JKBS: Implanting Global Vision in Students for Business
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Educational Institutes often mirror the trends of a changing society. They are bestowed with the task of preparing generations after generations of workforce and citizens who will carry forward the reins of the society. As such, they must foresee, understand, and adapt to changes that time, technology and reforms bring with it.

Educational Institutes need to empower students with new knowledge, skills, attitudes, mindsets, and values that the economy demands amidst the advent and influx of information technology and new emerging models of business. Gurgaon, India based JK Business School (JKBS) is one premier institute that understands the need for human resources that help organizations evolve, innovate, and stay relevant.

Promoted in 2006 by Late Shri Govind Hari Singhania, vice-chairman of JK Organization (estb.1888)–one of the oldest business conglomerates in the country–JKBS has established a national reputation as a premier private B-school that nurtures and develops industry-ready, socially and environmentally conscious graduates.

The Institute

Backed by 130+ years of business legacy and experience of the pioneer JK Group, JKBS is an industry anchored business school that focuses on innovation and global orientation while also training students to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens. Keeping with the founder’s vision, education is JKBS is geared towards developing the latent potential in every student at four levels – intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

JKBS’ aesthetically landscaped 10.2 acres ‘green’ campus features energy-efficient buildings built with eco-friendly building material and an excellent water harvesting system. To enable practical hands-on learning and cutting-edge research, JKBS hosts contemporary academic facilities including High-Speed Internet Leased Line, Wifi enabled campus, G Suite for education, Moodle LMS, and ICT enabled classrooms, a well-cataloged knowledge resource center, etc. The campus also hosts a state-of-the-art gym, a trendy cafeteria, secure in-campus residential facility, among others.

Exhibiting Academic Quality

JKBS’ flagship PGDM course is delivered as a rigorous practical training program. The curriculum is carefully designed with inputs from industry veterans thus enabling the institute to churn out industry-ready graduates who are readily recruited by some of the leading MNCs in the country.

JKBS has been at the forefront of introducing futuristic courses and disciplines such as Supply Chain and Logistics, Business Analytics and Digital Marketing to prepare students for the rapidly evolving and increasingly volatile workplace of the 21st century. It was one of the first B-schools to offer a Business Analytics specialization across diverse verticals.

Moreover, as a part of the international exchange program, JKBS students have completed their credit courses in emerging disciplines such as supply chain, logistics, business analytics, international marketing, and global economics from reputed foreign universities including the Wroclaw University (Poland), University of British Columbia (Canada) and California State University (USA).

JKBS also has several firsts to its credit. Among them: first ‘green’ B-school in India planned under the expert guidance of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Pune; first in the country to conduct online classes using Google Suite software; first in north India to offer IIMBx certification to its PGDM students, and the first in Gurgaon to set up an AIMA Business simulation lab ‘AIMA Bizlab’ on campus.

A Visionary Leader

Dr. Sanjiv Marwah is the Director of JK Business School. He has held leadership positions in academics and corporate for the last three decades. An expert in the area of Strategic Management and Customer Retention, Prof Marwah has authored many research papers, articles, presented and published in various National and International conferences. He is a member of the Strategic Management Forum, an IIM consortium supported organization. He has conducted many international Management Development Programme(s) for the academicians and corporate executives.

Prof. Marwah has been closely associated with Sauder School of Business (University in Vancouver, British Columbia), Lincolnshire and Humberside University, U.K., Thames Valley University, U.K., Singapore Management University, Kathmandu School of Management, California State University and Philadelphia University, USA. He was invited to speak at the prestigious Debate at Oxford University on September 27, 2019.

He is the founder Editor of a refereed journal. He has published a coursebook on ‘Research Methodology’ and a textbook on ‘Project Management’ distributed by Wiley. He has also edited a research-based book for Academic Leaders on “Leadership & Management”.

Dr. Marwah’s commitment to engagement in campus activities is unwavering. His influence is visible in several initiatives that have become the hallmark of the JKBS campus. The Digital Campus Initiative mobilized by him has effectively led to a paperless campus. His green initiatives go beyond reducing wastage of paper in the form of Green Credit offered to students for their eco-friendly efforts. Groups of students plant trees and nurture them during their time on the campus. In return, they get credits for their commitment to a greener planet. From the introduction of the concept of cryptocurrency through actual hands-on experience where students are given the money to invest to entrepreneurship cell, digital programs to green drives, Dr. Marwah’s presence inspires and empowers students to themselves be leaders our world needs tomorrow.

Beyond Academics – Holistic Growth

Academics and a great curriculum alone do not make a world leader that JKBS aspires to carve out of each student. Several other programs are run to ensure the overall development of students. Key among them is

Leadership Talk – Top CEOs & the Founders are invited under Online Leadership Talk to discuss their success journey for the students targeting to become a successful entrepreneur. Following the vibrant umbrella of the international corporate world, some of the notable orators till mid-May 2020 have been Mr. Chetan Sharma – Founder CEO & Editorial Director, India Ahead News, Mr. Rajiv Bajaj – Chairman, Bajaj Capital Ltd., Mr. Mukesh Haritash – Jt. Managing Director, Chetak Logistics, Mr. Vipul Praksah – Co-Founder of HUM (The People), Mr. Amit Gupta – CEO Stealth, Mr, Rupak Bhattacharya – Chef & Founder, Elixir Kitchen (New Jersey, USA), Mr. Vipul Soota – President, The Learning Enablers.

Corporate Academia Interface (Guest Lectures) – Some of the topmost industry professionals, conduct interactive sessions that help students to plan career goals, and prepare a course of action as per the situation and market needs.

JK-GHS Incubation Centre – JKBS’ entrepreneurship cell ‘Trigun’ houses a 12,000 sq. ft. JK- Govind Hari Singhania (JK-GHS) Incubation Centre to nurture and develop entrepreneurial talent and to promote innovative and high-impact social, educational, and commercial ventures. The distinguishing features of the JK-GHS Incubation Centre are its pool of strong business/technology mentors, industry experience of over 130 years, faculty guides, and office support services.

Mentees in the incubation center are guided by industry and academic experts from leading organizations and top-ranked institutions including IIM Ahmedabad and Columbia Business School. JKBS has also conducted 20 entrepreneurship awareness/training programs over the last three years.

Nirmaan (Alumni Club) – The strong alumni connection is one of the major pillars of success of any institute. JKBS proudly stands with its wide plethora of 16 year’s legacy. Crossing the boundaries of the subcontinent, the ex-students are widely spread across the globe while working with different multinational companies. The alumni club of the college “Nirmaan” has provided a platform to its old intrinsic members to come across with their thought-provoking ideas.

Research focus – JKBS students are engaged in pioneering research in the areas of business analytics, supply chain and logistics, service innovation, and brand management. Besides, JKBS faculty and students regularly publish research papers in journals of national and international repute. Regular workshops are conducted to train students in ethical and academic writing.

Putting Knowledge into Practice

JKBS boasts a consistent track record of excellent placements with 13 batches of its PGDM graduates working at senior management positions in blue-chip companies across the globe such as E&Y, Quatrro, Future Group, Byjus, Decathlon, Safe Express, Bajaj Capital, NIIT, HDFC Bank, Britannia, Force, Bry Air, AIS, Amex, among others.

One of the key focus areas of JKBS’ Training & Placement department also known as the Department of Corporate Resource Centre is grooming students’ presentation and communication skills. As part of their grooming, PGDM students are offered Program Objective Assessment Board’s evaluation to prepare them for mock interviews, GDPI, resume writing, and public speaking throughout their two years at JKBS.

The Future is Here

Covid-19 has accelerated the digital initiatives of JK Business School and brought it to the forefront of leadership roles in business education. The institute is also offering training and exposure in futuristic technologies like Fintech, Block chain technology, Artificial Intelligence etc. It has already started with Online CV Preparation, Video Introduction, Online Group Discussions, Live Projects, etc to keep this academic year on track as it would be without the pandemic. Its model is widely emulated in other business schools. “The blended learning model is undeniably the way forward and we expect extended reality and teleporting to further improve the learning experience.,” concludes the management team at JKBS.

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