SDMIMD Mysore offers Modern Curriculum, delivered by combination of Core Faculty, International Faculty and Industry Practitioners, for holistic Learning Experience

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Updated on January 12, 2023
Three key pillars of SDMIMD Mysore academic delivery are Curriculum, Faculty and Pedagogy. SDMIMD has designed its curriculum to go beyond the traditional MBA with a focus on creating leaders, and inculcating a strong sense of ethics, values and responsibility while keeping academic at the core. Leading faculty from top institutes from India and abroad, and practitioners with extensive industry experience, deliver the curriculum at SDMIMD
SDMIMD offers Modern Curriculum by Core & International Faculty

SDMIMD Mysore is known for quality management education with high standards in academics. SDMIMD has designed its curriculum to go beyond the traditional MBA with a focus on creating leaders, and inculcating a strong sense of ethics, values and responsibility while keeping academic at the core. Leading faculty from top institutes from India and abroad, and practitioners with extensive industry experience, deliver the curriculum at SDMIMD.

But before we discuss the SDMIMD’s key pillars of academic delivery -- Curriculum, Faculty and Pedagogy -- a few words of about the B-School will help set the context.

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Shri Dharmasthala Mnjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), Mysore is a leading management institute in South India. It offers a two-year PGDM which is the only such program in India with dual accreditation of EFMD-EPAS and ACBSP. The institute is led by its Director Dr N.R. Parasuraman who has taken many initiatives and has been instrumental in the rise of SDMIMD. Right from the inception, in 1994, SDMIMD Chairman Dr. D Veerendra Heggade had twin objectives in mind – creating global leaders of excellence, and inculcating a strong sense of ethics, values and responsibility. So, the curriculum and orientation over the years have continued to emphasize upon academic rigor and social ethos. SDMIMD has a consistent record of strong placements over the years in top companies.

Let’s come back to key pillars of SDMIMD’s academic delivery -- Curriculum, Faculty and Pedagogy.

SDMIMD Mysore Curriculum Philosophy: Freedom to Faculty in Curriculum Design
Responding to query on SDMIMD philosophy on curriculum design and architecture, the institute shared that SDMIMD gives individual faculty complete freedom to design their course/s and methods of student engagement subject to a very broad guideline regarding the contents. 

SDMIMD practices the IIM Bangalore model of Trimester system. SDMIMD PGDM program curriculum is of global standard and is consistently updated as per industry requirement. The PGDM program is designed and structured to enable students to adapt to the changing requirements, challenges and opportunities of the global business scenario. It provides students with a strong theoretical and conceptual base. In their second year, students can opt to specialize in the areas of Marketing, Systems, Finance, Operations, or Human Resource Management. Students have the option of dual specialization and can also decide to be a generalist and not specialize in any area and instead opt for courses from various streams to make up the required minimum of 34 credits.

SDMIMD also follows continuous and dynamic changes in the syllabus and delivery year on year in all courses being taught. New courses are added every year to enrich the curriculum. Keeping this in mind, SDMIMD faculty has developed unique courses such as Wellness and Yoga, Knowledge Seminar, Socially Relevant Project (SRP) and Business Landscape. Ethical orientation has been further emphasized in the SDMIMD Curriculum with the setting up of the Environmental, Societal and Governance (ESG) cell with a facility for separate certification. The cell organizes talks, seminars and projects on this contemporary topic.

Corporate developments incorporated in SDMIMD Curriculum
SDMIMD incorporates latest developments from the corporate sector in its Curriculum with an ongoing process. The Companies that visit SDMIMD regularly give both written and verbal feedback that helps in modifying the students' class learning by the faculty. In addition, SDMIMD invites industry leaders to address the students and interact with them in Campus. The following skillsets sought by the industry have been embedded in SDMIMD curriculum: 

  • Ability to relate class learnings to business environment
  • Create a seamless working environment while working in both online and offline modes 
  • Technology adaptation in all spheres 
  • Ability to address the needs of diverse stakeholder base in terms of education, personal status, geography, product and service 

Business Analytics - an integral part of SDMIMD Curriculum
In an endeavor to expose students to the practical aspects of analytics, SDMIMD has a tie-up with Business Analytics Institute, France. It will be holding a global winter school orientation in SDMIMD campus in the first two weeks of February, 2023. As a domain of study, Business Analytics fundamentally entails three elements – IT Tools, Statistical Techniques and Domain Knowledge. These three elements help business managers to harvest the right insights from the humongous data and make the right decision at the right time. SDMIMD has also tied up with AIMA for valuable inputs in this area.

SDMIMD’s curriculum lays a strong foundation of Statistics and covers the contemporary dimension of Information Technology. Towards equipping the students with highly in-demand skills and capabilities related to Business Analytics, SDMIMD offers Modular Specialization in Business Analytics. In the modular specialization, in addition to the core Business Analytics course, the students are required to opt for a specific number of courses from other domains/specialization streams which are analytical in nature such as Marketing Analytics, Advanced Corporate Finance with Analytics, HR Metrics and Analytics.  Students taking a stipulated number of credits are given a modular specialization in this area.

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SDMIMD Faculty: 90% with PhD – Many from IIMs & Top B-Schools
A great and industry relevant curriculum which is consistently updated as per industry demand is sure laudable, but is beneficial only if faculty can deliver it effectively. So, how does SDMIMD faculty actually impart a great learning experience for the students? Offering insights on this matter, Dr N R Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD said, “SDMIMD faculty are a blend of professional/service background with a passion for teaching and research with over 90% of the faculty with Ph.D. Faculty research per capita is one of the highest in India. SDMIMD faculty match well with any IIM.”

Before we dive deep into SDMIMD faculty profile, here is a quick overview:

  • Percentage of SDMIMD faculty who have PhDs: 81.8%
  • Percentage of SDMIMD faculty who have PhDs from IIMs and other Top 10 B-schools in India: 22.7%

So, the key to a superior learning experience is indeed the faculty. A review of faculty at SDIMD reveals three building blocks:

  • Core Residential Faculty
  • Senior Industry Practitioners as Faculty
  • International Faculty

Let’s explore each dimension in some detail.

Core Residential Faculty
A key strength of SDMIMD is its core residential faculty. Lets review profiles of some key faculty member, starting with the Director.

Dr. N.R. Parasuraman, Director of SDMIMD, is also a Professor in Strategy, Financial Derivatives and Multinational Finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants. He completed his Ph.D on Capital Structure of Indian Companies. He was Adjunct Faculty at IIM Kozhikode and is a visiting faculty at IIM Rohtak & IIM Udaipur.

Prof. (Lt. Col.) S.N. Prasad, Deputy Director & Professor in Strategy, Leadership, HRM and Performance Management at SDMIMD, is a BE (Mech), ME (Auto), PGDM (SIBM, Pune) and is a Ph.D. Has served as an aeronautical engineer for over 8 yrs+ in the Army Aviation Corps and over 9 yrs+ in Corps of Electronics and Mech Engrs of the Indian Army. He is a trained mentor and evaluator in the US and European business school accreditation processes

Dr. L. Gandhi, Assistant Professor of OB/HRM and Chairperson Admissions at SDMIMD, holds Post Graduation degrees in Business Administration and Cooperative Management, M.Phil. in Management, Ph.D in Emotional Intelligence and Quality of Work-life. He also teaches at British University in Dubai (BUiD), Dubai. He has written over 25 research papers and published in peer reviewed journals including ABDC and SCOPUS listed journals and has authored a book “Performance Measurement and Reward Systems”.

Dr. Nanda Kishore Shetty, B.E. Mechanical, PGDPM-Marketing and Ph.D. in Management from National Institute of Technology-NIT, Trichy is Associate Professor-Marketing. He has over 28 years of work experience in various industries. This includes 2 years of experience in Manufacturing and 26 years in Sales & Marketing function. He has worked extensively in the area of Channel and Key account Management, Brand Management, Customer service and Profit Centre Operations in leading Cement companies like   L&T cement, UltraTech Cement, ACC cement and Heidelberg Cement. 

Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, PhD from IIT Kharagpur, M.A. HRM from Thames Valley University, London, UK; GradIPD from Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD), London, UK, is Professor in the area of OB and HRM. Before joining SDMIMD, she has taught at SIBM Pune, IMT Nagpur, IIIT Pune among other institutes.

Dr. M.R. Suresh, Ph D in Management with focus on Strategy from M S University Baroda and a PGDRM from IRMA, is Professor in Marketing Area at SDMIMD. Trained in Case Writing, Dr Suresh has written many cases and papers. He is the co-winner of Emerald - AIMA Indian Management Research Fund award.

Dr. Mamta Hegde, Assistant Professor - OB & HRM is a PGDBM, MBA and, Ph.D.  and is an alumnus of IIM Indore. She has a considerable years of experience in corporate and fourteen years of academic experience. She has conducted webinars for various National and international universities on self branding and pedagogical research. She has participated in Republic Day parade at Rajpath, New Delhi and awarded as Best NSS volunteer of Karnataka University.

Dr. Neetu Ganapathy M.Sc., MDBA and Ph.D in Management, is an Associate Professor in Business Communication and Information Systems at SDMIMD. She has also served Softgate Technologies, San Jose, California, USA as a consultant on IT projects. She was an adjunct faculty at the Shanghai University and taught a course on Cross Cultural Communication.

Prof. Mohammed Minhaj, MCA, M.Phil, currently pursuing Ph.D from University of Mysore, is Associate Professor – Systems at SDMIMD and is Chairman of Campus Systems. Prior to joining SDMIMD, he has served organizations like APTECH, ECIT, St. Philomena’s College and University of Mysore.

Dr. G. Srilakshminarayana, MSc in Statistics and PhD, is Associate Professor - Quantitative Methods. He had conducted several training programmes to the teaching fraternity in application of statistical methods in research and has published papers in reputed journals.

Dr. B. Venkatraja, Associate Professor - Economics & Chairperson - SDM RCMS, has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Mangalore and PhD in Economics from the University of Mysore for his research work in the field of Third Sector.

Prof. Kannadas S, Assistant Professor – Finance, is an MBA, M.Phil, has attended FDP at IIM Kolkata and  FDP at IISc Bangalore. His areas of teaching and research are Behavioural Finance, Corporate Taxation and Management Accounting. Prior to joining SDMIMD he had taught at IBA Bangalore, Alliance University Bangalore and PES University Bangalore

Prof. C. V. Sridhar, Asstt Professor – General Management & Administration is a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and an MBA and has 20 years of experience. He guides students On Summer Internship Projects and Socially Relevant Projects (SRP) and on various social and environmental sustainability projects.

Dr. K RiyazahmedAssistant Professor – Finance is B.Com (CSCA), MBA and Ph.D. on investors preference and behavior related to investment decisions. He has trained entrepreneurs & SME working professionals in the areas of finance and accounts. He has consultancy experience in the projects of state government and companies like JSW, Triveni among others 

Dr. S. Saibaba, Assistant Professor – Marketing is an MBA from Madras University with specialization in Marketing, an MFM, MA, MPhil and e-consumer behavior with special reference to adoption of Internet Banking in India. He has also attended various workshops and training programs in leading management schools like ISB, IIM-Kozhikode, IBS, and NIT-Calicut.

Dr. Sunil M V, Head-Academic Administration and Assistant Professor in the General Management is an M.L.I.Sc., M.A. and Ph.D. in the area of Open-Source Software adoption in Library Automation. He is a Certified Fellow by American Association and IIM Bangalore. He is a consultant for technology adoption in library and information services for academic institutions, universities, and organizations.

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International Faculty teaching at SDMIMD

  • Dr. Radhakrishnan S of Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa is an ambitious contributor in the areas of Accounting and Finance
  • Dr. Akshaya Srinivasan, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University teaches Marketing
  • Dr. Charlotte Fontan Sers, Professor of Economics, ESC Pau Business School, France teaches Economics
  • Dr. Stephen Aro-Gordon, Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Accounting, Muscat College teaches investment banking and so on. 
  • Dr. Elango Rengasamy: Head of Faculty, Finance and Banking Programme, The British University in Dubai
  • Dr. Ullas Rao: Assistant Professor of Finance - School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates teaches at SDMIMD Mysore

Practitioner Faculty at SDMIMD Mysore
Global faculty teaching at SDMIMD is ably supplemented by senior business practitioners who combine the academic rigour with industry practices. Some of the senior industry practitioners who teach at SDMIMD include:

Name of the Practitioner Faculty
Designation & Company
Sri. Abhilash Misra
CEO, NSE Academy
Mr.  M Jeyaprakash 
National Stock Exchange
Mr. L.V. Navaneeth
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited
Mr. Feroze Azeez
Deputy CEO, Anand Rathi Private Wealth Management, Mumbai
Mr. Vipin Kumar K C
Chief Human Resources Officer, Jindal Aluminium Ltd.
Mr. B. R. Indushekar
Vice President – BCIC and Director – Group Real Estate, Volvo Group India Pvt Ltd.
Mr. K.R. Sekar
President BCIC and Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLP;
Mr. T.R. Parasuraman
President and Wholetime Director, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt Ltd

Technology enabled Campus
With a focus to bring the students closer to the world of practice, SDMIMD has a tie-up with TCS ION for value-added supplementary courses and 125 hours of internship for all students, enabling them to get a firm grip of their learning.

SDMIMD has also invested heavily in creating technology infrastructure, such as:

  • With the Microsoft Campus Program that the institute has subscribed to, SDMIMD community has access to all key softwares like MS-PowerPoint, MS- Excel, MS- Project, MS-SQL Server etc.
  • While several courses pertaining to Finance, Operations and Systems extensively employ spreadsheets (MS-Excel) as a pedagogical tool for data computation and analysis, for certain elective courses, specialized open-source software have been identified to support the course delivery. For example, in addition to R, students are exposed to software like Orange DM tool, Weka, Gephi etc.  Also, web-based tools pertaining to wireframing, web development and machine learning platforms like AzureML are being experimented in certain systems/analytics elective courses.
  • With a view to make the classroom activities intuitive and engaging, contemporary software tools like Kahoot for conducting class - polls in a gamified way and crossword-based assessments are also being experimented.
  • Moodle, a popular, open-source Learning Management System (LMS) has been deployed on the campus network for dissemination of course content and administration of continuous assessment. All the course related materials like presentation files, data files, cases etc., are housed on Moodle platform to facilitate any-time, any-where and device independent access to the materials by the students in the campus.
  • Google Suite for Education has been deployed for providing email ids with institute domain name (sdmimd) to all the users. This service from Google also facilitates collaborative documentation, creation of survey forms and online submission of assignments etc.

Based on the above, it is fair to say that SDMIMD Curriculum and Faculty is at par with any good MBA program in India. The PGDM program is taught by some of the top academic leaders and faculty, including faculty from international universities. The program also offers plenty of opportunities to learn and collaborate with students from other countries. So, if you are looking for a quality MBA program, learn more about SDMIMD Mysore. PGDM Admission at SDMIMD is open - Apply Now

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