Rawar is a seven week long exercise that PCTE B-School took off here at Ludhiana today with its final year PGDM students (Post Graduate Diploma In Management). It is the first of the kind in the country, where the students are divided into teams. The teams are out to purchase, sell, negotiate, lead, team play, handle key situations, etc .
Ms. Harpreet K Kang, Deputy Dean, PCTE Group explained that she came up with the concept to address a huge gap in Management education in the country. She elaborated that while most vocational courses have practical training alongside studies, like during MBBS a student gets to treat patients, or a Hotel Management student actually gets to cook in the kitchen and do house-keeping, but a Management graduate despite playing a key role in the economy of the country doesn’t have any sort of practical training. Henceforth, PCTE has taken this initiative where students are practically asked to purchase, sell, market, negotiate for real commodities for college and other organizations outside.
Ms. Aashima Thapar and Ms. Harleen Mahajan, the Course Instructors for “Project Management” felt that this was one course, which would help students display everything they had learnt in over a year in theory to apply it practically. Dr. K N S Kang, Director General, PCTE Group of Institutes expatiated that while he was a Ph.D in Marketing, it was impossible to study marketing in a class alone, and PCTE will create history in Management world by first time taking management practices to the field, and grading students based on it.
For the first week, the students have been handed out a purchase order list today, informed Ms. Aashima Thapar. She said students would be purchasing in teams, and these would be real orders that they would execute for the college itself. She explained that PCTE chose to keep its in-house purchasing on the cards foremost so that the basic teething problems are not required to be resolved by the industry or market outside.
Dr. Kang informed that different banks, financial institutions, cafes, bakeries, insurance companies, restaurants, social governance, non-government organizations, schools, besides general stores and shops have been approached and contacted for this exercise alone. She elaborated that many of them have shown extreme enthusiasm for this exercise and have collaborated in this exercise. He said students have never been this enthusiastic about any other activity at PCTE so far, so his entire team is also pretty geared up now for the grand two odd months that will unpack from here.