Chairman, SCMS Group
SCMS had its beginning in 1976 when it started School of Communication and Management Studies, its first academic institution to offer PG Diplomas in Public Relations, Advertising and Journalism. It was also the first self financing institution in the State. SCMS has since established a set of professional institutions which have become centre of excellence in the field of professional and technical education.
The first business school, which has come up in the private sector in the State, was also promoted by SCMS Group of Educational Institutions under the name as SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES in the year 1992. This Business School has grown to be one of the top global business schools in India with national (NBA – INDIA) and international (ACBSP – USA) Accreditations. It also received ISO Certification in 2001. Equivalence with MBA was yet another recognition it received from the Association of Indian Universities, Govt. of India as the programe offered at SCMS was a two year full time programme on par with MBA.
The Business School, which was rechristened as SCMS COCHIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS in 2012, got globally linked through IS:link, a network of premier Universities world over, thereby providing international learning experience to our students for gaining better employability in a global economy. University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg-Weingarten Germany, a prestigious University in Germany, entered into a collaborative agreement with our Group for regular faculty and students exchange and joint research. University of Hyogo, Japan, had signed an agreement to send their MBA students to attend classes in SCMS COCHIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.
The business school ranking agencies in India, particularly the leading media groups, have ranked SCMS as one among the best 25 business schools from among 4350 b. schools in the country. Right from the beginning it has been No.1 in Kerala. The School has received several national and international awards for excellence in leadership development, entrepreneurship and such other areas of great significance for corporate houses. It also received the covetable OMAC Global Award for perfection and performance. Yet another feather to its cap was the Medal of Excellence received in the prestigious International Business Plan Competition conducted by the North Carolina Central University of USA. SCMS has firmed up its global business school status by establishing academic tie-ups with 7 leading business schools in the world including business schools of La Trobe University of Australia, Chonnam National University of S.Korea, University of Applied Economics of Switzerland, University of Manchester, UK and North Carolina Central University. They collaborate in developing state-of-the-art curriculum, teaching methodology and for students and faculty exchange.
Today SCMS COCHIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS is one of the best known Business Schools in India. It is a Consultant to Asian Development Bank and possesses Honorary Membership in the Association of Business Schools of UK.
SCMS Group has started a business school offering MBA programme of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in the year 2003. This school maintains the same standard, quality and professionalism as the SCMS COCHIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. Both business schools aim at a total transformation of students as globally competent potential professional executives. With 100% placement the SCMS Group has set a standard for business education in the country. This institution has three more Divisions. One Division runs an MCA programme and another, four M.Sc. programmes in frontier areas of biotechnology. The third Division offers a B.Com. programme
This is one of the first engineering colleges in Kerala in the private self financing sector established in the year 2001. As in the case of business schools SCMS Group Management was keen to maintain high quality and standard in this technology institution also. This commitment of the Group made it one among the best 60 engineering colleges in India in surveys conducted by national magazines like The Outlook and The Week. Becoming one among the best 60 engineering colleges is a remarkable achievement when we consider that India has 4800 engineering colleges. This engineering college is today one of the largest technology institutions in the State with a student strength of more than 3200.
This biotechnology research institution, started in the year 2007, is a major initiative of SCMS Group in a frontier area of science. It has obtained several patents and published more than 20 research based articles in refereed journals of global reputation and acceptance. It has developed several new products including biofuel from coconut oil and diabetic tea from Stevia powder. It is recognised by the Science and Technology Department of the Govt. of India and approved by the Kerala University of Health & Allied Sciences. It also has affiliation of Mysore University. Several students pursue research for taking Doctorate in biotechnology area at this institute. The SCMS School of Technology & Management, our MBA institution is offering 4 M.Sc. programmes in frontier areas of Biotechnology in association with the Biotechnology Research Division of the Group. The M.Sc. programmes offered are in the areas of Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, Genomics & Proteomics, Toxicology and Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering. SCMS is the only institution in India which offers these programmes and our students are in great demand in the biopharma industry and also in the medical science area as researchers and academics.
We decided to expand our activities by establishing institutions in other locations including Bangalore and London. In Bangalore, SCMS is establishing SCMS School of Engineering & Technology and SCMS Bangalore School of Business. In London, a Business School affiliated to a leading University of UK is being established. Both these institutions will become operational in 2015.
Another dream project of SCMS Group is the SCMS Academic Complex within the Smart City Campus at Cochin. A Play School to Higher Secondary School, an Engineering College, a Business School and a High Technology Training Institute are planned in this Complex. It will be operational in the year 2015.
SCMS is marching forward not only in increasing the number of institutions but also in ensuring its role as a leader in the field of professional and technical education. We are sure the day is not far off when we will become a University of excellence.Dr.G.P.C.Nayar Chairman, SCMS Group