NIS L.I.V.E, an initiative of NIS Sparta Ltd., (L.I.V.E. is the acronym for Learning in Interactive Virtual Environment) has in association with Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIM-B) today announced the launch of a bouquet of Advanced Post Graduate Certificate courses. These include PGCBM (Postgraduate Certificate Program in Business Management), PGCHRM (Postgraduate Certificate Program in HR Management), and PGCMM (Postgraduate Certificate Program in Marketing Management). 'These high-end advanced Post Graduate Certificate courses have been designed to cater to the needs of executives who would like to enhance their career and learn from the best in the industry. The weekend schedule allows for working professionals to choose these programs and the presence of NIS L.I.V.E centers ensure a geographical convenience,' said Manoj chawla, Sr. Vice President, NIS Sparta. 'NIS L.I.V.E centres have been created to incorporate synchronous and asynchronous teaching using Video Conferencing Based platforms to provide comprehensive technology enabled tele-education solutions. Advanced video-conferencing technology will be used to teach working executives across India. This technology enables classroom-like interactions between instructors and learners and between learners in different locations. This results in a highly interactive mode of learning that draws from the wealth of knowledge of the faculty and other resources of the institute and the diversity of learners spread across the country. Students can see and hear live lectures of their professors, view slides, audio-visuals as well as participate in interactive sessions with their professors and other students.' 'XIMB professors will teach from the studios of NIS L.I.V.E and students can use the personal transponder to interact with the faculty and raise queries. The students can also choose to set the pace of the lecture. This essentially creates an in-classroom atmosphere and ensures that the student is not taken away from the direct learning experience. We are extremely happy to be associated with training leaders like NIS Academy for these programs. NIS is known for their delivery in terms of content and technology and we are sure that this association will jointly produce the best of Management students in the country,' said Fr. P T Joseph SJ, Director XIM-B. 'These programs provide a broad range of management disciplines. The practical and highly interactive program advances through the major disciplines of management in greater depth and with a strategic perspective. The curriculum provides an integrated set of learning activities that build leadership capacity and the ability to develop other strategic leaders. The curriculum also focuses on enhancing leadership competencies in the areas of communication, critical thinking, collaboration, leading change, and leading people,' he added. These one year advance programs will consist of 240 hours of interactive classrooms via video conference, and also include an 8 day residential program at the XIM-B campus where intensive learning of certain components of the programme is facilitated. Fees can be paid in installments during the course of the programmes. Anyone with a three year bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and at least two years of work experience can apply.