July 2012

Our Classrooms are Designed Keeping ICT in Mind”

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Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM) intends to provide cutting edge knowledge to students. A K Shrivastava, Chairman, AIM, in conversation with Sheena Joseph Cherian, provides his views on various methodologies that the institute is adopting to stay ahead in a highly competitive education domain

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management is ranked amongst the top   Business Schools in the country. What are the most significant achievements of the institute?
The AIM is ranked amongst the top Business schools in the country. There  have been many significant achievements in the past few years at AIM. The  institute has been graced with visits by distinguished leaders like Dr Pranab  Mukherjee, Dr Kiran Bedi, U K Sinha, Lord Meghnand Desai, Ela Gandhi to name a few. Our corporate network has been strong enough to facilitate 100 percent placement of our students. The alumni are well-placed at top-notch companies with excellent paypackages. AIM has been successful in driving its  3Is (Institute, Industry, Interface) initiative. The CCR team has been a hub
of corporate activities, it maintains a close relationship with corporates through Guest-lectures, business-meets, conclaves etc. The faculty of AIM is  called “Think Tanks and Assets”, who hold diverse and rich experience both  in industry and academia. The students have been actively participating at  various fronts, both national and international. Our recent addition: Takshila-the MDP Centre of Excellence, has been a significant move in the direction of trainings and development for the corporate sectors.

Our new addition, Takshila-the MDP Centre of Excellence, has been a significant move in the direction of trainings and development for the corporate sectors

The Centre for Corporate Relations (CCR) is the hub of activities, which drive the 3-I (Institute-Industry-Interface) initiative. Can you elaborate on the companies that the college has been associated with?
The Institute has maintained its linkages with many corporate giants like  NTPC, Powergrid, IFFCO, Indian Oil, IRCTC, IDBI, ICICI Bank, NHPC, NMDC,  BHEL, SAIL, Muthoot, Federal Bank, CITI, VIP Industries, Hero Moto Corp,  etc. Many corporates from diverse industries have employed our students,  including IDBI, ICICI Bank, American Express, Federal Bank, CITI Bank,  Reliance Securities, Safte Express, Daink Jagran, DCM Textiles, VIP   Industries, ExtraMarks, Educomp, Indag Rubbers Ltd, IndiaBulls, Magma Fin Corp., Kotak Mahindra Bank, Contract Logistics Pvt Ltd, Hero Moto Corp, Balaji Telefilms, Neurometrix India, Practo technologies, Oxfam, etc.

In terms of student training
and placements, what are the companies that the college has been associated with?
AIM has signed agreements in recent past with IDRAC’s International School of Management, France, which broadly covers: Student Exchange Programme and faculty Exchange Programme. AIM has also recently made a major  impact for globalising the education by signing MOU wide Grant MacEwan  University, Canada. The students from IDRAC France visit AIM every year to  spend an academic term in the programme. PGDM-International Business and  our students have also been visiting IDRAC, France, every year.

What have been the measures taken to ensure that the course material being imparted at the Institute is updated with the latest requirements?
AIM is one of the very few institutes, which revise their course-curriculum, every year. The expert-review meeting for every year is held, where the panel of experts from Industry and Academia and the faculty members,  brainstorm, in order to review the course-curriculum,  for each year. The revised curriculum is then presented before the BOG, who finally approves it. Each course outlines are designed and developed keeping in mind the diverse industry requirements and updating.

How has ICTs been incorporated into the educational system at your college? What are your views on the importance of ICTs in education?
During past few years, the use of ICT has fundamentally changed the working of education system. The ultramodern classrooms at AIM have been designed, keeping the significance of ICT in mind. The faculty members use one or the other associated tools for imparting education. The use of LCD  projectors, video-conferencing, Simulation techniques etc. is very common.  The use of Management games etc. is also a common practice at AIM. The  IT-Lab of AIM is the largest in Delhi/NCR. All the students are linked with  each other and every faculty members using WiFi facility at campus.
The ICTs play very vital role in education sector these days. Education as a qualitative development is not confined with the classroom structure. The modern tools of ICT, such e-learning, online practices of learning, etc. are in  huge demand, keeping in mind the versatile requirement of the corporate  world.


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