake SSC and HSC board in India


Please note that following baords are fake and NIOS as well as by many other universities including NMIMS. NMIMS in its eligibility criteria clearly mentioned that only students pursuing course from the board recognized by NIOS i.e. ultimately COBSE are eligible to apply. This also put end to question about recognition of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh where people questioned me earlier for putting Jamia Aligarh in the non recognized boards. Please note qualification from these boards are not eligible for higher education in India, abroad and also not a valid qualification for any purpose.

Please read my earlier article to know more about fake boards in India.

List of fake board / non recognized in India as on March 06, 2016

1. Central Board of Higher Education, Aspati Bhawan, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi.

2. All India Board of Secondary Education, Gazipur

3. Central Board of Higher Education, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi.

4. Board of Adult Education and Training, Brahmpuri, Nagal Rai, New Delhi.

5. Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Vrindavan

6. Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Sansthan, New Delhi.

7. ACN International University, Raipur

8. Doon International University, Raipur

9. Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi

10. Indian Council of Secondary Education, India

11. All India Board for Education Training, Delhi

12. All India Board for Secondary Education, Delhi

13. Board of Adult Education & Tarining, Delhi

14. Central Board of Higher Education, Delhi

15. Jamia Urdu, Aligarh

16. Gurukul Vishvavidyalaya Vrindaban, Mathura

17. Council of Secondary Education, Mohali

18. Mahashakti Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Delhi

19. Council for the Indian Certificate Examination, Delhi

20. Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow

21. Board of Secondary Sanskrit Education, Lucknow

22. Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad

23. Mumbai Hindi Vidyapeeth, Mumbai

24. The Central Board of Higher Education, New delhi

25. Dr. Ramgopalacharya Sanskrit Mahavidalaya, Etah, U.P.

26. Board of Secondary Education Madhya Bharat, Gwalior

27. Council of Secondary Education Board, Mohali

28. Mahatma Gandhi Secondary and Senior Secondary Education Board, Delhi

29. Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Open Education, West Bengal

30. Board of Youth Education, India

31. The Council of Basic and Technical Education, Ludhiana

32. Shiksha Parishad Madhyamic, Gwalior

33. Central Board of Education, Ajmer

34. Council of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi

35. Board of Secondary Education Madhya Bharat, Gwalior

36. Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education, Delhi

37. Board of Technical and Secondary Education, Delhi

38. Board of Youth Education in India   

39. Mahatma Gandhi Secondary and Senior Secondary Education Board, Delhi

40. Council of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi

41. Indian Council Open School Certificate Examination, Maharashtra

42. Mahakoshal Board of Secondary Education, Jabalpur

43. National Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi

44. Board of Higher Secondary Open Education, Delhi

45. Board of School and Technical Education, Chhatisgarh

46. Board of Senior Secondary Education

47. Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education

Following board is not in the list but that is also a fake board

48. Rural Institute of Open schooling (RIOS), Delhi and other branches

If you want to do a distance learning SSC or HSC, opt NIOS or state board/ state open schools only.

Please do not post any question related to recognition of above boards, I will not respond. I am happy to respond only valid and logical questions

Mumbai, March 06, 2016


Hello Friends,

Learning and Development is a ley function for every HR professional and we struggle often. Forget about elearning or MOOC, we often fail to measure training effectiveness and choosing right training for our employee. My own experience with MOOC is- it is effective, but I do not complete 10% of the total programme I enrol.

People Matter's this webinar is definitely going to be useful for all HR professionals, managers.

Here is the details:

People Matters
How Micro-Learning Aligns with the Millennial Professionals
Millennial generation – they do things differently. They are the most social media savvy professionals who are tweeting their thoughts in a jiffy and solving problems on the go. So how will these Millennials upgrade their knowledge in this ever-changing skilling world? For them, micro-learning offers the solution – since time is of utmost importance.
Research shows 70% of employees drop out of eLearning programs and completion rates are less than 20%! MOOCs have even lesser completion rates - roughly 15% on average. These numbers have created a need for learning to be more pervasive, more interesting and address a generation that is more attuned to social media, news in 60 words or less, 20-20 cricket and summaries.
This webinar will thus explore:
1.     What is microlearning or bite-sized learning?
2.     The different use-cases for which bite-sized learning would work best.
3.     Metrics to measure and help in retention of learning.
Date: Wednesday, 9th March, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 12.00 PM IST
Who should attend?: HR Heads, L&D Heads , HR Managers and Senior HR & L&D Leaders
Maheshwar Ramakrishnan, Director- Product Management, KNOLSKAPE
Maheshwar Ramakrishnan is the Director of Product Management at KNOLSKAPE. He is a double gold medalist MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management. He is an alumnus of National University of Singapore (NUS) and received his bachelor's degree from the Honorable President of Singapore. At NUS, Maheshwar trained close to 1000 undergraduates in the use of the university's e-learning systems.
At KNOLSKAPE, he has trained managers at companies such as Cognizant, Accenture, Fidelity, Oracle and Mindtree. His day-to-day role involves product managing an innovative learning platform that combines gamification, learning journeys and assessments. 
Saiprasad Nagarajan, Director, Program Management, Knolskape
Our Partner

KNOLSKAPE is an award-winning immersive gamification and simulation software company focusing on talent transformation. We are delighted to announce that KNOLSKAPE has won the coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology – Experiential Learning Solutions category. To celebrate, we are offering a 20% discount on our Gamified Workshop called EDGE. Offer valid only for HR Professionals and for a limited time.
Join us on 9th March 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (IST) to know about How Micro-Learning Aligns With the Millennial Professionals .
For any other related queries, please contact Diksha Raheja at +91-8979568413
email at diksha.raheja@peoplemattersevents.com

MBA in social entrepreneurship- a must to do course from NMIMS, Mumbai

After a long time I am writing an article. Extremely sorry for the delay. Due to very tight schedule, I am not able to contribute enough time. This is something, which is very interesting, so I could not resist from writing this article.

I am writing about this course due to few reason as follows:

1. I have enrolled for the course and currently pursuing it.
2. There is a need for quality Management education.
3. There is need for more social entrepreneurship and the stigma attached to word "social" as not for profit, poor need to revisit. 

What is social entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to find solutions to social problems. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. We know, there are many social issues/ problems we face on day to day basis. If you are planning a business around these problems, then definitely you can help people and earn profit too. Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions.

Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.

What are few example of social business/ social enterprises?
1. Mirakle Courier
2. Vatsalya Healthcare
3. MILAAP- online fund raising platform
4. Earthen life
5. Akanksha Foundation
6. OSCAR foundation (product of NMIMS MBA SE student)
7. Sulabh International
8. DesiCrew
9. M.Pani
10. Dream Catchers Foundation
11. KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Science)- Dr. Achyuta Samanta refer http://blog.simplycareer.net/2015/10/kiitandkissanddrachyutasamanta.html

Why "Social" Entrepreneur?

Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur develops innovative solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.

Which institutes in India offers MBA Social Entrepreneurship programmes?
1. Tata Institute of Social Science- MA Social Entrepreneurship 2 years full time.
2. PG Diploma (18 months) in Development Studies (not an MBA) from SP Jain, Mumbai
3.  Master of Social Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Foundation, Hubli (2 years, residential, full time)
4. IGNOU MBA Social Entrepreneurship (Distance)
5. Diploma in social entrepreneurship (10 months) and MBA (Social Entrepreneu

Why Diploma and MBA Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS is a good option?
NMIMS is among the top 10 B schools in India. It has reputation. The MBA programme is recognized by AICTE. Its MBA and not a diploma programme thus, you are also eligible for higher studies in India and abroad. The fee is highly subsidised and competitive. Other executive MBA programme of NMIMS costs around 4.5 lakhs, whereas MBA in SE costs around 1 lakhs  (please reconfirm fee with the university). 

What is the eligibility criteria?
for Diploma, its graduation and for MBA SE, it is graduation + minimum 2 years experience in the social sector such as social organisation, NGO, executives working in the CSR department of the corporate.

How is the quality of the curriculum?
Well, my experience is, few subjects are just like other MBA programme, too theoretical, but few subjects such as oral communication, written communication, Group and organisational dynamics, social engineering and project management, financial accounting etc. are very good and adds value. I have seen excellent transformation in one of my batch mate. It also depends on you as a learner. 

How students are evaluated?
It is same as other executive MBA and full time MBA programmes of NMIMS. It has components like quiz, individual assignment including presentation, group presentation, mid term test and term end exam.

How is the course structure?
Each course is divided as trimester. There are total 7 trimester in 2 years programme. 

How hectic is the course?
Its really hectic, take everything out of you and make you a polished individual. Apart from class, you have to spend lot of time on reading, collecting information, working in group etc. For 2 years you really have to sacrifice your personal life and luxury. 

How is the faculty?
Mix. few are with corporate experience. Dr. Meen Galiara is really good and you learn a lot from her. Mine best learning was while writing project proposal for funding. Same experience I had with Prof. Subroto Chatterjee for micro economics and macro economics, Ananya Prabhavalkar during financial accounting, Prof. Simi Vij (excellent trainer and mentor I must say). They also organise visiting faculty from the industry, which provides industrial insight. I had good experience from Tata, Masoom etc.

Do they provide placement?
No, NMIMS does not provide placement support for part time MBA, but you really find it useful as you learn team management skills, presentation skills, entrepreneurship, some reality of entrepreneurship, network in the corporate. I am the only HR and from the corporate (other than social sector) in this batch. We have people from Axis Bank foundation, Kotak education foundation, entrepreneur like Ash from math revolution etc. 

What is the no of seats available and how admission done?
30 seats for each- Diploma and MBA
Admission is done on the basis of entrance test, which is easy and test your aptitude (its not NMAT or CAT or CET) and interview. 

Here is the more details for 2016-18 admission:
Admissions are open for the Xth Batch of the Ten month (weekend) Diploma/ Two year (weekend) PTMBA in Social Entrepreneurship (2016-2018). 

The course aims at providing management education to potential and current social sector personnel to professionalize their approaches to accelerate social change through adoption of innovative strategies & hybrid business models. The course also aims to develop CSR professionals who will be able handle requirements of CSR Departments of companies as well as NGOs.

Attached please find a brief write up about the course as well as the important dates.

For program details please log on to :

Candidates will have to fill up the online Admission Form and pay registration fee of Rs.1000/-.
To register for Diploma / PTMBA in Social Entrepreneurship please click on following link:

For more details regarding the admission process and admission schedule please click on following link :

Application form along with the required documents have to be submitted on or before April 9, 2016 to Deputy Registrar (Admission), SVKM’s NMIMS. Eligible candidates will appear for an Admission Test and Personal Interview on April 16, 2016.

You can also contact us at the following addresses:

Ms. Anjalika Gujar, Community Development Officer, Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management (anjalika.Gujar@nmims.edu; 022-42355799 / 65300288 / 9930322474)
Ms. Smita Kadam, Course Coordinator (smita.kadam@nmims.edu; 022-42355694)
Dr. Meena Galliara, Director, Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management, NMIMS (galliara@nmims.edu)
Dr. Satish M. K., Faculty, Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management, NMIMS (satish.kajjer@nmims.edu)      

Shall you have any query, please feel free to write here or contact the university directly.

February 06, 2016