Hindu Institute of management, Sonipat
Hindu Institute of management, Soniapt
First of all, I would begin this mail with congratulating our dear Mr. Anonymous (I would call him anonymous because I can't recall anyone having name Akshay in my batch i.e. 2006-08 that this dude claims to be a part of) for showing extreme courage in having come up with some startling but bitter truths about what ails HIM.
I agree with him on many things but have certain disagreements too which I'll discuss later in my mail.
Now, this mail is in response to the open feedback our dear Mr. Director has called for. Sir, though I'd love to be a part of this open forum to discuss personally "what we are & why we are so" in comparison to "what we could be or what we should be" but I would solemnly decline this invitation because I am happily working as Account Manager at a mid-sized IT company which is not because of HIM but despite HIM & I don't have time to come personally to attend such session.
The disgruntled fellows left the college premises without having been explained as to why this institute is a pale shadow of what it used to be once. In fact hordes of batches passed out from the alleys of this college without having been explained anything. For example, no one explained me why we don't deserve a proper official welcome the day we enter the college. Why was it that on last day of our college, none of the faculty took out time from their busy schedule to even wish us luck for our future? You want to explain that!!
No one explained me why during 2 years of my MBA there was only 1 group discussion that took place in our classes. Aren't they important for MBA's?
No one explained me why was I threatened to be kept out of class for rest of the semester when all I did was to attend a ‘Placement Committee' meeting rather than an ‘Oh so important' class of Business Ethics.
No one explained me why there is never time to answer queries of students in the class because of lack of time when at-least 1 month every semester is wasted in this stupid ritual of pre-university exams because if they were important, how would you justify me getting same internal marks as a guy who got 14 out of 70 & my score was 53 just 1 less than the class topper!
Explain me sir, does that motivate students to take these exams seriously?
And believe me, I was not one off case.
No one explained me why lack of time is given as an excuse for cutting off all the important activities when last class in my 1st Sem was on 18th/19th November when final exams started on 25th December. What was the faculty doing in the mean time?
No one explained me why we have to wait till 25th Aug for classes to start even for the 2nd year students when there's so less time for queries to be resolved.
No one explained me why it's a crime to open books inside the class when a faculty is teaching, when the institute talks about wi-fi connectivity. Imagine how faculties uncomfortable with students opening books would react to students having access to internet inside the class room! I remember a fellow student getting rebuked by our beloved faculty because he provided her information by accessing net on his cell phone using GPRS.
No one explained me how faculties having specialization in Finance & Marketing taught HR specialization (Phew) to 2nd year students. Now this takes some serious efforts!
Sir, being an Engineer my fascination with numbers never fades. I was the first student to approach you for wi-fi connectivity inside the campus. You had a discussion with our beloved ‘Vicky Sir' & he said it can be done with a budget of around Rs. 10 thousand. Now, the current batches were asked to shell out Rs 5000 each for the same wi-fi connectivity which effectively means the college would have pocketed a cool sum of Rs. 12 lac. I know inflation is at an all time high , but this 120 fold increase in the budget is mind baffling.
Of all the issues in Him, one of internals is the most controversial. I fail to understand as to why rewarding fair internals can be that difficult. When all we have to do is divide them in sub parts e.g. Attendance, Presentations, Class participation, Initiatives taken by students & then allocate marks accordingly.
I was once involved with preparing database of ‘HIM Alumni'. I remember students from every corner of India & even abroad used to be part of this institute. Point is, IIT's, your alma matter, are what they are today because they respected & took pride in success of their alumni.
I am an alumni of BITS,Pilani i.e. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani & I feel proud of it because the institute is what it's today because it recognizes the strength & achievements of it's alumni. The institute still remains a part of me & I'd grab a chance to be back there because of the environment the faculties & administration provided during 4 years of my stay there.
And alumni provide so much back to the college because they love their college. I remember Sabeer Bhatia(Founder of Hotmail & an alumni of BITS) contributing $1 million to BITS when I was studying there.
Wipro under Vivek Paul (who once was highest paid CEO in India until he turned entrepreneur), a BITS alumni, always preferred BITS for placements than other Engineering institutes.
I have numerous such examples but the point is not promoting BITS here. Point is, how an institute which was once associated with name like Narsee Maunji has failed so miserably to tap what it's strong alumni presence could have done for it. For the uninitiated, HIM was once part of Mumbai based Narsee Maunji( Deemed University ) which is competing with IIM's nowadays in terms of placements.
Go to any social media website (Orkut for example) and you will find alumni of HIM settled happily not just in India but abroad. Ask yourself how many of them would like to give back to this college??
Maybe none or maybe all of them. Because we unlike you & rest of the faculty members are the real stakeholders of this institute. You all might shift to another institute or profession & do away with HIM, but we have got name of HIM on our CV's for the rest of our lives. And believe me no matter how much you might want to convince yourself & us not everything is right with HIM.
Heard about 4 P's of Marketing? If at all, HIM is running today it's because of Place factor. Look at the student's profile this institute is attracting these days. Around 80-90% of them are from Sonipat.
Rings the bell??? No?? Well, what I want to prove is, that despite HIM selling university ranks as its USP to everyone in last few years, how many outstation candidates were we able to attract? For years students were pushed by every faculty to fetch good marks. In the process, HIM churned out hordes of jobless, unemployable university rank holders. Did that solve any purpose?
Dear Sir, I had work experience of around 2 & half years prior to MBA, having worked with names like Wipro & NIIT to name a few. I had 18 offer letters, having given more than 30 interviews in industries as varied as Software, BPOs, KPOs, Banks & Telecom. And trust me, not even once in those interviews was I asked about my marks. For your kind information, I ranked 10th in Haryana in 12th board exams, 48th rank in Haryana in 10th. And yet, our faculty members tried convincing me that marks matter more than anything.
The irony is, despite having attended so many strategic management courses at IIM's, our respected faculty members have failed miserably to implement any of those learning here. Or else, can any sane person justify assignments to 1st year batch requiring them to make assignments in which students are required to copy each unit from books on plain sheets.
I remember meeting you once with my fellow class mates Lakshay Gehlaut & Deepak Gupta regarding course in one of the IIMs & you rejected us on the basis of communication skills. Now, try finding out a mistake in this mail & believe you me, this is written by yours truly with no help from others. The entire basis of my rejection was as hollow as your claims that ‘We are what we are because of a reason". Remember your statement" If I make a team of you three, it'll be a great failure"?. To prove my point, this team was behind the only cultural festival successfully organized in 2 years of our stay at HIM & 2 successfully organized industrial visits to Parle(Haldwani) & BHEL(Haridwar).
Anyway, maybe we were not politically correct & which is what matters in HIM.
Given your credentials, An academician like you should have been the ideal choice for HIM to get rid of all the flaws that have crept up in it's system over a period of time. But all this while, you were busy neglecting all of this. In two years of my college life, you never had time to sit with us in the classes to gauge what we were being taught all this while.
If at all you were busy somewhere, it was in making nonsense policies, like that of Rs100 fine on each lecture missed by students, failing students in internals in last semester because students were busy working (with college consent mind you) instead of appearing for all important pre-university exams (which many a times are not even checked like in my 2nd semester). All this while, you were sleeping over the fact that students have joined organizations & claimed it came to your notice very late. Though, you had snacks (your favorite activity in HIM) with CEO of Consortium Securities Pvt. Ltd. Which was the first company to visit our campus for placements & were very well aware that those selected(I was part of selected list) will be required to join immediately.
In the end of the semester, you failed students in a finicky decision because they failed to attend college. Now that's equivalent to punishing Dev Anand for ‘Main jindgi ka sath nibhata chala gaya' because it shows him smoking a cigarette. But hang on, Did the rule that characters can't be shown smoking in movies exist when this song was picturized?
The policies are made in the beginning of Session, & you don't need to be a ‘Rocket Scientist' to understand this simple fact.
An institute that charges Rs 1500 per student(Rs 3 lac 60 thousand in total) as student development fund allows a budget of Rs 500 for fresher's welcome, a cool 4 rupees per head !!! 500 Rs for 120 students? That's less than the cost of snacks & tea you consume in a week at college's expense.
Now something I disagree with Mr. Anonymous, Faculties don't deserve to be treated the way they are publicly by you. It's demeaning to see a college director talking with the faculty in the manner you do. They work here & should not be treated as bonded slaves. But what else can we expect from someone who takes pride in getting called ‘Sahab'. The way you speak to faculty & support staff in full public view is an insult to your post.
But that does not mean faculties can go scot free, they are as narrow minded people as I've ever come across. And trust me, at 26, I have seen a few having spent last 10 years out of cozy comforts of my home. What does the faculty think they want to make us? Clerks? A girl & boy together are always looked upon suspiciously. I remember 4 of us getting rebuked by our dear faculty in my 2nd semester for sitting in the park with a comment 'Is this the way to sit in front of faculty' while only fault we committed was that we were sitting comfortably in park after the classes were over. Hello, which world are you guys from? Venus? Have you guys really been to colleges yourselves? I guess cross-cultural dynamics was never read sincerely by all of you. The typical teacher-student relation has long banished from everywhere, it's more of mentorship now. Stop creating followers. Remember:
"Good Teachers teach, Bad teachers beat, Best ones inspire"
I remember one of our classmate was told by a faculty "Kaan pakad lo". This in a post graduate professional course like MBA. We sure got a lot of mental beating at the hands of faculties & they can very well decide which category of teachers they belong to. Content in the exams is neglected at the cost of CLOUDS. If I were to learn drawing, I'd have taken admission in some arts college. Mind you, we took admission in MBA to get jobs & not marks.
I wonder what they learn at IIMs because it's never implemented here. But the problem is that faculties go there because they need increments in their salary & a touring opportunity at college's expense & not because they are really interested in doing those courses.
I think time has come for faculty to understand that they are lecturers & not primary teachers that they behave like. There are better ways of providing the assignments then asking students to write a complete unit on papers. Time is also ripe for college to understand the role alumni can play & for that our respected faculties have to understand to at least acknowledge our existence when we return to college.
Anyway, my mind skips to a major financial crisis which has surfaced in USA. Three of the major corporations with more than $5 trillion on their books were nationalized in US due to their dismal performance. These are Fannie May, Freddie Mac (Biggest Mortgage lenders in the world) & AIG (Biggest Insurance company in the world). Their CEO's quit (In other words escaped being fired) due to the sheer volumes of failure associated with companies that had huge impact on lot of people.
Message is out- "Perform or Perish"
In the end, I'd request my batch mates, seniors & juniors to openly contribute to the open feedback session & I sincerely hope that instead of being vindictive, this will be taken as a feedback so that another disgruntled batch does not pass out without having been explained anything.