The process of getting international exposure to cross-cultural requirements coupled with latest learning skills requisite for getting industry-ready is paramount in today’s world for the B-School students. This has been necessitated because of shrinkage in geographical limits.Besides, this need of international exposure has also become important due to the industry getting new dimensions on its scale and innovativeness on various fronts. Typical operations of industry in the new world order are either converging into new nomenclatures or getting new titles and ingredients into them. It will be far more difficult to absorb the orthodoxically churned out students from B-Schools and stay competitive as well. Getting hands-on experiments with requisite skills though using the basic fundaments or principles of management would be highly desirable. Thus any B-School that provides such platform to the management students will become a hot-cake learning centre – location immaterial. North Carolina University, USA launched its project-based learning program named X-Culture in 2010 by permitting the students across the globe to participate in it. Students, during the course of these projects are allotted with live projects from the industry from different countries. They are distributed in small teams of 6-8 participants wherein each one of them hails from different country and background. These projects are then concurrently evaluated by the team of experts from the industry and academia to ensure result-oriented output at the end of 10-12 weeks of rigorous inputs. To be part of this International program and project-based learning, 58 MBA students from Navsahyadri Group of Institutes, Faculty of Management – MBA, Pune took active part in the same. And 30 of them having completed and submitted their projects have been awarded with the International Certificates.Thus a matter of great pride for our MBA students. These X-culture certificates were given away by Dr. K S Charak, Director of the institute. Course Design There is quality training and competitions among participants in X- culture.Every semester, thousands of students and professionals from over 40 countries take part in the X-Culture competition. For several months, they work together on business projects presented by corporate partners The students work in international teams with peers from around the world. They solve real-life problems presented by real-life companies.
  • In the process, they learn about other countries and cultures, learn how to collaborate online and work as a team.
  • They compete, collaborate, learn the challenges and best practices of international business consulting
  • Weekly report and progress are verified and even evaluated by group members
  • Group members used various means of communications to communicate effectively such as skype, whatsapp individually as well as in conference.
  • Time zones and language though a barrier but effectively overridden by using various means of communication.
  • There is theoretical Training  of4 weeks which consist the following contents.
    • Cross-cultural communication.
    • Problem solving in teams.
    • Team leadership.
    • Online collaboration tools.
    • The art of writing winning business proposals.
    • Plagiarism and academic referencing.
    • The basics of International Business.
  • There is practical training  of8 weeks which consist the following contents.
    • The trainees are placed in international teams.
    • 6 people per team, each in a different country.
    • Real companies present real international business challenges.
    • Real time zones, real cultural differences.
    • All communication areonline and in English.
    • Live webinars with the client CEOs.
  • There are Post-Project Reflection of 4 weeks
    • Trainees present their work at an online teleconference.
    • Trainees receive X-Culture International Business Certificates and Recommendation letters.
    • Best students are invited to the X-Culture Symposium.
Problem / Case structure:
  • Companies present their business challenges
  • Thousands of amateurs and professionals develop their solutions
  • It’s like sending armies of ants in every possible direction: if there is something good for your business out there, they will find it and bring it to you
  • The best ideas come from where you expect them least

Benefits for Trainees

1.    International experience-Complete a project in a team where each team member is from a different country.
2.    Business consulting experience-Solve a real business challenge for a real client company.
3.    Expand professional network-Meet company CEOs, university professors, and professional peers from around the world.
4.    New knowledge and skills-Training in cross-cultural communication, online collaboration tools, international business, business writing and presentation, and more.
5.    Cultural intelligence-A documented significant improvement in cultural intelligence from before to after the project.
6.    X-Culture Certificate and Recommendation Letter-You learn and grow. We provide a documented proof.
7.    Stronger resume and improved chances of a new starts-X-Culture experience makes you a much stronger applicant for a stipend or job.
Navsahyadri Group of Institutes (NESGI), Naigaon, Nasrapur, Pune has a rich tradition of pursuing excellence and has continually reinvented itself in terms of academic programs, research, infrastructure and industry collaborations. This has time and again been emphasized by Shri P N Suke, President, Navsahyadri Education Society to minimize the gap between the academia and industry to ensure high standards of professionalism in all walks of life. With this vision NESGI organized Faculty Development  Programme entitled “Importance of New Pedagogy at Graduate Level Programs”. Dr. K.S.Charak, Director, MBA & MCA department said that  Navsahyadri Group of Institutes always endeavour to upgrade and enhance the skill sets of faculty in their respective domains. The Corporate Social Responsibility which the institute are bound with impels them not to be self-centred on this front but also engage the faculty from the bachelors’ colleges for larger societal upliftment as far as imparting the education is concerned. Thus enabling them to stay abreast with latest learning and teaching methodologies. This will help them churning out better and industry-desired workforce in return. With this thought in mind, NESGI’s Faculty of Management – MBA organised Faculty Development Programme 2018 The broad objectives of the programme were:
  1. To bring together faculty members from various undergraduate colleges and various streams for network building
  2. To have a discussion on continuous upgradation of faculty in changing scenario.
  3. Industry expectation from graduate students.
  4. To get various inputs from the expert on faculty development through API and performance appraisal at institute level.
  5. To discuss the different pedagogy for teaching – leaning process.
  6. To know the importance of value added / certification courses that will helpful for the students in their placement activity.
FDP was divided in two sessions. The first session was taken by Dr. Ashutosh Misal, Director, Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management Studies on the topic “Need for Continuous Upgradation of Faculty in Changing Scenario”. Dr. Misal highlighted the students’ perceptions about the various courses at graduate level and examination preparations. He said Ph. D degree and research work done by the faculty members should not be mere eligibility norms for promotions. There should be genuine research work for the upliftment of the society. If we expect global competition  from our students, we as a faculty should enhance and upgrade our knowledge and technical skill. There should be interesting teaching- learning methods to be adopted and used by the faculty in the class. While working in the education system one should accept the ownership and then make efforts to accomplish the objectives. The second session was a panel discussion on the topic “Industry Expectation from Graduate Students.” Panel members were 1) Mr. Sandeep Phuke, Head HR, KPIT Pune, 2) Dr. T. N. Salve, Principal, Annasaheb Magar College Otur, 3) Mr. Santosh Joshi, Sr. Manager – HR, Tube Investment India Ltd, Pune and 4 ) Moderator – Mr.Avinash Pawar renowned faculty member. During the panel discussion various issues have taken up by panel members. Why there is gap between rural and urban students .The importance of the certification courses for students. Why there is a gap between  industry expectations and skill sets of student and How the students will be prepared for the industry at graduate level programs . These are some questions raised and discussed by the faculty members and panel members. During the valedictory session, the Director of MBA & MCA, Dr. K. S. Charak said we as faculty members should take the entire responsibility for self development and students development. Ofcourse students will have different background but we need to bring them at some common and competitive platforms through various teaching pedagogies and offering them various value addition certification programs in their particular domain. When there are great institutions such as IIMs, IITs favour new and innovative courses and programmes for student and faculty development, why we at our institute are not taking initiative for the same? At the end of the programme Dr. Charak expressed all the thanks to the participants and panel experts.
Navsahyadri Group of Institutes (NESGI), Naigaon, Nasrapur, Pune has a rich tradition of pursuing excellence and has continually reinvented itself in terms of academic programs, research, infrastructure and industry collaborations. This has time and again been emphasized by Shri P N Suke, President, Navsahyadri Education Society to minimize the gap between the academia and industry to ensure high standards of professionalism in all walks of life. With this vision NESGI organized its 3rd HR Meet, “Need for Enhancing Skills for Industry 4.0” on 8th Sep. 2018, wherein over 55 HR managers, industry veterans, business leaders, academicians, entrepreneurs from different industry in the region including few selected students participated in the event. The HR Meet was organized under the umbrella of Industry 4.0. The Key Note in the Meet was delivered by Mr. Nitesh Singh, Director, Cloud Operations in Silicus Technology pvt. ltd., Pune, IT Park Aundh. He is also an author of a book called “Transform Yourself from Individual Contributor to Group Leader”.  Mr. Nitesh Singh emphasized his 5-mantras on “How to Convert Your Organization to Great Place of Work”. The mantras are:
  1. Set up platform for 2 way communication;
  2. Build 2 way trust between management and your employee’s;
  3. Put an effective employee’s career development framework in place;
  4. Benchmark each team/organization goals against the goals of a top performing organization of your business domain;
  5. Make reward and recognition a special thing but be lavish in giving it to justified people.
2nd session of the HR Meet was a panel discussion on “Skill Development vrs Skill Enhancement” wherein the panelist were from Industry and Academia. They were Mr. Vijay Chandras, Factory Head, Superpaint Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Rohit Ghosh, Founder Director, The Pedagogy and Dr. R. J. Patil, Principal, Faculty of Engineering. Panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Rohan Deliwala, Sr. Manager, VolksWagen. While each panelist expressed his views on the questions thrown by the moderator, the industry participants in the audience also actively participated and generated enough heat in the entire discussion as each question was also floated open to get more views.  Following major issues were debated in the panel discussion:
  1. What do organizations struggle for ‘Hard Skills’ or ‘Soft Skills’ ?
  2. What gives more stress to Organization ‘Skill Development’ or ‘Skill Enhancement’?
  3. Which has better ROI ‘Skill Development’ or ‘Skill Enhancement’?
  4. How can value chain be improved?
  5. Should skill development be pushed back to Academia or to stay with industry?
  6. How can Industry- Academia collaborate for skill development so that organization can improve ROI?
  7. How can Industry- Academia collaborate for skill development ?
  8. Top issues faced by Industry for skilling?
    1. Entry level
    2. Middle Management
    3. Management
    4. Where can Academia help industry to solve it’s problems?
Entire discussion on the topic culminated into a very healthy and mutually inclusive debate wherein both the industry and academia agreed and resolved to the following points:
  1. More such interactions are needed on regular frequency
  2. To make it more effective and scalable, sector-wise meeting to be organised
  3. Students from the Navsahyadri Group to be involved in industry to undertake live projects
  4. Joint committees between the industry and Navsahyadri to be formed to achieve bigger objectives bridging the gap between the industry and academia on various fronts
  5. Industry groomed students from the Navsahyadri to be absorbed by the neighboring companies on the preferential basis
  6. MDPs on various subjects/ topics for industry to be organized in the Campus of Navsahyadri
Dr. K S Charak, Director, Faculty of Management, Navsahyadri Group of Institutes and coordinator of the program summarized the event and proposed the vote of thanks for all speakers and participants from the Industry and Academia.

Navsahyadri Institute organized Induction Program – i.Induct 4.0 for MBA students

Navsahyadri Group of Institutes, Faculty of Management –MBA is organizing an Induction Program for MBA students from 6th to 9th August 2018.

The Industrial world has become, demanding and they demand the young blood to be proactive and prepared as per the need of the market. Keeping this in the mind, Dr. K.S. Charak, Director has decided to keep i.Induct 4.0 as the theme of the induction program

Mr. Raja Kharadkar, an Industrialist was the chief guest, Dr. Shripad Shingwekar,  Group Head, HR and Admin,  Maruti Suzuki India ltd. was the guest of honour for the Inaugural Session.

Shri. P. N. Suke,  President, Navsahyadri Group, Mr. Rohan Deliwala, Sr. Manager,   Volkswagen, Mr. Rohit Ghosh,  Sr. Coach and Consultant, Mr. Anand Itraj,  Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Dr. R.J. Patil, Principal, Engineering Department were the dignitaries present at the session.

Dr. Kuldip S Charak welcomed and felicitated the guests. On this occasion Dr. Charak highlighted about comparative analysis and future growth scope of MBA vs. MBA+. Mr. Raja Kharadkar explained that Managers think of present and Leaders think of future. Leaders are visionary and “Lead from the Front”. Shri P.N. Suke notified the students that Industry stands on Quality, Consistency and Commitment.  Dr. Shripad Shingwekar shared 10 mantras of successful career.

Post inaugural session Mr. Mahesh M., CEO, Ishanya has addressed the students on importance of Quality, Communication and Presentation in corporate world.

Mr. Rohan Deliwala expressed the importance of communication in corporate life, whereas Mr. Rohit Ghosh did the decoding of MBA+.

Day2 started with management games and followed by a session of Mr. Neeraj Madhekar, Group Executive Vice President, Yes bank. He addressed the students on ground realities in corporate world. Mrs. Shivangi Datir, HR Consultant has conducted MBTI Psychometric test of the students.

The Program was conceptualized by Dr. Kuldip Charak and supported by the faculty members.

5th National Conference ‘Quest – 2018’ “Skilling India & Entrepreneurship Development” on 7th & 8th February 2018

1 Inaugural session Navsahyadari Group of Institutes – Faculty of Management has organized 5th national conference Quest 2018 on 7th & 8th February 2018. In last 4 years, Navsahayadri Institute has put all the hard efforts in not only highlighting the contemporary Issues of Business world but also, with the help of experts, panelists, researchers and paper presenters tried to discuss brainstorm and bring out the solution for the situations. To continue with the tradition, the theme of the National conference was “Skilling India & Entrepreneurship Development” Dr. Kuldip S. Charak, Director, Navsahyadri MBA & Conference Chairman has delivered the welcome address. During his address, he highlighted the importance of the theme & requirement of Skilling India & Entrepreneurship for the development of the nation. Chief Guest, Mr. Tomio Isogai, Ex Managing Director of Sharp India Ltd., Keynote Speaker, Mr. Gajanan Umarekar, Sr. Manager, Cognizant Business Consulting, Guests of Honour Dr. K.S. Anandram, Senior Director, International School of Business & Research, Bengaluru, Dr. Parag Kalkar, Director, Sinhgad Institute of Management, Pune, Mrs. Sayali Suke, Vice President, Navsahyadri Education Society & Hon. Shri P.N. Suke, President, Navsahyadri Education Society graced the Inaugural Session. Prof. (Dr.) Satish Sharma, Director General & Professor, Maharaja Group of Colleges, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Dr. Anand Dadas, Director, Neville Wadia Institute of Management Studies & Research, Pune. Dr. Sanjay Dharmadhikari, Director, Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management, Talegaon, Pune, Dr. Devidas B. Bharati, Director, Rajgad Institute of Management Research and Development, Pune, Dr. Tanaji Salve, Principal, DEA’s Shankarrao Bhelke College, Nasarapur, Dr. L. K. Tripathy, Director, Global Business School & Reseach Centre & Dean, Faculty of Management, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Tathawade, Pune, Dr. Rudra Rameshwar, Professor, L. M. Thapar School of Management, (Thapar University, Patiala), Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Principal, SP College Jejuri, Founder Director, Vidya Pratishthan Art, Science & Commerce College, Baramati had chaired the various Plenary Sessions. Dr. Amrik Singh, CEO, Satya Group of Institutes, Faridabad, Haryana, Dr. Preeti M. Kulkarni, Director, Navjeevan Institute of Management, Nasik, Dr. Rupesh J Patil, Principal, Navshayadri Group of Institutes – College of Engineering had chaired the Technical Session. Chairman, Dr. E.B. Khedkar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ajinkya D.Y. Patil University, Pune & Co-chairman, Dr. Ripu R. Sinha, Professor, S.S. Jain Subodh, P.G. Autonomous College, Jaipur, Director General at Asia Africa Development Council has graced the Valedictory Session. Various participants, paper presenters and paper publishers from different parts of the country were present during these 2 days of National Conference.