16 Jul 2020 19:49 IST

JKBS welcomes PGDM batch of 2020-22

Foundation programme kicks off with virtual campus walkthrough, talks by faculty and industry leaders

Ensuring that students don’t miss out on the campus life in the new academic year, JK Business School (JKBS) kicked off their Foundation Program 2020 via Google Meet as a part of their online orientation programme. While the world is engaged in doing everything online, JKBS added a bit of tangibility to the affair through an on-campus walkthrough by the JKBS team led by Prof (Dr) Sanjiv Marwah, Director, JK Business School.

The Foundation Programme 2020 started off with a welcome message by Prof Marwah, who warmly welcomed the new students and wished them luck for their new journey on behalf of the JKBS family. As a part of the welcome speech he emphasised that “technology is nothing less than a blessing in this time of Covid-19 and apps like Google classrooms, G-suite, WhatsApp, etc., are playing a vital role in keeping learning afloat in a fruitful manner.”

After the welcome address and introduction of the faculty, Brig (Dr) Ajay Mehta, Registrar, JK Business School, gave a tour of the whole campus in order to acclimatise new students into the campus structure and give them a peek into their upcoming academic journey. The Foundation Programme 2020 concluded with a special session by Prof Hitesh Manocha (an IIM alumnus and Faculty at JKBS) on how to be a smart manager. During these sessions, the students were given an introduction to college life, the learning outcomes and the curriculum. They even had an opportunity to connect with their batchmates.

Skills in a range of areas

The student introduction session was led by Prof. Supriya Sehgal, Registrar, JK Business School; she also helped the students break the ice by organising various management games, in which the students participated with high energy. She also answered their queries, no matter big or small, regarding the curriculum, teaching methodologies, and dorm-life.

The new incoming batches at JKBS undergo Buniyad, a two-part programme that includes Pre-Foundation and Foundation modules. The Pre-Foundation Program is a 50-day online programme delivered through Google Classroom that aims to strengthen the base of the students of the upcoming batch before they start their PGDM on-campus. This programme helps students to cover the basics of business management in Accountancy, Statistics, Economics, Economic Environment, and also some basic computing skills. It also focuses on interpersonal skill enrichment by skill and personality development sessions.

These sessions are conducted by qualified and experienced JKBS faculty, industry leaders, philanthropists, motivational speakers, and technology front-runners. These help the students stay abreast of current industry trends.

Larger purpose

Prof Marwah said: “The Foundation Programme plays a significant role in a student’s transition to college life. With the whole world is going through a tough time amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is our foremost duty to keep our students safe without compromising with the learning. The Pre-Foundation and Foundation Programmes aim at familiarising the students to the campus life, the study environment, our faculty, and the infrastructure. Giving them self-confidence and exposing them to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration proves to be a great benefit for the students as they enter the campus for their management education.”