Induction Report PGDM I Batch 2023-25
Day 1 (2nd August, 2023): The first day of the induction program was dedicated to entrepreneurship and the day was divided into two sessions. Session 1 was conducted by Mr. Soham and his team, and they explained the traits of an entrepreneur to the students through drama. One important key to success for entrepreneurship he shared with students was that an entrepreneur should have KSB -Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviour. Session 2 of Day 1 of the Induction Program for the 2023-25 Batch was a panel discussion on’ Venture Forward -Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs’ which comprised of Mr Deepak Karandikar, MD, Praditi Pressparts and President MCCIA, Mr Abhijit Joag, MD, Pratisaad Communications, Mr Rajesh Mandlik, CEO, Setco Spindles India Pvt Ltd, Mr. Vikas Bhatia, MD, Rieco Industries, Mr Sushil Mundada, Co-Founder, ExtraaEdge Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd and Ms Suhasini Kirloskar, Co-Founder, Marketaxis Consulting. The session was well received by the students who actively participated in both sessions.
Day 2 (3rd August, 2023): The day 2 of the induction program was divided in to three
session. The first session which was Campus Live session which offered invaluable insights
to the newly joined students. Some key takeaways from the event included IMDR’s holistic
learning experience, combining theoretical knowledge with practical exposure through
student committees, Engaging in internships, projects, and industry events can significantly
enhance one's skillset and career prospects, networking and building professional
relationships are essential for success in any field, embracing experiential learning and
developing analytical skills can open doors to diverse c4thareer opportunities.
The next session was a special session on Universal Human Values. The session aimed to explore the significance of human values in shaping individuals, societies, and the world at large. The speaker for this session was Prof. Pratik Potdar, an accomplished educator and Assistant Professor at IMDR®, Pune. Session 3 on the same day included introduction to committees. A session was conducted to introduce the various student-led committees that form an integral part of the vibrant campus life. These committees serve as pillars of our institution, fostering collaboration, leadership, and camaraderie among the students while promoting holistic development.
Day 3 (4th August 2023): On Day 3, IMDR has announced its 50th Year and unveiled the new
Vision and Mission of its institute. The Chief Guest of the event was IMDR Alumnus, Mr.
Abraham Thomas, CEO of Reliance Broadcast Network. The event was graced by the
presence of Dr. Sharad Kunte , Chairman , Council, GB , DES and Shri Mahesh Athavale ,
Chairman BOM DES,IMDR and member Council, GB DES. Abraham Thomas, CEO of
Reliance Broadcast Network, shared this lesson of life during his keynote address and
emphasized on the importance of aligning our goals with organizations vision mission and
culture, importance of processes, power of positivity, admiring things around appreciating
one's journey- learning and growing, asking relevant questions and necessity of soft skills,
hard skills and effective communication.
The next session on this day was to explain the new Vision and Mission. Prof Rasika Datar, Dr. Vipra Tiwari and Prof Pratik Potdar explained the detailed process of crafting the statements using inputs received from structured questionnaires and unstructured interviews with multiple stakeholders of the institution.
The session on Neuro Linguistic programing has been organised by IMDR in PGDM Induction Program 2023-24. The speaker was Ms Ridhima Dua , NLP Trainer and Founder of iFlame Consulting Pune . Her expertise and passion for NLP were evident throughout the entire session. Her ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and relatable manner made the learning experience enjoyable and easy to grasp.
Day 4 (5th August, 2023): Day 4 of the induction program included 2 sessions. The first session, the talent hunt took centre stage on the fourth day of the induction program at the Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR). The primary objective was to provide a robust platform for emerging artists, performers, and innovators to unveil their unique skills, fostering recognition and appreciation within the IMDR community. The Yaarathon Band Performance, presented by the Yaarathon Group, illuminated the stage with an electrifying musical experience that left a lasting impact on the audience. Beyond the enthralling melodies, the event carried a profound message concerning mental health and empowerment. Reverend Dr. Joyson Cherian, Founder of PERIF, joined forces with the Yaarathon team to communicate a powerful message, weaving musical excellence with meaningful insights.
Day 5th (7 th August, 2023): The afternoon session on August 7, 2023 during the induction program for the PGDM Batch of 2023-25, held at the IMDR Auditorium, was marked by an insightful presentation on the concept of a Vision Board and its significance. Dr. Smita, a distinguished speaker and expert, commenced the session by delving into the core of what a Vision Board entails and its role in manifesting one's aspirations.
Day 6th (8th August, 2023): The morning session of Day 8 of the induction program for the PGDM Batch of 2023-25 at the IMDR Auditorium commenced with an insightful discussion focusing on the significance of effective presentation skills and the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in today's dynamic world, both on personal and professional fronts.
Day 7th (9th August, 2023): On August 09, 2023, the students of the Institute of Management
Development and Research (IMDR®), Pune embarked on a historical and cultural
exploration of Pune city, popularly known as Pune Darshan. The purpose of this tour was to
provide the students with an immersive experience of Pune's rich history and heritage, allowing them to connect with the city's past while capturing its essence through photographs. The tour covered several significant landmarks, including the Aga Khan Palace, National War Memorial, Shinde Chhatri, Shrimant Dagdusheth Temple, Lal Mahal, and Shaniwar Wada
Day 8th (10th August, 2023): Two Important sessions, on curriculum document and Gender sensitization and POSH Training were conducted on this day. A discussion on curriculum document took place on the 9th Day of the induction Program. Prof Pritha Ubgade oriented about the list of subjects for PGDM – I and the credit distribution throughout the program of PGDM. Dr Shikha Jain director IMDR explained the importance of publication of the research paper. She also guided that students should participate more in the extra-curricular activities and how it will be reflected in the mark sheet through credits. A detailed discussion on the value added program was conducted. In the second session on gender sensitization and POSH awareness act, Dr Deepa Paturkar, Principal of ILS Law College, guided students about the crucial topic of Sexual harassment. She also mentioned that from where this law was initiated and what all are the gray areas of Sexual Harassment.
Day 9th (11th August, 2023): 3 session were conducted on Day 9th of Induction program. The
first session by Mr Sachin Phanshikar. the Chief Operating Officer of Business Standard. Mr
Phashikar’s speech revolved around themes of personal development, leadership,
adaptability, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence. One of the key take aways from his
session included He shared three essential qualities for achieving success: determination,
perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. These qualities, when cultivated,
contribute to personal and professional growth.
The second session was management games which was conducted by Prof Gopa Das, in association wth Dr Suraj Kamble, Dr Sanmath Shetty, Prof Darshan Bagade and Prof Pritha Ubgade. The session included many fun-filled games for the students of PGDM – I andPGDM – II.
The third session of the day included an insightful event, centered around the theme of "Promoting Good Citizenship: Building Respectful Communities." The event took place as a part of the Anti-Ragging Week initiative, mandated by the Universities Grants Commission (UGC), and aimed at cultivating a sense of responsibility, respect, and diversity among the students. The session was conducted by Sandeep Karnik, the Joint Commissioner of Police for Pune City, graced the occasion as the keynote speaker. He emphasized the core value of good citizenship, highlighting the significance of respecting other cultures and embracing diversity.
In the same event. recognition of academic achievement, the rank holders of the PGDM Examinations held in April/May 2023 were felicitated during the event, showcasing their dedication and hard work.
One of the event's highlights was the release of a book titled 'Appreciating Organization’s Biggest Assets: Cases in Human Resource Management'. This book, authored by students of IMDR and expertly edited by Prof. Gopa Das, Dr. Sanmath Shetty, and Dr. Sonali Khurjekar, was released by the dignitaries including Ms. Nidhi Dhanjoo, the Chief HR of Praj Industries Pune. The book launch symbolized the commitment of the students towards academic excellence and practical knowledge in the field of human resource management.
Bridge Courses: During the induction program, bridge courses were offered to students with and intent to bridge the gap between a student's current knowledge and the prerequisites or expected level of understanding required for a particular course or program. It acts as a transition tool to help students transition smoothly from one academic level to another, especially when they might be lacking some foundational knowledge or skills.
Session were arranged for the students to give training on Basics of statistics, Basics of Accounting and introduction to Excel, by Dr Abhijeet Shivane, Dr Shruti Nagar and Prof Hrishikesh Khaladkar.
Report on Induction Program for PGDM II Batch 2022-24
2nd August, 2023
Aptitude Training & Sectoral Presentations
The first day of our Induction primarily focused on aptitude training which was taken by Mr. Prithviraj
Singh (KATEC Trainer), covering concepts such as Coding & Decoding (Conditional, Fictitious Language,
Substitute, and Visual Reasoning). We also had a brief session on Numerical/Quantitative Ability, including
Allegations & Mixtures and the Line Method.
In the second half, there were sectoral presentations. Students were assigned topics like the Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Sectors in India. These presentations aimed to enhance our knowledge across different domains.
3rd August, 2023
Group Discussions- Training
The second day focused on Group Discussions (GD) and Interview training which was taken by Mrs.
Saudamini Hade. We learned strategies to excel in GDs, including tips to avoid common mistakes and how
to present points concisely. Emphasis was placed on using Statistics & Data in GDs.
Mr. Eklavya Malhotra highlighted Business Etiquettes, sharing personal examples, and emphasized enhancing body language. An enriching experience overall
4th August, 2023
IMDR- Golden Jubilee
Mr. Abraham Thomas, the visionary CEO of Reliance Broadcast Network, graced the inaugural function
of Deccan Education Society’s Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR®) Golden
Jubilee Year. An alumnus himself, Mr. Thomas shared profound life lessons and wisdom that left us all in
"Be a good storyteller. It’s the most powerful tool for the promotion of ideas." This lesson resonated deeply as he reflected on his remarkable journey of over three decades in management. His words carried weight as he addressed the PGDM Batches of 2022-24 and 2023-25, reminding them to embrace soft skills, never shy away from asking questions, and nurture a powerful network. His emphasis on a positive mindset and the transformative power of failure truly struck a chord.
An adept corporate trainer specialized in Soft Skills & Interview training led a session on Teamwork. We were divided into teams and tasked with creating a fictional product. This activity included discussing business aspects like vision, mission, marketing, and value proposition. It improved our teamwork and provided insights into our collaborative dynamics
5th August, 2023
Session 1: - Talent Hunt
The event was an integral part of the induction program, aiming to infuse a sense of camaraderie and
admiration among the incoming students. The students' participation in the event was highly anticipated, as
offered a glimpse into the array of talents that contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the IMDR community.
The Talent Hunt event was a captivating display of student talents. The performances and showcases included
musical performances, dance routines, and poetry recitals.
The event left a lasting impact on both participants and attendees. Budding talents found themselves stepping into the limelight, gaining recognition and encouragement from their peers and mentors. The event's success was evidenced by the sense of pride exhibited by the participants and the engaged reactions from the audience.
Session 2: - Yaarathon Band
The Yaarathon Band Performance, presented by the Yaarathon Group, illuminated the stage with an
electrifying musical experience that left a lasting impact on the audience. Beyond the enthralling melodies,
the event carried a profound message concerning mental health and empowerment.
The Yaarathon Band Performance showcased a blend of exceptional talents that not only entertained but also served a higher purpose. The central theme of the event revolved around raising awareness about mental health, using the medium of music to convey messages of hope, empowerment, and camaraderie.
Rev. Dr. Joyson Cherian, Founder of PERIF underscored the importance of fostering meaningful friendships built on mutual support and care. The Yaarathon Band Performance transcended the boundaries of a typical musical event, weaving together melody, empowerment, and friendship into a seamless narrative. The event served as a reminder that music has the power to touch hearts, inspire minds, and spark positive change.
7th August, 2023
Psychometric Assessment & Corporate Etiquettes.
The day commenced with a supervised Psychometric Assessment by Ms. Sajiri Chidgupkar, including a
detailed explanation of the "DISC Assessment." We learned about personality attributes, question types,
and response patterns for each personality type.
Corporate Etiquettes were discussed, focusing on professional attire and conduct in a corporate setting.
The afternoon session covered Aptitude Training, delving into topics like Speed, Distance & Time, Venn Diagrams, Data Interpretation, and Data Sufficiency. This comprehensive session readied us for upcoming Aptitude Tests
8th August, 2023
We received guidance on mastering interviews effectively by Mr. Vedant Kulkarni. Key pointers included:
- 1. Enhance your Resume.
- 2. Thoroughly research the company and job profile.
- 3. Deliver a proper self-introduction.
- 4. Showcase strengths and address weaknesses.
- 5. Embrace continuous learning and skill development.
- 6. Prioritize grooming and etiquette.
- 7. Practice hypothetical questions.
- 8. Maintain relevance.
This was followed by Mock Interviews, featuring 6 Panel Members from diverse domains and 5 candidates for HR, Marketing, Finance, Operations, and International Trade roles.
We also learned from an Excel expert, gaining hands-on experience in using formulas, shortcuts, and unique features of Excel.
9th August, 2023
We had a session on Presentation Skills, which was taken by Mrs. Saudamini Hade, where we were given topics on the spot. With just 30 minutes to prepare, we grasped the significance of impactful presentations in the modern world
10th August, 2023
The day began with Sectoral Presentations evaluated by distinguished professionals like Mr.
Ashish Marathe & Mr. Dilip Randive.
Topics included E-Commerce, Energy sector, Infrastructure & more.
These presentations illuminated the current state of these sectors and their transformative impact on the economy.
Small Group Exercise -Internship experience
On August 10, 2023, a significant session was held at the Institute of Management Development and
Research (IMDR) for the students of DM-2. The primary purpose of this session was to provide a platform
for the students to share their enriching experiences from their six-month summer internships. The session
aimed to facilitate an exchange of insights between students, allowing them to highlight positive aspects,
learn from challenges, and gain a holistic understanding of their internship journey.
Students were organized into small groups, each facilitated by a dedicated faculty mentor. The students were instructed to condense their internship experiences into succinct summaries that encompassed essential points, such as key learnings, two positive aspects, and two negative aspects about the respective companies. The small group exercise on internship experiences proved to be a crucial and enjoyable endeavor for the students of DM-2. By offering a platform for knowledge sharing, reflection, and mentorship, the session facilitated personal growth and holistic learning. The exercise reinforced the notion that internships serve as pivotal stepping stones for students' professional journeys, equipping them with skills and insights necessary for success in the corporate world.
11th August, 2023
Event: Promoting Good Citizenship and Respectful Communities
The Deccan Education Society’s Institute of Management Development and Research hosted an insightful
event on the 11th of August 2023, centred around the theme of "Promoting Good Citizenship: Building
Sandeep Karnik, the Joint Commissioner of Police for Pune City, graced the occasion as the keynote speaker. He emphasized the core value of good citizenship, highlighting the significance of respecting other cultures and embracing diversity. Karnik emphasized that fostering these values is crucial for creating a harmonious society.
In recognition of academic achievement, the rank holders of the PGDM Examinations held in April/May 2023 were felicitated during the event, showcasing their dedication and hard work.
One of the event's highlights was the release of a book titled 'Appreciating Organization’s Biggest Assets: Cases in Human Resource Management'. This book, authored by students of IMDR and expertly edited by Prof. Gopa Das, Dr. Sanmath Shetty, and Dr. Sonali Khurjekar, was released by the dignitaries including Ms. Nidhi Dhanju, the Chief HR of Praj Industries Pune. The book launch symbolized the commitment of the students towards academic excellence and practical knowledge in the field of human resource management.
Dr. Sharad Kunte, Chairman of the Council and Governing Body of DES, presided over the function. He provided valuable guidance to the students, encouraging them to utilize their time productively, recognizing time as the most precious asset. Dr. Kunte emphasized that individual contributions should collectively lead to societal progress and the betterment of the community
The initial days of our induction were intensively focused on equipping us with a diverse set of skills and
knowledge essential for our professional growth. The training covered a wide array of areas including
aptitude, coding and decoding, numerical and quantitative abilities, sectoral insights, interview techniques,
teamwork, psychometric assessments, corporate etiquette, and presentation skills.
During these sessions, we delved into topics like coding and decoding, aptitude strategies, and effective teamwork. We also gained insights into the corporate world through sectoral presentations, enhancing our understanding of various industries such as Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, E-commerce, Energy, and Infrastructure.
Guidance on mastering interviews was provided, offering crucial insights into resume enhancement, selfintroduction, addressing strengths and weaknesses, continuous learning, and professional etiquette. Mock interviews further fine-tuned our interview skills, with diverse panel members evaluating candidates across various domains.
We also delved into the world of Excel, acquiring practical knowledge in formulas, shortcuts, and advanced features. Additionally, the importance of impactful presentations was emphasized, as we honed our ability to deliver compelling talks on short notice.
The induction culminated by sectoral presentations evaluated by seasoned professionals, providing us with a real-world perspective on industries shaping our economy.
In sum, these training days were meticulously designed to impart a well-rounded skill set, ensuring our readiness to thrive in diverse professional environments.
The college delivered comprehensive, industry-tailored training that prepared students for success in diverse sectors.
In addition to the training sessions the students of DM II also witnessed the historic moment of IMDR 50 years celebration. They also enjoyed the talent hunt program which built a sense of camaraderie with their juniors. Attending the session on Promoting Good Citizenship and Respectful Communities by JPC Shri Sandeep Karnik emphasized the core value of good citizenship, highlighting the significance of respecting other cultures and embracing diversity. One day of the Induction program was dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, using the medium of music to convey messages of hope, empowerment, and camaraderie through Yaarathon live band performance.
To conclude, the induction program for students has undeniably proven to be a pivotal stepping stone towards a transformative academic journey. Through a dynamic blend of informative sessions, interactive workshops, engaging activities, musical performances and insightful interactions with esteemed faculty and accomplished peers, the induction program has successfully achieved its objectives.