Sunday, June 10, 2012

Occupy Dalal Street

Taking cue from the international movement emanating from Occupy Wall Street two months ago in USA, it is now the turn of India.  This initiative has also become very relevant and useful for recovering NPAs.

Emotional Intelligence for Faculty?

Dr M G Saravanaraj of The Department of Management Studies of Muthyammal Engineering College, Rasipuram (near Salem in TN) is conducting a two weeks long, AICTE sponsored  Staff Development Program between 10th and 22nd May 2010 on EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - A NEED FOR FACULTY MEMBERS.  I have been asked to handle the last session on 22nd May as also to be a Special Guest for Certificate Distribution at the Valedictory Session. I would be travelling from Bangalore to this program this week.

Chillaxing in Goa

Hey every one,  For three days I am off from work and Manipal to Goa along with my friends / family members of Lions Club Manipal to attend the 1st Muliple District Convention of 324D2 in Goa on 7-8-9th May 2010.  I am away from work and Manipal all alone but with Lions, Lionesses and Lion Cubs of Manipal.  Our Club is receiving Awards for the year 2008-09 and we are all on holiday, relaxing, chilling and chillaxing.

SBI - it's always different, of course

Last week I got a call from a Mumbaikar friend of mine.  He is great fan of mine, donno for what. Himself an accomplished Economist, Fellow in Management from IIM-A about three decades back, a finance wizard, worked in the corporate world at senior positions, a Consultant, a Director in few companies, and also a brilliant teacher at B-Schools too.  He referred a recently passed out TAPMIan to resolve his dilemma of quitting a lucrative job in Equity Research to take up a middle-management officer's job in SBI.  Next day, the candidate himself spoke to me and also wrote me a detailed email seeking my advice on his dilemma.

SBI CEO par Excellence

Times of India, Mumbai of today, in its Business Page (no.25) carried out an article titled "I am the least-paid Fortune 500 CEO" by Mr OP Bhatt, Chairman of State Bank of India.

Mr Bhatt's career with SBI is coming to an end in next March after nearly forty successful years from a junior level Probationary Officer to top most Chairman of the Bank.  Search is on for his successor from within the bank, while he is also on the look out for a further career in the financial services industry.  We need to wait and see where he fixes up after April 2011.  During last five years of his tenure as Chairman he proved par excellence performance and leadership of SBI in keeping the flag high and market share too.

He also introduced a highly motivating and exciting work life for all his bankmen with a scheme called "Parivartan" and currently pur

List of 41 Bharat Ratnas since 1954

Friday, June 8, 2012

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Banking : NHB to launch mortgage guarantee firm

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Banking : NHB to launch mortgage guarantee firm

My Second Stint and Three Years at TAPMI Manipal

I realised only today that in my second stint at TAPMI, Manipal, I have just completed three years on June 01.  I quit my services in Alliance Business School in Bangalore as Professor and Registrar on May 31 after less than 3 years stint over there with a host of experiences in academics and administration. It was a different feeling like Homecoming to revert to Manipal after that break for several reasons.  But, of course, I had to leave my family in Bangalore to proceed to Manipal.

When I joined in 2009, Dr Vasudev Rao was officiating as Director and Dr Saji had assumed charge in March but was away in New Zealand for teaching then.  Dr Simon entrustred me a new responsibility of coordinating the MESM program  to be launched by Manipal University on behalf of TAPMI  in addition to be the Area Chair for Finance & Economics Area as also handle the Branding & Promotion Committee. The year started and we had many colourful events and activities in academics and administrations.  One interesting task was attending series of meetings Dr Saji was holding on various matters.  There were issues of all kinds - B-School rankings, AICTE approvals, introduction of three new programs (BFSI, IB and Healthcare Management), AACSB accreditation, also some financial and so on.  

Only one of these materialised - HCM in 2010 while approval for PGDM with increased intakes from 120 to 180 to 240 to 360 plus 120 for second shift and 10% for PIOs (as also NRI quota) materialised in course of time, thanks to strenuous efforts by one and all.  Similarly, MESM first batch was started in August 2010 with a small batch of 11 students.  I vacated my own flat in Premier Park in Manipal and shifted to stay on campus for a new beginning in October 2010.  During the same month, Dr Saji took the initiative of designating me as Dean (Planning & Development). Inauguration of full campus by the President of India was a major event in December 2010. One important decision at TAPMI was to introduce GDPIs at six outstation centres during March/April in order to increase visibility and attract good candidates on campus.

I did my best to make TAPMI participate in as many B-School Ranking surveys during 2009-10-11-12 to increase its visibility and updating the website regularly as also releasing the annual UPDATE magazines in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with complete information.  One opportunity that came in my way was to join the Study Tour to Europe by MESM students during June 2011 visiting Germany, Nederlands, Belgium/Brussels and Luxemburg. Another activity stepped up was holding periodic Alumni meets besides introducing AoM and hosting two major meets for PGDM and EPGDM in Bangalore during 2011.  Launching of long pending TAPMI Newsletter (monthly) in January 2012 is yet another milestone.

With the exit of or reverting back to IIM-K of Dr Saji Gopinath in May 2011 caused a sudden vaccum again at TAPMI but Dr Rao was holding the fort till Jan 2012 when due to dramatic developments, Dr RC Natarajan was made the Director.  One surprise development immediately was that I was re-designated as Dean (Branding & Promotions).  AACSB accreditation is a new feather in our cap by April 2012. And beginning this academic year in July, I am back to to role of Chairman-Admissions in addition to Branding & Promotions.  For some strange reasons, my teaching of Banking and Financial Services is gone and am in to more and more administration.   Life goes on and on.......

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My vacation during April - May 2012 has been interesting with mixed activities in personal and professional (Official) fronts.  Having completed my annual review formalities, I started to visit Delhi on April 28 to attend and receive an award for TAPMI at the CSR event.  Again, I travelled to Delhi on May 03 to attend a two-day event on HR Outsourcing organised by NHRDN and TiE at India International Centre. Then on May 05, I proceeded to Bangalore to join my family for vacation to begin from May 07 (Monday).  But I was regularly visiting CEE in Koramangala and also communicating with Hareesh at Manipal and Nagaraj in Bangalore on some follow up works.  Me and Nagaraj attended CII program on May 11 and ISTD program on May 19.  We completed the Status Report on TAPMI's Industry-Institute-Interface report.  We also had discussions on an IBM proposal.  I completed two minor tasks of evaluating exam papers of MBA of a private University as also the eleven students' Project Reports for MESM second semester.  Typically, on the personal front I was visiting friends and relatives in Bangalore and also completed the work at my new Apartments in Nandi Woods in Bangalore.  Interestingly, I closed the vacation again with a visit to Mumbai to attend a HR Summit organised by IHRD of Bangalore in Hotel Westin, Goregaon East.  Coupled with the trip was meeting my old friends and SBI colleagues Mr KK Chatterjee, Mr Gokul Krishnan and my niece Ms Vatsala in Mumbai.  What a hectic vacation it was overall?  Enriching and fulfilling too.........

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