Dr. Raghu Raman, Chairman, Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore delivered a special address at the release of The Hindu Business Line- MBAUniverse.com B-school Ranking 2016 in Bengaluru on December 4, 2015.
Given below are excerpts from his address.
“Hardly a day goes by without one coming across a report arguing which is more important: softskills or hardskills. I feel there is no definite answer to this. Both are important. Now the question really is how we instil both of these in our students.”
“Little effort is made to go beyond the routine soft-skills curriculum. There’s the usual communication platform such as group discussions and mock interviews, but the curriculum should include aspects such as empathy, passion, spirituality and happiness too.”
“To address this skill gap, we launched the Amrita Live-in-Labs, an experiential learning program, which has been designed to allow our students to develop and learn these skills.”
The program aims to expose youth to problems faced by rural communities in India. “Unless we give our students an opportunity to live and serve in villages they would never be able to imbibe lessons in compassion and the need to be humane,” he explained.
India’s biggest annual MBA career meet, the HBL-MBAUniverse.com MBA Careers Conference, is an annual MBAUniverse.com platform to showcase cutting-edge industry practices and highlight corporate expectations from MBAs. The conference was divided into three sessions, viz., Careers in customer-facing Businesses: Changing Expectations from MBA Graduates, Careers in Consulting & IT/ITES sector: Skill-sets, Career Path & Expectation and Candid Talk with HR Leaders: The ‘Real’ Success Mantras at Work, each focusing on a different aspect of MBA placements, giving opportunity for MBA community to understand the HR perspective to plan their careers. Each session highlighted the placement scenario, expectations and future opportunities for MBA graduates.
Dr Raghu Raman shared his wealth of experience to unravel the ‘real’ on-job success mantras at ‘Candid Talk with HR Leaders: The ‘Real’ Success Mantras at Work’ session.