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SummaryThe MBA students from the IIMA have volunteered for a three-month-long project that started in October.

Around 28 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) students are reaching out to the engineering students in Gujarat to share management fundamentals with an aim to increase the employability quotient and improve the academic ecosystem.

The MBA students from the IIMA have volunteered for a three-month-long project that started in October.

Armed with a mandate of increasing employability quotient of students, resource mobilisation and funding in engineering colleges and use of social media platforms for technical institutes, the students have been divided into seven teams and visited several technical colleges in the rural and urban areas of the state.

The management students are also guiding several colleges to develop student-driven placement cells and use of social media to create awareness about jobs.

“Informal networks should be created among students on social media portals like Facebook, so that students can get job alerts and stay informed in a structured manner. Simply increasing the alumni network can create 25 per cent jobs and so we plan to start a database of the alumni in some colleges to start the process. For this project, we have looked at the best practices in top colleges, their faculty conditions, extra curricular activities, elective courses and also suggested several changes in the course curriculum that can be brought about,” said Ranjeet K Jaiswal, a second year Post Graduate Diploma in Management student, who is part of the IIMA’s consulting body Forum for Industry Interaction (FII) that facilitates industry interface with students.

Students can choose from a list of 100 technical institutes in state to visit, submit secondary data post and recommend management strategies to improve the system, said an official. A review of their fieldwork was held by Gujarat’s Commissioner for Higher Education — Jayanti Ravi — last week, where the students apprised the department officials of their insights and recommendations, a few of which the department plans to implement.

“We had recorded several videos on how to use Internet to scout for jobs, prepare a resume, write formal emails to companies, how to follow up with them and we are planning to share the information with the department. We also observed a lack of competitive environment in colleges, so have suggested more extra curricular feasts should be arranged,” said Akarshit Mehra, an IIMA student.

“The placement record is less than 30 per cent in some colleges that we have visited. We have suggested them to form activity clubs to spur leadership among

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