SIBM Pune launches unique initiative to continue corporate engagement amid COVID-19 crisis
Titled ‘Learn from Home’, this is an online synchronous lecture series for the institute’s MBA and MBA (I&E) students. The series started on April 5 and features one speaker daily.Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 16:20 IST
While teaching and learning with recorded lectures and asynchronous webinar sessions are done by many educational institutions of the country, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM Pune), has gone a step ahead to continue engagement with corporates by launching a unique online synchronous lecture series titled ‘Learn from Home’.
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, when educational institutions are being forced to remain closed, SIBM Pune has come up with this learning avenue for its MBA and MBA(I&E) students. The series started on April 5 and features one speaker daily.
April and May are usually when B-school students go for their summer internships with corporate houses across India and abroad. However, with the country under lockdown, many companies have delayed the start of their summer internship programmes. To ensure that the students make the most of their time staying indoors, the students’ council of SIBM Pune conceptualized this first-of-its-kind LFH series. The student’s council, with the support of the management, has brought together a panel of eminent business leaders and SIBM Pune alumni. “The corporate engagement achieved through the webinar series will enable our students to enhance their learning, thereby reaffirming the essence of a B-school where learning never stops,” says Dr. Ramakrishnan Raman, Director of SIBM Pune and Dean Faculty of Management Symbiosis International University.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are working from home. A lot of companies have also made their summer internship programmes virtual. The experts who have been roped in for the LFH series share their views on pertinent topics such as ‘Marketing in the era of COVID-19’, ‘How to ace Summer Internship’, etc. “The corporate perspective about the real-time repercussions and impending impact on the national as well as global economy due to the coronavirus onslaught give the much-needed clarity to students. Learnings gained from the webinar series equip the young minds with the required intellectual prowess for the challenges ahead,” shares Dr. Raman
SIBM Pune is also continuing the Management Development Programmes for its corporate clients using WebEx, Microsoft Teams (Skype for Business) and Google hangout tools. “It was a great experience to take a live synchronous MDP class from my home, to one of our prestigious corporate clients. I could engage with almost 50 participants who joined my virtual class from their homes,” says Prof. Sandeep Bhattacharya, professor at SIBM Pune.
SIBM Pune has also given free access to 3,800 courses and 400 specializations from Coursera to all its students. They can learn specific courses from universities across the globe without paying a penny for the same. “Access to Coursera is a great help for all of us. We all can use this platform to add value, knowledge and skills during this lockdown period,” says Bhuvan Deepak Chada, president, Students’ Council-SIBM Pune.
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