SPJIMR Mumbai: Autumn placement 2016 over; more companies attracted to innovative idea

| 02 September 2016 1128 IST

SPJIMR Autumn Placement 2016 for PGDM class of 2017 is over with 223 internship offers from 53 companies including international Fortune 500 MNCs
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Autumns projects are done in the second year post the specialisation courses and the 'Global Fast Track', which offers advanced courses in a top international university Prof. Abbasali Gabula, Deputy Director, External Relations

SPJIMR, Mumbai has announced wrapping up of another spectacular season of Autumn placements for the out-going PGDM Class of 2017. The Autumn placement 2016 has witnessed  223 internship offers for SPJIMR PGDM participants from 53 companies, which is a jump of 25 per cent over 2015 in the number of companies visiting the SPJIMR campus. The PGDM Class of 2017 has a total of 229 participants.

The Autumns Placements process is an SPJIMR innovation that enables recruiting companies to hire interns from a rich talent pool after the participants have completed specialisation courses followed by advanced courses in a global university and a six week-long internship with non-profits, mostly in rural India.

This enables SPJIMR participants to standout and be ready to serve a range of sectors in an economy that is opening up new opportunities in urban India and expanding fast in the rural markets.

29 new companies
SPJIMR has expanded corporate partnerships for its Autumns Placements process with 29 new companies coming on-board for campus placements this year. SPJIMR said that 35 per cent of the offers for the 2016 season were made by these new companies, signifying a never-before increase and diversification in the portfolio of recruiters.

International placements
This is the first year SPJIMR partnered with leading companies overseas, resulting in two PGDM participants getting offers for internships in international locations with Fortune 500 MNCs. SPJIMR said this was a modest beginning, following a series of initiatives taken over the last one year to strengthen global partnerships.

Higher stipend
The average stipend in 2016 was to the tune of INR 148,000 for the eight week period, a 20 per cent increase over 2015. Over 14 per cent of the PGDM batch will draw a stipend of over INR 200,000 for the eight week period of internship.

Top Recruiters
The top recruiters on campus came from diverse sectors like general management, FMCG, technology, financial services, investment banking, consulting and e-commerce, among others.

Some of the leading companies and groups hiring this season were Accenture Strategy, Amazon India, Asian Paints, Citibank India, Colgate Palmolive India, General Electric India, Godrej group, Hindustan Unilever, Mahindra Group Management Cadre, Microsoft India, Mondelez India Foods, Nestlé India, o3 Capital Advisors and Tata Administrative Services.

New Recruiters
Some of the new recruiters on the SPJIMR campus this season and the sectors they came were Reckitt Benckiser, General Mills, ITC, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal in the FMCG space; GEP, Miebach consulting in the consulting space; Samara Capital, Investec, DBS bank, ICICI Prudential, MCX, in the investment banking and financial services space; Directi, HCL Infosystems, LinkedIn in the technology space among others.

FMCG led the process
In line with previous trends, the FMCG/FMCD sector led the process with more than 15 companies participating, and 37 per cent of the batch was placed in the sector. This marked 2016 as one of the most successful years for the FMCG/FMCD cluster.

Amazon: largest recruiter
Amazon India was the largest recruiter, signifying continued opportunities in e-commerce, a sector that is in a phase of consolidation. The relative slowdown in e-commerce was more than compensated by an increase in offers made by the FMCG, technology, consulting and financial services companies.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. Abbasali Gabula, Deputy Director, External Relations said, “Autumns projects are unique to SPJIMR and many more companies are buying into this idea. When all other campuses have summer projects between their first year and second year of studies, SPJIMR participants go for rural internships. Autumns projects are done in the second year post the specialisation courses and the 'Global Fast Track', which offers advanced courses in a top international university. Companies are very appreciative of the quality of output of eight weeks of project work. These projects are part of the academic requirement at SPJIMR and they are evaluated jointly by company mentors and faculty guides."

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), is popularly considered as one of India’s best B-Schools. It has acquired 4th Rank in the recent Business Today B-school ranking. Global Fast Track (GFT) – a novel initiative for the Class of 2016 wherein the entire batch travels to USA for specialised courses in various top universities –with the batch getting exposure to top faculty from universities like Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Purdue and Darden.

SPJIMR enjoys a good reputation with the industry for the high quality managers that it nurtures through a unique pedagogic approach in preparing socially sensitive graduates with a global mindset.

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