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I Keep Reminding My Students at Kiams That Finance Is Pretty Much Like Life Itself – Not a 100 Meter


Way back in 2001, Mr. Atul Kulkarni was an enigma to both students and faculty members at KIAMS. Why a practicing – and flourishing – Chartered Accountant should take up a full-time faculty position in management education was beyond their comprehension; even his friends and erstwhile colleagues believed he was in KIAMS for a break of sorts. They thought he’d be back to where he came from within a couple of years. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

“My association with KIAMS is nearly 13 years old now. I did not enter it on a whim, or for a break. I was looking for a good B-school where I could polish my capabilities as a teacher. I wanted to understand the profession thoroughly. My association with KIAMS started as full-time faculty and has now evolved into visiting faculty.”

Mr. Kulkarni’s evolution has truly been inspiring. Having metamorphosed into an accomplished teacher at KIAMS, he was snapped up by Infosys in 2006 to set up its Centre of Excellence for finance and accounting at its Bangalore BPO. As the Head F&A CoE, Infosys, Mr. Kulkarni effectively developed domain training programmes across all levels in the organisation. By March 2010, he realised that his job at Infosys was done, and rather than shift to a different corporate house, he decided to freelance; thus making his expertise available to many other players in the industry.

“Ever since March 2010, I have conducted trainings in organisations of all shapes, sizes and nature across India. They include companies like Accenture, Intelenet and GMR. Since I am on the panel of approved trainers for Addecco, I have conducted various programmes for their clients as well.”

Mr. Kulkarni feels that whatever the domain, setting of training objectives and understanding those objectives are essential for effective results.

“You imbibe different values when you work at different organisations and tend to carry them forward to the new organisation. But when you are by yourself, not only is your learning curve really steep, but you also start valuing little things which you would’ve ignored earlier. Today, if I need to get a print-out, I think ten times about wastage of paper. Yes, having worked at Infosys matters; it is a value driven company. But going solo is a different ball game altogether, and it makes you think about the importance of instilling a sense of ownership… in a company or a B-school like KIAMS; as faculty or as a student.”

He feels that while the current outlook might be gloomy, Finance is an evergreen field. In fact, a down precedes a high, and therefore opportunities in Finance are only going to expand; be it banking, insurance or the stock market.

I keep reminding my students at KIAMS that finance is pretty much like life itself – not a 100 meters race, but a marathon. Very often I see students panic when they see things on the downturn. The essence of long- term success lies in your ability to withstand these short- term downturns, and develop yourself in the process. Instead of looking for places where opportunities are, you should first see what you are made for.

The Role Of Plagiarism-detection Software

In their efforts to deter plagiarism, many universities are using plagiarism-detection software. To be more precise, however, the most popular software products like Turnitin and SafeAssignment compare students? submissions to databases composed of journal articles, news reports, and student research papers to identify ?matches.? These matches indicate reasons for additional investigation by professors, but do not prove that acts of plagiarism have occurred.

A recent study at Texas Tech identified 400 papers submitted by students that were identified by plagiarism software as having ?matches? with existing works. Further investigation; however, revealed only two of the students? papers were actually found to be plagiarized.

This research suggests we might have a serious misconception of what these plagiarism-detection software products really do. Perhaps to name ?plagiarism detection? is misplaced, in terms of describing what these products do and their appropriate role. They don?t so much detect plagiarism as much as they identify elements of students? submissions that match to work of others. Thus, instances where students have used common jargon or phrases in their work can be expected for inclusion in the reports generate by most plagiarism-detection software products.

We are learning the proper role of plagiarism-detection software is to cast a very wide net that identifies only potential acts of plagiarism along with many appropriate uses of popular terms and phrases. Thus, these software products are only one tool in a university?s program of identifying and deterring plagiarism. Perhaps the most valuable role plagiarism-detection software can play is to deter students from copying the work of others. Students will be much less likely to knowingly commit acts of plagiarism if the know their submissions will be evaluated by plagiarism-detection software.

Thing to Check While Taking Admission for a Professional Course

Today, there is a flood of such institutions which offer interior design training course or Diploma course in IAD. But if you really want achieve success in your career then, you have to very conscious while selecting an institution for yourself. So, here we are providing guidelines that will help you to select school of interior design or institute for any other course.

Faculty- Faculty is the backbone of every institute. The credibility of the institute depends on the skills and qualification of its faculty. These are people who are going to teach and train you. Also there should be a balance ration of guest faculty and permanent faculty as it shows that how are the contacts of institute in the industry. If a college don’t invite guest lecturers and solely depend on full time faculty, then better to cross that college from your list.

Authenticity of information- Today institutes appoint PR personnel’s for creating a positive image of their institute in every media. They also have people in social, electronic and print media for creating hype for their college, for example, a xyz institute is the best interior architecture institute of Delhi on the basis of number of placements. This hype increased the number of applicants for that college. Therefore check the authenticity of information regarding the college. Moreover a college which is actually good doesn’t need to brag about its quality.

Alumnus- Meeting an ex student is the best way to know about the genuineness of the institute. But you should meet someone who is recently passed out from that institute. Meeting a student who has passed out some 5-6 years ago is of no use because they won’t able to tell you the current situation.

Return on Investment- Getting admission in a good college alone is not sufficient enough. It should be in your budget. There are colleges which are charging very high amount of fees, but not able to provide placement as per the investment. In such case you should avoid that college as it won’t be able to give you fruitful results of your investment.

But you should also remember that more than college it is your own hard work and determination which will lead you to the success. So give your best efforts, and try to make most out of the opportunity provided by the institute.

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Choosing A College In London

There are many higher education Colleges in London which are offering vast range of courses and this makes the task of choosing your college more difficult. There are many factors which are considered when we look for a college course in London. You must consider those factors according to your need before selecting a college for a certain course. On one hand, it will be difficult to deal with some factors, while on the other hand it will be easy to deal with some other factors as you will have no control over them. Three most important factors which need to be considered are given below.

(1) Location of College. This is the most important factor. As London is divided into large number of different areas. Each area has its own environment and you may choose a college on the basis of its location. For example, you could select a college which is located in the center of London. As you may guess, this can be an exciting place to live as there is always a lot going on in London. But at the same time there is a downside to this choice, as living in the right center of London can be more expensive in terms of living costs and accommodation.

(2) Subject or course you wish to study. There is the possibility that you have already made your mind about what to study before you started looking for places to study but still you can change your mind. Every subject can offer variety of courses. In some of these you will find your main subject linked with other related subject areas. Some time it becomes more interesting to study a special course than straight-forward study. However, you must think again and again before choosing a particular subject.

(3) Level of course. Course level is important in two aspects. One is the starting level and other is the level of qualification which you obtain on completion. In most cases, A Level is considered as the starting level for a bachelor?s degree however, entry requirements for courses are becoming easier today than they ever were.

Radio Broadcasting Schools: A Step In The Right Direction

A professional disc jockey can go by a lot of different names. For starters, they can also be called DJs or deejays, they are also sometimes referred to as announcers or on-air personalities. There is no correct name. The only thing consistent between all names is the job description. Every disc jockey – no matter where they work: large or small markets – is required to play music for the enjoyment of his or her listeners. They know their audience. They know what their audience likes and what will make the audience change stations. Great DJs engage the audience by holding drawings, interviews and other forms of entertainment.

Disc jockey jobs are not just given away to anyone who walks into the studio and has a great voice. A disc jockey position has to be earned through hard work, training and experience. That experience can only be learned through time spent in studios and running equipment. This type of training students receive when they attend radio broadcasting schools and undergo a predetermined course selection guaranteed to have you on the radio in less than a year.

The intensive work load offered through radio broadcasting schools arms students with the skill sets industry professionals search for when hiring new employees. These skills include knowledge and understanding of different music genres, how to remain updated on the current trends and hit songs, how to communicate well; not only with their audience but with their interviewees as well. Finally a disc jockey is taught how to carefully choose material that will logically flow together depending on the station or venue they are working at.

Another thing to remember: great disc jockeys are not created overnight; instead great ones pay their dues by working late shifts to practice their craft and find their voice. While all successful radio DJs sound as comfortable behind the mic as anywhere else, there are few naturals. Most famous radio DJ have spent years working on their delivery and refining their voice. They have spent hours listening to and studying other successful DJs. And they network. They meet as many people in the radio industry as they can they get to know the business. They follow trends, they know what?s hot and what?s not. It may take years for a DJ Radio broadcasting schools provide an excellent source of real-world experience combined with the leading technology guaranteed to jump start your career the second you step foot in their studio.

Radio broadcasting schools not only teach the ins and outs of the radio media business, they also teach their students professionalism. They let students discover the culture of broadcast media, and they teach students what to expect in the world of professional radio. Students are taught to censor themselves and perform to the best of their abilities in order to leave lasting impressions with industry professionals that lecture and guest speak during classes. By acting in a professional manner, students are more likely to create positive referrals for themselves that can be passed on from teachers to current on-air personalities searching for everything from interns or studio managers looking to hire a new employee.

As long as radio stations exist and people gather at social functions where music is being played, there will always be a need for disc jockeys. How many other jobs can you name where you get paid to listen to the music you love and converse with other local people who share the same interests as you? The best disc jockeys in radio know not only how to create playlists and mix records, they also know how to entertain and inform.