S P Jain conducted the 3rd and 4th editions of the Annual HR conclave in Dubai and Singapore respectively

Watch the video here: HR Conclave: How important is innovation in HR?

The Annual HR conclave saw participation of eminent HR practitioners from across the 2 regions to share their valuable insights on the challenges faced by HR professionals in the 21st century The theme of the conclave was “Succeeding in the Talent Economy of the 21st Century” which focused on the role of HR Managers in turning the tide by applying innovative approaches to motivate, engage and retain talent. Top-notch faces such as Dr. Abdulla Al Karam (Chairman, Board of Directors and Director General, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai), Ms.. Suha Haroun (Regional Sales and HR Director, Bayt.com, Dubai), Mr. Julian Persaud (Managing Director – Google, South East Asia), Au Yuen Keng (Asia Regional HR Director of Becton Dickinson), and Aileen Tan (Group HR Director of the Singtel Group) among others, opined on “Retention and Motivation Strategies for the Workplace of the Future”. The talks that followed unearthed experiential instances from the minds of the speakers that made the topics so much more interesting and informative.

Peppered with experience-rich knowledge gained by years of interaction with the best in the industry were brief talks by Mr. Nitish Jain, President of the School; Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Director of Industry Interface Program; Prof. Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance and Director, Student Life, Dubai campus; Professor Christopher Abraham, Head – Dubai Campus and Senior Vice President, S P Jain School of Global Management.

Overall, a day spent understanding the nuances of HR practices and the challenges faced by the industry in the 21st century.

S P Jain students battle at, The Inter-University Debate Competition: Cross-Fire

On the 19th February 2014, the MGB and GMBA students from S P Jain’s Dubai campus, participated in the 14th ‘Cross-Fire’ Debate competition hosted by the Skyline University College, Sharjah.

Inter-University Debate Competition

This annual event is one of the most highly rated inter-college debate challenges of the region. The other participating universities were BITS Pilani, Manipal University, Middlesex University, AUS and the University of Wollongong, Dubai.

The topic was one of the most debated ones till date – Social Media and its effects: Boon or Bane? The lively and thought-provoking debates covered every aspect of the topic. The issues discussed in the debate ranged from social media as a platform for spreading awareness to its contribution to melancholy in the life of young people.

The judging panel included several influential personalities such as Malavika Vardhan, Breakfast Show presenter of the popular radio station RJ-101.6 FM, Lokesh Dharmani, RJ and Film Critic of the same station, one8one’s own editor, Sofia, Dr. Mary John, a renowned psychologist and Peter Davos, Founder and Managing Director of Carian College Advisors.

All participants put up a tough fight and presented remarkable ideas for a grueling period of three hours. The opportunity turned out to be a pleasant experience which was quite enriching in terms of networking with other colleges’ students. Students interacted with the judges also and bagged satisfactory feedbacks on their performances.

Source: ‘CROSS-FIRE’: THE INTER-UNIVERSITY DEBATE COMPETITION

Yakult Drink

The Scholastic side of a Delicious Home Treat

On a tranquil Thursday afternoon, a mere nine days after the beginning of a brand new year, S P Jain’s BBA class of 2017 sat restlessly in their last class of the day, keen to start the activities that lay ahead. The moment the clock signalled the end of class, we rushed as a cohort outside the door in order to prepare ourselves for a trip to Singapore’s Yakult Factory. A few minutes later, we were as ready as we would ever be, and boarded the buses that would take us to our destination.

Yakult Drink

We were greeted by our Yakult experts, Ms Chin and Mr. Wong at the front desk, along with an amazing giant sized model of a Yakult bottle. More embarrassing as it is to admit, a lot of our attention was focused more on the model than on the guide as evidenced by the numerous photos each one of us had with it. After introductions had been made, limbs stretched out, and pictures taken, we made our way towards their lecture hall where we were each given a complimentary bottle of Yakult.

As we listened to the presentation by Mr. Wong, we enjoyed our free, healthy, not to mention delicious drink. We learnt that Yakult is a premium probiotic cultured milk drink that contains the specially cultivated beneficial bacteria known as Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (l.casei strain Shirota). Each little bottle of Yakult is packed with more than 10 billion l.casei strain Shirota, enough to replenish the friendly bacteria in your digestive system.

S P Jain Students at Yakult

Only Yakult contains l.casei strain Shirota, the unique probiotic strain specially developed by the founder, Dr. Minoru Shirotato ensure safety from over a thousand types of harmful bacteria. Not only was the drink delightful, it prevented as much sicknesses as regular check-ups to the doctor! Once the presentation was over, we were shown around the factory’s more technological areas.

Touring the area, we were greeted by many astounding sights. Huge metal vats of cultured milk, flavourings and even bacteria were stored within easy reach. This area is cleaned and decontaminated every two hours in order to ensure the cleanliness of the produce. Afterwards, we encountered the bottling process coupled with the packaging procedures, both of which were extremely fascinating, almost mystifying to watch. The whole manufacturing process was made accessible and we managed to get a bird’s-eye view of it.

S P Jain's Students at Yakult

Despite our evident pleasure in being able to view such a remarkable process, our trip had to come to an end due to time constraints. However, we did not leave empty handed. As we left the factory, our minds where bursting with inspiration. The fact that such a small drink could make such a colossal difference to our systems wasn’t something anyone could easily forget. We would not be forgetting this visit anytime soon, after all, a few of us did end up making several purchases in order to take the tasty treat back home with us. Thank you student life for organising this factory visit, it helped us understand the business and marketing aspects of a successful company like Yakult!

Source: S P Jain School of Global Management

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore

Singapore has attained a status of being one of the most developed places across the globe. After its independence in 1965, Singapore has transformed itself heavily on becoming one of the forefront leaders in manufacturing industry and in parallel developed world class large public housing estates and investing heavily on public infrastructure and education with a sustainable model to have its economy grow at 9% on an average.

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore

But as B-School graduates, we try to be inquisitive and ponder about how a nation has attained such a tremendous scale of growth and who are the visionaries behind its transformation?

To answer all this, S P Jain’s Student Life organised a visit to the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore), on the 23rd of December 2013. URA were the pioneers who were instrumental in developing a ring of new satellite towns which would be separated by Green spaces, parks and open spaces. The Concept Plan included industrial estates along with public transportation, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which would connect towns.

Gradually progressing with their concept plan, there were many world famous structures like the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay arts centre, the Supreme Court of Singapore, the new National Library, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the Singapore Flyer that were created and conceptualised as one of the best iconic structures around the world. Even with this amount of scaling, the URA department has built a business model that has ensured a sustainable city of distinction through planning and optimisation of both their land and sea resources-incorporating social, environmental and economic considerations.

As B-School graduates, project management and execution is one of the key factors that one learns in their course and the transformation of Singapore is the best example of a well-structured and executed project keeping in mind both the long term implications and the short term requirements thereby maintaining an optimal balance between development and sustainability and ensuring that their local identity is protected.

A fruitful learning journey and an opportunity to immerse ourselves into Singapore’s many challenges and how Singapore transformed itself from a fishing port to a cosmopolitan city within a short period of time.

Sources: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore

S P Jain student playing golf

S P Jain students played Golf

Friday, 11th November, 2013: In the dynamic world of business, it’s all play and show. One game that helps people network is golf. It’s no secret that golf is a widely accepted venue for conducting business and forwarding relationships. A recent research by Starwood Hotel shows an interesting role of golf for business, and thus business students:

  • 97% executives view golf with a business associate as a way to establish a close relationship
  • 92% use golf as a way to make business contacts.
  • More than 50 % say there is no better way, to get to know associates and clients. The second best way is a business meal.
  • 45 % say clients are more likely to give you their business if you golf together.
  • 43% executives say some of their biggest deals have been made or started on the golf course.
  • 59 % believe that the way a person plays golf is the way he or she behaves in business.
  • 67 % respondents say that a person who cheats at golf would probably cheat in business.
  • 92 % say people stressed at work would get more relief if they golfed.

S P Jain student playing golf

S P Jain’s Student Life in Singapore arranged an unforgettable out of class activity for the MGB and GMBA September 13 students, a Golf Clinic, to appreciate golf and golf etiquettes at JT Golf Academy under guidance of Mr. Johari Suboh and Mr. John Tan, award winning golf teaching professionals.

During the intensive 3 hour training session, we were exposed to various golf rules, use of different golf club and their significance, how to make a proper swing and maintaining the right posture, golf etiquettes, and some golf jargons.

The session started with the showcase of a giant automated washer which cleaned the golf balls and stocked the golf ball vending machines!

After that, real golf training started. Reaching the practice range, each of us was provided with a golf practice mat and golf club No. 7. Learning to swing at perfection on the first day was a long shot, but many budding golfers got close! A team of 2 trainers helped us personally with the swings, posture, and helped develop their game. The large open practice range allowed a range of 300m where S P  Jain golfers achieved 150m, 30m above the average range of golf club 7!

After practicing at the range for the first few hours and being completely exhausted, all of us were taken to a classroom where they were explained various nomenclatures used in golf for scoring from ‘birdie’ to ‘eagle’ to par’ in each hole to names of different areas of a golf course. We also learnt about the ‘Handicap’ calculation, a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential playing ability based on the tees played for a given course (past golfing experience) and its implication for creating a fair game.

The session ended with Mr Johari explaining importance of business golf and its advantage, persuading each student to learn golf as a tool for business. The session left us with a better understanding of golf and a bent of mind towards learning this great game. But again, golf isn’t everybody’s game. It required a lot of practice and commitment. Just like business!

Sources: S P Jain School of Global Management

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