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AnonymousInterview with Dilshad Ghadially,
M.A. in HumanResource Management and Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS).
1. Which institute are you doing your MBA/MMS from?
I am doing my M.A. in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
2. What does an MBA mean to you? Why do you want to pursue it?
An MBA is a degree that enhances one’s understanding of the various fields of management. I wanted to pursue an MBA for the same reason.
3. Did you enroll for any special coaching? Did it help?
Yes. I went for private classes. They did help.
4. What’s your educational background? How did it help you secure your seat in your B-School?
I have a BA in Psychology. It gave me an understanding of human resources and industrial psychology which aided me in the GD and PI.
5. Did you have any work experience before joining the course? If yes, did it help you gain an edge over your peers?
6. What’s a typical day like in your b-school?
It starts with classes which last for around 6-8 hrs. Its followed by group meetings or discussions concerning the relevant coursework.
7. What area of specialisation are you more likely to opt for?
My course is a specialized one in HR right from the start.
8. What, according to you, is the USP of your B-School?
An amazing brand name and the concept of “Field Work” where a student is placed with an organization throughout each semester and completes a live project there.
9. Where do you see yourself a few years down the line?
10. A word of advice for future MBA aspirants.
Be realistic in your expectations and always have a Plan B.
thanks for the initiative taken by starting this thread. TISS procedure is such an enigma for all the applicants that it really needs some information before actually appearing in the exam and the rest of the TISS selection procedure.
Well, I did apply for TISS for 2006-08 session, and it as that year when the written exams started. Earlier also there was a written test but it used to happen in TISS campus.
I was selected for the interiew and GD, and my whole experience after GD & PI was good.
GD was as usual a collection of 10-12 people sitting together and sharing their thoughts, and PI was as usual a panel of three profs sitting and observing a candidate.
My whole interpretation of TISS procedure was that TISS actually wants those guys who are inclined towards the HR course not for high salaries, but for the actual love of the Human Resource. You need to prove it then and there that your motive is not to earn high salaries in some IT company instead you love this course so much that you can even take up a job which is only for quenching your thirst to make human resources contribute more towards this society.
I personally noticed that TISS panel was not very much interested in getting IT guys into the college and they were even pointing it out at the salary column during the interview (you will have to fill up your salary in the interview form, in case you are a professional), and they always said that - why do you want to get into a generalist role after working in a focussed filed like technology and at the same time you will not get this kind of salary (dont know why they said that).
After a few days the results were out...and I was not selected........but then I felt as if I was not totally prepared for the TISS interview........and thats why wanted to appear for TISS only after some more experience in the corporate field. And hence I didn't appear for the TISS last year.
And now after a good break and some more experience I am thinking of applying for TISS again.
Few points I would like to bring to your notice before the TISS forms are out for the coming academic session......
1. TISS gives a hell lot of importance of things you do in terms of charity and as a part of the NGO activities. So if its possible for you get involved into such a thing, then please devote some time to such activities......it will help you a lot.
2. In case you are an IT person.....then be ready with the answers of such questons - Why do you want to leave the technology field? Why do you think HR course is best for you after working in technology? Why made you think that HR course is best for you? and finally a shocker........Do you really think that a HR person contributes into business? TISS panel doesn't believe that an HR person can actually contribute into business (during the interview they really argue hard against HR roles at work places.....they have a long list of negativities for business created by the HR people).
3. They will try to make a match between the Bio-Graphy you will write in the application form and the person sitting in front of the panel. In fact, If I remember well , there was a person who was constantly reading my bio-graphy and always listening to what all answers I was giving and was also jotting down some one-liners every now and then.
4. Know anything and everything about your workplace/company....your native city......the reasons behind things which you have done in your life till dats.....
The above points are just the pointers I can provide you from my failed experience........these points will take a lot of time to prepare, and you actually have enough time to prepare for all these points.
At last, I will suggest that getting into TISS actually needs a TISS-type personality......and getting in touch with a TISS-type-personlity (current and ex-student) will help you the most. Also, reading things related to HR will actually help you..........seniors can really be helpful in getting the names of such books......
Hope my post is helpful to everyone...........
Thanks & Regards
Thanks a lot Sarsi for sharing your experiences. some of your interpretations of the process are really good.
However, I would like to clear certain points out here
TISS doesn't have any special inclination towards IT or the non IT guys, just to bring to your attention we have a good mix of IT and Non IT guys (Non IT includes sectors like Manufacturing, Education, NGOs, Research and Development(Government), shipping, Media, Financial consultancies etc.) IT and non IT guys are evenly balanced when it comes to the numbers.
TISS might give importance to things you do in terms of charity and as a part of the NGO activities when you apply to the Masters in Social Work(MSW) course. And if you have some expereince with an NGO/Charity, you may be asked why not MSW instead of HRM&LR? It doesn't mean that one should not do charity or be involved with an NGO. I mean to say its your approach in the interview which makes all the difference.
"Why are you leaving your sector and coming to HR" :- I think this question is not confined to people in IT sector but to others as well.
About the argument- HR people and their contribution to Business and the list of negatives about HR is just to check your composure and focuss towards HR. Infact what i have learnt till date is that even a person from the lowest rung of the organisation contributes to the business in his own ways. And HR is much bigger a function.
Some extra shots:
Composition of the batch according to educational background is as follows:
Arts: 14%; Commerce: 16%; Engineering: 54%;
Management: 10% and Science:6%
The division according to workexperience is as follows
Freshers: 41%; Less than or equal to 2 years: 35%;
More than 2 years: 24%
Its a healthy mix of freshers and work-ex guys
Thanks and Regards
1st year, HRM&LR
School of Management and Labour Studies
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work.
Its establishment was the result of the decision of the Trustees of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) to accept Dr. Clifford Manshardt’s vision of a post-graduate school of social work of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and problems and impart education in social work to meet the emerging need for trained human power. This subsequently influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India.
In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School o
f Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognised as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.
Since its inception in 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has never limited itself to the mandate of a conventional university; rather, it has worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice through:
Value-based professional education for social work and other human service professions;
Social research and dissemination of socially relevant knowledge;
Social intervention through training and field action projects;
Contribution to social and welfare policy and programme formulation at state, national and international levels; and
Professional response to national calamities, through relief, rehabilitation and disaster management.
Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development, in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations.
Today, the TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international. This is due to the academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.
After a brief History of the institute let me throw some light on various courses and departments rather SCHOOLS at TISS.
TISS offers courses at Graduate level, Post-graduate level as well as the Doctorate level.
It has 5 Schools (each housing several Centres) and 4 Independent Centres.
School of Health Systems Studies: It offers Master's programmes in Health Administration and Hospital Administration, as well as a Diploma in Hospital Administration.
School of Management and Labour Studies: The school has 4 Centres in Human Resources Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Labour Studies and Social and Organisational Leadership Development. The School offers an MA in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (earlier known as M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations), and a Diploma in Personnel Management.
School of Rural Development: It offers a Bachelor's Degree Programme in Social Work, with a specialisation in Rural Development. It also conducts the Diploma programmes in Sustainable Development for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and for Ladakh to promote development initiatives in these areas.
School of Social Sciences :It conducts MA programmes in Development Studies and Education (Elementary).
School of Social Work: This school offers one of the most coveted courses for Social Work in India or may be in the whole Asia-pacific region- i.e MA in Social Work. It also offers certificate programmes in Rehabilitation Counselling and Social Welfare Administration.
There are some independent Centers like -The Centre for Media and Cultural Studies- involved in media production and dissemination, as well as teaching and research, The Centre for Research Methodology which anchors the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes, in addition to undertaking a range of training and consultancy work, The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management which offers a course in Disaster Management and Centre for Lifelong Learning which caters todiverse sections of learners who are generally left out of the ambit of higher education.
Thanks and Regards
1st Year, HRM&LR
School of Management and Labour Studies
nice to see this thread. am posting a few posts from the previous year's thread.
Trade unions associated with the Communist Party of India (CPI)
<LI class=MsoNormal style="COLOR: blue; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1">All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC): Gurundas Dasgupta is president; this was the first trade union in India. Started in 1920 <LI class=MsoNormal style="COLOR: blue; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1">AIYF All India Youth Federation
AISF All India Students federation
Trade Unions associated with The Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M)
CITU Center for Indian Trade Unions ( 1970/membership of 2.8mn) M K Pandhe (President)
DYFI democratic youth federation of India
Trade Unions Associated with the Indian National Congress
1. INTUC: Indian National Trade Union Congress (1947/ 6 mn) - Sanjeeva Reddy president]
Famous Persons associated with trade unions:
1. EMS Namboodaripad (First CM of kerala)
2. AK Gopalan/ Susheela Gopalan (Trade union leader)
3. Jyoti Basu
4. T.Nagi Reddy (Associated with Telengana struggle)
5. Charu Mazumdar (Naxalbari incident)
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Capitalism : Economic system in which means of production is privately owned and operated for profit.
Socialism: System where distribution of wealth is controlled by community. The community owns the means of production.
Communism: Seeks socialist state and wants to establish equality in distribution of wealth etc.
Marxism: Marx said that the transition from capitalistic to socialistic society will take time and there will be a transition time where there will be revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.
From wikipedia :
According to Marxism, capitalism is a system based on the exploitation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie (the "capitalists", who own and control the means of production). This exploitation takes place as follows: the workers, who own no means of production of their own, must seek jobs in order to live. They get hired by a capitalist and work for him, producing some sort of goods or services. These goods or services then become the property of the capitalist, who sells them and gets a certain amount of money in exchange. One part of the wealth produced is used to pay the workers' wages, while the other part (surplus value) is split between the capitalist's private takings (profit), and the money used to pay rent, buy supplies and renew the forces of production. Thus the capitalist can earn money (profit) from the work of his employees without actually doing any work, or in excess of his own work. Marxists argue that new wealth is created through work; therefore, if someone gains wealth that he did not work for, then someone else works and does not receive the full wealth created by his work. In other words, that "someone else" is exploited. Thus, Marxists argue that capitalists make a profit by exploiting workers.
Lenin argued that the proletariat can only achieve a successful revolutionary consciousness through the efforts of a Communist Party comprised of full-time professional revolutionaries. Lenin further believed that such a party could only achieve its aims through a form of disciplined organization known as democratic centralism, wherein Communist Party officials are elected democratically, but once they are elected, all party members must abide by their decisions.
Leninism holds that capitalism can only be overthrown by revolutionary means; that is, any attempts to reform capitalism from within, such as Fabianism (advocates attaining socialism via reforms rather than violence) and non-revolutionary forms of democratic socialism, are doomed to fail.
The goal of a Leninist party is to orchestrate the overthrow of the existing government by force and seize power on behalf of the proletariat, and then implement a dictatorship of the proletariat. The party must then use the powers of government to educate the proletariat, so as to remove the various modes of false consciousness the bourgeois have instilled in them in order to make them more docile and easier to exploit economically, such as religion and nationalism.
The dictatorship of the proletariat is theoretically to be governed by a decentralized system of proletarian direct democracy, in which workers hold political power through local councils known as soviets
Communist govts in India: Kerala, West Bengal...??
Communist/Left Govts in the world: Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peoples republic of China, Chile, Russia. Anything more?
Listed below are few links that i found cud be of use to everybody here -
Ministers(Cabinet + State) - LIST OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
Trade Unions in India - List of trade unions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
SEZsin India - SEZ India
More on SEZs(around the World) - Special Economic Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nandigram SEZ Controversy - Nandigram SEZ controversy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Naxalites - Naxalite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Armed Forces(Special Powers Act) - Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , Armed Forces Special Powers Act: A study in National Security tyranny (From the SAHRDC Resource Centre)
Clemenceau(Its an old topic, but one that attracted a lot of attention) - Clemenceau (R 9 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This was probably my best - but didnt get me da result expected :(.
Date and time: April 16th - 9:30 am
Place: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai
Reached at around 2 pm on Sunday the 15th and spent that evening at TISS - met many new PG friends - Vachan, Rajiv and of course later Saki and Ram (whom I already knew)... the stay overnite was nice - doesnt feel as if u are in Mumbai when inside the campus at TISS :) - small in size but really nice to have a walk in da evenings etc - and extremely conducive atmosphere and surroundings for study - and well - the latest news is that TISS has become wi-fi :) - all da info was poured in from Babu who met us on Sun evening and answered a lot of questions from our side...
Woke up early in da morning - got ready and went to the main lounge where there was a smal crowd - not as much as expected - we had a small presentation on the know-how of TISS by a second-year'ite of the HRM/LR program... later we came up and were grouped into different batches (as put on da notice board) - and were led to da different classes for the GD/PI - Mine was in class XI - 8 of us (2 absent) - 4 boys 4 gals... so even ratio :)
GD: Globalisation is a mixed blessing for the youth of today (it was the same topic for all the batches in my main group) - the other group had got Gandhian values etc etc... ( though the topics are being changed evryday - so dont go by them :| )
Very decent GD - chipped in a lot of times... was surprised by da female junta as some spoke real well, and real fluently. By da way we ourselves decided that we wud use paper, and recollect our thoughts for sometime - the 2 supervisors didnt have a prob with it - though when we decided on the topic as globalisation and started writing, one of them said 'Isnt this a GD ?? ' - and well - one of the ladies started rite away. Two of the females seemed to be dominating the show - though all guys spoke well too - and well - chipped in a lott of good points - though the youth aspect was kinda fading away with all the industrial and economic aspect takin toll of da topic :mg: - all of us spoke without majorly cutting others - as we had been reminded that domination of the GD wud lead to getting -ve points.
After this - we were led into a room, and were told that there is still some time for the PI. Hence we moved off - grabbed a vada-paav for a quick bite and then came back - to our disbelief the PI's had already begun - apparently the people were being called RANDOMLY. Was surprised at this - but there was nothin we cud do. We just gave our names, and sat there hopin for a quick call. I was called in just before the lunch call - though they dedided later that I too shud be pushed in after lunch :|. So i went ahead, ate somethin and returned. The wait before the PI was long. The PI finally happened at around 3 to 3:15 pm. I was all jittery before as I had heard my panel had been stressing the people in da morning and blasting on GK... finally I was in...
PI: The panel - Oldish smiling lady - L (did almost all questioning)
Elderly man in between - E
Different lookin elderly person with long tied hair - D
Bakra moi ;) - B
B (enters and wishes all - sits)
E: Whats these documents? (pointing to my change of name docs)
B: (Explains what were they)
E: But why did you change your name ?
B: blah blah
All 3 of them: Ok ok
L (smiling eternally :mg: ) - So u are working in XXX - how long?
B: blah blah
L: Oh - thats a lot of time - wat are u working in?
B: blah blah (cool workex questions :mg:)
L: Ohk so such a nice field - why do u want to come into HR?
B: Blah blah blah blah -( some kind of an answer which I had thought of... explained properly - wat do I get -- EXPRESSIONLESS faces from all except from L - she is smiling in an understanding manner - E is checkin my papers/docs/certificates)...
E: So what do you know about HR as a field?
B: blah blah - tell them the basics
(all shaking head except D of course ;) )
L: Ok - so Ashish tell me bout what you think of women in this present day corporate world? And what are the issues faced by them ?
B: blah blah - sexual harrasment, ego problems from men, etc etc
L: Ohkie - so wat are the things companies have been doin to prevent such things like sexual harrasment?
B: blah blah
(trying to maintain eye contact with all - but E is busy with file - doesnt look at me AT ALL - and D is well - blank - stone-faced - no expressions! )
L: Ohkie - so tell me about the reservations issue now -
wat do u think bout the reservations issue in the private sector?
B: Blah blah blah blah
L: Ohk cool - (looks at others for their turn)
D (all of a sudden): What are the different central trade unions in India?
B: (says somethin which goes kinda unheard)
B: blah blah (explains)
E: Ohkay yes yes
D: (shaking head)
D: Can you name some trade union in the unorganized sector?
B: umm - dont think I know any - but i guess BMS can be one of them
D: (smilingly looks at L)
Moi understands that my answer is wrong :(
D: So which are the new states in India??
B: blah blah
(all quiet for sometime)
L: (asks E if he wants to ask any questions)
E: No nothin actually - so bout ur hostel accomodation at TISS -- blah blah ( they were askin this to all at their interviews)
B: blah blah
L: Ohkay thats it then - thanx Ashish
E: yes thanks
D: expressionless :|
B: (wishes and exits)
Approx 15 min - Dont know wat to say - questions were ok and I answered without any gaps etc -managed it well- but hardly any reaction from the panel - except for the lady at times... the people before me and those after me had a similar kinda interview - though not entirely on GK questions - theirs were even shorter - some 8 to 9 min...
Looks like they were lookin for more than just mere answers... :|
Rating: 8.5 to 9/10 (from my side)
Travelled in da evening to Churchgate to meet a friend and stayed overnite with him - had kinda fun - and then travelled back to airport da next morning to catch flite back to Blore - Saki (chaosunlimited) and another girl accompanied me in it - so that was good fun too :)
General opinion: Diverse interviews being conducted - entirely on luck which panel u get, and also how ur interview goes. Heard later that my panel conducted stress interviews in the latter half of the day... was again surprised at that... The panel with the dean was stressing most of da guys (like every year) - so guess people had to watch out there...
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AnonymousFind below some tips.
Some social/economic/political topics that can be be prepared are for GD (can help in PI also):
-Reservation - woman/sc/st -positives/negatives/ your view
-Sub prime crisis - what it is and how it impacted India, what could be probable solutions for future so thats ame does not happen
-Indias' nuclear programme - positives/negatives/ your view
-The current situation in maharashtra - mumbai for -Maharashtrians(what's your opinion on that), Indias' present status as back office of world!!
- Environmental issues - Developed and developing world with emphasis on India
-major budget implications (emphasis on weaker sctions e.g. on farmers, workers in unorganized sector)
-Women's reservation bill - views for/against. Give your view.
Probable Interview questions:
-Why HR? You have to relate your graduation and post grad (if u have PG degree) degree to HR i.e how while pursuing them you got interested in HR?
-Justify gap years if u have any
-What is HR all about?
-How you are a good fit as an HR personnel? (give some examples where you pursued some project/field work in HR/relating to HR)
- Takeovers/mergers by/of Indian companies - benefits/losses
-Current status of HR in Organisations
-Your views on different social/economical/political issues (u can refer GD topics)
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