An Interview with Prof. Parveen Nagpal, BMS Co-ordinator, M.L. Dahanukar College
- Tell us something about yourself and your college.
I have done my M.Com with management in the year 2002; I did M. Ed and then MHRDM from METs Institute of Management. I recently cleared my PET in commerce.
My college, M. L. Dahanukar College of Commerce, where I have been working since the last three years, has given me a platform to grow and learn. My head, Dr. Madhavi Pethe has always been my inspiration and mentor. She’s been a guide, philosopher and encourages me in all endeavors. She is a dynamic personality who gives me lot of freedom to implement new ideas.
- When did you join this profession? What inspired you to choose this line?
I joined this profession in 2004. My love for teaching goes back to my childhood days when I used to play the role of a teacher and gather all kids from my neighbourhood and teach them religiously. My passion for teaching and love for the students inspired me to share my knowledge with others, hence I chose this line. Also teaching profession helps me to constantly enhance my knowledge and be abreast with the latest trends in the field.
- As a Coordinator, do you also teach any subjects? If yes, which subjects you teach?
Teaching is my passion. I love to teach Marketing/ Retail Management, HRM and other General Management subjects.
- How are the roles and responsibilities of a Coordinator different from that of a faculty? Do you like being a Faculty or a Coordinator? Which helps you to connect more with students?
Coordinator has to do the work of conducting examinations, admissions, coordinating with the faculty and the students, interacting with parents, scheduling regular as well as guest lectures and so on. I am happy being a coordinator as it helps me to connect more with students. Also my role is satisfying and challenging and this motivates me to be committed and dedicated towards my profession.
- Who in your life has influenced the most?
My parents have influenced me the most. Though they are not much educated, they did realize the value of education in our life. In fact, they stood in the long queue to get M.Com form for me and that was what inspired me to pursue my education further after graduation. I owe all the credit solely to my parents and I am glad I have made them proud.
- Tell us something about your college fests/events and extra-curricular activities? Do you believe that it should be made compulsory for students to manage both studies and be a part of college fests/events?
We have various events in our college held by the B.com as well as the SFC section, which are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the students with their active participation. The BMS Department has been holding intra/inter collegiate event “Corporaiders”. The main aim of the event is to give the students a corporate exposure. Students are supposed to work on case studies, projects, management games and other management activities. Corporate personnel are invited to judge the event, give feedback and also share their experiences and knowledge.
Participating in such events grooms the students and brings out hidden potential in them. Students should participate in college fests because it enhances their leadership and interpersonal skills.
The college also conducts lectures and workshops on leadership development skills that help to develop the personality of the students and develops confidence in them. There are also various committees in our college like NSS, Natya Mandal, and Women Development Cell etc through which various events are organized throughout the academic year.
Not only this, to create a conducing environment of research & percolate research culture amongst our students our principal Dr. Madhavi Pethe took an initiative & constituted a team of Avishkar Research Association comprising of academicians & student participants to create an ambience for nurturing innovation creativity & excellence in the learners. Avishkar Association strongly motivates inter disciplinary research & supports scientific development for the benefit of industry & society.
Our annual magazine “Spectrum” gives an opportunity for our students and faculty to express and present their views on different topics though their creative writing.
- Tell us something about your college students’ performances? Does your college provide any placement assistance to BMS students?
The students are very enthusiastic and their performance has always been above average in academics as well as other co-curricular activities.
There are seminars held and guidance is given to students about various career options which they can pursue simultaneously or after graduation. We have companies like J.P. Morgan, Thane Janta Sahakari Bank, C. A. firms etc. who approach us for campus recruitment and absorb our undergraduate students for part time as well as full time jobs. Also summer internship is made compulsory for the students going to the second year. The certificate of which has to be produced on demand.
- What are your future plans for the college?
For me placements and building brand value are the fields which I would give emphasis on. PTVA has also entered the arena of management education and come up with its management college “PTVAs Institute of Management”, where various programs are run at post graduate level. We encourage students for further and higher studies to develop their professional careers in different fields like accountancy, management, finance, information technology etc.
We aim to prepare mature youth inculcated with qualities of discipline, regularity, punctuality, hard work and self-reliance so as to make them responsible and reliable who can successfully meet the growing needs of the corporate world. My long term vision is to make M. L. Dahanukar College of Commerce, a more established brand, so that every student graduating from this institution, will carry the stamp of all round excellence through his/her career.
- What are the prospects after BMS?
After BMS, students can go for MBA, MMS, or any post graduation with specialization in subjects like HR, Finance, and Marketing etc. They can even pursue their post graduation abroad and then a doctorate which gives them a better opportunity in the corporate sector. Students are also eligible to apply for entry level jobs in the field of management such as marketing executives, management-trainees and so on.
- What message would you like to give to BMS students?
I personally feel the BMS course is designed beautifully to completely transform a child in three years. Apart from the varied subject knowledge, BMS students are class apart than the students of other undergraduate courses. The students are more confident, have good communication skills and develop professional attitude as management education is different from other courses. This all would be possible if the student interacts more, develops reading skills, presentation skills, keeps himself updated about the latest developments in the economy and industry. So if the child is ready for this, BMS is the right choice for him. BMS education must be seen as an opportunity to improve one’s overall personality and develop leadership and other skills. It helps to prepare the child to face the challenges in life. In today’s date and age bookish knowledge cannot be the only measure of education but education needs to be an activity that makes learner more versatile and induces out-of-box thinking.
- Your suggestions/feedback for BMS.co.in?
First of all, I would appreciate BMS.co.in for being an effective and interactive medium for the faculty and students of various institutes of BMS to connect and express our views. It will definitely help the teaching fraternity to know and coordinate with each other, the latest events and developments of colleges. BMS.co.in is very informative and convenient from the students’ as well as the teachers’ point of view to access any information and updates with regards to BMS.