Why PGDM- International Business (IB)?

Why PGDM- International Business (IB)?       SANAYA

In the recent times, the students have been provided with a plethora of career options which at times ends up putting them in a dilemma to finalize the ‘ideal’ career path. Even once you have chosen the career path, there are various choices to make, like which particular course to pursue. Today, I will be trying to address the foremost questions which possible pop up in the minds of any student who is interested in pursuing an International business course:- ‘Why PGDM- IB? , Why should I do it at SIMSR? , What can I pursue after completing this course?’

Firstly, a global mind set is extremely crucial to survive in this competitive business world, where every economy and business is interconnected, thus knowledge of international markets is vital. The importance of International business has become greater than ever due to the increase in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) being involved in businesses overseas and also the increase in cross- border mergers and acquisitions. In today’s era of global connectivity, KJ SIMSR is one of the few Indian institutions offering PGDM in International Business, integrating a traditional course structure with international environment. The course is structured to give students versatility in all the functional areas like Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human Resources in addition to developing expertise in the specialization subjects of International Business.

SIMSR aims to provide it’s students with not only classroom learning through case studies, projects and assignments, but also through participation in co-curricular activities including interactions with key industry experts, some specific in the field of international business which are arranged by International Business Society (IBS@SIMSR). Students are also encouraged to contribute to its quarterly e-publication e-Globuzz, which goes a long way to enhance the perspective of world affairs and changing trends in the International Business Environment. I am a First year PGDM- IB student and I can truly vouch for this, since we have worked on innumerable case studies till now which have helped me widen my horizon, we have also had opportunities to participate in various competitions, have interactions with eminent personalities like the Kazakhstan Ambassador Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, the ambassador of Ecuador, these events have surely helped me get out of my shell and become bolder. We have also witnessed a one day IB Summit where professionals from different fields gave us an idea on the current trends in International business which was extremely insightful. We have also been provided with an option to learn additional foreign languages like Spanish and Mandarin which would definitely prove very handy in the long run.

An international business qualification can open up career opportunities in a variety of sectors, in countries around the world. In addition to working within global companies that compete on international markets, graduates of international business MBA programs can also find careers in management, finance and in consulting. Graduates may also seek to work within international corporations in the travel and hospitality industry, which are continually dealing with both businesses and consumers from around the world. Some of the business positions that can be taken up are business advisory, business analysts, corporate investment banking, management consulting, marketing executive and being a product manager.

I strongly recommend that students who are interested in touching upon range of business fields and gaining an in depth understanding of global practices should strongly consider studying the international business course.


Sanaya Damania, PGDM IB(2017-19)

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Life at SIMSR – It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey

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Just to set a precedent, remember Ranchod Das Chanchad saying “Kaabil bano kamyabi jhak marke piche aayegi “, same is applicable in a B-school as to say, ‘don’t run after package’.  In order to elaborate it further, enjoy your journey and hone your skills, ‘package’ will come automatically.

After working diligently with Capgemini for 3.5 years I was excited to start my journey at SIMSR with eyes full of dreams and aspirations. It all started with mad rush from Vidyavihar Station to iconic SIMSR building passing through 60-acre lush green campus, Olympic size athletic track, open chess board, various other KJ Somaiya colleges and lastly a gigantic Indian flag swaying in its full glory.

Day 1 was packed with induction activities, informal addresses by seniors, Marketing Lecture (Yes Lecture on Day 1) and an ice breaking session with seniors who seemed content by asking questions like tell us something quirky about yourself. As days passed, much coveted committee selections were brought on and all 26 committees came to select the best talent. If you ever thought you could take the Roadies interview, cracking committee interviews was a glimpse of that, I’m sure you would not be disappointed because you’ll learn a lot. For a couple of days students were juggling between lectures and committee interviews (sometimes 4 interviews at a time).

If you define your self-esteem by your academic performance, chances are you will most likely undergo an identity crisis for few weeks. Lectures were conducted from Monday to Sunday barring a few government holidays, being an autonomous college, each professor decides the curriculum and pedagogy based on industry standards. If you thought solving 1-page CAT RC was difficult then how about solving 25+ page Harvard Cases. Each subject contains mix of presentations, Case studies, group projects, class participation, group activities, YouTube videos, assignments etc. If you’re an Engineer then do remember for Financial Accounting, Debit side should always tally with Credit side (Thank me later). If you think it was hectic how about doing committee work, attending guest lectures, live projects, certifications, participating in various quiz and contests, writing articles for various magazines and preparing for SUMMER PLACEMENTS all together.

All I would like to say is select your peer group wisely because no one is perfect and journey would be awesome when you have your gang standing by your side in your highs and lows. Lastly learn to prioritize and maintain balance between curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Krunal Sampat, MMS-A (2017-19)

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The speaker and guest of honour for The BigWigs Speak 2.0 organised by PGDM Marketing Communications students on 6th October 2017 was Mr. Shreyash Sampat. Mr. Shreyash Sampat is the Associate Director for Content Programming and Development at The Viral Fever (TVF). He also belongs to the Alumni batch of 2011-12 of K.J SIMSR.

The topic for discussion was ‘The Art of Marketing to Millennials’.  The topic was so selected because marketers today are facing a shift in who to attract and engage, as Generation X is aging and the next Generation, i.e. the Millennials will be making up for around 65% of the workforce by 2020. Mr. Sampat spoke about how the Millennials are a 4generation driven by their ‘Wants’ and not by their ‘Needs’. Hence, it is important how you market to such a crowd. They care about the experience they get while using the product and not the product in itself. He shared various advertisement campaigns which showed how different brands value their customers and build genuine relationships with them, and how they customize content as per the platform of communication.




My Journey to SIMSR

_DSC1280 dddIt was an interesting  travail that started off with the decision of me quitting my job , followed by numerous crests and troughs that made me realise my actual potential which encompasses a myriad of skills that was lying latent somewhere in me.

It was 4th December 2015, last working day at my first job, when I decided to take a new path to live my aspirations. For which I needed to extend my horizons to the next level and hence I decided to go for an MBA.  At this point in time all my friends were already working in some or the other big company. I must admit that it requires a heck of guts to even think in the line of my thoughts but somehow I could managed to show the audacity and confidence in myself to go ahead with my decision.

Tussle Begins!

I channelized all my strength and started preparing for one of the toughest exam of our country, yeah! You guessed it right, our beloved CAT. Target was to get good score in CAT, CMAT, so that I could end up making into a prestigious B-school.

Exactly after 1 year of uphill battle, i.e. 4th Dec’16 , I appeared for CAT ’16 . Since it was my first shot that I gave to CAT, I experienced my mind stinting with my heart to answer to the question that what if I messed up with my CAT.

Fire was still on somewhere, which didn’t allowed me to stop. I recollected my potential and then started preparing for CMAT and finally my hard work and persistence paid off with my CMAT score of 98.87%. Hence I could clear the threshold marks for KJSIMSR. Here on wards my journey with SIMSR started. Process of final selection took its course and as result I was awarded a rank on basis of which I opted of PGDM- IB at KJSIMSR.

When I entered  the college , I got to interact with some very good intellectual minds , there was a time that I was so afflicted because it was hard for me to match the standard which was already set so high by the students . But then during the rigorous committee selections which actually gave us an enthralling experience to not only realise our shortcomings but also gave us the way understand our real potential. With this the journey to rediscover my potential, whose seeds were dormant in me, started.

I feel that students of senior batches have truly raised the bar so high to make that baptism of converting us to successful managers somewhat facile.

SIMSR is in the heart of Mumbai , and it offers me a plethora of opportunities,  not only in terms of the events that happen inside the campus but it has also proved remarkable when it comes to industry exposure. Yes from the very beginning we had some of the mind boggling sessions which helped me to get familiar with some of the industry jargon’s and other relevant concepts.
So learning here is not limited to classroom, case studies, assignments,  and meeting the deadlines instead it extends it’s realms to the wholesome development of an MBA student that adds a different flavor to the entire experience.

Hence now I could possibly take a sigh of relief that the road that I chose was absolutely right.


Soumya Mishra, PGDM IB(2017-19)

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Ganesh Chathurthi Celebrations at KJ SIMSR

We live in a land of festivals where vibrant colors, music and festivity make our country come alive throughout the year and SIMSR is no exception to this. Here, we celebrate all festivals with great rigor.

The festival of ‘Ganesh Chathurthi’ was celebrated with fervor and religious spirit this year at KJ SIMSR on 25th August 2017, Friday. ‘Sthapana’ marked the prelude to ‘Ganesh Chathurthi’ celebrations in the campus.  Amidst reverent thoughts, overwhelming festive gaiety and traditional rituals, we brought Ganapati Bappa to our campus. Bappa was welcomed by students, dancing and singing to the melodious beats of drums in the beautiful rains. The celebrations reached their peak as the day progressed, which also included excellent feast at mess serving traditional delicacies.

Bappa’s idol, the essence of flowers, the holy mantras in the aarti, the sweets, the colorful decorations, diyas and traditional attires, all together set up the festive mood and brought everyone together to forget their worries and problems. Various fun activities, games and gifts added to the festive mood.

The Ganpati Celebrations at SIMSR always gives a feeling of Home away from Home.

Here are a few glimpses of this memorable festival: 

The 4th International HR Conference

In the 21st century the world of business is virtually threatened by new technologies that are emerging almost from nowhere and are capturing significant market share of even secure and successful incumbents. Today’s disruptive innovations are in dire need of proactive leadership to drive the organizational change ahead.

But, are our future leaders prepared for the challenges of leading through disruption and uncertainty? Have they learnt the art to cope up with high-on-energy, the new social-media driven millennials?

When it comes to leading for disruption, recognizing the worth of people can make the difference between success and failure, new HR practices and leadership competencies are required to navigate disruption.

To put some light on this interesting topic, the HR Department of SIMSR, supported by HUMANIST- the HR Club of SIMSR, hosted its 4th International conference on the topic “Building Organizations of Tomorrow: Leadership Challenges of Human Capital in a Digital Workplace. The two day event, sponsored by BPCL and SAGE publication, was scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of February, 2017 in association with California State University, San Bernardino College of Business and Public Administration and Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).

Graced by the presence of Prof. Kristen Tardiff from the University of Arkansas, USA and Prof. Lakshman R.Watawala, President of AMDISA, the conference was an august gathering of dignitaries from across the world.


Day 1 comprised of an enlightening workshop on ‘Leading, communicating, and performing effectively as Virtual Teams, in the modern digital world during turbulent times’ by Prof. Tardiff. Post the workshop, a thought-provoking panel discussion on how to tackle leadership challenges of Human Capital in a Digital Workplace was witnessed. Giving the best of two worlds, one panel included professionals from corporate world (namely – Mr Arvind R Sharma, Mr Vaibhav Date, Mr Tariq Hassan Ahmad and Mr Shankha Bhowmick) and the other panel comprised of experienced consultants (namely-Ms. Sudha Moni Jayshanker, Mr. Vineet Sehgal and Mr. Saurabh Kaushik) who discussed the same topic from their point of view. The discussion moderated by Mr. Zubin Zack was very educative and informative for MBA grads.

Day 2 comprised of paper presentations by professors and students from institutes across India. The paper presentations were broadly distributed under four sub-themes: Digital Change (for example, HR Analytics, Gamification, etc.), Disruptive Change (Innovation, Creativity and Flexibility at workplace, etc.), Dispersed Change (Cross-cultural challenges, M&A restricting, etc.) and Demographic Change (Competencies of Millennials, Spirituality and change management, etc.). This was followed by a plenary session.

The conference concluded with award and certificate distribution followed by a closing speech by the faculties and guests present there.

The two day conference saw the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on a large scale. Indeed, the 4th International HR Conference left an impactful learning experience for students of SIMSR.

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A Journey Down the Memory lane

On the 21st of January,KJSIMSR organised the annual Alumni Reunion- ‘Nostalgia’ .The name of the event couldn’t have been more apt .It really made our alumni nostalgic when they visited the campus.The theme of the event also added to the gush of reminiscence .It began with Dr.Monica Khanna , Director, addressing the alumni, followed by a short performance by the students. The batch of 1986 was felicitated to honor their 30th anniversary.  Faculties including Dr.Radha Iyer also addressed the alumni.Through this, the alumni got a chance to know about the various initiatives that the students are taking in their respective  committees by setting up their stalls for the event. Alums caught up with old friends and *socialized* with each other. Things like “Remember that place where we used to play cricket ,there’s a building instead” *was how they visited their old times* .More than a normal get- together, this is also a platform where  SIMSR celebrates the achievements of its alumni.


In the evening the event started with *Mr. Sameer Somiaya* ,President, Somaiya Vidyavihar,addressing the alumni. The highlight of the event was a  performance by the renowned Bollywood singer Shriram Iyer.
The chief purpose of the SAR is to keep SIMSR Alumni connected with their Alma Mater. Somaiya has a huge alumni base spread across the globe and Somaiya strives to build lasting relations with all its alumni so that we can leverage the huge network of alumni and can also contribute towards the development of Somaiya Vidyavihar.