By making information and knowledge accessible, the World Wide Web has revolutionized the way education is delivered and received.  Today, those who want to boost career prospects have greater choices in basic and add-on qualifications thanks to online education. Popular among working professionals, hybrid long distance programs, such as those offered by Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool), enable easy acquirement of a degree or diploma online – from enrolling to attending lectures, paying fees and completing the exams.

“Through online lectures, webinars, experiential workshops, industry visits, teamwork and a host of other activities, WeSchool’s Hybrid Programs provide credible qualification and cultivate new perspectives and ways of thinking in Welingkarites,” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool.


5 Skills You Will Sarpen During MBA

MBA-Skills-Uday-Salunkhe-Welingkar“A good MBA programme can help you inculcate skills that will prove useful in your life and career,” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Research and Development (WeSchool).

Welingkar, Mumbai, is a part of the Shikshana Prasaraka (S.P.) Mandali, Pune. All the educational institutions of S.P. Mandali are known for their academic excellence. Welingkar has the distinction of being the seventh best educational institute in South Asia.

Over the last century, the professional degree of MBA has maintained its relevance world-wide. There was a time when B-Schools taught only technical skills. Since then, many top B-schools have added soft skills to the MBA curriculum in their bid to help future managers adapt better to a fast-changing business world.

Let’s take a look at the 5 skills you’ll be honing during your MBA course:

1. Communication
Most MBA students who’d earlier lacked proficiency in communication found that with practice they got from the ongoing college activities they were able to polish their speaking, listening and writing skills.

How MBA helps: Group discussions, debate competitions, seminars, and, festivals etc. will provide you a platform to practice speaking well, get over stage-fright and improve your body language. Interactions with the faculty will improve your understanding of when to listen and when to speak. Working on papers will help you master written communication.

Self-help: Record your speech, hear it back, and identify problem areas. Read more to understand the nuances of the language. Keep a journal to improve your writing.

2. Knowledge
The MBA programme will help you build your domain knowledge. A good knowledge base of the industry is important as it gives one a competitive advantage.

How MBA helps: Not only will the programme teach you the basics, it will also teach you how to keep that knowledge updated by inculcating an attitude of learning.

Self-help: Keep track online of current trends and news relevant to your industry.

3. Time management
Realizing the value of time and the ability to plan in advance are valuable qualities that recruiters look for and usually find in MBA graduates.

How MBA helps: You will learn to manage your time and productively multi-task during your course as you attend classes, meetings, prepare presentations, write papers, etc.

Self-help: Prioritize tasks and allot time to them. Make schedules and try to stick to them.

4. Collaboration
A teamwork-oriented attitude is desirable to organizations who are basically a group of diverse people working towards common goals.

How MBA helps: The programme teaches you the value of collective effort through group projects and team-building exercises.

Self-help: Attend group meetings and support team members. Be open. Propose group projects.  Click here to learn more on how you can drive team collaboration.

5. Real-world experience
“Top B-Schools, like WeSchool, take care to harmonize classroom wisdom with skill sets that the students can apply in their professional lives,” notes, Dr. Uday Salunkhe.
How MBA helps: Collaborative workshops and internships are an effective way the programme provides the students with practical business experience.
Self-help: Apply for internships. Volunteer for industry interactions and initiate live projects.

Technology at WeSchool expanding the classroom

The challenge that confronts the education system in India, today, is a shortage of trained teachers. According to a Technopak Education Outlook report, “India will require 6 million more teachers by 2020 to attain the world average in terms of student-teacher ratio. This would mean a requirement to train 0.75 million teachers per annum, as against this the total capacity of all B.Ed. colleges currently, which is only 0.25 mn per annum.”
In this context, telepresence is proving to be revolutionary for imparting quality education across the spectrum and breaking the physical barriers in learning, points out Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Research & Development (WeSchool).
WeSchool is a strong supporter of innovation. Not only does it take inspiration from new technology, it embraces new technology as well. The premier B-School is tech-savvy and this even reflects in how classroom learning is imparted. WeSchool provides virtual classroom sessions where lectures are delivered by learned professors from the campus studio to thousands of Welingkarites across campus. Since the technology allows a larger number of students to attend live sessions and interact with learned professors than a physical classroom, it successfully addresses the issue of the scarcity of good faculty and the difficulty of making them available at the right place, at the right time. “In case a student is not able to attend virtual classroom lectures, he can still refer to WeLecture, where video lectures are uploaded on all subjects,” informs Dr. Uday Salunkhe.

Welingkarites Are Committed And Uncompromisingly Innovative

To be able to take up a managerial role in the fast-moving and ever-changing industrial scenario, today’s managers must have a strong grip on all interfaces of business areas. They must believe in teamwork and possess skills of research, communication and persuasion.

MBA programs endow students with the required skills, know-how and confidence for their chosen careers. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director and Principal, L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, believes academic activities at WeSchool equip its students for the future by making adaptive and confident professionals out of them.

The institute offers a variety of flexible programs so that Welingkarites are able to acquire, develop and practice the skills in real life business scenarios. Students are also encouraged to bring in their work experience to the learning table, analyze and develop strengths, reflect on weaknesses, map out charts of personal growth and be equipped with tools for success in career and life.

WeSchool strongly believes in combining the philosophies of leadership and innovation with a design-thinking approach to management education, says Dr. Uday Salunkhe. Today companies are looking for people that can combine innovation with experience to create efficiency. It is important to note that innovation is not limited to products or services. Innovation can be in logistics, financing, marketing, organizational design or even in handling attrition.

WeSchool’s distinctively different approach to management education has manifested as the various successes of its alumni. A few of these are listed below:

  • Stita Misra (PGDM, 2011-13) and her team of young scribes launched Samvad – an online magazine dedicated to the evolution of business education.
  • Sohail Sayani (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) along with his team of music aficionados launched Mumbai’s first on-campus, web-based radio channel, RadioWE, which offers education as well entertainment on its multiple waves.
  • A story by Anchal Singh (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) was published in ‘Inspired by Tagore’- an anthology by The British Council – from nearly 4000 entries from around the world.
  • A research paper titled ‘Embedding Technology Human Resource – Distance covered and road map’ by Shweta Maheshwari (PGDM, 2011-13) got published in Conquest, the much-revered management journal of IIM (Shillong).
  • Himanshu Kapadia, the champion of ‘out of the box thinking and action’, and winner of 14 prestigious awards at WeSchool, went on to win an internal competition at HDFC as an HR trainee. On his win, he was recorded as saying, “The best part is the entire HR Transformation Exercise will be named “E-mpower” which was my winning idea. I have also been entrusted to design a logo for this initiative. It is rare that in such a short span of time, one gets so much exposure and appreciation, more than that, a chance to give ideas and see them being appreciated and executed is a big high!”

“The feedback received from my mentors has contributed to giving me a better professional edge,” the budding HR manager revealed of his success.

Failure For Success With MBA

“MBA is more than just an educational course; it is a career-enhancing 360 degree program which, if pursued diligently, can be a life-changing event. The learnings of the program have a huge impact of one’s life and career.” says Prof. Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Welingkar – Rising Globally With Alliances

Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai, has formed an alliance with Curtin Business School in order to facilitate mutual cooperation in the field of educational research. WeSchool is one of the top 10 management institutions in India and CBS is a part of Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. This partnership is a step towards cooperation between Australia & India in the field of education and research.

Curtin Business School (CBS), the largest teaching division of Curtin University, is one of the most comprehensive business schools in Australia. The Economist ranked CBS #2 globally under Student Quality.

The MoU (memorandum of understanding) was signed by Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute with Prof. David Wood, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Curtin University. The event was graced by the presence of various authorities from the office of Australia’s Counsul General and from CBS, the faculty, students of Welingkar Institute and other leading personalities from the academia & industry.

Prof.Dr.Uday Salunkhe said, “This MOU with Curtin University will facilitate exchange of students and faculty members on reciprocal basis and help conduct and organize cultural projects, study tours and opportunities to conduct joint research projects in emerging fields. It will also offer new avenues for our students to study in an international environment  I am confident that our association will accomplish a  balanced and broad based cooperation not only between the two institutes but also between two countries in various areas of mutual interest.”

Dr Uday Salunkhe Speaks To The Financial Express

Dr Uday Salunkhe Assocham’s 9th Higher Education SummitWeSchool bagged two awards at Assocham’s 9th Higher Education Summit in New Delhi for the ‘Best Innovative Institute’ while Dr. Uday Salunkhe was honoured as ‘Best Education Entrepreneur’.

Here are some bytes from his interview with Vikram Chaudhary of The Financial Express:

Expectations from the upcoming Union Budget:
Education needs more resources, funds and focus. The government must spend more on infrastructure with intense focus on quality and expanse.

“Higher Education creates professionals who can fuel the growth engine,” says Dr. Salunkhe.

Views on Start-up India:
Start-ups are going mainstream as they create wealth and generate employment. This is fourth industrial revolution. During such times, the start-up culture is bound to grow, and must grow.

Universities’ role in Start-up India and Skill India:
Universities will help create an atmosphere to promote entrepreneurial mindset, risk-taking and, most importantly, an attitude that is not averse to failures. A few institutions, like IIT Bombay, The Munktell Science Park of Malardalen University in Stockholm are good examples.

Entrepreneurship cannot be taught in just two years at a business school. Thoughts?
The statement is partially true. Entrepreneurship is a culture, not a workshop. It needs to be imbibed from an early age. Training is pivotal here. Two years of business school provides live projects, industry interface, EQ training, soft skills, internships and much more that help in creating entrepreneurs.

On the experience of working at the Nashik Kumbh:
It was launched in collaboration with the MIT to resolve several civic issues. The initiative gave students a platform to complement technological solutions with management innovation. Students worked on several projects ranging from basic amenities to traffic management and health services.

Association with MIT:
WeSchool has signed an MoU with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services that gives access to methodologies used by them for mentoring ventures on their campus.

On Welingkar’s Venture Mentoring Platform?
Welingkar has a mentor board comprising entrepreneurs, investors and attorneys. They interact with student to provide views on the concepts of ventures, the business model, and target groups. There are over 33 successful ventures that have taken off from this platform in the past three years.

On training corporates:
Our MDPs cater to over 70 corporate houses, training personnel at different levels of their career.

Efforts on assimilating youth from Northeast India:
We are working on enhanced interaction, representation and academic connectivity with the Northeast. The region has about 36 business schools. WeSchool will devise a plan on how to give them a bigger and meaningful exposure.

For More On Story Follow The Link: The Financial Express