When I studied at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in 1998-2000, we actually had to submit our student identity card to be issued a mouse in the computer lab,” recollected Utpal Acharya, head of distribution and acquisition, Reliance Big Pictures.
Of course, things have changed drastically since then. I think the only aspect where the college scored less was infrastructure, which has been compensated for.”
The management school, which currently shares the eight-floor building in Vile Parle with a college run by its parent trust, will relocate to a 14-storey building across the road by 2012.
Explaining efforts to boost the institute’s academic capital, dean Debashis Sanyal, said that for the past three years, NMIMS has been sending three to four faculty members to Harvard University every year for an intensive 12-day training on teaching through the case study method. “Steps such as these have helped us understand that case studies and continuous exposure to the practicalities of the market help students more than just curriculum-based discussions,” said Sanyal.
He added that the institute has always been open to inputs from academicians and industry experts. “We also have a feedback system wherein we ask our recruiters about the performance of our students in their company.”
The Harvard experience has played a big role in changing the teaching methodology, said Veena Vohra, head of the human resource and organisational behaviour department. “It has equipped me with skills to bring cases from outside and make them relevant in class discussions.”
Apart from class discussions, students engage in inter-department curriculum based events such as Augustus and Paragana, organised by the cultural society Nepathya. These help select students to participate in inter-college festivals. NMIMS also has ample sports infrastructure.
“The general MBA (core) programme offered by the institute is unique. Instead of specialising in banking or finance, one can combine subjects in the second year,” Abhishek Khurana, a second-year student, said.
The institute’s MBA entrepreneurship and family business programme, has become very popular. “Initially, everyone was sceptical about the need for such a programme where one learns how to manage a family business effectively. However, as our students have shone in their respective family businesses, we now have two batches comprising 60 students each every year,” said Seema Mahajan, who heads the programme and has been involved in it since its inception in 1999.
The programme focuses on managing issues in the family domain, identifying the needs of the manufacturing sector and marketing requirements, and skills of customer acquisition and retention. The institute also runs an evening programme for working executives.
“Apart from catering to the market, we also believe in sensitising our students about the society around them. We have a mandatory ‘We Care’ programme every Friday, where students go to an NGO and engage in a social activity,” said Sanyal.
Ten students manage the college’s placement cell. “We assess student preferences each year and call companies from India and abroad accordingly,” said Ashish Jha, student-placement coordinator. Campus recruiters among others include ITC, Marico, Loreal, Dabur, Webaroo Technology and ICICI, Citibank. “We generally hire three to four students from NMIMS every year,” said Vinette Sequeira from Webaroo Technology.