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

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 (; 022-42355799 / 65300288 / 9930322474)
Ms. Smita Kadam, Course Coordinator (; 022-42355694)
Dr. Meena Galliara, Director, Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management, NMIMS (
Dr. Satish M. K., Faculty, Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management, NMIMS (      

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

February 06, 2016

Fostering Organizational Effectiveness through HR- AN MTHR Global free HR seminar

MTHR Global programmes are not to miss event. I do not need to repeat this, I recommend you to register, attend and fully utilise.

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you for the next MTHR Global Seminar. Details are given below, please confirm ASAP to reserve your seats. This Conference will have a high amount of practical take aways for you to implement in your organization. Don’t miss this one ….
Nurturing Geniuses: Fostering Organizational Effectiveness through HR
An MTHR Global Event  
In Partnership with: Atharva Institute of Management Studies
Saturday 19th December 2015
9:00 am to 5 pm
Venue: Atharva Educational Complex, Malad Marve Road, Malad West, Mumbai
This Learning Event, designed for HR professionals and OD professionals alike, will highlight tools and methods, and examine case studies that show how organizations from diverse sectors are diagnosing organizational issues, aligning their organizations to deliver market place success and developing  leadership capabilities to sustain performance over time. 
·         Take away both practical tools and meaningful insights that you can apply to your organization
·         Engage with peer practitioners in a dynamic learning and networking environment
·         Learn how organizations are using analytics to put a laser focus on what needs to be done–and what not to do
Participants will get a perspective on how to apply these lessons in their own organizations. Both business leaders and HR professionals should seize this opportunity to participate in this Event and help their organizations take full advantage of emerging technologies.
-          Keynote Address By: Mr Amit Paithankar – Vice President and Managing Director, Emerson Process Management India
-          Mr. Dhananjay Bansod – President A&A Consulting & Former CPO – Deloitte India
-          Mr. Aniruddha Khekale -  Group Director HR, Emerson Process Management India
-          Mr. Santosh Panicker – CPO – Sears India
-          Mr. Vishal Gondal – Founder & CEO GOQii and earlier Founder of Indiagames
Many more speaker confirmations are awaited …..

Registration Process:
There is no cost to attend this Conference. However a pre-registration and a confirmation from our end is a must. To receive the confirmation mailer,  do send in the following details to our official email id:
Current Organization:                                     Designation:
Education:                                                     Years of experience:
Official Email id:                                            Personal Email id:
Mobile No:

About Atharva Institute of Management Studies: It is Ranked amongst the top 100 B Schools Pan India for its industry interface, world class infrastructure, and quality of its experienced faculty It is known for its professional approach to Management Education. It prepares students with the intent that they fine tune e their skills to become employable material for industries. AIMS is accrediated by the AICTE and affiliated to Mumbai University & DTE, Maharashtra.
Today, with over a decade of academic, corporate and research experience - Atharva Institute of Management Studies continues to ensure that its students add value to industries through its faculties, continuous students development programme, and research journals, which sharpens the skills of its management graduates, thus providing Industry with ready professionals to handle the issues of business..
About MTHRG: Mumbai based MTHR Global (More Than HR Global), a leading Knowledge Community Pan India since 2002 is a not for profit body which continues to bring you the best in Learning and Networking! It is powered by a group of 4 young HR Professionals loaded with years of experience of Old and New Economy Industries, who are armed with a passion for people and innovative ideas for HR and management. MTHR Global also created the MTHR Global CxO Forum which is India’s most active CHRO community today.
Currently MTHR Global & MTHRG CxO Forum is managed by:
Rajesh Kamath, Rajesh Gupta, Keyur Jani and Vipul Agarwal.
Mobility Partner: Deltecs 
It’s an event Not to be Missed !!!  So, block 19th December 2015 on your calendar and send your confirmation at the earliest! Do forward this mail to the HR Folks that you think will benefit the most from the conference. There are limited seats.

Interested in free Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship course online- here you go

I have been browsing through iversity course and then stumbled upon this course.

Since the course content is already mentioned in iversity website, I am simply reproducing it here.
This is self paced course, but I advise you to start by second November when course starts and participate in the discussion.

About this course

Social innovations, i.e. new social practices, are everywhere and largely influence our lives: they change the rules of the game in business, civil society and politics. With social innovations, we can design social practices that are more beneficial, sustainable or just.
But what are social innovations? And what effects can they have? This course is an introduction to the topic. You will gain an overview of what social innovations are, how they function and how they can be developed.

What will I learn?

You will learn what social innovations are and understand how they can help solve societal problems. You will get an overview of important literature and debates on social innovation.
You will also learn and apply methods to develop, implement and scale social innovations. Exercises will allow you to apply the methods, develop your own ideas and gather first-hand experiences.

What do I need to know?

This is an introductory course. Previous knowledge is not required. The course is designed for people interested in understanding and/or designing societal change.

Course Structure

This is a self-paced course. This means that once the course initially begins, you can make your way through the course chapters at your own pace, without time pressure or deadlines.

Chapter 1: A New Innovation Paradigm

In this chapter, you will learn what “social innovation” means. You will get an overview of how social innovations can be developed and implemented. Also, we explain the differences between all the “social” something-concepts like social business, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibilities.

Chapter 2: The Spectrum of Social Innovation

There are different forms and formats of social innovation. Gain an overview of the variety of social innovations in this chapter. Specifically, you learn about social innovations that origin in civil society, business, and the social sector. Moreover, you will learn about cross-sector social innovations.

Chapter 3: Broaden your Horizon: Questioning the Existing and Recognising Challenges

Social innovators see opportunities where others see problems. Learn to change your perspective in order to recognise opportunities to solve societal problems with social innovations.

Chapter 4: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Tools

Design Thinking and Lean Start-up will help you to design social innovations together with your (future) beneficiaries. Furthermore, you learn how you can convince others by using effective storytelling.

Chapter 5: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Learning from Others

You will learn how others developed and implemented social innovations and how they learned to overcome resistance. Also, you learn about typical mechanisms of social value creation.

Chapter 6: Impact and Vision

In this chapter, you learn how to analyse the impact of social innovations and how you can increase the impact of social innovations using specific strategies of scaling and replication. Also, our experts will provide some suggestions and tips for future social innovators.

How to enroll for the course?

Please visit following link and enroll. If you need certificate, you need to pay, otherwise there is no cost.

Last chance for admission to University of Mumbai Distance learning programmes- IDOL 2015

Hello Friends,

Mumbai University, IDOL has extended date for final admission for few days and this is not to be missed an opportunity. 

Here is the information may be useful for you. The final extended last date for admission is 23rd October 2015. Please do not miss this opportunity. 

Courses offered:
Under Graduate Programme

(Specialisation offered : History, Politics, Sociology, Economics,Education, Psychology, Commerce, Rural, Development, Marathi, Hindi & English)

F.Y. means First Year, S.Y. means Second Year, T.Y. means Third Year

Post Graduate Programme
 M.A. Part I&II- History, Sociology, Political Science, English, Hindi, Gujarati,
 M.A. (Edu) Part I&II (MA education is not equivalent to M.Ed., please note)
 M.A./M.Sc (Mathematics) Part- I&II

Under Graduate Programme

Post Graduate Programme- M.Com- Finance and Accounts, Management

 Management Programmes- 2 years (not equivalent to MBA)

Computer Science

B.Sc. Computer Science

B.Sc. Information Technology

M.Sc. Computer Science Programme (Through entrance test only)

Master of Computer Application Programme (MCA)  :(Through entrance test only)- Admission over for current year. 

For admission and other process please visit:

For online admission please visit:

To know more about institutes and universities offering distance learning courses from Maharashtra, please visit:

Here is some FAQs

1. Does Mumbai University offer course outside Mumbai?
Mumbai University strictly adhere to territorial jurisdiction and in true sense provide quality distance education. In fact, the programmes are rigorous than many full time colleges. It offers courses only through online admission or government appointed mahaonline centres. No middleman, no franchisee or private agencies are involved. Exams are conducted within its jurisdiction, in only affiliated colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigadh, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts. It is done at the same time along with regular students for all university exams.

Courses are not offered beyond these 4 districts, not even in Maharashtra. 

2. Are these courses recognized by Distance Education Bureau  (DEB) of UGC?
As of now, University of Mumbai does not feature in the list of institute recognized by DEB for the year 2015, whereas many crap and violating institutes like Jaipur National University, money making scam runner SCDL features. Possibly UGC wants an affidavit from Mumbai University promising not violating territorial jurisdiction and franchisee. I am sure Mumbai University will easily manage the DEB approval due to its fair conduct. 

3. Does lack of DEB approval affect me?
Not really. As already said, it may easily get DEB approval. DEB approval is mainly required for securing a government job. If you do not get DEB approval till final year admission, you can easily transfer your admission to a regular full time colleges (and yes, many such regular full time colleges do not bother about your attendance either). You will be well eligible for job in private sector as well as for higher education. 

4. How is Mumbai University in terms of student support?
It has improved a lot, but still lacks in many things. However, my interaction with current IDOL in charge director Dr. Ambuja Salgaonkar who is a doctorate and MCA seems to be very innovative, taking efforts to improve the whole process. There is posters posted all over the IDOL building asking students to write directly to the director, if they face any issue. Even email id is available on website. Yes, course structure has not been developed, materials are not in SIM (Self Instructional Material) format, staff need to sensitise a lot about handling students. You may go ahead. 

5. I have completed my graduation under open university system from YCMOU, IGNOU, other state universities, other open universities. Am I eligible for admission in IDOL?
Yes, you are eligible. Please read instruction carefully and complete all the process. 

6. Is evaluation and other pattern same for IDOL as well as regular students?
no. For regular students, CBCS (Choice Based Credit System) and internals exist. It does not exist for IDOL students (Sadly) and it makes the exam tough than a regular one. Also, subject choice for IDOL students are limited.

7. Does IDOL provide lecture support?
Yes, IDOL does it well. Please see calendar.

8. Does IDOL verify marksheets?
Yes, they do it well. Thats why a company recruiting IDOL student even no need to bother about background verification of educationcal qualification. Hardly any university in India do it. It is need of the hour. 

9. Is degree from IDOL has print as distance learning in the certificate?
Yes, in convocation also, it is written as distance learning/ external. 

10. Does such mention of distance learning mode create problem for me?
May or may not be. Institutes like SBI do not accept a distance learning degree, same about NTPC and universities like NMIMS and few more. 

11. Does University of Mumbai offer D.Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., MBA in distance mode?
No, it does not. 

Let me know if you have any further question. See below notification for more details. 

UGC Approved distance learning institute and universities in India 2015

Hello friends,

Many institutes may make you fool on pretext of UGC approval. Please note that every institute has been given approval by UGC and DEB with some conditions. Please check those letter before taking admission and to get clarity.

1. Private universities cannot offer course outside their campus.
2. Complete online education does not have UGC approval so beware from Jaipur National University, Assam Don Bosco University and many such other scamster.
3. Please check if the course has UGC DEB approval
4. Please note SCDL, welingkar, ITM and NMIMS Pg Diploma are not MBA programme so do not enroll by mistaking them with "valuable" MBA programme. They are not.

Here is the current years' list

Wish you all the best for your career. Beware and refer my old article for more clarity. You can put your query on search box of top of this blog.

MTHR Global event is finally back after a long gap, block your calendar

MTHR Global is a regular free, not for profit HR conference held at various locations. There had been a long gap between its previous conference and this one. 
This is a not to miss event for all business fraternity, management students, HR fraternity and avid learners. I salute MTHR for its such a noble work year after year.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man” – Elbert Hubbard (Author)

“Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”

An MTHR Global event 
In association with
VES Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
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Dear Friend,

I have a great pleasure in inviting you to the much awaited MTHR Global Event in Mumbai. This is in association with VES Institute of Management Studies and Research. This event is open to all HR professionals.

This time the discussion is around “Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”.

Technology has changed the business world many times over in the last few decades but what’s coming in the future will change we live, work, play radically. Much of what drives technology is Moore's Law, which states that computing power will double roughly every 18 months. This impact is evident in nearly all areas of business, including human resources, where technology continues to have a significant impact on HR practices.

As breakthrough technologies truly take hold in the next decade, it is important for business and HR leaders to be proactive and get ahead of this trend. HR’s role is to focus on the opportunities new technologies present through collaboration between people and machines to make companies more speedy, efficient, productive, and profitable while making jobs more meaningful and engaging.

Through stories, debate and deliberation, we shall learn from experts how we can get the best out of Leaders and HR in these companies. Participants will get a perspective on how to apply these lessons in their own organizations.

As is usual with MTHR Global, the entry to the event is at no cost but pre-registration is a must. Please read below for the registration process.

Event Details:
Theme: “Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”
Date: Saturday, 17th October, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: VESIM Campus, 495/497, Collectors Colony, Wadivali Village, Chembur, Mumbai 400074.

Registration Process:
The event is at no cost but pre-registration for the event is a must. All registered participants will receive a confirmation mail from our end.
Please send the following details to to enable us to register you for the event:
Organization:                                                                          Designation:
Organization domain:                                                             Years of Exp:                                                              
Official Email id:                                                                     Personal Email id:
Mobile:                                                                                    Alternate number:

Do let your friends in HR know about this event.

About VESIM: The fundamental raison d’etre of VESIM has been to bring about a holistic development of future leaders of the industry. The institute expends all its energies to ensure that students not end up being just academically brilliant but become a complete and wholesome personality.. Ethics and Values form the basis of everything that Vivekananda Education Society (VES) does and the same culture is inculcated down the line to all the stakeholders. Deriving its strength from the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, deep rooted in Indian ethos VESIM has set its eyes to win in the modern globalized world. Students passing out from this institute are well adept to be placed in any corporation around the world.

About MTHRGMumbai based MTHR Global (More Than HR Global), a leading Knowledge Community Pan India since 2002 is a not for profit body which continues to bring you the best in Learning and Networking! It has held more than 90 events till date and has created several knowledge sharing initiatives for the HR community. MTHR Global also created the MTHR Global CxO Forum which is India’s most active CHRO community today.

Mobility Partner: Deltecs Infotech / Drona HQ

It’s an event Not to be Missed !!! So, block 17th October, 2015 on your calendar and send your confirmation at the earliest.

       HR Professionals visit: