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G L Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida, emerging as Best B-School in Corporate Interface & Placements.

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G L Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida, emerging as Best B-School in Corporate Interface & Placements.

G L Bajaj Institute of Management & Research (GLBIMR), Greater Noida, a leading management institute, has been operating under aegis of the youth icon, Mr. Pankaj Agarwal – Vice Chairman, GL Bajaj Educational Institutions. GLBIMR, one of the India’s leading educational institutions, a front-runner in the field of management education today, the institution is characterized by the quality of education across a broad range of disciplines in management programs. GLBIMR, established in 2007, under the umbrella of GL Bajaj Group of Institutions, embarked on the journey to promote higher education in NCR. In record time of 10 years, the institute has demonstrated meteoric growth and has carved a distinct niche for itself in the field of management education. They believe in providing the best possible facilities to their students and their endeavor is to create a congenial atmosphere to nurture talent through the support and guidance of experience faculties with an access to state of the art infrastructure.  GLBIMR currently being led under the prudent academic acumen of Dr. Urvashi Makkar, Director General, is one of the most prestigious institutions not only in NCR, but across the country, that provides excellence in education with impetus on research orientation & skill enhancement.

A Management Institute is the most appropriate begetter of shaping and developing future professionals and successful entrepreneurs with a clear focus on positive thinking and self-confidence to cope with the transformation, challenges, and qualms of Business. GLBIMR is not just an institution which imparts world-class education, but an experience where everyone associated is part of a team which has a common mission – to see that they nurture truly great leaders. Entrepreneurs, mentors, researchers and academicians come together at GLBIMR to create an inspiring environment for new ideas and action. GLBIMR has been a forerunner in recognizing the needs of the industry and integrating knowledge with professional inputs.

The institute is dedicative towards creating bright, vibrant and young management graduates. Conviction and commitment are the two most essentials components of successful managers. GLBIMR is putting all its efforts in this direction to develop managers who can not only understand the essential and non-essentials of the business but also have a sense of belonging and concern for the society as a whole and emerge as Business Leaders of tomorrow, the leaders those who empower others. GLBIMR has earned a distinct place amongst the premier institutes of higher education in NCR by imparting quality education. Implementing quality education, excellent placements and overall facilities in Management institutions, is a challenge on account of various factors, which GLBIMR has successfully achieved by adopting students centric approach rather than traditional approach. With uniqueness in its management system, GLBIMR has few unique features which translate into a differentiated value proposition. By maintaining a team of core faculty members, who are constantly pushing the frontiers of knowledge, they ensure a revolutionary approach, which keeps pace with the changing trends in the professional world through their global perspective. Adherence to excellence, ethics and values has been key guiding principles of GL Bajaj which are reflected in every activity of the Institute.

PGDM Program at GLBIMR

GLBIMR offers Two years, full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management – PGDM (Approved by All India Council for Technical Education, Ministry of HRD, and Government of India) with dual specialization. PGDM is the flagship program of the Institute which is highly rigorous, comprehensive and practice-oriented with special emphasis on academic quality, holistic development and placements.

Program Highlights

Achieving academic excellence integrated with skill enhancement is the core focus of Institute. The multi pronged approach in pedagogy, the faculty, the development process, the systems and procedures together with the enabling environment at GLBIMR ensures transformation of an aspiring professional into a committed and employable contributor to society and nation.

Some of the Program Highlights are: Value Added Certification Courses, Consistent 100 % Placements since inception, Global Academic Exposure through International Exchange Programs, International Study Tour for Meritorious Students, Tie- ups with Adjunct Faculty Members from International Universities, Dual Specialization (Marketing, HR, Finance, IT & IB), Free Laptops to all students, Scholarship policy for meritorious students and more.

Infrastructure

GLBIMR has a modern, eco-friendly, fully networked campus. The environment of the Institute – a cluster of minimalistic structures in the midst of the trees, shrubs and well-laid out lawns – provides a serene ambience to the campus. Well-furnished air-conditioned spacious classrooms and lecture halls gives the future managers a focused arena to develop their personalities. The campus environment is highly conducive to academic learning. The Institute has a splendid amphitheatre, multiple auditoriums and seminar halls. The computer centre is well-equipped with computing resources to cater to the academic needs of the students. Modern teaching aids are used for conducting the lectures. The use of latest audio video technology enables faculty members to have interactive & informative sessions of teaching, which makes the students confident and enthusiastic.

On being asked about faculty at GLBIMR, Dr. Urvashi Makkar says, “Currently, we have best of the intellectual assets, from across the Academia & Industry; associated with us, as either full time faculty, or adjunct faculty. We also have association with very eminent & renowned global experts, as our International adjunct faculty members, like Mr. Ashish Patel, Managing Director, Morgan Franklin Consulting, USA, Dr. Djamchid Assadi, Professor, and Burgundy College of Business, France, Mr. Hashan Haputhanthri, Head TVSL, Srilanka and more. The core faculty at GLBIMR is one strong team of highly skilled & learned professionals. We have with us a blend of seasoned academicians, mostly doctorate and rich experienced corporate leaders. The pedagogy is designed in a manner to prepare the students from classroom to corporate.” 

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal & Dr. Urvashi Makkar in conversation with Abhishek Dubey – The CEO Magazine

Tell us about the academic activities of PGDM program at GLBIMR

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal – The 2 years Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is designed for a holistic development of students making them not only career oriented but also employable & corporate ready for various roles and responsibilities. The program enables students with strong conceptual skills to manage businesses in an integrated manner. Achieving academic excellence integrated with skill enhancement is the core focus of Institute. Innovative pedagogy, Value based research Orientation & Academic Excellence are our cornerstones, where we make sure that both, the course curriculum & delivery methodologies are revised as per the requirement. GLBIMR updates the curriculum and add innovative practices based on present requirements of the corporate sector, benchmarking against top B-Schools and insights from recent studies on the effectiveness of PGDM programs.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar– Achieving academic excellence, integrated with skill enhancement is the core focus of Institute. The multi pronged approach in pedagogy, highly skilled faculty, the process, systems and procedures together, with the enabling environment at GLBIMR, ensures transformation of an aspiring professional into a committed and employable contributor to society and nation. PGDM curriculum is designed with the aim to provide a planned intellectual journey to students, to develop the ability to apply newly acquired knowledge and gain in-depth knowledge in specialized area. We work on the fact that we have to enhance and develop holistic personality of the students and prepare them for leadership & transformational roles in business. Our students learn to operate & manage in a global & cosmopolitan environment, because we encourage life-long learning & personal development.

To create a rich learning experience and effective teaching, following tools are used:

Audio Visual tools, Project Based Learning, to make the students more research oriented and develop their analytical skills, Team Presentations, Group Discussions, Case Study Analysis, Simulation Exercises etc 

How the institute has cemented its position as a centre of excellence?

Dr. Urvashi Makkar – Management Institutes are contributing towards Nation Development, by nurturing the aspiring business leaders. Organizations survive and thrive on the innovative thinking of its employees, in this perspective the role of academia is critical, which happens to be imparting purposeful knowledge to the students, which hones their ability to think creatively. At GLBIMR, we do not just provide degrees, but the focus is on skill enhancement, employability & corporate readiness. Management degree has often been thought of in terms of its utilitarian value, it has become a gateway to get a job in the market. Unfortunately, many management institutes are offering degrees and diplomas that are devoid of any research component. I think, research component has to be integrated in the curriculum, we are following the same at our Institute.

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal – Management institutes can contribute strongly in nation-building, if this role is taken seriously by education promoters. The reality is that management professionals are needed in all sectors today- hospitality, retail, banking, public transport, logistics, inventory management, to name a few. At GLBIMR, Research is reflected in the curriculum design, which is backed by current software requirements, for example, SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is taught as an integral capsule of research methodology.  The second way of integrating research is by introducing new subjects with research component that can become strong assets for students in their careers, like MCIT (Management of Change, Innovation and Technology) at GLBIMR, which emphasizes on innovation and IT.

Please share us about the academic environment of the campus. 

Dr. Urvashi Makkar – GLBIMR’s mission is to be contextually relevant business school with world class academic standards and, this is an era of innovation & technology, so learning the management of latest technology, Innovation and change is the need of the hour for the aspiring management graduates. This has become imperative in the current VUCA environment; hence education delivery must be highly agile & flexible with thrust on technological innovations.  GLBIMR has therefore included contemporary and customized “Value Added Courses” as part of the curriculum. Apart from the classroom learning students get adequate exposure through Live Projects, Corporate Interface, Industrial visits, Dissertation, Summer Trainings etc. Students needs to be encouraged to participate in relevant seminars & conferences so that they can start networking and grow into a complete professional who will be market leaders of tomorrow.

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal – Students should be armed enough to face the challenges, Education devoid of practical exposure is not enough. The rich and unique learning environment, if given, develops the students, physically and intellectually. Our Institute follows a innovative approach that keeps pace with the changing trends in the professional world through our global perspective. 

How does this institute shape the career and lives of students? And how they are mentoring the future leaders? 

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal GLBIMR does not just provide placements, but here the task is to shape the career of our students, which is much more important, than granting them a job. It is more a question of producing quality management professionals with corporate readiness. Any management graduate to be ready to take up any responsibility needs certain specialized skills, so the focus should be on the curriculum which should include the component of skill enhancement.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar– At GLBIMR, we offer customized value-added certificate courses such as six sigma, advance excel, financial marketing, digital marketing and total quality management to students with the curriculum. Another ways by which we have introduced pedagogical innovations in campus are live projects, research projects, global talk series, corporate interaction and more. At GLBIMR, we strongly recommend developing an “Entrepreneurial Culture and Global Interface” for the management students. Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy and Management graduates have a major role to play in that, therefore Entrepreneurship education should be regarded as a critical component of our educational curriculum. At GLBIMR, we have initiated steps to encourage research in entrepreneurship through academic support and also undertake joint research projects with Indian & Overseas universities

How does GLBIMR help students with placements?

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal -We have a unique and innovative approach to management education that focuses on providing right knowledge, imparting the right skills for enduring success in management career and shaping the right character.

Skill Enhancement Programs like Employability Augmentation Workshops, Specialized Talk Series for corporate readiness, placement sensitization workshops, focused soft skills workshops for group discussion Skills, interview skills, mock interview sessions etc are few initiatives taken by us, to make sure we nurture future ready professionals with multi- dimensional skill sets.

The Corporate Resource Center (CRC), at GLBIMR looks after employment possibilities of students in business, trade and service organizations. The centre maintains strong database of potential recruiters, maintains continuous liasioning with them, and assess trends in their requirement, CRC acts as viaduct between the students, faculty and the corporate world to initiate continuous interaction with the industry, sharing industry experiences, and understanding the needs of the corporate world. We provide 100 % Placement assistance to all the students in various sectors like FMCG, Retail, Banking & Finance, Hospitality, service sector and many more and that too in a consistent manner. Apart from that, we continuously work towards making our students corporate ready.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar– At GLBIMR we have a well established system of ensuring a smooth transition from the class room to the work place. To enable the students to make the best of the opportunities, they are put through rigorous corporate readiness programs which run concurrent to their academic programs. These comprise of industry visits, mentorship activity, field research work, corporate interface and faculty monitored corporate internship programs. The students participate in various conventions & conferences at AIMA, PHD Chambers, ASSOCHAM, CII, and many media houses like Aajtak, Business World, Zee Media etc as part of Corporate Interface Series. We also offer distinctive Mentorship Program, in which each student is allotted a faculty mentor and industry mentor. This program aims at grooming the students, refining their communication and behavioral skills and thereby making them fit for the industry. These mentors provide valuable, practical insights thereby enabling students to visualize and evaluate their education and career options. Mentoring promotes knowledge- sharing and experiential learning between the industry professionals and the students.

Which organizations come here for campus placement?

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal– PGDM   students have been getting placements in reputed organizations  like  HCL Technologies, Dell, HSBC, HDFC Bank, Gionee, ICICI Bank, Future Group, ABP News, Franchise India , Oppo Mobiles, KPMG, Indusind Bank, Bisleri Internationals, Yes Bank, PepsiCo, Tech Mahindra, Vodafone, Radisson Blu, Ceasefire Industries , Audi,  Ameriprise Financials, Axis Bank, JustDial, and more even before the completion of the course. We have strong alumni presence in Google, American Bank, CitiBank , Aajtak, HCL, Onicra, Genpect, HUL, Godrej, Reliance Industries, Nestle, CocaCola, Bata, Redington etc. Our consistent strong placement record is the result of unrelenting, sustained effort with clear cut focus on overall development that contribute towards making our management graduates ready to take on leadership responsibilities in their new roles.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar– Placements is not the benchmark for us, but the quality of placement is what matters. Repute of the Organization, Position offered, Career scope & path, are very areas of concern for us.   Our constant endeavor to incorporate the best global academic practices into  our PGDM program and the ever expanding spectrum of our corporate associations have led GLBIMR from being counted as one of the best B-schools in the country to an institute of global repute. We have received highly prestigious awards for our excellent placements this year by ABP news, BBC Knowledge, & Competition Success Review (CSR), which speak volumes about our quality of placements.  GLBIMR is dedicated to continue reinventing management education and provide excellent placements to our students.

The Spirits behind the success

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal

Vice Chairman – GLBIMR

Mr. Pankaj Agarwal believes in the quote by Mr. Nelson Mandela -“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”

Shri Pankaj Agarwal, Vice Chairman, G L Bajaj Educational Institutions is a youth Icon working selflessly to promote value based quality education for students. He is a visionary and his path breaking initiatives have won laurels for G L Bajaj Group at various platforms. Being a philanthropic creative thinker, his key objective is to impart value-based education in a thought-provoking and novel milieu, favorable for the overall development of the students. Over the years, he has been facilitating and promoting academics and research in emerging areas of higher education. His vision provides the foundation for translating dreams into reality for young professionals since the last 19 years.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar

Director General – GLBIMR

“If you stop learning today, you will stop leading tomorrow” by Swami Vivekananda, is the guiding mantra for Dr Urvashi Makkar.

Dr. Urvashi Makkar is a seasoned academician with a knack of entrepreneurial spirit and persistent passion for continuous learning. With a varied experience of 21 years in academics, research, training & consultancy, her continuous perseverance in improving Academic Quality and Research Orientation, Building Global Interface, Developing Entrepreneurial Culture, Improving Corporate Linkage and Creating Performance Oriented Work Culture has facilitated GLBIMR in reinventing Management Education. During her current affiliation with GLBIMR since March, 2016, she has been associated actively with Institution Building, Academic Administration, Training, Research, Consultancy and International Collaborations.

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