Meet a VLM Student

VLM students are the best resource when it comes to sharing their unique experiences of the PGPEX VLM Program. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the current students who provided their contact information below. For admissions related questions, please email vlmp@iimcal.ac.in or chairman_vlmp@iimcal.ac.in. To learn more about our current students, see our Student Profiles page.

N V PRUDHVI TEJA

N V PRUDHVI TEJAprudhvitejax2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2011

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
Reliance Industries Limited
Pyramid Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Years of Experience
5.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post-graduation, I had the opportunity to handle real life large scale problems at Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. The experience ranged from handling different functions like operations, reliability to co-coordinating cross functional teams. After that, I had the opportunity to work in teams from different countries and executing large scale oil & gas EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) projects.

Post VLM Ambition
Post VLM, in the short run I would like to get an exposure from varied sectors by handling consulting projects. In the long run, I would like to see myself as a successful leader in next manufacturing revolution in India

VLM Experience So Far
VLM programme is a unique programme in India, even globally, offered by three premier institutes jointly. The vision of our former president late Mr. Abdul Kalam and thinking behind launching of this programme itself explains the uniqueness and probably 10 years success of the programme. So far, (4 months in the programme) I could see the transformation in the 40 future visionary leaders. I feel the USP of the programme is emphasizing on the point that a visionary leadership is not just about making more profits, it’s about creating value for the organization and in turn for the society. And the range of courses from breakthrough management to strategic analysis, Finance & Accounting to HR, Robotics, 3-D Printing in the manufacturing to Advance materials & ERP/Cloud manufacturing made me understand the importance of co-ordination between technology and management for the sustainable growth of industries.

ANJALI SAHU

ANJALI SAHUanjalisx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Institute of Technology Raipur, 2012

Discipline (B. Tech)
Metallurgical Engineering

Past Organization
JSW Steel Ltd
Steel Authority of India Limited-Bhilai Steel Plant

Years of Experience
4.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post-graduation, the opportunity of working with India's top-notch steel giants helped me to gain in depth, hands-on knowledge in Quality Management and Operations Management. With proven experience, along with good hold on functional aspects of the task assigned helped me fetch a role in Project Management aiming to entail scaling up capacity and new product development.

Post VLM Ambition
PGPEX VLM has given me the opportunity to broaden my horizon and develop a business intuitive thought process. Post VLM, I wish to leverage the knowledge acquired to get greater insights in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management leading to innovative learning & developing initiatives in the corporate world.

VLM Experience So Far
PGPEX-VLM has given an unparalleled opportunity to be a part of cohort with diverse background who have embarked on a journey to experience the transformation into VISIONARY leaders for the manufacturing sector in India. The program equips with leadership qualities, excelling at business development skills along with the proficiency in core subject knowledge to make powerful business decisions. It has so far added to the gamut of experience with a formal training in management and its vast industry connect along with strong alumni base has opened up plethora of opportunities to move on to a corporate role. The structured pedagogy of the course is such that it enhances entrepreneurial skills in addition to developing analytical and systematical approach with the understanding of the subjects like Finance, Strategy and Economics to solve various business problems.

NISHANT SRIVASTAV

NISHANT SRIVASTAVnishantsx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Sardar Vallabhai National Institute of Technology Surat, 2011

Discipline (B. Tech)
Electronics Engineering

Past Organization
JSW Steel Ltd

Years of Experience
5.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
With an interest in Industrial automation and inclination towards new technologies, I was working as an Assistant Manager with JSW steel. Having technical expertise in the field of automation I was looking after process excellence and business excellence domain of hot rolling mill. In the capacity of a team leader I successfully implemented various projects thus increasing the effectiveness as well as efficiency of the production process.

Post VLM Ambition
Eyeing towards changing technologies which are creating disruption in current business scenarios thus creating new opportunities and with my past experience in process excellence, Post VLM I would like to pursue my career as a consultant.

VLM Experience So Far
VLM experience so far has been very enriching. The holistic knowledge about various verticals of management, which has been taught to us by the elite faculties of the program has given a boost to the learning curve. The case studies and group activities has given a great platform to learn and apply. The unique batch of 40 with each and every one having a distinct set of skills and talent has made peer learning an effective mode of acquiring knowledge

NEHA JAIN

NEHA JAINnehajx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Institute of Technology Raipur, 2012

Discipline (B. Tech)
Metallurgical Engineering

Past Organization
Maruti Suzuki Ltd
Steel Authority of India Limited

Years of Experience
4.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
Graduating in Metallurgy from a college near a steel city was a dream come true. I chose to be part of that industry and had aimed to contribute towards the company's growth. I got the opportunity to work as a Junior Manager in the Production, Planning & Control Department, SAIL in its Rourkela division, as a supply chain manager of integrated steel plant, I streamlined production and dispatch of Steel Pipes and Coils. Recognizing my analytical and management skills, I was then tasked to supervise and lead operation/licensing of Weighbridges.

Post VLM Ambition
I joined VLM to enable my understanding at a cross functional level of complexity and develop a structured approach towards ideation and execution planning. Having limited hands on experience in supply chain, Post-VLM I would like to pursue my career in Supply chain at an international level.

VLM Experience So Far
VLM experience so far has been rewarding, and has been reinforcing & upgrading us with various disciplines of management. It has been an insightful learning experience and i had many takeaways from the past 4 months. The modules, courses & workshops are designed in such a distinctive way that the attributes and qualities of a Visionary Leader have already started inculcating in all 40 of us. The structure so far has imparted learning from elite faculties, guest speakers from different verticals of industry, alumni and needless to say peer learning from the current batch of VLM where everyone has an exclusive set of skills in various domains of Manufacturing sectors.

HARI KRISHNA BYSANI

HARI KRISHNA BYSANIharikbx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, 2010

Discipline (B. Tech)
Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering

Past Organization
Vanderlande Industries

Years of Experience
4.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
After graduation, with my keen interest to develop technical knowledge, I completed M. Tech in Control Systems, from College of Engineering Pune. Started my professional career as an Automation Engineer in Dutch based Automation company, Vanderlande Industries. It was a great opportunity to work with diverse cultural and functional team across the globe, got an immense exposure to superior quality and level of automation involved in typical manufacturing sector. Executed mid-level and large level projects independently and in diverse teams from different countries, this helped me improve my leadership and managerial skills. I was associated with R&D activities to design new standard of SCADA with Vanderlande using silver light technology. I developed generalized tools to reduce Engineering hours and to increase profitability of the project, this made me recognized as a "Technical support team member" within the company.

Post VLM Ambition
I want to accelerate my career in techno managerial leadership position, where I can use my past technical experience and exposure of diverse nationalities with my present learning from VLM to boost the automation in the Indian Manufacturing sector.

VLM Experience So Far
VLM has been a great experience where the take away from the course is an intangible property. This knowledge will be definitely useful for us to start our careers in leadership positions in the manufacturing sector to fulfill our roles and responsibilities, in the long term it will help in boosting up the Indian manufacturing sector to the global level. VLM is designed in a diverse fashion where the future leaders can learn the isometric view of different dimensions of Manufacturing sector.

SAUNAK DEY

SAUNAK DEYsaunakdx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Power Training Institute (E.R), 2009

Discipline (B. Tech)
Power Engineering

Past Organization
The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL)

Years of Experience
7.6

Pre-VLM Exposure
My seven-year long career has endowed me with an end-to-end understanding of power projects. While at Vedanta, I gained a stronghold over mechanical maintenance, vendor/spare parts management, and led innovative assignments, at The West Bengal Power Development Corporation, my duties encompassed safe/effective plant operation, power generation, and emergency supervision. In my last role of Liaison Officer, I worked closely with mining and finance teams on critical activities. Interfacing with ministries, central electricity authorities, international organizations, and various departments, my interpersonal and negotiation skills have grown immensely. Additionally, I have amassed skills in project management, crisis management, interdepartmental/cross-functional teamwork, and networking along with sound knowledge of the commercial, regulatory, and pecuniary aspects of the industry.

Post VLM Ambition
The electric power industry is transforming! Intense competition among private and public power producers has forced companies to generate power more efficiently and at cheaper rates, requiring them to adjust much faster and innovate more collaboratively across verticals. Therefore, operational excellence is fast emerging as the major catalyst for the industry. With this in mind, I see myself donning the role of an operations consultant in top firms such as McKinsey & Co., KPMG, PwC, etc. post the PGPEX-VLM. Driving the analysis and re-engineering of existing business processes, implementing IT in conjunction with business strategy, I will help my clientele leverage their assets/ investments to extract more value from plant setups, facility, mine and/or division. This broad-based exposure will catapult me to the position of a Managing Partner in around ten years where I can contribute to the firm’s and its clients’ overall sustainability, profitability and growth.

VLM Experience So Far
The PGPEX-VLM program has till date fortified my aspirations by facilitating my shift from core engineering to management domain which is popularly known as shift from small 'm' to big 'M'. Through its expansive curriculum, I have developed a robust understanding of business fundamentals pertaining to how finance, marketing, and operations interact. The combination of practicum, the course-works at IIM-C, IIT-K, and IIT-M will ease my career transition and build hands-on skills. Since business relies on estimation, decision-making and big-picture thinking, PGPEX-VLM’s unique focus on International Industrial Study Visit at Japan and platforms such as VLMP Lecture Series appeal to me. They will instill the thought process, awareness, and skills I need as part of the global workforce.

SHUVASRI DHAR

SHUVASRI DHARshuvasridx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Power Training Institute (Eastern Region), 2011

Discipline (B. Tech)
Power Engineering

Past Organization
Emerson Automation Solutions

Years of Experience
5.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
I have been associated with Emerson for the last 5 years and 10 months, a fortune 500 which is one of the leading manufacturing global company. I was working as a project lead which had enabled me to managing project budget, schedules, quality, engineering team members in China, Manila, US to execute Power Plant Simulation design projects and handling client's unique requirement through successful FAT & SAT (Site Acceptance Test). In my past role, I was fortunate enough to be a part of core team for new product development and validation of Simulation software in Emerson's Ovation platform that has helped me to gain insights of distinct nature and work culture of working in a team spread across globally.

Post VLM Ambition
Having past experience in Energy sector and by utilizing my 2.5-year international experience at United States, now I intend to accelerate my career to a leadership role, where I can be a part of decision making process and strategic management team to run an organization. Inspired by the worldwide energy situation, I would like to put my technical and business-related knowledge to greater use especially in the role of a strategic consulting and Business Excellence

VLM Experience So Far
Having studied 4 months in IIM Calcutta I could realize a major change in my knowledge base regarding finance and marketing. Also, I have developed deep insight of Corporate and Operations Strategy, which will in turn help me to achieve my future goal. Apart from managerial knowledge the need of sustainability, innovations and returning back to society thinking that I haven't thought in depth before but PGPEX-VLM course has nurtured that into me.

SOURODEEP CHAKRAVARTY

SOURODEEP CHAKRAVARTYsourodeepcx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Nagpur, 2011

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
Bajaj Auto Ltd, Pune

Years of Experience
5.5

Pre-VLM Exposure
Worked in R&D department of commercial vehicles. Job profile ranged from concept design and layout of the vehicle, manufacturing the prototypes to testing of the pilot batch vehicles for failures and design improvements. Rich cross functional experience of working with departments like purchase, marketing, International business, testing & validation and vehicle production

Post VLM Ambition
To work in the new product design and development domain, transform innovative ideas into sustainable & profitable products targeted to benefit the customers.

VLM Experience So Far
Exhilarating experience of learning the management subjects like strategy, marketing, finance, accounting, operations management & strategy, organization structure etc. at IIM C. The inter relation between all these subjects created more interest in learning these variety of topics. Currently having in depth knowledge of the technical aspects related to management in the field of supply chain, new product design, manufacturing technologies etc. at the IITs that are also an integral part of the VLM program.

SWARNENDU SRIMANY

SWARNENDU SRIMANYswarnendusx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur, 2012

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Years of Experience
4.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
4 Years and 8 months of diversified experience in sales and marketing domain of Construction Equipment Business of L&T. I have a progressive career from direct sales (B2C), Channel sales (B2B) profiles in Delhi Area to business development profile in Bangalore Division of Construction equipment like Excavators, Dozers, Wheel Loaders, Rock Hammers etc.

Post VLM Ambition
I envision a future in middle management within the business development or operation domain of the industrial products, FMCG, pharmaceutical or e-commerce sectors. The incredible growth prospect of these segments along with the idea of cross-functional knowledge transfer excites me. I aspire to add value to the firms by either augmenting the efficiency of their existing systems or inventing new ones. In the long run, I envisage myself as the CEO of one of these firms, leading its business development and crafting its strategic vision.

VLM Experience So Far
IIMC’s VLM has been a great platform so far to accelerate my career. Its course structure focused on techno-managerial subjects is ideally suited to my needs. It offers courses in blending of managerial insights and high-end technologies that contributes greatly to my overall development as an individual. The opportunity to be a part of premier institutes such as IITK and IITM is itself a great experience.

SUDIPTO DUTTA

SUDIPTO DUTTAsudiptodx2018@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Institute of Technology Durgapur, 2010

Discipline (B. Tech)
Civil Engineering

Past Organization
CESC Limited

Years of Experience
6.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
Experience in project management, Planning & Design engineering, Construction management and project execution in Energy sector.

Post VLM Ambition
My aim is to contribute to the Indian manufacturing sector by pursuing a career in operations or consulting. I intend to positively utilize my knowledge and skills gained during my course of studies and from my previous professional experience.

VLM Experience So Far
It has been a roller coaster ride so far with many insightful learning experiences. In the four months gone thus far, we have been fortunate enough to be blessed by the teachings of world renowned Prof. Shoji Shiba (the master himself!) and elite-class faculties of IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur. The learnings gained during this course have been invaluable and thoroughly enriching. The course is a process of self-transformation where we are compelled to push ourselves beyond limits and explore many unknown facets of our lives.