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Dear Reader,

Season’s Greetings!

A new year, a time to set new goals. A time to reflect on the things that are important to you and the things you wish to achieve. May this year see all your dreams come true!

In the New Year,
we wish you the best year you’ve ever had,
and that each New Year
will be better than the last.
May you realize your fondest dreams
and take time to recognize and enjoy
eeach and every blessing.
Happy New Year,
And many more!

As the New Year brings new happiness, new goals, new achievements, and a lot of new inspirations on your life, IMT CDL in its continuous journey of support and engagement with you all, presents the fourth issue of Newsletter, ‘SAMVAAD’.

We are thankful to all of you for your steady contribution, assistance and information sharing in the journey of creating this Newsletter. In this issue, Info Centre @ IMT CDL section provides relevant information for our readers while Alumni Activities and Faculty Achievements are featured as separate sections. We hope, like our previous editions, this edition too generates interest and elicits more response from our learners.

We encourage you all to share your valuable contribution in the form of creative content, brief write-ups on current topics and achievements. These will be incorporated in the upcoming issues of our Newsletter. We welcome your valuable inputs, comments and feedback which you may share on connect@imtcdl.ac.in

Happy Reading!


*NLT - Newsletter Team

in this issue
  • What is New @IMT CDL
  • Info Centre @IMT CDL
  • New Academic Inititatives
  • Our Faculty-Our Pride
  • Alumni Connect
  • Faculty Column
  • Initiatives under the Education Ministry
  • Recent National Events
  • Snippets

What is new @ IMT CDL

UN Global Compact Network India and IMT CDL Joint Certificate in CSR and Business Sustainability

After the stupendous response in the first batch of the Joint Certificate programme in CSR and Business Sustainability, UN Global Compact Network India and IMT CDL Ghaziabad are happy to announce the commencement of the second batch in the first week of February 2021.

This Online short duration certificate programme is the result of extensive research undertaken by UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI) and IMT-CDL to understand the practical requirements of professionals in these critical domains. With the whole world looking at India as the SDGs laboratory, this Decade for Action requires Sustainability Experts with hands-on skills to lead/support/advise on implementation of SDGs Framework in Organizations/Institutions across the country. The challenges are huge and so is the need of dedicated minds.

The course is delivered by the best experts on CSR and Business Sustainability to provide the participants with cutting-edge Knowledge, Skills and Attitude. Pedagogy is eclectic and highly engaging.

This program is best suited for professionals in the areas of CSR and Sustainability, Human Resource, NGO/CSO Management, Management Consultants as well as Academicians/Researchers/Students and Managers/Proprietors from the MSME sector.

For more information, contact Ms. Anshu Sharma at anshu.sharma@imtcdl.ac.in or @ 9871688115

Info Centre @ IMT CDL

Announcement of Admissions for Jan 2021 Cycle

Admissions Department at IMT CDL, Ghaziabad is glad to announce the opening of admission process for the following Post Graduate Management Programmes approved by AICTE for admission cycle January 2021:

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) – Duration - Two Years
  2. Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive) – Duration - 15 Months
  3. Post Graduate Certificate in Management – Duration - 13 Months

For more details about these programmes, please visit https://www.imtcdl.ac.in/programmes/

To apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/2L61Pgr


Orientation Session for new learners

The Orientation Session for Batch ‘C’ Semester 1 was held on December 6, 2020. The session was conducted by Dr. Nidhi Mathur and Ms. Shilpi Rhituparth. During the session Prof. Ravindra Kumar-Sr. Dean & CEO and Prof. Asif Zameer, Dean-Academics addressed the learners. About 150 new learners attended this session with great involvement and enthusiasm.

Link of Recorded Orientation Session

Online Learning Sessions (OLS)

OLS for the new learners of July 2020 session, successfully commenced from 8th December 2020. The schedule for the same is uploaded on LMS.

Foundation Course

Assignment submission date for Foundation Courses for Batch ‘B’ and ‘C’ of Semester 1, July 2020 cycle has been extended till 8th February 2021.

Projects

The submission link of projects for PGDM was open on LMS (EduGenie) where students submitted their project reports till 30th December 2020.

Examinations

End Term Examinations December 2020 will be conducted as per the schedule uploaded in the Student login (SIS) which are beginning from 8th January, 2021.

New Academic Initiatives

Workshop on Creation of E-Resources

A virtual workshop on creation of e-content like PPTs, MCQs, Case Studies etc. was conducted by Prof. Ravindra Kumar, Sr. Dean & CEO and Prof. Asif Zameer, Dean Academics on 19th December 2020, for the course writers for our SLM. The workshop was interactive with participants asking related questions and exchanging their viewpoints.

Faculty Research Seminar (FRS) Series

The third Faculty Research Seminar, FRS 03/2020, was organized on 3rd December 2020. The event was attended by all faculty members, Dean-Academics and CEO along with Mr. R.R. Handa, Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Ms. Rasika Mathur and Mr. Gaurav Rastogi as special guests. The seminar started at 3:30 pm with a welcome and opening note by Dr. Vivek Singh Tomar where he introduced and invited the session speaker Prof. Ravindra Kumar. The session speaker Prof. Ravindra Kumar introduced the topic for the session, “Influences on Indian Sculpture, Literature and Architecture”.

The presentation took the audience back to history with a pictorial illustration on the evolution of Archs and influences on Indian ancient architecture. Prof. Ravindra shared a very systematic description with pictorial representation of architectural features of Qutub Ul Islam, Alai Darwaza, Buland Darwaza, Bhadreshwar Mosque, Nachana Kothara, Devgarh, Dashavtaar temple, Bhitargaon, Taj Mahal and many more buildings of historical prominence to explain history of Archs and Domes in India. The session went beyond history & architecture and covered various aspects of religion, art, culture, and diverse issues in India. The presentation was followed by discussion and reflections by the faculty members of different domains. Dean Academics, Dr. Asif Zameer also provided insight into the Sufi tradition of Qawwali, to add value to the session.

Our Faculty - Our Pride

Session Delivered in Faculty Development Programme

Prof. (Dr.) Asif Zameer, Dean-Academics IMT CDL, was invited by Jamia Millia Islamia University to deliver a session on “Sampling Methods” in the UGC sponsored “Refresher Course on Research Methodology” on 21.12.2020. He addressed an audience of about 50 faculty members joining online from various parts of the country. He is regularly invited as an expert resource in many such events by Jamia Millia and other institutions.

Guest Lecture for MBA Students

Prof. (Dr.) Asif Zameer, Dean-Academics, was invited to deliver a 2 hour long special lecture through the virtual mode on “Business-to-Government Marketing” on 12.12.2020 for the Semester 3 students of MBA at TERI School of Advanced Studies. He is known as an expert in Business Marketing. TERI SAS has been requesting his inputs at various occasions over the last 10 years.

Alumni Connect

Webinar on Data Science

A webinar was conducted by our alumni Mr. Partha Majumdar on, “Getting Started with Data Science” on 4th Dec. 2020 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm followed by Q&A round. The Webinar was attended by large number of participants. Mr. Partha Majumdar has been involved in creating Enterprise Software Solutions for various Ministries and Government Bodies for more than 20 Enterprises in India, KSA, Thailand, Bangladesh & Bhutan. He has played pivotal role in creation of more than 10 Products and has been involved in more than 60 Projects globally. He has been working in the Computer Software Industry for over 31 years.

This webinar was a value add to participants and provided important insights to the beginners in the field of Data Science.

Link of Recorded Webinar on Data Science
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Webinar on Risk Management and Business Intelligence

A webinar on “Risk Management and Business Intelligence -Integration of the future” was conducted on 22 December 2020 by our Alumni Mr. Muhiuddin Farooqui. The Webinar was attended by large number of participants. Mr. Farooqui is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of experience in Top Fortune companies. He has extensive leadership experience in Risk Management & Business Analytics, Strategic Planning & Governance, Internal Assurance & Communications, Business Operations, Training and Performance Development.

This webinar focused on the concept and recent evolution of Risk Management & Business Intelligence. It further delved into the value adds that emerge with the integration of these two concepts in today’s environment that can help organizations with critical insights while making key business decisions.

Link of Recorded Webinar on Risk management & Business Intelligence
webinar IMT CDL

Alumni Achievement

Climbing the Ladder of Success

- Success Story by our alumni, Raghu Chaitanya, PGDM Executive Jan 2019 Batch

I would like to talk about my achievement - with the help of the knowledge gained via the course (PGDM Ex - Business Analytics), I was able to utilize and showcase the proficiency. Firstly, I completed the final semester project with my earlier organization using Marketing Analytics and highlighted recommendations for the future. Secondly and most importantly was being able to switch my career from 'Technical Program Management' to 'Disruptive Innovation & Strategy'. For my current organization, I was initially hired to lead a wonderful team of Technical Analytics specialized in the area of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. While my transition from an industry agnostic product development career of 14-years towards a healthcare / pharmaceutical domain specific needs for Analytics was in progress, an exciting opportunity of Strategy & Innovation reached me.

Answering the call by participating in a global hackathon of internal associates (100,000) was not easy but getting selected from the top 50 was very rewarding. I now play a part of Creator (a designation that would have been possible for Brahma - as my father states it), leading the face of disruptive innovation and strategy for business services. We at NBSX (Novartis Business Services X) are reimagining how we do business and always look how to bring in 10X or exponential change in value, benefit, experience. We constantly learn from the ecosystem and embrace innovation to steer toward industry 4.0.

Alumni Corner

Women Participation in Workforce

- An article by our Alumni, Simmy Garg, PGDM July 2015 Batch

As per a latest study, the female labor participation in India is 24.8 Per cent which has reduced from the original share of 34 per cent in 2006. The study also revealed that raising women participation in the labor force to the same level as men can boost India's GDP by 27 per cent.

With this aim, most of us have recently seen our organization promoting “Diversity & Inclusion”

So, what does “Diversity” in workplace mean? Diversity in the workplace refers to an organization that intentionally employs a workforce comprised of individuals of varying gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, and other attributes.

This has helped in breaking the gender stereotypes and as a result it will help many women reach leadership roles.

However, we should acknowledge that we as women must also skill ourselves with the desired technical qualifications and some experiential learning to get the right job.

You just need to follow five simple steps (5Cs) to excel in your career and never look back.

  1. Choose your career – It is very important to know what you want to be in long term so that every step you take brings you closer to your dream and help you choose your path.
  2. Connect – Make sure that you are between people who motivate you, helps you achieve your dreams & bring out the best in you.
  3. Collaborate – Learn this, you cannot do everything alone. Try collaborating with people of same interest and innovate something together.
  4. Be Consistent – Be consistent in what you do. Consistency brings more predictability and makes you a reliable resource.
  5. Celebrate – Celebrate each of your little achievements. You should not be dependent on others to praise you. Praising ourselves brings confidence in you and helps you keep self – motivated.

In my career, IMT has played a very important role. After working for almost 5 years, I realized that most of the roles which I wanted for myself in the long term demanded an MBA qualification. As a working professional and sole bread earner for my family, it was not possible for me to join a regular MBA programme or spend too much, so here stepped in IMT CDL and I joined the distance PGDM program which I could afford and pursue without leaving my Job. I joined IMT PDGM program in July 2015, it gave wings to my career and I am currently working with the India’s leading E-commerce organization.

Believe me Ladies! Sky is the limit…Believe in yourself.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Institute or its employees.

Faculty Column

Self-Awareness Enhances Emotional Intelligence

- An Article by Prof. S. K. Sachdev

Visiting Faculty at IMT CDL

The term self-awareness can likely be traced back to Freud and Jung. In the modern parlance, it arrived back on the radar around the time Daniel Goleman published ‘Emotional Intelligence’ around two decades back.

“In effect, self-awareness is the recognition of one's own emotional state at any given point in time”

John Duffy, a clinical psychologist and author

“The argument suggests that we are, far too often, wholly unaware of the emotional state we are currently in, and the degree to which that state influences our behaviour and thought process. To the degree that we can manage our emotional state we are better able to manage these other elements of our lives as well.”

“Self-awareness is [also] the ability to look at your own words and actions from a perspective outside of yourself; to see yourself as others see you.”

Amy McManus, a marriage and family therapist

Self-awareness involves being aware of different aspects of the self-including traits, behaviours, and feelings. Essentially, it is a psychological state in which oneself becomes the focus of attention. Self-awareness is one of the first components of the self-concept to emerge.

In the philosophy of self, self-awareness is the experience of one's own personality or individuality. It is not to be confused with consciousness in the sense of qualia. While consciousness is being aware of one's environment and body and lifestyle, self-awareness is the recognition of that awareness.

With self-awareness comes better knowledge about how certain types of people might react to certain events. For example, think about a close friend or a child of ours. If we know how we would react to an external factor, then it is much easier to understand what goes on in the mind of this other person.

There are three types of self-awareness: indexical, detached, and social self-awareness. They are necessary to entertain a full range of thoughts about oneself.

Self-awareness aids in recognizing and managing emotions.

Self-awareness is important because when we have a better understanding of ourselves, we recognize ourselves as unique and separate individuals. We are then empowered to make changes and to build on our areas of strength as well as identify areas where we would like to make improvements.

A good indicator that we lack self-awareness deals with how well we understand our emotions, actions, and behaviour. People who lack self-awareness often feel constantly off-kilter, anxious, or angry. They usually cannot even pinpoint what really upsets them half the time. Intelligent people normally get excited when we ask them why or how, whereas mimics normally get frustrated. Look at whom they hang around with. They can argue the other side of an idea better than the people who disagree with them. They know how to focus and typically create large chunks of time.

In this sense, we can see how self-awareness is a way of introspection that does not shut the world out, but rather brings it in for assessment against one’s own feelings and behaviours. It entails, “meta-cognition: the ability to think about thinking [and] implies the ability to recognize ourselves as we see ourselves, but also to understand how others may see us based on what we know about human behaviour.”

Social scientists have discovered that people often grossly overestimate their level of self-awareness, many people feel that they know and understand themselves much better than they actually do. They may even have avoided building self-awareness because it involves looking at oneself as honestly as possible, and this can often invoke feelings of shame that can be difficult to handle.

Self-awareness a vital skill in fulfilling life.

In any case, self-awareness is an important practice to develop. As our world becomes increasingly complex, the need for self-awareness is growing to paramount importance. It may be the most vital skill for navigating our future challenges. If we can manage our own emotions, we are more than likely to be able to exert an impact on the emotional vibe of a family, a work situation, or a social encounter. Needless to say, self-awareness can be incredibly useful in driving a more aware, fulfilled life.

Ways to cultivate self-awareness:

  • To be self-aware, we need to be curious about ourself as our mind and body are territories for which we yet need road maps. This journey of understanding oneself depends on what one is ready to explore and experience.
  • Be willing to see oneself in a less-than-positive light.
  • Use mirrors as a meditation tool that it increases one’s self-awareness through reflection.
  • While journaling daily, ask yourself how you feel. In case there are negative feelings associated with the day, think about what triggers may have caused them to bubble up. Similarly, for positive feelings, think about what may have triggered you to feel happy.
  • As science tells us that we need reflections to develop our sense of self in relation to others. As we spend more time alone or on our devices, we miss this essential human mirroring thus there is increase in anxiety. For greater self-awareness and reflection interaction in society will help reducing this anxiety and stress.
  • Talk to our closest loved ones and be courageous enough to ask how they perceive us in various situations.

Self-awareness benefits are to serve not only us in emotional management, but also to serve our relationships. The importance of identifying when a situation or person provokes us, how we react, needs to be addressed with empathy. In such situation if a third person is present, take his feedback/ reaction. We should regularly check our response to different emotions.

Becoming self-aware is the first step to enhancing our emotional intelligence and personality. It can be achieved through observing one’s own mistakes, asking others for feedback, observing others mistakes objectively and th rough some dreams. One should become alert as our deeper introspection makes us emotionally unstable, restless or upset. This usually provides insight into some personality trait that has been triggered.

We should be receptive to learning about ourselves and have the courage to take feedback from others. By this we can objectively analyse our mistakes and find practical solutions to change for the better. This is foremost in our ever-evolving journey towards self-awareness.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Institute or its employees.

Initiatives under the Education Ministry

UGC Notice

UGC asked Engineering Colleges/Institutions for nomination of students for visit of, ‘Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh - a technological marvel’. The Hon'ble Prime Minister desired that the knowledge of this technological marvel of the country, encompassing the best practices in engineering. Design, planning, construction and project management, be disseminated to students of engineering colleges/ institutions who should be encouraged to visit this tunnel to see, appreciate and assimilate the capabilities in tunneling efforts which now exist within the country.

UGC Notice can be viewed through below link:
https://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/4233956_Notice_atal_tunnel.pdf

Recent National Events

National Pollution Prevention Day (2nd December)

National Pollution Prevention Day is observed on 2nd December in India. This day is observed in the memory of people who lost their lives in Bhopal gas calamity. Bhopal gas tragedy occurred in the year 1984 on the night of 2–3 December. Many people died due to leakage of the poisonous gas Methyl Isocyanate also known as MIC. Bhopal Gas Tragedy is considered as one of biggest industrial pollution disasters.

Objectives of the day:

  • To spread awareness on managing and controlling industrial disasters
  • To prevent the pollution produced by industrial processes or human negligence
  • To make people and industries aware about the importance of pollution control acts.

Indian Navy Day (4th December)

Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4th December every year to recognize the achievements and role of the Indian Navy in the country. The reason behind celebrating Navy Day on 4th December is that, on this day in 1971, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. On this day, those who were martyred in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 are also remembered. Article in Timesnow.com on 10 interesting facts that prove Indian Navy is a formidable force on Earth can be read out through below link:

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/navy-day-2020-10-interesting-facts-that-prove-indian-navy-is-a-formidable-force-on-earth/690243

National Energy Conservation Day (14th Dec)

Every year, India observes National Energy Conservation on December 14. The day is organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) – which operates under the Ministry of Power, aiming to present India’s stellar achievements in cost-efficient energy production and resource conservation. Plans for the future are also discussed on this day, targeting holistic development as the main goal towards mitigation of climate change.

Vijay Diwas (16th Dec)

Every year, on December 16, the nation celebrates ‘Vijay Diwas’ to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and remember the martyrs who laid down their lives during the war.

The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 which began on December 3 lasted for 13 days and officially ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered to India. It was on this day in 1971, that the chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops, surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini.

The end of the war also resulted in subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh, since then, celebrate Vijay Diwas, also known as Victory day, every year to mark both the countries’ military victory over Pakistan.

Snippets

NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – 4th January 2021

IMT CDL team started the New Year with a small get together. The new Director Prof. S R Musanna was welcomed by entire IMT CDL employees. Prof. Musanna shared some inspirational words emphasizing and appreciating the capabilities of each member of the Institute and offered to mentor and guide everyone in their professional and personal growth.

This was followed by some encouraging words by Prof. Ravindra Kumar, Sr. Dean and CEO. We concluded the celebration with a tea party.

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Editorial Team:
Prof. Asif Zameer - Dean Academics, Prof. Priti Sharma - Associate Professor, Rasika Mathur - Sr. Manager Corporate Affairs, Rakesh Kumar - Sr. Manager (Marketing and Sales), Ms. Sheetal Gill - Manager(Academics), Gaurav Rastogi - Academic Coordinator

Design Team:
Mr. Anupam Kumar Singh - GM (IT), Mr. Rajeev Sharma - System Analyst (IT)

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