Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Symbiosis International University Prefers Industry Oriented Research

Symbiosis International University’s all India entrance test for PhD programs (PET 2016) will be conducted on 26th June 2016. Registration for the PET 2016 closes by the next ten days, that is by June 10th. Gone are the days when postgraduate students went for doctorates only in public universities. While PhD programs are offered by Pune based SIU’s seven faculties - Law, Management, Computer Studies, Media, Communication & Design, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, and  Engineering – the research vacancies are limited, only 164 this year. This is sure to make PET 2016 a keen contest, and the other reason is that SIU has been adding value to its research and postgraduate offerings by hosting international conferences on varied industry domains. Exposure from such events invariably encourages more industry oriented research. The next such conference to be hosted by SIU is the International Conference on Media & Communication – Prospects & Challenges, during the first week of October 2016.

Symbiosis International University, as one of the oldest private universities in India, has a lot at stake each year to stay ahead of the newer universities. This, they have been achieving so far, through proactive ideas like conferences, innovations, guest speakers, celebrities, corporate tie-ups, and a carefully calibrated expansion program to new regions.

Founder President of SIU Prof. SB Mujumdar, and Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, of Symbiosis Society, are guiding the university in the right direction in this regard.

India is home to over 4500 management schools of every kind, and this proliferation has been the factor behind the academic buzz that MBA is losing shine and would soon follow MCA to a slow death.

Yet, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), a constituent of Pune headquartered Symbiosis International University (SIU) received a record 52,000 applications this year against its modest 180 seats. So much so for the imminent death of MBA.

Well, many low quality MBA institutes may eventually bow out in the coming years, but good management programs like by SIBM are going stronger than ever. Not only in admissions, but in core metrics like placement quality, SIBM has been steadily improving its position.

During the latest concluded placement round, SIBM students recorded an average salary of Rs. 14.45 lakhs, and the number of corporates visiting the campus too has shot up, often leaving the graduates spoilt for choices.

One way that SIU continues to stay at the cutting edge of quality academics is by hosting a slew of national and international conferences. The latest in this series has been a conference on ‘Future of Liberal Arts and Science’. Symbiosis usually partners with national and international leaders and this one on liberal education, is supported by Yale-NUS, Singapore, and Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru.

Key speakers included Shashi Tharoor, MP, and Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), besides speakers from Yale-NUS, Raman Research Institute, Carleton University, OP Jindal University, Manipal Global, Claremont McKenna College etc.

Earlier, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), another constituent of SIU, had hosted the National Seminar in Hospital & Healthcare Management, Medico Legal Systems & Clinical Research, which was accredited by Maharashtra Medical Council. The keynote address at the event was by noted medical entrepreneur Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group which runs the largest network of hospitals in the Middle East. Also in attendance was ace lawyer Ram Jethmalani, besides several other dignitaries from the medical and legal sides.

Another workshop that was recently held at SIU was 'Make in India: Role of Industry- University Collaboration in Creating Value', to coincide with the World Intellectual Property Day. Conducted by the Intellectual Property Cell of Symbiosis International University, the workshop was an eye-opener on the various aspects of intellectual property law with various interesting examples, simulations, and a strategy game, with special emphasis on how the IPR policies are crucial to the success of ‘Make in India’ program.

Noted corporates too are tying up with SIU for leveraging its expertise. For instance, Blue Dart, India’s most admired courier and logistics firm, and a part of the worldwide DHL Group, has tied up with Symbiosis to offer its employees an MBA program.

In another development, SIU which is gearing up to take its research initiatives to the next level, has tied up with the software-to-SUV conglomerate Mahindra Group. Singapore Management University is also a part of this tie-up and will explore solutions to meet the next generation of automotive skilling needs.

Also, the IBM Research Grant in Predictive Analytics was given to SIBM this year, overcoming stiff competition from other B-Schools.

In a separate development, Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (SCAC) has become the only college in Pune to be conferred the status of 'Colleges with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) by the University Grants Commission in the recently declared list. While SCAC is not part of SIU, but affiliated to a state university, the development has come as further proof for the academic standards of Symbiosis Group.

Celebrities who have visited SIU campus recently include Aamir Khan, who had shot a part of one of his movies there, and the noted actor who is also known for his social messages was all in praise of the life’s work of Dr. SB Mujumdar, SIU’s Founder.

SIU units like SIBM also continue to innovate with great results. Their MBA with specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is already a huge hit, and SIBM is now planning to focus on case studies and caselets, just like how Harvard Business School has made the concept famous.

Symbiosis is branching out to Madhya Pradesh, with a campus in Indore, and the brand Symbiosis continues to be a favoured destination for top academics with the VC post there getting over 500 applications.

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