A sheer blend of a few years of work experience and post-graduation is a lethal combination for beguiling career thresholds and most of the time, the post-graduation in the corporate sector implies getting a Masters' degree in Business Administration (MBA). Keeping its imprint on a huge number of successful corporate professionals' lives, different MBA programs have been a constant trivet. Contributing through a plethora of MBA programs for a period of over 26 years, Symbiosis Centre for Management Human Resource Department (SCMHRD) has always been an avid provider of ingenious pedagogy to the MBA learners' society. Started in 1993, October as a pioneer institute of Symbiosis, SCMHRD later became a private deemed university under Symbiosis International University in 2006. It fosters the MBA learning culture by offering courses in Infrastructure Development and Management, Business Analytics. Alongside, SCMHRD has included Executive MBA programs and envisions nurturing continuously employable human resources with value and technology-based learning.
SCMHRD encourages students to participate in the intensive art of living workshop, design thinking workshop and innovative management workshop at industries, which counts up to 100 hours for one semester, this way they inculcate experiential learning and augment management abilities of the students. "Management theories don't come from books. The management practitioners give a structure to their personal experiences and document it in a book. This is why at SCMHRD we give importance to experiential learning so that from the very beginning students develop a natural flair towards management. Additionally, the students do business simulations on Capstone, markstart, industrat and Harvard Business School platform related to latest international and Indian business cases/live projects," explains Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director, SCMHRD. Maintaining flexibility in its curriculum, SCMHRD introduces new courses depending on the hour's need. For instance, for business analytics courses, they have a flexi-credit system. The academicians modified the syllabus when Bitcoin or Blockchain came into vicinity.
Giving a platform to learn other courses like liberal arts courses on culture and communication and Indian Kaleidoscope, SCMHRD has taken the learning paradigm to an unprecedented stature. In fact, the students opting to learn at SCMHRD have to pass a very strong admission process to pursue their choice of courses. "The amount of rigor, detailing that we put in it and the amount of depth that we go into the admission process is unparalleled. It is scientifically competent," says Dr. Pratima. While designing this spectacular curriculum, SCMHRD equally emphasizes on the placement requirements of the students. Barring the first few years, SCMHRD never went through a droughty placement session. The placement cell has laid a strict policy through which they operate and train the students in personality development, and mock interview sessions. Quite a few of its alumni are placed in some of the top-notch companies in the corporate arena. Besides, SCMHRD has made summer internships mandatory for the students before allowing them to sit for final placements. In this year's summer placement, the training center has over 100 companies visiting its campus to select students for summer internships.
In order to develop the students' industrial competency, SCMHRD has tie-ups with CMT, PCMT, MRDA and Maha Metro. It has cemented relationships with IBM, Reliance, ATAR Chemical, the Adani Group and Kalpataru for the same purpose. These companies allow students to gain hands-on experience in various industrial projects. On top of that the students conduct management development programs for the employees of these companies and consult them on aspects related to corporate management. Presently, SCMHRD faculties and students are working with MCCIA (Maratha Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture), where they are writing a book on the best IR (Investor Relations) practices.
"These activities are making students capable enough to become self-dependent on their career choices. We are motivating them to join the entrepreneurship club. You can call us the Center for Entrepreneurship Development as we have 240 students who became entrepreneur in the last 24 batches. Do you know Jumbo King? It is a Mumbai based fast food restaurant chain which is administered by two SCMHRD alumni, Dheeraj and his wife. Both are from the 1997 batch. Then there is Sudhir Pai, CEO of Magicbricks. He is from 1998 batch," proudly explains Dr. Pratima.
Owing to a great portion of students' success are the faculty members. SCMHRD has class above faculty members like Dr. Neethan Neelam who has completed research at Cologne, Dr. Ravi Kulkarni who traveled to Berlin School of Economics and Law to teach business analytics. Also, there are personalities like Dr. Ajit Patwardhan, Consultant and Contract Management, World Bank, Dr. Vivek Kathe, Consultant, PMRDA Pune, and Dr. Gurudatt Mulkat, who received special award from the Australian Government for working with various NGOs and government bodies. Because of these holistic endeavors in teaching-learning, SCMHRD received CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst, US) recognition in 2013 and Ministry of Urban Development Award from the Indian government. Moreover, SCMHRD has made enormous impact by winning international L'Oreal Brainstorm award two years in a row. In the extracurricular activity segment, the students recently won a game that was conducted by Philips Blueprint at the Philips Headquarters. Amidst all the accomplishments, SCMHRD is looking forward to tying up with SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) to become invincible.
Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director
Dr. Pratima has worked with the corporate sector for almost a decade before joining the education industry. She has unmatched skills in marketing, sustainability, education management, quality assurance, and entrepreneurship. At present she is building education brands through social media to help the future workforce and the students gain applicable skills and knowledge.