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The Department of Life Skills

A FUNDAMENTAL INTERVENTION FOR HOLISTIC GROWTH

Who are we?

We are part of a unique project initiated by the top management of NMIMS University to impart a crucial segment of learning: Life Skills.

UNICEF defines "Life skills" as psychosocial abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. They are loosely grouped into three broad categories of skills: cognitive skills for analysing and using information, personal skills for developing personal agency and managing oneself, and inter-personal skills for communicating and interacting effectively with others (Unicef.org, 2003).

The world of academia imparts much-needed skill-sets in various domains that equip our students to play effective roles in the corporate world or in the sphere of entrepreneurship. What prepares them thoroughly for the rigors of professional life, however, is training in life-skills.

Although the formal curricula designed by every school in the NMIMS family do address a few basic life-skills, there is an ever-increasing need to reach out to every student on a deeper level to ingrain in him or her the resilience and the confidence to cope with the stressors of daily life on the one hand and to achieve self-actualization on the other.

What do we do?

The Department of Life Skills consists of two segments: Soft skills and Employability skills.

The soft skills sessions prepare students for a professional life through the following modules:

1: SS Module 1: Knowing the ‘I’
  * Psychological Profiling
  * Defining Personality & Adjustment
  * Time Management SS Module

2: Knowing the ‘Others’
  * Interpersonal Relationship through developing Emotional Intelligence
  * Managing Conflicts
  * Team Work - Collaboration SS Module

3: Knowing the ‘World’
  * Critical Thinking – Reasoning & Analysis
  * Developing Innovation & Creativity Mindset
  * Communication Strategies – Articulation & Listening
The employability skills sessions enable a smoother transition from campus to corporate life through the following module:

 ES Module 1: Corporate Readiness 
  * Introduction to HR Recruitment Process
  * Business Attire * Corporate Etiquette

 ES Module 2: GD & PI Skills
  * Personal Interview
  * Group & Case Discussion
  * Tips on CV/Resume Building

Our Unique Approach:

 * Topics selected after thorough benchmarking and analysis
 * The flexible approach to the course content to address school-specific needs 
 * One-to-one coaching and mentoring through remedial sessions
 * Individual feedback and mapping the shift in behaviours and attitudes with consecutive sessions throughout the academic career

Our Team

Department head:


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Professor Madhavi Gokhale,
Area Chairperson, Communications, School of Business Management

Faculty:
 . Professor Krishna Chande (Adjunct)


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Professor Ritesh Haldankar
            (Full-time)

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Professor Ocean Gonsalves
              (Adjunct)

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Professor Neville Mehta
          (Part-time)  

Visiting Faculties:

 1. Naveed Sheikh
 2. Karishma Ahuja
 3. Dr Ambrish Bhatt
 4. Kiran Parandekar

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