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Dear Reader,

We firmly believe that communication is key to cohesiveness of group and positive communication disseminated in time serves as catalyst to group bonding & collective growth. Our newsletter ‘SAMVAAD’ is proving to be an effective medium of communication with our stakeholders. This is reflected in terms of regular feedbacks and contributions received from our readers. In the illuminating path of togetherness, support and engagement with you all; IMTCDL introduces the fifth issue of its Newsletter, ‘SAMVAD’.

As always, we are thankful to all of you for your ongoing contribution, assistance and information sharing in the journey of creating this Newsletter. Due to limitations of space, few articles received from our readers could not be included in this issue. We acknowledge and appreciate your contributions and assure that valuable content shared by you for SAMVAAD will be reflected in further issues. In this issue we have added ‘Motivation Corner’, which will inspire our readers to succeed and progress in life. 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 highlighted in the upcoming issues of our Newsletter. We welcome your valuable inputs, comments and feedback which may always be shared at: connect@imtcdl.ac.in

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in this issue
  • What is New @IMT CDL
  • Info Centre @IMT CDL
  • New Academic Inititatives
  • Our Faculty-Our Pride
  • Alumni Connect
  • Motivation Corner
  • Recent National Events
  • Snippets

What is new @ IMT CDL

Joining of new Director

Director IMT CDL

Prof. S R Musanna joined IMT CDL as the Director w.e.f. 4 January, 2021. IMT CDL family welcomes him and wishes him all the best for leading IMT CDL to greater heights.

Prof. Musanna has more than three decades of experience. He worked with RPG enterprises for more than 10 years. He held the position of Director at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow. He has been associated with SGT University Gurgaon as Chief Executive Officer. He specializes in the area of Corporate Law & Industrial Relations. He is a member on the board of many prestigious Business Schools. He is also a member of Technical Expert Committee of State Planning Commission, UP.

Alumni Referral Programme

IMT CDL recently launched the alumni referral programme. The alumni referral programme solicits active contribution of alumni in terms of referring IMT CDL programmes in their fraternity. The alumni will be sent a mailer with unique link generated for them. They can share that link on social media or to a candidate. When anyone applies using their unique link, the referral benefits will accrue to them. This referral programme offers benefits to the referrer as well as referred candidate. To know more about referral benefits, click on the following link:

https://www.imtcdl.ac.in/alumni-referral-programme/

You can contact/send your query related to alumni referral programme at alumni@imtcdl.ac.in

Transcripts

IMT CDL has created a login id and password on the portal of WES (World Education Services) for digitally uploading Transcripts as per the requirement of our learners. Based on request received from our learners, their transcripts can be directly uploaded by IMT CDL on WES portal. Once transcripts are uploaded, the learners may directly login to their WES account to check the status of their transcripts and track the details.

Info Centre @ IMT CDL

Admissions

Admissions for AICTE Approved PG Programmes offered by IMT CDL are now open for January, 2021 cycle. To apply, one can visit at: https://bit.ly/2L61Pgr


Online Learning Sessions (OLS)

OLS sessions for the respective PGDM and PGDM-Executive batches are running smoothly. Sessions for the semester 1 will be concluded by 6 February, 2021 while for semester 4, PGDM and semester 2, PGDM-Executive by 27 February, 2021.

UN GCNI – IMT CDL Joint Certificate Programme in CSR and Business Sustainability

After the overwhelming response in the first batch, IMT CDL has announced the 2nd batch of the UNGCNI- IMTCDL Joint Certificate programme in “CSR and Business Sustainability ". This programme 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. Important details of the programme are provided below:
Last date of Registration – 15 February, 2021
Likely Program Commencement Date: 4th week of Feb, 2021
Duration of the programme - 36 hours (9 Weeks) 2 hours class on Saturdays and Sundays
Link : https://www.imtonline.com/certificate-in-csr-and-business-sustainability-2/

Assignments

The date of assignments submission for the semester 1 students for July 2020 admission cycle has been extended till 28 February, 2021.

Projects

Project Evaluation: Project Evaluation: The last date for project submission by PGDM students for Jul-Dec 2020 cycle was 30 December, 2020. The evaluation for projects received during Nov-Dec 2020 will be completed by 22 February, 2021, followed by result declaration in last week of February, 2021. January, 2021 marked the beginning of new project cycle; Jan – Jun, 2021. Due to COVID pandemic the ongoing semesters for PGDM and PGDM (Executive) are delayed. Hence, as a special case, the current submission cycle is broken down into two cycles.

From 01 January, 2021 to 31 January, 2021 the Synopsis for PGDM-E students (Enrolled Before July, 2020) were accepted. Whereas, PGDM students (Enrolled before July 2019) would be able to continue their Synopsis submission till 31 March, 2021.

For PGDM students (Enrolled in July, 2019) the Synopsis submission link on SIS would be opened in the mid of February, the students of PGDM July, 2019 would be able to submit their Synopsis post payment of their 4th Semester fees.

New Academic Initiatives

Faculty Research Seminar (FRS) Series

The fourth in series (FRS 04/2021) was organized on 7 January, 2021. The event was attended by all faculty members, Dean and CEO. The seminar commenced at 3:00 pm with welcome and opening notes by Dr. Vivek Singh Tomar where he introduced and invited the session speaker Prof. Ravindra Kumar. The session speaker Prof. Ravindra Kumar introduced the attendees with the session topic, “Historical Influences on Indian Sculpture, Literature and Architecture”. The presentation took the audience back to the journey of history with a pictorial illustration of cave paintings, seals and symbols with chronological review of depiction of development of India with evidence of hunting, agriculture, trade, writing and art. The FRS 04/2021 concluded with the nomination of speaker for next FRS and Dr. NM Mishra volunteered for next FRS 05/2021 to be held on 04/02/2021.

Our Faculty - Our Pride

Refresher Course for Faculty Members

Prof. Asif Zameer, Dean-Academics IMT CDL, was invited as an expert resource person to deliver an Online session on 02.02.2021 on “Effective use of resources in Distance Learning” in the 18th Refresher Course for Commerce and Management for Faculty members, organized by Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University. There were more than 60 participants from across the country, who listened and interacted with him.

Microsoft Certifications

Our faculty, Dr. Vivek Singh Tomar completed various training courses and learning paths online on Microsoft Education Centre. All the courses and learning paths were focused on enhancing online learning experience of students and teachers in online education with the effective utilization of Microsoft technology and tools. After successful completion he is awarded the following 18 certificates by Microsoft.

Alumni Connect

Alumni Achievement

India’s Most Influential Cyber Warriors

The420.in specialize in covering technical issues like fraud risk management, cyber forensics, data breach, privacy issues, spoofing and VOIP enabled crimes. It has come up with a Cyber Quotient- CQ100 list which includes India’s most influential, trusted cyber pioneers who have helped build the country’s cyber ecosystem. Many of them in the list have been involved since the inception of the IT act, while others have brainstormed in making India’s banking and financial sector resilient. This list includes many pioneers in the field of cyber law, forensic, cyber security, banking and financial system, counter-terrorism, policing etc. Each one of them has helped in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India.

We are proud to share that our alumni Mr. Anupam Tiwari, PGDM Batch 2000 is a part of top 100 cyber security professionals in India. His name is listed under the article “CQ 100: Meet India’s Most Influential Cyber Warriors” through an open web survey in Jan, 2021. This comprehensive list was created after a nationwide survey of domain experts, social media popularity and open-source results.

Mr. Anupam Tiwari, is a keen IT Security enthusiast and an incisive learner, holds rich experience and qualifications in the cyber security domain. He is a regular contributor to articles in leading technical magazines and journals and has been a volunteer for participation in technical talks and discussions in International-National conferences. He has conducted independent day-long workshops on Blockchain in universities and Indian government institutions like Central Bureau of Investigation academy, Central Academy for Police Training, IIIT Raipur, IIIT Dharwad etc.

The link and other details may be accessed through https://www.the420.in/cq-100-meet-indias-most-influential-cyber-warriors-top-cyber-experts/

Alumni Column

Top 3 Trends in Analytics

An Article Published in January, 2021 Edition of PCQuest by Mr. Vishal Goyal
PGDM, Batch 2010 Head- Digital Transformation CET, Fujitsu Consulting India

An Article on Top 3 Trends in Analytics has been published in PCQuest; which is India's top IT portal for technology news and part of the Cyber Media group of publications that also publish Dataquest.

The article talks about NLP, graph, and how augmented analytics are transforming the way businesses use analytics. Based on author’s request article is reproduced here as his contribution to SAMVAAD; Feb, 2021.

Analytics has become an important aspect for any business in the modern times and comes handy while identifying the right target audience, their habits and most importantly, their feedback. Brands rely on these insights to upgrade themselves to meet the evolving needs of their customers and stay ahead of the curve. Insights-driven businesses are growing at an average of more than 30% annually and are on track to earn USD1.8 trillion by 2021 reveals a recent report by Forrester Research. Similar research from other consulting organizations highlights the emergence of firms that are dominating their sectors as well as expanding into new markets by generating actionable insights through data collection and analytics.

Below are top three technology trends in the space of analytics which will make a huge impact in 2021 and beyond:

NLP Analytics NLP and Conversational Analytics provides any user with an easier way to ask questions about data, as well as receive an explanation of rendered insights. In combination with augmented analytics capabilities, a salesperson might, for example, ask for an analysis of sales or a pipeline. Or the system may have learned that the sales manager also looks at this information. Based on that person’s role and/or behavior, they will be served up an explanation or narrative —in text or voice — of statistically important drivers of change. this ability will continue to grow in sophistication. For example, currently, you may be able to ask things such as “What is the average spend per customer this fiscal year?” As the technology evolves, you will be able to ask things such as, “What is the average spend per customer within a 10-mile radius this fiscal year versus last fiscal year?”

Consider the timesheet data for your business unit which includes information for several delivery units with split across different projects, different effort types (billable, non-billable, leaves, training amongst others) and for thousands of employees. One way of analyzing this information is to build standard dashboards with predefined columns, filters and business logic to show the numbers. What would be fantastic is to be able to ask a question such as “timesheet data by project for Vishal Goyal for Dec-2020”. this is possible by having a linguistic schema defined and imported into the tool which will recognize “Vishal Goyal” as employee name, understand what “project” and “timesheet” means and use NLP engine to display results. Being able to do such analysis makes it very powerful.

Graph Analytics Graph analytics is a set of analytic techniques that allows for the exploration of relationships between entities of interest such as organizations, people and transactions. Graphs in a data and analytics context are concerned with the modeling, finding and traversing of relationships. the number of use cases is increasing with the need for complex analysis – fraud detection to customer influencer networks, through to social networks and semantic knowledge graphs. Conversational analytics, health advisors, financial crimes and risk detection can also leverage graph capabilities. Covid-19 has spread from one city to the whole world. And this spread has happened over a period of time across continents. If one had a way to establish relationships between different cities, countries, continents in order to track an infected citizen and additional details on him, it would be a fantastic way to analyze and contain the spread. And if this information is available in real time, we can look at stopping the spread. All this is possible using graph analytics. Graph Analytics Graph analytics is a set of analytic techniques that allows for the exploration of relationships between entities of interest such as organizations, people and transactions. Graphs in a data and analytics context are concerned with the modeling, finding and traversing of relationships. the number of use cases is increasing with the need for complex analysis – fraud detection to customer influencer networks, through to social networks and semantic knowledge graphs. Conversational analytics, health advisors, financial crimes and risk detection can also leverage graph capabilities. Covid-19 has spread from one city to the whole world. And this spread has happened over a period of time across continents. If one had a way to establish relationships between different cities, countries, continents in order to track an infected citizen and additional details on him, it would be a fantastic way to analyze and contain the spread. And if this information is available in real time, we can look at stopping the spread. All this is possible using graph analytics.

Augmented Analytics Augmented analytics enables AI and ML-assisted data preparation, insight generation, and insight explanation to augment how business people and analysts, explore and analyze data in analytics and BI platforms. It also augments the expert and citizen data scientists by automating many aspects of data science and ML model development, management and deployment. Augmented analytics uses ML/AI techniques to automate key aspects of data science and ML/AI modeling such as feature engineering and model selection (autoML), as well as model operationalization, model explanation and, ultimately, model tuning and management. Before augmented analytics, data scientists took months to build models to find the best handful of hybrid seed combinations out of thousands to sell to farmers. With augmented analytics, domain specialist geneticists took over the process and reduced process duration to days. Consider the timesheet data use case I mentioned above for NLP analytics. take a scenario where you as a business user want to do a root cause analysis as mentioned below:

  1. Which project contributes maximum billable hours to total hours in a month?
  2. Which employee has maximum non-billable hours in a month on a particular project and particular business unit?
  3. Which delivery unit has most leaves being taken?

Being able to do this without any data scientist and using simple tool capabilities is extremely powerful, and Augmented Analytics can be extremely handy in such scenarios.

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.

Motivation Corner

Bahadur’s Attitude

An Insight by Prof. Deepak Behl

Visiting Faculty at IMT CDL

There was a watchman whose name was Bahadur (Brave) and as per the name he was very brave. One night when he was on duty, some thieves entered in the complex where he was doing the duty and due to his alertness and bravery all the thieves were caught. The company where he was working was very happy and sent him to Goa for a complimentary trip with full lodging and boarding facilities.

He was happy to be in Goa and was enjoying the beach with Fenny. One day when he was roaming, it went very dark on the beach and while returning he kicked a bottle lying on the beach and it collided with a rock and broke. To the shock of Bahadur; a Genie came out of the bottle and said – “Thank You for freeing me from the Bottle, I was captured in for many years, I am very happy and want to grant you 4 wishes. Ask whatever you want to ask as I need to go in my world.”

Bahadur got shocked and started shivering. He requested the Genie to vanish without even granting a wish as Bahadur was terrified with his huge and muscular body, but Genie insisted for 4 wishes.

Bahadur thought of trying and with great shyness told Genie that he will be very happy and rather thankful if Genie constructs a house on the sea beach.

Genie swished in a second and with the magic; a huge and beautiful bungalow just appeared on the Sea beach from nowhere, Genie said – “Here is your first wish, ask for other 3.”

Bahadur was very happy and surprised but got some confidence and believe in Genie, he was continuously looking towards the big bungalow and was very happy, he gathered the courage and told Genie that he will very happy if a Car can also be provided.

Genie in a swish got a 7 Series BMW in front of the Bungalow and told Bahadur that here is the Car, what else, you have got 2 more wishes, ask me anything and you will get it today.

Bahadur was very happy and now quite confident and now it was the time to ask for his 3rd wish. Bahadur gathered the courage and explained Genie that a Bungalow and Car is useless without the sweet lady owner of these.

Genie understood, praised Bahadur for his thoughtfulness and in a swish again he managed to get a very beautiful girl sitting in the car, Genie asked Bahadur for the last wish so that he can vanish.

Bahadur, who was very excited by now started thanking Genie again and again.

Genie was getting restless with the time he was spending, he asked Bahadur to ask for the last wish quickly so that he can vanish, when he pressed Bahadur to ask for last wish.

Bahadur said: “Make me the Watchman of this House Please.”

Ha Ha Ha... This is attitude!!! Even if you are getting everything in life, you may lose everything, with your poor attitude. In story the attitude of a watchman remained of a watchman only and he could not adjust his attitude; neither he could become the owner of the house and car nor could marry that beautiful girl.

Have you checked what is your attitude? Are you sure it is positive? and have you been benefitted with it? can you further improve it?

It is better to sacrifice you Ego for your Love rather than sacrificing you Love for your Ego.

Someone asked: Why have we so many temples if God is everywhere.

Answer: Just like Fans, even if Air is everywhere you need a fan to feel it.

Your Value is not because of the People who praise you in your presence, your value is people praising you in your absence.

Glass Half Full or Half Empty- The age old riddle of attitude is redefined now (I do not have a Patent or Copyright on this and that is why you can use it freely)

Gone are the days when people claiming that it is half empty; were considered to be negative thinkers. Now a days even people claiming that it is half full are also known as only thinkers (and not necessarily as positive thinkers)

The right answer is-it is full, half with water and half with air.

Rather I will say even if there is no water in the glass, still it is full (of course, full with air!!!)

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.

Recent National Events

National Youth Day (12 January)

India celebrates National Youth Day on January 12 every year. This date was chosen to honor the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest spiritual and social leaders. He saw hope for the future in every child and believed that with “muscles of iron” and “nerves of steel” they could bring about social change. Swami himself personified the eternal energy of the youth and a restless quest for truth. Today, almost 50 percent of India’s population is under the age of 25. The future of the country rides on their shoulders — making celebrations that empower young people, so important. UGC disseminated the information about the Valedictory Function of National Youth Parliament Festival as part of National Youth Day Celebration on 12 January, 2021 which was graced by Hon’ble Prime Minister. The event was telecast live on Lok Sabha T.V and was webcast by NIC. Webcast link of the Event:
https://webcast.gov.in/parliament/

Army Day (15th January)

Army Day is observed on 15 January every year because Field Marshal KM Cariappa had taken over as commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949 from General Francis Butcher, the last British commander-in-chief of India, on this day in 1949.

Army Day is a grand celebration of India's military might and its unsung personnel. The Army Day parade is typically held at Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment. Read more at:
https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/72nd-army-day-parade-2020-pictures-579708

Snippets

Superannuation of Ms. Rasika Mathur

All IMT CDL family members gathered to bid adieu to Ms Rasika Mathur, Senior Manager-Corporate Relations on her superannuation on 29 Jan, 2021. Ms Raskia served IMT CDL for thirteen years. Our Director Prof. S R Musanna praised the contributions of Ms Rasika and stated that during her tenure she has depicted commitment and hard work to achieve the goals of organization. Honesty & Integrity are most important values which are integral to her. All the members shared their experience of working with her and wished happiness, wealth, peace and joy in her golden years of life. Ms. Rasika Mathur also expressed her heartfelt thankfulness to IMT CDL and all the co-workers. She shared that her journey at IMT CDL has been an important part of her professional career. She wished all the best to organization and all her colleagues.

Superannuation of Ms Rasika Mathur Superannuation of Ms Rasika Mathur

Republic Day Celebrations

IMT CDL proudly celebrated the 72nd Republic Day at its head office on 26 January, 2021. The event honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic. It was on this day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

The event was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm at our campus. The glimpses of the event are shared below:

Republic Day 2021 Celebration Republic Day 2021 Celebration

Editorial Team:
Prof. Asif Zameer - Dean Academics, Prof. Priti Sharma - Associate Professor, Dr. Bharti Singh - Associate Professor, 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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