Discussion started where I introduced myself as coordinator from PR Cell and how back in the days of PGP05 there was no other committee except from Student council and Placement Committee. We went on to discuss the range of topics from college campus looked like back in the days of PGP05 to relevance of IT as domain for MBA students. Find the excerpts below:
PR Cell: At your time this campus barely came into existence so for someone from say PGP05, 02 it would be difficult to connect to IIMK (in terms of what it is now)
Sandeep: Yeah I know, we were here for 3 months so for us it is still relevant, the campus
PR Cell: So for someone like us, do you think something can be done to bring earlier batches PGP01-05 in sync with this campus?
Sandeep: So what happened three four years back PGP03 people came down and that was a good initiative. So if you can catch some of those guys, maybe they can bring in their batch mates. This would be a good way to start. I know they cannot connect but still would love to see the campus. PGP03 managed to get 43 of their batch mates to Nostalgia.
PR Cell: This is something we can put across to Alumni Committee and see how it works
Sandeep: Absolutely. Make them feel important can body will come
PR Cell: And for you especially how does it feel to come back?
Sandeep: For me it is really really close, I fell ill and this Institute gave me a chance to complete my studies. So that is why I have very strong feeling about IIMK. Whenever IIMK asks I do come.
PR Cell: I noticed that you are pursuing your PHD, how did this shift to learning happen ?
Sandeep : So what happened is , I do some courses here I take EPGP courses here , Mathew Sir then suggested me why don’t you do a PHD then. It was his push that this will be helpful. What happens is that in industry we tend to loose connect with the academia. Why do I come here? It’s a Darwin’s theory that you guys are better evolved thus the kind of questions you ask, we get ideas from that.
PR Cell: Moving on a different question now, most of us come from IT/tech background and kind of work that you do would require a lot of tech know how. So do you think that MBA prepares you for such roles?
Sandeep: if you go to hard core technical field there are people with strong technical aptitude who will offer resistance. So same thing happened with me. What I did I put extra efforts learning it. It may not be coding that I am expected to do but still I need to have a basic sense of it. Of course in an MBA program we are not looking to make them technocrats, even the courses that we have in here give you a basic idea of it. At least if you get the logic right you can survive.
PR Cell : It is said MBA is going to evolve in next few years, is this technical integration that is being talked about ?
Sandeep : Yes, There is a lot that is coming in technology, Cloud, Machine learning etc . So we need to appreciate technology. You need not write code but you need to know how IOT is going to solve your problem, generate sales for you then you are ok to go. These latest trends should be incorporated in the course curriculum.
PR Cell: How was brand IIM K evolved over the years?
Sandeep : IIMK as a brand has done really well for itself. Only problem is now it has stagnated. Reason could be that we are publicising ourselves in a fashion that we should. We have the business museum. No other B-school has that. We should it our advantage. Now MBA is a foreign concept but globalising Indian Thought. Who would have thought we could bring in Indian perspective to it.
PR Cell: Well Sir it was a great discussion that we had, any message for newer batch that has joined the institute ?
Sandeep : Have high hopes but don’t expect something as high as strategy roles. It takes time for that. Utilise your time well here and make the best of it.
This interview was part of a series conducted by Public Relations Committee, IIM Kozhikode ( Interviews arranged by Alumni Committee of IIM Kozhikode ) as a part of Alumni Interaction done in the month of July, 2017