By , | 2018-10-03 05:50:49

Dr. Ananthapadhmanabha Achar

He is currently the Director at Sahyadri School of Management and has 27 years of experience in teaching, training and consultancy in Management. Dr. Achar possesses a Bachelor in commerce, Post Graduate in Management from Mangalore University and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Manipal University. He believes, "If an institute possesses the best faculty members and also has good relations with the industry, the students will be able to achieve their dreams."

Raksha Shetty was always interested in a career in Banking and Finance. Unfortunately, after completing her graduate studies, she found out that there were less job opportunities in the market due to the poor economic conditions. In 2012, she decided to pursue her MBA finance at Sahyadri School college of Engineering and Management in the hopes of getting better job prospects and after getting placed in 2014 with KPMG, she hasn't regretted her decision. "I decided to join Sahyadri because of its experienced and high quality faculty members and Industry Tie-ups," says Raksha.

The Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management was established in 2007 under the aegis of Bhanary Foundation Mangalore. "Our institute possesses faculty members who have a rich experience in academia and industry. Due to this factor, we have also been able to have close tie-ups with the industry which has benefited our students," says Dr. Ananthapadhmanaba Achar, Director, MBA program.

The MBA program of Sahyadri is intensive and integrated and provide an environment
for students to work in groups, in a project oriented setting, that develops and enhances communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills without compromising initiative, creativity, and personal responsibility. The programme adopts PBL (Project Based Learning) in order to provide in-depth understanding of business concepts.

MBA students have an option to specialize in a maximum of two functional areas viz (1) Finance and human resource (2) Marketing and Human Resource Management (3) Marketing and finance. The Institute has plans to tie-up with foreign universities for student and faculty exchange programs, summer school, and R&D activities. Steps have already been taken for research collaboration with Ghent University, Belgium.

The Experienced Faculty

Following its inception, the institute has ensured to acquire the best faculty members in order to provide the students with the skills and knowledge that the industry expects them to possess. By recruiting some of the best academicians who possess over 10 years of experience, the students are able to understand the subjects with ease and gain a lot of knowledge from them. "Academicians are important in every field and therefore we decided that it was extremely important to possess some of the best who would simplify the subjects for our students," says Dr. Achar. At the same time, due to rising industry demands, the institute also recruited industry experienced faculty members who were able to provide the students relevant industry information and enhance what they had learnt tremendously.

"The consulting and industry experience of faculty members adds to the professional expertise of the MBA program at Sahyadri," says Dr. Achar. The institute has launched corporate guest lectures to connect class room to corporate. By inviting professionals from the industry to provide knowledge to the students, the institute has been consistently strengthening its relations with the industry.
The Beneficial Industry Institute Tie-ups

Experts from corporate who regularly interact with the MBA students are: Dr. Vinod Nowal, CEO & Director, Jindal Steel, Ramdas Kamath, VP-Infosys, Dr. Mike Dillon, Vice-Principal, Grimsby University, UK, Ananth Ravi Senior Vice-President, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited , Dr. Jebin Manohar, Director HR and Talent Management, Aptean, Bengaluru, Anand Talwar Associate Vice President - Talent Management ITC Infotech N M Sharma, VP, Analytics, TCS Bangalore, Dr. Manesa .K Manager Knowledge Management GMR Group, VRV Sriprasad Managing Director, Volvo Buses India.

"Through our constant interactions with companies such as Kiloskar Electrics, Alcargo, HDFC, KPMG and Wipro, Reliance, IBM and Accenture, our students have been able to gain internship opportunities and also do projects during their course," says Dr. Achar. The institute has been able to place all the students who attend the placement drives in Alcargo, KPMG, Ernst & Young, GLOPORE IMS, HCL, UAE Xchange, Laxmi Vilas Bank, Axis Bank, Vijaya Bank, CareerNet, ICICI Bank, Way2Wealth, ICICI Securities , Wipro, Muthoot Finance, and GE soft.

"The students at the institute are able to get placed with these companies as they are provided training in all manners to face the industry," says Dr. Achar. The students are provided soft skills training, aptitude tests and also prepared on how to face the interview. The students are also trained on business application software's like SPSS, Tally, Torra and MS Project.

Sahyadri college of Engineering and Management hopes to place more number of students and further enhance their teaching methodologies to empower their students. "We hope to make our institute one of the top B-Schools and therefore increase the opportunities for students to gain knowledge and be ready to face the industry," concludes Dr. Achar.