• 29th August 2020

    It all began here, at Woxsen!...

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    After working for two years soon after my graduation, I was confused to choose the right career path whether to excel in my technical domain or to swing to management career as being an engineer always has its limitations. I was then working as a Mechanical Engineer for a Danish based manufacturing firm in Hyderabad. When I was exploring the best possibilities across the country for a decent institute with well-designed curriculum, I came across Woxsen School of Business.

    Woxsen was then a very young B-School with just two years of existence from its inception. I had my qualms on pursuing the opportunity with Woxsen as it was a new institute. All my perception over-turned when I met couple of professors and got feedback from few alumni. It amazed me to know the prospects of Woxsen as it has the best faculty from across the globe under the astute leadership of Prof. M. R. Rao and the Dean who were widely recognized among the leading top B-schools in India. It was then I decided to pursue my management career at Woxsen in marketing. The massive campus, aesthetic infrastructure were the two other important factors that made me feel Woxsen is the right place to shape my career.

    Peer to Peer – Recognition in learning

    Initially, I took admission into a two-year PGDM program but when I got to know about the one-year PGPXP program and the prospects of the other students, I was excited to be a part of class with experienced professionals from different industries, different domains and different parts of the country. This classroom felt more multi-cultured than ever as not only the varied experiences but also different outlook from my peers helped me increase my knowledge on commerce and industries.

    Thanks to the program which was more of learning than being taught. The faculty always taught us to study than just teach the subject which made all our course-mates work closely together in all modules, assignments and projects bringing out optimal solutions and resourceful ideas. Case-Study based learning methodology is really good as we were given real-life management scenarios to work and practice the theory we learnt in classroom.

    I would say Woxsen has a 360° approach in education. Though I chose Marketing, the program made me look at operations and finance as critical functions of management. In an organization all business functions are inter-connected. Also, the program was not so easy, rigorous schedules and countless modules to complete in just one year. Competitiveness always existed and especially for me being one of the youngest students of the class which has a collective experience of not less than 50 years, it was never an easy task to contend.

    Induction – the Ice-Breaking session!

    The two-day Induction and orientation program at Woxsen needs a special mention and it is among one of my best memories at Woxsen. The orientation was hosted by the then current students during the first evening on campus making us feel comfortable from the first day itself. The second day was not at all easy as we had a survival program planned and held by a military veteran. In the massive 200-acre eco-space of Woxsen, there are many natural frontiers which were chosen for our activities. This part of induction was designed in a way that I got along with many of my colleagues by end of the induction during my second day of joining. This is one of the ‘musts’ that I look upto having in future as well. Apart from the academics, I had wonderful time during the entire year at Woxsen and the campus life was incredible that I enjoyed most of my leisure time playing table tennis, badminton, swimming. The best part was cricket ‘Woxsen Premier League’ and I am proud to be the founding owner of ‘Great Gaffers’ and it makes me feel happy when I see the team is continuing legacy every year.

    And, here I am. . .

    After a great year at Woxsen, today I am working for DESMI as a Segment Sales Manager handling Defence & Fuel segments for Indian sub-continent including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives and I am delighted to be a part of management team of the organization. I am here because of what I have learnt from my professors and the friends at Woxsen. I cannot end this without thanking all Woxsenites for making my experience at Woxsen life changing & worth it.

    Vamsi Arvind Pentyala,
    (PGPXP 2016-17 Batch)

    • 19th August 2020

    Need Of The Hour - A Focused B. Tech. Program in Automation & Robotics…

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    Indian heavy industries, especially the automotive industries, have employed industrial robots significantly with the result that cars today are quite affordable to the middle-class buyer. Nevertheless, the field of robotics is vast and highly varied.

    Despite the enormous potential in areas such as space, surgery and societal needs, the application arena of robotics is becoming diversified at a comparatively slow pace. One possible reason could be because the Robot Technology is highly interdisciplinary, depending on the available talent and technological breakthroughs in multiple fields.

    A robot is basically a computer-controlled mechanical system - a machine. The role of electronics is in sensor integration and controlling power delivery to the motors.

    Robotics is entering into a transmuting phase:

    • Robots are no more individually-installed machines, but devices that connect, cooperate and collaborate with each other and with other entities in the manufacturing system

    • Robots are no more industrial equipment alone but are now sought for a wide variety of applications such as autonomous cars and unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones

    • Robots are expected to operate fast in reaction to unknown, unpredictable & unprogrammable environments such as surveillance, relief and rescue, rehabilitation, brain-computer interface and entertainment

    • The robot has to be slim and consume less power yet be energetic, as one might expect a healthy human to

    In a variety of modern applications, it is impossible to program a robot in advance. For a large part, the robot has to learn itself and function as an intelligent, autonomous entity that will cohabit among other machines, systems and people. The programming is restricted to the hardware level and minimal logic related to acquiring and reacting to sensory inputs.

    Let us consider the following:

    • A robot playing tennis against a human player. It has to be swift in action and quick in visual judgement

    • Many robots playing a big team sport such as soccer, basketball or cricket

    • A few robots together carrying a patient in a stretcher

    • A driverless car

    The above systems exhibit high-speed motion, carrying significant loads or both. All of these are examples of single or multi-robotic systems that have to behave intelligently and not just “robotically”. Such applications cannot be realised purely from the point of view of dealing with robots as programmable mechanical systems. Any modern curriculum in Robotics must factor this interdisciplinary aspect.

    In the 80’s, Robotics was mostly part of Industrial Engineering departments in US universities as Robotics were considered an important part of industrial automation while researchers in other departments were working on theoretically involved topics such as Control Theory, Fuzzy Logic, Computer Vision and Neural Networks. A decade later, a quantum jump in theoretical and applied research outcome in Robotics emanated from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments of the Universities.

    The scenario in India was also similar. For decades, in most Universities in India, Robotics have been offered as a single theoretical course in the Mechanical Engineering Department. In the past five-to-six years, several Universities and colleges with approval from AICTE have introduced exclusive B.Tech. Programs in areas such as Mechatronics or Robotics and Automation.

    A close observation of the curricula gives an impression that the program has significant bias towards Mechanical Engineering barring a few courses related to electronics and microcontrollers. Students, even at Master’s level of these highly interdisciplinary courses apparently intend to remain in the comfort zone of their undergraduate studies. It might not be an overstatement to say that the interconnect between these varied courses is largely missing. Woxsen University aims to fill up this gap through B.Tech. programs in three cutting-edge disciplines.

    B.Tech. program in Automation & Robotics at Woxsen University offers applied and advanced robotics with strong foundation in Computer Science. Modules related to basic robotics and mechatronics provide ample insight into the industrial standards, practices and applications. Modules on mobile robots and exoskeletons focus on the emerging area of field robotics. Added to this will be the significant theoretical and practical exposure in computer science, artificial intelligence and computer vision.

    Heroic and intelligent deeds of robots in the emerging scenario will remain unrealised without a significant role of computer science. That also requires a large computing power. How the technology is going to address this need is another story.

    Author: Dr P. Vivekananda Shanmuganathan,
    Dean - School of Technology | Woxsen University

    • 11th August 2020

    A once in a lifetime opportunity to interact and learn from best minds…

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    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.Brad Henry

    The professors at Woxsen School of Business inspire hope, ignite our imagination and inculcate the art of love of learning and more. According to me they have really set the bar high for MBA programs across the nation. Woxsen delivers exceptional learning experience to all its students through its Academy Advisory Board which guides the academic endeavours and industry interface/corporate relations initiatives and the rich line up of faculty members.

    The Faculty at Woxsen are rich in experience, research accomplishments and more. There are also global faculty visiting us from leading global universities like Cass, Purdue and more. Our Faculty members urge us to discuss what we learn, and also to challenge their ideas. Instead of having a three-hour lecture with the professor doing most of the talking, we are encouraged to participate and give our opinions on topics.

    This program has given me invaluable experience of working through real-life business problems. The professors provide us with real-world examples of how the concepts we are learning in class are being applied in the business world. These connections show us that we’re learning practical skills that we’ll further use in our careers.

    The case studies have helped us to view a problem the way a company does and figure out a unique solution. It gave me the chance to apply the skills I learnt. Woxsen MBA program combines dynamic classroom experiences with hands-on experiential learning providing students with abundant opportunities to fortify their talents. The degree we earn from the school won’t just be another frame to hang in but, it’s a testament to our proven ability to drive results.

    I would say, there is so much more to the program than what I initially expected. It has been much more than an educational experience. It has been a phenomenal leadership training, personal growth and professional development experience as well. I think the entire program is very well-designed and adds tremendous value to our long-term career aspirations.

    Author: Phaniteja Mandalapu,
    (PGPXP 2019-20)

    • 8th August 2020

    Woxsen Transforms Lives...

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    Hi, I am Barun. I was working in Pune, Maharashtra for a leading MNC company. I worked as a Software Engineer, developing application products for Credits Cards for a world renowned bank based at UK. I completed my core studies in Bhubaneswar, Odisha before moving to Pune in 2013.

    As a Software Engineer very early in life I assessed, this is how my life will be for the next 40 years until retirement. I was doing very well at my job, received constant promotions and appraisals throughout my tenure of 5 years. But, then the industry that I was in was always about switching jobs. I was working as a Consultant and my friends would often suggest that I change job. That is when I started to introspect.

    My Introspection Bit…
    When I started to introspect, I got to realise that my current job gave me technical skills and knowledge but it did not give me any exposure to people skills or business knowledge. All I did was just coding and solving bugs, knowing just the system or at max the function. This is when I realized I need to expand my skills and knowledge base. Now the bigger question is, in India when you speak about higher education what should you go for? M.Tech or MBA? I was 27 Years old back then and any course that I choose to apply would take at least 2 years of learning and time. Now the only option was a program like Distance Learning. But, how much of a value will that add?

    Beginning of my MBA journey…
    The journey began searching colleges and universities offering MBA Programs and all the entrance exams that I have to appear to get an admission. So, in pursuit of programs, I found that, there is a 1-Year MBA program specifically designed for Working Professionals. To be honest in India, you need to write 3 to 4 different exams to get an admission. But, one thing that was commonly accepted by all colleges is a GMAT score. So, I left my job and started preparing for GMAT exam.

    World of Woxsen…
    While applying for universities I had applied for Woxsen School of Business. They were real quick in responding and took up my queries as well. So, in no time my Online interview with the panel was scheduled. The interviewers were very candid, we had a discussion rather than having a Q&A session. I was offered my admission letter along with that I was offered half a million scholarship based on my profile and interview performance. I accepted the offer and came to Woxsen.

    It has been quite a while since the first class but I still remember how our Dean, showed us a different perspective of business. Every day I learnt something new and it gave me a fresh experience of learning. Completing an MBA in one year is no easy task, however we stepped out of our comfort zones to finish presentations and submissions. It was an immensely rewarding experience working with such a diverse group of experienced professionals who came together from various parts of the country sharing their valuable perspectives and helped me grow intellectually. Technical skills acquired over the years were helpful, but the most important skills that I learnt at Woxsen were Leadership, Presentation, Human Relations and Thinking Out of the Box.

    Today, I am working as an Associate Product Manager at Telebu Communications LLP, Hyderabad. A company focused in making products for Business Communication. I am extremely proud to be a part of Woxsen and it is so reassuring to know that you don't just leave the college with a degree and learning, but have built a network of mentors through the faculties and the students you have worked with and that they will continue to help you learn and grow.

    Author: Barun Bikash Sahoo,
    (PGPXP 2019-20 Batch)

    • 4th August 2020


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    After completing my Graduation from Symbiosis, Pune as my other friends even I decided to apply for a master’s degree in business administration. Luckily, I got an admission in one of the prestigious Universities of Australia, but life doesn’t go as we plan, does it? My visa application got rejected. It was a depressing, discouraging moment as I hadn’t prearranged any backup plans.

    New Life New Beginning
    I have always believed from my childhood that whatever happens, happens for a reason, it might sound cliché, but it has always given me the strength to move ahead with confidence and lots of hope. During this journey I came across Woxsen School of Business providing Master of Business Administration (MBA). The professors associated with Woxsen School of business from across the world, program curriculum with cutting-edge specializations had my attention. I was really impressed by all these aspects and decided to pursue my master’s at Woxsen School of Business.

    MBA Journey
    It was in 2014 when I started my journey with Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad. It was a different experience altogether because of the new place, new culture, new people, different food. I also got the perks of hailing from an army background as all my life one thing that I learnt is that “Change is Constant” and very early in life I understood, adapting is the key to survival. When I stepped into Woxsen, it took me some time to adjust and only till I found two people whom I could call my best friends, though they were my seniors, it never made a difference really. These two friends played a vital role as their corporate experiences gave me an insight of how it is going to be out there in the corporate world. Their contribution towards preparing me for my future got me my first job after completion of my MBA program. As a matter of fact, we three are still connected…………….

    New Career
    After an amazing career transforming journey with Woxsen School of Business, today I work for a Dubai based EATERY. I handle company's business operations and Product development. I am and always will be proud and grateful of being a part of Woxsen School of Business family because of whom I discovered my innate interests & skills.

    Author: Akshay Agarwal,
    (PGPEM - 2014)

    • 28th July 2020

    From Evaluating Business Opportunity to Finding The Purpose of living Woxsen Bequeathed it all:

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    It was a dream for me to do an MBA, start a business, wear those fancy suits, travel across the world and take critical decisions for business.
    Having lived through business school and now out in the real world, I can offer a very interesting perspective. This post will cover a collection of truths about my own experience and how Woxsen helped me find new direction in life.

    Let’s start with the truth:
    After my graduation I worked for some odd jobs which didn’t really excite me but instead made me understand my weaknesses and little attention to them can convert them into my strengths. I continuously tried to change way I operate but the level of efficiency and impact the work has to create was never achieved.

    Now that I know where I lack, I wanted to understand the specific goals that I had to achieve from an MBA School.

    “If we give you an MBA, what are you going to do with it?”, this question popped up and there was a reasonable answer I had to convince my parents. Yet I persuaded them to live my decision, which made them very happy by the end of course.

    With a hope to find better college with better curriculum, I visited many colleges and career counsellors and in this random process I visited Woxsen, where I Instantly fell in love with campus environment. But being so rigid on my specific requirements from MBA made me look for the course curriculum and when I saw it, I had no reason to say no to the campus. The curriculum has a range of challenging courses and is frequently revised to imbibe the industry trends and developments.

    First day at campus: June 16, 2017.
    No matter how prepared I was for college life, I was very anxious when I arrived at the campus, flat-out panicked.

    “College life exposes us to new experiences and things that we were not familiar with earlier”.
    We had an interaction with Founder & Chairman Veen Pula. I still remember his first speech, which lasted 4 minutes and ended with his 3 mantras of business: People, Passion and Patience.

    Once in a life time opportunity:
    Any MBA program can only propel when it has world class faculty. For me it’s a once in a life time opportunity to meet the brilliant minds with rich experience in the real business world and they always focused on enriching their teaching with real life examples.

    I had a chance to solve challenging case studies that had totally changed my perspective of solving the business problem. I got an opportunity to network with business leaders at the seminars and have discussion with them on different business ideas. I even went out to ask them to design a marketing strategy for my business.

    Few lecturers inspire with their calm and ease, one such faculty was Dr. Harkant Mankad, he is a library of knowledge.

    “Things happen because things happen” – My favourite phrase of his.

    His classes will make you think the world is entirely travelling somewhere else from what you actually thought. The career suggestions he gives us are something that the world has not seen yet.

    Career after MBA:

    Post my MBA I started my career as a Marketing Manager for fintech company, where I handle all the digital marketing activities. I feel that the purpose of joining Woxsen has been fulfilled. I can totally see the change in the way I operate at office.

    Before MBA I was passionate about SOMETHING, but I didn’t know what to achieve with that passion. Right now, I have started an entrepreneurial journey with a true purpose to build world class organisation. Still a long way to go.

    Author: Naren Reddy Kovvuri
    (PGDM 2017-19)

    " I am an ambitious, self-driven person, with huge aspirations to build organizations. I have always been an academically bright student since childhood. Till date, I have started two ventures, failed at one and learnt valuable lessons.

    Post MBA, I worked for Zaggle, a fintech company, where I was given the opportunity to handle the content marketing activities. During this journey we went on launch a book on entrepreneurs, where I had actively involved is designing the sales & marketing strategy for the book. Year 2020, has brought in many changes and it has stimulated the entrepreneur inside me. Recently, I launched my new venture, a healthy food beverage. With the learning from my previous experience I strongly believe that the product has a very good potential and I am totally excited about it. "