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GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair), Andhra Pradesh


GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair), Andhra Pradesh
Address:Gandhi Nagar campus, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) (District Visakhapatnam)
Andhra Pradesh, India

GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college.
GITAM College of Management Studies is situated in Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) Andhra Pradesh is http://www.gitamcms.org/.

Contact Details of GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: 0891-2790404, 2840301, Fax: 0-891-2790037

Other colleges of GITAM Group of Educational Institutions, Visakhapatnam
GITAM University, Visakhapatnam
GITAM College Of Pharmacy, Visakhapatnam
GITAM Dental College and Hospital, Visakhapatnam
GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam
GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR), Visakhapatnam


M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration)
B.B.M. (Bachelor of Business Management)
M.H.R.M. (Master of Human Resource Management)
B.B.A. (Hons.) (Bachelor of Business Administration - Honours)
PGADRIM (FT). (PG Advanced Diploma in Risk and Insurance

Profile of GITAM College of Management Studies

Gandhi Institute of Technology And Management (GITAM) was started by a group of public-spirited Industrialists headed by the VBC group and others in the city of destiny in 1980, with the objective of contributing its best to growth of professionals in the fields of Engineering, Management, Science and Dentistry. � Strive-Thrive-Serve� is the motto of GITAM, striving to achieve excellence in the related disciplines, thriving at every possible instance and serving the society. The Governing Body of GITAM has an array of prominent socially committed industrialists and professionals, distinguished to promote technical and management education in this region of our country. GITAM is located in a picturesque campus spread over 40 hectares, adjoining the Bay of Bengal with the backdrop of the Rushikonda hills. Its salubrious climate and ambience makes it an ideal place for undistracted pursuit of knowledge for the students and faculty. The Institute has a unique system of enhancing the caliber of the students by providing them counselling and monitoring their performance continuously. GITAM nurtures the budding professionals towards growth and development of a holistic personality.

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NAAC report of GITAM College of Management Studies

The College of Management Studies, Visakhapatnam was established in August 1988 to impart futuristic and comprehensive management education of global standard with high sense of discipline and social relevance in a serene and invigorating environment. The College is a self-financing institution affiliated to Andhra University. The goals and objectives of the college are to provide world-class professional management education, practical training through industrial exposure, develop holistic personality with positive and creative attitude to provide wider employment opportunities and establish access to National and International linkage relating to industry, academics and the society for mutual benefits. The college was recognized by the U.G.C. under 2f and 12B in June 1998 and granted autonomy by UGC from 2003-04. Since Andhra University refuses to grant Autonomy to P.G. courses, only their BBM Programme operates under the autonomous status. They design their own curriculum and conduct examination for the BBM programme.

The college is in a semi-urban location with a campus area of 10 acres exclusively for the college and 60 acres of common facilities out of the total 97.5 acres land owned by the GITAM Society. The college is having two faculties with two departments in the Management faculty and one in Arts faculty. One Under Graduate (BBM) and one Post-Graduate (MBA) Programmes are offered by the Management Faculty and one Post-Graduate Programme (MHRM) is offered by the Arts faculty. Besides, the college also offers one Diploma Course in E-Commerce as twininng programme to BBM students. There are about 373 students in Under Graduate Course, 260 students in the P.G. Course

The teachers for the college are recruited through advertisement in the newspaper and selection is done by the statutory selection committee of Andhra University. For immediate academic requirements, selection was made by the college selection committee with experts from the University pending regular selection by the University. There are 25 permanent and 6 part time teachers in the college, of whom 17 permanent teachers and 1 part-time teacher have Ph.D. Degrees. Besides, there are 10 administrative and 2 technical staff working in the college. Out of the total 213 students admitted during 2001-04 only 19 students dropped before the final examination. Of the 194 students appeared for the examination, 181 students passed of which 128 secured first division. A large number of students also secured ranks in the University. The college follows both semester and annual system of examinations as per the University Guidelines. The unit cost per student including salary is Rs. 23,622/- and excluding salary is Rs. 14,175/-

The college has large number of support services like, central library, e-learning center, computer center, health center, sports facilities, hostels for boys and girls, guest house, canteen, co-operative store and grievance redressal mechanism. Besides, there are photocopying facilities, STD/ISD facilities, hobby center, in-house magazine, transport facility, Bank, Post Office, free Internet facility and standby power generation system, in the college campus.

During the last five years, 15 of its students have qualified in the U.G.C./C.S.I.R. (NET) examination and 50 students have qualified in TOEFL. The college has 300 working days and 254 teaching days in a year. The college library has 24,290 books, 1600 e-journals and working for 300 days in a year. One of its teachers has received U.G.C. research award in Management, 3 teachers have attended International Seminars, many of the teachers have attended National seminars and 10 teachers have acted as resource persons in the National level seminars and conferences during 2003 - 04. There are seven on going research projects in the college with a total outlay of Rs. 26.03 lakhs. The college has collaboration and linkage with ILO- IPEC-APSBP as sensitizing agency for elimination of child labour in Andhra Pradesh. There are four other institutions operating by the Management of the college in the premises of GITAM Society. The college mobilizes resources from donations, Alumni Association, Consultancy EDPs and other sources.

The college volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self-Study Report in 2004. In response to the request, the NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. N.Jayasankaran, Vice-Chancellor, SCSVMV (Deemed University), Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, as Chairman, Prof. P.K.Sahu, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Orissa as Member Co-ordinator and Prof. Jagadeesha, Chairperson DOS in Commerce & Management, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore as Member to visit the college and validate the Self-Study Report. Dr. M.S. Shyamsundar, Deputy Advisor NAAC, Bangalore co-ordinated the Peer Team visit to the college. The team carefully perused and analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the college and visited the college on 11th and 12th February, 2005. The team went through all the relevant supportive documents and papers made available by the Institution. The team visited the various departments, Press, Central Library, e-learning center, sport facilities, Canteen, NSS, Hostels for men & women, Health center, Computer center, Housing the staff and verified co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The Peer Team interacted with the Director, Members of the governing body, teachers, Hon. Professor from Canada; visiting faculty from industry and non-teaching staff, students, Alumni and Parents. The team visited all the support services and the common facilities for the students. The following is the overall report prepared by the Peer Team.

Criterion-I: Curriculum Aspects:
Keeping in view the mission and goals of the college which aim at imparting futuristic and comprehensive management education of global standard, the college has introduced curriculum of different academic programmes, implement the rules of discipline and provide a stimulating learning environment. The college offers BBM, MBA and M.HRM programmes the course curriculum of which are formulated by the affiliating university. In case of BBM (autonomous programme), the college designs the curriculum. Further, a number of options are offered to the students in these courses. Besides these regular programmes of the university, the college offers programmes like Diploma in e-commerce, Business English Certificate Course; Certificate course in second specialization at MBA and MHRM level; personality development sessions on a regular basis; Certificate Course in Entrepreneurship, Courses on Yoga and Meditation as value addition courses to the students of the college.

The proportion of knowledge component is 60 per cent and skill is 40 per cent in these programmes. The time frame of the course are matching with the students' convenience. The students are provided with a large number of elective options and there is provision for horizontal and vertical mobility. Regarding the course curriculum of MBA and M.HRM the university reviews them every year in their Board of Studies meetings and makes necessary changes wherever necessary. For the BBM programme, which operates in the college under autonomous status from last year, the Board of studies of the college makes changes immediately to update the curriculum. The various Diploma and certificate courses were introduced by the college during the last five years. The college takes only three-months to introduce new courses under the autonomous programme, while it takes 8 to 12 months for introduction of new courses requiring AICTE, State Government and University approval. The teachers of the college as members of board of studies of the University, participate in the curriculum designing. The academic activities of the college are reviewed by the inspecting committees set up by the university from time to time.

The college has taken initiative in developing curriculum for various diploma and certificate courses and introduced internal assessment, class room presentations, assignments, mid-term examinations, etc. as part of the innovative steps in management education. The students are exposed to frequent industrial visits, internship and expert advice by visiting faculties. In each semester, students are provided with one computer related subject.

Criterion - II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation:
Students for MBA programme are admitted through the Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET) conducted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Students for M.HRM course are admitted through Andhra University Common Entrance Test and for BBM programme through academic records and personal interview. After admission, students are provided with an exhaustive questionnaire to test their knowledge and skill for specific courses. Bridge courses are offered for the educationally disadvantaged students through extra classes and personality development classes. Advanced learners are encouraged with classroom presentations, seminar participation, sponsoring them for different B-School competitions and awarding prizes and medals by the college.

Teachers prepare lesson plans at the beginning of the academic year and distributed among the students. The syllabi are unitized and the courses are completed within the time schedule. Through mid-term tests, periodic meeting of faculty members and taking feed back from students the academic progress is monitored. The college organizes case-study discussions, classroom presentations, student seminars, assignments, group discussions, project work, management games and exercises are some of the supplementary academic activities in addition to classroom teachings. Self-learning methods through e-learning research center, Internet, Audio Video Cassettes are also provided by the college.

The college has facilities for preparing transparencies for OHPs, and also for power point presentations for LCD. The college has 254 teaching days and 300 working days in a year. The workload is 12-16 hours per week. The ratio of full time to part time teachers is 25:6 and ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 25:12. Percentage of classes taught by the full time faculty is 80 per cent.

The students are supplied with a handbook at the beginning of the year in which the details of evaluation are given. Both the mid term examination results and the year-end examination results are analysed by the faculty and informed to the students for necessary remedial actions.

Whenever there is vacancy for teaching posts, the same is advertised in the National News Papers and selection is made by the affiliating university through the Statutory Selection Committee. For immediate requirements, the college makes the selection through its selection committee with experts from the University pending regular selection by the University. During the last two years ten teachers, one from other state and nine from other institutions were selected by the college. The college has the freedom to select teachers on ad-hoc basis whenever required and pay the UGC Scales like the other permanent teachers.

During the last two years most of the teachers participated in National Level Seminars / Conferences / Workshops and 10 teachers have acted as resource persons. Six of the faculty members have participated in the International Seminars. The heads of departments monitor the performance of teachers regularly and counsel them wherever necessary. The Heads also discuss the same with the Director if required. The students are also asked to evaluate the teachers at the end of the semester and the same has been informed to the concerned teachers. The teachers are evaluated on the basis of the results of examinations, research publications, attendance of seminars, conferences and FDPs. Periodic meetings with students representative are held and suggestions received from students are analysed and necessary steps are being taken.

The college organizes a large number of seminars, workshops, conferences and some faculty development programmes for the teachers. One of its teachers has received State level award. The Director of the college being a senior teacher in the university, is either the Chairman, or a Member of a large number of committees set up by the University, the State Government, other Universities and by UGC. Other members of the faculty of the college have also participated in different committees of the affiliating University.

The college has linkage with a number of individuals and institutions like University of Ottawa, California State University, UNDP and Zambia University for its different programmes.

Criterion - III: Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The college promotes research through project work of P.G. students, granting study leave to teachers to pursue Doctoral Research, and adjusting classes of the teachers pursuing research work. There is a research committee to prepare and submit proposals to different funding agencies. The college is recognized by the University as a Center for research and faculty members can guide Ph.D scholars. All faculty members are engaged in some form of research or the other in the college. 17 teachers have Ph.Ds and during the last three years three scholars have been awarded Ph.D. Degree and one M.Phil degree and 62 papers have been contributed by the teachers and are published in the refereed journals. The college provides financial support to some research projects. Seven projects are in progress with financial outlay of Rs. 26.03 lakhs. All these projects are funded by the U.G.C. The College publishes its research and consultancy programmes in the news papers. A quality research journal in Management is also published by the College. Fortnightly faculty seminars are also being conducted regularly.

The faculty members of the college undertake extension work on part-time basis in addition to their regular duties. Community Development Programme (Janmabhoomi), social work, AIDS awareness camp, blood donation camps, communal harmony campaign week, elimination of child labour projects, plantation camp are some of the extension activities undertaken by the NSS Unit of the college. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in extension activities by relieving them from their regular work. The college has also collaboration with some N.G.Os and G.Os. The college has also taken initiative to contribute and mobilize funds in assistance of victims of natural calamities and for social activities from time to time.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resource:
Out of the total 97.3 acres of land of the GITAM Society, the college has built up its building in four floor with total area of 33.915 square feet. This building houses class rooms, laboratories, library, staff common rooms and administrative office. The student hostels and staff and students amenities are also provided in the campus. The college is planning to increase the plinth area by 20,912.49 Sq. feet. for its future expansion. A spacious central library is provided to take care of the future needs for the next two decades. e-learning research center with an investment of Rs. 1.5 crores is already built to facilitate students' exposure to the international developments.

Sophisticated equipments are maintained under annual maintenance contracts with reputed institutions. Minor repairs are undertaken internally. The civil and electric installations are maintained by the concerned departments. By organizing different programmes at college, university, state and national level curricular and extra curricular activities the college ensures optimal utilization of the capacities. The college provides its facilities to other agencies like ILO, Naval dockyard, and other companies to organize training programmes.

The college keeps its campus clean by impressing upon its students and staff for the same. With the central parking facility, movements of vehicles in the campus is minimized. The Horticulture department of the Society keeps the campus green. The college is located at a distance place from the city making it pollution free.

The college has a library advisory committee. It has book bank facilities. The lending of books, purchase and stock verification of the library are all computerized. The library is connected with other libraries for inter library borrowings. The college has about 24,290 books and subscribe 203 journals and 1600 e- journals. Every year books and journals with Rs. 2 lakhs and Rs. 0.50 lakhs respectively are added to the library. The library works for 300 days in a year and kept open for 14 hours. (8.00 A.M. to 10 P.M.) in all the working days.

The college has a central computer laboratory. It has all together 79 computers of different configurations located in different departments, Office, library, etc. The central computer center operates between 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all working days. The working of the e-learning research centre is 9.00 A.M. to 9.00 P.M. The computer facilities are maintained by technicians under the supervision of the Director. The college is an institutional member of DELL-NET and its member institutions. Free medical aid and consultancy are provided in the campus by male and female doctors. Mediclaim policies are provided to staff to facilitate medical reimbursement.

The college has an Indoor stadium constructed at a cost of Rs. 200 lakhs, a part of which is funded by the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India. There are four tennis courts - two synthetic and two clay courts and facilities for different indoor and outdoor games. There is a well equipped common Gym separately for boys and girls. The college provides incentives like presentation of prizes, track suits to students representing in the University meets and publishes their photos in the college magazine. A number of its students have participated in the various university level games and sports during the last five years. About 25 percent of the students reside in the two hostels provided by the college with all facilities including internet connectivity with 2 MB facility distributed throughout the campus. There is a modern open air theatre in the college for performing various cultural programmes. There are post office, telephone exchange, bank branch with ATM facilities, STD booth and reprographic facilities. There are three canteens to provide food and snacks to the students and staff.

Criterion - V: Student Support and Progression:
About 95 percent of admitted students appear for the final examination. The drop out rate is between 10% to 15% for the BBM Programme. This is mainly because the students migrate to engineering programmes after joining the UG Programme. Majority of the under graduate students go for Post-Graduate studies. Only a small number of P.G. students go for Ph.D. programme. Majority of the P.G. students go for placement in different agencies. During the last five years only 15 students qualified in the U.G.C. NET Examinations and 50 in TOEFL. The college publishes its prospectus every year giving details about the admission process, course curriculum, facilities available in college, examination and other information regarding the college.

About 40 students of the college are receiving financial assistance and merit scholarships from the Social Welfare, Tribal Welfare and B.C.Welfare departments of state government every year. Private charitable institutions, industries, corporate bodies and commercial banks are also awarding scholarships to the students of the college.

The college has an exclusive employment cell known as Placement Cell headed by the Director of the college as Chairman and ably assisted by a placement officer. The Heads of departments and student representatives are the members of the cell. The Placement Officer is the convenor of the cell. The main functions of the cell are identifying prospective employers through industry interface and invite them for campus interviews, extending career guidance and counseling to students and organize programmes for personality development and communication skill. The Placement Cell has developed a library with books on career guidance and opportunities for higher education. There is a full time placement officer to look after the placement of students through liaison between students and the prospective companies. About 50 companies visit the campus every year for interview and about 120 companies make enquiries. During the last year 25 students were placed in local firms and 98 students are employed in the private sector. The college encourages students to undertake self-employment ventures and about 250 students of the college have undertaken self employment schemes.

The college has an Alumni Association and it helps in building up the data base and strengthening the relationship between the college and the Alumni. The Association also helps the college in its placement activity and meets on a periodic basis. The admission of students and NRI students for different courses take place as per the guideline of the state government and the affiliating university. All support services like, one window admission service, overseas students office, special accommodation, induction courses, social - cultural activities, welfare programmes, police clearance and better communication facilities are provided to NRI students.

The college has a number of recreational facilities available for students in the campus. These include a well equipped gymnasium for various indoor games and play grounds for different outdoor games. There is a management club, which organizes guest lectures, various cultural programmes, management meets and deputes students to B-school competitions organized in different parts of the country. There is a hobby center to encourage students in music, drawing, painting etc. A modern open air theatre helps the students to conduct various cultural activities. Students are also provided with reading rooms and T.V. sets in the hostels. The college regularly organizes class wise B-the best talent day to promote cultural and managerial skills. The college has introduced a noval scheme of lending books for the entire semester / year free of cost to the students with cent percent attendance and who are economically backward.

Criterion - VI: Organisation and Management:
There are departmental committees to review the academic programmes periodically and co-ordinate student counseling, tutorial classes, remedial courses, self appraisal reports of the faculty and the students feed back information about the performance of teachers. The overall performance of the college is discussed in the meetings of the heads of the departments, faculty and the Director. The college has an advisory committee, consisting of representatives of the faculty, students and one member of the governing body, which meets periodically to discuss matters pertaining to academic programmes and student activities. The decisions and recommendations of this committee are followed after obtaining the approval and financial sanction from the management. The work efficiency of non-teaching staff is monitored regularly by the Director and appropriate corrective steps are taken depending upon the requirements. The non teaching staff are given information training in office management and also computer training for office automations.

The affiliated university prepares the academic calendar for the courses affiliated to it, while the college prepares the academic calendar for the BBM course under autonomous scheme. The college charges Rs. 11,000/- Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 15,000/- per year for the BBM, MBA and M.HRM courses respectively as tuition fees as fixed by the University. The fees structure is revised during the year 2003 - 04. The college prepares its annual budget for the probable income and expenditures on various heads every year. The budget of the college during the last two years is found to be deficit.

There are a number of welfare schemes adopted by the college for its staff and faculty. These include retirement benefits like provident fund and gratuity, medical insurance, group insurance scheme, employees co-operative store and society, free medical and dental care and canteen facilities. There is a grievance redressal cell in the college under the chairmanship of the Director to deal with grievance of students and the staff. Besides the Employees Co-operative Credit Society, the staff of the college can avail loans from the Union Bank of India on the undertaking of the college. A committee consisting of the Director and the Heads of department will scrutinize the major items to be purchased and recommend the same to the management for making the purchases.

Criterion - VII : Healthy Practices:
Healthy practices are unique activities that enhance academic quality of the institution. The healthy practices observed in this institution are:

The Institute has well activated administrative bodies in the form of different councils, committees and boards for effective governance.

The teaching, learning process is carried out with devotion by fairly competent faculty, many of whom possess Ph.D. qualification.

Faculty Development Programmes are employed for career development of faculty.

Management has positive supporting attitudes towards providing facilities to students and staff.

Well equipped computer labs and well stocked library with a separate periodical section and study room.

The institute encourages value based education through the conduct of personality development and lectures through experts on the Yoga and Meditation.

The Director, the faculty, the staff and the students are driven by a passion for excellence.

GITAM enjoys a very healthy professional environment which is conducive to bring out the best in every individual working in the institute.

An atmosphere of informality, mutual trust, love and affection permeates in the entire institutes campus.

Academic audit is frequently carried on and steps taken for improving the quality and standard.

The college adopts collective decision - making process for its day-to-day management through different committees.

A number of individuals and institutions are invited for its national and international linkage for academic achievements.

The college has introduced a number of new and self financing courses like e-commerce and diploma courses for mobilizing resources.

The college invites a number of eminent persons from the society to impart value education.

The college participates in a number of social and cultural programmes through its NSS unit to inculcate civic responsibility among the students. Through indoor and outdoor games, hobby center and management club the college tries for personality development of students.

Encouraging teachers to undertake research and students to participate in seminars and conferences the college tries to achieve its goal.

The college maintains cordial relationship between students, teachers and the management.

The placement cell of the college is doing fairly good work.

A quality research journal is published by the college regularly.

Dress code for the students and ID card for the employees and students ensures proper discipline.

Adequate maintenance and proper utilization of infrastructure and buildings.

The College of Management Studies, GITAM is a typical institution in the academic scenario in India. It has created a niche in the state of Andhra Pradesh by becoming an autonomous institution at the U.G. level with a view to give a relevant quality academic programme for the students of not only Andhra Pradesh but other states in India also. All the technical programmes are approved by AICTE. GITAM has a competent dedicated faculty and highly motivated students. Compelled by the success they have achieved during the last 25 years, the top management envisages an important role for itself in furthering the educational opportunities for the students particularly in the new and emerging areas. The GITAM Management has taken conscious decision to go in for deemed to be University status . While this is a very laudable objective, the following suggestions may be considered by GITAM for keeping up the tempo and enhance further the qualities of its academic activities.

GITAM must take all efforts to become a totally autonomous institution to offer a relevant management programme meeting the needs of the industry in the society.

It can strive to scale greater heights by linkages with national and international institutions in teaching, research and faculty development.

Net working with other leading Indian institutions for further strengthening academic efforts be considered.

The Institute-Industry interface has to be further enlarged to increase its visibility in the corporate world.

Alumni Association activities need to be strengthened.

Overcome some of the locational disadvantages.

Motivate and recognize the star performers on the faculty and staff.

Sensitize students and faculty to the concerns of the common man through extension activities and outreach programmes.

A formal mechanism for evaluating the faculty performance on the dimensions of teaching, research, consultancy and the corporate training and administrative work may be implemented. To accomplish this, it is suggested that some kind of an annual work plan may be submitted by each faculty to the Director at the beginning of each academic year. This work plan will contain the number of courses the faculty would teach, number of MDPs the faculty would conduct, number of hours he/she should devote for research, consultancy and administration. After getting the approval from the Director, the faculty would devote their entire time for accomplishing their plan during the year. At the end of the year, the faculty performance may be evaluated with reference to the approved annual work plan.

The faculty members may be given one year sabbatical leave for every six years of service with full pay. During this leave, the faculty members may be encouraged to write monographs, papers, case studies, books and visit other institutions in India and abroad to enrich their knowledge. This will help the faculty to re-charge their batteries and come with innovative programmes for the future. This suggestion may be given a serious thought by the top management, since it appears that the present faculty team is heavily loaded with academic and administrative work. To come away from the routine monotonous work, the faculty members need to enjoy the sabbatical leave.

In view of the autonomy work load of the faculty will increase due to close monitoring of the students progress through continuous internal assessment systems. This may possibly affect the research output of the faculty in future. The faculty have been undertaken research and research papers due to personal and professional interest. No special monetary incentives were provided by the institute.

Since more than 500 students who are in the adolescent stage study in this institution it is advisable to have professional counselors in the institute for handling the emotional problems of the students.

It is also suggested that all business related softwares like SPSS, LINDO, CRYSTAL BALL, MS PROJECTS etc., to train the students in the computer application software packages related to business.

The Institute has no doubt developed a Computerized Students Information System (CSIS). This may be further extended to include all the basic details of the students, including their hobbies, interests, career objectives. This data base can be profitably used for guiding the students in choosing their career path. Over a period of time, the faculty members may add on the observations of the students and guide the students in selecting the right kind of specialization in the second year and the right kind of a job during the placement season. The Institute may emphasize Career Management as a life long process, teaching the students the art of analyzing themselves - their interests, goals and priorities - for developing skills in making informed decisions throughout their professional careers. Choosing one's employer, is a crucial and often a difficult process. Based on CSIS, the Institute may place a structured programme which offers a step-by-step approach to help students to define goals, analysis information and opportunities, plan effective strategies and put them into action. The programme should effectively train and support the students in terms of developing effective job search strategies, facing interviews, handling personality tests, negotiating and evaluating offers. In short, a career path programme, may be developed and implemented for the student community.

The resource mobilization activities may be strengthened by networking with the alumni. At present the contribution from the alumni towards the corpus fund seems to be very meager.

The institute should take efforts to go for National and International linkages.

A five-year perspective strategic plan may be developed by the institute so that all the members of the institute may work with a greater focus on the programmes that are going to be introduced in the institute in the near future.

The Peer Team had a very detailed and interesting interaction with the faculty team, students, alumni, parents and non teaching staff. The team was totally impressed by the vibrancy of the members of the GITAM family and a sense of legitimate pride which every one of them exhibited during the interaction. The Peer Team wishes to thank the President, Members of the Governing Body, the Director, the faculty and the staff and students, parents and alumni for the co-operation extended to them for validating the self-study report. The arrangements made for the meeting with the Governing Body, parents, alumni, staff and students were excellent. The support extended by the representative of NAAC Dr. M.S.Shyamsudar is thankfully acknowledged.

Chairman : Prof. Dr. N.Jayasankaran

Member Co-ordinator : Prof. P.K.Sahu

Member : Prof. N. Jagadeesha

Name of the Head of the Institution : Prof. M.Gangadhara Rao

Date: 12th February, 2005

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