Consortium 2015

Dr. Rakesh Varma, Group Head- Leading &Development, Narayan Hrudralaya Group of Hospitals, had made a visit to Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences. He addressed the students of MBA-HHM (2015-2017).

It was an interactive session. Dr. Rakesh Varma spoke about the competencies that are required of us as future healthcare managers. He talked about how Narayan Hrudayalaya indulges to a great deal in social service and activities. He also spoke about E- medicine and the steps Narayan Hrudayalaya is taking to initiate e- medicine on a national level.

Questions were put across by the students , to mention a few: What are the opportunities for a fresh MBA graduate who has no sort of work experience, to be a part of this organisation? How will e-medicine benefit the growing population of India?".

Mr. Rakesh gave his views. He also encouraged the students to work towards their goal of being efficient and effective healthcare managers, build on soft skills, knowledge and develop in certain skills that could give them a quintessential edge over the others, be it in placements or on the job.

The session was quite effective. Many were reassured about what are expected of them and what competencies are required of them..


Symbiosis Institute of health sciences organized a lecture by Mr. Unnikrishnan Nambiar, Senior Manager (Human Resources) of Sahyadri group of hospitals on 22nd of august 2015 in the premises of SIHS building for MBA-HHM students so that they could bank upon his knowledge and expertise of the H.R department.

Mr. Unnikrishnan took a very congenial and interactive lecture. He shared his insights and experiences of working in a hospital and asserted the importance of working in this vertical as hospitals tend to give a wider exposure to the individuals compared to the other health-care verticals. According to him, the working of a hospital is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted and so working there tends to hone one’s multiple skill-sets and faculties which becomes one’s forte as a manger. And so, it becomes much easier for the individuals who want to switch to other verticals after working in hospitals as their skills and knowledge is broadened but similar is not the case vice-versa.

When asked about the selection criteria in Sahyadri for freshers and the people with work experience, he stated they have different criteria for both the types, with an obvious weightage being given to the individuals with work experience,although freshers also do make good decisions based on their conceptual knowledge and their ability to tackle real life situations. He reiterated the fact that theoretical knowledge is of a trivial importance when it comes to the corporate world. It is application of that knowledge in real life situations which is critical. He advised the students to keep themselves updated about the affairs of the corporate world, read newpapers and business journals regularly, develop sound knowledge of statistics and hone their problem solving skills for a better career in the corporate. He urged the students to have an objective assessment of their strengths and weaknesses and that they must work upon their weaknesses while building up their strengths.

It was indeed a very edifying and overwhelming session and the students gained immensely by Mr. Unnikrishnan’s valuable insight and knowledge.

Mr.Nishant Jaiswal visited Symbiosis University(MBA HHM,SIHS,Pune) on 21st August 2015,Friday. He is a graduate in Microbiology and has done his Master’s in Hospital Management from Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration,Hyderabad (2003-2005). He has worked with many hospitals like Wockhardt, ASTER Medipoint and Hinduja and is currently working as the General Manager-Operations at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.

His session at Symbiosis was about “competency required in a student for placement as a trainee in a corporate hospital”.

He shared his life experience and challenges which he came across during his initial phases of career building.

would help the students to prepare themselves before joining the corporate hospitals.
He emphasised on the attitude of a student by saying-

“Your attitude will determine how u would perceive your career”, which includes adaptability and flexibility which one should have to sustain in organisation effectively and efficiently.

By sharing struggles he faced in his career he advised students to never give up as it is not easy to build your position in this competitive corporate world.

He strongly believes that one can learn from everyone whether the person is from a top hierarchical level or a ground level worker in an organization.

According to him you should never underestimate any kind of work assigned to you, as it will teach you many things which will help u in your overall development. Lastly he concluded that YOUR LEARNING AND WORKING ATTITUDE WILL DETERMINE YOUR POSITION IN AN ORGANIZATION.

Dr. Shilpa Bhalgat was with us on 22nd August 2015, for a talk about the hospital vertical in the Healthcare industry.

She is training in-charge at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital,Pune.She is the former HRD at Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital,Pune.

Dr. Shilpa has BHMS degree and has also done her PGDHM,MHA and MBA. She has 16 years of work experience both in hospitals and educational institutes. She has worked on NABH projects. She has worked at Pune University and Bhartiya Vidyapeeth- Centre for Health Management Studies and Research as a Coordinator,Asst Professor and guide and has contributed to the syllabus.

Various verticals of healthcare including hospitals, nursing, medical devices, IT and pharmaceuticals were described by Dr Shilpa.She explained major initiatives taken by the government of India to promote healthcare industry.Competencies required in healthcare administrators were focussed upon, like

Also as a trainee during internship what was expected of students was discussed.She disclosed how it is important to balance work and family life.Students queries were listened patiently and clarified in detail to them.She encouraged class interaction and justified how communication skills were essential to be a good hospital administrator.

Students were enlightened by her words of wisdom and had a better perspective of healthcare industry after this lecture.

Mr Amiya Sahoo, the head of HR of Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, accepted our invitation to come in and talk to the 2014-2016 batch with regard to the competencies required by Wockhardt Hospitals in their prospective candidates. He graced us with his presence on Tuesday, 18 August, 2015. 

Sir started off by talking about his personal background, as a science graduate who stated off in a small consultancy and later joined the Taj group of hotels before eventually joining Wockhardt Hospital.

"Why are you sitting in the last row and first row?" – this is the question he asked to describe two types of people, the first row people who have nothing to say but keep saying it anyway and the last row people, who have something to say but cannot say it.

According to Sir, you may have topped your class but you need not be the most successful person in your class.In this dynamic world, the shelf life of knowledge and skill is shorter.

A successful hospital manager, according to Mr Amiya Sahoo, is one who has a measurable amount of knowledge, skill and ability, demonstrated through behaviours, which underlies and drives exceptional performance.

The major attributes required by him are – leadership, management and administration.   Before going into the competencies Sir quoted Stephen R Covey saying, "Management is efficiency...”  Defining competencies he referred to the defense, as an example to show that competencies are skills, motives or other characteristics essential to a perform a job  successfully. 

Since knowledge is a skill that can be obtained, at this stage a recruiters they look at observable behaviour that "make a difference". How you do it, is more important than what you do. This he defined as the "How" performance. 

Competency in a nut shell is domain knowledge, domain skill, behaviour, attitudes, values, motive, willingness and desire. He described two types of competencies-general behavioural competencies and technical competencies.

WHL Competencies- strategic thinking, achievement orientation, business acumen, team leadership, collaboration, developing others, decision making, customer focus. Competencies can be measured through the development centre.

The lecture on 24th September 2015 for MBA-HHM batch 2015-17 was delivered by MS. DEEPA MOHANTY, Principal Consultant HOSMAC India Pvt. Ltd. She joined HOSMAC in June 2010. She is alumni of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2008-2010).

Then she discussed about the importance of consultancy saying that the work of a consultant is very important because consultants prepare reports for new projects such as medical college, hospitals etc and banks provide loan for such projects only after approval of the consultant. For preparation of such repots consultant should be master in NUMBER CRUNCHING and DATA ANALYSIS.

Then she discussed about the importance of consultancy saying that the work of a consultant is very important because consultants prepare reports for new projects such as medical college, hospitals etc and banks provide loan for such projects only after approval of the consultant. For preparation of such repots consultant should be master in NUMBER CRUNCHING and DATA ANALYSIS.

Then lastly she discussed about various types of consultancy:
1) Management Consultancy – Tells how to manage Healthcare Industry.
2) IT Consultancy- This is all about technology.
3) Marketing Consultancy- These consultants tell the hospital how to market new hospital, how to brand hospital, how to re-brand hospitals.
4) Strategic Consultancy- These consultants should have a broad view of entire healthcare industry.
5) Public Health Consultancy-This is growing and upcoming area where consultants work with NGO, NRHM etc.
6) Hospital Engineering/Project Consultancy- These consultant tell hospitals about engineering services in hospitals therefore they should have knowledge about Hospital engineering.
7) Medical Equipment Consultancy- They hire medical engineers because they have technical knowledge of equipments therefore they know which equipment should be used depending upon the type of hospital.
8) Project management Consultancy- They should know how to manage any project.

Ma’am also suggested that we as students should extract maximum benefit out of our internships and learn as much as we can.

The session was indeed very useful and briefed us about the wide vertical of consultancy industry.