Life at KJ Somaiya - Founded in 1959 by the late Shri K.J Somaiya, the Somaiya Vidyavihar Complex encompasses 34 institutions. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research is the management school responsible for offering the PGDM, Doctoral and Research programmes. With its existence for over three decades, KJ Somaiya is re-inventing and re-defining a new growth pavement for itself. At the institute, the course curricula are designed and developed in such a way to initiate students to learn not only learn inside the classroom but through live case examples, case studies, on-the-field experiential learning and simulation activities/ games to name a few.
KJ Somaiya may not have the ‘IIM’ tag but that doesn’t overshadow the fact that this institute over the years has gained a strong foothold in the management field. It is among the top B-schools in the country that each year attracts MBA aspirants to its ecosystem.
If you are an aspirant who is keen on joining the B-school madness and are curious to peek inside the campus life at KJ Somaiya, this is your one-stop destination.
Located in the financial capital of India- Mumbai, KJ Somaiya campus is spread across 60 acres amidst the hustle and Bustle of Mumbai. A lush green campus is a rare sight in a people-packed city like Mumbai, having its own advantage; the city also known as the financial capital of India bridges the gap between KJ Somaiya and the corporate world outside. B-school life at KJ Somaiya will start right on the 1st day of your reporting where you will be a part of the induction activities, informal session with your seniors’ cum mentors and an ice-breaking session with seniors. The marketing lectures are going to kick off on the same day followed by the committee’s selections which in a way is huge in terms of responsibility. Cracking committee interview is no less than a gruelling session at an MNC. For a couple of days you will juggle between your lectures, committee selection interviews and the various clubs— all a form of learning.
One of the highlights of the B-school life at KJ Somaiya is the international exposure the B-school offers its students. As a part of its academic curriculum, the institute offers student exchange program opportunities to enhance the vibrant international community and to foster cross-cultural experience. Currently, KJ Somaiya has international collaborations with leading universities in Europe, USA and Asia. Universities such as University of San Diego, The University of Akron, Yunnan University, Saint Martin’s University, Aston University, Birmingham, University of Vaasa, Finland and Communication University of China are some of the partner institutes of KJ Somaiya.
To be a part of the student exchange programme, you must have excellent grades in your first year as students are selected on the basis of their first-year marks. You have to apply separately to each of the university where you would like to go in student exchange and meet their selection criteria in order to be shortlisted. Apart from this, you can also participate in the international immersion activities, where the tour/ program involve you visiting a foreign country for a period of 7-14 days.
Life at KJ Somaiya in every way is holistic; the institute lays great emphasis on the holistic development of its students. It offers an array of opportunities outside classrooms as well, be it cultural activities, industry interaction, socially relevant activities, sports competitions or consultancy for small and medium enterprises. Here you will witness cultural diversity at its best; it celebrates all festivals with equal enthusiasm and eagerness, be it Christmas, Diwali or Pongal.
In addition to the regular academic activities, KJ Somaiya also organizes several extra-curricular activities with the help of students. Some of the main events include Samavesh, Resolution, Spriha, Stratinova, National Retail Summit (NRS) and Navikaran among others. These activities help in overall development of students as they are actively involved right from organizing such events to executing them. This instills a sense of authority and responsibility among students which is crucial before joining the corporate world. Campus life at KJ Somaiya prepares you for the professional world right from the day you set foot inside the campus.
If any you feel tired of your monotonous campus life at KJ Somaiya where you are just involved in back to back lectures, committee activities, post class discussions and assignments, you can become a part of the Ankur initiative. The initiative aims to develop a robust learning environment that combines all aspects of learning and offers holistic development of a management student. Here you will be part of a team where you and other students will teach the underprivileged children. A day in this initiative begins with a lecture on a topic with regular breaks and activities such as singing, dancing, painting and drawing. It’s not just about teaching them few words in English but the sheer joy you see on their face when they learn a new word. You can become a part of this initiative and give back to society. The initiative will help you grow as a person by understanding these kids everyday struggle in facing the world full of competitions.
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