A leader is one who can not only envision a better world but also lead his people to successfully realize this vision. Shaping such leaders is not an easy task, much less so when it comes to managerial leaders. The skillset that is required by a competent manager will only keep growing with the changing industry requirements, especially as we are witnessing the fascinating dynamics of Industrial Revolution 4.0. So how does one cope with these demands? How does one realize their dream of becoming a proficient manager in a global setting? Enter, Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce.
Under the aegis of SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (ASMSOC) was established in 2007 to impart management education of the highest standard. ASMSOC aims to impart domain knowledge and focus on developing competencies and various skills so that students can embark on their respective managerial career paths and assume leading roles in the corporate world.
Redefining Teaching Methodologies
ASMSOC firmly believes that teaching is student-centric and a participative process; therefore, at ASMSOC most of the learning takes place through student participation and other methods like case studies, experiential learning, project presentation, working on data obtained from e-resources and online databases, making videos, and peer learning, where buddy groups are formed. Each division is comprised of 50–55 students and has a faculty mentor who gives them personalized attention. he School identifies fast learners and encourages them to write research papers and participate in various co-curricular activities hosted by universities and colleges across the country. Slow learners, on the other hand, are gently guided and are benefitted with special bridge lectures. Moreover, to ensure that ASMSOC graduates are ready to fit in corporate circles, ASMSOC hosts several workshops relevant to Analytics and Machine Learning. The students are also trained to work on Bloomberg terminal.
Correspondingly, ASMSOC students must undergo a compulsory internship for a period of two months at the end
of the second year and soft skills training at the end of the fifth semester. ASMSOC houses various associations that provides students with an avenue to further their inter-personnel, negotiation, and oratory skills and develop a positive
attitude and mindset. For instance, The International Linkage department of NMIMS constantly works on promoting students to study abroad in the US, European, and Australian Universities. In this respect, ASMSOC has signed an MOU with the University of South Florida, State University of New York – Albany, USA, New South Wales University, Australia, where students can pursue their studies for the third year of BBA after they complete two years at ASMSOC. Likewise, ASMSOC is laying the groundwork for an association with E&Y to train students for their forensic and fraud detection department. Speaking about associations, ASMSOC’s Social Responsibility Forum and Enactus associations have contributed to the society by means of organizing training sessions for the local people for job orientation, computer literacy programs for slum children, blood donation sessions, and empowering women via self-employment using projects like Lekhni and Neev.
Currently offering BBA, B.Com. (Hons.), B.Sc. Finance, M.Sc. Finance, and MMS programs, ASMSOC designs the respective curriculum for each program keeping industry and professional requirements and global expectations from graduates. Since ASMSOC’s Board of Studies comprises stalwarts like Ms. Ashu Suyash, CEO, CRISIL; Mr. Vijay Chandok, MD and CEO, ICICI Securities Ltd.; Mr. Sudhir Soni, Partner, E & Y; Mr. Abhijeet Biswas, Managing Director, 7i Capital Advisors; Mr. Shalin Divatia, Managing Partner, S R Divatia & Co.; and Dr. Ranjan Chakravarty, Senior Professor, School of Business Management, NMIMS, the curriculums are revised and changed almost every year. For instance, the current BBA program offers subjects like Business Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Derivatives and Risk Management, Portfolio and
Wealth Management, Digital Marketing, Advertising and Brand Management, which are relevant to the
present industry requirement.
Meanwhile, the B.Com. (Hons.) program takes care of professional requirement as per ICA/CIMA. The B.Sc. Finance program, on the other hand, is highly finance-oriented, including subjects ike Business Valuation, Debt Market, Derivatives, Financial Modelling, Econometrics, Business Analytics, and many more. Similarly, every semester almost 5%-10% of the lectures are conducted by industry senior executives (CFO, Head of Sales, VPs and HRs). The School also calls upon several industry professionals to evaluate the students’ research paper presentations and business plans. After one such evaluation session, Mr. Vetri Subramanium, Head of Equity Funds, UTI Asset Management tweeted thus, “Top Notch Knowledge & Understanding of the Subject, more than I had at their age! Skill level Rising.”
Favored Recruitment Destination
Thanks to the innovative teaching pedagogy, ASMSOC students turn out to be out-of-box thinkers. Combine this with the very effective entrepreneurship cell, students are encouraged to bring out new and creative ideas. In addition to the ASMSOC incubation center for encouraging start-ups, the campus also houses an Atal Incubation Centre of the University too. Therefore, in the last 3-4 years alone, ASMSOC has witnessed the birth, rise, and the steady growth of 45 start-ups. What is more is that all these efforts that the institute takes into shaping global managers can be seen being paid off when recruiters like Aufklaren-IIMUN, Barclays, Verity, Tresvista, Future First, Media.net, Ernst & Young Services Pvt. Ltd, CATKing, Aufklaren-IIMUN, Zycus Infotech, Aer Media, India Bulls, Mahendra Realtors, Learning Mate, Tata Strategic Management Group, Axis Securities, Piramal, Wipro, Motilal Osawal Securities Ltd., and CitiBank come to ASMSOC to recruit the cream of the crop. Moving forward, Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce intends to be AACSB- certified and plans to begin another Research Centre, publish more International Research Papers, attract global students, and have a faculty exchange program with Reputed B-Schools around the world.
Without a doubt, the cornerstone for a successful educational institution is its team of faculty. This is clearly visible at ASMSOC. Highly motivated and incentivized to undergo faculty development programs, the ASMSOC faculty team attends university-conducted SAS certification programs so that they can train the students in Analytics. SAS is a US-based analytics company that issues international certification. Currently, ASMSOC houses 7 SAS-certified faculty members. The team strives constantly to upgrade their qualifications. For instance, the team of 48 savors the fact that 14 of them have Ph.D., 6 are almost there and the rest on the way! The ASMSOC faculty team also contributes to ABDC journals and Scopus Index journals among many others. The team also works closely with the students to write research
papers and get them duly published.