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.

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AMBAR SRIVASTAVA

N V PRUDHVI TEJAambarsx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi (2010-14)

Discipline (B.E)
Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Years of Experience
6.9

Certification
Project management professional (PMP) from project management institute (PMI)

Pre-VLM Exposure
I started my professional career with the Utility project and infrastructure division of Maruti Suzuki India Limited. I had the opportunity to work in the SMG (Suzuki motors Gujarat) Greenfield project. I managed various plant utility projects (Compressed air system, fuel storage, transfer system, etc.) for the upcoming plant at Hansalpur, Gujarat. The implicit domain of my job role was Project planning and management, procurement and vendor management, Legal project compliance, Site and manpower management, Budgeting & Scheduling, etc.

Post VLM Ambition
Post VLM, I would like to be in consulting or operations and supply chain management, where I could merge leadership and managerial skills learned from this program with my prior work experience to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes.

VLM Experience So Far
PGPEx- VLM program is an amalgamation of managerial, technical, and leadership training. The legacy and expertise of three premier Institutes, i.e., IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Madras, have broadened my vision of understanding various processes across any industry. The designed courses of this program have empowered me to understand multiple aspects such as financial, design, environmental, profit, welfare, etc., behind any industrial decision. Moreover, the cohort of 40 students with diverse professional backgrounds has been very beneficial for me. Through group assignments and projects, I learned teamwork and collaboration.

SOUVIK DAS

N V PRUDHVI TEJAsouvikdx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
NIT Durgapur

Discipline (B.E/B.Tech)
B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
ALSTOM TRANSPORT INDIA LIMITED

Years of Experience
4.9

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post my Graduation, I had a stint in ALSTOM Transport in Metro Railways projects of Asia and a few high-speed rail projects in France. I have expertise in Rolling Stock Maintenance operations, Life cycle costing, and strategic sourcing of Railway components. With a proven experience, I was adept in managing a team and bringing innovative ideas for problem solving and execution.

Post VLM Ambition
The industries worldwide are transforming and digitizing, hence throwing us new challenges for innovation and sustainability. Post VLM, with the exponential learnings of this course coupled with my previous experience, I wish to contribute to accelerating this country's growth from the leadership front for overall profitability, sustainability, and development.

VLM Experience So Far
VLM-so far has been a fantastic learning experience enabling me with a different lens towards looking at businesses and leadership as a whole through various subjects of ERP, Production management, business processes, strategy, finance, and many more. The opportunity to interact and engage with the great minds of IIMC, IITK, and IITM is itself very unique

KARTHIK V

N V PRUDHVI TEJAkarthikvx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chennai

Discipline (B.E/B.Tech)
Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech)

Past Organization
Celebrity Fashions Limited (Parent Company of "Indian Terrain").
Laguna Clothing Pvt Limited.

Years of Experience
5.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
As Assistant Factory Manager for my previous organization, a garment manufacturing plant, I was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, from cutting fabric to packing finished clothes. As the head of the facilities, my key responsibility was facilitating the collaboration of various departments such as Cutting, Sewing, Finishing, Packing, Industrial Engineering, trim, Fabric, Human Resources, Maintenance, and Quality to achieve the given objectives.

  • On-time production completion and shipment delivery
  • Producing reliable product quality
  • Controlling garment production cost

Post VLM Ambition
To work in a mid-senior level management position in an e-commerce organization in the short term. Among my long-term goals is to lead an eCommerce apparel company in ten years.

VLM Experience So Far
Through the PGPEX-VLM program, I gained a holistic view of the business, including finance, marketing, supply chain, etc. Through this program, I gained a holistic perspective, and I know I can achieve my long-time dream of leading an apparel company a decade from now.

VAISHAKH JAWANJAL

N V PRUDHVI TEJAvaishakhjx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Government College of Engineering Amravati (GCOEA)

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mechanical Engineering

Past Organization
Faurecia India & Faurecia North America

Years of Experience
6

Pre-VLM Exposure
After completing my B.Tech, I moved to the US to pursue my Master's Degree in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University, USA. In my internship term, I got the opportunity to work at Faurecia, a global automotive supplier, and post my Master's, I joined Faurecia as a full-time Industrial Engineer. I worked in diverse portfolios during my six years with Faurecia, five years in the US, and one year in India and gained rich cross-functional experience in program management, NPD, and supply chain management. I got the opportunity to work on complete vehicle interior products right from acquisition to SOP, which widened my thought process and led a foundation for the upcoming projects. My interactions with executive management, their business insights, and strategic decisions motivated me towards business-facing roles and to pursue a leadership role in the industry. That was the time when I geared up and aimed to get into one of the finest & niche programs offered by IIM Calcutta, PGPEx VLM.

Post VLM Ambition
Post VLM, I would like to work in an organization that is progressive, performance-driven, and is based on strong ethical values, in which I will be able to continue my passion for Supply Chain Management and use my creativity and what I have learned so far to create the best processes and practices. Notably, India's e-commerce industry is on an upward growth trajectory, and I wish to be a part of this revolution. Moving forward, for my long-term career, I aspire to transition to management consulting roles and amplify my impact by applying data-driven decision-making frameworks to a broader range of problems.

VLM Experience So Far
It has been almost five months since the program kicked off, and I can experience the overall transformation that I am going through in this excellent course designed for future leaders. It has been a great learning experience from eminent professors and a diverse cohort in terms of not only the knowledge but also the intangible life lessons. Honestly, I never thought I could push myself this hard as I am doing after joining this program and widen my perspective and mental horizons this way. The amalgamation of Management Courses at IIM Calcutta and Technical courses at IIT Kanpur & IIT Madras will surely help me transform into a Future Business Leader.

SANDEEP VUCHA

N V PRUDHVI TEJAsandeepvx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
JNTU, Hyderabad

Discipline (B.E/B.Tech)
B.Tech, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Past Organization
Johnson & Johnson Private Limited

Years of Experience
5.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post-graduation, I started working for Johnson & Johnson. As a Graduate Engineer Trainee, I got exposure to various departments of Manufacturing. After training, I got an opportunity to work on a Greenfield project for a year. After this stint, I led OEE, Yield, Processes, Cost, and Compliance improvement projects while managing a shift of 22 operators and 56 daily wage employees.

Post VLM Ambition
Post VLM, I would like to work in consulting and implement transformational solutions across various industries, eventually develop expertise in Supply Chain Management.

VLM Experience So Far
It has been four months already into the program. There is a strong data-driven and analytical focus here, especially in the core classes. The rigorous management education at IIM Calcutta coupled with the technological expertise of IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras emphasizes breakthrough innovation, technology, and solving complex problems. Case-based teaching methods and late-night group discussions gave me a variety of perspectives on business concepts.

SARVAGYA KUMAR

N V PRUDHVI TEJASarvagyakx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
IIT (ISM), Dhanbad

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mineral Engineering

Past Organization
TATA STEEL Ltd.
Adani Enterprises Ltd.

Years of Experience
6.2

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post-graduation, I had the opportunity to work with two big Indian corporate houses involved in mining operations. I was fortunate enough to work across the job profiles ranging from Design & Engineering, Project Management, Costing & Estimation, Bid Management, Operations Management, Supply chain Management, liaising with Government officials, to Sales of Coal and other By-products.

Post VLM Ambition
Since all my experiences are pertaining to Mining Industry, Post VLM, I wish to join a top consulting firm wherein I can turn my expertise to transferable skills which can be applied to any Industry. In the longer term, I aspire to contribute in some capacity to the Indian Manufacturing growth story, which will take India to the top 3 leading economies in the world by 2040.

VLM Experience So Far
VLM enjoys a unique curriculum, well-crafted and executed by three pioneer institutes in India. IIM Calcutta develops business acumen, product design, and development nuances are explained at IIT Kanpur, and courses related to the process improvement are taught at IIT Madras. Already four months into the Program, we have completed two terms at IIM Calcutta, wherein we have studied lot of core business courses such as strategic analysis, financial statements analysis, corporate finance, cost management, marketing, digital transformation, organisational behaviour, and human resource management to name a few. Now we are at IIT Kanpur and are studying several techno-managerial courses such as product design, advance material management, CIMS, Automation, etc. I am very hopeful for an enriching session at IIT Madras and then again back to IIM Calcutta. VLM program is very rigorous, hectic, and requires a lot of personal commitments, but it is well suited to address the leadership challenges in Manufacturing.

SWADHIN ACHARYA

N V PRUDHVI TEJAswadhinax2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
C. V Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Discipline (B.E/B.Tech)
B. Tech- Mechanical

Past Organization
Tata Consulting Engineers Limited, Kolkata
Steel Plantech Engineering India (P) Ltd, Kolkata
Jai Balaji Industries Limited, Durgapur (WB)

Years of Experience
9.8

Pre-VLM Exposure
Before joining the VLM Program, I worked as a Process Consultant for Tata Consulting Engineers Limited- a highly reputed consulting organization in India. I have worked in various capacities starting from a Lead Engineer to a Program Co-ordinator responsible for providing technical consultancy services, design, and value engineering solutions for various steel plant projects in India and abroad handled by TCE. I was seconded to Tata Steel Limited- United Kingdom, where I worked closely with their Operational excellence team and Business Excellence Team for various process optimization and plant improvement projects.

Post VLM Ambition
Having the skill set of handling multiple projects, clients, and cross-functional teams, I am looking forward to escalating my career to senior level management to make strategic decisions for a company. I am looking forward to a Senior Consultant role in the top consulting companies of the country where I can take strategic decisions for clients and help them achieve operational excellence and overall sustainability.

VLM Experience So Far
Post return from UK, with this aspiration, I was looking for a techno-managerial course with the right mix of subjects that would help in enhancing my managerial skills and provide rich insights and knowledge about the ongoing developments in the industry. PGPEX VLM course offered by IIM Calcutta and strategic partnership with IIT Kanpur & IIT Madras has provided me with the right skillsets and deep insights on corporate strategy, decision making, costing, and financial analysis and the most trending Industry 4.0. This course develops a top-down investment-centric approach that every leader needs to add value for the business. I am sure this course will help me transform into an INDUSTRY LEADER in the upcoming future.

KANHU CHARAN TRIPATHY

N V PRUDHVI TEJAkanhucx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

Discipline (B. Tech)
Mechanical Engineering (2014)

Past Organization
Hindalco Industries Limited

Years of Experience
6.9

Pre-VLM Exposure
My six-year-long carrier has endowed me with an end-to-end understanding of power projects. Working at Hindalco helped me to gain in-depth, hands-on experience in operation management and process excellence. I also had opportunities to collaborate with cross-functional teams to execute various digitalization projects, thus increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the production process.

Post VLM Ambition
PGPEX VLM has allowed me to broaden my horizon and develop a business intuitive thought process. Post VLM, I wish to leverage my knowledge and skill gained during my course to greater use, especially in Management Consulting.

VLM Experience So Far
The last four months at IIM Calcutta have been enriching and full of excitement. The program equips us with leadership qualities, business development skills, and proficiency in core subjects like Strategy, Finance, and Marketing taught by the elite faculties of IIM C. The structured pedagogy of the course enhances our entrepreneurial skills and develops the analytical ability to solve complex business problems. The unique cohort of forty students from diverse backgrounds makes peer-to-peer learning even more engaging and insightful.

SIMI HAZRA

N V PRUDHVI TEJAsimihx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
West Bengal University of Technology, 2014

Discipline (B. Tech)
Electronics & Communication Engineering

Past Organization
Tata Chemicals Limited

Years of Experience
6.7

Pre-VLM Exposure
Post-graduation, I joined Tata Chemicals Limited and worked there as an Area In-charge of one of India's largest inorganic chemicals complex plants. Being responsible for plant maintenance and project executions, I gained significant expertise in factory automation, handling large teams, and solving real-life operational issues through strategic decision-making. After that, I got the opportunity to join the Business Excellence vertical under the Corporate Strategy function and led the BE & CI initiatives globally.

Post VLM Ambition
I want to leverage my knowledge gained in this program to greater insights and add value to the firms by handling consulting projects. In the long run, I envisage myself in the top leadership position of a manufacturing firm, leading its business development and crafting its strategic vision.

VLM Experience So Far
PGPEX-VLM happens to be a unique program with the perfect blend of technical and managerial business skills. The course very well encompasses the fundamentals of general management, production, and process development. I feel proud to learn from such eminent professors of the three prestigious institutes, who teach with great care and dedication. Within 5 months of joining this programme, I can confidently say that the range of courses such as Finance, Marketing, Strategic Analysis, Breakthrough Management, Additive manufacturing, ERP Workflow, Robotics & others have already broadened my horizon and helped in developing a business intuitive thought process. So far, the experience has been very enriching, and I am sure these learnings will be one of the greatest assets of life, transforming us into future visionary leaders.

GYANENDRA PRATAP CHHOTRAY

N V PRUDHVI TEJAgyanendrapx2022@email.iimcal.ac.in

Undergraduate College
Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sarang, 2015

Discipline (B. Tech)
Chemical Engineering

Past Organization
Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Odisha

Years of Experience
5.6

Pre-VLM Exposure
After graduation, I worked as technical service personnel at a chemical fertilizer company, which provided ample opportunities to apply my learnings and upskilling me as a Process engineer working on Process Excellence in solid, liquid, and gas handling plants. As an operations manager, I was responsible for the shift operations of an acid plant which developed me as a team leader

Post VLM Ambition
The need for developing India as a manufacturing hub is evident from the measures taken and policies passed by the Indian Government. I envisage being a facilitator in this process, utilizing the knowledge gained from the course, and developing a career as a techno-managerial leader.

VLM Experience So Far
The PGPEX-VLM course has given me an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a cohort from diverse manufacturing backgrounds. The plethora of expertise shared by the batchmates in due course of the curriculum ranging from Finances, Marketing, Strategy, Global Scenario of a business to the Laws and structures governing an organization has not only broadened my perspective of the Indian manufacturing sector but also prepared me to engage in transformational roles in the upcoming world of Industry 4.0, IoT, AI-ML, Blockchain Technology to name a few. The unique design of the course has enabled the best faculty across three premier institutes of the country to come on a single platform which has further helped in widening my horizon of business skills and knowledge. The experience is getting richer with each passing day, and there is so much to learn ahead.