Report on E-Orientation Programme of MBA 2020-22 Batch

School of Petroleum Management (SPM), Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDEU) organizes Orientation Programme for its MBA entrants every year. However, Covid 19 pandemic created lot of uncertainty over students physically visiting the campus. Due to this, SPM decided to organize the virtual orientation programme for MBA aspirants using Zoom platform. E-orientation was organized starting from 25th June, 2020 for 3 weeks and continued till 19th July, 2020 involving about 60 hours of delivery. This E-orientation was planned meticulously to sensitize aspirants with gamut of speakers from Industry, SPM faculties, Motivational Speakers, Alumni, Communication Expert, Domain & Sector Expert to bring the broader perspective to their learning and pave the way for successful 2 years of their B-school journey. Sessions began with welcome address by Admission Chairperson, SPM and Dean, SPM followed by introduction from all SPM faculties and introduction of 120 students was split (15 students) on each day to make it interactive and keep it more interesting.

Prof. S. Sundar Manoharan, Director General, PDEU welcomed students and provided the newcomers a bird’s eye view about PDEU followed by an address from Prof. C. Gopalkrishnan, Director, SPM conveying how their journey will be over a period of 2 years. Prof. Pramod Paliwal, Dean-SPM spoke about the pillars on which an ideal B-School stands and that how SPM stands strong on the same. Chairperson-Admissions, Dr. Sudhir Yadav motivated students by sharing the diversity of the batch and that how after a rigorous process the candidates have been fortunate to be on-board at SPM. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Ramesh Nair, CEO, Adani Solar as Chief Guest of the Inaugural Ceremony of E-orientation programme.

Most importantly, students were also made familiar with how they can choose entrepreneurship over traditional job with the support from Innovation & Incubation centre (IIC), PDEU. Mr. Abhinav Kapadia, Director, IIC, PDEU and team made the detailed presentation about the same. Various other speakers from different background interacted with students as detailed below. E-orientation programme was concluded with the address from Programme Chairperson explaining students about the various courses, electives, rules and regulations during their stay on campus, anti-ragging rules, credits offered, etc. It is noteworthy to mention that within the E-Orientation programme, the students were given a strong foundation on Excel Modelling and Business Communication. Incidentally even before the formal E-Orientation, they were offered an online TCS Module on Effective Communication.

Dr. Akash Patel, Mentor- SPM Placements and Mr. Kunal Lalwani, Manager-CDC designed and executed the entire E-Orientation Programme with the help of PGP 19 students’ team comprising Tavish Verma, Aarohi Shah, Juhi Shah, Rishabh Shrivastav and Parth Asnani. Dr. Narayan Baser and Dr. Sudhir Yadav were instrumental in inviting international guest speakers. Tavish Verma and his colleagues ably formed social media app group to coordinate with the new students.


A glimpse of speakers who interacted with SPM MBA 2020 batch E-Orientation

Guest Speakers
  • Mr. Achal Rangaswamy, Chief Executive Officer, Achal Rangaswamy The Coach
  • Mr. Purav Bhatt, Lead - Digitalization, Siemens Ltd.
  • Mr. Deepak Krishnan – Finance Modelling Expert
  • Mr. Ajay Rawal, General Manager (Marketing), Raymond Consumer Care
  • Dr. Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director - SCM, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
  • Mrs. Sanju Thakur, DGM - HR, Future Retail Ltd.
PDEU Faculty
  • Prof. C. Gopalkrishnan, Director, SPM
  • Prof. Pramod Paliwal, Dean-SPM
  • Prof. Sudhir Yadav, Chair-Admissions, SPM
  • Prof. Ashutosh Muduli, SPM, PDEU
  • Dr. Satish Pandey, SPM, PDEU
  • Prof. Somdeb Lahiri, Professor, SPM
  • Dr. Pradip Mallik, SLS
  • Prof. Anirbid Sircar, SPT/GERMI
  • Dr. Narayan Baser, Chair-Academics, SPM
International Speakers
  • Mr.Yograj Zala, Senior Consultant, Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte – San Francisco
  • Mr. Nilesh Thakkar, Managing Director, Intellective Capital, Singapore
  • Mr. Amit Shah, Regional Business Development Leader, Dow Chemicals - Netherland
  • Mr. Ankit Sanghvi, CFA, FRM, Strategic and Reputational Risk at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canada
SPM Alumni
  • Mr. Palash Acharya, WIPRO
  • Mr. Nimesh Shah, British High Commission
  • Ms. Shruti Shekhar, Schlumberger - Qatar
  • Mr. Saurabh Dubey, Protiviti, Abu Dhabi
  • Mr. Sudarshan Gupta, Acresium, Hyderabad
  • Mr. Jainam Shah, Gail India Ltd. Noida
  • Ms. Pratiksha Verma, Infosys, Bangalore
  • Mr. Maharshi Vyas, Entrepreneur
Communication Experts
  • Ms. Radhi Nair, Consultant & Content Strategy Specialist
  • Prof. Ruchi Tiwari, MICA