Lately, there have been several economic developments that have directly impacted the global business domain. These, in turn, have pressured B-Schools to undergo massive transformation to support the varying demands of the market. One major change that the world has witnessed is the demand for sustainability, environmental and social accountability, and ethical practices among management graduates. Today, management leaders are expected to make a difference in the world; therefore, it is time that business programs start focusing on shaping ethical leaders who are environment and community conscious. In this light, let us reflect on a story of 800 management students from Bangalore who arranged a voting awareness campaign as a movement towards nation-building.
About 200 of their faculty members supported them in this enormous initiative that was named JAGRUTI –I. The students visited 1,50,000 houses from the Byatarayanapura Constituency and used Google forms to collect the details of voters. The students then used this data to help the BBMP in adding and eliminating the voters from the list. These students, who took up this initiative to help the society and the country, were from REVA University’s School of Commerce and Management. The Governor of Karnataka awarded the University for the exemplary work done to create voting awareness among the citizens. This is but only one of the many examples that prove that students who graduate from REVA University’s School of Commerce and Management Studies are better equipped to be leaders as they showcase strong human values, ethics, and commitment.
The School has, since its inception, been a wizard at foretelling the requirements of the global business community. It has been successful in all its endeavors because of Dr. P Shyama Raju’s, Founder and Chancellor of REVA University, firm belief in perfection at all levels. Practicing what he preaches, Dr. Raju has always had a no-compromise take on the commitment, involvement, and ethics. Moreover, the Vision and Mission of REVA University center around creating leaders with moral and ethical values who can lead the society in the right direction.
Currently, the School offers B.Com (Industry Integrated) and B.Com (Honors) under its UG programs, M.Com under its PG program, and Ph.D. in Commerce under its Research Program. The School of Management Studies, on the other hand,
offers BBA (Industry Integrated), BBA (Honors), and BBA (Entrepreneurship) under its UG program, MBA under its PG program, and Ph.D. in Management under its Research Program. All UG and PG courses are provided as Industry Integrated Programs. The curriculums are well blended with all functional areas and certificate courses carrying credits. These certificate courses are selected based on the assessment of skill sets required for Commerce and Management graduates. The university understands that not all students are the same.
Depending on their grasping power the School categorizes the students into Advanced, Average and Slow learners and accordingly modifies assignments and the mode of classroom teaching. “We also have a student mentoring system in place wherein each faculty (mentor) is assigned approximately 15-20 students to counsel matters related to academics, co-curricular, and various extra-curricular activities. The students are also engaged in collaborative, interactive, and activity-based learning methods that bring together all categories of learners to share their knowledge and expertise and also involves all the stakeholders in the process of learning,” says Dr. Shubha A, Director, REVA University’s School of Commerce and Management Studies. Before the School sends its students for Summer Internships to gain practical exposure, they are taken to various Industry settings to visualize the actual environment that exists beyond the classrooms. Moreover, various industry experts are regularly invited to share their experiences with students.
Housing A Brilliant Faculty Team
The faculty team at REVA Universit ’s School of Commerce and Management studies keep themselves abreast of recent updates in their areas of expertise. They attend Faculty Development Programs organized by reputed universities and institutes to update their knowledge base. For the benefit of the faculty members, the school also organizes various FDPs and FIP. The faculty team carry out cutting-edge research and utilize the outcomes of these researches for the benefit of the student community. The team plans their course (which includes the concepts, contents, pedagogies, and all other necessary inputs required to enhance the learning process) before the commencement of the semester, submit it for amendments that pour in from Industry experts, Bankers, Auditors, and Recruiters, and make necessary changes before finally delivering it in the classrooms.
Blueprint For The Future
With corporate giants like KPMG, E&Y, Procter and Gamble, Thomson Reuters, Amazon, Wipro, Marico, Mc Donald’s, 99Acres, Fidelity, Concentrix, Stanza Living, and D MART swooping in to recruit the creme le creme, he School has created remarkable placement records by rooming the students for challenging corporate life. Moving forward, REVA university’s School of Commerce and Management Studies intends to achieve global accreditations like AACSB and ACBSP, improve their academic ambiance, and strengthen research, industry linkages, and international collaborations.
Starting your own venture sounds glamorous but one must understand that creating a business and becoming a household name depends not on the logo or a slogan. It is how one functions and makes decisions. Running a business is an empathy led, process-driven, and knowledge-intensive discipline. REVA University’s School of Commerce and Management Studies understands this and also the statistics that many graduated now aim to become the next top gun. So, the School also offers an undergraduate program in Entrepreneurship (in association with EDII, Ahmedabad), where students with an entrepreneurial aptitude and zeal are guided to start an enterprise of their own. The program provides opportunities to learn in E- Labs and with a structured curriculum. Classes are taken by those faculty members who have immense experience in Entrepreneurship. It is noteworthy that these students come from all walks of life, some with no business background. This ensures that anyone who has the right idea, and who can work hard for it, can make a name for themselves.