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Integrated Managerial Learning Programme – IMLP

Report - 2020 - 2021

Introduction

IMLP is a students’ learning forum that supplements the classroom process by intellectually challenging and engaging the students on many dimensions of experiential learning. The platform for IMLP is the stage on which we give slots for different teams within which they need to showcase their presentation skills for the co-curricular task assigned to them.

Through this process, students improve and hone their communication skills while learning to give and take as team members to ensure that a mature performance is delivered. Students realize that team effort plays a critical part in delivering the topic for the day in front of a panel of expert judges who give constructive feedback to the students on stage. A panel of faculty and student judges is also enlisted to give useful feedback to students thereby fostering their critical thinking and emotional skills.

The experiential assignments keep varying from term to term but the fundamental proposition is to discover each student’s true potential and to rise to the occasion. With access to faculty members and mentors for consultation, we empower students to deliver different themes in a creative style with the messages clearly resonating to the student audience as learning for the day. Contemporary themes are presented that link educational content learned in the classroom to the practical knowledge.

Formats for presentation range from role plays of corporate boardroom discussions to the format of a big fight debate to interactive audience involvement sessions with quizzes of newspaper editorials on key issues. With every passing year, the students have invented new formats like the musical narrative format akin to the folklore traditions of yesteryear.

Method

IMLP for the academic year 2020-2021 was conducted online due to the COVID-19 situation, except for 3 rounds in March. Google Meet and Zoom platform was used for the smooth conducting of the program.

Every round is initially brainstormed by the student coordinators and an outline is formed, which is then discussed with the faculty coordinators. After a few meetings and discussions, the round is decided upon. Once the round is fixed, the student coordinators frame the rules and regulations for the round and the same is communicated to the faculty coordinator. Once the rules and regulations are approved, it is communicated through an official mail to the students and faculty members.

According to the round, the rules and regulations are briefed to mentor group leaders by the student coordinators. Teams for every week are picked on a random basis by picking lots on camera with the mentor group leaders.

On the day of the round being conducted, the student coordinators assign roles among themselves such as being the host, timer, keeping a check on the score etc. The round being by the coordinators giving a brief idea about the round and the rules.

The teams are judged by the faculty members on the basis of evaluation criteria and individual feedback on how to improve is given to the students.

While IMLP was conducted on campus, student judges were also involved, to foster critical thinking and communication skills.

IMLP has had a huge impact on the students in being able to boost confidence in presenting in front of a crowd and enabling students to improve themselves.

IMLP has had a huge impact on the students in being able to boost confidence in presenting in front of a crowd and enabling students to improve themselves.

A detailed overview about IMLP was given to the students of PGDM Batch 29 on 13/08/2020.

Format for Academic year 2020 -2021

This academic year, the format of the IMLP program was thoroughly revised in order to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Adaptation to the online platform
  2. Progressive increase in the gradient of difficulty with each succeeding round
  3. Increasing the overall improvement in students’ presentation skills, quick thinking and spontaneous communication skills, critical thinking skills, developing entrepreneurial mindset and general awareness etc.
  4. Sustaining student enthusiasm and motivation in participation in the IMLP session till the end of the academic year.
Round 1 – TEAM LAUNCH - Pre-recorded video

Students were asked to make a video with the following contents:   Name chosen for the Mentor group, Logo, tagline, Introduction of members of the group, each member’s innate strengths and how they plan to contribute to the group. The videos were uploaded on a YouTube site and played in google meet where the judges gave their comments and suggestions for improvement

The criteria for evaluation were the logic and creativity in choice of the name, logo, and tagline. Clarity of expression, voice modulation, grooming, adhering to timelines were also being considered while evaluating and giving comments. To motivate students a social media post was put up with the winners of the round.

Round 2 – PRESENTATION through google meet

Mentor Groups were required to make a presentation through google meet. Topics given for presentation were relevant business-related ones, for example - Covid19 induced changes in business practices, Corporate Social responsibility, and Leadership lessons from Women Mangers etc.

The criteria for evaluation were content (research based), presentation style, clarity in communication, voice modulation, adherence to timing, and grooming.

Round 3 – DEBATE

Mentor groups were split into two groups and each sub-group had to debate on a given topic with another mentor sub-group. The round was conducted through google meet. The aim was to develop quick thinking and spontaneous speaking skills among students. It was also to ensure that students don’t read from the screen and speak up. 

The main criterion for evaluation was the substance/content of the argument (research-based arguments put forward by the teams supported by facts and figures from authentic sources). The structure and clarity (of argument), cross-examination and rebuttal, grooming, adherence to time etc. were also considered for marking.

Publishing of results in a timely manner was ensured for all the rounds. Students’ feedback was also taken for the rounds and changes were incorporated accordingly

Round 4 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS (to improve critical thinking skills)

Each mentor group was divided into two sub-groups. A total of 34 teams contested in this round. Two sub groups (from different mentor groups) were given an opportunity to present their perspective on the randomly selected case study. Teams had to analyse the case study and find solutions to the problems. 

The evaluation criteria were Problem Identification, Depth of Analysis with theoretical linkage, Solution suggested /feasibility of solution, presentation Style, adherence to time/Grooming. Each team member had a time limit of 2 mins.  

Round 5 BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATION (to improve entrepreneurial interests and skills)

Two mentor groups were given one sector (e-commerce, education, health, tourism etc.) and asked to present their individual Business plans pertaining to that sector.

The evaluation criteria were Opportunity Identification, Marketing Plan, Operational & legal feasibility, Financial Feasibility and quality of presentation. The comments given by the judges and mentors helped the students improve their holistic view of Business.

Round 6 – Business QUIZ (to improve general awareness and competitive skills)

The quiz consisted of 3 rounds in total. The first round, general quiz, with 10 questions for each team and 10 seconds given to answer a question. The second round, picture round, with 10 questions for each team and 10 seconds given to answer a question. The third round, Rapid Fire, 10 questions and 7 seconds to answer a question. All the team members will have to be on camera throughout the quiz. Once a member answers, they’ll not be allowed to do it again. This is to ensure active participation.

COORDINATORS

Faculty Coordinators
  1. Mr. Pradeep K V
  2. Ms. Manju Meenakshy
  3. Dr. Joby Joy
Student Coordinators
SL. NoNAMEFK ID
1 Arun Nandakumar FK-3484
2 Minu Salila FK-3556
3 Ajith Janardhanan FK-3480
4 Ashima Sivan FK-3528
5 Alex Varghese FK-3542
6 Shivani R Menon FK-3522
7 Anette Josetta Sequeira FK-3460
8 Ansa Joseph FK-3545
9 Selvin Sebastian FK-3598

ROUND DETAILS

1ST Round - Team launch

Each mentor group was expected to make a video after a discussion with their respective mentors.

  • Following are the requirements for the video:
    Contents:
    • Name chosen for the Mentor group
    • Logo
    • Tagline
    • Introduction of members of the group.
    • Each members’ innate strengths and how they plan to contribute to the group.
  • Time limit: 5 minutes for the entire video.
  • Evaluation: IMLP focuses on student improvement and fosters learning through comments given by the evaluators. The criteria for evaluation were the logic and creativity in the choice of the name, logo, and tagline. Clarity of expression, voice modulation, and grooming will also be considered while evaluating.
  • The motive of this activity was to give a chance to the students to get to know each other since classes were online.
  • The record videos were uploaded on YouTube and presented on 27/08/2020 and 02/09/2020.

MENTOR GROUPS and LOGOS

1. Arcobaleno

Mentor – Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran

2. Beavers

Mentor –Ms. Anjali A

3. Dice

Mentor – Dr. K Balasubramanian

4. Endeavour

Mentor – Ms. Divya M.O.

5. Esperer

Mentor – Ms. Manju Meenakshy

6. Fortune 700

Mentor – Dr. Sheena K

7. Golden Hawks

Mentor – Mr. Praveen Madhavan

8. Gryffindor

Mentor – Mr. Pradeep K.V

9. Igniters

Mentor – Dr. Joby Joy

10. Invictus

Mentor – Dr. Meera M.S.

11. Mavens

Mentor – Ms. Priya S

12. Mavericks

Mentor – Ms. Jisha J

13. Pragya

Mentor – Ms. Priya Jagadeesh

14. Resurrectors

Mentor – Prof. Cherian Varghese

15. Sashakth

Mentor – Dr. Simmy Kurian

16. Synergists

Mentor – Prof. Cherian Peter

17. Trojan Horses

Mentor – Dr. Lishin M Joshy

Results of Team Launch

The top five teams on the basis of scores given by the judges as per the criteria mentioned.

  1. Endeavour
  2. Dice
  3. Trojan Horse
  4. Synergist
  5. Arcobaleno
 
 

The top teams were appreciated through social media posts to encourage participants to put in their best

2nd Round - Online live presentation

Teams will be presenting each week on a topic related to a given theme. This round will be online live through google meet.

  • Each team had a time limit of 10 minutes.
  • The criteria for evaluation were the content, presentation style, clarity in communication, voice modulation, adherence to timing, and grooming.
The first week of online presentation - 10/09/2020
  • TOPIC - COVID-19 induced changes in business practices
  • Judges - Dr. Anil Kumar K, Ms. Divya M.O.
  • Teams for the week:
    • Synergist
    • Invictus
    • Arcobaleno
    • Mavericks

The second week of online presentation - 17/09/2020
  • Topic - Leveraging Social Media for Business Growth
  • Judges - Prof. Cherian Peter, Ms. Anjali A
  • Teams for the week
    • Gryffindors
    • Sashakth
    • Pragya
    • Golden Hawks
The third week of online presentation - 24/09/2020
  • Topic - Corporate social responsibility
  • Judges - Dr. Jose Mammen, Dr. Simmy Kurian
  • Teams for the week
    • Resurrectors
    • Ignitors
    • Esperer
    • Dice
The fourth week of online presentation - 15/10/2020
  • Topic - Leadership lessons for women managers
  • Judges - Mr. Praveen Madhavan, Ms. Jisha J
  • Teams for the week
    • Trojan Horses
    • Fortune 700
    • Endeavour
    • Beavers

Results

The top performers of Round II on the basis marks scored. One top performer was selected from each topic.

SL. NoTeam Name
1 Team Synergists
2 Team Gryffindor
3 Team Dice
4 Team Trojan Horses
3rd Round - Debate

This round aimed to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills among students. This round was conducted online live through google meet.

Rules of Debate

The rules and regulations of the debate were as follows:
  • Each mentor group will be divided into two teams. A total of 34 teams will debate among themselves. The debating teams will be chosen on the basis of a lottery system. No two debating teams will be from the same mentor group.
  • Each team member has a time limit of 2 mins.
  • Each team should ensure that the first speaker will give an introduction along with his/her points of argument and the last speaker should give the conclusion along with his/her points.
  • Be respectful of your fellow debaters, using inappropriate language or other misconduct will lead to disqualification.
  • Speakers should not be reading their points from a paper or the computer screen. Cue cards for reference of facts and figures can be used if necessary.
  • Focus is on the substance/content of the argument. Marks will be mainly awarded for the research-based arguments put forward by the teams
  • Facts and figures should be from authentic sources.
  • The evaluation will be based on Organization and clarity (of argument), Use of cross-examination and rebuttal, Presentation Style, evidence, adherence to time.
  • Usage of media, PowerPoint presentations or any other formats will not be entertained.
  • The results of the debate round will be communicated as grades. The top grades will be announced after each week's IMLP session.
  • Time will not be shown on screen, instead, it will be communicated through the chatbox.
The first round of Debate - 22/10/2020

Judges - Dr. Lishin M Joshy, Ms. Anjali A

TEAM AFFIRMATIVETEAM NEGATIVETOPIC
ENDEAVOUR(A) PRAGYA(B) Controversy as a marketing strategy - Does it work?
ENDEAVOUR(B) SYNERGISTS(B) Banning Chinese products, a Viable option?
IGNITORS(A) MAVERICKS(A) Corporate Social Responsibility - Is it a genuine effort?
ESPERER(A) PRAGYA(A) Is technology rising unemployment rates?

Results of the round -

TeamGrade
PRAGYA(A) A+
ENDEAVOUR(B) A
SYNERGISTS(B) A
IGNITORS(A) A
ESPERER(A) A
The second round of Debate - 29/10/2020

Judge - Ms. Divya M.O.

TEAM AFFIRMATIVETEAM NEGATIVETOPIC
GRYFFINDORS(A)/td> MAVENS(B) Consumer Satisfaction should be achieved at any cost
TROJAN HORSES(B) SASHAKTH(B) Media freedom - there should be a limit
INVICTUS(A) SYNERGISTS(A) CRM software’s result in loss of customer privacy
MAVERICKS(B) FORTUNE 700(A) Nepotism in the workplace is acceptable
DICE(A) GOLDEN HAWKS(A) Open book exams are better than closed book exams

Results of the round -

TeamGrade
Trojan Horses (B) A
ENDEAVOUR(B) A
Sashakth (B) A
The third round of Debate - 05/11/2020

Judges - Prof. Cherian Peter, Dr. Bijith George Abraham

TEAM AFFIRMATIVETEAM NEGATIVETOPIC
ARCOBALENO(B) FORTUNE 700(B) E-learning is better than regular classroom learning
BEAVERS(B) RESURRECTORS(B) Inheritors make better CEOs than professional executives
GOLDEN HAWKS(B) MAVENS(A) A Republican President (USA) is a better choice for India
BEAVERS(A) SASHAKTH(A) Employees who work from home are more productive.

Results of the round -

None of the teams scored A/A+.

The fourth round of Debate – 03/12/2020

Judges – Dr. Sheena K, Ms. Priya S

TEAM AFFIRMATIVETEAM NEGATIVETOPIC
DICE(B) GRYFFINDORS(B) Neuralink Technology will pose a significant threat to the future of Human race
INVICTUS(B) ESPERER(B) Privatization of railways (in India) is a good move
RESURRECTORS(A) IGNITORS(B) India is ready for a Cashless Economy (cashless transactions)
ARCOBALENO(A) TROJAN HORSES(A) Social Media is negatively affecting the mental health of the youth

Results of the round -

TeamGrade
Trojan Horses (B) A
Sashakth (B) A

4th Round – Case Study Analysis

In this round, the aim was to find solutions to the case studies with the use of lessons learnt in the class. Students had to analyze various problems related to Human Resource, Finance, Operations and Marketing.

CASE STUDY ROUND - RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Each mentor group will be divided into two groups. A total of 34 teams will be contesting in this round. Two subgroups (from different mentor groups) will be given an opportunity to present their perspective on the randomly selected case study. 
  • Teams will have to analyse the case study and find the solutions to the problems. 
  • The case analysis will be evaluated based on criteria like Problem Identification, Depth of Analysis with theoretical linkage, Solution suggested /feasibility of the solution, Presentation Style, adherence to time/Grooming.
  • Each team member has a time limit of 2 mins.  
  • Business scenarios will be given in advance to teams.  
  • Reading out will not be entertained.
The first round of case study – 17/12/2020

Judges – Mr. Praveen Madhavan, Prof. Cherian Varghese

First TeamSecond TeamCase Study
FORTUNE 700 (B) SASHAKTH (B) 1
BEAVERS (B) ARCABALENO (B) 2
ARCABALENO (A) SYNERGIST (A) 5
INVICTUS (B) MAVENS (A) 3

Result of the round -

TeamGrade
FORTUNE 700(B) A+
SASHAKTH(B) A
SYNERGIST(A) A
BEAVERS(B) A
The second round of case study – 31/12/2020

Judges – Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran, Ms. Jisha J

First TeamSecond TeamCase Study
MAVENS(B) SYNERGISTS(B) 3
DICE(B) TROJAN HORSES(B) 5
IGNITORS(A) TROJAN HORSES(A) 4
ESPERORS(A) GOLDEN HAWKS(B) 1

Result of the round -

None of the teams scored A/A+

The third round of case study – 14/01/2021

Judges – Dr. Lishin M Joshy, Dr. Meera M.S

First TeamSecond TeamCase Study
GRYFFINDOR (A) ENDEAVOUR (A) 3
ENDEAVOUR (B) RESURRECTORS (B) 2
PRAGYA (B) GRYFFINDORS (B) 4
RESURRECTORS (A) IGNITORS (B) 5
MAVERICKS (B) FORTUNE 700 (A) 1

Result of the round -

TeamGrade
ENDEAVOUR (B) A
PRAGYA (B) A
The fourth round of case study – 21/01/2021

JJudges – Prof. Cherian Peter, Ms. Divya M.O.

First TeamSecond TeamCase Study
ESPERER(B) PRAGYA(A) 1
MAVERICKS(A) INVICTUS(A) 5
GOLDEN HAWKS(A) DICE(A) 2
SASHAKTH(A) BEAVERS(A) 4

Result of the round -

TeamGrade
INVICTUS (A) A

5th Round – BUSINESS PLAN ROUND

The main aim of conducting this round was to create an entrepreneurial mind set in the students. Mentor groups were asked to present business idea based on particular industry allotted to them per week.

  • Each team had a time limit of 15 minutes.
  • The presentation will be evaluated based on criteria like Opportunity Identification, Marketing Plan, Operational & legal feasibility, Financial Feasibility and quality of presentation.
The first round of business plan – 28/01/2021 Industry – Health/Wellness
  • Industry – Health/Wellness
  • Judges – Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran, Ms. Priya Jagadeesh
  • Teams
    • Golden Hawks
    • Beavers
    • Invictus
The second round of business plan – 11/02/2021
  • Industry – FMCG
  • Judges – Dr. Anil Kumar K, Dr. Simmy Kurian
  • Teams
    • Ignitors
    • Esperor

The third round of business plan – 18/02/2021
  • Industry – Hotel Industry
  • Judges – Ms. Jisha J, Ms. Priya S
  • Teams
    • Synergist
    • Arcobaleno

As the Institution reopened, IMLP was conducted offline on campus. It was organized in the seminar hall every Thursday.

The fourth round of business plan – 25/03/2021
  • Industry – Education
  • Judges – Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran, Prof. Cherian Varghese
  • Teams
    • Mavericks
    • Mavens
The fifth round of business plan – 01/04/2021
  • Industry – Logistics
  • Judges – Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran, Dr. Lishin M Joshy
  • Teams
    • Pragya
    • Endeavour
The sixth round of business plan – 15/04/2021
  • Industry – Agriculture
  • Judges – Dr. Simmy Kurian, Mr. Praveen Madhavan
  • Teams
    • Fortune 700
    • Dice

Due to shift to online classes, IMLP was shifted back to the online platform.

The seventh round of business plan – 22/04/2021
  • Industry – Tourism Industry
  • JJudges – Dr. Meera M.S, Mr. Sudheer Sudhakaran
  • Teams
    • Trojan Horses
    • Gryffindor
The eighth round of business plan – 15/05/2021
  • Industry – E-commerce Industry
  • Judges – Ms. Priya S, Dr. K Balasubramanian
  • Teams
    • Sashakth
    • Resurrectors
Round 6 – Business QUIZ

This round was conducted with the purpose of creating awareness about contemporary business developments.

Conducted on 20/5/21, 27/5/21 and 3/6/21.

20/5/21 Winners

  1. Invictus
  2. Pragya

27/5/21 Winners

  1. Golden Hawks
  2. Esperer

3/6/21

  1. Sashakth
  2. Mavens

IMLP – On campus

Coordinators

Teams performing

Conclusion

As a part of IMLP, six different activities have been conducted. They are; Team launch, Online live presentation, Debate, Case Study Analysis, Business Plan Presentation and Quiz.

IMLP has helped students gain confidence and improve their communication skills as well. With online presentations, students have been keen on finding innovative ways to bring in the fun element.

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