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December - 2016 - Special issue > College of the Year 2016

PGDM: SDM Institute for Management Development

SI Edu Team
Thursday, January 12, 2017
SI Edu Team
Glorifying the Careers of Management Leaders

An MBA Degree beholds the power to change and lead the world with a new perspective everyday by the managerial skills it instills into students. Creating individuals with global leadership skills and rooted in the Indian value system is the Vision of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), an institute for individuals who dream to be successful PGDM/MBA professionals. "Students who undergo the PGDM course at SDMIMD come from various academic backgrounds and thus are provided with an orientation program to get acquainted with the foundation knowledge required," says Prof. S.N. Prasad, Chairperson Admissions & Associate Professor, SDMIMD.

At SDMIMD, the first three semesters are considered as the general management program period for students to understand the theories and concepts; learning about macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics and many more. Thereafter, in the internship program, students are exposed to hands on work environment to give a clear picture of the corporate sector. "All courses at SDMIMD have been designed with the objective of bringing out the best of managerial skills blended with high values. Be it the flagship PGDM program or the executive program (CPBM) or the several management development programs(MDPs) that we run, the broad motive is to have rich academic content with case studies which imbibe a rich value system and ethical dimension," adds Prof. Prasad.

SDMIMD was started in the year 1993, and came into being as a recognized institute in 1994. The force behind the establishment of this institute is Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, a Padmavibhushan and an Ashden awardee; and SDMIMD is promoted by the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational (SDME) Trust, a much-admired non-profit educational trust that runs over 40 recognized educational institutions in Karnataka. The institute is ranked among the top Business Schools in India and is located at the foot of Chamundi Hills in the heritage city of Mysore. "Unlike other management institutes, SDMIMD is unique as we give immense importance on ethics and values, creating global leaders who can make a difference rooted in Indian values," mentions Prof. Prasad.

In order to provide both leadership and managerial qualities in students, SDMIMD has taken a number of measures through establishing industry and academic collaborations, research activities and pre-placement training along with the optimum utilization of infrastructure. SDMIMD has tie-up with foreign universities for academic collaboration such as Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University, USA, MBA Centre, Global Management Education Institute, Shanghai University, China, British University in Dubai, University of Pau, France, University of Bordeaux, France and University of Montevideo, Uruguay.The institute also conducts customized program for several industries such as JK Tyres, SKanray Technologies. These collaborations carve the path for opportunities to develop skills of the students who receive over 60-70 industry expert discussions, organizing and involving in international workshops and research oriented projects,which boosts their confidence as well as their expertise.

The institute with student intake of 180 and faculty strength of 24 has already achieved notable milestones over the years. Every year, over 40 organizations visit the campus offering highest annual salary of Rs. 12 lakh. However, Prof. Prasad mentions, "There is yet a wide area of improvement for SDMIMD and we need to make learning more student-friendly by adding executive education in future, Exploring ways to improve in the delivery of the courses, creating value of students by increasing the placement salaries and increasing internationalization and corporate connections."

Like Steve Jobs who said, "Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could,"- SDMIMD is transforming individuals in becoming managers and leaders so that they yield the most in their career utilizing skills inherited from SDMIMD.

Lt. Col. S.N. Prasad, Chairperson - Admissions

Chairperson Admissions & Associate Professor; he is a B E(Mech), Mysore University, ME (Auto), University of Pune and a PGDM from SIBM Pune. He has an experience of over 20 years in the Indian Army as Lieutenant Colonel; he served as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Army Aviation Corps. He took part in the Kargil Operations in 1999 and has served in the Siachen Glacier sector. He is a regular faculty at SDMIMD since 2009 and teaches Strategic Management and Performance Management courses.

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