SCMS Business School
From a humble beginning in 1976, when the School of Communication and Management Studies (SCMS) now known as SCMS Cochin School of Business was set up to conduct a correspondence course in Mass Communication and Journalism, it has today developed into a major brand in education under the brand name SCMS Group of Educational Institutions, Cochin , Kerala State in India. The uncanny ability of the Group to anticipate changes in the economy and identify opportunities for growth enabled its foray into management education on the cusp of liberalization of Indian economy in the 1990's and opening up of the engineering education for private self-financing sector in Kerala in 2001. The Group has since diversified in to Technology and Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Architecture, Polytechnics, Commerce and Psychology and has about a dozen Institutions established at different campuses.
The flagship programme of the Group , PGDM has won accolades and recognitions consistently over the years. The SCMS-COCHIN School of Business offering the PGDM programme (equivalent to MBA) is accredited by National Board of Accreditation , Govt. of India and ACBSP, USA and is ranked among best B.School in KeralaState of India. PGDM in General Management is the flagship programme of SCMS GROUP and is conducted at its main campus in the beautiful city of Kochi (formerly known as Cochin). The distinguishing features of the programme are its innovative curriculum, effective pedagogy and quality teaching. The programme is delivered by accomplished faculty, both national and international. They ensure that the programme is rigorous and stays contemporary, through lectures, case studies, role plays, field work and co-curricular activities. The faculty members at SCMS have rich industrial experience and academic expertise in all areas of specialisations and are committed to mentoring the students and transforming them into business leaders of tomorrow.
SCMS Cochin School of Business
The SCMS Cochin School of Business is part of the SCMS Group . The SCMS Group combines the following institutions:4
- SCMS Cochin School of Business
- SCMS School of Technology & Management
- SCMS School of Engineering& Technology
- SCMS School of Architecture
- SCMS College of Polytecnics
- SCMS Centre for Socio-Economic Research
- SCMS Institute for Bioscience & Biotech Research and Development
- SCMS School of Masscom Studies
- NORKA-SCMS Institute for Paramedical & Development Studies
- SCMS Water Institute
The university is located 19 km from Cochin airport and is well connected to the city. Signs and markings help students to find their way around the campus quickly. The housing programs on offer help students to find accommodation near the campus.5
City of Cochin
Kochi ([koˈtːʃi ] (listen)), also known as Cochin (/ˈkoʊtʃɪn/ KOH-chin), is a major port city on the south-west coast of India bordering the Laccadive Sea a part of the Arabian Sea. It is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala and is often referred to as Ernakulam. Kochi is the most densely populated city in Kerala. As of 2011, it has a corporation limit population of 677,381within an area of 94.88 km² and a total urban population of more than of 2.1 million within an area of 440 km², making it the largest and the most populous metropolitan area in Kerala. Kochi city is also part of the Greater Cochin region and is classified as a Tier-II city by the Government of India. The civic body that governs the city is the Kochi Municipal Corporation, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) and the Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA). [ Read on Kochi - Wikipedia ]
Kochi represents different things to different people. To many, it is an emerging cosmopolitan city with bustling life in the streets, the cinema halls, the shopping malls, and the skyscrapers; the commercial capital of the state, with a style statement different from the rest of the State - whether in clothes or lifestyle. To some others, Kochi is a place with deep roots in history and its streets exude an old-world charm; a place with beautiful monuments and a variety of linguistic and ethnic communities including Jews, Konkinis, Gujaratis and so on. Yet another group looks at Kochi as a thriving, expanding market, providing opportunities for growth and prosperity to all who knock at her doors. In short, Kochi offers a cocktail of modernity, old-world charm and a global outlook that, at the same time, facilitates continuity and change. For centuries, Kochi had been a main port city, not only of Kerala, but also of the Indian Peninsula.
Study period: Fall 2014/2015
Academic level: Master
“Major differences and challenges:
While Germans tend to be very straight-forward and belong to a low-context culture, Indians are the total opposite. They are more of a high-context culture which means they do not always mean what they say. Sometimes they may say “Yes, no problem”, however they have quite a few doubts. In contrast to us, they would not ask them right away though. On the other hand, Indians are very open-minded and curious and bombard you with questions in the beginning. Don’t get irritated by some of their questions. I was often asked whether I was married (I am 27 years old right now). In India, still, most marriages are arranged and all my female classmates would get married soon after graduation from college. Most girls are married by the age of 25 then.
Whenever I visited friends, I also got to meet their family and neighbors. Indians host guests very divinely and are proud to have you as a guest. You will always be offered chai (tea) or even food. It is considered rude to deny drinks/food when being offered them. Especially in the South of India, people eat with their right hand as the left hand is considered impure/dirty […]. Always wash your hand before and after having food and never use your left hand – not even for ripping apart the bread, if possible. Food in general plays an important role. The first thing my friends usually asked me when they met me was “Did you have your food?” instead of “How are you?”
Indians are very respectful towards elder or superiors who are ranked higher in terms of hierarchy. Also, the educational system in India is not aimed at working independently very much. People are used to be spoon-fed. They generally tend to need clear and precise instructions.”
1 Photo from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KeralaFlood000045.jpg (last access: 19.07.20)
2 Photo from: https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Kochi_India.jpg (last access: 19.07.20)
3 https://www.scms.edu.in/about/#one (last access: 08.11.20)
4 https://www.scmsgroup.org (last access: 08.11.2020)
5 https://www.scms.edu.in/activities/ (last access: 08.11.20)
6 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochi_(Indien) (last access: 19.07.20)
7 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indien#Klima (last access: 19.07.20)