The necessity of research approach towards education is realized globally today. While the Harvard Business School has a research center in Mumbai, the University of Chicago and Deakin University have similar research centers in New Delhi, Indian institutions are matching the pace with internationally renowned institutes. Vivekananda Institute of Management Studies situated in the Coimbatore city of Tamil Nadu State has initiated a distinguished research center in their campus, named as 'Centre for Research Consultancy & Publication' (CRCP).
Along with CRCP, the institute has also prompted to begin "ViCHARA", which is a bi-annual double blind and peer-reviewed international management journal both in online and print versions. The objective of initiating ViCHARA is to preserve and disseminate management innovation and practice. Every issue of the journal includes business research, case studies, book reviews and so on. ViCHARA has been able to capture attention among the academicians over the country in a brief period of time.
"The B-schools are responsible to generate future entrepreneurs and professionals, and this process demands intense research and relating of concepts related to management studies to reality". says Dr. V. Kulandaiswamy, Secretary, Vivekananda Institute of Management Studies. The CRCP is a platform exclusively for the faculty members and the students of VIMS to undertake research activities and share their ideas with a larger audience where as ViCHARA renders opportunity for academicians from different institutions to present their ideas in the form of research papers.
The students of VIMS are prompted to take part actively in industrial learning, experiential learning and Empirical Micro Learning (EML).
The institute has cultivated a very accurate blend of rigorous research and reliable course curriculum. VIMS follow the designed curriculum of Anna University. But for the complete realization of one's ability, co-curricular activities are equally significant. The students of VIMS are prompted to take part actively in industrial learning, experiential learning and Empirical Micro Learning (EML). One of the crucial surplus of VIMS is its steady effort of creating approaches, which are quite different from all other B-schools. "Our students often organize HR interviews in different corporates where they interview the HRs in a very professional manner. This process is accordingly recorded in the form of video-document, which is evaluated by the faculty members, and they point out necessary corrections and lend their valuable suggestions and the outcomes of this process are posted in the public portals," explains Dr. Kulandaiswamy.
Bracing the Innovation
Innovation in management studies creates a long-lasting influence and produce breathtaking shifts in competitive positions. VIMS affirm to inculcate the spirit of innovation among the students from the initial days. Incorporating creativity in teaching and learning process and adopting techniques that are pursued by leading B-schools in the country is the supplementary element of VIMS. The students are enabled to foster their thinking capabilities and discover new innovations. As the institute commence 'outcome based learning', the effort and dedication of the teachers matters the most.
"Our faculty members solemnly choose to adopt methods like role playing, industry scan, discovery learning and other self-directed method in the teaching learning process," shares Dr. Kulandaiswamy. These methods aid the students with a sheer interest of participating in the learning process and polish their ideas. Apart from concern for the progress of the students the institute also gives proportionate significance to enhance the knowledge of faculty members by conducting 'Faculty Development Programmes' often times. The institute has a pleasant combination of senior and junior faculty members who are mature enough in understanding the young minds.
Combination of Creating Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Management studies are meant to offer an essential push to one's career. The importance of placement in management studies is comparably higher than other studies. After the completion of management studies, the student aspires to grab a decent job available in the industry. In this regards, VIMS is assuring to shape the career of the students by collaborating with industries bodies like All India Management Association and COINDIA that assist the student's close relation with the industry professionals. The institute has signed MoUs with several companies like Karvy stock Broking Hyderabad, Bajaj Allianz and so on.
Recently, the institute has also initiated an entrepreneurship cell, realizing the growing need of instilling entrepreneurship skills in management students. The trainers identify the students who possess a real spirit of entrepreneurship, and respectively provide them the basic knowledge required as an entrepreneur. "We are determine to create a mindset in our students which won't allow them to merely aim to acquire a management degree, but to accelerate in-depth knowledge which will help them to survive in the long run," concludes Dr. Kulandaiswamy.
Dr. V. Kulandaiswamy, Secretary and Correspondent
Dr.V.Kulandaiswamy the Secretary and Correspondent of the Institute has done his post graduation in Agricultural Economics & Co-operation and Doctorate in Commerce. He has 30 years of teaching and research experience with significant academic contribution. He has held administrative positions for a period of 10 years in various universities and colleges. He had been on the board of Studies, Academic council and Governing Council of several Universities and Colleges. He had been a resource person in as many as 40 seminars/conferences and workshops and has organized many seminars himself. He has a social bent of mind and a firm belief in value-oriented life.