Business Management Education, which is considered by many experts as a practitioner’s science. It is in this context that the pedagogy of the SAL Institute of Management has been crafted. It provides for a pleasing blend of theory and learning experiences to enhance knowledge, competency and skill in managing not just an enterprise, but life as well.
The Learning Pedagogy of SIMS consists of the following:
Class Room Lectures:
Class room lectures to help build a foundation for the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. In SIMS, we believe that classroom lectures are best delivered as a dialogue rather than a monologue. Class participation is extremely important as it assumes that the ability to think is everyone’s prerogative. Also, no teacher should assume that every student has understood everything, and questioning is a healthy aspect of learning.
Case Studies/Group Discussions:
Case Studies and Group discussions are crucial to the pedagogy of Business Management. A well-written case on a particular issue brings out a real life management situation alive in the classroom. Good participation from the students and proper handling of the student by the faculty bring about an excellent learning experience for the class.
Understanding the current scenario on any subject is a critical component in finding solutions to management problems. In today’s age of information overload, there are many secondary sources from where information can be obtained. These range from library resources such as books and online databases, to various published sources of information that is available for a fee or even free over the internet. The ability to identify, search and sift through these vast sources of information is an important competency in management education.
Sometimes information through secondary sources may not be available, and subsequently the student should be able to conduct an empirical study through field work and obtain the relevant data to resolve the management problem at hand. Understanding how to state the problem, identify the methodology, to conduct the field work and analyze the results is an essentially desired ability to enable students to face real challenges.
Working with talented and accomplished peers provides a unique opportunity for accelerated professional and personal growth. Projects are an interesting way to enhance learning, whether done individually or through a group. The student can choose a project on his own, or faculty member may assign a project. Projects could entail primary or secondary research, or both. Industry participation in a project greatly enhances the value of the project and the learning experience for the student
Internships in industry:
There is hardly an MBA College or MBA Institute that does not insist on internships with industry as part of its curriculum. Internship is normally done within the summer break between the first and second years of a 2-year program. This varies in a period between 6-8 weeks. Our plan is to work for an extended period for better gains and consequently proper mentoring mechanisms are being put into place. Students avail these internships in organizations of their choice, which could be located anywhere in the country or even abroad.
The purpose of this SIP is to broaden the student’s perspective by providing actual exposures to real life organizational and environmental situation. SIP bridges the gap between the academic process and the actual requirement of the corporate world. In fact, SIP would help students to identify how to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations. Through SIP, students will get a glimpse of the corporate world and help them understand the organizational environment much better.
Short term study visits are organized by faculty depending upon the needs of a particular course. Thus, a study visit to an Advertising Agency, a Printing Press and much more could be part of the Integrated Marketing Communications course. These would not be usually more than a day or two.
Screening of Videos, Films and Plays:
Screening of Videos, Films and Plays is another important tool to develop creative appreciation and ability of the students. These are used extensively in courses in Communication, Innovation, Presentation Skills workshops and much more.
Student Activities (clubs in Functional & Placement Cell):
Students are encouraged to set up clubs in the functional areas such as Finance, Marketing, OB/HR, Information Technology, etc. Students would not just manage it under a faculty guide but would set the Charter as well as design the activities of the Club. These activities could include Book Readings, Guest Lectures Quizzes, film screenings, and much more.
Students will also handle all placement related activities along with a faculty member, thereby availing a firsthand chance to develop, utilize and test their managerial skills.