Teaching is a passion for Jaipuria’s Prof. Kushwaha

Teaching is a passion for Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore’s Assistant Professor, Pooja S. Kushwaha. It is a passion she carries beyond the classroom walls, organising many student seminars on various IT related topics.

Her teaching methods encourage the students to be actively involved in her class, discuss concepts, exercises and problems. She introduces more real-life applications, which in turn increase student interest.

Prof. Kushwaha is also a part of Jaipuria Institute of Management’s admissions department and also involved in institutional collaboration with different MBA examination bodies.

Above and beyond her classroom duties, Prof. Kushwaha also serves as the Information Technology Area Chair and takes care of the girls’ hostel and mess at Jaipuria Indore.

Prof. Kushwaha is a published author, with a number of magazine articles, web articles and research papers published and presented in various national and international conferences, to her credit.

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Director’s Message

A chat with Dr. Jai Prakash Upadhyay, the new director of Jaipuria Indore, on his vision and mission for one of the fastest emerging b-schools

On the 21st of July 2012, Dr. Jai Prakash Upadhyay took over the reins of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore. A PhD in Management from IIT-Delhi, Dr. Upadhyay carries more than 25 years of diverse experience with organisations with the Government of India and Afghanistan, as well as the United Nations (UNDP & International Organisation of Migration). For more than a decade now, he has been involved with Executive Education at the national and international level, with premier management institutions like FORE School of Management, IMT Ghaziabad and WIU. He has conducted around hundred MDPs for senior executives of the public sector and for MNCs, including international organisations like UNDP, UNICEF & WHO.

Below is a short excerpt from a chat between the Campus Journalists of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore and Dr. J.P. Upadhyay on his views about the brand new, first-of-its-kind digital campus of Jaipuria Indore, and his vision for the institute.

Campus Journalist – Welcome to Jaipuria Indore, Sir. We wish you a wonderful tenure ahead. Firstly, how do you see your role as the Director of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore?

Dr. Upadhyay – I see myself as responsible for the overall functioning and growth of the institute. We are part of the Jaipuria of Management institutions and have a shared mission and vision. As the Director, I have to manage all the three verticals of the institute – academics, administration and external interface – and lead ‘team Jaipuria Indore’ to achieve the mission and vision of the institute.

I have adopted a highly consultative and participative approach in managing the affairs of the institute. Academic issues are discussed and decided in the meetings of the Faculty Council, which meets almost every week. Even for managing the administrative and campus development issues, we have set up committees. My endeavour is to create synergy and collaboration between various committees/teams and to ensure that they are mission driven and vision aligned.

Campus Journalist – How has your teaching and industry experience been so far? Are there any particular experiences you would like to share?

Dr. Upadhyay – I cherish my experience as Institutional Development Advisor of UNDP, when I set up the Afghan Civil Service Institute in Kabul. I led the institutionalisation of its organisational structure, staffing, training curriculum and operational manuals; I also prepared its strategic plan. I mentored the faculty and management team of the institute. Another assignment I enjoyed was as Professor & Programme Director at FORE School of Management, Delhi. I’ve also enjoyed the challenges of advising organisations in implementing the Balanced Score Card and setting up mentoring programmes. (I am a certified designer and implementer of Balanced Scorecard -a strategic performance management system from 2GC, Australia).

My experience has been mostly in the management of large public delivery systems, and designing and implementing capacity development interventions. I’ve also led and managed the Learning and Development function in large organisations at a national and international level. Currently, I am doing a consultancy assignment for UNDP to design a leadership competency framework and training strategies for civil servants.

Campus Journalist – I think it was in that context that you were recently invited to address an international seminar on ‘Civil Service Leadership for 21st century’ held in New Delhi in September, wasn’t it? On a different note, we know that you have led nearly 100 MDPs through your career. You are a certified ‘Trainer of Trainers’ in Training Needs Assessment, Design, Management and Evaluation of Training from Thames Valley University UK, ITC, ILO Turin (Italy), and AIT Bangkok. Do you see this as one of your thrust areas in Jaipuria Indore?

Dr. Upadhyay – Undoubtedly. Conducting MDPs and facilitation skills is my forte and I enjoy organising Capacity Building and Personality Development workshops. You must’ve already experienced the recent workshops on ‘Enhancing Self Awareness’ and ‘Enhancing Self Effectiveness’ for managing stress and enhancing concentration. We will be building on this expertise to conduct Executive MDPs for Corporate Houses in Jaipuria Indore.

Campus Journalist – What will your philosophy be towards classroom teaching and pedagogical tools?
Dr. Upadhyay: I enjoy engaging and enabling, and believe in infusing a high degree of academic rigour in whichever organisation I serve. As a ‘Trainer of Trainers’ I am slowly and steadily bringing in new training technologies and techniques to the classrooms of Jaipuria Indore, with extensive use of real life cases and illustrations. I believe in adopting a basket of methods to suit diverse learning styles and ensure class participation. Personally, storytelling and humour are an integral part of my delivery style. It leads to high engagement with students and helps me enjoy taking classes.

Campus Journalist – Thank you so much for your time, Sir. We hope to gain immensely from your diverse leadership experiences. We already see a lot of energy and enhanced corporate interest in Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore since your arrival.

Industry Interface

Students of Jaipuria Institute of Management Indore, make the most of the Finance Conclave 2012

The Finance Conclave – which is the flagship event of the Finance and Economics club of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore – was organized on the 3rd of November 2012. The topic for the one-day conclave was ‘A Rendezvous with FMFM: Fast Moving Financial Market’. From welcoming the guests, to anchoring the sessions, to proposing the vote of thanks, the conclave was entirely managed by the students of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore.

In his welcome speech, Dr. J. P. Upadhyaya (Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore) stressed on the importance of understanding the plethora of financial products available in the market.He dwelt on their pros and cons, and advised the students of Jaipuria Indore to make the most of the collective wisdom ofthe eminent corporate personalities and noted academicians present at the conclave.

Over the two technical sessions the students of Jaipuria Indore had the opportunity of hearing and interacting with industry stalwarts Mr. Amber Arondekar (MD, Power Train corporation), Mr. A. Shreenivas(Regional In-Charge, SIDBI) in the first technical session, which gauged the direction in which the current global and local Financial Markets were headed in.The panelists for the second Technical Session were Mr. RajendraGoyal, CA and Mr. B.J. Rao, Branch Head, Central Bank of India. This session dwelt on how an investor thinks and acts before investing, and presented the nitty-gritty of the currentfinancial market from the perspective of commercial banking.

Both Technical Sessions were preceded by a role-play by the students of Jaipuria Indore. This format was widely appreciated by the panelists, as it helped them understand the objectives and expectations from the discussions. The conclave was an opportunity for youngsters of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore to get a finger on the pulse of industry, and they made the most of it.

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Jaipuria’s IMP – Chisel teams carve out some glowing reports.

Jaipuria Institute of Management students participating in the Industry Mentorship Program (IMP – Chisel) have carved out an excellent name for themselves among employers.

Under the IMP – Chisel program, students interact directly with industry, working on live projects for about 15 days per trimester along with peer, industry and faculty mentors.

This direct hands-on experience in industry allows students to put their classroom learning to the test with practical experience, helping turn them into management professionals.

Four businesses which recently took on Jaipuria students under the IMP – Chisel program had nothing but good to say about the experience.

Sayaji Hotels Limited, which operates a restaurant called Kebabsville, asked students to tackle the problem it faced with customer wait times.

Kebabsville has a seating capacity of around 200, but during weekends the traffic increases greatly and because seating can’t be increased due to space constraints, the average waiting period for customers grows.

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Student Life

“What nailed it for me was the fantastic infrastructure and the great brand name of Jaipuria Institute of Management.” Arijit Roy, 1st Year

Arijit Roy has worked with two of the biggest private banks in India – HDFC and ICICI – and is currently doing his post graduation in Management from Jaipuria, Indore. Born in Hazari bagh (Jharkhand), Arijit studied in St. Xavier’s School till intermediate, before opting to do his BBA from ICFAI University, Hyderabad. He then went back to his hometown Kolkata, working initially for ICICI Bank as Senior Officer, Customer Service Branch Banking (CSBB), and thereafter Deputy Manager, CSBB aat HDFC Bank in Delhi, before pursuing a PG in management.

“What nailed Jaipuria Indore for me was the fantastic infrastructure and the great brand name. I’ve already participated in mega-events like Encore, Big Data, Marketing Wizard and Social Media Conclave held within the college campus. Also, as the IT coordinator, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct various quizzes and competitions. Ofcourse, Encore was special since I was the Head IT coordinator for this event.”

Arijit’s family is located in Kolkata. While his father works with the Bank of India, he has an elder brother who is the HR manager at PwC. Like many Bengalis, Arijit has a creative streak, especially when it comes to making sketches.

One of the big pluses here is that faculty members don’t just help you understand what you are supposed to do, but also educate you on what you are good at.”

Arijit feels that since a majority of the faculty members are from an industry background, they have helped him understand the best practices and align himself accordingly. He is targeting the profile of a manager at Nomura Investment Banking Company on passing out.

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“Everyone from family to friends were in two minds about my decision to become a part of the first batch of a brand new b-school. But i knew it was not just any other new b-school; it was Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore!”

PrathamInaniis amongst the first few students at Jaipuria Indore to be placed. Pratham has been placed as Management Trainee – Marketing, at Polyplex Corporation Limited, the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of thin polyester film, with manufacturing facilities across India, Thailand, and Turkey.

“The sheer number of companies coming over for on-campus placements at Jaipuria Institute of Management can leave one over-awed. I think it was the right mix of an Engineering background and a Marketing specialisation at Jaipuria Indore that helped me crack this job”, says a happyPratham.

“The credit for my placement goes entirely to my faculty and my peers at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore. Without their guidance, mentoring and cooperation, I don’t think I would’ve had the KSA (Knowledge, Skill and Attitude) to crack the Interview.”
His placement with a company of the stature of Polyplex has come as a hugeconfidence-booster for Pratham and a source of pride for his parents.

“I still remember how everyone from family to friends were in two minds about my decision to become a part of the first batch of a brand new B-school. I could understand their concern. After all, a postgraduation in Management is the final step in education for most of us. But I knew that it was not just any other new B-school that I was going to; it was Jaipuria Institute of Management! I had the confidence in my abilities as well as Jaipuria Institute of Management. I knew that we both would prove to the world that being new or unknown is not risky.”

Pratham Inani strongly believes that being from the first batch of Jaipuria Indore has brought him good luck. “Brand Jaipuria, like me, is Pratham. I’ve always had – and will always have – great trust in Brand Jaipuria.”

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The sentiment of ‘giving back to the country’ dominates republic day celebrations at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore

Jaipuria family celebrated India’s 64th Republic Day on The 26th of January 2013 at Jaipuria Indore with characteristic enthusiasm.

The tricolour was unfurled by Dr. J. P. Upadhyay, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore, on the college campus and the entire congregation of students, staff, faculty and management sang the national anthem in unison. Sweets were distributed amidst joyous fervour. Jaipuria institute had invited the children of the Dakachiya village as special guests for the occasion. Mr. Saumya Roy, who has varied experiences in the field of defence services, banks, educational institutions, NGO’s and theatre, was the Chief Guest. He reminded the future managers that the issues, achievements and failures of India are the issues, achievements and failures of its people.

“Grow, and bring the change, that you want to see around you, within yourselves,” Mr. Saumya Roy exhorted the students of Jaipuria Indore. “Study, go abroad and do well; but return to your country and feel responsible for it.”

Dr. J. P.Upadhyay used the beautiful contrast between the Dead Sea and its neighbouring Galileo Island, to eloquently described how ‘giving’ is directly connected to ‘life’.

“The River Jordan feeds the Dead Sea – where nothing grows – as well as Galileo – a haven for life, where organisms and plants of the rarest form flourish. Galileo shares what it has, and that adds to its prosperity; while the Dead Sea has no vent to further percolate the water that it receives. Without ‘giving’, the water mass in the Dead Sea has truly become ‘Dead’. Give back to your country and make it flourish.”

In their own turn, faculty members like Prof. Nitin Merh, Prof. Kanak Gupta, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwat, and Prof. Romi Sainy spoke inspiringly to the students of Jaipuria, Indore.

Abhishek Singh, Aditi Sharma and Sanchayika Choudhary were the students from Jaipuria Indore, who expressed how ‘Gen Y’ feels about the nation.

This was followed by an open house debate on the motion – ‘Republic Day is Merely a Symbolic Holiday for Gen Y’. It brought out with soul-searching clarity how ‘Gen Y’ has realised its casual attitude towards its country. Many spoke for the motion with stark honesty, accepting their ignorance and apathy towards the importance of the day, and India’s uphill climb to its present position.
The 64th Republic Day gave Jaipuria Indore family renewed vigour to be vigilant against corruption, respect the women of the country, and protect and prepare the children for the future, while also taking care of the aged.

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